New record low set in the coldest city in the continental USA – much of the country headed for a deep freeze

Cold start for 2014, is this an indicator of our future?

Watts Up With That?

As we begin 2014, it will usher in record cold temperatures. Next week looks quite cold as this forecast for Tuesday shows.


Image from Dr. Ryan Maue, WeatherBell

International Falls, MN set a new record with -42ºF.

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3 thoughts on “New record low set in the coldest city in the continental USA – much of the country headed for a deep freeze

  1. Anthony j. Mengotto January 3, 2014 / 2:15 pm

    Russ, Happy New Year. The question that has to be asked is, Are we back to the 1970’s cooling? My answer is, yes we are. And it did not even take a whole solar cycle for this to happen. If this trend continues, by the end of this cycle winters will be colder and longer. Based on what we know from cycle20 which we know was a lot stronger then this cycle. All this cold air mass that is so big, is going to cool the oceans. Once that happens, the next drop in global temperatures could bring us back right into the little ice age. If the trend that were on continues, this would take about 4 more winters like this one in order for this to happen. So with this, I’m going to ask you. When was the very last winter when all of the great lakes froze solid? Could we possibly see this happening this winter? Well have to wait and see. Anthony

  2. chillguy33 January 6, 2014 / 9:26 am

    Hi, Russ, third time in history – arctic snowy owl spotted in Florida! Perhaps food sources have become scarce! – Chillguy33

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A snowy owl has made a rare appearance in Florida.

    The Florida Times-Union reports that one of the Arctic birds has been spotted since last week in Little Talbot Island State Park. It’s only the third-ever sighting of a snowy owl confirmed in Florida.

    Park services specialist Peter Maholland says bird watchers have been flocking to northeast Florida to catch a glimpse of the white bird.

    Snowy Owls are familiar to children as Harry Potter’s pet. They are the largest North American owl, and they’re typically found in Canada and the Arctic.

    Experts say snowy owls fly farther south when their population spikes or their food source becomes scarce. An invasion of snowy owls has been reported this winter across the Midwest, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states.

    Read more here:

  3. chillguy33 January 6, 2014 / 11:18 am

    But, NO PROBLEM because Lord Obama has the situation under control!
    Another little tidbit – government addresses weather, perverting science.
    Thanks for your excellent blog, Russ.

    Executive Order: ‘Excessively High Temperatures’ ‘Already’ Harming Public Health
    January 6, 2014 – 11:23 AM

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    “Excessively high temperatures” are “already” harming public health nationwide, Pres. Obama declared on Nov. 1, 2013, two months before today’s assault by record low temperatures.

    In his executive order on climate change, Obama warned that too much rain – and not enough rain – also dictated that executive action against climate fluctuations:

    “The impacts of climate change — including an increase in prolonged periods of excessively high temperatures, more heavy downpours, an increase in wildfires, more severe droughts, permafrost thawing, ocean acidification, and sea-level rise — are already affecting communities, natural resources, ecosystems, economies, and public health across the Nation. These impacts are often most significant for communities that already face economic or health-related challenges, and for species and habitats that are already facing other pressures.” (33: what a joke! bizarre.)

    What’s more, climate control “requires” action “by the Federal Government” (as opposed to the federal government), Obama declared:

    “Managing these risks requires deliberate preparation, close cooperation, and coordinated planning by the Federal Government, as well as by stakeholders, to facilitate Federal, State, local, tribal, private-sector, and nonprofit-sector efforts to improve climate preparedness and resilience; help safeguard our economy, infrastructure, environment, and natural resources; and provide for the continuity of executive department and agency (agency) operations, services, and programs.”

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