Empty streets, frozen Lake Michigan and the nickname “Siberia” from residents who are not ready for record low temperatures.NBC Photo
In late January, anomalous frosts caused by the polar whirlwind struck theMidwest USA . Of all the cities affected by the weather, the media paid most attention to Chicago (Illinois). January 30, 2019 meteorology recorded the second coldest day in the history of the city – the temperature dropped to -30 °. For almost 150 years of meteorological observations, it was colder only in 1985.
The temperature of -30 ° may not seem very low, but polar vortices, which usually form in the North Pole area, complicate the situation in the USA Because of the winds in Chicago, the temperature is actually between -40 ° and -53 °.
Because of this, in Illinois, schools and some other institutions were closed, dozens of flights were delayed or canceled at airports, and residents were asked not to go out. Among the tips even come across a request “not to breathe too deeply” in the cold.
US President Donald Trump amid the cold weather doubted the existence of global warming. But, according to scientists, polar vortices could fall on the United States precisely because of the warming at the North Pole.
In order for trains to continue to run in the Chicago area, workers had to set fire to frozen sections of the railway.
It’s been so cold in Chicago that workers set fire to railroad tracks just to keep the trains moving. The extreme cold — around -22 F Wednesday morning — can cause rail defects. https://t.co/7NG3VKuPYV pic.twitter.com/Bd15ZZUged
— CNN (@CNN) January 31, 2019
You can’t look at this photo and tell me chicago is not the most goth city pic.twitter.com/Kw0z8Fmoif
— goth felicity🥀 (@biancaxunise) January 31, 2019
“You cannot look at this photo and tell me that Chicago is not the most gothic city”
On January 30, there were practically no people on the streets and roads – even in the most popular places.
This was Chicago’s busiest road during rush hour today pic.twitter.com/r5veDwrkPe
— Smajlija (@SmajoLelak) January 30, 2019
“This is what Chicago’s busiest road looked like today at its peak hour.”
— Mike Hamernik (@MikeHamernik) January 30, 2019
Ghost town. No soul on Michigan Avenue on Wednesday from 9:30 am ”
Mass media and ordinary users published photos and videos of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan in social networks – both reservoirs froze up.
— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) January 31, 2019
This is now the second coldest day in #Chicago in nearly 150 years. Today’s average temp. is -17° (low of -24° and high of -10°) The only colder day was 12/23/1983 with an average temp. of -18°. (-25°/-11°)#PolarVortex2019 pic.twitter.com/WodnFQkLIh
— Mike Seidel (@mikeseidel) January 30, 2019
— Ben Bradley (@BenBradleyTV) January 30, 2019
— Jonathan Petramala (@jpetramala) January 30, 2019
One of the few entertainments of Chicago’s residents was “scientific experiments” with boiling water: people poured water on the street and watched it instantly freeze
— CNN (@CNN) January 30, 2019
— clay carroll (@Clay_Carroll) January 30, 2019
— Adam Roberts (@ARobertsjourno) January 30, 2019
One resident of Chicago conducted an experiment with noodles: according to him, she froze in a minute. The same experience was put on the Antarctic station “Concordia”.
How cold is it in Chicago at the moment….? pic.twitter.com/U3wJnHZwFY
— Charles Croucher (@ccroucher9) January 31, 2019
Photos of Chicago in the period of record cold were shared on Instagram, where the city got the nickname “Siberia” (Chicago + Siberia).