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If you ever wondered what a polar vortex looks like from above, this is it. Grab a blanket and bundle up. The midsection of the country — even places like Minnesota that are accustomed to cold air — are bracing for the worst cold weather that has been seen in a generation. Temperatures could break previous cold records — according to CNN, “between Tuesday and Thursday, temperatures will plunge to 20-40 degrees below zero in the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes. Wind chills will plummet to 35-60 below zero.” Up to 75% of the U.S. mainland will endure below freezing temperatures this week. It’s so cold, the U.S. mail delivery is suspended in some parts of the upper midwest!
Thousands of airplane flights were delayed or canceled yesterday because of the weather, according to Flightaware.com.
The upper midwest is grappling with blizzards in addition to the cold air — in the Dakotas and in the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes there were blizzard conditions making travel dangerous and nearly impossible.
According to The Capital Weather Gang, dozens of snow belt cities have forecasts at least within one degree of record cold temperatures, including Chicago, Des Moines, Cleveland, Detroit and Minneapolis, and the record-breaking cold is expected to last through tomorrow there.
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer The Pacific Northwest is experiencing a second scorching heatwave this summer, with temperatures climbing well above 90 degrees in a region where many residents still don’t have air conditioning. Portland, where temperatures hit 98, is also approaching 50 rainless days. This coupling of high temperatures and worsening drought conditions […]
It was well known that the Tokyo Olympics would be very hot, but it’s now shaping up to be the hottest games in history, and athletes are paying the price. Athletes have had to be routinely treated for heat exhaustion. A Russian tennis star said he could “die” in the suffocating heat and humidity and a […]
The United Arab Emirates has developed a new solution to mitigate heatwaves and drought. Cloud-zapping drones could be the key to manufacturing rainfall, and testing has already begun. Previous methods of cloud-seeding using salt flares have raised questions about environmental safety, but this new method doesn’t use chemicals. Instead, it zaps clouds with electricity, triggering rain production. Cloud-seeding has been employed in the […]
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