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  • Mike Doran
    I have mentioned several times this year in relation, say, to the hurricane that was off the coast of Portigal, that the Eurasia side of the Arctic Ocean was
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      I have mentioned several times this year in relation, say, to the
      hurricane that was off the coast of Portigal, that the Eurasia side
      of the Arctic Ocean was as open as any time in recorded history.
      This is the time of year when finally the ice begins to cover those
      opened waters and the jetstream changes are very very interesting to
      monitor. As many of you know I am not a GHG warmer but rather
      consider CO2 to be highly significant ELECTRICAL conductivity element
      in the oceans and that the danger from human activity and
      specifically CO2 from fossil fuels is INSTABILITY leading to neo
      glacial conditions. Look at some of these recent weather headlines
      and notice, again, the proximate connection to the region of open
      ice. It should also be pointed out that the earth's magnetic field
      has weakened dramatically over the North American side of the north
      EMF pole, but over Eurasia, the second node has not weakened.
      Overall, the earth's magnetic field has decreased its intensity about
      8 percent over the past 100 years . . .:

      VERY COLD IN UKRAINE

      DONETSK, January 21 (Itar-Tass) - More and more cities and villages
      of Ukraine are left without electricity supply because of bad
      weather. By Saturday morning their number reached 237, mostly in the
      Zaporozhye, Nikolayev, Kirovograd, Dnepropetrovsk and Poltava
      Regions. Repair teams of the regional power-supply services have been
      working hard for the past two days almost in Arctic conditions.

      According to the information of the weather forecasting service, the
      temperature is now the lowest in the eastern and northeastern parts
      of Ukraine. The night temperature in the Rovny, Kharkov and Lugansk
      Regions was 29 to 32 degrees below zero.

      The first victims of the frost were registered on Friday. Seven
      drunken vagabonds died of cold in the Lugansk Region and one in the
      Vinnitsa Region. Several dozens people were hospitalized with signs
      of frostbiting in Kharkov, Kiev and other Ukrainian cities.

      In Odessa five babies were born in complete darkness, because the
      maternity home was cut off from electricity supply.

      According to weather forecasts, strong frosts will remain in Ukraine
      for another week.

      DEADLY COLD CONTINUES ACROSS RUSSIA

      MOSCOW Jan 20, 2006 — Arctic temperatures gripping most of Russia
      pushed the reported death toll close to 40 on Friday as weather
      forecasters warned that no major thaw is expected in Moscow before
      February.

      Five people died overnight in the capital, city ambulance service
      chief Igor Elkis said. The toll in Moscow, locked in a deep freeze
      since late Monday, is now at least 16 while the nationwide toll is at
      least 38.

      The true figure, however, is likely higher because many regions have
      not reported cold deaths.

      The arctic temperatures have severely taxed parts of the nation's
      infrastructure, with electricity use surging to record levels as
      towns and cities struggle to keep indoor temperatures up and Russians
      turning to supplemental heating sources including electric radiators
      to keep warm.

      The cold wave was even affecting Russia's southern regions which
      typically see more temperate winter conditions. In the town of
      Apsheronsk, some 750 miles south of Moscow, three people were killed
      when a gas canister exploded after it was improperly hooked to the
      heating system in a private home. And in the Caucasus region of
      Adeigei, a wood stove fire killed two people who were trying to heat
      their home.

      Overnight temperatures in the region near the Black Sea dropped to 17
      degrees below zero.

      On Friday, Moscow temperatures were slightly warmer than Thursday,
      when the mercury hit 24 below, the coldest on that date since 1927.
      Friday's low was minus 20 degrees. By Monday, the thermometer was
      expected to reach four below, Moscow weather service spokeswoman
      Natalya Yershova said.

      A weather service official, however, told Ekho Moskvy radio that
      temperatures in the capital were unlikely to rise above that mark
      before February.

      Forecasters said the winter has been Moscow's coldest in a quarter
      century.

      Russians are used to the cold many live in Arctic areas where such
      temperatures are normal for winter and frustration and suffering
      mixed with high spirits or ambivalence.

      At a zoo in Lipetsk, south of Moscow, director Alexander Osipov said
      monkeys would be given wine three times a day "to protect against
      colds," the RIA-Novosti news agency reported. Rossiya television said
      a circus sea lion was being treated for pneumonia with brandy body
      rubs.

