Bridgestone Deadly cold snap in US shatters temp. records, sends even polar bears to shelter
Deadly cold snap in US shatters temp. records, sends even polar bears to shelter
2014-01-09
Deadly cold snap in US shatters temp. records, sends even polar bears to shelter

The cold, which affected an estimated 190 million in the US, was too much even for a polar bear at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.

Some areas in the United States dropped to their coldest temperatures in years as a polar vortex flooded the country from Canada, spreading into the Midwest and expanding to other states from coast to coast. Authorities in many states called on people to stay indoors, because the cold made usual daily activities risky and sometimes life-threatening. One of those following the advice was a Kentucky prisoner, who had escaped from a minimum-security facility in Lexington, but turned himself in because of cold temperatures.

The cold, which affected an estimated 190 million in the US, was too much even for a polar bear at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. While normally the species is able to survive Arctic winters, the zoo's, Anana, lacks the necessary thick layer of fat, so she was kept inside on Monday.

Even states not usually associated with ice, saw temperatures going sub-zero on Tuesday. It was -8 degrees Celsius on top of Hawaii's dormant volcano, Mauna Kea. Florida's coastal city of Pensacola experienced temperature of -8 degrees.

The cold snap sent ener
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