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  • An Amur tiger plays in the snow at the Sedgwick County Zoo, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Wichita, Kan.

      An Amur tiger plays in the snow at the Sedgwick County Zoo, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Wichita, Kan.
    Associated Press

  • Snow masses pile up on the rooftops in the village of Bedretto, Switzerland, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. Weather forecasts predict changeable weather.

      Snow masses pile up on the rooftops in the village of Bedretto, Switzerland, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. Weather forecasts predict changeable weather.
    Associated Press

  • Snow masses pile up on the rooftops of houses in the village of Villa, Switzerland, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. Weather forecasts predict changeable weather.

      Snow masses pile up on the rooftops of houses in the village of Villa, Switzerland, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. Weather forecasts predict changeable weather.
    Associated Press

  • A visitor photographs frozen fountains caked with ice at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. Below-normal, frigid temperatures are forecast to continue into the weekend in Washington and then begin to moderate next week.

      A visitor photographs frozen fountains caked with ice at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. Below-normal, frigid temperatures are forecast to continue into the weekend in Washington and then begin to moderate next week.
    Associated Press

  • A man jogs in freezing temperatures on a path in Fremont, Neb., Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014.

      A man jogs in freezing temperatures on a path in Fremont, Neb., Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014.
    Associated Press

  • Two birds look for food in near two frozen fountains caked with ice at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. Below-normal, frigid temperatures are forecast to continue into the weekend in Washington and then begin to moderate next week.

      Two birds look for food in near two frozen fountains caked with ice at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. Below-normal, frigid temperatures are forecast to continue into the weekend in Washington and then begin to moderate next week.
    Associated Press

  • Melanie Haley walks beneath one of three trees that came down near her house in Eugene, Ore., Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. The trees fell Saturday during an ice and snowstorm that swept through the Willamette Valley. The fallen trees did not hit any homes or vehicles, but caused a natural gas line break, according to The Register-Guard.

      Melanie Haley walks beneath one of three trees that came down near her house in Eugene, Ore., Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. The trees fell Saturday during an ice and snowstorm that swept through the Willamette Valley. The fallen trees did not hit any homes or vehicles, but caused a natural gas line break, according to The Register-Guard.
    Associated Press

  • Eric Ledford, with Superior Tree Service, works to remove part of a tree from the roof of an apartment building in the Parkgrove Apartment complex in Eugene. Ore., Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014.

      Eric Ledford, with Superior Tree Service, works to remove part of a tree from the roof of an apartment building in the Parkgrove Apartment complex in Eugene. Ore., Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014.
    Associated Press

  • In the aftermath of a winter storm, in Downingtown, Pa. Schools canceling classes because of winter weather in at least 10 states have used up the wiggle room in their academic calendars, forcing them to schedule makeup days or otherwise compensate for the lost time.

      In the aftermath of a winter storm, in Downingtown, Pa. Schools canceling classes because of winter weather in at least 10 states have used up the wiggle room in their academic calendars, forcing them to schedule makeup days or otherwise compensate for the lost time.
    Associated Press

  • A plow removes snow from US24 near Reno, Kan., Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014.

      A plow removes snow from US24 near Reno, Kan., Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014.
    Associated Press

  • People watch huge waves breaking at the Nazare lighthouse, outside the fishing village of Nazare, on the central coast of Portugal, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. The Portuguese weather institute posted a red alert along the central and north coast of Portugal, the highest level of the country's four-alert scale, and few ports were closed due to the rough sea.

      People watch huge waves breaking at the Nazare lighthouse, outside the fishing village of Nazare, on the central coast of Portugal, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. The Portuguese weather institute posted a red alert along the central and north coast of Portugal, the highest level of the country's four-alert scale, and few ports were closed due to the rough sea.
    Associated Press

  • A couple is caught by the sea as rough waves lash the Miramar beach, Vila Nova de Gaia, northern Portugal Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. The Portuguese weather institute put the entire coast of Portugal on red alert, the most serious in a scale of four, due to rough seas.

