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February 4, 2019

The dastardly polar vortex was identified as the cause of the record-setting cold temperatures across swaths of the country last week. To be precise, the culprit was a mere “lobe of the stratospheric polar vortex,” explained Dr. Jeff Masters in a blog post on www.wunderground.com. The freeze in the Midwest — it was -56 degrees in Cotton, Minnesota early Thursday — makes last week’s lows in New Jersey seem positively balmy and nothing compared to the lowest temperature ever recorded in the Garden State, which was -34 degrees Fahrenheit on January 5, 1904 in River Vale. This coldest community is in Bergen County at the eastern edge of the Pascack Valley.

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