Nature: Winter & Mrs. Wood

From Tokyo to Tennessee, from the Baltic to the Bosporus, a killer winter raged across many parts of the world last week. Blizzards and savage winds took 300 lives in Europe, and another 150 in the U.S. A slashing gale capsized a ferry in the Korea Strait, causing 137 deaths, and an avalanche in the mountains of north central Japan entombed 19 persons. The thermometer was playing tricks. While Moscow's temperature was 11°, the mercury plummeted to fantastic depths in a broad swath across the U.S.: —19° in Cleveland, —30° in parts of...

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