      A couple is caught by the sea as rough waves lash the Miramar beach, Vila Nova de Gaia, northern Portugal Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. The Portuguese weather institute put the entire coast of Portugal on red alert, the most serious in a scale of four, due to rough seas.
    Associated Press

  • Early morning joggers make their way down the middle of Court St. NE, past the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Ore. on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. Snowfall begins again in earnest for the third day, as Salem remains largely shut down due to a winter storm.

      Early morning joggers make their way down the middle of Court St. NE, past the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Ore. on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. Snowfall begins again in earnest for the third day, as Salem remains largely shut down due to a winter storm.
    Associated Press

  • Women take photographs as rough waves lash the Miramar beach, Vila Nova de Gaia, northern Portugal Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. The Portuguese weather institute put the entire coast of Portugal on red alert, the most serious in a scale of four, due to rough seas.

      Women take photographs as rough waves lash the Miramar beach, Vila Nova de Gaia, northern Portugal Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. The Portuguese weather institute put the entire coast of Portugal on red alert, the most serious in a scale of four, due to rough seas.
    Associated Press

  • Mail carrier Tammie Harris trudges through the snow while delivering to homes in the Monteith District of Albany, Ore., Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. More than a foot of snow has fallen in the Willamette Valley community during the last two days. The area, known for its rain, rarely sees more than a few inches of the white stuff a year.

      Mail carrier Tammie Harris trudges through the snow while delivering to homes in the Monteith District of Albany, Ore., Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. More than a foot of snow has fallen in the Willamette Valley community during the last two days. The area, known for its rain, rarely sees more than a few inches of the white stuff a year.
    Associated Press

  • In this photo taken on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, the sculpture "La Montagne," by french artists Aristide Maillol is covered in snow at the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Ore.

      In this photo taken on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, the sculpture "La Montagne," by french artists Aristide Maillol is covered in snow at the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Ore.
    Associated Press

  • Win Goodbody, front, competes in the 2nd Stumptown Birkebeiner cross country ski race in the Peal District Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Portland, Ore. Organized by Goodbody, the event brought approximately 30-40 people to race through the streets of northwest Portland.

      Win Goodbody, front, competes in the 2nd Stumptown Birkebeiner cross country ski race in the Peal District Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Portland, Ore. Organized by Goodbody, the event brought approximately 30-40 people to race through the streets of northwest Portland.
    Associated Press

  • Sam Rendina plows snow into a large pile in the corner of a parking lot in Cleveland Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. Cities across Ohio were still cleaning up after the storm that dumped 6-10 inches of snow Tuesday night and Wednesday.

      Sam Rendina plows snow into a large pile in the corner of a parking lot in Cleveland Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. Cities across Ohio were still cleaning up after the storm that dumped 6-10 inches of snow Tuesday night and Wednesday.
    Associated Press

  • A linesman works to restore electrical power, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Downingtown, Pa. A small army of electricity restoration crews labored Friday to reconnect about 330,000 customers in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

      A linesman works to restore electrical power, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Downingtown, Pa. A small army of electricity restoration crews labored Friday to reconnect about 330,000 customers in Pennsylvania and Maryland.
    Associated Press

  • An ice covered tree and utility lines block a roadway Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Exton, Pa. Utility crews in Pennsylvania are still trying to restore power to more than 320,000 customers who remain without power two days after an ice storm downed trees and power lines.

      An ice covered tree and utility lines block a roadway Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Exton, Pa. Utility crews in Pennsylvania are still trying to restore power to more than 320,000 customers who remain without power two days after an ice storm downed trees and power lines.
    Associated Press

  • Ice covers the landscape in the aftermath of a winter storm, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Downingtown, Pa. Utility crews in Pennsylvania are still trying to restore power to more than 320,000 customers who remain without power two days after an ice storm downed trees and power lines.

