Canada: The Iceman Cometh

Real winter came to western Canada last week in the blowiest, snowiest, coldest storm since record-keeping began in 1884. It laid a heavy white hand on the Rockies, then roared down across the prairies. It snapped power and telephone lines, blotted out roads, buried autos, stalled snowplows, isolated towns, made kids happy by closing schools. In Edmonton, where a new record for mid-November warmth (60°) had just been set, the storm shoved temperatures down to 24° below zero.

Temperatures skidded to 25° below at Lethbridge, 23° below at Medicine Hat, 34° below at Penhold,...

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