Are we becoming wimpy to the cold? Maybe


Did our parents and grandparents really have it worse when it comes to dealing with the cold temperatures?

Maybe they didn't really have to walk barefoot, up hill, both ways to school. But there is evidence to indicate that we might be becoming wimpy to the cold.

The Associated Press reports as the world warms, the United States is experiencing fewer bitter cold spells, like the recent "Polar Vortex" that gripped much of the country.

The AP analysis found that extreme cold spells happen in the U.S. about once every four years since 1900. However, that has not been the case recently.

The AP says computer models estimated the national average daily temperature for the Lower 48 states dropped to 17.9 degrees on Monday. Warning meteorologist for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Greg Carbin said that hasn't happened in 17 years.

The AP says in the past 115 years there have been 27 distinct cold snaps. Between 1970 and 1989 a dozen such events occurred, but there were only two in the 1990s and nothing more recently until Monday.

Aside from closing schools, freezing pipes and creating a $5 billion financial impact on the country, the much publicized "Polar Vortex" didn't hit with as much sting as was feared.

The cold did not break any records, and ranked 55th on the coldest-day list for the Lower 48, according to MPR News.

The Pioneer Press reported the record coldest high temperature was set back in 1906 at 14 below zero, while the record for the coldest low temperature was minus 27, it was set in 1887 and 1912.

The cold was also relatively short-lived. By Wednesday it was already starting to warm up. The good news for those of us who do not enjoy the extreme cold, high temperatures in Minnesota could reach to near 40 by Sunday.

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