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Hypnotic animation of Earth shows
how the freezing Polar Vortex has
penetrated so deep into North America
it has pushed the Gulf Stream south

Daily Mail [UK], by James Nye

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 1/30/2014 8:36:24 AM

The latest Arctic blast that has pummeled large swathes of the nation and reduced the South to a quivering, freezing standstill is visualized in a beautiful GIF from the data website ´Earth´. The hypnotic animation is created from weather forecast data from the Global Forecast System that is then put through supercomputers and the lines represent both the wind speed and its temperature from January 26 through to Wednesday morning. The swirling lines rushing from the northwest down to the south are color coded, with the lighter purple and pink shades denoting the frigid temperatures that have battered the nation

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With a lack of snow plows and little or no salt or sand, major bridges in the area have been closed since Tuesday night. The relatively new Ravenel Bridge is closed too and no reopening time has been set. A miserable commute this morning--lots of black ice around, something most people around here have never heard of.

(Repair of our heat pump is set for Monday or Tuesday. They´re just not built for this kind of weather. Luckily, we had no electricity loss but many others did.)

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Felixcat, 1/30/2014 9:01:15 AM     (No. 9711328)

Living here in VA, the first artic blast we received in early January was, according to local weather people, broke records set about 150 years ago. So even back when this was a horse based society, we had very cold winters on occasion.

OP: I was stationed in Charleston from 1989-1991 and in the winter of 1989 - only three months after Hurricane Hugo saw a significant snowfall (about ten inches) hit Charleston.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 1/30/2014 9:20:59 AM     (No. 9711374)

Well at least there´s still some global warming at the equator.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 1/30/2014 10:32:33 AM     (No. 9711512)

#1, What a time to be here--Hugo´s mess and then a 10" snowfall! It snowed about 7" a few years ago, not too long after we moved here, but there was very little snow this time for those of us near the coast--we had ice pellets for hour after hour and the roads and bridges became treacherous. Schools are still closed--not a surprise, most drivers around here, including school bus drivers, have no idea how to drive on icy roads.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Pinchem, 1/30/2014 11:06:52 AM     (No. 9711583)

Sorry but it´s hard for me to have any sympathy or empathy for people unprepared for emergencies. Especially when they WERE WARNED. I wish I had a dollar for every time I´ve heard "gee it´s never happened here before"...or I´d be a millionaire. Doesn´t matter if it is snow, ice, winds, floods, tornadoes, fires, earthquakes, explosions or whatever. If you aren´t prepared to leave your house within 10 minutes with a "go bag" then you are among the stupid.

If you don´t know how to drive on snow and ice then STAY HOME dummy.

I have a zero level sleeping bag, camp heater with 2 propane bottles, a blanket, 3 gallon jug of water, a shovel and a small bag of kitty litter for getting out of snow or mud, all in my car at all times. All important papers are in one water/fire proof case. Grabbing that and a few clothes, my ice chest that plugs into a cig lighter socket with sandwich materials and snacks and I´m out of here.

Remember the emergency checklist I posted, along with additions from Ldotters? It´s still available at:

http://pinchem.net.

Scroll down to Pinchem´s Help Center then Disaster Information. It´s a long list and all of it may not apply for you but gives you a starting point anyway.


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Reply 5 - Posted by: mickturn, 1/30/2014 11:39:04 AM     (No. 9711660)

Wait a minute, what happened to Blobal Blarming?

Oh, I get it, it causes everything including freezing weather...got it. /S

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Reply 6 - Posted by: tipover, 1/30/2014 5:05:12 PM     (No. 9712237)

Per No. 1 we know that this has happened periodically for the last 150 years. That must mean Global Warming must have begun about the end of the Civil War since the Warming Cultists say all climate is by Global Warming!

Of course I mean /Sarc Off.

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