Brrrr-eaking Records

The 2019 Polar Vortex Results in Record-Breaking Chills

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Haley Mengerink, Staff Writer

The 2019 polar vortex has resulted in several temperature-related deaths and record-breaking low wind chills in the midwestern United States.

Several areas reached record-breaking low temperatures, reaching 30 to 40 degrees below zero. These extremely low temperatures resulted in several schools and business closings during the week of January 28.

According to The Weather Channel, “Among the daily record lows set on Jan. 31 were Grand Forks, North Dakota (minus 32 degrees), Detroit, Michigan (minus 14 degrees), La Crosse, Wisconsin (minus 33 degrees), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (minus 5 degrees) and several other locations.”

Along with uncomfortable chills and icy roads, many suffered from delays and cancellations of flights.¬†According to AOL, “Almost 1,000 flight arrivals and departures scheduled for Wednesday were preemptively canceled at the O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. More than 320 were scrubbed in advance at the city’s other major airport, Midway International.”

As the polar vortex seems to fade away, many experts predict that this could only mean there is worse to come. According to AOL, forecasters say that over 85 percent of the United States would have been affected by freezing temperatures by January 30.