Parts of Niagara Falls Freeze as Numbing Cold Wave Grips U.S.

(Reuters) – The torrent of arctic air that poured into many parts of the United States this week tightened its grip on Friday and brought record cold to some spots, as forecasters warned revelers from Memphis to Maine to expect numbing conditions on New Year’s Eve.

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Warning: California May Face a Long, Dry Winter

California is facing the prospect of a very dry winter, a year after one of the wettest winters on record, renewing fears of a devastating drought that gripped the state from 2011 to 2016.

California Drought Lake McClure (Justin Sullivan / Getty)

Massive Storm Hits California; Closes Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts

The massive winter storm hitting California this weekend and early this week, powered by an “atmospheric river” of moisture from the Pacific Ocean, forced the closure of many Lake Tahoe ski resorts Sunday due to extreme weather conditions.

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Winter Forecast for SoCal: Drought

This week, the Long Beach, California-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued its winter climate predictions forecasting a dry, hot January, February and March for Southern California.

California Drought Lake McClure (Justin Sullivan / Getty)

Mysterious Booms in Tennessee Traced to ‘Frost Quakes’

All week, 911 operators in middle Tennessee have fielded calls from worried residents frightened by mysterious cracks and booms that some have mistaken for gunshots, or fireworks, or even exploding gas lines.

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Brutal Winter Leaves 26 Dead Nationwide

Twenty-six Americans have died from winter-related issues—18 in Tennessee alone—as the country remains mired in a brutally cold weather pattern that won’t be ending until early next week.

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NBC News: Crimes Drops When It’s Cold

On February 20, NBC News reported that in addition to snow, cold winds, and terrible driving conditions, the freezing temperatures have brought with them one other thing—a reprieve from crime in Memphis, Boston, and New York, among other places.

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Arctic Blast Hits Chicago, Midwest

The Midwest is being hit with the first arctic blast of the new year with subzero temperatures expected to last well into the week, meteorologists say.