A freshman at the University of Iowa died, freezing to death when the temperatures reached 21 degrees below zero. When the windchill was factored in, that number plunged to as low as 51 degrees below zero. That did not stop the Governor of Kentucky Matt Bevin (R) from making a deadly mistake.
When the governor appeared on Terry Meiner’s radio show, he made a comment that could have put thousands of people in danger, should they try to just tough out the killer weather. He said:
‘There’s no ice going with it, or any snow. We’re getting soft, Terry. We’re getting soft.’
So far, a minimum of eight people have died from hypothermia or car accidents resulting from the frigid weather. A polar vortex reached its icy fingers deep into the center of the country and spread eastward.
Longtime NBC Today meteorologist Al Roker referred to Bevin’s careless comments during his regular weather report. He said “stop it:”
‘I just have to say, this nitwit governor in Kentucky, saying that “Oh, we’re weak.” These are kids who are going to be in subzero wind chill. No, cancel school. Stop it. I’m glad you’re not a teacher.’
As the governor began to get negative feedback, he reeled back some of what he said. He indicated that he was being “slightly facetious:”
‘…it’s better to err on the side of being safe….it does concern me a little bit that, in America, on this and many other fronts, we’re sending messages to our young people that if life is hard, you can curl up in the fetal position somewhere in a warm place and just wait until it stops being hard. And that just isn’t reality. It isn’t.’
The plains states and parts of the Midwest have broken century-old weather records. The temperatures plummeted deeper than those in Siberia, Antarctica, and even Mount Everest. Nigeria Falls iced over.
Hell finally froze over in Michigan. The little city named Hell appeared a beautiful yet deadly landscape of ice and snow.
In Waterloo, Iowa the mail was not delivered for the first time in nearly 75 years. A total of 11 states did not have mail deliveries due to the cold temperatures.
Railroad workers around Chicago have been setting fires in the commuter railroad tracks. The dual purpose was to keep the steel from breaking and the switches from freezing which would send trains into a headlong crash. Ice breakers have been clearing Chicago River from freezing.
In some cases, people’s faces and exposed skin gets frostbite within just five minutes. After that, there is a second level of freezing. When the exposure moves into the third level of damage, the tissue under the skin begins to die — permanently.
After windchills of 25 degrees below zero, Kansas City temperatures have been forecast to reach 44 degrees above zero on Saturday and 57 degrees on Sunday.
Where were the lowest temperatures? According to Syracuse.com:
‘Chicago dropped to a low of around -23, Minneapolis recorded -27 and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, saw -25. Wind chills made it even worse, feeling as cold as -50 (minus 45 Celsius).
‘…six U.S. states — North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois — saw temperatures at or lower than 27 below zero Wednesday, the same temperature at the South Pole Station in Antarctica. Cities like Detroit, Chicago and Madison, Wisconsin, set new record lows.
‘The lowest…recorded was -77 in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, on Tuesday.’
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