Antarctica, other frigid places warmer than the Midwest this week

Posted at 11:20 AM, Feb 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-20 11:05:33-05

Residents of the midwestern to eastern United States are feeling record-low temperatures today, Feb. 19 — but at least they don’t live in Antarctica.

Oh, wait …

Temperatures in states such as Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia are actually lower than those of Antarctica. For that matter, temps are also lower than many of the world’s traditionally frigid cities.

Today’s high in Barrow, Alaska — the northernmost point of that icy state — is expected to be about 16 degrees. Meanwhile, the mercury in Blacksburg, Virginia won’t get above 5, with a low of minus 8 degrees. The high in Nuuk, Greenland is 15 degrees, practically tropical compared to Cincinnati, Ohio’s high of 6.

There are a few places on Earth colder than the Midwest today, however. People living in Omsk, Russia will feel a high of minus 2 and a low of minus 10. But the low in Indianapolis of minus 1 isn’t far off that Siberian city’s forecast.

Looking to warm up? The roughly 3,000 residents of Thermal, California will experience a high of 87 degrees today.

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Infographic: Clint Davis | Map template: Freepik

Clint Davis is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @MrClintDavis.

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