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Climate News: USA
Photo: Commuters are bundled for protection from the sub-zero cold as they head to work today in Chicago. Temperatures were not expected to get above single-digits for the day while wind chill temperatures in the city have not been above zero since Friday afternoon. VIDEO: Subzero Temps Paralyze the Midwest

Feb 05, 2007
A bone-chilling arctic cold wave with temperatures as low as 42 below zero shut down schools for thousands of youngsters, sent homeless people into shelters and put car batteries on the disabled list from the northern Plains across the Great Lakes. At least four deaths were linked to the cold weather. With temperatures near zero and a wind chill of 25 below, school districts across Ohio canceled classes. With a temperature of 12 below zero and wind chill of 31 below, Wisconsin's largest school district, Milwaukee Public Schools, also shut down, idling some 90,000 children. In upstate New York, 34,000 kids got the day off in Rochester because of temperatures near zero. Schools also closed in parts of Michigan and Illinois. A few schools closed even in Minnesota, where February cold is the norm and people are accustomed to coping. By noon, subzero temperatures had blanketed the Minneapolis-St. Paul area for 58 straight hours - the LONGEST STRETCH IN 11 YEARS. In northern Minnesota, the temperature crashed to 42 below Monday morning at Embarrass [reportedly colder than the North Pole at the time.] Grand Forks, North Dakota, also registered 30 below. "For this time of year, this isn't that unusual, as far as temperatures go." Amtrak shut down passenger service in parts of western and northern New York state, where the cold was accompanied by as much as 2 feet of snow. At least 30 water main breaks were blamed on the cold in Detroit, Michigan.

Cold Elsewhere
PAKISTAN - Dozens feared dead as cold grips Badakhshan - Dozens of people, mostly children and aged ones, have been killed due to scarcity of food and the prevailing cold weather during the previouse two months. Some 40 residents died of famine and cold weather since early December and more deaths are feared if urgent measures are not taken by the government and aid organisations. All roads connecting the district to other towns and the central city of Faizabad had been blocked due to heavy snow, leaving the residents locked up.
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