US facing record-breaking wind chill factors so cold they’re literally off the charts | US News

Parts of the United States are experiencing a record cold spell, so cold it falls outside the official National Weather Service charts.

The northeast of the country was hit by a powerful explosion, with temperatures in the New Hampshire‘s Mount Washington plummets to new low of -46F (-43C).

But wind chill temperature is how cold people actually feel outside and depends on the strength and temperature of the wind.

Strong winds of 96 mph over Mount Washington produced a wind chill coefficient of -108F (-78C) – comfortably lower than the lowest point on the National Weather Service (NWS) cold wind chart. ), at -98F (-72C).

Image at the weather station of Mount Washington.  Photo: Cleveland National Weather Service/@NWSCLE
Image at the Mount Washington weather station. Photo: Cleveland National Weather Service/@NWSCLE

‘Worst weather in the world’

NWS says Mt Washington, highest peak in northeast WEhas “lived up to its reputation of having the worst weather in the world”.

New Hampshire is one of several states under wind chill warnings, along with Massachusetts, Connecticut State, MaineRhode Island, Vermont, and much of New Yorkwhich gives a “Code Blue” warning about temperatures below 0 degrees Celsius.

Thousands of homes lost power and emergency shelters were opened.

Although the deep freeze is expected to be relatively short, residents have been warned that the condition is life-threatening, with schools in some cities closing due to the risk. children with hypothermia and frostbite.

A weather expert says cold wind forecasts can cause frostbite on open skin in as little as 10 minutes.

“It’s painful,” said meteorologist Donald Dumont at the National Weather Service in Grey, Maine.

One of the cities hardest hit by the freeze was Boston, Massachusetts, where Mayor Michelle Wu declared a state of emergency.

Record low temperatures are forecast there on Saturday and in one of the state’s other cities, Worcester, where residents have endured temperatures as low as 3F (-16C) over the weekend.

Boston’s record low is -2F (-19C), set in 1886, and Worcester’s is -4F (-20C), dating back to 1934.

‘The people were disappointed’

Freezing conditions, sweeping from the east Canadaoccurred as southern states recovered from another winter storm that brought days of rain, sleet, and frost.

IN Texas, thousands of residents remained without power on Friday night, even as the weather warmed up. One of the state’s largest cities, Austin, has seen 30% of customers without power at any point since Monday.

Mayor Kirk Watson admitted the city had “let down people”.

“The situation is unacceptable to the community and it is unacceptable to me,” the Democrat said.

One resident, Edward Kim, has had no electricity or heat since Wednesday. The 43-year-old revealed that he is using a generator to keep his house “sustained”.

Will Rison, another local, said his elderly parents also lost power for three days.

“You can just wrap yourself in so many blankets and wait,” he added.

Although no deaths have been reported from the power outages, the weather is believed to have caused at least dozens of deaths on roads across Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma this week.


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