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Cold snap continues

January 6th, 2010
02:34 PM ET

Less than three weeks after world leaders failed to agree on the climate, much of the world is now united in its assessment. It’s cold!

A Legoland employee in Berkshire, UK tries to dig out a miniature Houses of Parliament.
A Legoland employee in Berkshire, UK tries to dig out a miniature Houses of Parliament.

Huge swathes of the U.S., the UK, Europe and Asia are experiencing record freezing temperatures and some of the heaviest snowfall in years.

For millions of children it’s time to dust off the sledge and head for the nearest snowy slope. But for business, it may be time to pull out the calculator and start counting the cost of the cold weather.

In the sunshine state, Florida, Gov. Charlie Crist has been forced to declare a state of emergency as the state’s lucrative crops are in peril and farmers are facing a desperate fight to salvage what they can of their yields.

Elsewhere in the U.S., the northern Plains could see wind chills of up to 30 below zero according to CNN meteorologist Chad Myers.

Meanwhile in the UK, the cold snap is entering its third week and supplies of salt and grit are running low leading to, according to some reports, a run on table salt and…cat litter at supermarkets.

If you are struggling to cope with the cold snap, you might want tune into Connect the World tonight (9pm GMT, 4pm ET) to find out from polar explorer, Pen Hadow what it's like to experience really cold weather. He also might give you a few tips on how to keep warm.

In the meantime, let us know how you are coping and what the weather is like where you are. Are you celebrating the snow or are you cursing the cold? Post your comments below.


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  1. Dave

    I guess this is another case of weather that the global warming experts can't explain. when will Al Gore be selling coal to keep warm.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Reply
  2. Amazed

    I am staying indoors in the day to avoid the sun but at night I venture out when the temperature has dropped to about 28 C.
    Phuket Expat

    January 6, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Reply
  3. Craig Eyles

    Climate change?? Pftt
    A wonderful 27 degrees celsius here in Longwarry, Australia today.
    Enjoy watching the show if I can convince my 6 year old (Rachel) it's educational with it being aired at 8.00 am & hard to convince that news is important.
    Rachel is already a huge Richard Quest fan & was rather concerned about his snowy dilemma.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Reply
  4. Carlos

    so much for global warming!

    January 6, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Reply
  5. Alex

    Here in Sussex, England, most of the schools are shut and the children are enjoying another day of playing in the snow – a sight rarely seen and the worst I've seen for over 20 years. We have about 6 inches of snow , which is a lot less than most of the rest of the UK and because the Highways Agency only grit major roads and we live up a hill, we're kind of stuck here so no work yesterday, today and probably tomorrow! ENJOY!

    January 7, 2010 at 9:16 am | Reply
  6. Chilly Limey

    The school I teach at in Lancashire (NW England) is closed until Monday at the earliest, local roads are treacherous as the local council where the school is has run out of grit! It's currently -12c here (currently the wee small hours) although we've only got about 4-5 inches of snow at this location. I live off the main road down a hill and can't get my car out but am only a ten minute walk (slide?) into my local town so can get to the shops for milk, etc – can't go too long between hot cups of tea in this weather!

    However, having checked the weather forecast for Denver I'm most relieved I'm going to that part of Colorado in August and not this week as -20c would not do me much good at all...

    January 8, 2010 at 1:50 am | Reply
  7. Martha Sim

    While in the northern hemisphere is freezing cold here, in Rio de Janeiro/ Brazil, summer temperatures are very high. 40 degrees on average during the day and only a little less, about 30 degrees at night. The city is melting.
    And when the rains fall, there are floods, mudslides and death.
    No relief.

    January 8, 2010 at 2:49 am | Reply
  8. crystal

    it doesnt snow that much here in houston texas. but right now it is so cold here. yeah those kids r having fun out there playing in the snow......... if i was them i would rather stay indoors!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 8, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Reply
  9. Edward Andy

    In the west: yes! It is cold signaled by snow.
    In Africa, Nigeria to be precise: we've lost our season. From november we're supposed to have our Harmattan (dry) season- misty chilly mornings; sunny, dry, breezy afternoons, chilly nights. But what we have now is easy mornings; terribly humid, hot afternoons; hot nights. Think of an air conditioning system to sleep comfortably at night

    January 9, 2010 at 7:48 am | Reply
  10. Vincenzo Duke

    global warming also has an opposite effect of global cooling.

    The winters get worse and the summers get worse. That is what global warming is. Notice how australia is having record highs in their current summer? Notice how africa and the middle east are too?

    You are seeing record temperatures literally across the globe.

    January 13, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Reply

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