      MOSCOW, January 21 (Itar-Tass) - The Arctic chill that settled in
      Russia's European part early this week is tightening its cold grip
      causing more deaths and damage across the country. The energy systems
      are working to full capacity and are hardly coping with excessive
      loads.

      A cold temperature record had been set this week. Never before since
      1978 the temperature kept plunging lower than 25 degrees Celsius for
      three days running.

      Though the met offices are refraining from long-term forecasts, some
      believe the severe frosts in European Russia will last until
      February.

      Roman Vilfand, the head of the Russian Meteorological Office,
      explained that the cold air was not moving. He said the frosts would
      weaken slightly in Moscow and the Moscow region during the weekend.
      The temperature will rise to minus 22-25 degrees Celsius. However,
      strong winds will decrease the effects of warming. Cold air from
      northern Asia will gush into European Russia again early next week
      bringing the temperatures down to 30-35 degrees Celsius.

      Bitter frosts have already killed more than a hundred people in
      Moscow. One hundred sixteen people have died in the 10-million
      Russian capital this winter, the Political News Agency reports.

      Seven people have died of overcooling in Moscow in the past 24 hours,
      111 people, of whom 60 were hospitalized, suffered frostbites of
      various degrees, a Moscow public health service source told Itar-
      Tass.

      In St. Petersburg, Russia's second largest city, 75 people have
      suffered from severe frosts, of which 59 were hospitalized.

      Two people have died and 16 have received cold injuries in Volgograd
      where the temperature has dropped to minus 30 degrees Celsius.
      Eighteen people have been frostbitten in Nizhny Novgorod.

      Three people have died and 15 have been rushed to hospital because of
      minus 30 degrees frosts.

      Bitter frosts have claimed 14 lives in Arkhangelsk in the last three
      days.

      Most of the dead were drunk. People suffering from cold injuries are
      aged largely between 20 and 40. They were not warmly dressed and had
      no hats or gloves.

      A heat main accident has left 43 apartment buildings in Tomilino near
      Moscow without heat.

      An emergency situation has been announced in the city of Balei, the
      Chita region. An accident at the central water pipeline has brought
      the work of four city boiler rooms to a halt. They used to supply
      heat to 69 orphanages, four children's homes and two schools. Almost
      three thousand people were left without warmth. Classes in many
      schools have been cancelled.

      However, most Russians are in good mood and don't lose their sense of
      humor.

      UN MEETING POSTPONED DUE TO BAD WEATHER

      SUKHUMI, January 21 (Itar-Tass) - The Georgian delegation failed to
      come on Saturday to the office of the U.N. mission in the Gali
      District, where a Georgian-Abkhazian meeting was planned to be held,
      because of bad weather. It has been postponed till January 24, Sergei
      Shamba, foreign minister of the self-proclaimed Republic of Abkhazia,
      told Itar-Tass.

      Sergei Shamba and Georgy Khaindrava, Georgian minister for the
      settlement of conflicts, were expected to discuss some security
      problems and the problem of chicken flu with the mediation of the
      U.N. mission and the CIS Collective Peacekeeping Force in the zone of
      the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict.

      A snowfall, the first this winter, took place in Abkhazia on
      Saturday. The air temperature is minus one degree Centigrade.

      Heavy snowfall covers Tokyo

      The heaviest snowfall in five years is blanketing the greater Tokyo
      region, causing injuries and disrupting transportation.

      The Otemachi financial district of downtown Tokyo has received six
      centimeters of snow, while 10 centimeters of snow covers neighboring
      Yokohama city.

      The Japan Meteorological Agency expects as much as five more
      centimeters of snow to fall in Otemachi by 9:00pm local time, making
      it the heaviest snow fall since January 27, 2001, when the area saw
      eight centimeters of snow.

      "Today's snow is wet, so it might not stay on the ground to
      accumulate. But certainly it is a heavy snow fall," said an agency
      official.

      At least 45 people have suffered broken bones and bruises from
      slipping over in snow in the Kanto region of eastern Japan.

      The snow has also caused the cancellation of at least 82 domestic
      flights departing or arriving at Haneda airport in Tokyo.

