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Created by John Eipper on 01/29/19 4:02 AM

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Record Low Temperatures in US (Enrique Torner, USA, 01/29/19 4:02 am)

And you call this Global Warming?

For the first time in its 150 years of existence, Minnesota State University (all campuses in the state) has cancelled classes and closed all its offices for two full, consecutive days: today (Tuesday, January 29) and tomorrow due to hazardous winter weather conditions. Only weather-essential employees must report to work.

Many record low temperatures will be broken. We are expecting -45 to -65 Fahrenheit windchill temperatures: frostbite in 5 minutes of exposed skin! And look at the snow this morning! Snow almost up to my knees! I'm so glad the earth has been warming up! Otherwise, we would all be dead up here in Minnesota.

John, how are you in Michigan? Right now, because of this frigid weather (I guess), we are out of hot water!

I hope all WAISers stay safe. Boy, I'm glad I'm on sabbatical! Or maybe not: I could have had two days off from teaching.

PS. The photo below is my neighbor's house: by the time I thought of this post, I had already cleared my driveway!

JE comments:  Most schools and universities in Michigan were closed yesterday (January 28th), including Aldona's Oakland U.  For plucky Adrian College, it was business as usual.  Tomorrow (Jan 30th) we are expecting record cold, including a high of -11 F (-24 C).  I suppose this is child's play for the Minnesotans, who come from tougher stock.  40 below zero is the "golden temp" for those who enjoy converting units:  it's the point where Fahrenheit and Celsius converge, so people everywhere can suffer equally.

Meanwhile, Australia is experiencing record, even deadly, heat.

Stay inside and keep warm, Enrique!


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  • Record Low Temperatures in US (John Heelan, UK 01/31/19 3:50 AM)
    Enrique Torner and John E have my sympathies! A few years ago I had an assignment in Minneapolis and had arrived there from a sweltering Washington DC--the shock of the ice and snow I still recall with shivers. No wonder, like Toronto--where i was warned over the radio not to venture outside if I did not have to--I understand why shopping malls are usually underground or inside other bigger buildings.

    I once learned my lesson the hard way, by ignoring a Travelers Advisory and foolishly attempting to drive the 80 miles from Colorado Springs to Denver International to catch a flight to more moderate climes. I soon realised that one could easily slide off the freeway into snow banks and not be discovered until the next spring, like an accident reported by one local Colorado newspaper.

    JE comments: This morning at WAIS HQ, -17° F, or -27° C.  This is the coldest temperature I've ever experienced.  Adrian College did end up canceling afternoon classes yesterday, and morning classes today.

    Brrr.  Let's turn this into a learning opportunity.  What are some of the onomatopoeic expressions for feeling cold in other languages?  Here we say "brrr," with as many Rs as needed (although 3 is standard), or else we simply curse.

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    • 17 Below (-27 C)? That's Nothing (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy 02/01/19 2:54 AM)

      May I call you (John E) a tenderfoot for complaining about a temperature of only -17° F?

      I was in Chicago in January 1985 with the record of -27° F, commuting from Mount Prospect to Chicago.  The nice thing of Chicago was that it
      was possible to walk underground from the Northwest train station to the
      lake. The gasoline in the car froze and my wife asked for no more winters in

      Here in Savona we are now at around 38°F.  Tonight we may have some snow, but for us temperature in the 30s is bloody cold so really you have all my
      sympathy and hope that the temperature will soon rise at least to 38° F.  But as I said above, 38° is still bloody cold.

      JE comments:  Eugenio, these images of a frozen Lake Michigan should give you some nostalgia for Chicago:


      This morning the temperature reads a tidy 0° F (-18° C).  Tomorrow, as coincidence would have it, we'll warm up to a Savona-like 38°.  I have shorts and sandals ready.

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