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Northern arctic blast linked to 4 deaths
02-05-2007, 06:28 PM
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Northern arctic blast linked to 4 deaths
A bone-chilling arctic cold wave with temperatures as low as 42 below zero shut down schools for thousands of youngsters Monday, sent homeless people into shelters and put car batteries on the disabled list from the northern Plains across the Great Lakes. At least four deaths were linked to the cold weather.

The cold was accompanied by snow that was measured in feet in parts of upstate New York.

"Anybody in their right mind wouldn't want to be out in weather like this," Lawrence Wiley, 57, said at Cincinnati's crowded Drop Inn Center homeless shelter, where he has been living. Monday lows were in the single digits.

With temperatures near zero and a wind chill of 25 below, school districts across Ohio canceled classes. "We have a lot of kids that walk to school. We didn't think it was worth the risk," said Sandusky City Schools Superintendent Bill Pahl.

It was so cold that Toledo, Ohio — 5 above zero at noon, up from 4 below — even closed its outdoor ice rink. "The irony is not lost on us," said city spokesman Brian Schwartz.

With a temperature of 12 below zero and wind chill of 31 below, Wisconsin's largest school district, Milwaukee Public Schools, also shut down, idling some 90,000 children. In upstate New York, 34,000 kids got the day off in Rochester because of temperatures near zero. Schools also closed in parts of Michigan and Illinois. A few schools closed even in Minnesota, where February cold is the norm and people are accustomed to coping.

Temperatures dropped below zero in Minnesota on Saturday morning and were expected to remain there until sometime Tuesday, the weather service said. By noon Monday, subzero temperatures had blanketed the Minneapolis-St. Paul area for 58 straight hours — the longest stretch in 11 years.

In northern Minnesota, the temperature crashed to 42 below Monday morning at Embarrass, 38 below at Hallock and 30 below at International Falls, the weather service said.

Veterinarian Wade Himes wasn't too concerned as he ate breakfast at the Shorelunch Cafe in International Falls.

"We get up and go to work, and people come and see us. I don't think anything changes that much. (You) just dress warm," said Himes, 69.

Grand Forks, N.D., also registered 30 below.

"For this time of year, this isn't that unusual, as far as temperatures go," said weather service meteorologist Bill Abeling in Bismarck. "To get record temperatures this time of year in North Dakota, you've got to delve down in the 40-below region, so we're not even close."

Hayward, Wis., fell to 27 below, and wind chills around the state dipped to nearly 40 below.

Amtrak shut down passenger service in parts of western and northern New York state, where the cold was accompanied by as much as 2 feet of snow fed by moisture from the Great Lakes near Buffalo and Watertown. Whiteout conditions and slippery pavement shut down a 38-mile stretch of the New York Thruway during the night.

At least 30 water main breaks were blamed on the cold in Detroit, city officials said.

The cold also brought calls for help from car owners faced with dead batteries and frozen locks.

"During the weekend, 10,000 motorists called for assistance. And that's a record in recent years," Nancy Cain, spokeswoman for AAA Michigan, said Monday.

The cold contributed to two weekend deaths in Kentucky, an elderly man who wandered away from his home Sunday and a motorist whose car slid on ice and overturned in a river, authorities said. An 8-year-old girl and her mother were killed in a wreck on an icy road in Michigan, state police said.

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02-05-2007, 06:46 PM
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aw man, that's not cool... and cold weather SUCKS!

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02-05-2007, 07:24 PM
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We are at the mercy of Mother Nature Jess!

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02-06-2007, 12:40 AM
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02-07-2007, 07:15 AM
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Deadly Cold Snap In Midwest, Northeast Snarls Traffic, Shuts Down Entire Towns

(CBS/AP) Winter returned with a vengeance to the Midwest and northeastern U.S., with snow and below-zero temperatures snarling commutes, canceling flights and closing schools.

More than 140 flights were canceled Tuesday at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, and authorities in Minnesota pulled 24 vehicles and four semitrailer trucks out of the ditch from a single pileup.

Cold air from the Arctic stretched from the northern Plains through New England — keeping temperatures well below zero Fahrenheit in many cities. At least 11 deaths were blamed on slippery roads and the bone-chilling cold.

The cold wind picked up moisture from the Great Lakes, creating lake-effect squalls that have dumped up to 4 feet of snow this week on parts of New York state at the eastern end of Lake Ontario, where winter had few teeth until this week.

CBS affiliate WTVH-TV reports the city of Oswego is bearing the brunt of the lake effect. The city is shut down, with schools, courts and other government offices closed after more than two and a half-feet of snow blanketed the area.

The bitter cold and bone-chilling winds forced dozens of schools in New York, Wisconsin and Michigan to close for a second day, including districts in Buffalo, Rochester and Milwaukee.

With so many people cranking the heat up to fend off the chill, power companies are working overtime.

"It's been at least three years since we've seen winter temperatures like these," said Eric Pierce, managing director of energy trading and commercial operations at Midwest power provider Xcel, in St. Paul, Minnesota. "We have more peaking facilities running right now than I can recall running at this time of year in the last three years."

And the longer temperatures stay low and the ground stays white, the less green will be in people's wallets, Bowers reports. Oil and natural gas prices shot up as soon as the mercury went down.

Elderly residents of an apartment complex in Chicago say they managed to survive three subzero days without heat, wrapped only in blankets. And as if the cold weren't enough, a new storm front dumped as much as six inches of snow across large stretches of the Midwest, causing dreadful drives, CBS News correspondent Cynthia Bowers reports.

Ferry service was suspended on the Hudson River in upstate New York because the water began freezing over.

The cold and slippery roads had contributed to at least two deaths in Illinois, two deaths in Kentucky, two in Michigan, two in Ohio, and one each in Wisconsin, Maryland and Indiana, authorities said.


http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/02/0...ME_2441469

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02-07-2007, 12:37 PM
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This can't be, LOL, we are in the middle of global warming, this arctic outbreak across most of the nation is a right wing conspiracy! j/k
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