The extreme cold gripping much of the Midwest and East Coast is beginning to move south. It was 20 degrees in Pensacola, Fla. on Tuesday morning.
The high Tuesday in East Lansing, Mich. was to reach 4 degrees, but the wind chill was minus 17, according to the National Weather Service.
Public schools and even Michigan State University were closed for the second day.
It was the same in Minneapolis.
Juneau Meteorologist Tom Ainsworth calls the cold blast from Canada an “Alberta Clipper.” But the upper Midwest is certainly no stranger to cold air.
“The severity of the cold and the strength of the wind delivering it was really a difference and a headline maker this time,” Ainsworth says.
Meanwhile, Juneau’s weather pattern isn’t expected to change anytime soon.
We’re locked into warm rain.
The forecast calls for Juneau temperatures to remain in the mid to upper 30s through Sunday. That means rain at sea level.
“The cold air that’s making all the headlines back east has to retreat father north again and then the whole northern hemisphere pattern will change somewhat,” Ainsworth says, “but until that changes, we’re unusually warm just like they’re unusually cool.”
It’s so cold in Kentucky that an inmate who escaped a minimum security prison turned himself into police. He said it was too cold for a getaway.
- Details are emerging slowly on the fire at the Peter Pan Seafoods processing plant in Port Moller. The 100-year-old plant caught fire late Tuesday night, and the blaze continued to burn Wednesday. The full scope of the damage is still unclear, but witnesses say it is extensive.
- For five years, Sharon Livingston has organized “Camp A”, where first-, second- and third-graders immerse themselves in traditional stories, crafts and foods. By encouraging kids to explore Unangan culture, she said they learn to see the value in cultures of all kinds.
- The National Transportation Safety Board is looking into the safety of Alaska skies during a hearing will take all today. The NTSB is looking into the wider issues surrounding the continued persistence of high numbers of accidents involving small planes and air taxis in Alaska.
- The Sun’aq Tribe won a grant to study the kind of threat that invasive crayfish in Alaska pose to subsistence resources. The award was announced Tuesday.