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A Furor Grows in Brooklyn Over Jail With Little Heat

Federal Bureau of Prisons in hot water over 'disturbing living conditions'

(Newser) - The misery of last week's polar vortex continues to drag on, now with outrage in Brooklyn, where some 1,600 inmates at a federal jail have been shivering amid a partial power outage that's resulted in limited heat in week in which temperatures plunged, reports NBC News . The... More »

Indiana Marshal Has to Cut Horse Out of Tree

In -20 degrees. 'I couldn't feel a thing, it was so cold'

(Newser) - An Indiana town marshal wielding a chain saw rescued a horse that became wedged between two branches of a tree trunk amid subzero cold, reports the AP . Winfield Town Marshal Dan Ball says the horse somehow became stuck in the multi-trunked tree Wednesday morning in the town of Winfield, about... More »

First, the Crazy Cold. Now Comes a Crazy Thaw

Rockford, Illinois, was minus 31, but temperature will rise about 80 degrees by Monday

(Newser) - In Illinois, temperatures could rise by 80 degrees within days. In Michigan, melting snow and rain and a 17-mile ice jam could lead to flooding. Across the Midwest, the sudden warmth was sure to bring more broken roads and busted water mains, per the AP . The polar vortex that brought... More »

Here's How Cold Weather Can Kill You

An explanation of hypothermia, and the not quite as dangerous but still pretty bad frostbite

(Newser) - With at least eight deaths linked to the polar vortex currently gripping much of the US, LiveScience offers an answer to the question many likely have on their minds: How does a person freeze to death? As the site explains, the two main health problems that are a danger in... More »

Iowa Student Among 8 Deaths Linked to Polar Vortex

Brutal cold should start to lift Thursday

(Newser) - The bitterly cold weather gripping much of the US has been linked to at least eight deaths, including that of an 18-year-old University of Iowa student. Campus police found pre-medicine major Gerard Belz unresponsive behind a building around 3am Wednesday, when the wind chill was -51 Fahrenheit; he died in... More »

Ky. Gov.: Closing Schools for Cold Shows 'We're Getting Soft'

State educators don't take too kindly to his remark

(Newser) - It may not be as cold in Kentucky as it is in Minnesota , but things just got chillier for the former state's governor. A comment Matt Bevin made during a Tuesday radio interview is catching some flak. When 840 WHAS radio host Terry Meiners mentioned Bevin's kids would... More »

Midwest Is Colder Than Much of Antarctica

Even postal service has been called off in places

(Newser) - "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds," reads the unofficial motto of the US Postal Service. It doesn't say anything about wind chills as low as -65 Fahrenheit. The USPS says it will... More »

Chicago: 'If You Don't Have to Be Outside, Don't'

Much of the US faces 'life-threatening' cold

(Newser) - The wandering polar vortex is about to give the Midwest and Great Lakes regions a taste of temperatures more commonly found at the North Pole, and authorities say they can't warn people strongly enough about how dangerous the weather will be. In Illinois, Gov. JB Pritzker says his administration... More »

The Polar Vortex Just Split Into 3

'Severe and punishing' weather could be headed toward eastern US by end of January

(Newser) - Folks in the eastern part of the country may have "severe and punishing" weather to look forward to in less than two weeks, with cold to chill the bones and "heightened storminess." That's per weather model forecasts cited by the Washington Post , which warns of the... More »

Here Comes the Polar Vortex

Hopefully it won't be as bitterly cold as 2014's

(Newser) - A somewhat ominous tweet from The Weather Channel on Wednesday evening offered fair warning about a returning winter phenomenon. Showing frigid temperatures dipping into the teens, single digits, and even minuses in some parts of the country, the tweet read: "No, these are not forecast low temperatures. These are... More »

Record Siberia Snowfall Could Be Bad News for US

Polar vortex could be paying another visit

(Newser) - Snowfall in Siberia during October has proved to be a remarkably accurate indication of how cold winters in the US will be, according to meteorologist Judah Cohen—and it looks like this winter could be a doozy. Siberia experienced record snowfall and its worst blizzard in 10 years this October,... More »

You May Be Waking Up to Historic Cold

'Siberian Express' partly to blame for record-setting temps across country

(Newser) - Roofs collapsing from snow, canceled flights , power outages, miserable commutes, and piles of snow have become the norm this winter, but now officials—especially in the Southeast—are cranking up the heat again and shuttling the homeless into shelters as a cold front sweeps the country today and tomorrow,... More »

Polar Vortex in July? It's Coming, Sort Of

It's not truly a polar vortex, but next week's front will bring chillier temps

(Newser) - OK, to be fair, the polar vortex that’s heading our way next week isn't technically a polar vortex—but it is going to bring significantly cooler weather, according to the Washington Post . Temperatures are predicted to be 10 to 30 degrees lower than average for July in the... More »

Still-Icy Great Lakes Take a Big Toll

Shipping, wildlife held back by late melting

(Newser) - This winter saw the second-largest recorded ice cover on the Great Lakes, and the five lakes still haven't fully melted. As of April 10, the Atlantic Cities notes, they remained nearly half frozen over; typically, it's about 3% at this time of year, an expert tells Accuweather . All... More »

All Hail the Polar Vortex, Slayer of Pests

Invasive species of bugs can't survive the cold, Gwynn Guilford argues

(Newser) - If you've just about had enough of the polar vortex, consider this: The severely cold weather we've been experiencing is "decimating the populations of destructive invasive insects that cost the US government and homeowners billions each year," writes Gwynn Guilford for Quartz . Doesn't sound so... More »

Great Lakes Days Away From Record Ice Cover

Long cold spell excellent for lakes' health

(Newser) - This long, cold winter has created the most ice cover on the Great Lakes in 20 years —and with ice cover usually at its peak in mid-March, there's still time for records to be broken. Lake Superior is now more than 90% covered by ice, reports NBC , and... More »

Bundle Up: Polar Vortex Returns for an Encore

Frigid weather just won't let up

(Newser) - The wait for spring isn't getting any easier. The northern US is in for more Arctic chills, LiveScience reports. While it won't be the season's coldest weather in absolute terms, it could be the coldest compared to what's normal for this time of year, an expert... More »

Wife's Calls Save Man Pinned Under Frozen Truck

Trapped trucker survived 8 hours in the cold

(Newser) - A Florida truck driver who became trapped under his vehicle in sub-zero temperatures at an Indiana truck stop very early on Monday survived thanks to a wife who wouldn't stop calling. Tim Rutledge, 53, went under his truck to loosen ice from his brake pads when the vehicle shifted... More »

Even Hell Has Frozen Over

Every US state saw freezing temperatures yesterday

(Newser) - Here's how cold it is: Hell has frozen over. OK, so we're talking about Hell, Mich., a small town 60 miles west of Detroit where temperatures have dropped as low as -4 degrees (or -27 when wind chill is considered), Time reports. In fact, at some point yesterday,... More »

Yeah, This Is Global Warming in Action

Even freezing temps can be explained by global warming: LiveScience

(Newser) - Given the deep freeze engulfing much of the country, you may have heard more than one person scoffing about global warming. Jokes aside, climate change is still very real, LiveScience insists. In fact, scientists believe much of the cold weather can actually be explained by global warming. For one thing,... More »

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