In the United States, it remains the Arctic. Public life remained in the Middle West of the country largely paralysed. At least ten people, according to US media until Thursday as a result of the Arctic temperatures were killed. Also, there was still massive disruptions of the train – and air traffic, as well as the electricity and water supply.

among the reported cold dead an 18-year-old Student in the state of Iowa. He was found on Wednesday at a University campus in Iowa City. The National weather service of the USA has warned the residents of the affected areas, the icy Wind could cause within five minutes for frostbite to unprotected skin. “There is cold and there is COLD,” said the authority. “An extreme and dangerous COLD.”


“The temperatures are dangerous and we must act accordingly,” said the mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel. In the third largest city in the country, the temperature was dropped on Wednesday on the second – lowest ever measured value minus 31 degrees. Because of the wind the “feels like” temperature was, at times, even at minus 46 degrees.

fire in gas system exacerbates the Problem

For the approximately 16,000 homeless people in the “Windy City” (Windy city) designated city in the state of Illinois, the authorities introduced more than 270 Heat exchanges. Were used in addition to Council offices and libraries, even police stations. “It feels almost like dry ice,” said the 31-year-old Leon Gilbert, had to appear in spite of the cold, to work in a cafe in the centre of Chicago. “I feel like my skin is pulling together.”

Many shops, companies, authorities and schools remained closed. Also, many flights were still in Chicago alone there were more than 1600. The railway company Amtrak initiated, but in Chicago slow in operation again, after it had adjusted to its transport in the city.

In the States of Michigan and Minnesota threatened because of the thriving heaters bottlenecks in the supply of natural gas. The situation was exacerbated by a fire at a gas plant in Michigan. The local authorities called on the consumers, their heating regulators to turn down.

parts of Niagara falls are frozen

The Arctic cold wave also caused for curious phenomena. On the huge Michigan lake steam rose in to the air, because cold air is attracted masses over the warmer seawater. Parts of the mighty Niagara falls are frozen.

the relief should be in sight. The National weather service predicted that temperatures would rise from Friday in the Mid-West slowly.

the cause of the extreme cold’s Arctic air, which had broken away from the normally the North circular so-called polar vortex. For this separation could be, according to a scientific Thesis climate warming is responsible.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who thinks nothing of climate protection measures, however, had doubts because of the cold wave, climate change again. “What the hell is going on with global warming? Please come back soon, we need you,” he sneered in the short message service Twitter. The National ocean and Atmosphere Agency (NOAA) noted that winter storms are “not proof that there is no global warming”.


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