Much of the nation’s mid-section was plunged into a deep freeze this past week with temperatures registering below zero in many locations. On the west coast where the weather is rarely dramatic, Los Angeles TV stations played up their version of ‘cold’ and late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel made fun of them.
Denver set back-to-back record low temperatures as the mercury dropped to as low as 15 degrees below zero. Other locations in Colorado saw temperatures down to -30 degrees.
Similar sub-freezing temperatures have been seen across the nation.
According to the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), 219 locations in the United States have set record low temperatures over the past seven days. Similarly, 422 locations set record low maximums.
California has seen some effects from the cold air being drawn down from the north. However, compared to the rest of the nation, the Golden State, and particularly Los Angeles, has been quite fortunate.
The lowest temperature recorded in downtown Los Angeles so far this month was 42 degrees. The coldest high temperature has been 59 degrees.
It is little wonder than that Jimmy Kimmel chose to make fun of Los Angeles television stations’ attempt to play up the so-called cold. During his Friday night broadcast the host showed video of many newscasts from LA.
“Southern California is getting a bitter blast of cold weather this morning,” one news anchor proclaimed.
More hardy residents in other parts of the nation undoubtedly laughed at the attire of In-the-field reporters. While trying to hype the cold, reporters wore heavy coats, scarves and gloves to battle those cold 50 degree temperatures.
One story marveled at how people were getting warm coffee at Starbucks.