The Latest on the Polar Vortex

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The Latest on the Polar Vortex

Katerina Avitia, Writer

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NASA's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder instrument captures the polar vortex moving from Central Canada into the US Midwest from January 20 to January 29. Recent reports have determined a total of eight deaths due to the recent “Polar Vortex”. Since this event began, hospitals have been treating patients with a variety of conditions such as frostbite and bronchitis. About 250 million Americans have so far experienced the Polar Vortex and its conditions. Some states however were able to escape the chill, such as Florida. Among the victims was a 18 year old boy who was found unresponsive behind a campus building. A 70 year old man was found dead dead in front of a neighbors home on Wednesday. Among these two deaths, was a couple who sadly lost their lives after a collision on an icy road. This deadly vortex has taken the lives of countless individuals. Temperatures reached as low as -32C in Rockford, Illionios, -48C in Cotton, Minnesota and expanded throughout Boston. Reports seem to think that the cold will settle down by Friday. “Its going to be at least a 60-degree swing for Chicago”, David Hamrick a national weather service forecaster reported to Reuters news agency. Another resource states once again that, “Unfortunately this polar vortex is gripping a large portion of the country and frozen pipes is an unfortunate reality in some cases”, claims Anthony Tornetta a spokesman for the American Red Cross.

A general view of Bryant Park's Josephine Shaw Lowell Fountain during freezing temperatures in New York, United States on January 31, 2019. Picture: Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images