Bitter Cold Is Breaking Records —and Windows

Sharks are freezing, too
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2017 11:04 AM CST
In this Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, photo, Vrooman Road northbound is closed to traffic in Ohio.   (Lynn Ischay/The Plain Dealer via AP)
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(Newser) – Just how cold is it across much of North America? Sharks are freezing to death and windows are cracking. Weather.com notes daily record cold high temperatures were tied or set in 29 spots from the Midwest to the South and East on Thursday, including in Baltimore, Boston, and New York City, while daily record lows of 12 degrees Fahrenheit were set at JFK and LaGuardia Airports early Friday. More records could be broken over New Year's weekend as the cold weather keeps up. Details:

  • Freezing sharks: Weather was a factor in two deaths in Chicago and a car crash that killed four in Kansas, per the New York Times. Three thresher sharks also died near Cape Cod, likely when their gills froze. "If you've got cold air, that'll freeze their gills up very quickly," says one marine scientist.
  • Windows are breaking: Mashable reports it's so cold that house windows are cracking in the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. AOL notes that glass can contract in extremely cold temperatures.
  • Cold criminals: Police in Ohio say two teens in Akron hid away in a JC Penney as it closed Thursday, stole jewelry, then smashed their way out a glass door. They might have gotten away with it had they not flagged down police about 1:30am to get out of the frigid temps. Stolen goods were found in their possession at the hospital, reports WKYC.

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