Hell has frozen over – no, really!

There’s a town called “Hell”, in Michigan. That’s the sign from the city limits.

Today, there was this bit of meteorological info on Twitter:

Some levity to go with that:

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    • Oh really?

      What about International Falls Minnesota? where it is now -22 below zero F, with a forecast low of -49 below zero F.

      shudder…..

      • Ok, my brother is in Buffalo, MN where the low tonight will be -30 F and the high Saturday is predicted to be about 40 F. That means we can adapt to a 70 degree swing in 3 days but the consensus says we can’t deal with a 2 degree C change in 50 years. Hmmm. Somehow I believe they need to go back to the drawing bipolar on that one.

      • That’s not all that unusual for International Falls. I used to follow the temperatures there on a regular basis and it’s a really, really cold place.

    • We have a Hell here in Norway too! It’s a train station, so tourist allways want to buy a ticket from Hell!

      • I recall there was a Hell NY and it is just down the road from Heaven NY. The former was created when a group split from the church in Heaven. The preacher said all those who split from his congregation were going to Hell. Those who split accepted the insult and named their new settlement “Hell”.

  1. Here in Oz we have “Hells Gate” and if it ever freezes over look out world it’s all over .

    • I worked with a lady in the early 1970s who had a cottage in Paradise. She and her husband would leave from work every Friday night and drive 6 hours up to Paradise and then Sunday night drive another 6 hours back home. It had to be Paradise to spend that many hours on the road every weekend. It’s a beautiful part of Michigan.

    • Just remember that Michigan is the only place where Hell can talk to Paradise on the telephone!

      • Not so. Highway 32 from Chico leads up the canyon and has a fork: one way to Paradise of Camp Fire fame, and the other leads to Hell(town). Used to have a picture of that sign, I think.

        This is where that old jokes comes from, of Heaven and Hell being next to each other and sharing a fence. One day God gets angry at how beaten down the fence is and threatens to sue the Devil. The Devil just laughs and asks where He is going to find a lawyer.

  2. Given its location, I bet Hell freezes over on a regular basis. link

    The second theory (about its name) is tied to the “hell-like” conditions encountered by early explorers including mosquitos, thick forest cover, and extensive wetlands.

    • CommieBob-

      You are right about that. Back in the ’90’s I worked with an engineer who was a graduate of Michigan Tech in Houghton, MI. He had a picture on his bulletin board of a road sign covered with snow and ice that read:
      Hell 2 miles
      Houghton 4 miles

      • Old Engineer

        I went to MTU and I believe the sign you are referring to said End of Earth 2 Miles, Houghton 4 Miles.

    • Yep, Hell freezes over every year. It’s in Michigan. They love it and they advertise it and try to make money. I love the icicle Hell signs.

      PS. Checking with my kids in Michigan, brass monkeys were emasculated today.

  3. I’m sure that some of our German speaking friends will point out that “Hell” translates as “Bright”. But where’s the fun in that?

  4. Actually Hell Michigan is an unincorporated community in Putnam Township, about 40 miles west of Detroit.
    So no city limits. A minor detail.
    But the point is still valid.

  5. I hear there’s been a ruckus there during their annual Snowman Festival, where prizes are given for the best snowmen, but at some point, certain scalliwags went out during the night, and using blow torches or hair dryers warmed up key parts of certain snowmen in order to gain an advantage. And of course, as we all know “Hell hath no fury like a snowman warmed”.

    • Hail, Mr Cobb. Ice your comments have no rime or reason. Expect a frosty reception. Snow wonder the worlds going to the dogs. Now slush, no reason to complain. 🙂

  6. Let’s hope they have plenty of fossil fuel powered electricity and aren’t relying on renewables to keep warm. Here in the U.K. we’re having a cold (by our standards) night, only 16 degrees fahrenheit, so nothing compared to the Mid West but cold by U.K. standards. Currently we are getting 4% of our electricity from wind (less than 10% of total installed capacity) and 15% from coal. As the government wants to shut all coal fired plants by 2023 we might soon be freezing over.
    Maybe some one should distribute copies of the IPCC reports to residents of the Mid West, so they can burn them to keep warm. It’s about all they’re good for.

    • Maybe the UK government can start spiking your grog with antifreeze! As human reptiles you’ll tolerate the cold without a shiver!

