US WEATHER IN PICTURES: From Polar Vortex to unprecedented flooding, extreme climate has rocked the country

Numerous cases of extreme weather conditions have hit America in the recent past and has led to loss of life and property in most cases, as revealed in these pictures.


                            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.

January 2019

Polar Vortex

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.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JANUARY 31: The sun rises along the lakefront while temperatures were hovering around -20 degrees and wind chills nearing -50 degrees on January 31, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Businesses and schools have closed, Amtrak has suspended service into the city, more than a thousand flights have been cancelled and mail delivery has been suspended as the city copes with record-setting low temperatures. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

 

NY Frozen

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.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 30: People walk through the snow in lower Manhattan on January 30, 2019 in New York City. Extremely cold temperatures are predicted for New York City in the coming days as a Polar Vortex, which is now over parts of the Midwest, heads towards the region. The upper Midwest is experiencing record breaking temperatures with numerous schools closed and mail delivery halted in some towns and cities due to the extreme cold. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

 

February 2019

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.

SEATTLE, WA - FEBRUARY 09: A man crosses a road on skis in the Ballard neighborhood after a large storm blanketed the city with snow on February 9, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. Seattle almost reached its yearly amount of snowfall in a day. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)

 

California inundated

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.

GUERNEVILLE, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 27: A neighborhood sits in floodwaters on February 27, 2019 near Guerneville, California. The Russian River has crested over flood stage and is expected to continue to rise to record levels and inundate the town of Guerneville. The town is currently under mandatory evacuation and roads leading into the town have been flooded over. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images,)

 

March 2019

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.

SIDNEY, IOWA - MARCH 23: Floodwater covers Highway 2 on March 23, 2019 near Sidney. Iowa. Midwest states are battling some of the worst flooding they have experienced in decades as rain and snow melt from the recent "bomb cyclone" has inundated rivers and streams. At least three deaths have been linked to the flooding. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

 

Raging tornado

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.

BEAUREGARD, AL - MARCH 11: People work in the rain to clear fallen trees and debris in the aftermath of an EF4 tornado on March 11, 2019 in Beauregard, Alabama. Numerous tornado touchdowns were reported in Eastern Alabama and Western Georgia on March 3 killing at least 23 people.(Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)

 

April 2019

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.

(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

 

May 2019

More tornadoes

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.

(Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images)

 

Severe Storms

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.

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)