New index confirms it: This winter is miserable

Feb 25, 2014 by Jeff Karoub
This Feb. 11, 2014 file photo shows work crews clearing ice off the road as water continues to spew from a broken water main in Detroit. The broken water main flooded a several-block area in southwest Detroit, trapping several cars. A new winter "misery index" confirms what many Americans in the Midwest and East know in their all-too-chilled bones and snow-covered driveways: This has been one of the harshest winters of a lifetime. And just like in the great recession of 2008, nowhere in the nation has been hit relatively harder than Detroit. Sure Chicago, Indianapolis and Philadelphia and Moline are in the midst of their third most extreme winters in more than 60 years, according to a winter extremity index created by a National Weather Service meteorologist. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

(AP)—A new winter misery index confirms what many Americans in the Midwest and East know in their all-too-chilled bones: This has been one of the harshest winters of our lifetimes.

And nowhere has been hit harder than Detroit.

National Weather Service meteorologist Barbara Mayes Boustead (BOW'-stehd) created an index a couple of years ago to judge the severity of winters based on snowfall and plunging temperatures. For Detroit, this is the most extreme winter since 1950.

Boustead calls it a misery index.

Detroit has plenty of company. Half of the 24 cities she looked at are slogging through winters that are among the 10 harshest since 1950. That includes Chicago, Philadelphia, Indianapolis and New York.

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Caliban
4 / 5 (8) Feb 25, 2014
And, adding insult to injury, Natural Gas suppliers(cheap, environmentally-friendly, abundant, fracked), have hastened to gouge profits from all those suffering the rigors of this winter's relentless cold.

So much for the fiction of fracked gas abundance stabilizing cost.

Frack, baby, frack = $$$, baby $$$.

Unregulated free enterprise in all its brutal glory.

Can't wait to see the flood of Big Carbon-funded libertaRandite cheerleader comments.

ryggesogn2
1.5 / 5 (8) Feb 25, 2014
Once again socialists like Cali can't understand how prices affect resources nor will he understand how regulations jack up costs.
Do you think NOW is a great time to shut down coal fired power plants and replace them with natural gas fired plants?
That's what our great central planners in the Obama regime are doing.

barakn
4.6 / 5 (9) Feb 25, 2014
Isn't it amazing how soggyring2 forgets all about capitalism when he sees a chance to make an unnecessary dig at Obama? In reality the new coal regulations have had little effect on the industry. Why? Because they only affect new power plants, and no one is planning on making new coal-fired power plants. Why would you when natural gas is so cheap?

Since you appear to have forgotten the fundamentals, here's a primer: http://finance.ya...458.html
Caliban
5 / 5 (5) Feb 25, 2014
Once again socialists like Cali can't understand how prices affect resources nor will he understand how regulations jack up costs.
Do you think NOW is a great time to shut down coal fired power plants and replace them with natural gas fired plants?


ryggsuckn',

I think NOW is the time for you to take this:

http://www.altern...amp;t=10

back to your mangyhole, read it, and then try to remember how important CONTEXT is, you moron.


ryggesogn2
1.6 / 5 (7) Feb 25, 2014
Unregulated free enterprise in all its brutal glory.


"Natural gas futures tumbled the most in six years in New York as meteorologists predicted milder weather that would reduce demand for the heating fuel after a polar blast this week. "
"Output in 2014 may climb 2.2 percent to a record 71.76 billion cubic feet a day, gaining for a ninth consecutive year, the agency said in the report. "
http://www.bloomb...old.html

"Cheap and abundant natural gas supplies from the hydraulic fracturing boom had made natural gas a cheaper and cleaner alternative to coal for the past several years. Economics, though, had to catch up at some point. With demand for gas rising this winter, pushing prices as high as $5.56 per million British thermal units at the end of January, coal is looking more attractive."
http://www.forbes...undance/
ryggesogn2
1.6 / 5 (7) Feb 25, 2014
""Deliberate anti-coal energy policies are sending thousands of families in my region to the unemployment line. I've talked to out of work miners struggling to put food on the table, find replacement work, and pay their bills," said Kentucky Republican Rep. Hal Rogers.

Kentucky as a whole has lost thousands of coal jobs in the last few years. The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet reported that coal mining jobs reached their lowest since 1927.

"The president's war-on-coal agenda is killing Kentucky jobs, as is evident from the closing of these mines in Eastern Kentucky," said Moira Bagley, spokeswoman for Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul. "The onerous EPA regulations on the coal industry are cutting off the lifeblood of thousands of Kentucky families."

