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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January 30, 2019 3:08 pm

Well hully gee! If I tell someone to go to Hell, it’s a town in Michigan?

Editor
Reply to  Tom Halla
January 30, 2019 4:01 pm

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…..

Walter Sobchak
Reply to  Sunsettommy
January 30, 2019 4:24 pm

What about Frostbite Falls?

Yirgach
Reply to  Walter Sobchak
January 30, 2019 7:29 pm

Yeah!

Bloke down the pub
Reply to  Yirgach
January 31, 2019 4:44 am

Dan Sudlik
Reply to  Sunsettommy
January 30, 2019 6:17 pm

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.

Sheri
Reply to  Sunsettommy
January 31, 2019 5:21 am

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.

R Shearer
Reply to  Tom Halla
January 30, 2019 5:34 pm

I’ve been there and back. The special at the local saloon is deviled eggs.

Kai
Reply to  Tom Halla
January 31, 2019 12:04 am

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

Crispin in Waterloo
Reply to  Kai
January 31, 2019 8:09 am

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”.

Rocketscientist
Reply to  Tom Halla
January 31, 2019 9:34 am

I’ve heard the official town motto is: “Go to Hell”

Robertfromoz
January 30, 2019 3:08 pm

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

Greg Cavanagh
Reply to  Robertfromoz
January 30, 2019 3:34 pm

Is that the Hells Gates in Noosa that you’re thinking of ?
If that freezes, we are in a world of hurt.

noaaprogrammer
Reply to  Greg Cavanagh
January 30, 2019 4:14 pm

In Idaho we have Hell’s Canyon. It’s 7,900 feet deep, which is 1,800 feet deeper than the Grand Canyon, but it’s not as spectacular as the Grand Canyon whose cliffs are more vertical.

James
Reply to  Greg Cavanagh
January 31, 2019 8:02 am
Reply to  Robertfromoz
January 30, 2019 5:49 pm

If Hell, Grand Cayman Is. ever freezes over then definitely we are all in deep trouble …

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hell,_Grand_Cayman

Brian
January 30, 2019 3:11 pm

Clearly those results will be expunged as “outliers “, but who are real liars?

jtom
January 30, 2019 3:13 pm

Has it occurred to you that a highway to hell is needed, but only a stairway to heaven?

Hivemind
Reply to  jtom
January 30, 2019 3:21 pm

Chris De Burgh sang about a Spanish Train which took souls to Hell, stacked 10,000 deep!

HotScot
Reply to  Hivemind
January 30, 2019 4:46 pm

Chris Rea sang about the road to hell.

Classic.

https://youtu.be/abZlWqVeLzg

Taylor Pohlman
Reply to  jtom
January 30, 2019 4:04 pm

Hard to drag those hand baskets up stairs, but when iced over, they slide down the highway fairly easily…

mikewaite
Reply to  Taylor Pohlman
January 31, 2019 12:33 am

facilis descensus averno

Walter Sobchak
Reply to  jtom
January 30, 2019 4:14 pm

Trafamadore
January 30, 2019 3:23 pm

Michigan was also Paradise.
https://www.michigan.org/city/paradise

cerescokid
Reply to  Trafamadore
January 30, 2019 6:20 pm

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.

Gilbert K. Arnold
Reply to  Trafamadore
January 30, 2019 9:41 pm

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

Felix
Reply to  Gilbert K. Arnold
January 31, 2019 6:13 pm

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.

commieBob
January 30, 2019 3:25 pm

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.

old engineer
Reply to  commieBob
January 30, 2019 4:35 pm

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

Kevin Terrill
Reply to  old engineer
February 1, 2019 9:45 am

Old Engineer

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

Reply to  commieBob
January 30, 2019 6:56 pm

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.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  commieBob
February 2, 2019 12:42 pm

Wetlands in hell? Hmm.

BOBBY W ALLEN
January 30, 2019 3:27 pm

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?

Johann Wundersamer
Reply to  BOBBY W ALLEN
January 31, 2019 12:50 am

BOBBY W ALLEN –

No. “hel” Nordic is “Halle der Toten ( Helden)” as in “Walhalla”.

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel_(Mythologie)

January 30, 2019 3:32 pm

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.

Gunga Din
January 30, 2019 3:33 pm

I think Algore to reevaluate his itinerary.

Bruce Cobb
January 30, 2019 3:34 pm

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”.

