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Stinging Cold Smashes May Records in the Midwest, East and South

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Stinging Cold Smashes May Records in the Midwest, East and South

A chilly weather pattern for May set more cold temperature records in parts of the East into midweek.

Numerous record lows were already set Mother's Day weekend, and an area of low pressure wrung out strange May snow in the interior Northeast.

The record-breaking cold weather was from a southward plunge of the jet stream in place to the east of the Rockies. That allowed a pipeline of cold air to dive southward from Canada into parts of the central and eastern United States.

The jet stream and surface weather pattern in play over Mother's Day weekend, 2020, leading to record cold and some late-season snow for some.

Notables and Records So Far

Cold Notables

All-time May record lows were set Saturday morning, May 9, in Binghamton, New York (24 degrees); Fort Wayne, Indiana (23 degrees); Indianapolis (27 degrees); New York's LaGuardia Airport (36 degrees) and Jackson, Kentucky (30 degrees). State College, Pennsylvania (27 degrees), New York's JFK Airport (34 degrees) and London, Kentucky (28 degrees), tied their all-time May records Saturday morning.

According to the National Weather Service, prior to Saturday, the latest spring date Fort Wayne, Indiana, plunged to 23 degrees was April 20, 1897, and 1904, almost three weeks earlier in the spring.

Nashville, Tennessee, also plunged to its coldest low so late in spring Saturday morning, beating its previous record-latest 35-degree low by three days.

Washington's Reagan National Airport (37 degrees) dipped to its coldest May low since 1966. Peoria, Illinois, had its latest spring freeze since 1971.

Van Wert, Ohio, plunged to 18 degrees Saturday morning, the first time it had dropped into the teens in May in 127 years of records.

Wind chills were as cold as the teens, even upper single digits, in parts of the East Saturday morning.

Boston's temperature only rose to 44 degrees Saturday afternoon, setting a new record-cold high temperature for May 9.

New daily record lows for May 10 were set Sunday morning in Trenton, New Jersey (31 degrees); Richmond, Virginia (32 degrees); Shreveport, Louisiana (47 degrees); and Wilmington, North Carolina (41 degrees). Boston and Providence, Rhode Island, both tied their daily record lows of 34 degrees Sunday morning.

New daily record lows for May 11 were set Monday morning in Bismarck, North Dakota (24 degrees – tie), International Falls, Minnesota (21 degrees), and Columbia, Missouri (36 degrees).

Daily record lows were tied or broken on Tuesday morning, May 12, in International Falls, Minnesota (18 degrees), Rochester, New York (30 degrees, tied), Columbus, Ohio (32 degrees), Dayton, Ohio (32 degrees), Wilmington, North Carolina (45 degrees, tied).

On May 12, both Cape Girardeau, Missouri (54 degrees), and Paducah, Kentucky (56 degrees), both had their coldest day so late in the season since 1981.

On May 13, Rochester, New York, had its coldest May morning in 41 years.

Snow Notables

Pittsburgh reported a trace of snow both on May 8 and May 9, the first consecutive May days of snow there in 97 years.

Detroit topped them, recording at least a trace of snow five straight days, a record such streak for May in the Motor City. The previous streak set 80 years ago was only three straight days.

And, as noted by National Weather Service-Charleston, West Virginia, meteorologist Nick Webb, Snowshoe, West Virginia, set its record 24-hour May snowfall in 45 years of records. Elkins, West Virginia, also set a new 24-hour May snow record, picking up 1.5 inches of snow on May 8.

This forecast prompted the National Weather Service office in Caribou, Maine, to issue its first May winter storm warning in at least 15 years.

Rare May lake-effect snowbands and snow squalls spread across the Great Lakes and interior Northeast on Saturday. Overpasses were snow-covered in parts of western Pennsylvania, according to live cams.

Graupel mixed in across parts of the Interstate 95 corridor.

Parts of upstate New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine picked up 3 to 6 inches of snow, with up to 14 inches in eastern Maine.

One location near the Vermont-New York border northeast of Albany at an elevation of 1,300 feet reported 1 foot of new snow Saturday morning.

Light snow accumulations were reported in parts of western and central Massachusetts and the Litchfield Hills of northern Connecticut.

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Why weren't they talking about the record cold temperatures this month on the fake sites like the Weather Channel and NASA? It sounds like a very cold month, but I'm sure they will still claim it was the hottest on record as they usually do, and come up with some excuse on why these numbers don't mean anything. Remember, global warming somehow causes cold temperatures now, including snow!

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Polar Vortex Causes Hundreds of Injuries as People Making Snide Remarks About Climate Change Are Punched in Face

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January 6, 2014
 

A blizzard at a train station. Photograph by Bilgin Sasmaz / Anadolu Agency / Getty

 
 

MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report)—The so-called polar vortex caused hundreds of injuries across the Midwest today, as people who said “so much for global warming” and similar comments were punched in the face.

Authorities in several states said that residents who had made ignorant comments erroneously citing the brutally cold temperatures as proof that climate change did not exist were reporting a sharp increase in injuries to the face and head regions.

In an emergency room in St. Paul, Harland Dorrinson, forty-one, was waiting to be treated for bruising to the facial area after he made a crack about how the below-freezing temperatures meant that climate-change activists were full of ****.

“I’d just finished saying it and boom, out of nowhere someone punched me in the face,” he said. “This polar vortex is really dangerous.”

The meteorology professor Davis Logsdon, of the University of Minnesota, issued a safety warning to residents of the states hammered by the historic low temperatures: “If you are living within the range of the polar vortex and you have something idiotic to say about climate change, do not leave your house.”

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