Introduction — Jan 7, 2014
Bitter cold grips North America with record breaking lows that haven’t been seen in over a century. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declares a State of Emergency and the National Guard is mobilised to assist local authorities.
As heavy snows fall, warnings are sounded about “life threatening cold“ while many New Yorkers, especially those under 25, struggle to recall such atrocious conditions.
The cold front has been attributed to the so-called Polar Vortex, which has brought frigid Arctic air south. However, if you thought that in the face of such weather “global warming” would have been forgotten you’d be wrong. Because the corporate media is already bending over backwards to blame the sub-zero temperatures on … “global warming”.
The Guardian reports that the deep freeze currently gripping North America may be the result of shrinking Arctic sea ice caused by manmade climate change. In other words “global warming”.
All of which could be seen as a twist on 1984’s “War is peace, Freedom is slavery, Ignorance is strength”. Although the similarity is probably cold comfort to those facing the record-breaking lows reported below.
Are we seeing a rerun of the same routine we saw about Saddam’s Hussein’s Weapons of Mass Destruction? Only now with “climate change” as the subject matter rather than Saddam’s fictitious WMD?
Remember how the corporate media speculated in unison over the danger posed by Saddam’s WMD? Until it was discovered there were none, whereupon they fell silent.
Is this a repeat of that whole episode? Wherein what we have told to expect is revealed but, as happened with Saddam’s WMD and now with “global warming”, is obviously NOT what we’ve been led to believe?
Bob Fredericks, Kevin Fasicks — New York Post Jan 7, 2014
And brisk northwest winds gusting over 20 mph made it fell even more bone-chilling, with wind chills of about 12 below zero.
“Despite bright sunshine, actual high temperatures will be in the lower teens across the metro area” Tuesday, meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said on AccuWeather.com.
The 4 degrees recorded by AccuWeather set a new record low for today’s date, breaking the previous mark of 6 degrees set in 1896 – 118 years ago.
Relief is at least 24 hours away, as temperatures are not expected to rise into the relatively balmy 20s by Wednesday afternoon before continuing to warm up as the week progresses.
“Temperatures will slowly trend upward later this week and could touch 50 degrees in some locations this weekend,” Sosnowski said.
New Yorkers like Mick Sol, 26, an art store employee from Brighton Beach, were ready for the warm-up.
“It’s unbearable. it’s freezing. It’s dangerous, especially if you’re outside too long. I’ve never seen it this cold. Something is crazy with this weather,” he said.
But John Halikas, owner of the Hollywood Diner on Sixth Avenue at West 16th Street, saw a positive side to the blast of arctic air.
“Once in a while this weather is good. The rats, the mice, the flies will die. We need this kind of weather, this weather cleans the air,” Halikas said.
Thousands of air travellers remained stranded as JetBlue and other airlines cancelled scores of flights in and out of Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark airports due to the double whammy of last week’s snowstorm and the Polar Vortex.
Nationally, 2,245 flights were cancelled Tuesday as of 8:30 a.m., according to FlightAware.com, which tracks delays.
JetBlue cancelled all flights out of the three New York-area airports as well as Boston’s Logan airport starting at 5 p.m. Monday.
The carrier said in a statement it will begin ramping up service Tuesday at 10 a.m. and hoped to have full service restored by 3 p.m.
Schools in New York City remained open, though some on Long Island, and in Rockland and Westchester counties delayed openings Tuesday.
The city’s Office of Emergency Management warned New Yorkers that prolonged exposure to the cold can cause hypothermia, frostbite and could worsen chronic heart and lung conditions. Seniors and infants are most at risk.
The health department encouraged everyone to stay indoors as much as possible and to check on friends, family and neighbors.
Speed restrictions were issued for the Tappan Zee Bridge due to high winds.
And alternate side of the street parking was suspended in the five boroughs.
Upstate, a 50-mile stretch of Interstate 81 north of Syracuse remained closed as heavy snow and winds gusting to 40 mph made driving hazardous.
The highway was ordered shut down Monday night when Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for more than a dozen upstate counties.
The state Department of Transportation says Tuesday morning that I-81 remains closed between Exit 31 at Brewerton, just north of Syracuse, to Exit 45 at Watertown in Jefferson County.
DOT officials say there’s no estimate yet on when the highway would reopen.