The title of a recently released Fox News article is “POTENTIALLY RECORD-SETTING cold temperatures blow into Midwest, Northeast” (Web-site/URL: http://www.foxnews.com/weather/2014/01/06/potentially-record-setting-cold-temperatures-blow-into-midwest-northeast/).
“Icy, snow-covered roads and high winds made travel treacherous Sunday (January 5, 2014) from the Dakotas and Michigan to Missouri as much of the nation braced for the next winter wallop: a dangerous cold that could break records.
“A whirlpool of frigid, dense air known as a “polar vortex” was expected to suppress temperatures in more than HALF of the continental U.S. starting into Monday (January 6, 2014) and Tuesday (January 7, 2014), with wind chill warnings stretching from Montana to Alabama”. With ALABAMA being cold the only warm spot in the southeast seems to be FLORIDA.
“It was 5 degrees at kickoff Sunday afternoon (January 5 2014) inside sold-out Lambeau Field for a playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers, one of the coldest ever played”.
According to 49ers fan Jeff Giardinelli of Fresno, Calif., “We suited up, we brought all the snowboarding gear we use … and ADDED TO IT. WITHOUT THE WIND, which isn’t here yet, we’re good. When it gets windy, WE’LL BE READY FOR IT“. There are TWO things to note here. First, “Without the wind” is A CONDITION. On top of this, “we’ll be ready for it” is an EXPECTATION (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
According to National Weather Service meteorologist Butch Dye in Missouri, “It’s just a DANGEROUS cold“.
“Lorna West, a 43-year-old student and consultant from Columbus, Ohio, said she doesn’t believe people unaccustomed to such weather are ready for what’s coming”. West is an OLD “student”.
“A Chicago native, she said thermal underwear, lots of layers and “Eskimo coats” with zipped hoods to block the wind were the norm growing up. “And DON’T GO OUT IF YOU DON’T HAVE TO” obviously.
“In Michigan, residents JAMMED STORES TO STOCK UP ON SUPPLIES” again AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
According to Kim Tarnopol, 46, of the Detroit suburb of Huntington Woods, “I made my husband go grocery shopping last night (January 5 2014)”. That was a very smart idea. “Tarnopol was picking up cold medicine Sunday (January 5 2014) for her daughter Emma at a CVS in nearby Berkley, Mich”. Emma should have GOTTEN A FLU SHOT.
“In western Kentucky, which could see 1 to 3 inches of snow, Smithland farmer David Nickell moved extra hay to the field and his animals out of the wind. He’d also stocked up on batteries and gas and loaded up the pantry and freezer. The 2009 ice storm that paralyzed the state and knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of people is fresh in his mind”. “We are HOPING this isn’t going to be more than A FEW DAYS of cold weather, but we did learn with the ice storm that you can wake up in the 19th century and you need to be able to not only survive, but be comfortable and continue with your basic day-to-day functions“.
Finally, “In Mt. Prospect, Ill., Steve White spent part of Sunday (January 5, 2014) raking his roof with a specially made pole to prevent icicles as he prepares for a trip to Costa Rica in the coming days. He also installed a thermostat that directly faces a window, so a neighbor can check to make sure his furnace is working”. “I’m just glad I’m here to take care of it“. White is making sure his house will be taken care of as he ESCAPES the frigid conditions.
While THE MIDWEST and THE NORTHEAST are dealing with “record-setting cold”, cities such as LOS ANGELES (79), HONOLULU (78), MIAMI (73), SAN DIEGO (69) and PHOENIX (63) seem like HEAVEN.