It's official – Chicago experienced the coldest four months ever on record

Weather Channel producer Shawn Reynolds tweeted this incredible photo taken by pilot Hank Cain of a tundra-like Chicago, from above on January 23rd, 2014
An over a century-old record falls.

The average temperature for December 2013 to March 2014 period in  Chicago was only 22.0°F, 10 degrees below freezing, beating the old record set in the winter of 1903-04. It even beat the harsh winters of 1977/78 which were some of the worst ever.

While stories rage in the media about how global warming is a threat to mankind and nobody will be left untouched by it, the National Weather Service in Chicago issued this statement today.

No, it isn’t an April fools joke.

Here is the statement:



937 AM CDT TUE APR 1 2014 /1037 AM EDT TUE APR 1 2014/

















1.      22.0        2013-14

2.      22.3        1903-04

3.      22.5        1977-78

        22.5        1892-93

5.      22.7        1978-79













1.      18.2        1977-78

2.      18.4        2013-14

3.      18.5        1978-79

4.      19.1        1911-12

5.      21.0        1981-82




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April 1, 2014 2:27 pm

I live less than 60 miles north of Chicago in southeastern Wisconsin.
Can you please stop reminding me how cold this last winter was?
Thanks. 🙂

Les Johnson
April 1, 2014 2:29 pm

I DREAM of temperatures getting up to 22 deg F.

Tim Walker
April 1, 2014 2:31 pm

This cold is brought to you via AGW. The same force that will keep your children from experiencing snow. The models must be showing the freezing point of water will rise.

Tim Walker
April 1, 2014 2:32 pm

Woops. I meant to say ‘the freezing point of water will fall.’

Les Johnson
April 1, 2014 2:32 pm

On the notice board outside my office, I have drawing of a man with ear muffs, holding a white flag. Underneath is the captions:
I surrender.
Winter wins.
Please stop.

April 1, 2014 2:39 pm

Calling it the coldest “ever” seems a bit of a reach, although I don’t doubt that it was the coldest 4 months on record.
REPLY: coldest ever for the existence of Chicago. -A

April 1, 2014 2:45 pm

“EVER?” Oh. Good thing you qualified it. For a moment I thought you were going all cold alarmist on us. I mean, hello! Pleistocene! I won’t believe it till I see it as anomalous data or as an inverted hockey stick. Enough with your fancy talk.

Mark Luhman
April 1, 2014 2:45 pm

Last year it snow in Baghdad, this year in Cairo (first time in over a hundred years.) Yet I am told that the abnormal cold is only in the US and the US does not make the world, after all world is still warming. My though yes it is still warming in the record keeper computers, and it will remain warming in their computers eve if ice sheets descend were yet again descending on Chicago, our Baghdad Bobs called climatologist will still insist that the world is warming. I truly believe they are cooking the books and we are probably in a cooling period. I can only hope the cooling period is brief and the world will continue to do a step change upward say in about twenty years, because I also know that where I spend most of my live only a few thousand years ago there was a sheet of ice covering that part of the world over a mile thick and we are not that many steps downward for that condition to return as the norm.

Mike H
April 1, 2014 2:48 pm

Ya’ see? That’s why we needed to change form global warming to climate change. if we had stuck with GW, people could measure and prove wrong. If we go with CC, who the heck is going to know what we’re talking about and we can continue to fool some of the people all of the time. If not all of the time, at least long enough to get regulations in place and then we can find a new phantom menace.
If you don’t measure, you can’t manage. If you can’t measure, you can’t manage.

April 1, 2014 2:51 pm

We’re still struggling to get over 40 in Michigan. Yesterday was 59 for a short period. No sign of flowers, but the geese are flying north. A warm Spring is just around the corner.

April 1, 2014 2:57 pm

On record, ok … but before that? If we turn back the clock 12-15000 years, it would be a different story …

April 1, 2014 2:58 pm

[snip -over the top – mod]

Bruce Cobb
April 1, 2014 3:02 pm

Latest ice-out on Lake Winnipesaukee since 1887 quite possible.

April 1, 2014 3:02 pm

Here comes the liberal BS about climate, regional vs global. OH SHUT THE HELL UP!!

April 1, 2014 3:02 pm

Reblogged this on The Next Grand Minimum and commented:
Reminds me of this Ice Age Map:

April 1, 2014 3:03 pm

If there was a mile high glacier just 500 meters away from Chicago, the global warming cult would still be screaming about how the world is about to burn up due to global warming. They are in denial of all the science.

April 1, 2014 3:03 pm

Calling Al Gore, Mr. Al Gore…..
Global Warming, RIGHT.
I’ve seen cold years and hot years.
The Earth has seen Ice Ages
and Hot spells (BTW long before industrialization)
The SUN controls Earth’s weather, PERIOD.
So-called “scientists” are voting their paychecks and propagandizing
for the UN globalists.
Liars, and socialist vermin.

April 1, 2014 3:04 pm

All the more impressive given that the UHI effect is likely stronger now than it has ever been.

April 1, 2014 3:09 pm

This was clearly George Bush’s fault…

April 1, 2014 3:15 pm

that`s why i moved to Florida after 45 years of cold Chicago winters.

April 1, 2014 3:19 pm

alan on April 1, 2014 at 3:02 pm
Here’s the mixup about “liberalism” and “socialism” again … (Not the same!) The former is left wing politics and the latter is center-right politics.

