For those outside of the United States, the Midwest is experiencing extremely cold temperatures today.
UPDATE: A Canadian visitor to TPV suggested that a great many people who live outside of the United States have no idea where or what the Midwest is. It’s generally defined as a region of the north-central United States around the Great Lakes and the upper Mississippi Valley and considered to include Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska. The northernmost Midwestern states abut Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
From The Wall Street Journal:
The lowest temperatures in decades brought life to a near standstill for millions in the Midwest and beyond as a polar vortex blanketed the region, closing schools, businesses and even halting mail delivery.
The icy blast prompted governors to declare states of emergency in Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois as windchill temperatures fell to minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit across much of the Chicago area and near minus 70 across parts of the upper Midwest. Thousands of flights were canceled and Amtrak canceled all trains in and out of Chicago.
“We haven’t seen temperatures like this in 20 years,” said Chris Foltz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “When you get wind chills of 50 below it’s life threatening.”
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The temperature of minus 24 degrees in Chicago broke a record for Jan. 30 and neared the low set on Jan. 20, 1985, when the temperature dipped to negative 27 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
Public and private schools were closed across the upper Midwest along with museums, zoos and churches in Chicago. Some university campuses were closed, including Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Streets were empty as scores of businesses closed or asked employees to work from home.
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The agency said the coldest spot was Buffalo, N.D., with a reading of minus 49 degrees and the coldest windchill was in Park Rapids, Minn., at minus 65.
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Over half of scheduled flights to and from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and 60% at Midway International Airport were canceled, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware. The site said that in all, more than 2,400 U.S. flights had been grounded as of early Wednesday afternoon.
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The U.S. Postal Service canceled mail delivery in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and parts of Kansas, Missouri, Montana and Nebraska.
Link to the rest at The Wall Street Journal
Having lived in Chicago and Minnesota during very cold weather, PG empathizes with visitors to TPV who are experiencing these temperatures. PG remembers that when the heating system in his abode was operating at full capacity and the interior temperature was slowly declining, it wasn’t a great feeling.
PG suggests it’s a good day to stay inside and read. Or write.