This Monday morning it's raining lightly with a pleasant, unseasonably warm 51 degrees at 8 a.m. In 24 hours, the world is going into a deep freeze, as temps drop an astonishing 42 degrees, to 9. Mind you, add in a brisk lil' breeze and we've got a "Wind Chill" of -11. What the hell?
The bitter cold comes out of the Midwest, before spreading south and east. Already, Monday morning, wind chills in the minus 40s and minus 50s are sending much of Minnesota and North Dakota into a deep freeze. Weather.com is kind enough to note that at wind chills of 50 below zero, any exposed skin can suffer frostbite in as little as 5 minutes.
Daily record lows are possible Monday in at least two dozen major cities from Texas to the Midwest, including Minneapolis/St. Paul, Kansas City, and Austin, Texas.
Looks like I better get the doggies walked stat! Ain't nobody gonna be happy walking around windy Brooklyn Heights 12 hours from now. By 8 p.m. Monday, the wind chill in NYC will reach 19 degrees. Oh, happy day. *
UPDATE: This weather event has become such a nationwide phenom that they've given it a name: Polar Vortex. Coolio, man!