After a week of arctic chills, warm air will wash over Minnesota and snow will be melting by the weekend.
An organization representing U.S. cargo shippers on the Great Lakes says last year’s deep freeze cost the economy an estimated $705 million and shows the need for another heavy icebreaking vessel. The Lake Carriers’ Association said Tuesday the volume of freight that U.S.-flagged ships hauled on the lakes between Dec. 1, 2013, and May 30, 2014, was about 7 million tons lower than the same period a year earlier.
It was a little more challenging Monday for people to get through the cold weather and in to work. It was well below zero when Dan Risser left his home for work. He saddled up his bicycle and pedaled through the chill to his job as a short-order cook.
A freeze could stop the growing season in the upper Midwest as far south as Nebraska and Iowa, leaving farmers in a difficult situation because much of the region’s corn and soybean fields are not quite ready for harvest.
Authorities found a man dead outside Monday morning in central Minnesota, officials say, as another blast of arctic air hung over the state.
This month’s up-and-down temperatures have ice on roofs pouring down into Minnesota homes. Experts say ice dams are worse this winter than they’ve been in years. Randy Schmit with the Ice Dam Removal Guys says it’s almost as bad as three years ago, when it was “horrendous.”
Hunkering down at home rather than going to work, canceling thousands of flights and repairing burst pipes from the Midwest to the Southeast has its price. By one estimate, about $5 billion.
CenterPoint Energy officials say the company broke a new natural gas send-out record on Monday, when an arctic vortex hung over the Midwest causing air temperatures in Minnesota to fall down to 20 degrees below zero.
A group of Northfield Boy Scouts wants the deep freeze to stick around. Troop 313 is trying to earn a very special award, but they can only get the recognition if the temperature dips below zero.