      Major train lines are also experiencing delays, with the Shinkansen
      bullet train service delayed for up to 10 minutes.

      The meteorological agency has issued heavy snow warnings for most of
      Japan through Saturday evening, with many areas facing the Sea of
      Japan also receiving avalanche warnings.

      The coastal regions have experienced Japan's deadliest winter in more
      than two decades, with at least 102 deaths recorded by Tuesday, many
      of them crushed by snow or falling from buildings while clearing snow
      on roofs.

      Most of the dead have been elderly people.

      It has been the highest death toll since 1983-1984 when 131 people
      died in snow-related incidents.

      Avalanche kills 9 in Turkey

      An avalanche killed nine and injured 17 passengers in a coach
      traveling between the eastern Turkish cities of Bitlis and
      Diyarbakir.

      Eastern Turkey was hit by heavy snowfall in recent weeks as big
      cities like Istanbul in the west prepares for a wave of cold weather
      from the north.

      Roads connecting small villages to the cities are closed in
      mountainous eastern Turkey for several weeks during the region's
      harsh winter and coaches are the main form of transportation between
      the cities.

      More deaths in eastern Europe's big freeze

      Much of northern and eastern Europe remains in the grip of bitterly
      cold weather as an Arctic freeze claimed victims from Lithuania to
      Turkey.

      At least 17 weather-related deaths were reported over the weekend.

      Moscow's death toll from Siberian temperatures jumped to at least 79
      after three more people froze to death overnight on Saturday local
      time.

      Another 20 were hospitalized with hypothermia, the Interfax news
      agency says.

      Temperatures in the Russian capital eased slightly to about minus 18
      Celsius degrees, after reaching as low as minus 23 degrees overnight.

      In Estonia, where temperatures fell to minus 26 degrees in the
      southeastern part of the Baltic nation, several fires were caused by
      overheating, killing two people.

      Fire engines from the Soviet era had to be taken out of mothballs as
      they were more effective in resisting the icy temperatures.

      Two more people died from cold in Lithuania over the weekend,
      bringing the total to eight and about 100 fires were caused by faulty
      heaters.

      Three elderly people also died in Ukraine, raising the total to 21
      deaths since temperatures dropped at the start of last week.

      Five deaths from hypothermia were reported in neighboring Poland,
      where rail and road traffic was seriously disrupted Sunday, bringing
      the total of people to have died from the cold since October to 127

      In Turkey, a man died of exposure after walking in snow-covered
      mountains in the north of the country, the Anatolia news agency says.

      In eastern Germany, a man died in a pile-up caused by black ice.

      Across the northern swathe of Europe, from Russia across the Baltics
      to the Scandinavian states, authorities sought to keep energy
      supplies running, road and rail traffic circulating and health
      authorities alerted in the midst of the extreme conditions.

      In the Moscow region, authorities resolved a number of cases of
      failed heat supplies to homes and traffic problems caused by heavy
      snowfall, news reports say, while regions struggled to keep ageing
      heating systems operational.

      Forecasters there say temperatures will fall on Monday to minus 24
      degrees but would rise later in the week to minus 12 degrees on
      Thursday.

      MOSCOW. Jan 23 (Interfax) - Seven more people died in Moscow during
      the weekend of hypothermia bringing the death toll to 135 since the
      end of October, a source in the city's ambulance service told
      Interfax on Monday.

      Thirty-one more people were hospitalized during the weekend as a
      result of exposure to severe frost.

      Twelve thousand residents of Podolsk, Moscow region, have been left
      without heating after a pipe ruptured, the press service of the
      Russian Emergency Situations Ministry told Interfax on Monday.

      "An accident occurred between a boiler house and the Parkovy
      residential area at 9:45 a.m., which stopped heating supplies to 26
      nine-storey houses," the press service said.

      FRIGID CASPIAN SEA REGION

      BAKU, January 24 (Itar-Tass) - Subzero temperatures have come to Baku
      for the first time over the past six years. Snow has covered the
      entire country.

      According to the weather center of the Ministry of Ecology and
      Natural Resources, the mercury dropped down to minus eight degrees
      Centigrade in the Azerbaijan capital last night. It will be a bit
      warmer at daytime. According to forecasts of weathermen, average
      temperatures till the end of January will be three-four degrees below
      the annual average.