John Endicott
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
January 31, 2019 6:56 am

groan. For that you should go to hell (the town in Michigan, not the other place).

London247
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
January 31, 2019 2:01 pm

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. 🙂

J Mac
January 30, 2019 3:41 pm

A Long Black Train runs though Hell.
Josh Turner – Long Black Train
https://youtu.be/PyRZTAmcW7c

Ian Cooper
Reply to  J Mac
January 30, 2019 5:01 pm

Probably one of Jim Hansen’s Coal ‘Death’ Trains then?

matthew dalby
January 30, 2019 3:42 pm

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.

RockyRoad
Reply to  matthew dalby
January 30, 2019 11:39 pm

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

James Schrumpf
January 30, 2019 3:46 pm

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.

Ric
Reply to  James Schrumpf
January 30, 2019 4:10 pm

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.

D. Cohen
Reply to  James Schrumpf
January 30, 2019 4:19 pm

Not just any giant, but Satan himself!

James Schrumpf
Reply to  D. Cohen
January 31, 2019 12:41 pm

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

Alan D. McIntire
Reply to  James Schrumpf
January 30, 2019 5:06 pm

I thought of that Dante reference also.

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

Jay
Reply to  James Schrumpf
January 30, 2019 8:00 pm

The ‘Sluggy Freelance’ comic did the same thing during the world series –
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Ric
January 30, 2019 4:09 pm

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.

Latitude
January 30, 2019 4:38 pm

…anyone think the sun might have something to do with it

minimum

PaulH
January 30, 2019 4:38 pm

I guess we know where Al Gore was today. 😉

AussieBear
January 30, 2019 4:47 pm

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?

R2Dtoo
Reply to  AussieBear
January 30, 2019 7:19 pm

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

Taphonomic
January 30, 2019 4:57 pm

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.

Kevin
January 30, 2019 5:02 pm

I’m guessing this still does not mean we’re getting that wall…

Robert
Reply to  Kevin
January 30, 2019 5:29 pm

Just my opinion mind you,but I think we can count on that wall!
With, with out,or though Miss Pelosi

randy julander
January 30, 2019 5:14 pm

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

Gary Pearse
January 30, 2019 5:18 pm

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)?

Zig Zag Wanderer
January 30, 2019 5:27 pm

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

Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
January 30, 2019 5:37 pm

Did the article note that Antarctica still has better pizza?

Rick C PE
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
January 30, 2019 6:43 pm

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.

Zig Zag Wanderer
January 30, 2019 5:29 pm

In that cartoon it should read
“It’s true. We’re sending Al Gore up to you!”

Hugs
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
January 31, 2019 5:35 am

Oh dear, that hurts.

H.R.
January 30, 2019 6:11 pm

Do you suppose the young and pretty girls in town refer to themselves as Hell’s Belles?

January 30, 2019 6:13 pm

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 …”

January 30, 2019 6:14 pm

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 …”

Don
January 30, 2019 6:30 pm

Paradise (MI) is even colder!

Don
Reply to  Don
January 30, 2019 6:36 pm

My mistake, it’s actually warmer up in Paradise right now… usually it’s colder, but not tonight.

Alan D. McIntire
Reply to  Don
January 31, 2019 6:01 am

Your statement reminded me of this humorous post, demonstrating that Heaven is hotter than Hell.

http://paulbourke.net/fun/heaven/

mr bliss
January 30, 2019 6:50 pm

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

Robert
Reply to  mr bliss
January 30, 2019 7:17 pm

Just thank god you still have access

RockyRoad
January 30, 2019 11:32 pm

I thought it was supposed to be hot as hell… in Hell! What in Hell happened?

humledot
January 31, 2019 2:04 am

Hell freezes over: At least 12 people die as temperatures as low as -42F wreak havoc across the Midwest with more than 2,500 flights cancelled, postal services halted and hitting a Michigan town named Hell
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6650115/Dangerously-cold-temperatures-claim-seven-lives-Midwest.html

GaryP
January 31, 2019 2:57 am

https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Hell/THERunThruHell
“I ran through Hell” t-shirts from this are always popular.

Richard
January 31, 2019 5:52 am

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.

tty
January 31, 2019 6:24 am

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

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

old construction worker
January 31, 2019 7:04 am

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

ResourceGuy
January 31, 2019 9:23 am

Give em , Michigan.

Gamecock
February 1, 2019 11:40 am

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.

Val Nyholm
February 4, 2019 12:16 am

Russian hell is cold, instead hot.

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