Weekend Image Post – 2014 North American Cold Wave
The 2014 North American cold wave was an extreme weather event believed to have originated from a distortion in the large cyclone near the Earth’s north pole, also known as the polar vortex, resulting in heavy snowfall. A deadly blast of arctic air shattered decades-old temperature records across the United States and Canada.
The 2014 North American cold wave was an extreme weather event affecting parts of Canada and the United States east of the Rocky Mountains, extending as far south as Central Florida, and Northeastern Mexico. An Arctic cold front, initially associated with a nor’easter on January 2, tracked across Canada and the United States, resulting in heavy snowfall. Temperatures fell to unprecedented levels due to the front, and consequently low temperature records were broken across the US, leading to business, school, and road closures, as well as mass flight cancellations.
Records of meteorological data have been kept by the United States Weather Bureau since it was established in 1870. Altogether more than 200 million people were affected, in an area ranging from eastern Alberta to western Quebec and extending south to include roughly 187 million Americans in the Continental United States.
– From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The 2014 North American cold wave this week has led to some spectacular icy images. Niagara Falls partially froze on January 7, 2014 when the high temperature was a record low of minus 2 degrees.The ice formed on the US side of the falls, which straddle the border between the United States and Canada.
Weekend image post brings you some spectacular icy images as deep freeze stretches across North America.
2014 North American Cold Wave Spectacular Icy Images
1 A massive winter storm on January 2, 2014 was followed by very cold temperatures and dangerous wind chills. (Photograph by NASA/GSFC/Aqua/MODIS)
2 Ice chunks and water flow over the falls Niagara Falls, Ontario, January 8, 2014. (REUTERS/Aaron Harris)
3 The US side of the Niagara Falls is pictured in Ontario, January 8, 2014. (REUTERS/Aaron Harris)
4 The frozen mist from Niagara Falls coats the landscape around Prospect Point at Niagara Falls State Park, January 7, 2014. (The Niagara Gazette, James Neiss | The Associated Press)
5 A man walks beside a frozen wall on a beach in Chicago, Illinois, January 7, 2014. (REUTERS/Jim Young)
6 The Chicago skyline is seen beyond the arctic sea smoke rising off Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois, January 6, 2014. (REUTERS/Jim Young)
7 Fog shrouds Boston Harbor and obscures the skyline, Monday, January 6, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
8 The waterfalls at Falls Park sit frozen with just a trickle of water flowing underneath, January 5, 2014, in Sioux Falls, SD. (AP Photo/Dirk Lammers)
9 Green Bay is seen frozen from the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum on the University of Wisconsin Green Bay campus January 5, 2014, in Green Bay. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
10 Matt Frame brushes off a Buick at Ray Laethem Buick-GMC in Detroit, Monday, January 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
11 A city snow plow clears a street of snow in an almost deserted downtown as strong winds and snow move through the Midwest, January 5, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
12 A semi-truck move slowly through blowing and falling snow as a strong winter storm passes through the Midwest January 5, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
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