Extreme Cold Blast and Heavy Snow Hit Midwest U.S.

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:26 PM GMT on January 06, 2014

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The most extreme cold air outbreak since 1994 is in store for much of the U.S. on Monday and Tuesday, as Arctic air behind a major winter storm invades the Midwest. The powerful 989 mb storm blasted the Upper Midwest on Sunday, bringing snows in excess of a foot over portions of Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Missouri, and Ohio. The 11.4" that fell on Sunday in Indianapolis, Indiana made it that city's second snowiest day on record (the all-time record: 12.1" on March 19, 1906); Flint, Michigan also recorded its second snowiest day on record: 14.5" (the all time record: 15.0" on November 28, 1937.) A blast of Arctic air poured into the Upper Midwest on Sunday, and Sunday's playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers began with a temperature of 5°F and a wind chill of -10°, evoking memories of the legendary Green Bay Packers-Dallas Cowboys Ice Bowl NFL playoff game on December 31, 1967. On that frigid day, the temperature at kickoff was thirteen below zero, with a wind chill of -45°F. It's lucky that yesterday's game wasn't played today: the high temperature in Green Bay is expected to be near -10°, with wind chills as low as -40°. The temperature in Chicago at noon CST Monday was a remarkable -14°F, with gusty west winds of 20 mph causing a dangerously low wind chill of -40°. This is the 7th coldest noontime temperature ever measured in the Windy City (the record was -21° on January 10, 1982). The record-breaking cold air will spread eastward and southward over the next few days, bringing the coldest temperatures seen since January 1994 to many locations. The high temperature in Detroit on Tuesday is expected to remain below zero; the city's list of days with a high temperature below zero is a short one, with only three such days in recorded history. The frigid air is being propelled by strong Arctic winds of 15 - 25 mph, which will generate dangerously low wind chill readings in the -30° to -60°F range from Michigan to Minnesota on Monday and Tuesday. From the latest NWS Storm Summary, here are the coldest wind chill readings observed so far:

Comertown, MT: -63
Rolla, ND: -60
Grand Maraia, MN: -55
Hillhead, SD: -53
Mason City, IA: -48
Dexter, WI: -47


Figure 1. At my home in the northern Detroit suburb of Highland, Michigan, we got 14" of snow on Sunday, which made for some very low electrical output from my rooftop solar array! Photo by Ellie Masters.

The culprit: cold air from Canada and the polar vortex
In the winter, the 24-hour darkness over the snow and ice-covered polar regions allows a huge dome of cold air to form. This cold air increases the difference in temperature between the pole and the Equator, and leads to an intensification of the strong upper-level winds of the jet stream. The strong jet stream winds act to isolate the polar regions from intrusions of warmer air, creating a "polar vortex" of frigid counter-clockwise swirling air over the Arctic. The chaotic flow of the air in the polar vortex sometimes allows a large dip (a sharp trough of low pressure) to form in the jet stream over North America, allowing the Arctic air that had been steadily cooling in the northern reaches of Canada in areas with 24-hour darkness to spill southwards deep into the United States. In theory, the 1.5°F increase in global surface temperatures that Earth has experienced since 1880 due to global warming should reduce the frequency of 1-in-20 year extreme cold weather events like the current one. However, it is possible that climate change could alter jet stream circulation patterns in a way that could increase the incidence of unusual jet stream "kinks" that allow cold air to spill southwards over the Eastern U.S., a topic I have blogged about extensively, and plan to say more about later this week.


Figure 2. From wunderground's Jet Stream page, we see the large dip in the jet stream over the U.S. responsible for this week's extreme Arctic air outbreak.

