NBC New York
January 7, 2014

A frigid swirling system known as a polar vortex, which usually stays near the North Pole and Canada, slid south and pushed temperatures in the tri-state toward bone-chilling record lows on Tuesday.

Temperatures in Central Park dove to 4 degrees Tuesday morning, beating a 118-year record of 6 degrees for Jan. 7 set in 1896. Record lows were also observed at LaGuardia, Newark and John F. Kennedy airports, and on Long Island, where it was 7 degrees in Islip, six below the record of 13 degrees set in 1988.

All 50 states had temperatures below freezing Tuesday, including Hawaii’s Mauna Kea peak at nearly 14,000 feet.

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