April 1, 2014 3:22 pm

Cold? Like ice age cold , like global warming cold?
Time to start burning coal to warm the planet…… Al Gore has gon too far.

a p
April 1, 2014 3:22 pm

UN insists it is warming along with most Dems!

April 1, 2014 3:23 pm

It’s a travesty…..

April 1, 2014 3:23 pm

Why do all weather service announcements and tables resemble a badly-typed WWII secret service memo?

April 1, 2014 3:24 pm

SasjaL on April 1, 2014 at 3:19 pm
Oooos! The other way around …

Sandbar Doombey
April 1, 2014 3:31 pm

I hope this global warming thing kicks in soon!

April 1, 2014 3:32 pm

What would provide more evidence for “extreme weather” than an all-time record? /sarc
Now we know why they emphasize the terms “extreme weather” and “climate change.” Record cold temperatures make “global warming” a tough sell, but they don’t necessarily falsify the idea of a changing climate or an increase in weather extremes. However, I still haven’t heard a convincing argument for how an increase in CO2 can cause record cold.

April 1, 2014 3:32 pm

Last time I checked, the Quad Cities, on the other side of the states, was at #2 in temp, next to 1978-79. Number 1 on show.
So impressive, in light of the heat island that’s developed over the years.

April 1, 2014 3:33 pm

Um, snow. Number one in snow. 🙂

April 1, 2014 3:34 pm

We hear incessantly about the horrors of pleasant weather and rarely about the downside of Arctic weather.
Ice on Lake Michigan proving fatal to waterfowl

Leo Geiger
April 1, 2014 3:41 pm

Yes, while the media talks about a climate report, WUWT does another local weather report.

April 1, 2014 3:42 pm

April 1, 2014 at 2:39 pm
“REPLY: coldest ever for the existence of Chicago. -A”
I can agree with that explanation.

Ron Sinclair
April 1, 2014 3:44 pm
Dr Burns
April 1, 2014 3:52 pm

With more than a ten fold population increase (despite recent decline) since the first readings, UHI should add a couple of degrees to current readings.

April 1, 2014 4:06 pm

Did Gore visit Chicago this year? if so, this could be a case of the Gore effect.
Just another example of why we need to take action against extreme Gore effects.

Bruce Cobb
April 1, 2014 4:08 pm

Leo Geiger says:
April 1, 2014 at 3:41 pm
Yes, while the media talks about a climate report, WUWT does another local weather report.
Yes, record cold winters and record ice levels, all despite record high CO2 levels, and despite a 17-year halt in warming, with signs that we are in fact cooling is “just weather”. Got it.

April 1, 2014 4:16 pm

According to a report this afternoon, the White House announced President Obama has chosen Al Sharpton to be the next Czar of Global Warming. Apparently Sharpton’s climate change tutorials on MSNBC last month impressed the president.

Bert Saxby
April 1, 2014 4:33 pm

This could be worse than Y2K.

April 1, 2014 4:38 pm

I’m in Eastern Canada. We’re still getting snow storms. We have another one on the way. It’s APRIL!!! I don’t remember there ever being this much snow in April. Where is this global warming? It’s not in my area. If you see this elusive global warming, tell it to come my way.
Global warming is like Elvis. People claim to see him/it, but no one can prove it.

April 1, 2014 4:38 pm

If this was weather, then what would you call if it repeats next year or say 3 out of 4 years? Answer: out migration

April 1, 2014 5:02 pm

Reblogged this on OCCUPYMELBOURNE.NET and commented:
Coldest winter in over 100 year but the warmers will still tell you its the hottest ever.

Will Stewart
April 1, 2014 5:06 pm

The usual cherry picking of data for 1/1000000th of the world’s surface. There’s something called ‘science’ and it would behoove readers here to read about it first. So far, most everything I’ve seen is “Ready, fire, aim”….

April 1, 2014 5:07 pm

“Global warming is like Elvis. People claim to see him/it, but no one can prove it.”
Global Warming has left the building. 😉

Mike Maguire
April 1, 2014 5:09 pm

As you would expect, Detroit experienced a similar cold season. The 2nd snowiest ever so far and the 4th coldest Nov-Mar ever.
The occurrence of one cold and snowy Winter is obviously weather. What I find intriguing is the pattern over the last several decades.
Detroit had numerous mild/low snow Winters in the 1980’s/90’s while the earth experienced global warming and the PDO was positive. 4 of the lowest 20 snow seasons occurred during those 2 decades.
Since the PDO dropped into the negative zone around a decade ago, Detroit has had numerous snowy Winters. In fact, in the top 15, we find that 6 of the snowiest Winters have occurred in just the last 11 years. Which is half of the Winters during that period finishing in the top 15 of the past 130+ years of records.
#2 2013/14 91.7″
#5 2007/8 71.7″
#6 2010/11 69.1″
#10. 2008/9 65.7″
#11. 2004/5 63.8″
#15. 2002/3 60.9″
Does global warming cause more snow?
Well, snow amounts dropped off in the 1980’s/90’s when there was legit global warming. Shouldn’t we have seen snow increase then?
However, snow amounts during the last 11 years are the highest for any such period in Detroit’s recorded history, a time when the global temperature increase has stalled and the PDO, a natural cycle has flipped from positive to negative.
This suggests that at the very least, the natural cycle shift, as seen in the PDO going from + to – around a decade ago is offsetting all the greenhouse gas warming effect from the CO2 (that has gone up every year during that time). With so much snow during that period it appears that snowy Winters are a result of or working in tandem to produce natural cooling which is completely offsetting the entire greenhouse gas warming effect for the last decade.
Northern Hemisphere snow cover in Winter has increased during the same time frame as Detroit:
Will the warming resume when this natural effect flips again? Maybe, but it’s evidence that for periods of longer than a decade(probably 3 decades considering the past PDO), natural climate change is at least as powerful and at times(50’s-70’s) even more powerful than greenhouse gas warming.
In other words, this is more evidence that the natural cycle(s) have been underestimated which means the human factor has been given too much weight.

