Much of the country was in extremis Friday, with temperatures dropping to record lows in parts from Minnesota to Vermont.
"After it's 10 below, what difference does it make?" asked Wendy Schlueter of Babbitt, Minnesota, where the temperature hit 48 degrees below zero Friday.
The cold set records in Maine, Vermont, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota, said Bruce Terry, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Hydrometeorological Prediction Center in Camp Springs, Maryland.
Jennifer Flesher, a 20-year-old CNN iReporter and student at the University of Illinois, said Thursday that the temperature was "unbelievable."
"I went outside to use the snow blower, and my lungs actually started hurting," she said.
Surprisingly, there isn't a single mention of global warming or climate change in the entire article- something you always get when the weather becomes a bit balmy.
Odd that, isn't it?