Jeff Masters

Cotton Tree (Nita)
Well, maybe not, but it is a lot of white fluffy stuff. When I took this early this morning, it was so beautiful and serene outside, but now the wind is blowing and howling. Getting a lot f drifting, and things aren't looking so pretty as early this morning. :-(
Cotton Tree
Solar Panel Snow (JeffMasters)
After two feet of snow in the past week, including 14 inches on Sunday, my solar panels needed a little attention!
Solar Panel Snow
Storm Ion.. (suzi46)
right on schedule but not quite as predicted for us..no big thaw..heavy freezing rain and dense fog with temps holding at 32F before plunging back towards 0F later tonight..a real mess out there!
Storm Ion..
Big Horn Mountain storm (wymidwife)
Momentary sun break thru on Big Horn Mountains in Shell area.
Big Horn Mountain storm
Ice bubbles (kesky)
Bubbles can be very hard to capture even when they are frozen!
Ice bubbles

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789. BahaHurican
8:25 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
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788. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
4:33 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
JeffMasters has created a new entry.
787. PalmBeachWeather
4:32 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
Hazy Shade of Winter..."Bangles"
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786. Patrap
4:31 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
Louisiana citrus farmers harvest fruit in anticipation of overnight freeze

The anticipated prolonged freeze on Monday night and Tuesday morning had Louisiana citrus farmers frenzied throughout the day, trying to pick as much fruit as possible and to cover and heat sapling trees.

While generally writing off any fruit that they hadn't been able to pick by day's end, citrus farmers prayed that temperatures wouldn't drop low enough and long enough to cause major damage to the trees themselves and thereby also affect next year's crop.

"Well, we are gearing up for the coldest night of the season," said Joseph Ranatza, 69, who helps run his family's Star Nursery, one of the two largest citrus farms in Plaquemines Parish. "Whoever has fruit who hasn't picked it, they will lose it tonight."

Most citrus farmers already had picked the majority of their satsumas and navel oranges for the season that started in November. But many farmers scrambled on Monday to grab the remainder of that fruit, which makes up the majority of Louisiana's citrus crop.

Ranatza already had harvested all his satsumas, but he picked the last of his navels on Monday.

Since most local farmers typically harvest their grapefruit and blood oranges beginning this month, they also scrambled to grab as much of that ripe fruit as possible.

Now, satsumas, navel oranges, lemons, blood oranges and grapefruit are expected to flood the market in the next couple weeks.

"But if the cold weather hadn't been here, we could have had fruit a month or so longer," said Alan Vaughn, the Louisiana AgCenter agent who works with the Plaquemines citrus industry.

After Hurricane Isaac's water and wind damage devastated the 2012 citrus crop, the current season was very strong. The hard freeze, by forcing the early harvesting of some fruit, could cause a 10 percent drop overall for the current season, Vaughn predicted.

In an industry already struggling to stay afloat, the hard freeze could push additional growers out of the business. Many Hurricane-Isaac damaged trees, or sapling trees planted after the storm's damage, also are more vulnerable to extreme weather, Vaughn said.

Unsurprisingly, freezes and hurricanes have long plagued the Louisiana citrus industry. Freezes in 1921 and 1923 wiped out St. Tammany's citrus crop, and the impact from Hurricane Katrina cut Plaquemines' citrus acres and growers in half, Vaughn said. Hurricane Isaac came along in 2012 and flooded 200 of the remaining 500 acres of citrus in Plaquemines.

Vaughn said that while the fruit picked in anticipation of this week's freeze is ripe and ready, consumer perception could affect the market. For example, the local blood oranges already are sweet, but their distinct red coloring might not have had enough time to develop, Vaughn said. That could throw off consumers who are used to and desire that bloody hue. Also, Vaughn said that simply knowing that there was a freeze could cause some buyers to unwarrantedly fear the quality of the fruit in the marketplace.

In terms of the health of the trees themselves, Vaughn said the weather forecasts are "right on the verge of that 26 degree threshold" that can greatly harm the crop. And he said that "two degrees can really make the difference," especially if it lingers at 24 degrees or lower for six hours or more.

In general, forecasts on Monday were predicting possible freezing temperatures for 15 to 20 hours, from around sunset Monday to late Tuesday morning.

"There is nothing you can do but hope and pray that God doesn't send us that 20 degree or so weather," Ranatza said.
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785. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
4:30 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
Quoting 777. LargoFl:
keeper what is booming exactly...the ground freezing..or is it homes and tree's etc
its more of a large pop or bang like someone hits the floor above ya with a hammer it happens once then maybe an hr will go by and ya hear it again

just got 3 more complaints one was my dog has not slept all night

well we are all hearing it and will continue till temps rebound back

I even had one lady leave a note on the door of the tenant above threatening to call the police because of it

can't go posting notices on peeps doors only I can post notices
she did not like that reply
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784. Patrap
4:28 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
Area forecast discussion
National Weather Service New Orleans la
442 am CST Tuesday Jan 7 2014

Short term...

