A mix of record-setting snowstorms, freezing temps and drought this January made weather the supreme topic of conversation in the USA.
Responses to the challenging weather conditions depended on the city.
In Atlanta, ice and 2.6 inches of snow left thousands of motorists stranded or forced them to abandon their cars on Jan. 28-29.
City offices closed. One person stranded in gridlock for 10 hours compared conditions to 'a scene from the Walking Dead.'
But, heroes emerged. A police officer helped deliver a baby on Interstate 285. A gas station owner fed trapped motorists. Many of those affected reached out via social media, connecting on a Facebook page called "SnowedOutAtlanta."
The bitter weather hit deep into the South. In North Florida, a rare winter storm warning went into effect on Jan. 28. Parts of Interstate 10 bridges were closed due to icing. The freak southern storm was blamed for 13 deaths.
Late show hosts, including Comedy Central's Jon Stewart, lent some comic relief to the situation.
Further west, University of Michigan students enjoyed their first snow day since 1978. Indiana reported that state highway plows are having a record winter. And Des Moines, Iowa, has seen record number of water main breaks due to extremely cold temps.
Meanwhile, drought has plagued California. Governor Jerry Brown declared a statewide drought emergency on Jan. 17.
Discoveries have been made since, including a Gold Rush-era town at the bottom of a very dry Folsom Lake. The dry spell finally ended in Sacramento on Jan. 29 with its first rain in 52 days.
Early this month, a blast of brutally cold air - thanks to the polar vortex - roared across the central and eastern USA, sending temperatures to levels not seen in 20 years.
It was so FREAKING cold that:
- Green Bay Packers fans were grilling beers while tailgating to unfreeze them
- An escaped prisoner in Kentucky turned himself in to combat the cold air
- Three brothers built a 16-foot snow shark in their parents' front yard in Minnesota
- Chicago's resident polar bear at the Lincoln Park Zoo stayed indoors
What a month in weather.
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