US WEATHER IN PICTURES: From Polar Vortex to unprecedented flooding, extreme climate has rocked the country
America has seen numerous extreme weather conditions in the recent past ranging from extreme colds to massive tornados raging across the country. Climate change experts have been on their toes trying to explain these phenomena while the deniers are calling these instances as mere anomalies. The fact, however, remains that the weather conditions have deteriorated and the frequency with which these extreme conditions are occurring need to be acknowledged as they can be clearly seen in the images below.
The Polar vortex that formed across midwest America plunged temperatures across numerous cities. Temperatures in cities like Chicago dropped to as low as -23F. This led to thousands of flights being cancelled and more than eight people dying due to cold conditions as the Arctic weather approached.
Cities like New York almost came to a standstill with the coming of cold winds. The schools had to shutdown and the mail services were affected as the temperatures touched record lows.
Annual snowfall in a day
A furious storm hit cities like Seattle and Portland bringing huge amounts of snow and a massive dip in temperature. It was reported that Seattle got almost its annual snowfall in one day.
A storm in California brought about massive destruction in February and flooded the cities. California witnessed record levels of rain and it was inundated almost completely due to the pouring rain.
Unprecedented flooding in decades
Nebraska and other parts of midwest America faced unprecedented levels of flooding in March in decades. At least three people were reported dead and large parts of the state became inaccessible due to the downpour.
A raging tornado hit Alabama in March and led to massive destruction of life and property. Twenty three people were reportedly killed due to the tornado with wind speeds being recorded as high as 170 mph.
Massive Mississippi tornado
A massive tornado ripped through Mississippi leading to the death of at least 5 people in April. The conditions became so bad that Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant had to declare a state of emergency. The southeastern areas of the country faced severe weathers for three consecutive days due to the tornado.
Tornadoes were reported over Dayton, Ohio, which The National Weather Service called a life-threatening situation as the tornado swept through heavily-populated areas, on Memorial Day.
Severe storms struck the central United States as severe tornadoes and flash flooding ocurred across the region on Monday, May 20. The National Weather Service confirmed that there were at least two "large and extremely dangerous" tornadoes with one being spotted in Greer County, Oklahoma, and the other one in Dickens County, Texas.