In particular, the East Coast is getting it really bad; a “bomb cyclone” is pretty much just pummeling everything in its path. In fact, there are 8 million people under a blizzard warning right now. Like, it’s legitimately so cold out that it’s SNOWING IN FLORIDA, GUYS.
It’s so cold that Niagara Falls stopped falling.
Images have been released showing a thick layer of ice covering the falls, with snow and icicles having formed all around them – including on the railings. But because the water flows at more than 3,000 tonnes per second, it’s actually impossible for it to completely freeze over. The water is continuing to fall underneath the ice sheet. Still the scene on the US-Canadian border looks a lot more The Day After Tomorrow than Winter Wonderland.
‘It’s beautiful to stand there and listen to it. It’s just nature at its finest when you hear the cracking of the ice, and you realise that the force of the water is always going to triumph.’
Thanks to Storm Grayson, a freezing weather bomb that’s just hit North America, wind chills in the Ontario region have fallen as low as
People have been braving the freezing temperatures to see the incredible, rare sight. The bone-chilling conditions are expected to stick around for at least the rest of this week. Grayson has plunged the east coast of the US and Canada to around -35°C, with as much as 18 inches of snow gathering in some parts.
Mount Washington in New Hampshire vied for the title of world’s coldest place on Sunday as millions of Americans shivered in plummeting temperatures.
The 6,000-foot peak in the north-east US was hit with a wind-chill of -73.3°C while Pituffik in Arctic Greenland and Scott-Amundsen Station in the Antarctic were reported to be basking in about -23°C.
Jaw-clenching temperatures hit the US north-east — Burlington, Vermont, was at -18.3°C with a wind-chill of -34.4°C, while both Philadelphia and New York were shivering at -13.3°C.
That bitter cold gripping much of the US since the new year will last another day, forecasters said on Sunday, predicting an end to a frigid spell that has featured a “bomb cyclone” snowstorm and frozen iguanas falling from trees in Florida.
Much of the central part of the country was due for snow, ice and rain on Sunday, forecasters said, but with temperatures finally expected to climb above freezing on Monday
“A warm-up is in store for next week,” the US National Weather Service said, adding that temperatures would return to seasonal norms or warmer.
The snow and cold have brought parts of the north-east to a standstill and have been blamed for at least 18 deaths over the past few days.New York’s Kennedy Airport, closed from Thursday to Friday in snow whiteout, on Saturday set an all-time low for January 6 at -13°C, the US Weather Prediction Center said.The east coast’s first snowstorm of 2018 was energised by a rapid drop in barometric pressure that some weather forecasters called a bombogenesis, or a bomb cyclone.
The phenomenon gave rise to gusts of more than 70 miles per hour and produced snowfall totals of 22 inches in parts of Maine and 17 inches in parts of Massachusetts, the weather service said.The cold snap dropped snow into sub-tropical Florida, where numerous people posted social media pictures of iguanas that had fallen from trees.
Flooding from a water main break forced the temporary suspension of some flights at New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport on Sunday, adding to the misery of travelers after a winter storm canceled or delayed hundreds of flights in recent days.Water poured from the ceiling onto a check-in counter and covered large areas of the floor of Terminal 4.The disruption occurred while the US Northeast continued to endure bone-chilling weather with the New York temperature at 17 degrees Fahrenheit (-8 Celsius).
International flights to Terminal 4 were temporarily suspended and passengers who had already arrived there were diverted to other terminals, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport.
The Port Authority said the water pipe break appears to be weather related. Flights later resumed but with delays, it said.
What happened at JFK Airport is unacceptable, and travelers expect and deserve better,” Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton said in a statement.
The authority said a water pipe that feeds the terminal’s sprinkler system broke, which caused flooding and a led to a temporary power cut in some areas as a safety measure.
The airport on Twitter advised travelers to check with their airlines before arriving.
There were about 3 inches (7.5 cm) of water inside the west end of Terminal 4, Scott Ladd, a spokesman for the Port Authority, said in an email.
The flooding hit just as the airport was crawling back to normal after a winter storm labeled a “bomb cyclone” forced the airport to close on Thursday.
When operations resumed on Friday, the backlog led to hundreds more delays or cancellations, crowding the terminals with stranded passengers.
More than 500 flights into or out of JFK were canceled and nearly 1,400 delayed from Friday morning to Sunday afternoon, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware.
The extreme cold and recovery from Thursday’s snow storm created a “cascading series of issues for the airlines and terminal operators,” the Port Authority said.
Equipment froze and baggage handling was delayed, which was compounded by staff shortages and heavier than normal passenger loads, the Port Authority said. The backlog left passengers stuck on planes for long stretches while waiting for other aircraft to get in and out of gates.