April 1, 2014 5:09 pm

Drudge likes you better than the NWS! Congrats on another win.

April 1, 2014 5:13 pm

I feel for you Americans – but imagine my distress, as I cope with the damaging effects of global warming in subtropical Hervey Bay, Australia. One day, if the globe experiences 10 degrees of warming or more, America may suffer the way I do – bathtub warm oceans and bright sunny days, even in winter, lots of beautiful young women running around the beach in skimpy swimwear, BBQs outdoors, because it is too hot to cook inside the house, long evenings drinking beer watching the thunderstorms, whale watching trips to see nature’s great mammals at play, a free waterpark provided by the local utility company, circuses, outdoor events, sports. Its tough I tell you, tough!

April 1, 2014 5:31 pm

Someone must have let Queen Elsa out of her computer animated program.

April 1, 2014 5:31 pm

With Democrat Global Warming, we will all be able to put water into our ovens to make ice cubes!!!!
I mean since like democrats say Global WARMING makes it colder……….

April 1, 2014 5:40 pm

Soon it will be a “Climate Cooling” crisis with Al Gore at the helm. Blaming “Climate Change” for “Climate Cooling” and “Climate Warming” on “Climate Cooling”. Earthquakes creating Climate change or the opposite. Icebergs in the Great Lakes caused by the Gore effect. Snowfall in Equatorial New Guinea caused by “Carbon Cooling”. The ice in my beer cooler melting to fast is the real test of “Global Warming”. Think I will invent a line of Al Gore “Climate Change” beer coolers. The intention is to lessen the effect of “Global Warming” on my beer.

Leo Geiger
April 1, 2014 5:41 pm

Bruce Cobb says: Yes, record cold winters….with signs that we are in fact cooling is “just weather”. Got it.
Don’t listen to me. Listen to WUWT and Roy Spencer when there were record high temperatures in March 2012 in parts of North America:
…avoid linking a weather pattern…
…attributing much to “randomness”…
The U.S. is a pretty small place (about 2% of the Earth)…
…we are talking about “weather”, not “climate change”.
That means that our unusual warmth is matched by unusual coolness someplace else.
…here we see evidence that our March warmth was simply a chance fluctuation in weather patterns.

For a little broader context:

On a global scale, land temperatures for the December through February period were actually the tenth warmest in the modern record, according to NCDC, 0.87°C (1.57°F) above the 20th century average. Far eastern Asia, particularly China and eastern Russia, were significantly warmer than normal. In Europe, Austria and The Netherlands observed the second warmest winters in their records, and Switzerland its third warmest. With temperatures as much as 5°C above normal, spring crops and plants began sprouting several weeks early across much of Europe. And in the southern summer, the extended heat waves in Australia and Argentina stand out.

There certainly was cold weather in Chicago this winter, though, and quite a few other places in the U.S. and Canada. No doubt about that.

Leo Geiger
April 1, 2014 5:43 pm

I made an error in the block quotes formatting. If it wasn’t clear, this final sentence was mine, not NASA’s.
“There certainly was cold weather in Chicago this winter, though, and quite a few other places in the U.S. and Canada. No doubt about that.”

April 1, 2014 5:46 pm

Global warming – climate change – the terms have been used interchangeably for years. I guess you didn’t see the 2004 movie “The Day After Tomorrow,” which featured climate change/global warming as a plot point. Burning carbon fuels doesn’t make CO2. Nope. CO2 doesn’t cause a greenhouse effect. It’s all about those greedy scientists vs. those high integrity utility companies and heavy industries. Uh, sure, that makes perfect sense (walks away rolling eyes).

Theo Goodwin
April 1, 2014 5:57 pm

The Alarmists are going to trumpet the idea that the cold weather in the US this winter is an example of extreme weather produced by climate change. (There, I think I got all the boiler plate words right.)
All of us know that it was just weather. Mother Nature is once again showing us what she can do. She likes to do that.
If they would take a moment for thought, Alarmists would realize that their mantra of “extreme weather” makes no sense because, after all, it is just weather and not climate.

Jesse Sharpton
April 1, 2014 5:59 pm

Dat be rassiss and sheeet! Alb Gore be needs mo money so he can fix all this weather sheeet!

April 1, 2014 6:05 pm

What divine irony that the PRESIDENT from CHICAGO insists that “global warming” is settled science and that anyone who doesn’t believe it is a “denier” or “flat earther”. He is so full of himself and so wrong.

April 1, 2014 6:06 pm

Who really gives a [trimmed] about how cold it was? Are you people that bored? What’s it gonna be tomorrow?

April 1, 2014 6:09 pm

Once upon a time, a long long long long long time ago, there was an “ICE AGE”. There was a “climate change” and things got warmer in some places; colder in others. Dinosaurs died . . ice melted . . SH lT happens. There were no ‘coal fired generators’ on the planet. There were no lawn-mowers. Al Gore had not been born so there was not as much flatulence.. . . but there was plenty to go around.
Don’t worry about it. The earth warms. . . the earth cools. . . . it has been doing this SH lT for a long long long long time.

April 1, 2014 6:19 pm

That is because the flatulence family has left the area

April 1, 2014 6:30 pm

I like it when the northern Dem voters, that cause so much damage to the economy and nation by empowering corrupt leftist pols, get a serious dose of Karma…I hope they have snow in June.

April 1, 2014 6:35 pm

Didn’t the IPCC say extreme weather events were not caused by climate change? The gentleman who moved to Florida well done, but don’t you get hurricanes there instead. You can’t win eh. I lived in Bermuda and it is so low that early explorers couldn’t find it until they hit reefs.
The weather there was awful. Cold in winter, humid as hell in summer, but the sea was wonderfully clear and warm and the fish so tame. Except for the oil on the beaches. But we were on the edge of the hurricane belt and suffered from one. I went to a Higglerly Piggerly supermarket, and I could not really stand up well against the winds. As the roads were close to the sea, we got waves crashing over the mini minor we owned. Now if sea rises were to affect any island, Bermuda should be effected. Bleedin’ expensive though even for Americans.

April 1, 2014 6:41 pm

Atolls sink and rise. Everyone knows this don’t they. When we were flying to Bermuda, we passed either Hawaii or maybe Tahiti or Fiji, I can’t remember. The captain pointed out an atoll and said it was being encroached by the sea. Storms don’t help either.

April 1, 2014 6:46 pm

Google “Al Gore adductors release second chakra”

April 1, 2014 6:46 pm

Don’t fret too much at the height of the last glacial advance it didn’t get too much further than the great lakes. By the time that happens you will have adequately adapted or moved to Florida?

April 1, 2014 6:48 pm

The coldest winter I ever spent was during the white-hot debate about global warming in Chicago while it endured it’s coldest winter. Actually, that is a lie, I spent this winter in San Diego. I did however catch pneumonia the last winter I spent in Chicago a few years back when it hit like -10… If you haven’t had it, pneumonia is a trip … three days of sweating profusely, as you shiver like a mad man.

April 1, 2014 6:50 pm

Climatologists not invited to the right parties have for the past several years been saying they believe that the world is entering a gradual cooling period which will resemble the little ice age of Napoleon’s time.

April 1, 2014 6:56 pm

[Unbelievably] grueling. I do not like the heat but this has been trying. High of sub zero on more than one occassion.

April 1, 2014 7:04 pm

when the new ice age does hit … feed your bovines beans … Save The Planet!

April 1, 2014 7:08 pm

Will Stewart says:
April 1, 2014 at 5:06 pm
The usual cherry picking of data for 1/1000000th of the world’s surface. There’s something called ‘science’ and it would behoove readers here to read about it first…
Will, you really need to get up to speed on this subject. Forget about your stupid charges of ‘cherry picking’, and look at the satellite record, which is not only the most accurate temperature record, but it covers the whole globe. It shows that global warming has stopped for the past 17+ years.
You’ve been reading pseudo-science blogs, haven’t you? Stick around here for a while, and learn some real facts.

April 1, 2014 7:23 pm

re: HHnNC says April 1, 2014 at 6:06 pm
Who really gives a [trimmed] about how cold it was? Are you people that bored? What’s it gonna be tomorrow?
Teens and single digits in several states THIS MORNING even; didja know this? As far south as Nebraska (teens; single digits in the Dakotas and Minnesota). Did MSNBC/ABC/SeeBS/CNN or NBC mention this (NO for NBC; I watched them this morning!)
Anything on HuffPo or DKos? How about The Wx Channel? Too ’embarrassing’ to mention for the first of April huh … As a matter of fact, surface map is showing teens in parts of Minnesota and N. Dakota at the moment … ‘fear the chill’ …

April 1, 2014 7:30 pm

Once again on record is 150 years out of how many million or billion?

April 1, 2014 7:41 pm

The summer of 1988 was brutally hot. I specifically remember WGN’s Tom Skilling stating that Chicago had recorded more 100 degree high temps that summer than they had since the city started keeping records. If you check the “official record” now they list only three days that the temp exceeded 100. So don’t worry about how cold it has been this year. If you check the record in 20 or 30 years you will find that it wasn’t nearly as cold as you remember. The record will be “corrected” for your own good. Probably makes you warmer just thinking about it. I know it makes me pretty hot!
I don’t know where Weather Underground gets their info but I recorded the local reported high and low for every day last year, just in case, and those temps have already been “corrected” on their website.
Where has the honor in science gone?

April 1, 2014 7:49 pm

Who listens to school kids or university students, who are still learning about life and their place in their society and food chain. Minus 10 C is cold, we get it here in Australia, but it warms up during the day. But in comparison to when I was living in UK, Gee, it was cold there without central heating. And it depended on where you lived. Weather patterns vary in UK and Oz.
Richard will remember, when TV first came available in England and we only had the BBC, we ridiculed the weather predictions. I have radar surveillance available here. Storm trackers and the Bureau of Meteorology. It can change in hours. And even if warnings are out for extreme weather, they sometimes pass over our town. Better to be pre-warned I suspect. But recently a typhoon hit a small place not far from where I live. It destroyed a ladies home, that was not built to sustain such winds. But her next door neighbour was OK. There was no warning.

April 1, 2014 7:55 pm

If I have read it correctly the IPCC is generalising and there predictions seem to match more a cooling climate than a warmer one, when precipitation usually increases. Other than in desert areas or inland from the sea. It depends on the size of the land mass and its shape. Australia is two thirds arid.