      Ice covers the landscape in the aftermath of a winter storm, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Downingtown, Pa. Utility crews in Pennsylvania are still trying to restore power to more than 320,000 customers who remain without power two days after an ice storm downed trees and power lines.
    Associated Press

  • University of Oregon student Nitasha Alvarez makes her way through the UO campus in Eugene as a new round of snow descends on the Willamette Valley Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

      University of Oregon student Nitasha Alvarez makes her way through the UO campus in Eugene as a new round of snow descends on the Willamette Valley Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.
    Associated Press

  • Detroit police use the scoop of a front-end loader to carry two people stranded in a minivan to safety after street flooding caused by a water main break on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 on Detroit's east side. Several vehicles were stuck in water and ice, prompting a rescue by police officers on construction equipment. The break was reported about 5 a.m. Friday in the area of Gratiot Avenue at Conner Street. The scoop of a front-end loader was used to carry two people stranded in a minivan. Crews also worked to clear ice and water from the area, which is closed to traffic. No injuries were reported.

      Detroit police use the scoop of a front-end loader to carry two people stranded in a minivan to safety after street flooding caused by a water main break on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 on Detroit's east side. Several vehicles were stuck in water and ice, prompting a rescue by police officers on construction equipment. The break was reported about 5 a.m. Friday in the area of Gratiot Avenue at Conner Street. The scoop of a front-end loader was used to carry two people stranded in a minivan. Crews also worked to clear ice and water from the area, which is closed to traffic. No injuries were reported.
    Associated Press

  • A pile of snow is seen spray painted, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, along a residential street in Bowling Green, Ohio. Parts of Ohio have seen record amounts of snow this winter.

      A pile of snow is seen spray painted, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, along a residential street in Bowling Green, Ohio. Parts of Ohio have seen record amounts of snow this winter.
    Associated Press

  • Bicycles remained covered with snow in downtown Boston, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, after a Wednesday storm dropped more than 10 inches of snow on the city, according to the National Weather Service.

      Bicycles remained covered with snow in downtown Boston, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, after a Wednesday storm dropped more than 10 inches of snow on the city, according to the National Weather Service.
    Associated Press

  • Street flooding caused by a water main break on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 on Detroit's east side left several vehicles stuck in water and ice, prompting a rescue by police officers on construction equipment. The break was reported about 5 a.m. Friday in the area of Gratiot Avenue at Conner Street. Police and firefighters responded to help free motorists. The scoop of a front-end loader was used to carry two people stranded in a minivan. Crews also worked to clear ice and water from the area, which is closed to traffic. No injuries were reported.

      Street flooding caused by a water main break on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 on Detroit's east side left several vehicles stuck in water and ice, prompting a rescue by police officers on construction equipment. The break was reported about 5 a.m. Friday in the area of Gratiot Avenue at Conner Street. Police and firefighters responded to help free motorists. The scoop of a front-end loader was used to carry two people stranded in a minivan. Crews also worked to clear ice and water from the area, which is closed to traffic. No injuries were reported.
    Associated Press

  • Two men walk along an alley of plane trees in Frankfurt, Germany, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. Mild temperatures and strong winds are forecast for Germany for the next days.

      Two men walk along an alley of plane trees in Frankfurt, Germany, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. Mild temperatures and strong winds are forecast for Germany for the next days.
    Associated Press

  • A car rests in the median of Interstate 5 north of Albany, Ore., while police work at crash scenes farther up the freeway, Thursday, Feb., 6, 2014. More than 40 vehicles were involved in wrecks on the southbound lanes of the roadway.

      A car rests in the median of Interstate 5 north of Albany, Ore., while police work at crash scenes farther up the freeway, Thursday, Feb., 6, 2014. More than 40 vehicles were involved in wrecks on the southbound lanes of the roadway.
    Associated Press

  • Eric Davis, irrigation department, uses a backpack blower to remove snow from sidewalks in frigid weather on the campus of the University of Oklahoma on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Norman, Okla.

