Sorry, but we just don’t understand. Sure, many of us came from parts of the country that are being whipped by an arctic blast right now, but the distance makes us a little insensitive to the situation in the Midwest and on the East Coast.
Las Vegas, where we were still at 53 degrees at 6 p.m. on Monday, seems downright balmy in comparison. It might sound whiny to point out that’s only 20 degrees above freezing.
Flights are canceled all over the East Coast, snarling travel plans and inconveniencing thousands. And deaths are blamed on the record-breaking blast of polar air. It’s serious business
But there’s another side to this freakish weather, and here are some things that caught our eye:
1. In Milwaukee, they’re making snow with their boiling water. Watch the video above if you’ve never seen this phenomenon before.
2. In Michigan, three people have died while shoveling snow. Two more in Illinois.
3. From the Dakotas to Maryland, schools and day care centers have shut down. “You definitely know when you are not wearing your thermal undergarments,” said Staci Kalthoff, who raises cattle with her husband on a 260-acre farm in Albany, Minn., where -24 feels like -46 with the wind chill.
4. Layers. Brandon Schmidt of Jim’s Towing in West Fargo, N.D., swears by layers, and when a delivery truck refused to start in -22 weather (-45, wind chill), he gave a wardrobe rundown: “I’m dressed in insulated pants, coveralls, Carhartt coat, hats and gloves … and you still freeze your butt off.” The icicles in his mustache and beard said it all.
5. At Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis most of the stores inside were open for business. But not Jersey Devil Pizza & Wings. “Apologies … We are East Coast wimps. Too cold! Stay safe, see you Tuesday,” read a sign taped to the door.
187 million people, more than half of the nation’s population, were under a wind chill warning or advisory Monday.
55 below: That’s what it feels like in International Falls, Minn., taking the wind chill into account. Even Virginia and West Virginia were ridiculously cold, with a wind chill 0f -35.
-36 degrees: That’s the hard number at Crane Lake, Minn., with no wind chill. The warmest: 84 in Hollywood and Punta Gorda, Fla.
3,700 flights — around one out of every 10 domestic departures — were canceled Monday morning, following a weekend of travel disruption across the country.