The weather-guessers definitely appear to have gotten it wrong when they predicted earlier this fall that the winter would be so mild that people would be loving their low heating bills.
The thinking in October at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was that the polar vortex, which made last winter so cold and unbearable, wouldn’t do a curtain call this year.
But the record cold that hit this week may cause some to wonder about the rest of the heating season. An unimaginable 6 feet of snow fell on Buffalo, N.Y. That city is used to nasty winter weather but not like that. Life is at a standstill.
The mercury in Kansas City dropped to 6 degrees Tuesday at Kansas City International Airport, shattering the 14-degree record set in 1903.
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Some cars wouldn’t start, kids had to dress in extra layers at bus stops and furnaces had to work harder to keep buildings warm. Winter is still about a month away so the prediction of it being mild could be right.
But from the chill people have experienced so far, that’s looking less and less likely.