The polar vortex is an area of cold low pressure that typically circulates around the Arctic during the winter, spreading tentacles of cold southward into Europe, Asia, and North America at times. Except this time, it’s not a small section of the vortex, but what one forecaster, Ryan Maue of WeatherBELL Analytics, called “more like the whole enchilada” [that's visiting the eastern U.S.] [Capital Weather Gang]
THE WEATHER reports right now are frightening. What it means for America’s football finale and fans is, too. I’m updating and bumping this story, because it’s the biggest one in the country right now. Record cold in the form of what the geeks call the polar vortex will make the climate deniers scoff at “global warming,” which was the biggest marketing error ever conjured up.
The temperature predictions are startling: 25 below zero in Fargo, N.D., minus 31 in International Falls, Minn., and 15 below in Indianapolis and Chicago. At those temperatures, exposed skin can get frostbitten in minutes and hypothermia can quickly set in because wind chills could hit 50, 60 or even 70 below zero.
[...] Sunday’s playoff game in Green Bay could be among one of the coldest NFL games ever played. Temperatures at Lambeau Field are expected to be a frigid minus 2 degrees when the Packers and San Francisco 49ers kick off, and by the fourth quarter it’ll be a bone-chilling minus 7, with wind chills approaching minus 30, according to the National Weather Service. Officials are warning fans to take extra safety measures to stay warm including dressing in layers and sipping warm drinks.
[...] “It raises the chances for future cold,” he said, adding it could include next month’s Super Bowl in New York.
Virginia is a frozen tundra right now, which is very unusual.
Growing up, when I was an avid NFL fan, Cardinal football could get cold in the winter. I remember seeing games on TV from Green Bay with snow blanketing the field and the camera lens. I’ve never heard of playing in wind chills “approaching minus 30.” That’s no fun for anyone.
We prefer the best seat anywhere, which is in front of our big flat screen on our couch.