Chicago’s colder today than the South Pole

And it’s not like it’s been warm in the Antarctic. The delicious irony of scientists in search of global warming getting stuck in the unusually thick ice in the southern ocean requiring a rescue effort was funny in and of itself. The fact that a ship dispatched to rescue the global warming enthusiasts itself got stuck in the ice necessitating its own rescue (by the US. Coast Guard) has only added another layer of … er … icing on the cake. But despite the anomalous austral cold this year, it’s colder today in Chicago than it is at the South Pole.

CHICAGO — The wind chill hit 40 degrees below zero Monday morning at O’Hare Airport and the extreme cold is expected to stick around for the next couple days, meteorologists said.

As of midnight, the temperature at O’Hare was 3 degrees below zero, which is as warm as the city is likely to see for the day, National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Friedlein said.

A temperature of 15 degrees below zero was measured at O’Hare Airport later on in the morning, breaking the daily record of 14 below zero set twice in 1894 and 1988, Friedlein said.

That’s colder than the South Pole in Antarctica, where the temperature was recorded at 11 degrees below zero at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station before 8 a.m.

But Friedlein said the air in Chicago could get even colder, possibly dropping a degree or two before the day’s end. And that’s not taking into account wind chills that could be as low as 42 degrees below zero, according to the weather service.

It’s not any warmer here in Ohio. I can’t remember the last time I saw my grass. Indeed the entire Midwest and Great Lakes region has been frozen solid for weeks by this latest chapter in the ongoing global warming chronicles. A question comes to mind: Has Al Gore given a speech recently?

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