Four Photos From A Frozen America

Tyler Durden's picture

Four pictures are worth four thousand words:

The St. Joseph Lighthouse on North Pier, Lake Michigan, on Jan. 6, 2014; Photographer: HotSpot/Landov


Ice builds up along Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach as temperatures dipped well below zero in Chicago on Jan. 6, 2014; Photographer: Scott Olson/Getty Images


A pedestrian covers her face to keep warm in New York; Photographer: Jin Lee/Bloomberg


A man uses a snow blower to clear snow in New York on Jan. 3, 2014, Photographer: Jin Lee/Bloomberg

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And now, some stories, via Bloomberg:

Yesterday’s low in Chicago reached a record for the date of minus 16 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 27 Celsius), beating the mark of minus 14 set in 1884 and 1988, according to the National Weather Service. Today, New York’s high will struggle to reach 10 degrees, a day after Central Park reached 50. As of 7 a.m., it was 5 degrees in New York and 13 in Boston.

“It is a pretty ferocious air mass coming down,” said Tom Kines, a meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania. “Across the upper Midwest it stayed below zero and will stay below zero and that air is coming eastward.”

The frigid weather strangled transportation routes around the country including interstate highways, airlines and rails. It also led to a surge in energy demand that pushed power in Texas to more than $5,000 a megawatt-hour for the first time and caused disruptions at oil refineries in Tennessee and Illinois.

The natural gas-weighted heating degree days value is expected to be 46.5 today, according to Commodity Weather Group LLC in Bethesda, Maryland, beating the century’s previous high of 45.1 set on Jan. 16, 2009. Natural gas-weighted heating degrees subtract the daily average temperatures in cities nationwide from 65, then weight the totals based on population and use of the fuel for heating.

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The cold air blowing across the Great Lakes may bring 24 inches of snow to parts of western New York by tonight, according to the weather service. The region is expected to be whipped by wind chills of minus 30.

“The lake snow belts are going to get walloped,” said James Aman, a senior meteorologist with Earth Networks, Inc. in Germantown, Maryland.

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Valero Corp.’s Memphis refinery in Tennessee had a system shutdown because of low temperatures in the area, according to a filing with the U.S. National Response Center. Exxon Mobil Corp. had some “problems” with unidentified process units at its Joliet, Illinois, refinery because of extreme cold weather, according to a separate filing. U.S. companies must notify the center if they release hazardous substances. Bloomberg couldn’t immediately verify the information.

Record lows for the date were set or tied across the northern tier of the country. The low of minus 13 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, beat the old mark of minus 12 set in 1970, according to the weather service. In Burlington, Iowa, the mercury fell to minus 14, which was also recorded in 1970.

The lowest temperature of the day was minus 40 in Brimson, Minnesota, according to the U.S. Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.

Among today’s forecast highs are 5 in Chicago, 17 in Washington and 26 in Atlanta.

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While the heart of the cold is shifting east, it will still maintain its grip on the central U.S., Aman said. He said the weather will start to warm in a couple of days.

“By Wednesday morning a lot of your big cities will be in single digits and during the day Wednesday we start to come out of it,” Aman said. “Things will be much more tolerable by Wednesday afternoon and we see some continued warming by Thursday.”

Temperatures in New York are expected to bounce back to 39 by the end of the week, according to the weather service. On Jan. 13 it may reach 53, according to MDA Weather Services in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Chicago’s high may reach 39 by Jan. 12 and Washington 57 by Jan. 13, according to MDA.

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RacerX's picture

It's good to see our efforts to stem Global Warming have paid off. /sarc

Troll Magnet's picture

If I were Rahm Isramanuel, I'd file for bankruptcy while everyone's too damn cold to give a fuck.

GetZeeGold's picture



Who ever thought up this chemtrail crap needs to get fired.


If such a thing existed that is.....

Oh regional Indian's picture

Apocalypse NOW....beaches, frozen or otherwise.

Stay in, warm.....and perhaps solve america's declinning population while you are at it?




Fukushima Sam's picture

Amazing how many people around here know you can't get a free lunch when it comes to economics yet think all lunches are free when it comes to the natural world.

This sort of weather is right in line with global warming.  Warming in the Arctic slows the jet stream, which then takes a more lazy path, leading to more extreme weather in the places where it dips or rises more than usual for the time of year.


max2205's picture

It was so cold . . .

Starbucks was serving coffee on a stick!

john39's picture

but don't worry, Al Gore told us that solar power will be great to heat your homes in winter...

Manthong's picture

I get a chuckle recalling that the libtard Tom Hartman on RTV was spouting off about the global warming crisis just a few days ago.