      The frosty weather and snow created a lot of problems for residents
      of the southern city who are not accustomed to cold weather.
      Motorists were the first to feel the nuisance: it was difficult for
      them to reach their places of destination on icy roads. Kilometers-
      long jams built up on some thoroughfares, especially those linking
      Baku with suburbs. There were dozens of minor collisions. Since some
      residential areas in the capital have no central heating, people use
      electric heaters, which results in overloading power grids.

      A special meeting of the Azerbaijan parliament, which was scheduled
      for this Tuesday and was supposed to form a new composition of the
      Central Election Commission of the country, was cancelled over the
      foul weather.

      This notwithstanding, the cold weather did not make any adjustments
      in the program of the official visit to Azerbaijan by Russian vice-
      premier and Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov. He visited on Tuesday the
      grave of Azerbaijan national leader Geidar Aliev in the Alley of
      Honorary Burial Places in the mountainous part of Baku and expressed
      his idea of settling the Karabakh conflict in an interview with
      reporters.

      Opening the meeting with Azerbaijan Defense Minister Safar Abiev,
      Russian Defense Minister Ivanov made a joke in connection with the
      cold spell in Baku: "We can share with you not only weapons, but also
      weather."

      Russia's new cold war: -96 degrees F.


      http://abcnews.go.com/International/CSM/story?id=1534058

      http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article.../601240382/1009



      By Fred Weir

      It has to be awfully cold before most Russian men will abandon their
      traditional machismo and lower the earflaps of their fur hats.
      Normally that pegs one as a wimp - or a foreigner. (Though Canadian,
      I've long-since adopted Russian ways and watch the other guys on the
      street before deciding whether to lower my earflaps.)

      But it's been strictly flaps-down weather for over a week, as a
      relentless Arctic deep freeze strains the country's patience - and
      its sagging infrastructure. Moscow has endured bone-chilling
      temperatures, hovering between 4 and 29 degrees below zero F. for the
      past eight days, with another wave of frigid air in the offing.

      Meteorologists recall that thermometers plunged slightly further, to
      36 degrees below zero F., during a bitter 1979 cold snap. But no one
      can remember anytime when it was this cold for this long.

      "We get a cold snap like this maybe once in 50 years. This isn't
      normal," says Nadezhda Satina, a leading specialist at the Moscow
      Weather Bureau, which has been deluged with calls from anxious
      Muscovites all week.

      But despite their concern, Russians are proud of their winters, which
      have helped to defeat invaders from Napoleon to Hitler. So when the
      mercury nose-dived last week, the nation's traditional display of
      bravado went into high gear.

      Thousands came out to mark the Orthodox holiday of Epiphany last week
      with the famous rite of plunging three times into icy waters and
      crossing themselves to affirm their faith. At Bezdonnoye Lake, in
      northern Moscow, the dippers included dozens of shivering politicians
      who vied for the attention of TV cameras.

      Ultranationalist leader Vladimir Zhironovsky, wearing a floral-
      patterned bathing suit, emerged from his dive with frosty hair and
      flung a taunt at the outside world: "The reason Americans and western
      Europeans don't understand Russians is because they don't commune
      with nature like this."

      But Mr. Zhirinovsky also implicitly acknowledged that much of the
      country's Soviet-era infrastructure had seen better days, instructing
      his chilled compatriots to turn off their refrigerators. Men should
      stop using electric razors and women forgo their daily TV soap
      operas, he added. And, oh yes, everyone should eat more high-calorie
      ice cream to stay warm, particularly the popular Zhirik brand - in
      which Zhirinovsky reputedly has a business interest.

      But many Russians are resorting to a more traditional ritual to stay
      warm: drinking a few shots of vodka. Sales of alcoholic beverages
      soared by 30 percent over the past week, according to the Moscow-
      based National Alcohol Association. And in the town of Yaroslavl,
      about 180 miles north of Moscow, an elephant went berserk and ripped
      his cage apart after zookeepers fed it a bucket of vodka in an
      attempt to help it feel warmer.

      Moscow shops report a huge surge in the sale of valenky, the toasty
      warm Russian peasant boots made of felt that have long been spurned
      as unfashionable. "People come in, buy valenky, put them on and leave
      the shop," says Viktoria Dubrovik, director of the Bitsa clothing
      shop in Moscow.

