Life in the world of logistics has been less than desirable this winter. A wicked polar vortex has introduced itself to the Midwest. Such vortexes are not freaks of nature; they are actually quite common in the Arctic. This year, the polar vortex has shifted south to the United States and has been affecting even Omaha Courier Service in the trucking and transportation industries.

A polar vortex basically forms like a hurricane with forceful winds circulating around a calm center. This combination brings dangerously cold subzero arctic air blasts into the Midwest and can paralyze highways and roads, which can result in lost revenue for Omaha Courier Service.

Due to the arctic air that blasted through the Central Plains, Midwest, Southeast, and Northeast, the U.S. economy has experienced a loss of approximately $5 billion dollars. This loss was directly correlated to expensive heating bills, increased shipping costs, and a reduction in customer spending. Until now, the United States has been spared from this kind of winter for over 20 years.

The Weather Channel was reporting the below-zero wind chill freezing temps in some places have complicated the lives of some residents from Minnesota to Maine.  If is reported that at least 15 people lost their lives. Power to thousands of homes and businesses was lost too. When temperatures drop below zero and you add extreme wind chills, the black ice starts to creep across the asphalt like an infection in a science fiction flick. When the temperature is that frigid, the salt and chemicals for ice removal simply do not work. The chemical reaction is crippled. Then, when snowfall continues to accumulate, snow removal for becomes practically impossible.

When will there be relief? As the polar vortex weakens from the Eastern Pacific, it will begin to retreat back to the Arctic. However, temperatures will remain frigid as long as the polar vortex assumes residency in the United States.