When Global Warming hits MINUS 50 F windchill

Shoveling snow and schools closed for days on end. So much “warming” that you are in danger of freezing your skin in 5 minutes. /sarc;


Deep cold has metro school districts closing until Thursday
Minneapolis, St. Paul and several suburbs have declared snow emergencies.
By Tim Harlow Star Tribune
January 28, 2019 — 6:22pm

The sun briefly came out late Monday morning as winter storm warnings gave way to windchill advisories and a temperature free fall was about to begin. Actual air temperatures will fall below zero Monday night and remain there through until Friday morning, with near record lows close to minus-30 degrees expected by midweek, the National Weather Service said.

Adding to the misery will be dangerously low windchills on Tuesday night through Thursday morning approaching minus-50 to minus-65 in the metro area and across east central, south central and southeast Minnesota, weather service said.

“The dangerously cold windchills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 5 minutes,” the weather service said in issuing windchill advisories in effect from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and a windchill warning in effect from 3 p.m. Tuesday until 9 a.m. Thursday.


Jan. 25, 2019, 10:58 AM PST
By Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. — An arctic wave has wrapped parts of the Midwest in numbing cold, sending temperatures plunging and prompting officials to close schools in several states on Friday, but forecasters say the worst may be yet to come.

Cold weather advisories were in effect from North Dakota to Ohio, with dangerously cold wind chills that could dip to as low as 45 below zero in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota and to 35 below in parts of northern Illinois and Iowa.

The bitter cold caused administrators in Wisconsin’s largest school district to cancel classes, meaning nearly 78,000 students in Milwaukee Public Schools were told to stay home Friday. High temperatures in the area were expected to reach just 2 degrees with a wind chill of minus 23.

That’s a high of 2 degrees F, or MINUS 16.6 C.

Ice fishing guide Bryan Lang acknowledged that extreme cold was part of his job in northern North Dakota, but he said he felt lucky to have taken Friday off work: the morning temperature was negative 21 degrees with a wind chill of minus 42.

“I’m glad to be in the house drinking coffee,” he laughed.

The deep freeze caused organizers of the Winter Carnival in Minnesota to cancel several events, including Thursday night’s parade through downtown St. Paul. In South Dakota, the city of Sioux Falls has closed its six outdoor skating rinks because of the cold weather.

Even harsher weather is expected next week. Bitter cold as bad — if not worse — than the 2014 polar vortex outbreak is expected, as frigid air escapes the Arctic in two icy excursions into Canada and the continental U.S., according to Ryan Maue, a meteorologist for weathermodels.com.

The first bout of cold air will strike northern Michigan and bring extreme cold to Ontario, while the second will spin south over the Midwest and through the Great Lakes, Maue said.

“It’s going to be some insult after injury,” Maue said. “Any hope in sight for a warm-up? No.”

It is pretty bad when you close your ice skating rinks due to the ice being too cold… then ‘no hope’ is a bit discouraging…

Of course, being NBC, they just must “kiss the ring” of Global Warming at the end of the article. Claiming the world is 1.08 (F) warmer than ’79-2000 “average”. Even though individual places are colder, somehow when averaged together the whole is warmer… just sayin’… maybe they ‘homogenized’ the Australian Out-Back over to North America… /snark;

As my Son is living in Chicago now, I tend to pay attention to when his walk to the train station can be damaging. The good news is his employer will let folks work from home on the dangerously cold days. Also, being on the shore of one of the Great Lakes, the cold there is moderated a little compared to North Dakota / Minnesota and other inland areas.

It is definitely cold outside in the Midwest.

This has been christened “Barney” as the big purple blob on the weather maps reminds folks of the purple dinosaur of the same name. In a curious way, appropriate, as many folks also can’t stand that Barney either ;-)

Then there’s:


Record cold headed for Chicago and Upper Midwest
January 28, 2019 by Robert

Brutal cold will likely shatter dozens of records across the Midwest and Great Lakes, said CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen.

By Tuesday night in Chicago, temperatures are expected to drop to 23F below zero, flirting with the city’s coldest temperature ever: minus 27F, set on Jan. 20, 1985. (Note: That is not just a daily record, it is an all-time record.)

Chicago’s daytime high – the high! – on Wednesday is expected to be of around 15F below (-26C),” said Hennen. Nighttime temperatures will plunge to 20-40 F below zero.

