Iowa January 31, 2019
It’s Colder In Iowa Right Now Than It Is In Antarctica
Right now, it’s cold in Iowa. Not typical “winter in the Midwest” cold, but bone-chilling, pipe-freezing, Polar Vortex cold. This is the kind of weather that keeps us bundled up inside, and causes frost to form on the doorknobs even inside the house. In fact, right now it’s colder in Iowa than it is at the South Pole.
All week long, Iowa has been plagued with bitter, chilling temperatures caused by a split in the Polar Vortex.
It has already been a brutally cold winter in some parts of Iowa. On January 12, the long-standing record for coldest temperature ever recorded in the Hawkeye State was matched when a temperature of -47 degrees Fahrenheit was recorded in Sioux City. When the ice finally settles, this polar vortex may smash that record.
Across Iowa, wind chills are dipping down into the -50s and -60s, with real temperatures getting as low as 30 below!
See what's in store for Iowa
. Spoiler: it does get better... eventually.
On the other hand, the past few days have been practically hot in Antarctica!
Thanks to the researchers that man the weather stations and observatories in what's usually the coldest place on earth,
check out how toasty it is near the South Pole this week
. It is summer south of the equator, so temperatures in Antarctica are downright warm compared to the dead of their winter.
These bitterly cold days are caused by a weather phenomenon called a Polar Vortex.
A polar vortex dips farther south when weather trends warmer. The warmer summers and falls we've been experiencing across the globe causes higher arctic ice melt, which pushes the jet stream farther south, pulling the cold arctic air with it.
Who would have ever thought that Iowans would be wishing for some time at the South Pole?
The McMurdo Station, pictured above, is the larion in Antarctica. At its peak, it can support 1,258 residents... so get packing, Iowans!
When the wind starts whipping across the Iowa Prairie, making it feel like -50 degrees, the 20 degree days in Antarctica start to sound like summer.
Be safe out there, Iowans! Stay inside if you can, bundle up when you do go out, and don't forget to thank a farmer — because there are no weather delays or telecommute options when pigs, cows, and horses need to eat.
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