      Of course, it's all relative. The coldest temperature ever recorded
      in Moscow, according to the city's weather bureau, was 47 degrees
      below zero F.in 1940. For Russians in the country's vast Asian
      landmass, Siberia, that's a typical winter's day. Thermometers in the
      northern Siberian city of Yakutsk hit a numbing 96 degrees below zero
      F. last week.

      Still, international crises such as Iran's nuclear gambit and
      Palestinian elections have dropped from sight as Russian TV scrambles
      to cover the fallout, some of it grim, from the pokholodaniya, or
      freeze.

      The cold has killed more than 150 people this winter, about a third
      of them in the past week. In several Russian towns, central heating
      systems - once the pride of Soviet engineering - have been knocked
      out by burst pipes, leaving tens of thousands without heat in their
      homes.

      Fires have multiplied in Moscow apartment buildings, due to overuse
      of electric heaters, makeshift fireplaces, and gas stoves left
      unattended, says Yury Nernashev, head of the State Fire Prevention
      Center.

      And Monday the electricity monopoly Unified Energy Systems imposed
      power cuts on hundreds of factories and businesses as electricity
      usage soared beyond the grid's capacity. As voltages plunge, lights
      dim, TV screens flicker, and microwave ovens simply stop working.

      But even if household freezers fail, at least that Zhirik ice cream
      won't melt anytime soon.

      Arctic cold sweeps into southern Europe


      http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11024275/from/RSS/

      ATHENS - Freezing weather has killed scores of people in eastern
      Europe and snowstorms forced the closure of the Acropolis in Athens
      and blanketed parts of Sicily and Turkey on Wednesday as the Arctic
      air pushed south.

      Ukraine said 66 people had died there since the freeze set in last
      week. Neighboring Russia has asked it to restrict gas usage as demand
      has rocketed during the coldest winter in a generation in the region.

      The Romanian Health Ministry said extremely low temperatures in the
      country had caused 27 deaths in the past three days.

      In a statement it said the victims, ranging in age between 33 and 86,
      died of heart attacks and hypothermia caused by temperatures of
      about -4 degrees Fahrenheit. Seven of them were homeless.

      Ten people froze to death or died of burns while trying to keep warm
      in the Czech Republic in recent days after temperatures fell -22 F,
      media said.

      Police said another 14 people have died of exposure in Poland over
      the past 24 hours.

      The bitter cold has spread to the far south of Europe, regions which
      normally enjoy milder winters.

      36 hours of snow in Greece
      In Greece, more than 400 villages and towns were cut off after 36
      hours of continuous snowfall and hundreds of snow-clearing vehicles
      struggled to keep main routes open.

      Ports across the country stayed shut as icy gale-force winds swept
      across the Aegean, casting a carpet of snow over the islands.

      A Cambodia-flagged cargo ship sank in the northern Aegean amid a
      snowstorm on Tuesday, the Merchant Marine Ministry said. All but two
      of the 16 mainly Turkish crew were rescued by the coastguard and
      rescuers were search for the missing.

      Athenians also enjoyed the rare sight of the Acropolis under a
      covering of snow. One of the world's most visited monuments, its
      marble temples were closed to the public for a second day.

      In Turkey, Education Minister Huseyin Celik said the country's
      schools, due to resume classes after a mid-year break next week,
      would remain closed until Feb. 6 because of the freezing weather.

      Much of Turkey, including Ankara and Istanbul, was covered in snow
      while shipping was halted on the Bosphorus because of hazardous
      conditions.

      Bulgarian officials said the country's two main ports of Varna and
      Bourgas on the Black Sea had been closed because of high winds and
      heavy seas.

      Bulgarian media reported that three people had died of exposure since
      the cold spell began on Tuesday.

      Snow in Sicily
      Italy was also suffering from the cold snap, with the thermometer
      falling to -31 F in mountains in the northeast. At the other end of
      the country, heavy snow swept parts of the Mediterranean island of
      Sicily early on Wednesday.

      Newspapers reported that two people died of exposure near Imola in
      the north of the country, while cities around Italy opened metro
      stations and railway waiting rooms overnight to provide shelter for
      the homeless.

