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Fire and Ice The cold weather continues across Northern Europe and North America, bringing wind chill warnings, frozen pipes and power outages. LEO Network member Wilson Justin reported that finally the night time temperatures were reaching -28 Celsius, cold enough for the Chistochina River to freeze. Other cold spots included Braemar, Scotland where they recorded the coldest temperatures since 1955. The cold brought blizzards to the east of Scotland, burying cars and blocking roads. In the Western Isles, however, there was no snow, and cold temperatures contributed to tinder dry vegetation. On February 11th, wildfires were reported on the island of Benbecula, keeping fire fighters busy in several communities. One weather anomaly this week was in eastern and southern Iceland, where drenching rain brought flooding and landslides. Across the circumpolar north the weather was capturing headlines, surprising many and reminding all what the harshest winters can look like. Mike Brubaker, Editor

Benbecula, Scotland, United Kingdom
BBC News / February 11, 2021

Firefighters extinguished fires on Benbecula and Harris as they warn of extreme risk. SFRS said the fires had broken out in vegetation that had died off since last year and then been dried out by frost and low temperatures.

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Braemar
BBC News / February 11, 2021

Icicles covered businesses in the village of Braemar. The Met Office says Braemar in Aberdeenshire recorded the coldest night since December 1995.

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Buckie, Scotland, United Kingdom
BBC News / February 14, 2021

Vehicles were trapped as gale-force winds carried mud-coloured waves of snow onto the A98 near Buckie. Snow ploughs were used to try and clear the stretch, close to its junction with the B9016, but were unable to make it through and the road remains closed.

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Sweden
Lisen Elowson Tosting / Radio Sweden / February 15, 2021

More rain and a blanket of snow in recent months has helped Sweden's groundwater levels recover significantly after dropping in several parts of the country.

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Chistochina, Alaska, United States
Wilson Justin / LEO Network / February 2, 2021

"The Chistochina River froze over and went to overflow by the second of February which means we went through the New Year and January with the river running open. First time that I know of."

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Seyðisfjörður, East, Iceland
Alexander Elliott / RÚV / February 15, 2021

Very heavy rain has affected South and East Iceland throughout Sunday and overnight. An area of Seyðisfjörður has been evacuated and road closures were announced in three places due to an avalanche, an ice flood, and a downed power line.

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Dzerzhinsk, Nizjnij Novgorod, Russia
The Moscow Times / The Moscow Times / February 12, 2021

A pack of stray blue dogs, likely covered in chemical waste, was spotted on the road near the Russian town of Dzerzhinsk. The dogs may have been exposed to chemicals at a nearby abandoned factory that produced plexiglass and hydrocyanic acid, giving their fur the eye-catching blue color.

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Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada
Craig Gilbert / NNSL MEDIA / February 15, 2021

A “not very shy” lynx attracted some attention in Yellowknife Monday. Daniel Bourke saw it near Avens seniors complex where staff called ENR.

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