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ryggesogn2
1.8 / 5 (10) Feb 25, 2014
Obama attacks coal, coal production drops, coal usage drops, natural gas use rises for electricity generation AND for heat in a cold winter, gas prices rise..
Thank AGWites for market meddling.
Noumenon
2.3 / 5 (9) Feb 25, 2014
This extreme winter is yet more indication of anthropocentric induced climate change by the burning of co2 energy sources,..... but then again so are the recent droughts, record heat waves, polar vortex, 5mph of hurricanes, the prior 17 year pause ,.... when everything is evidence of a theory, the theory can not be falsifiable.
Caliban
4.3 / 5 (7) Feb 25, 2014

"Natural gas futures tumbled the most in six years in New York as meteorologists predicted milder weather that would reduce demand for the heating fuel after a polar blast this week. "
"Output in 2014 may climb 2.2 percent to a record 71.76 billion cubic feet a day, gaining for a ninth consecutive year, the agency said in the report. "
http://www.bloomb...-on-outl


Which perfectly illustrates my point, moron: it is the opportunity to gouge that inflates prices, not mere demand.

The NG industry has been using plentiful supply(which justifies runaway fracking) as being the very thing that would STABILIZE prices against demand fluctuations, you idiot.

And yet, as soon as demand fluctuates, PRICES spike --in many areas, by several hundred percent.

So which is it moron --did this superabundant supply suddenly evaporate, or was access to it restricted by higher price points?

Answer: price gouging.

Noumenon
1.8 / 5 (6) Feb 25, 2014
Obama admitted that his energy policies would "necessarily skyrocket" energy costs, for everyone. Why wet your pants over energy companies seeking profit when it is the cheapest energy source available that motivates that market,.... while this is not the case with Obama governments arbitrary regulations?
barakn
3.3 / 5 (7) Feb 26, 2014
""Deliberate anti-coal energy policies are sending thousands of families in my region to the unemployment line. I've talked to out of work miners struggling to put food on the table, find replacement work, and pay their bills," said Kentucky Republican Rep. Hal Rogers.

Hal Rogers is a lying sack of shit, and so are you, soggyring2, unless "Deliberate anti-coal energy policies" is simply code for "cheap natural gas."
alfie_null
5 / 5 (3) Feb 26, 2014
""Deliberate anti-coal energy policies are sending thousands of families in my region to the unemployment line. I've talked to out of work miners struggling to put food on the table, find replacement work, and pay their bills," said Kentucky Republican Rep. Hal Rogers.

I suppose mining coal is better than being unemployed. Just barely. Perpetual serfdom. Menial labor. If I were a miner, I'd surely hope for something better for my children. Even if it caused me a bit of pain.
"The president's war-on-coal agenda is killing Kentucky jobs, as is evident from the closing of these mines in Eastern Kentucky," said Moira Bagley, spokeswoman for Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul. "The onerous EPA regulations on the coal industry are cutting off the lifeblood of thousands of Kentucky families."

Damn regulations.

Where in the world can we look to see the effects of unregulated coal burning?
ryggesogn2
1.7 / 5 (6) Feb 26, 2014
I'd surely hope for something better for my children.

Like food stamps?
That is all the socialists like Obama want, dependents on welfare.

There is a difference between regulations that promote and support and regulations intended to destroy.
gopher65
4.7 / 5 (3) Feb 26, 2014
I'd surely hope for something better for my children.

Like food stamps?.

Not being an American I don't want to comment on your political situation, but coal? I can comment about that.

Have you looked at the disease, disorder, and death rates among not just coal miners, but people who live near coal mines? They're terrible. Coal mining is dangerous for the people that do it, and nothing (regulations included) will ever get rid of that entirely... at least not for a another few years. I read that coal companies are already starting to replace their human employees with robots in small pilot projects. So in another few years this debate will be over, but not for the reasons anyone here wants.
gopher65
not rated yet Feb 26, 2014
Double posted.
ryggesogn2
1.8 / 5 (5) Feb 26, 2014
Coal mining is dangerous for the people that do it,

Living off of welfare is better?