April 1, 2014 8:08 pm

You can tell which side is lying on global warming, sorry, climate change, or is it called something else now?…global cooling?…Whatever. Anyway, you can tell which side is lying on many issues. The side that is lying is the side that wants to shut everyone else up. It’s what you might call it the lying dictator syndrome. When the liars are sufficiently appeased, you have a dictatorship. You know who I’m talking about.

April 1, 2014 8:12 pm

As usual, the Left will ignore th reality of our weather because it does not fit in with their ‘full speed ahead to save Earth’s climate’ mentality. Which, of course, is the tool they need to regulate and tax us to do as they want. Claiming the superior moral high ground because THEY are going to save the planet by exerting their will over us. Really they don’t care about the climate, it’s all about the taxation and regulation.

Global Bobo
April 1, 2014 8:25 pm

Clearly abnormal cooling due to global warming. The debate is over.

April 1, 2014 8:29 pm

Jethro says:

I don’t know where Weather Underground gets their info but I recorded the local reported high and low for every day last year, just in case, and those temps have already been “corrected” on their website

Thanks Jethro–I know this is being done..and you’re right, the honor is gone.
Now if we could figure out what is going haywire with the satellites… that we keep coming in above the norm. The planet is cooling–and has been…

Mark Luhman
April 1, 2014 8:42 pm

Will Stewart Yes we do cherry pick, I would say though snow in Cairo first time in 117 years might tell you something. Maybe it not quite as warm as were being told. Funny from what I can see most of the warming is occurring where people do not live maybe someone needs to chop down that cherry tree.

April 1, 2014 9:12 pm

I can see from the comments that Teabillies know zero about science. Global warming can cause literally any kind of weather. These extremes were predicted by all the climate models. It’s settled science. The debate is over.

Mike Borch
April 1, 2014 9:14 pm

Was this based on raw temperature data? We all know that you can’t just measure the temperature you have to adjust it to get the real picture. Wait til NOAA does their final analysis, I’m sure that you can kiss this record goodbye. It might be in the top ten coldest winters but no way it will stay number one!

April 1, 2014 9:17 pm

But of course, this was caused by “Global Warming”. The Libtards will never give up on their idea of man-made global warming/climate change. If they did, then they’d have to give up their dream of a massive wealth redistribution scheme.

Tim Obrien
April 1, 2014 9:19 pm

I went through the 77-78 blizzards in Ohio with the -30degree lows and -45 wind chills. By the late 80s I moved to Florida and didn’t look back. I can take 2 degrees of “Climate Change” but not 100 degrees of winter…

April 1, 2014 9:23 pm

can see from the comments that GOPunks know zero about science. Global warming can cause literally any kind of weather. These extremes were predicted by all the climate models. It’s settled science. The debate is over.

Todd Coheen
April 1, 2014 9:38 pm

It’s probably Dubya Bush”s fault

April 1, 2014 9:42 pm

I watered my cactus outside today in Houston, it was 79.

Real Rick
April 1, 2014 9:46 pm

Ok, it was a cold winter. Does that mean anything against the nice weather we had last year?

April 1, 2014 9:54 pm

Enough with all of this “coldest on record” crap. It has been this cold before, it will be this cold again.

April 1, 2014 10:04 pm

I suggest Chicagoans burn the extra ballots that are reserved for dead people and illegal aliens. That ought to warm things up considerably.

April 1, 2014 10:20 pm

Snow in the middle east is not unusual, don’t they read their tale of the Nativity. It snows in Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus, but generally not in Egypt. One of my former school friends living In Israel, said one day. Snow one day and hot the next. Never know what to wear. Even snows in Australia. But where I live it we have deeper snow that doesn’t disappear in a day, we are in the pooh. As we are on a plateau or tablelands, the roads to and from are likely to be covered in ice.
We have power failures. Generally this only happens for a few days. So we use candles and BBQ’s or buy our food cooked from gas from take aways. But we miss TV. Luckily it doesn’t happen often. But water pumps for rain water do freeze.

April 1, 2014 10:36 pm

It was a glorious winter in Chicago! I missed the -20ºF run we had in the late 1970’s-80’s, so this past winter was like welcoming an old friend back to the neighborhood.
The windshield on our new Honda CRV cracked from the cold. Impressive.
As far as global warming, well….Shaka, when the walls fell is about all I can say to that.

Jim Clancy
April 1, 2014 10:39 pm

Pilot Hank Cain must have long arms and legs. That picture is from row 24 starboard on a 737.
REPLY: He might have been a passenger or flying deadhead. The article didn’t say – Anthony

Lloyd Martin Hendaye
April 1, 2014 10:55 pm

Entering a likely 70-year “dead sun” Grand Solar Minimum similar to that of 1645 – 1715, cycles of ever-diminishing wavelength, higher frequency, project that AD 2010 – 2029 (twenty years) will succeed the thirty-year warm-phase from 1980 – 2009, which in turn followed forty years of relative chill from c. 1940 – 1979.
Given the previous fifty-year rebound (1890 -1939) from Earth’s 500-year Little Ice Age (LIA), it seems that short-term climatic pulses will soon shake Earth’s global thermostat to pieces, after 2030 chaotically switching off-and-on through AD 2100.
Since –due to the 1,500-year Younger Dryas “cold shock” that ended c. BC 7300– our current Holocene Interglacial Epoch would normally have ended about AD 450, coincident with the fading Roman Warm, odds favor a resurgent Pleistocene Ice Time lasting a median 102,000 years. Should technological advances not suffice to move approximately 6-billion souls off-planet from c. 2050, Earth’s hominid population will have shrunk 90% a century or two from now.

