By Mack Samples 1/7/2013
or much of the USA, the so-called "polar votex" with "tundra temperatures" is a new experience with sub-zero weather and record wind chill sweeping across the country, particularly for younger people.
The vortex will settle on the greater Ohio Valley Monday night, the NWS saying it is likely to break some weather records.
Low temperatures recorded in Calhoun in the late 1800s dipped to about -33. But in the last half century, temperatures in the -20 range have been recorded.
Writer Mack Samples recalled one of the last big chill downs, 36 years ago.
He recorded morning temperatures
at Troy, West Virginia during the winter of 1977
January 8 - 12 below
January 11 - 2 below
January 13 - 18 below
January 17 - 18 below
January 18 - 16 below
January 19 - 2 below
January 20 - 4 below
January 23 - 10 below
January 29 - 10 below
January 31 - 4 below
"February (1977) also had some below zero temperatures. So the news media
can crow all they want to about record temperatures, but I know better," Samples said.
"The following year (1978) we had seven
mornings of sub-zero weather in January," he concluded.
So, wading though this chill-down, it's just a minor inconvenience.