High clouds have thinned out substantially since around midnight
and this was allowing temperatures to fall close to forecast
values ranging from the middle teens north to the middle 20s
south...with the only exception being the immediate southeast
Louisiana coast where temperatures were in the upper 20s to around
30.

The frigid Arctic airmass will remain entrenched over the region
today and tonight before modifying on Wednesday as the center of
surface high pressure shifts from the north Gulf Coast to the middle
Atlantic coast. Have gone below the GFS mav MOS guidance for highs
both today and Wednesday to blend in the cooler low level
temperatures indicated by the Euro and NAM.

Tonight...winds will be fairly light to calm...and skies are
expected to be pretty much totally clear as the stream of high
clouds should be well off the southeast and north of the forecast
area. Dewpoint temperatures should be very low...ranging from
below zero to the single digits in most locations through the
afternoon leading into tonight. The only thing working against a
colder night than this morning is the low level temperatures above
950 mb/ 1800 feet will be warming this afternoon through
tonight as the upper flow becomes more zonal...but it is expected
all the other factors for strong radiational cooling will offset
the warming aloft. Have stayed close to the mav MOS which is lower
than the previous forecast. This means another very cold night is
in store with temperatures plunging below freezing quickly this
evening and dropping to the middle teens to middle 20s in most locations
except the immediate southeast Louisiana coast. Have issued
another hard freeze warning that will go in effect at 6 PM over
the northern half and 8 PM southern half this evening.
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783. LargoFl
4:27 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
Quoting 780. PalmBeachWeather:
First time I have had on long pants for months.
yep same here
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782. LargoFl
4:26 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
after tonight no more freezing temps thru jan 15th per gfs..
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781. georgevandenberghe
4:26 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
Quoting 706. opal92nwf:
Sometimes being a Florida gardener can be ridiculous: we grow numerous plants and even trees in the yard that will be burned in cold weather, and have to go outside each time there is a freeze, withstanding the cold blast.


Gardening in NJ, MD, VA, and PA, as well as 1984-87 at FSU in Tallahassee, I lost more things to frost and freezes in Tallahassee than
anywhere else I have gardened.
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780. PalmBeachWeather
4:26 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
Quoting 778. SFLWeatherman:
Got down to 45 for me up to 51 now!
First time I have had on long pants for months.
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779. LargoFl
4:24 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
funny thing here..if you stand in the sunlight..you can feel the warmth, but in the shade you shiver,come on sun, you what you do best..get this cold outta here lol
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778. SFLWeatherman
4:21 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
Got down to 45 for me up to 51 now!
Quoting 773. PalmBeachWeather:
It didn't get to bad in Palm Beach county...I registered 49...A little chilly with the wind though.
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777. LargoFl
4:21 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
Quoting 764. KEEPEROFTHEGATE:


iam thinking its happening more because of the brief warmups
then frigid cold snaps
with large swings in temps that's why hearing more of them
once temp swinging settles down
so will the noises
peeps are hearing as well will stop
keeper what is booming exactly...the ground freezing..or is it homes and tree's etc
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776. TropicalAnalystwx13
4:21 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
Bottomed out at 15F with a strong northwest wind this morning. Highs probably won't reach 30F. Lows near 10-12F tonight.

I wish it would snow.
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775. SFLWeatherman
4:18 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
Quoting 771. StAugustineFL:
Bottomed out at 26.1 here. Had a little rain with the front yesterday and have my first icicle in the 11 years living in my house.



Back in 2009-2010 we had rain all day and it was 37 that day! But that night we got down to 32 at 7 PM we got down to 28 next morning but where I live now we got down to 24 that night! And this is in WPB!! :)
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774. etxwx
4:17 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
Good morning all. We bottomed out at 20F here on the farm, cold for this area of Texas but balmy compared to my sis in Michigan who had -16F last night. It's nice and sunny and warming up now. Poor plants...temps at the end of the week will be near 70F. Now that's a weather roller coaster.