Ales Jones
April 1, 2014 11:31 pm

If this warming keeps up im going to freeze my [trimmed] off.

Ales Jones
April 1, 2014 11:32 pm

If this global warming keeps up im going to freeze my snowballs off.

B. Ingo
April 1, 2014 11:59 pm

It’s racist to oppose Fubarak Obathhouse’s global warming words. This pocket of resistance must be rolled up. I’ll get president Jarrett and Eric Holder right on it.

April 2, 2014 1:33 am

SCUTE – ” Scute says:
April 1, 2014 at 3:23 pm
Why do all weather service announcements and tables resemble a badly-typed WWII secret service memo?”
Thank you!! I got a good early morning laugh out of that. So TRUE!

Good for them
April 2, 2014 2:36 am

God is punishing them for voting for that idiot, twice…

April 2, 2014 2:56 am

Who said h3ll was hot??

April 2, 2014 3:08 am

The real news here is that a blogger created a method for determining the existence (or non-existence) of a decades long trend of a body 190,000,000 sq miles, by looking at 4 months of data from an area 11,000 sq miles. Congratulations sir.

Eugene S. Conlin
April 2, 2014 4:13 am

“Chico says:
April 1, 2014 at 9:42 pm
I watered my cactus outside today in Houston, it was 79.”
That’s an old cactus … mine rarely get past 5! ;¬)

We keep being told that weather is not climate by the greens and CAGW-ologists – How come the Oxford English Dictionary gets it so wrong?
n noun
1 the general weather conditions prevailing in an area over a long period.
2 a prevailing trend or public attitude: the current economic climate.
climatic adjective
climatical adjective
climatically adverb
Middle English (orig. denoting a zone of the earth between two lines of latitude, later a region considered with ref. to its atmospheric conditions): from Old French climat or late Latin clima, climat-, from Greek klima ‘slope, zone’.

April 2, 2014 4:21 am

But out lying A$$ Liar of the Century is shutting down coal burning power plants. My electric bill has doubled since he started that madness. Of course he doesn’t have to worry about his electric bill, the texpayers pay it, as well as [paying for his bi-weekly vacations.

April 2, 2014 4:44 am

Glad I’m not the only one wondering why the pilot was taking photos from economy class! If he was a passenger, why would the caption call him the “pilot”? Wouldn’t he simply be “passenger”? Or if he is actually an off-duty pilot, why is he in economy?

April 2, 2014 4:47 am

Well….At least the murder rate fell a little. But it wont be long before….BANG BANG BANG!!

Kahless the Unforgettable
April 2, 2014 4:52 am

BRRR! Global….warming….is….BRRR!!!…true!…..We ….BRRR!!….must tax….BRRR!!…all….carbon!!
Calling Al Gore! Calling Al Gore! Sockpuppet has fainted from frost bite! Calling Al Gore….

April 2, 2014 5:22 am

“You can’t argue with the science”
-Barack Obama at the Copenhagen global warming summit
What a pathetic excuse for a human being he is….

April 2, 2014 5:30 am

For the states close to the Canadian border , this was a record cold winter. Overall, for United States it was the 34 the coldest since 1895. It looks like 2014/2015 winter may be milder with a possible weak El Nino on the horizon. However the long term out look could be colder winters like we had 1895-1920 and again 1954-1979 as the ocean cycles swing into their cool mode . This has already been happening since 1998 . The winter temperatures have been declining now for 16 years at about 1.78F/ decade according to NCDC/NOAA, CLIMATE AT A GLANCE data.. Matter of fact 8 out 12 months are also cooling . Winters , spring and fall are cooling while summer is still warming . So we better get used to cooler temperatures as they may be around for several decades to come.

April 2, 2014 5:32 am

Maybe the author could obtain a comment from colossal Fraud and prominent demoRAT-COMMUNIST party member, algore

Richard M
April 2, 2014 5:44 am

Not sure if winter is over yet in Minnesota. Northern Minnesota picked up 16-18″ of new snow earlier this week and the Twin Cities are supposed to get a foot of snow tomorrow. If April keeps going the way it has started we could see the coldest and snowiest April on record.

April 2, 2014 5:49 am

Here in Iowa when it got into the low 20s we thought we were experiencing a heat wave. Just think how cold it would have been where it not for Global Warming.

April 2, 2014 5:55 am

While, in So Cal, we’ve had the warmest winter in decades.
Geezz…I just might have to turn the AC on again today. 🙂

April 2, 2014 5:57 am

There is a possibility that the US/North America, Siberia/USSR, Greenland and Europe will experience the first signs of global cooling, because if cooling sets in from the weak sun, and also the negative PDO, the land areas of the northern hemisphere might be expected to experience cooling first. The southern hemisphere has too much water, which retains heat longer. Greenland is already cooling apparently since the mid?-late 20th century, so this is a good sign.
It;s good for skeptics because most of the research and blogosphere goes on in the US/Canada and western Europe, so this is fortuitous, you could call it another Gore effect-one of the first places to experience significant global cooling might be Gore’s home country. Interesting to watch in the next 20 years, I reckon temperature might cool for the next few decades. Here’s hoping anyway.

