U.S.A. – Brutal, historic, record-setting cold; By
January 7, 2014
An historic and deadly freeze locked almost the entire
under subfreezing temperatures Tuesday, closing schools,
delaying trains and buses, and forcing cancellation of more than
Single-digit (Fahrenheit) temperatures (-18 to -13 C) were recorded as
far south as
, and parts of
dropped to 25 degrees below zero.
Single digits in
Look on a map.
is in the deep south, the last state on your way to the
Gulf of Mexico
118-year-old record fell in Central Park in
, where it was 5 F (-15 C), the
coldest ever for Jan. 7.
to minus 16 F (-27 C) Monday’s subzero temperatures broke
, the mercury fell to 13 below (-25C), breaking yet another
also fell in
, where wind chills dropped to 40 below (-40 C) and colder.
20 to 40 degrees below average were reported in parts of
, temperatures dropped to 8 F (-13 C) at 6:00 pm, and were
expected to drop even further, to 4 F (-15 C).
the coal fields of
had a wind chill of negative 35 (-37 C).
got so cold that a
zoo had to move its polar bear and penguins inside, CNN
reports. Some 15 deaths have been blamed on the cold, including 11
in traffic accidents.
were closed as far south as
, where the morning wind child was 9 below (-23 F). Classes were
canceled for a second day in
freeze warnings for Tuesday extended all the way south to the
, one utility asked people to turn down the thermostat because
power capacity was running low.
fact, freezing temperatures could reach as far south as
, said Brian Korty, a National Weather Service meteorologist.
parts of western
under a blizzard warning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of
emergency in 14 counties and ordered parts of the New York Thruway
closed on Monday night. Interstate 65 in
reopened Tuesday morning, but drivers were still urged to take it
was falling as fast as 4 inches per hour.
New York City
, where it was 55 degrees yesterday, temperatures are forecast to
plunge to minus 6 (-21 C), tying the record low for the day,
according to the New