Freezing Weather Nearly Sends Texas Into Rolling Blackouts



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773. PalmBeachWeather
4:11 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
It didn't get to bad in Palm Beach county...I registered 49...A little chilly with the wind though.
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772. PalmBeachWeather
4:10 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
Quoting 751. KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
I have received 9 complaints of bang or large popping noises overnight the last one was about 15 mins ago

lots of frost quakes the last 18 hrs or so

I am telling people whats causing the noise and there like huh

ya the noise is being caused by the extreme cold I tell em its frost quakes should stop after today for we will reach the max cold point then and it will slowly warm up

Sorry KEEP, I was eating some Pop Rocks Candy
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771. StAugustineFL
4:02 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
Bottomed out at 26.1 here. Had a little rain with the front yesterday and have my first icicle in the 11 years living in my house.

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770. GeorgiaStormz
3:55 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
Quoting 761. washingtonian115:
Shhh.I kinda want this hurricane season to sneak up on us.Sorta like the "They'll never see this coming" thing.Like a good horror film.


Let's not skip severe wx season
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769. ClimateChange
3:53 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
Quoting 768. ClimateChange:
No reason to suggest that global warming might cause an increase in the frequency of cold weather events. In fact, there has been a marked decrease as I showed in this blog post from 2012: Link.

This cold snap is completely consistent with global warming. It dropped to -12F here, which was the coldest since 1994. However, the very fact that this was a 20-year cold snap shows how much the frequency of extreme cold has changed. -12F or lower temperatures occurred at least once in each of the following winters: 1977, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, and 1994.

Even with the -12F low already recorded in 2014, the average extreme minimum temperature for the 2010s is just -1.8F.

This is consistent with a continuing warming trend in the decadal averages. In the 1960s, the average extreme minima was -7.9F. In the 1970s, -8.6F. In the 1980s, -11.3F. In the 1990s, -3.5F. In the 2000s, -2.3F. And in the 2010s, so far, just -1.8F.


To better illustrate this, the average annual low over the thirty-year period from 1960 to 1989 was -9.3F. From 1990-2014, the average annual low has been -2.7F. In fact, the -9.3F average from 1960-1989 has been exceeded just three times (-22F in 1994, -10 in 2009, and -12 in 2014).
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768. ClimateChange
3:50 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
No reason to suggest that global warming might cause an increase in the frequency of cold weather events. In fact, there has been a marked decrease as I showed in this blog post from 2012: Link.

This cold snap is completely consistent with global warming. It dropped to -12F here, which was the coldest since 1994. However, the very fact that this was a 20-year cold snap shows how much the frequency of extreme cold has changed. -12F or lower temperatures occurred at least once in each of the following winters: 1977, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, and 1994.

Even with the -12F low already recorded in 2014, the average extreme minimum temperature for the 2010s is just -1.8F.

This is consistent with a continuing warming trend in the decadal averages. In the 1960s, the average extreme minima was -7.9F. In the 1970s, -8.6F. In the 1980s, -11.3F. In the 1990s, -3.5F. In the 2000s, -2.3F. And in the 2010s, so far, just -1.8F.
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767. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
3:48 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
City of Toronto
10:13 AM EST Tuesday 07 January 2014
Wind chill warning for
City of Toronto continued

Persons in or near this area should be on the lookout for adverse weather conditions and take necessary safety precautions. Watch for updated statements.

Please refer to the latest public forecasts for further details and continue to monitor the situation through your local radio and television stations or Weatheradio.
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766. pcola57
3:46 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
Interesting cloud break across much of Florida..





And lake effect snows are still cranking..





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765. GeorgiaStormz
3:43 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
Official 6F in atlanta...


ECMWF might suppport a small severe wx threat in 8 days.
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764. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
3:40 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
Quoting 759. Neapolitan:
Neapolitan image

(Source)Yeah, LOL.


iam thinking its happening more because of the brief warmups
then frigid cold snaps
with large swings in temps that's why hearing more of them
once temp swinging settles down
so will the noises
peeps are hearing as well will stop
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763. pcola57
3:40 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
From my local NWS in Mobile,Al..



DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 530 AM CST TUE JAN 7 2014/

SHORT TERM [TODAY AND TONIGHT]...BROAD 1038 SFC RIDGE OF HIGH
PRESSURE CENTERED NEAR THE LA/MS BORDER THIS MORNING WILL MOVE
NORTHEAST TO THE TN RIVER VALLEY AND MID ATLANTIC STATES THROUGH 12Z
WED. AS THE SFC RIDGE SHIFTS EAST OF THE CWFA DURING THE DAY TODAY
THE STRONG COLD AIR ADVECTION THAT IS BRINGING THE UNSEASONABLY COLD
TEMPS TO THE REGION WILL BEGIN TO RETREAT NORTHWARD THIS AFTERNOON
AND OVERNIGHT POSSIBLE AFFECTING OVERNIGHT LOW TEMPS. LATEST MODEL
GUIDANCE SHOWS THIS PATTERN WELL WITH 925 MB TEMPS REBOUNDING FROM
-10 TO -12 C TO AROUND 0 C BY 06Z AND 1 TO 2 C BY 12Z WED. ALOFT A
MORE ZONAL FLOW DEVELOPS THROUGH TONIGHT SUPPORTING THE QUICK
REBOUND IN THE LOWER LEVELS ALSO. LATEST MODEL SOUNDINGS CONTINUE TO
SHOW HIGH BASE MOISTURE SUPPORTING THE CONTINUANCE OF SCT TO BKN
CIRRUS STREAMING EASTWARD ACROSS THE DEEP SOUTH. WITH THIS TONIGHTS
LOW TEMPS WILL HAVE TO BE A RESULT OF GOOD RADIATION COOLING AND
DECOUPLING AT THE SFC. THIS WILL LIKELY HAPPEN FOR MOST INLAND AREAS
WITH A LESSER CHANCE CLOSER TO THE COAST WHERE HIGHER SFC WINDS ARE
NOTED IN THE GUIDANCE. FOR NOW WILL CONTINUE TO LEAN TOWARDS THE
CURRENT FORECAST TEMPS FOR TONIGHT USING A BLEND OF THE CURRENT MAV
AND MET GUIDANCE THOUGH SOME ADJUSTMENTS WILL BE POSSIBLE ESPECIALLY
NEAR THE COAST WITH THE NEXT COUPLE OF MODEL RUNS. FOR NOW WE WILL
CONTINUE WITH HARD FREEZE WARNING FOR THE OVERNIGHT HOURS BUT SOME
ADJUSTMENT WILL BE POSSIBLE LATER TODAY. TODAYS HIGHS WILL RANGE
FROM THE LOWER TO MIDDLE 30S FOR THE NORTHERN HALF OF THE CWFA AND
IN THE MID TO UPPER 30S CLOSER TO THE COAST.
32/EE
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762. pottery
3:39 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
Greetings, from a warm, occasionally showery, bright and breezy Trinidad.
Currently 82F heading for 83.

Enjoy your Beastly Cold weather.
This too shall pass.

(sorry. couldn't resist, heheheheheheh)
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761. washingtonian115
3:34 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
Quoting 758. nocanesplease:
Any early predictions for the next Atl. Hurricane season?
Shhh.I kinda want this hurricane season to sneak up on us.Sorta like the "They'll never see this coming" thing.Like a good horror film.
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760. ricderr
3:33 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
Any early predictions for the next Atl. Hurricane season?


yep....they'll be some
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759. Neapolitan
3:31 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
Quoting 754. ClimateChange:


Probably not a frost quake, those are quite rare. More likely just loud creaks, bangs, and pops coming from the houses due to rapid shrinking of exposed materials.
Neapolitan image

(Source)
Quoting 740. StormPro:
Got down to 17 in Mandeville La before I left the house. Never got above freezing yesterday. This global warming sucks LOL
Yeah, LOL.
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758. nocanesplease
3:30 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
Any early predictions for the next Atl. Hurricane season?
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757. GeorgiaStormz
3:28 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
108 hrs



Followed promptly at 144 hrs





Hopefully the GFS is just over linearizing the rain swath, put pushing up against the sub 980 lows and another trough to the north, it might not be.... maybe we end up in a training flow.
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756. whitewabit (Mod)
3:26 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
Quoting 751. KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
I have received 9 complaints of bang or large popping noises overnight the last one was about 15 mins ago

lots of frost quakes the last 18 hrs or so

I am telling people whats causing the noise and there like huh

ya the noise is being caused by the extreme cold I tell em its frost quakes should stop after today for we will reach the max cold point then and it will slowly warm up