Hey Tom, I could have used some help moving 14 inches of global warming in a balmy -14F at the 42nd latitude  off of my driveway yesterday.

Flakmeister's picture

Wow, so some cold weather (similar to the 1970's in scope) on 3% of the globe refutes Global warming...

If you tried using the same logic on boss or to pitch to customer, they would laugh in your face... 

Like I am...

Manthong's picture

Hmm.. open butt, insert head.

Flakmeister's picture

Hell, at least I can mix a bit of factual science with my insults...

Manthong's picture

Climate change happens..  Little Ice Age, Medieval Warming Period, The year Without a Summer yada yada..

Do not believe the political opportunists pushing an agenda based upon controlling the population using fear.. like the successive campaigns war on crime.. war on poverty.. . war on drugs .. war on terror  and the perpetual war against global warming, er, climate change or whatever they will call it next.

Oh, and if you have not participated in a deep water climate effect scientific study that included dropping XBT s across a wide expanse of ocean, like I have, then STFU.

CrazyCooter's picture

Weather here in AK is great! I like to call my Dad on days when it is colder where he is than it is where I am. "Hey dad, how's the weather? It's raining here ..."



akak's picture

Yeah, but on the other hand, it is ALWAYS raining in Juneau!


(Well, at least not quite as hard as in Ketchikan ...)

Manthong's picture

Sorry Flak, my  -10F warming has me a bit ornery this morning. Of course climate change happens, but we only add an eensy, eensy bit to the equation. This is a political control issue. The 8 octillion ton burning gas ball in the sky,its effect on the oceans, and the earth’s internals determine the climate. The solar max will be ending soon and we will cooling some more. But warming will happen eventually…. The ice sheet on Greenland will recede and Greenland will be green AGAIN in a thousand years. The poor polar bears will have to move to where the ice remains.

I’m through with this fight..  shake?

Solve for X:
Pinatubo +
Eyjafjallajökull + Sinabung + Mount St. Helens + (all other volcanoes) = X(SUVs)

DaveyJones's picture

eensy, eensy

like Fukushima? Nuclear Holocaust? Polution, Ground Water, Fish Stock, Coral Health, Top Soil.....

you under estimate your powers of destruction but oddly, you still believe mankind can destroy other environments like - economic, democratic, academic, political,....... 

how come the sudden rate of change in the ice cores. They cycle but never at this RATE of change 

the earth is a environmental system with limits

It's strange when folks are Keynesian only on this subject 

See the comment  a week ago on the volcanoes - very little contribution compared to our carbon output

qqqqtrader's picture

With all due respect...

We have 4 frozen pictures.

What difference at this point does it make?

DaveyJones's picture

see Fukushima Sam's comment above 

Then ask the people freezing their ass off (and sweating their ass off down under) if it's a distinction with a difference

like economic systems - huge, unnatural, and sudden additions create strange distortions, disruptions, and destruction 

it's not rocket science

it's automobile and factory science

Manthong's picture

I do not contend that we are not wreaking havoc on the environment in a variety of ways, I just contend we are not changing the climate much.

And I think that ice core thing says more about local environmental factors than long term global climate issues... unless there is a correllation from samples across the globe.. I do not know if that is the case. 

DaveyJones's picture

so what is the magic population number when these effects go global? It appears we've already done that economically, almost politically. Does it depend on the energy output of each? or their consumption? or trash? True, unlike our modern economy, the earth is definitely "resilient" but in what form? She's not human and is a little more flexible. Does she cater to every customer or do some just piss her off to no end?

silverserfer's picture

all the global warming deniers on here are a oddly like krugram about factual numbers. They would prefer to keep their head in the sand and sing lalalalalalalala. 

the math behind govt debt is pretty sold enough to huh? Unsusitainable bullshit right. But gobal warming, no those numbers are satans speak.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture



Our whole world is just a burning ball of fire

Polar bears drown, drown as the seas get higher!

Burn, burn, burn, the Earth's on fire

A ball of fire...

-- Paul Shanklin

Bryan's picture

I get about 23,410,332,612,000 for X.  Can you check my math?

kralizec's picture

Pictures of Chitcago & New Yerk?

Like I GAFF!

Fuckin' urban zoos!

Things that go bump's picture

My granddaughter and her friend, bored because school is out as its deemed too dangerous to try and transport all those children in this sort of weather, tried a little scientific study of their own. They took a pot of boiling water and threw it outdoors to watch it turn to ice crystals in the air. They took a nice little video of it. Its quite an impressive effect. We have the heat set at 77 degrees. The furnace is running constantly, but the temperature is only reaching 64-65 degrees in the house and we've got heaters running in the basement for the pipes. Only the plumbers are happy;there are pipes freezing all over town. My daughter's sister-in-law had her bathroom sink explode. What a mess. There was water everywhere, and it ruined her twin's XBox or PlayStation or whatever it was. Anyway, it was the kids most precious possession. A family of Somalians set their apartment on fire using some sort of alternative heat source (details are vague) and killed several of their ignorant selves. This reminds me of the winters of my childhood. 

