The cold air gripping parts of the United States has left New England colder than some often much chillier spots around the world, including Greenland, Iceland, and Alaska.
On Thursday morning Worcester woke up to a temperature of 7 below zero, the coldest of the winter so far.
Boston woke up to 5, which ties the coldest of the season. That was first set on Martin Luther King, Jr. day earlier this month.
Keep in mind that this is just a small taste of the extreme cold blasting the Midwest, where temperatures dropped as low as 30 below zero in Rockford, Illinois, on Thursday. Factor in the wind and it felt like 50 below zero to 60 below zero for the second day in a row there.
So while the chill locally isn’t record setting, or even that unusual in the case of Vermont and Maine, it did leave us colder than some spots that may surprise you.
In Anchorage, Alaska, the temperature early Thursday morning sat at 25 degrees, eventually warming to near 30 by days end while Boston only climbs into the teens.
In Southern Greenland, the morning temperature was 19, with a high in the low 20s.
Reykjavik, Iceland woke up to a temperature of 12 with the high climbing to 25.
It’s actually quite normal for those places to be relatively mild when we are enduring cold. Essentially the mild air that works north shoves the cold air, usually located near the poles, farther south into the continental United States.
The cold will now retreat back towards the North Pole in the coming days as temperatures across New England warm back up.