Nation & World News

Looking To Escape The Deep Freeze? Head To Alaska

By Mark Memmott on January 27th, 2014

The National Weather Service is warning, once again, that brutally cold weather is going to be spreading across much of the nation, from the upper Midwest down to the deep South and up through the mid-Atlantic, Northeast and New England.

The Weather Service even throws an exclamation point into its forecast for this week:

“The airmass and the associated surface high pressure with it is literally coming from the North Pole and heading nearly due south into the central U.S. by Tuesday!”

Among the places where things are particularly miserable if you don’t like extremely cold temperatures: Minnesota.

Minnesota Public Radio’s Tim Nelson tells our Newscast Desk that it feels like it’s 20-degrees below zero (or colder) in many parts of the state as winds blow through. What’s worse, he says, is that “a Canadian natural gas pipeline explosion has crippled natural gas supplies to part of the region. Emergency officials are asking residents in the Red River Valley and the Brainerd area to keep their thermostats at 60 to conserve fuel.” For many other homeowners, there’s this problem: Propane prices are up sharply in the state.

Meanwhile, “for California and the Inter-Mountain West, a much quieter weather pattern will prevail for the next few days as high pressure stays in charge. This is providing pleasant temperatures for this time of year.”

We also want to take note of what’s happening in Alaska. As AccuWeather.com reports, “on multiple dates this month, temperatures have been warmer in Alaska than they have been in Texas, Louisiana and much of the Atlantic coast, including Florida. Nome, Alaska, which lies at 64.5 degrees north latitude has experienced at least seven days so far this month where temperatures have climbed above freezing. The normal high for Nome is 13 F.”

Forecasters think this pattern — a jet stream that’s pushing brutal cold across much of the continental U.S. while there’s relatively warm weather up in parts of Alaska — won’t shift until sometime next month.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

This entry was posted in News from NPR. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.

 

More Stories in News from NPR

Nebraska Governor Vetoes Bill That Repealed Death Penalty

The move sets up a showdown Wednesday with lawmakers in the state’s unicameral legislature. A close vote is expected as lawmakers try to override the veto.


Heat Wave Claims More Than 750 Lives In India

Most of the deaths have occurred in southern Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states. But high temperatures persist across much of the country of 1 billion people.


Hackers Stole Data From More Than 100,000 Taxpayers, IRS Says

The thieves used the data to file fraudulent tax returns. The IRS commissioner said less than $50 million had been successfully claimed from the agency.


Photographer Mary Ellen Mark attends the Leica Los Angeles grand opening on June 20, 2013. Mark died Monday. She was 75.

Photographer Mary Ellen Mark Dies At 75

The influential photographer was known mostly for her humanist work.


Prolific Fantasy And Science-Fiction Writer Tanith Lee Has Died

Lee wrote dozens of books, including Don’t Bite The Sun and Death’s Master — the latter of which was part of her popular Flat Earth series. She was 67.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments