2014 North American polar vortex

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The Chicago River during the polar vortex

The 2014 North American polar vortex was a weather system that caused extremely cold weather through Canada and the United States.[1] Freezing temperatures went all the way down to Nashville, Tennessee. Several cities broke records: Chicago O'Hare International Airport set a record on 6 January with a temperature of -15°F, beating the -14°F record in 1884 and 1988.[2] There were also power failures throughout Canada and United States. One in Newfoundland on 5 January took out the power of 190,000 customers.[3] Almost 24,000 people lost electricity across Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.

In Minnesota, Governor Mark Dayton ordered all schools closed down due to weather.[4] Across Indiana, over fifty of the state's ninety-two counties ordered roads closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles, mostly north of Indianapolis.[5]

Several people were killed because of the extreme weather all across North America.

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  1. "Historic Freeze". CNN News. http://edition.cnn.com/2014/01/06/us/winter-weather/index.html. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  2. "The Coldest Temperatures in Decades". The New York Times. http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/06/polar-vortex-brings-coldest-temperatures-in-decades/?hp&_r=0. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  3. "Power Restored to Majority of Customers". CTV News. http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/power-restored-to-majority-of-customers-in-newfoundland-1.1619173. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  4. "Governor Orders Schools Closed Monday over Cold". CBS News. http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2014/01/03/record-breaking-cold-temps-in-northern-minnesota. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  5. "DHS County Travel". Indiana DHS. https://web.archive.org/web/20140107052647/http://www.in.gov/ai/dhs/travel_advisory.pdf. Retrieved January 6, 2014.