      The harsh winter has led to a surge in demand for gas as Italians try
      to keep their homes warm, forcing the government to introduce
      emergency measures to preserve dwindling gas stocks.

      The famous canals in the Dutch city of Amsterdam froze briefly and
      television news showed footage of commuters on bicycles skidding on
      black ice, which also caused hundreds of car accidents, ANP news
      agency reported.

      Snow-covered Roof in Poland Collapses: Seven Confirmed Deaths, 500
      Still Trapped

      Death Toll Rises to Sixty Six - 29 Jan 06 - With temperatures dipping
      as low as minus 25C
      (minus 13F), few - if any - more survivors are expected. (See article
      below.)

      http://cnn.netscape.cnn.com/news/story.jsp?idq=/ff/story/0001%
      2F20060128%
      2F1527624679.htm&sc=1103&ewp=ewp_news_0106roof_collapse&floc=NW_1-T




      Migratory Birds Leaving Ukraine to Escape Snow -25 Jan 06 - Severe
      cold and snow in Ukraine's southern Crimea peninsula has prompted
      migratory birds to leave for Turkey, increasing the risk of new
      domestic outbreaks of bird flu, Ukraine's Agriculture Ministry said
      on Tuesday. Bird flu, which has killed four people in Turkey so far,
      continues to be a serious
      concern, with the wild migratory birds believed to be the main
      infectors of Turkish poultry.
      http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=34019

      Rare snow storm in Portugal

      http://onlyidol.com/index.php/2006/01/29/rare-snow-storm-in-portugal/


      Today an uncommon snow storm covered much of Portugal. Apart from
      mountainous regions, snow is usually a rare vision in this south
      European country because flat terrain and a Mediterranean climate.
      However, January 2006 saw a cold wave sweeping across Europe, and
      since early morning snow fell in seaside towns like Figueira da Foz,
      in central Portugal, and the storm reached record south locations
      such as Algarve.

      Lisbon, the Portuguese capital, received snow for the first time in
      52 years. Other towns with a record snowfall were Leiria, Santarém,
      Évora, Setúbal, Portalegre, Sesimbra, Palmela, Fátima, Pombal,
      Abrantes, Torres Novas and Ourém.

      Highways and roads were closed in much of central and south Portugal.
      In Montejunto, one hundred people were evacuated from their vehicles.
      The storm caused electricity to be cut in Elvas and other parts of
      the Alentejo region. A number of car accidents and fallen trees were
      reported to have only resulted in minor injuries. In Lisbon, the city
      government demanded subway stations to remain open overnight, so that
      homeless people could find shelter.

      At 1500 GMT, phone companies saw a record level of calls and text
      messages due to surprised people contacting and warning each other.

      11,000 Turkish villages cut off by snow

      http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=34175

      Hungry wolves prowl the streets - 27 Jan 06 –
      Some 11,000 small villages and enclaves have been cut off from road
      transport and several hundred are without electricity or telephone
      services, as heavy snow and cold winds keep a tight grip on Turkey.

      Hungry wolves failing to find food in the mountains have reportedly
      started prowling the streets of Gevaç in Van province. (This sounds
      almost medieval, doesn't it?) People said they were worried
      about three separate wolf sightings; most made sure they were at home
      before darkness set in. They said if officials left some food in
      areas far from residential neighborhoods, the wolves would not bother
      people.

      As snow continued to fall on Istanbul , roads leading to several
      suburbs on the European side of the Bosporus, which cuts through
      Istanbul , were blocked. In parts of Istanbul , snow depth had
      reached
      28 cm. Some 3,000 municipal employees worked round the clock to clean
      up the snow. The Turkish Red Crescent provided food and blankets to
      around 1,200 people who remained in their cars.

      Snowfall was continuing in the Beylikdüzü, Bakırköy, Eminönü and
      Boğaz regions of the city on Thursday, with officials warning that
      the precipitation would be followed by ice.

      Severe storms in the Marmara Sea are preventing ships from entering
      the region, with one ship sinking in Şile.

      In Ankara , the country's capital, the mayor said that if natural gas
      were disrupted (a real fear), residents would be left without any
      heating fuel.

      Officials are forecasting more freezing weather.
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