Even though this year is on track to be one of the hottest ever recorded, this week has been frigid. An arctic blast brought record-low temperatures, freezing rain and piles of snow.
The chill is uncomfortable, but also deadly.
A man froze to death at a bus stop
Police found Kenneth Martin, 55, dead the morning after Christmas at a bus stop in Cincinnati, Ohio. An advocacy organization that worked with Martin says the cold weather is to blame for his death. The local coroner’s office confirmed Martin's death but the cause remains unknown pending an autopsy.
"Ken Martin was humble, honest, compassionate and very loving to his fellow man," nonprofit Maslow's Army said on Facebook. "He will be missed dearly!!"
A dog froze 'solid' on porch
It’s unknown when the dog died.
“This is a grim reminder of how important it is to protect your pets from these dangerous temperatures,” the society said on Facebook.
The Toledo Area Humane Society is pursuing animal cruelty charges against the owner. A second dog was found inside the home and the Humane Society said it is doing well at the shelter.
Sharks went into 'cold shock' and died
Two sharks were found stranded off of the Massachusetts coast Wednesday. The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy said they likely died because of "cold shock." The group collected organs and tissue samples for examination, "once they thaw."
More than 60 inches of snow dumped on Erie
From the night of Christmas Eve to the morning of Dec. 26, Erie, Pennsylvania, saw more than 60 inches of snow. Local authorities declared a state of emergency. The snowfall shattered the previous Christmas record and exceeded the city's all-time record that has stood for more than 60 years.
It was negative 36 degrees
International Falls, Minnesota, had some of the coldest weather this week, hitting negative 36 degrees.
Road salt is useless
The Indiana Department of Transportation recently reminded travelers that salt is only “somewhat effective” at temperatures between 10 and 15 degrees, and least effective below 10 degrees.
This dog is wearing a scarf
Heather O’Neill, a Canadian author, said it’s been so cold inside of her apartment, she’s been wearing a scarf. Her dog wanted in on the action. “So, I took it off and wrapped it around her,” O’Neill said on Twitter.
This man is making beautiful ice bubbles
While everyone else is tossing boiling water in the air to make snow, a Canadian man is inspiring people to freeze bubbles. Chris Ratzlaff of Alberta mixes warm water, corn syrup, dish soap and sugar for this magical creation. He's posted videos of the bubbles turning into a beautiful crystal ball on Twitter.
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