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A man pushes a stroller with groceries as flurries swirl around on Woodward Avenue in Detroit on Monday. Millions of Michigan residents have been asked to turn their thermostats down to conserve energy during the Polar Vortex. Ryan Garza/Detroit Free Press/TNS via Getty Images hide caption

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Frank Lettiere's eyebrows and eyelashes froze after his walk along Lake Michigan's Chicago shoreline Wednesday. Frostbite warnings were issued for parts of the U.S. Midwest as temperatures plunged. Joshua Lott/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Medical Effects Of Extreme Cold: Why It Hurts And How To Stay Safe

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Esther Ngumbi, who now lives in Chicago, gets a taste of the big chill. She grew up in Kenya, where 60 degrees was about as cold as it got. Alex Mutiso hide caption

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A bicycle messenger struggles through the snow in downtown Cleveland on Friday. Mark Duncan/AP hide caption

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Yes, The Weather Is Polar. No, It's Not The Vortex

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Here we go again. Earlier this month in St. Louis, Jerome Harris bundled up against frigid temperatures. Now, cold air is again rushing south from the Arctic and a "bomb" of a storm is brewing across much of the Eastern half of the nation. Jeff Roberson/AP hide caption

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From the NPR Newscast: 'Bombogenesis'

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A man walks through a steam cloud in frigid cold temperatures Tuesday in Manhattan. Brendan McDermid /Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Morrie Fisher drinks at Mawson Station, an Australian base in East Antarctica, in 1957. Apparently, these sorts of amusements tend to pop up when you're bored in a barren landscape. Courtesy of the Australian Antarctic Division hide caption

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Ice has built up along Lake Michigan in Chicago as temperatures have plunged in recent days. A dip in the polar vortex is to blame. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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On 'Morning Edition': science writer Andrew Freedman talks with NPR's David Greene about the polar vortex

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