A vicious cold snap engulfed much of the nation Thursday. Snowflakes fell as far south as Alabama and Georgia.
Snow was piled so high in Iowa that drivers couldn’t see across intersections. A freeze brought snow and ice Thursday to states from South Carolina to Louisiana. Wind chills dropped to near zero at night.
Freeze warnings covered nearly all of Florida, with temperatures falling into the 20s. Iguanas were seen falling out of trees; experts say the cold-blooded reptiles become immobilized and lose their grip when the temperature falls into the 40s or below.
At least 15 deaths this year have been blamed on the cold and icy, snow-covered roads.
When temperatures on the Texas-Mexico border fell to near freezing Thursday night, officials in Laredo — where January temperatures usually hover around 70 degrees — issued an advisory telling residents to “dress warmly and stay dry.”
Nor is the unseasonable weather limited to the United States. Europe is in a deep freeze. Italy is fighting unusual ice and snow. The government has even sent relief helicopters to Sicily.
Global warming, anyone?
Of course, one cold snap — even if it sets 20-year-records — doesn’t prove anything about the Earth’s macro-climate.
But the spectacle of liberal politicians standing up to their waists in blizzard snowfalls, shouting over the shrieking wind to sternly warn that struggling taxpayers around the globe “aren’t sacrificing enough” to fight global warming — even to insist, with a wide-eyed sincerity that would do Pollyanna proud, that “global warming can sometimes cause these cold snaps” — is (depending on one’s mood) at least ironic, if not verging on the hilarious.
At this point, one suspects a vast southward migration of thousands of polar bears across a frozen Lake Huron to invade the suburbs of Detroit would merely be trumpeted as “one more sign of the many disruptions being caused by … global warming.”