the cold … chicago 1985

Hellish Kraken Polar Vortex dissipates throughout the impacted lower 48. Aye, hardly the first …

 “Winter 1985 Arctic Outbreak” … 

“The Arctic air mass started moving into the United States on the evening of January 19 and the morning of January 20. An early victim of the air mass was the city of Chicago, which recorded a record low of −27 °F (−33 °C), coupled with 25 miles per hour (11 m/s) winds to produce a wind chill of −77 °F (−61 °C), also never recorded before. The wind chill calculation was adjusted in 2001, which would make the value about −60 °F (−51 °C) on the new scale.[2] 

January 20, 1985.  CHICAGO’S O’HARE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT RECORDED THE LOWEST TEMPERATURE EVER REPORTED FOR CHICAGO WITH 27 BELOW ZERO. A NEW MINIMUM HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORD WAS ALSO ESTABLIHED ON THIS DATE WITH A HIGH OF 4 BELOW ZERO. HOWEVER WITH SUSTAINED WINDS OF 25 MPH… WIND CHILLS REACHED 77 BELOW!

 

Cold, aye … To all who care and those who don’t, I was there, Standing in shorts – Quite naked, really – in an alley like wind tunnel or wind tunnel like alleyway @ -60 f …

And I was there in great coat on the L (CTA) Wrigley stop after a night @ Smart Bar, now freezing … Uncertain would i be capable of movement when a train did come or would I instead remain forever frozen on the platform.  Cold through coats hats gloves boots … Cold, aye.   

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