The cold snap continues to roll across North America. It has hit the southern United States and has not spared snowbirds.
The Arctic invites itself to the United States
American soccer fans were able to see the effects of the cold snap that hit the Midwestern United States this weekend. During the game between the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs, the thermometer hovered around -21 degrees. With the wind, it felt like -30 degrees. Dozens of spectators were treated for hypothermia and frostbite. The NFL is even considering revising its protocol for cold-weather games to protect spectators.
Other cities even further south were not spared. On Saturday morning, it was -16 degrees in Nashville, while the average for this period is 9 degrees. In San Antonio, Texas, residents accustomed to a temperature of 18 degrees woke up to see the thermometer reading -2 degrees.
Frozen water pipes
In Memphis, dozens of water pipes broke due to frost. More than 400,000 people had to boil their drinking water because of the risk of contamination. So far, the cold snap appears to be responsible for 67 deaths in the United States. The victims either suffered from hypothermia or were involved in a road accident.
Fig. 1: The United States this Monday morning; Source: SSEC, University of Wisconsin
Florida is no exception
Florida usually escapes these cold snaps. Not so this time. In the north of the state, known in the USA as the "Panhandle", temperatures plunged below freezing. In some places, it was as low as -12 degrees. As a result, we witnessed the famous iguana falls, paralyzed by the cold. In Jacksonville, it was -2 degrees on Sunday morning. And it wasn't much better further south: 2 degrees in Daytona Beach, 3 degrees in Tampa, 9 degrees in West Palm Beach and 11 degrees in Miami. It's hard to go to the beach with such temperatures...
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