Jerker Andersson
April 2, 2014 6:12 am

I guess those temperatures that are used when calculating record temperatures are not adjusted for UHI? In that case the temperatures thsi winter may be a bit higer due to UHI.

April 2, 2014 6:22 am

With the exception of the WEST , every part of United States is showing winter temperatre trend getting colder for the last 17 winters
SOUTH -1.6
WEST +0.1
Note :SOUTH AND NORTH DAKOTA – 4.7 and – 4.5 F/decade
IILLINOIS -3.3F/decade

April 2, 2014 6:26 am

Avg March temp at a UHI-affected station in Hagerstown, MD was 36.5F — 5.5F below avg. Several daily low records were set:

Fred Blackstone
April 2, 2014 6:26 am

Good point Herkimer. Maybe you could add the numbers for the last 17 Summers as that would be interesting also.

April 2, 2014 6:51 am

Well we know it was a cold winter for Chicagoans as well as those in the northeast. I figured Matt Drudge wouldn’t come up with weather patterns for the whole world though. If he did he’d realize that most of the world enjoyed an unusually warm winter. Time to wake up, Matt. The world is getting warmer, not colder.

April 2, 2014 6:59 am

As the old saying goes . . . . “When Hell Freezes Over”

April 2, 2014 7:30 am

“The Earth has a Fever” – Al Gore

April 2, 2014 8:02 am

Global warming, yet another violation of our rights. The gov’t constantly violates our rights.
They violate the 1st Amendment by caging protesters and banning books like “America Deceived II”.
They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by allowing TSA to grope you.
They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars.
Impeach Obama.
Last link of “America Deceived II” before it is completely banned:

April 2, 2014 8:02 am

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April 2, 2014 8:22 am

TonyG says:
As the old saying goes . . . . “When Hell Freezes Over”
As the “TonyG” who has been posting here for 4+ years, I didn’t say this. I’ve already changed my handle once because someone else started using it. Time to do so again?

Russ R.
April 2, 2014 8:27 am

As a survivor of this brutal winter in the Chicago area, I would like to publicly thank all the workers in the oil and natural gas fields in North Dakota. I know they earned, much more than they were paid these last 4 months. But it has allowed many families throughout the northern tier of the US, to maintain a warm place, to get through, these record setting cold months.
I thank you for your hard work, and endurance during difficult times, and hope the weather is more bearable, during the rest of this year.

April 2, 2014 8:49 am

More geoengineering. natural weather does not exist anymore.

Jack Frost
April 2, 2014 8:59 am

Maybe you Chicago Liberal idiots can get Al Gore and Barak Hussein Soetero Bounel Obama Jr. to blow some of their hot air over the city and warm it up a bit.
(No offense, there’s plenty of liberal idiots where I live too – and it’s friggin cold here as well)

April 2, 2014 10:03 am

This just in from the climate crowd: earthquakes, volcanoes, asteroids, and UFO caused by man-made global warming.

April 2, 2014 10:05 am

Do me a favor and discuss the past four months of Cali and Alaska. The WARMEST time frame on record for winter in over 50 years. Global Warming is happening. It’s called data and evidence taken over a long period of time. I’m not saying whether its manmade or not, but don’t be blind to science while keeping your eyes open to stories that fit your narrative.

Dr. Martin Van Nostran
April 2, 2014 10:05 am

In view of these record low temps, the pro-AGW rhetoric is now forecast to be hotter than ever this year. There will plenty of heat moving forward but very little light.

April 2, 2014 10:08 am

You asked about the summer temperature trends in United States
Summer Climate trends for United States per regions 1998-2013 per NCDC/NOAA Climate at a Glance data
OHIO VALLEY +0.5F/decade
SOUTH + 0.6
WEST + 0.6
NATIONAL SUMMER +0.48 F/decade
NATIONAL JUNE +1.19F/ decade
JULY 0.25
AUG -0.1
note The ANNUAL trend is -0.36F/DECADE

April 2, 2014 10:44 am

perhaps they switch their tactic and tax cold … in the name of fainess of course, Who has it more difficult? someone living the easy-peasy life in Iceland, or some downtrodden victim living in a tropical paradise?

April 2, 2014 11:10 am

Proving that hell can indeed freeze over …

Prophet Jered Allen PBUH
April 2, 2014 11:11 am

Hell froze over which is appropriate considering that’s the city that gave us Barack Obama.

April 2, 2014 11:15 am

IMPOSSIBLE! All the Liberals, from Obama down, are telling us about “Global Warming” and that we need to “prepare” (code word for higher taxes). Now you are telling us that it’s been colder, and not warmer. How can that be. Some one is not telling us the truth and I’m not talking about the lies put forth to pass the Unaffordable Healthcare Act.

April 2, 2014 11:42 am

Must be all that global warming we’ve been hearing sp much about .

April 2, 2014 11:55 am

Damn Al Gore!

April 2, 2014 12:09 pm

All you knucklehead science deniers are confusing weather (it’s cold) with climate (it’s warming). Global warming causes climatic anomalies, including really cold weather. Read a book sometime, will you? Or at least change the channel off Fox News.
REPLY: Golly, how hate laden. We are simply reporting a significant weather event that has occurred once in a century. If indeed global warming causes cold climatic anomalies as you claim, what then pray tell, caused the previous record event in 1903/04 when “global warming” wasn’t an issue? Show your work/citations because your opinion simply isn’t good enough. – Anthony

April 2, 2014 12:27 pm

Aqualung says:
April 1, 2014 at 8:08 pm
Hey Aqualung. Are you been sitting on a park bench?