  7. If you’ve read Dante’s Inferno, you know that the center of the Ninth Circle of Hell IS frozen over. with the sinners sticking out of the frozen surface like “straw in ice.” Nasty place. Not surprisingly, Dante placed Judas there, being chewed on by a giant for all eternity.

    • And in Switzerland (where I currently live and work) we had the coldest January in higher/mountainous areas in almost 100 years (-8.2 degrees Celsius compared to the 30-year average); even in the plain areas average temps were at or slightly below the 30-year average). I have been shoveling snow for days in a row; -7 right now. So despite the lemming-like alarmism spread by the likes of the Swiss Met office (due to warmer recent years), one can now see how little climate variability has to do with “man-made” CO2.

      • I always thought that was unfair to Judas. He had his part to play in the Passion, just as Jesus Himself did. Bad form to set a team guy up for the fall, and then punish him for eternity because he did what had to be done.

        Pilate, too. He tried, but his hands were tied by Rome, just as Judas’s were by God

    • I thought of that Dante reference also.

      Do you suppose climate alarmists will wind up in the 8the circle- reserved fror false prophets?

  8. And in Switzerland (where I currently live and work) we had the coldest January in higher/mountainous areas in almost 100 years (-8.2 degrees Celsius compared to the 30-year average); even in the plain areas average temps were at or slightly below the 30-year average). I have been shoveling snow for days in a row; -7 right now. So despite the lemming-like alarmism spread by the likes of the Swiss Met office (due to warmer recent years), one can now see how little climate variability has to do with “man-made” CO2.

  9. Just a curious question. If the Arctic is warming at an “unprecedented” level, where is all this cold coming from? Is this a case of warming, except when its not?

    • It’s just one more famous “warm hole”. Nothing to see here.

      We set an all-time record low for this date last night. -42.9C Broke the 1893 record. Brandon, Manitoba

  10. On the other hand, Paradise, Michigan (approximately 330 miles north of Hell) has also frozen over. That really says something, but I’m not sure what.

  11. this particular picture is at least 15 years old, maybe 20. i have used it in presentations many times.

  12. A lot of Swedes settled in northern Midwest. The word “hell” means hail in Swedish as in “Hail to the emperor!”. Probably the English word ‘Hello’ comes from a similar root. At one time it may have been just a shout over a distance when ‘hailing’ someone. Do people still ‘hail’ a cab (taxi)?

  13. I just read an Australian article with the title saying Antarctica is warmer than parts of the US. A beautiful but of spin there…

    Can this be blamed on climate change?

    “What people are starting to ask is, if you weaken the jet stream, does that mean we are going to have more, stronger excursions of the polar vortex? If that turns out to be true, we can link more extreme cold spells to climate change,”

    I’ll bet they use models, and I’ll bet they will get the answer they are looking for!

    https://amp.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/home/winter-storm-jayden-us-braces-for-polar-vortex/news-story/d5c2c023500f9dbbd40e6fcd951ede34

    • Don’t know about Antarctica, but right now it is 10-15 F colder in Wisconsin and Minnesota than it is in Alaska. Minus 20 F now, going to -30 overnight with wind chills expected to be -50 or lower. Time to put a couple more logs in the wood stove.

  14. Great film with Robert DeNero as Mephistopheles and Mikey Rourke as the hapless climate modeler.
    Unfortunately the many scenes were poorly edited, important lines were cut.
    For instance in this scene Rourke’s character should say —

    “I know who I am, and I know what the global temperature should be …”

  15. Oops left out the link…
    (take two)
    Great film with Robert DeNero as Mephistopheles and Mikey Rourke as the hapless climate modeler.
    Unfortunately the many scenes were poorly edited, important lines were cut.
    For instance in this scene Rourke’s character should say —

    “I know who I am, and I know what the global temperature should be …”

  16. In the UK, we are probably having our coldest night this winter – solar power is zero – wind power is 1.73%. Thank god for fossil fuels

  17. Michael Mann, Al Gore, and their activist warmist crew should be sent to Hell to stage a demonstration about Global warming.
    James Hansen should have been handcuffed to that sign.

  18. I am reminded of what Garrison Keilor once wrote about North Dakota:

    “where Nature makes a serious attempt to kill you every winter”

  19. Winter weather. Been there, done that. Let me know when weatherman give frost warning in Florida.

  20. They say Reno isn’t Hell, but you can see Sparks from there.

    I’ve never been to Hell, but I’ve been to Boring, OR.

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