Students Face Unusual Cold Snap

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St. Paul’s Ben Bragg’s Memorial fountain freezes due to arctic outbreak.
(Photo by Kole Gorney)

Students at St.Paul’s are unaccustomed to the freezing weather that has been in effect on and off since the beginning of the semester. In what The Weather Channel is calling the “coldest arctic outbreak in the midwest and south since the 1990s,” temperatures in Covington have been dipping to the upper teens and lower twenties throughout the month.

With students sitting outside in 30 degree weather at lunchtime, many would prefer the heat they’ve become so accustom to in southeast Louisiana.

“I’d take the scorching heat over this freezing cold any day,” said junior Eric Guin. “It’s just something I’m not used to and probably never will be.”

Other students, including junior Jacob McDonald, say that they are sick and tired of the cold weather.

“I’m so done with this weather. I really don’t understand how people up north deal with weather that’s even worse than this.”

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Juniors Connor Rees, Trey Klechak, Stephen Hammond, Will Strain, and Reid Perrin bundle up outside for small group work in Coach Luke Barwick’s period F religion class.
(Photo by Trey Couvillion)

Weather experts are calling the extreme weather a “Polar Vortex.” Ryan Maue, a Florida-based meteorologist for the private weather service WeatherBELL, described it to the LA Times as a “lobe” of dense, cold air that’s normally bound in by a jet stream; this one detached from over the North Pole and brought a whole lot of wind with it.

Some students, however, actually enjoy the cold weather more than the heat.

“I love it (the weather),” said junior Kyle Gardner. “It’s refreshing and makes me feel good.”

Temperatures are expected to range from highs of 63 to lows of 26 for the rest of the month. Students are advised to dress appropriately with authorized St. Paul’s outwear. Students should also be on the lookout for illnesses that come with the change in weather, such as the flu and strep throat, taking basic precautions, such as avoiding contact with sick people, washing hands, and disinfecting frequently used items.

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