      Eric Davis, irrigation department, uses a backpack blower to remove snow from sidewalks in frigid weather on the campus of the University of Oklahoma on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Norman, Okla.
    Associated Press

  • Swimmers do laps at the outdoor pool at the Colorado Athletic Club in Boulder, Colo., during below zero temperatures on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. Bitter cold temperatures are gripping eastern Colorado as the Western Slope prepares for another storm.

      Swimmers do laps at the outdoor pool at the Colorado Athletic Club in Boulder, Colo., during below zero temperatures on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. Bitter cold temperatures are gripping eastern Colorado as the Western Slope prepares for another storm.
    Associated Press

  • Icicles hang from the handlebars of a bicycle outside a coffee shop in Harmony, Pa., Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014.

      Icicles hang from the handlebars of a bicycle outside a coffee shop in Harmony, Pa., Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014.
    Associated Press

  • Ice forms on a water fountain as a light snow falls in Richardson, Texas, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. The National Weather Service recorded light snow Thursday in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Abilene, Midland-Odessa, San Angelo and Lubbock.

      Ice forms on a water fountain as a light snow falls in Richardson, Texas, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. The National Weather Service recorded light snow Thursday in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Abilene, Midland-Odessa, San Angelo and Lubbock.
    Associated Press

  • An ice-covered tree limb that took out a utility line blocks the path of a firetruck after a winter storm Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Philadelphia. Icy conditions have knocked out power to more than 200,000 electricity customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and prompted school and legislative delays as well as speed reductions on major roadways.

      An ice-covered tree limb that took out a utility line blocks the path of a firetruck after a winter storm Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Philadelphia. Icy conditions have knocked out power to more than 200,000 electricity customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and prompted school and legislative delays as well as speed reductions on major roadways.
    Associated Press

  • Strollers walk in a snowy street in Maloja, Switzerland Thursday Feb. 6, 2014. Weather forecasts predict changeable weather.

      Strollers walk in a snowy street in Maloja, Switzerland Thursday Feb. 6, 2014. Weather forecasts predict changeable weather.
    Associated Press

  • People look big waves of Atlantic Ocean in Anglet, southwestern France, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. There is a weather alert for high waves in the south west of France, lasting until Saturday.

      People look big waves of Atlantic Ocean in Anglet, southwestern France, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. There is a weather alert for high waves in the south west of France, lasting until Saturday.
    Associated Press

  • Hikers walk in a snowy street in Maloja, Switzerland Thursday Feb. 6, 2014. Weather forecasts predict changeable weather.

      Hikers walk in a snowy street in Maloja, Switzerland Thursday Feb. 6, 2014. Weather forecasts predict changeable weather.
    Associated Press

  • A Potomac Edison worker begins to remove a number of fallen branches from a high voltage line along Rosemont Avenue, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Frederick, Md. Many area homes and traffic lights were without power.

      A Potomac Edison worker begins to remove a number of fallen branches from a high voltage line along Rosemont Avenue, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Frederick, Md. Many area homes and traffic lights were without power.
    Associated Press

  • Adam Caprarola clears ice from a sidewalk along East Main Street after a winter storm with freezing rain downed trees and left thousands without electricity, Wednesday, Feb 5, 2014, in Westminster, Md.

      Adam Caprarola clears ice from a sidewalk along East Main Street after a winter storm with freezing rain downed trees and left thousands without electricity, Wednesday, Feb 5, 2014, in Westminster, Md.
    Associated Press

  • A river otter at the Sedgwick County Zoo is covered in snow after playing with a snowman created on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Wichita, Kan.

      A river otter at the Sedgwick County Zoo is covered in snow after playing with a snowman created on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Wichita, Kan.
    Associated Press

  • A ice-covered tree fell across Milam Drive east of Winchester, Va., Wednesday Feb. 5, 2014.