Happening around here for the last 2 days !!
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755. GeorgiaStormz
3:25 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
Oh HELL no




I ain't come all the way to 2014 to continue getting drowned by rain again.... dadgum.
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754. ClimateChange
3:21 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
Quoting 751. KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
I have received 9 complaints of bang or large popping noises overnight the last one was about 15 mins ago

lots of frost quakes the last 18 hrs or so

I am telling people whats causing the noise and there like huh

ya the noise is being caused by the extreme cold I tell em its frost quakes should stop after today for we will reach the max cold point then and it will slowly warm up



Probably not a frost quake, those are quite rare. More likely just loud creaks, bangs, and pops coming from the houses due to rapid shrinking of exposed materials.
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753. washingtonian115
3:15 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
Quoting 751. KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
I have received 9 complaints of bang or large popping noises overnight the last one was about 15 mins ago

lots of frost quakes the last 18 hrs or so

I am telling people whats causing the noise and there like huh

ya the noise is being caused by the extreme cold I tell em its frost quakes should stop after today for we will reach the max cold point then and it will slowly warm up

Sounds like a good sci-fy movie.
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752. StormTrackerScott
3:06 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
Quoting 748. ricderr:
What was bad was auburn choking and ending the SEC streak....worst of all it's to FSU




first of all a wonderful 14 degrees this morning....and some of us are thrilled the sec lost.....and go noles!!


What a game and Go Noles!!! Noles should back in the title game next year too as they have a tremendous amount of talent coming back next year from all positions.
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751. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
3:03 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
I have received 9 complaints of bang or large popping noises overnight the last one was about 15 mins ago

lots of frost quakes the last 18 hrs or so

I am telling people whats causing the noise and there like huh

ya the noise is being caused by the extreme cold I tell em its frost quakes should stop after today for we will reach the max cold point then and it will slowly warm up

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750. washingtonian115
2:48 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
GFS and Euro show more cold air in 10 days.
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749. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
2:41 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
hr 192 6z run

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748. ricderr
2:41 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
What was bad was auburn choking and ending the SEC streak....worst of all it's to FSU




first of all a wonderful 14 degrees this morning....and some of us are thrilled the sec lost.....and go noles!!
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747. ARiot
2:41 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
Quoting 744. Neapolitan:
That's entirely possible. The recent SSW event (which wasn't behind the current cold blast) may condemn parts of the US to a below-normal late January and February. But, as always, we'll see...


I guess a year or so ago the last big SSW popped the Artic over to N. Europe? (I forget the year, but it was when western Europe sat photos were all white and everyone was so amazed).

It's good that people can see these things coming and give at least decent 7 day trends. That way you can plan.

However, the variations in the jet stream probably caused by slowing due to lower temperature variants is more troubling, and probably harder to factor in to a forecast.

We'll see.

I agree that generally speaking, we ain't seen nothing yet. The next 20 years will be soup sandwich, that's for sure.
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746. GeorgiaStormz
2:39 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
3F and windy aint that bad.

What was bad was auburn choking and ending the SEC streak....worst of all it's to FSU
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745. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
2:37 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
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744. Neapolitan
2:34 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
Quoting 713. opal92nwf:
I kinda have a bad feeling that we are going to see another freeze event, possibly worse than this one, before the winter is over.
That's entirely possible. The recent SSW event (which wasn't behind the current cold blast) may condemn parts of the US to a below-normal late January and February. But, as always, we'll see...
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743. LargoFl
2:33 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
Tampa.......................
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742. LargoFl
2:32 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
we all must remember, days ago they said tuesday evening into wens morning may be the coldest temp wise,after that we warm up again here in florida,lets see if it verifies tomorrow morning,supposedly here by me it stays in the 40's today...
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741. hydrus
2:29 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
This should be interesting.
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740. StormPro
2:28 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
Got down to 17 in Mandeville La before I left the house. Never got above freezing yesterday. This global warming sucks LOL
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739. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
2:28 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
Quoting 713. opal92nwf:
I kinda have a bad feeling that we are going to see another freeze event, possibly worse than this one, before the winter is over.
ya after this one it will moderate all the while fresh batch of arctic will will be building for the plunge for late jan and feb
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