Both CBS and NBC had their Chicago reporters update us on the cold weather. CBS' Cynthia Bowers told us that an overworked furnace may be responsible for the fire in a Kentucky home that left a family of ten dead. "Oil and natural gas prices shot up as soon as the mercury went down," she added with hikes of 10% in a single week. NBC's Kevin Tibbles cited a 20% surge in demand for electricity to cope with the cold. Power officials "are urging consumers to conserve."
That early season warmth was a major factor in Sam Champion's (subscription required) report for ABC. The Good Morning America weathercaster was on the southern shores of Lake Erie: "Unfrozen lakes are a never-ending source of snow for towns" like East Aurora NY. As he waded through five-foot snow drifts, Champion explained that increased global warming does not just mean more hot weather--"expect wild weather extremes" of all sorts.
And Barbara Pinto (subscription required) offered an oddball winter feature from Cedar Falls for ABC. How do ice climbers have fun amid the "flat, frozen plains" of the heartland's cornfields? An Iowa farmer has jury-rigged shower heads to spray the sides of agricultural silos. She showed us how the water freezes into a giant white wall and climbers with ice axes and pitons scale 70-foot icicles.
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