This week the upper Midwest will be among the coldest places on Earth as temperatures drop.
According to forecasts from the National Weather Service, the temperature in South Dakota was -30 for most of the morning on Wednesday.
That’s colder than parts of Canada and Antarctica and as cold as the top of Mt. Everest.
It was projected to be 3 degrees in Toronto, Ontario, according to the Weather Channel, and Novosibirsk, Siberia will be 5 degrees.
Parts of South Dakota and Minnesota will even out freeze Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost town in the United States. While it’s minus-23 in Sioux Falls Wednesday, the National Weather Service says it will be just minus-10 at the northern tip of Alaska. And the top of the world, Mt. Everest, will be minus-23 as well.
Antarctica is positively balmy with a forecast in the mid-teens to the twenties Wednesday.
Factor in the wind chill, and it could feel almost 70 degrees warmer at McMurdo Station than parts of South Dakota.
Such low temperatures have ushered in a wind chill warning in varies cities. With the reduced temps and the wind chill add temperatures can cause frostbite with 4 minutes. The coldest dip was reported to be between 5 and 6 a.m. Wednesday, when the windchill drops to minus 50 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
When the extreme cold reaches its most dangerous levels Wednesday, not everyone will be able to hunker down in their home.
For some residents, going to work means going outside. The best thing people can do is avoid going outside if at all possible, said Peter Rogers, a meteorologist for the service. But for most farmers and rancher this is not an option.
Many farmers will be checking their animals during these coldest times in the day. For some ranchers and farmers they have begun calving or lambing. For a new born baby that is born in these conditions, ranchers have to be watching and ready to step in, in order to save the life of these little ones.
Many other professions required being outside during these temps. Police officers will join those braving Wednesday’s dangerous temperatures. Officers working the streets will be appropriately dressed, and some will bring extra clothing in case they have to spend more time outdoors.
Many rescue personnel will have to step out of their house to ensure that others are safe, and have heat and electricity in their homes.
During these cold temperatures and as the winter season continues to impact the lives of students, farmers, and working professionals remember to help your neighbors and do what you can to help others in your area.