      A ice-covered tree fell across Milam Drive east of Winchester, Va., Wednesday Feb. 5, 2014.
    Associated Press

  • Shawn Meisl puts a finishing touch on a snowman in downtown Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. Up to a foot of snow was predicted to fall in parts of Massachusetts.

      Shawn Meisl puts a finishing touch on a snowman in downtown Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. Up to a foot of snow was predicted to fall in parts of Massachusetts.
    Associated Press

  • As snow continues to fall, only a handful of shoppers patronized the Oak Brook Mall in Oak Brook, Ill. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.

      As snow continues to fall, only a handful of shoppers patronized the Oak Brook Mall in Oak Brook, Ill. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.
    Associated Press

  • Snow-capped pilings dot the Brooklyn waterfront with the Manhattan skyline in the background Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a statewide state of emergency, closing Interstate 84 between the Connecticut and Pennsylvania borders until midafternoon.

      Snow-capped pilings dot the Brooklyn waterfront with the Manhattan skyline in the background Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a statewide state of emergency, closing Interstate 84 between the Connecticut and Pennsylvania borders until midafternoon.
    Associated Press

  • Ice covers the buds on a maple tree in a Warrick County yard near Newburgh, Ind. following a winter storm on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.  The state's northern and southern counties had 2 to 3 inches of snow in many places, although some sections of southern Indiana have seen freezing rain at times.

      Ice covers the buds on a maple tree in a Warrick County yard near Newburgh, Ind. following a winter storm on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. The state's northern and southern counties had 2 to 3 inches of snow in many places, although some sections of southern Indiana have seen freezing rain at times.
    Associated Press

  • Icicles coat grasses along the Brooklyn waterfront with the Manhattan skyline in the background, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 in New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a statewide state of emergency, closing Interstate 84 between the Connecticut and Pennsylvania borders until midafternoon.

      Icicles coat grasses along the Brooklyn waterfront with the Manhattan skyline in the background, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 in New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a statewide state of emergency, closing Interstate 84 between the Connecticut and Pennsylvania borders until midafternoon.
    Associated Press

  • The Brooklyn Bridge overlooks a snow-covered park Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a statewide state of emergency, closing Interstate 84 between the Connecticut and Pennsylvania borders until midafternoon.

      The Brooklyn Bridge overlooks a snow-covered park Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a statewide state of emergency, closing Interstate 84 between the Connecticut and Pennsylvania borders until midafternoon.
    Associated Press

  • Dylan Palmer works to keep tables clear of snow before the "Yankee Luau" on the town common as part of the towns 98th Winter Carnival Wednesday Feb. 5, 2014 in Newport, N.H.

      Dylan Palmer works to keep tables clear of snow before the "Yankee Luau" on the town common as part of the towns 98th Winter Carnival Wednesday Feb. 5, 2014 in Newport, N.H.
    Associated Press

  • In this photo taken on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, s cyclist uses the pedestrian crossing at the west end of the Sellwood Bridge at Highway 43 during a snowstorm in Portland, Ore.

      In this photo taken on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, s cyclist uses the pedestrian crossing at the west end of the Sellwood Bridge at Highway 43 during a snowstorm in Portland, Ore.
    The Oregonian

  • Traffic is snarled along the Interstate 285 perimeter, north of the metro area after a winter snowstorm, in Atlanta. With memories of thousands of vehicles gridlocked for hours on icy metro Atlanta highways fresh in their minds, emergency officials and elected leaders in north Georgia were preparing Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, for another round of winter weather.

      Traffic is snarled along the Interstate 285 perimeter, north of the metro area after a winter snowstorm, in Atlanta. With memories of thousands of vehicles gridlocked for hours on icy metro Atlanta highways fresh in their minds, emergency officials and elected leaders in north Georgia were preparing Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, for another round of winter weather.
    Associated Press

 
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As much as we love to feel maligned by Mother Nature this winter, we're not alone. The rest of the United States and world has been battling some weather extremes. Here are some photos of tough weather conditions elsewhere.

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