President Trump took a jab at global warming late Monday, urging it to “come back fast” as temperatures are set to dip to way below freezing in the Midwest.
“In the beautiful Midwest, windchill temperatures are reaching minus 60 degrees, the coldest ever recorded,” President Trump tweeted. “In coming days, expected to get even colder. People can’t last outside even for minutes. What the hell is going on with Global Waming? Please come back fast, we need you!”
President Trump has long dismissed global warming, and in late November said he wasn’t among the “believers” who see climate change as a pressing problem.
“One of the problems that a lot of people like myself, we have very high levels of intelligence but we’re not necessarily such believers,” President Trump said during an interview following the release of a dire National Climate Assessment that said global warming is intensifying throughout the country and will challenge the economy, environment and human health.
“As to whether or not it’s man-made and whether or not the effects that you’re talking about are there, I don’t see it,” he added.
On the ground in the Mid-west
Disruptive snow blanketed the Midwestern United States during the latter part of the weekend and into the start of this workweek, dropping up to a foot of snow over the region.
The snow was accompanied by a biting wind, causing near-blizzard conditions and AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperature near or below Zero degrees F.
Over 1,000 flights were canceled and an additional 800 were delayed at Chicago Midway International and O’Hare International airports on Monday following the wintry weather, according to FlightStats.com.
Many areas from Minneapolis through the suburbs of Chicago measured 4-8 inches of snow on Monday morning with a few spots picking up close to a foot. Sheboygan, Wisconsin, was one of the snowiest towns across the region with 15 ins of fresh powder.
Snow-covered roads were common across the region for the Monday morning commute, slowing travel along major highways such as Interstate 94 in Indiana and Interstate 75 in Michigan.
A state of emergency was declared in Wisconsin as the snow was tapering off and as the 1st of the bitterly cold Arctic air was moving into the state.
Even after the snow has stopped, strong winds whipping around the freshly fallen snow could lead to further travel disruption.
Polar vortex to bring prolonged, life-threatening cold outbreak to midwestern US this week.
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