Yeah, record cold EVER set in 1985, and now we’re looking at lower. Ever lower ever colder records. But that’s “Global Warming” for you… Magical as it is… /sarc;

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20 Responses to When Global Warming hits MINUS 50 F windchill

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  3. H.R. says:

    The cold is hitting us here in Florida. Temperatures will be 60-ish F° and more likely to be in the mid to upper 50’s Wednesday and Thursday. Then it’s a fairly quick climb back to the typical low 70s F°.

    BUT… home base will see -10 to -15 F° so it’s hard to generate much sympathy for those of us shivering down here in Florida.

    Since I’ve been interested in the CAGW fuss for lo these many years, I take a mental inventory of the license plates on the motor homes and travel trailers. There are quite a few here from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, and Ontario CN.

    About 50% at this RV park are permanent residents of Florida (very affordable retirement living) so they have Florida plates. But during College Football Bowl season, you can see by the school flags they put out that they are just more of the same escaping the Northern climate.

    I am proud to admit that I am a climate refugee. If I took a poll of those staying here, I’d imagine there is strong support for global warming so that we could all go back home.

  4. Ian W says:

    There are already posts on various ‘boards’ including WUWT, saying that this severe cold is ‘what is expected from climate change’ !?

  5. Steven Fraser says:

    In the mid-90’s, I was in Minneapolis for a business meeting in the deep winter. We got there a day or so after a cold front, with temps -20 or so, and the clearest, driest air I have ever seen. The sky was so bright a blue that it hurt the eyes to look at it.

    There was some question as to the ‘start-ability’ of the rent car as we were leaving. Fortunately, no problem, and we high-tailed it back to DFW, with 60-degree warmer air on landing.


  6. E.M.Smith says:


    A friend lived in Idaho for a while. During winter, they would bring the battery from the car into the house… so that it would not freeze solid and break… and so it could start the car next morning. That convinced me I never wanted to live up north, inland. Doing battery removal and installation, daily, in ‘below”? Ugh…

    Also, was in Dallas once for a Unix conference. Temperatures dropped 50 F between morning and night as a front swept down from the north… A somewhat shocking experience. Near as I can tell, the QA process at NOAA would flag that as a false reading and remove it…

  7. Larry Ledwick says:

    Look at current temps and airflow patterns in the Midwest

  8. H.R. says:

    @Ian W: You can also expect dogs to take a dump and a whiz more frequently in your front yard due to climate change. I’m sure there’s a study on that somewhere, and of course it’s worse than we thought.

    P.S. If perchance you gained a couple of pounds over the holidays, you can blame climate change for that, too. There’s a plus side to blaming everything on climate change.

    “It wasn’t me wolfing down Christmas cookies left and right. It was Climate change wot dunnit! Studies have shown that.”

    (Can’t decide on a winky, similey, or abject despair emoticon… due to climate change. Climate change causes indecision.)

  9. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry L.:

    Yeah, I can see Barney in that!


  10. Steven Fraser says:

    @EM: ‘Temperatures dropped 50 F between morning and night as a front swept down from the north…’
    Hmm. I remember some fronts that would fit that description, in Winter and in Spring. IIRC, there was one around Christmas time in ’88. My wife picked me up at work in Houston’s Greenway Plaza mid-afternoon, and it was 82F. Heading toward Dallas, we met the _very_hard rain (had to pull over under a bridge) starting at Huntsville. Not long after that, condensation started to form on the windows… they were getting cold. Sleet began to fall, slowing us (all) down, and by the time we reached Corsicana (fave McDonald’s stop with the kids in those years) we saw icicles on the roadside trees, and the Northern side of the trunks glistened with accumulating ice.

    When we arrived at my wife’s brother’s house for dinner, it was 7F. Arriving at OK City late that night, it was 3.

  11. Larry Ledwick says:

    Been there before – waiting for the repeat
    The Coldest Day in American History
    February 1899 was remembered for generations as being the coldest month in American history, particularly on the week of Valentines Day when more than 100 individuals froze to death and nearly every single state in the Union recorded sub-zero temperatures.


  12. Simon Derricutt says:

    This will amuse you…. UCL in London are saying that the reforestation caused by a lot of people dying in the USA caused the Little Ice Age because the CO2 level dropped by 7-10ppm. They are saying that’s not the only cause, and that natural variability had a part in this, but that the CO2 reduction caused half the temperature reduction. Don’t grow more trees! It’ll bring on another Little Ice Age!
    AFAIK there is actually more forest now than there used to be at that time, with a reduction in the tropics and more in the temperate zones and above. I think maybe they may have misread some timestamps somewhere.

