Cold Blast Breaks Century-Long Temperature Records

Tarrah Gibbons
November 14, 2019 - 3:31 pm
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Have you been feeling cold when you stepped outside lately? You're not the only one busting out the winter coat.

Since Monday, up to 40 states from New Mexico to Maine had “more than 1,000 cold records tied or broken," according to ABC.

The National Weather Service just compared this historic cold weather to freezing temperatures charted more than 100 years ago in November 1911, when people experienced similar, freezing temperatures.

Meteorologists from ABC said on Thursday that the chill has been remaining around the eastern half of the country.

The Washington Post reported that temperatures 20 to 30 degrees below normal “covered much of the eastern third of the nation.”

And an Arctic air mass on Tuesday delayed and cancelled thousands of flights in Chicago, according to USA Today.

Some places had a foot of snow while more than 200 million people faced freezing temperatures as the Arctic air swept across the country.

Detroit also saw freezing temperatures, with a record November snowfall of almost 10 inches, USA Today reports.

Accu Weather said places in Michigan reported 30 inches of snow while places in Texas woke up to freezing temperatures.

"For them, this morning was the worst-case scenario," AccuWeather meteorologist Tyler Roys said Tuesday. "For others, Wednesday will be worse."

On Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, even many areas in the south saw temperatures dip into the 20s.

“The big story is how cold it’s going to be,” said Cody Lindsey, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “And with the gusty winds during the day, it will definitely feel a little colder than it actually is.”

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