April 2, 2014 12:45 pm

More Geoengineering to come! Natural weather no longer exists.

April 2, 2014 1:12 pm

…on record.” How long have reliable records been kept?
Average temperature… are the temps. taken above the ground or in the ground? (The ground heats the air, not vice-versa. Ground temps fluctuate slower than air temps ) \
How many readings were taken per day/minute/second?
Too many questions, I know.

April 2, 2014 1:27 pm

So….? And….?
AlGore is an inconvenient moron.

April 2, 2014 1:33 pm

I cannot make short term predictions of weather / temperature.
I can only make long term predictions – about 15- 20 years or more. 🙂
I wrote in an article in the Calgary Herald published on September 1, 2002:
On global cooling:
“If (as I believe) solar activity is the main driver of surface temperature rather than CO2, we should begin the next cooling period by 2020 to 2030.”
When I wrote this in 2002, SC 24 was predicted to be strong, and we now know it is quite weak.
I still think my 2002 global cooling prediction will materialize, although I wonder if this cooling will start a bit sooner than 2020.

April 2, 2014 1:35 pm

I didn’t see this mentioned in the IPCC report…so I refuse to believe it…

April 2, 2014 2:18 pm

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April 2, 2014 2:49 pm

So why is the BBC spouting on about out of every orifice about the latest “Weather (not Climate) IPCC Report to us UK cit`s and not saying a “Dicky” about “The March of the (Coming?) Iceman over your way.
Anybody would think they are trying to hush it:- too!

April 2, 2014 5:47 pm

Where possible build a snow man and call it IPCC or Michael Mann? But thanks to global warming around its neck?

April 2, 2014 5:52 pm

I believe that in Australia the change of season also give unsettled weather, maybe the same with Chicago? We are heading into mid Autumn started 1st March. Our rainfall has been spasmodic and drought is experienced in our region New England, in some areas, as the elevation varies. We have had some very good rain in the recent week, now it is settling down again. Average temps are mid 20s, and lower at night 10 C to 15C

Hilton Gray
April 3, 2014 4:39 am

Erm small point, I don’t think it was the pilot who took the photo… not unless he waked back to about row 50 and took it from one of the passenger windows.

April 3, 2014 6:34 am

You were wondering why BBC was not telling you about our cold weather. It has been my observation that temperature data collection groups like NOAA/NCDC and the Met Office are clearly biased in reporting only warming events and none of the cooling events . Not only have winters been getting cooler since 1998 in Contiguous US [48 states] and Canada , but winters have been getting colder for the Northern Hemisphere and for the Globe as a whole. Not every year was colder and not every region was colder but the long term trend is that winters have been getting colder since 1998. This past winter North America had a record cold , but Europe and Asia did not , resulting in slight warming for North Hemisphere as a whole for the 2013/2014 winter compared to the previous winter.North America is experiencing a cold cycle currently like they had 1895-1920 and again 1955-1979 and hence I see this cooler pattern to continue for several decades . Next winter for North America may be warmer compared to the cold one we just had because of the potential of weak El Nino , but this could mean more winter storms in Uk and Europe next winter as El Ninos sometime come with more negative AO days which brings the colder weather to Uk sometime ..

April 3, 2014 7:44 pm

“global warming is a threat to mankind and nobody will be left untouched by it” The extreme cold temps are part of the global warming. I know it has “warm” in the phrase, but take 10 minutes, rub your two brain cells together, and read about what global warming is. It does not mean that it will be all hot, all the time. It means that there will be an overall global increase in temperatures as well as severe weather patterns, both hot and cold. It’s really not a difficult concept if you just put a tiiiiiiny bit of effort into it.
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Reply to  Candice Kamencik
April 4, 2014 8:27 am

rub your two brain cells together,

If you cannot explain your opinion without insults, you do not understand it yourself.
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Man Bearpig
April 4, 2014 12:46 am

Why would the pilot not go back to take the photo? It’s a good shot, perhaps he took other shots through other windows.

April 4, 2014 9:09 pm

Candice, AGW alarmists are getting things wrong and becoming defensive to the point of libelous suggestions by some. ” Global warming causing the increased cold” Where? And where is your data to prove this? How can you compare one continent with another, it’s autumn in Australia. Yet our states do vary in their separate micro-climates. We have a monsoon belt up in Northern Australia. Snow on the higher peaks and quite honestly, there is nothing we can do to reverse weather patterns, just hope it doesn’t get too extreme and another glacial period is on the horizon.
And a few years ago, California did experience snow and late frosts at an unusual time of year.
Here in Australia, when it was November, (our late spring) we had snow all the way up to the Queensland border, and sleet/snow on December 23-24th in New England. We put our fires back on. But American cities have experienced a very cold winter. And it appears to be prolonged. But when it snows in Mexico, or Texas then you should see this as extreme but if it continues, then we will have problems.
Climate is what we expect, but weather is what we get. And weather kills us, with volcanoes, hurricanes, cyclones, tsunamis and earthquakes. And disease.

April 4, 2014 9:14 pm

Oh, Candice, was it true Al Gore was handing out pamphlets at a UFO convention, stating the globe was too cold for aliens to settle here, and when the global warming continued as predicted we earthlings were in danger of some unearthly UFO coming to settle here. LOL Anyway, the AGW and IPCC are losing credibility.

April 13, 2014 10:16 am

Sorry…..thought this was FOX News: Fair and balanced:)

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