There are thousands of dangerous, but necessary jobs in the world.
"The 10 Deadliest Jobs:

1. Logging workers
2. Fishers and related fishing workers
3. Aircraft pilot and flight engineers
4. Roofers
5. Structural iron and steel workers
6. Refuse and recyclable material collectors
7. Electrical power-line installers and repairers
8. Drivers/sales workers and truck drivers
9. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers
10. Construction laborers"
http://www.forbes...-jobs-2/
I don't see coal mining on the list.
Modernmystic
1 / 5 (1) Feb 26, 2014
Which perfectly illustrates my point, moron: it is the opportunity to gouge that inflates prices, not mere demand.


And would the "opportunity to gouge" exist if we had more nuclear, or coal plants. You love to point out where companies are "bad" or "evil" for taking advantage of a situation while TOTALLY ignoring the conditions that lead to the situation....
ryggesogn2
1 / 5 (4) Feb 26, 2014
Enron took advantage of very bad re-regulation when California decided it did not want to build more power plants in the state leading to rolling brownouts.
Of course the socialists claim this was DE-regulation, but of course, it was really poorly considered re-regulation.
The Regulatory State can never be held responsible for their poorly written and/or executed laws, like Obamacare today.
Caliban
3 / 5 (2) Feb 26, 2014


And would the "opportunity to gouge" exist if we had more nuclear, or coal plants. You love to point out where companies are "bad" or "evil" for taking advantage of a situation while TOTALLY ignoring the conditions that lead to the situation....


Of course it would, moron.

This was my point --for the third time now. The SUPERABUNDANCE of natural gas exists independent from other fuel sources. I TOTALLY ignored those "conditions" because they are IRRELEVANT.

ryggesogn2
1 / 5 (2) Feb 26, 2014
The SUPERABUNDANCE of natural gas exists independent from other fuel sources.

Exists where?
Underground? Under the ocean? In a pipeline ready to burn?
Natural gas in New England must brought in by ocean tankers.

Modernmystic
1 / 5 (2) Feb 26, 2014

This was my point --for the third time now. The SUPERABUNDANCE of natural gas exists independent from other fuel sources. I TOTALLY ignored those "conditions" because they are IRRELEVANT.


No they're not. If more energy was being produced then the price of one sector couldn't have the "opportunity to gouge" because it would all be cheaper.

If your town was producing copious amounts of drinking water and the local government decided to regulate the water sector and say that only half the plants currently producing water could stay open you'd then have a 50% reduction in aggregate clean water.

"Suddenly" let's say there is a drought and the water is running out, now the conditions exist for people to sell bottled water for $10 a bottle. Now who is more evil...those charging that price or the government for setting up the conditions for a predatory market?

Lastly if you continue to display the manners of a child this conversation will be over. Thanks :)
gopher65
5 / 5 (2) Feb 26, 2014
Coal mining is dangerous for the people that do it,

Living off of welfare is better?

There are thousands of dangerous, but necessary jobs in the world.
"The 10 Deadliest Jobs:

1. Logging workers
2. Fishers and related fishing workers
3. Aircraft pilot and flight engineers
4. Roofers
5. Structural iron and steel workers
6. Refuse and recyclable material collectors
7. Electrical power-line installers and repairers
8. Drivers/sales workers and truck drivers
9. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers
10. Construction laborers"
http://www.forbes...-jobs-2/
I don't see coal mining on the list.

Those are only for danger of death on the job. They don't count cancer, or coal miner's lung, or any of the other thousand diseases that strike both coal miners and the communities surrounding the mine.
ryggesogn2
1 / 5 (3) Feb 26, 2014
"While solar is a far less polluting energy source than coal or natural gas, many panel makers are nevertheless grappling with a hazardous waste problem. Fueled partly by billions in government incentives, the industry is creating millions of solar panels each year and, in the process, millions of pounds of polluted sludge and contaminated water."
"Solyndra, the now-defunct solar company that received $535 million in guaranteed federal loans, reported producing about 12.5 million pounds of hazardous waste, much of it carcinogenic cadmium-contaminated water, which was sent to waste facilities from 2007 through mid-2011."
http://news.yahoo...679.html
TANSTAAFL
ryggesogn2
1 / 5 (4) Feb 26, 2014
"The reality is that, as Britain flaunts its environmental credentials by speckling its coastlines and unspoiled moors and mountains with thousands of wind turbines, it is contributing to a vast man-made lake of poison in northern China. This is the deadly and sinister side of the massively profitable rare-earths industry that the 'green' companies profiting from the demand for wind turbines would prefer you knew nothing about."

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