THE WEATHER: Ordeal by Cold

The cold had a bulldog grip. Day after day it hung on, biting to the bone. Last week the U.S. suffered more than mere discomfort.

Almost everywhere, fuel supplies ran low. In Tennessee, Governor Jim McCord proclaimed a state of emergency, asked all citizens to join in a voluntary conservation program. In 333 Texas and Oklahoma towns, the Lone Star Gas Co. cut off service to all schools and factories.

Pittsburgh had a coal crisis. Nearby mines had plenty of coal piled above ground, but barges could not carry it down the ice-clogged...

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