Toxicosis's picture

No sorry Flakmeister, please don't attempt to use logic, factual narrative, or even measured research done in the field of the last fifty years.  Belief truimphs and even one blasphemous truth may send the mob out for blood.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

Just to be agreeable, lets just say that Global Warming is indeed true and things will just be apocolyptically bad in 50 years.  Fukushima will kill the Pacific ocean long before global warming does anything, and it will give many of the people you know and love cancer.  Considering that there is a very real and very dangerous problem that is indeed killing everything right now, giving global warming any time is just a waste of time.

Like the little fish?  Get one: Google cursing fish cafepress

G-R-U-N-T's picture

Mr. Flakmeister,

I see your back at it....Even with tainted data models associated with the corrupt IPCC trying to make their unrestrained manipulation match their brain dead theory, you, here, on Zerohedge, continue to try to make everyone believe what isn't true, even when all the evidence is to the contrary.

You would rather go along with the global warming, tax the air we exhale, loot the masses fraud, which is one of the largest CONS perpetrated on the masses. CO2 is a nutrient not a pollutant and has never affected global temperature in any significant way. It has always followed temperature change by hundreds of years. Perhaps you can pitch the retards who have a desire to follow an image of deception, because it sounds and feels good, rather than the facts.


Flakmeister's picture

Is that the best you can do?

Pretty sad, if I do say...

BTW, what was manipulated and when? 

G-R-U-N-T's picture

Been there and done that with you, here is good start for those who have a desire to learn the truth. This is just one study of the many studies done to make the data match this idiotic theory.



Flakmeister's picture

Did you actually read what was written? Clearly not... 

logicalman's picture

I understand where your name comes from now.

toothpicker's picture

Was that the best YOU could do?

G-R-U-N-T's picture

Here's a good start to get educated and wash your brain of this nonsense Mr. Flakmeister. This is one of the best interviews I have seen on exposing this looting fraud, by a once true believer who's conscious about the facts changed his mind from the alternate reality of ignorance and stupidity to the reality of truth by facts.

DaveyJones's picture

overwhelmed by the science, facts, and peer reviewed data in that comment


AbbeBrel's picture

Hey hey chill out - it is Global Wierding, not warming, anyway:



<<  I prefer the term 'global weirding,' coined by Hunter Lovins, co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, because the rise in average global temperature is going to lead to all sorts of crazy things — from hotter heat spells and droughts in some places, to colder cold spells and more violent storms, more intense flooding, forest fires and species loss in other places.  >>

firstdivision's picture

How quickly you seem to have forgtten the July and September temperatures, but lets use one system in North America to dictate what the past year temps have been for the entire globe, which is better than using facts and reasoning. 

logicalman's picture

Said it before.....

Not knowing the difference between weather and climate is a bit like not knowing the difference between a car and traffic.

One of the key predictions of climate change models is a cooling of northern parts of the globe due to changes in heat transport (gulf stream mostly) - Similarly changes in the Jet Stream.

I wonder if we are seeing a bit of both this week.

Just because some people are trying to make money off global warming doesn't mean it's not happening. Gore - cough - Gore

LetThemEatRand's picture

FS, you'd have a friendly audience if you walked into a Baptist church revival in Alabama and started handing out Darwin evolution flyers.  

Flakmeister's picture

The winds are changing, in case you haven't noticed...

Facts have a way of eventually winning out over lies and deception, but it can take a long time....

GetZeeGold's picture can't have anymore money.


Just make use of what we already gave you.

Flakmeister's picture

The irony of your statement is palpable given that global  fossil fuel industries are subsidized to the tune of ~$500 billion a year....

GetZeeGold's picture



Please get off your computer....the electricity you're using is killing the rest of us.

Calmyourself's picture


Umm, 17 year hiatus as stated by your betters, explain that flack or better yet just shut up no one beleives your politisciencefraud facts anyway..

Flakmeister's picture

Well my esteemed collegue, when did the warming stop? Can you demonstrate the inflection point in the data? When did the trend change?

Can you explain this nugget: on average every decade since the 1950's has been warmer than the previous with 2000-2010 being the warmest...

Are you capable of googling that, or do you need help?

john39's picture

the old 'baffle with bullshit' routine.  problem is, well.... the weather just isn't cooperating.

Flakmeister's picture

You are easily baffled aren't you?

I asked two very simple questions....