  13. Steven Fraser says:

    Looking at the GFSV2 model, the deep cold is going warm a bit, due to southerly winds from a storm. Just in time for a cyclonic storm that has been dropping precip on southern AK and BC to shuffle through Seattle tomorrow, and then settle in offshore of San Fran on Saturday, drenching LA in the process.

    The low arrives over SanFran proper very early Sunday, and the associated Southerly flow and storms extend all the way from the Mexican to Canadian borders.

    Meanwhile, a significant ocean storm tracks out from the East Coast, pushed by a very cold front.

    By Wednesday next week, as the next wave of supercold arrives in Montana, the Dakotas, Iowa and Minnesota, the Atlantic storm patterns wend their way through the gap between Europe and Greenland, and take their heat all the way to the North Pole to escape to space. Look for specious references to the ‘Arctic Heat Wave’ to show up in publications then. At some point, 12 or 13F at the pole, and simultaneously -26 in Bismarck.


  14. E.M.Smith says:

    Son, in Chicago, reported frost on the windows…on the inside….

    Nobody has left the house since Tuesday…

    Watched the Chicago TV News on the Roku. NBC 5. It was interesting. Amtrak canceled, airports shut, electric light rail closed, freeways jammed with accidents. Essentially Chicago shut down.

  15. H.R. says:

    E.M.: ” Amtrak canceled, airports shut, electric light rail closed, freeways jammed with accidents. Essentially Chicago shut down.”

    Ah… yes… humans control nature and the climate.

    OK, then. Will somebody find out who is in charge and have them do something about this? And I want it done now dammit!

  16. Larry Ledwick says:

    Steve Goddard on climate science on twitter

  17. Larry Ledwick says:

    Item on the recent cold outbreak, noting that severe cold has been on the decline since 1883, but we are still capable of reaching very cold temperatures. Most of the so-called global warming is actually warming of the early morning record cold of the day temperatures. (I suspect this is an artifact of urban heat island effects.)

    It would be interesting to find a remote non-urban reporting site which has a long high quality temperature record to see if that trend disappears in a non-urban location. Perhaps a small island in the great lakes or Alaska where the infrastructure is very similar to what it was a hundred years ago.


  18. E.M.Smith says:


    I notice that in the “hair graphs” I did back about 2009 ish. It was the lows rising (and not all that much) while the highs didn’t get higher. It is one of the issues I want to approach again in this newer round.

    IMHO it comes from a couple of things.

    1) UHI. Folks now plough the roads and remove the snow then run a thousand cars over it all churning a few 10s of kW of heat. Take Chicago: 2.7 Million now, 10 million in the “combined statistical area”. If only 1/2 of them commute, 30 minutes each way so 1 hour, in a car making 20 kW / hour, that is a combined 27Million kW-hrs / day of heating just from the commute, at the low end. 100 Million kW hours at the CSA level. 100 BILLION W-hrs matters, IMHO. Urban area is about 5.5 k km^2 or about 5.5 x 10^3 x 10^6 m^2. So that ends up as 100×10^9 / 5.5 x 10^9 or 100/5.5 W/m^2. Or 18 W / m^2 of heating. (assuming I’ve done my math right). I thought we were supposed to be worried about a few mW of “global warming” / m^2. Doesn’t 18W/m^2 matter? Eh?

    2) Airports. A LOT of the data are from airports. Airports grow over time. What, in 1910 was a grass field becomes 5 miles on a side of cement and tarmac in 2018. Then the pilots want the temperature OVER THE RUNWAY for “density altitude”. I.e. “can I fly or do I crash?”. Not in the grass or woods 100 yards away. I remember a local airport relocating the thermometers back nearer the runway and telling the “climate guys” to go stuff it (after they had moved them to a “better” area near the airport but not near the runway). The data are hopelessly polluted by two competing needs: Temps over concrete and tarmac so people do not die in a horrible crash; and temps in the grassy area a mile away.

    The “bottom line” is that we have maybe 1/2 dozen thermometer records long enough from places that have not urbanized and have not been growing airports. That’s not enough to say much about ‘Global Warming’ other than that they do not show warming. Urban cores can show 2-8 C of warming from UHI, and the 1/2 C of “Global Warming” comes from “averaging” that all together.

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