Wednesday could be one of the coldest days ever on record in Chicago, with the high temperature expected to be 12 degrees (F) below zero, which would be colder than some of the most frigid places on earth. The Windy City is facing extremely cold weather conditions due to a polar vortex.
The record for the coldest day in Chicago was December 24, 1983, with an average temperature of -18 degrees recorded at O’Hare.
On Wednesday the South Pole is expected to reach a high temperature of 4 below zero on Wednesday. Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost point in the United States, located above the Arctic Circle, will be 7 below zero. Zackenberg Station, Greenland, which is also north of the Arctic Circle, will be 11 below, according to a weather alert in CBS Chicago.
Meanwhile, the President of the United States who has on previous occasions called global warming a hoax tweeted “In the beautiful Midwest, windchill temperatures are reaching minus 60 degrees, the coldest ever recorded. In coming days, expected to get even colder. People can’t last outside even for minutes. What the hell is going on with Global Waming? Please come back fast, we need you!”
In the beautiful Midwest, windchill temperatures are reaching minus 60 degrees, the coldest ever recorded. In coming days, expected to get even colder. People can’t last outside even for minutes. What the hell is going on with Global Waming? Please come back fast, we need you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2019
Trump’s recent tweet adds to the strange things he has already said about global warming. “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive,” Trump had tweeted in 2012.
Trump has also pulled out of the Paris Agreement that aims to combat climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
The United Nations has labelled climate change a ‘defining issue of our time’ due to the drastic modifications in weather patterns caused by over a century of industrialisation.
A high of 12 below on Wednesday would be the coldest high temperature ever recorded in Chicago, beating out the 11 below zero seen twice before: on Jan. 18, 1994, and Dec. 24, 1983. Temperatures Wednesday night are expected to reach 20 below zero, which would be the lowest temperature ever recorded on Jan. 30 in Chicago, the report said. The record low for Jan. 30 in Chicago currently stands at 15 below zero, set in 1966.