jueves, 2 de febrero de 2012

THE BIG FREEZE


After a very mild December and January Jack Frost has finally brought some Winter weather to Europe. It. Is. Freezing. Cold.


A snow plough clears the frozen Lake Weissensee to prepare a skating track in Techendorf, Austria's southern Carinthia province, January 26, 2012. Techendorf is hosting the Alternatieve Elfstedentocht Weissensee (Alternative Eleven City Races Weissensee), a traditional Dutch series of speed skating events for both professionals and amateurs with some 6,000 participants, from January 23 to February 4. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader 


 A woman pulls a child on a sleigh near a vehicle in Bucharest January 26, 2012. Romania has drafted in the army to rescue hundreds of travellers stranded by blizzards that dumped up to a metre of snow in 24 hours, derailing a train and forcing authorities to shut down motorways and ports and cancel flights. REUTERS/Radu Sigheti


The beard of a skater, one out of some 1100 athletes, is covered with ice and snow during the 200 km (124 miles) speed skating race in Techendorf in Austria's southern Carinthia province, early morning January 27, 2012. Techendorf hosts the Alternatieve Elfstedentocht Weissensee (Alternative Eleven City Races Weissensee), a traditional Dutch series of speed skating events for both professionals and amateurs with some 6.000 participants from January 23 to February 4. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader 


People play ice hockey by the seaside in Saulkrasti January 29, 2012. After the start of an unusually warm winter, the weather has since dropped to approximately -15 degrees Celsius (5 degrees Fahrenheit), with meteorologists forecasting a further dip in temperatures to about -30 degress Celsius (-22 degrees Fahrenheit) for the coming week, local media reported. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins 


 A boy looks out of the snow covered window of a tram at Taksim square in Istanbul January 30, 2012. REUTERS/Osman Orsal 


 A road sign covered with hoarfrost is seen on the roadside near a village of Sliznevo, in an air temperature of -34 degrees Celsius (-29 degrees Fahrenheit) outside Krasnoyarsk, January 30, 2012. A large anticyclone above Siberia has lead to a prolonged cold spell in the region, according to local media. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin 


 A van drives along a road near the village of Sliznevo in an air temperature of about minus 34 degrees Celcius (minus 29 degrees Fahrenheit) outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk January 30, 2012. A large anticyclone above Siberia has led to a prolonged cold spell in the region, according to local media. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin 


 A woman walks along a snow-covered street in the northern Kazakhstan town of Pavlodar, January 31, 2012. A harsh cold weather spell with air temperature down to minus 43 Celsius (minus 34 Fahrenheit) has set in the region. REUTERS/Vladimir Bugayev 


 The Vistula River is covered with ice floe near the old town of Warsaw January 31, 2012. The temperature in Ukraine sank to minus 33 degrees Celsius (minus 27 Fahrenheit), the coldest in six years, while eastern Bosnia experienced lows of minus 31C and Poland, Romania and Bulgaria minus 30C. REUTERS/Peter Andrews 


 A man skates on a frozen pond during a cold winter day in Prague January 31, 2012. REUTERS/David W Cerny


 A picture taken with a thermal camera shows Berlin on a cold winter day January 31, 2012. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz 


 A man walks in the snow in the village of Devetak, west of Kosovo's capital Pristina January 31, 2012. Temperatures in Kosovo show minus 18 degrees Celsius (minus 0.4 degrees Fahrenheit). REUTERS/Hazir Reka 


 A man drives his mini tractor through the snow in the village of Jezerc, west of Kosovo's capital Pristina January 31, 2012. Temperatures in Kosovo show minus 18 degrees Celsius (minus 0.4 degrees Fahrenheit). REUTERS/Hazir Reka


Pieces of ice flow on Vistula River next to the Zeran Heat Power Station in the Bialoleka suburb of Warsaw January 31, 2012. REUTERS/Peter Andrews


 Railway tracks lead towards the main train station as the sun sets on a freezing cold afternoon in Frankfurt January 31, 2012. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 


 A woman is seen through a frosted tram window in central Sofia February 1, 2012. Cold weather raised Bulgaria's power consumption to a record-high 7,300 megawatts per hour on Tuesday evening, power grid operator data showed on Wednesday. The Balkan country's temperatures remain at minus 15-20 degrees Celsius during the day and minus 20-29 degrees at night for a third day and the grid operator expects increased power consumption until Saturday. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov 


 A man smokes near an entrance to a city underground station, with the air temperature at about minus 20 degrees Celsius (minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit) in Kiev, February 1, 2012. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich 


 A snowplough clears snow off a road as a woman walks in front of it in the northern Italian town of Bologna February 1, 2012. REUTERS/Giorgio Benvenuti 


The surface of the Black Sea is seen covered with ice at the port of Yevpatoria February 1, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer 


A mother and son enjoy a sledge ride at the Feldberg mountain in Schmitten, 25km (16 miles) north-west of Frankfurt, February 1, 2012. The cold snap which has gripped Europe and killed 60 people in the east is set to lift European power and gas prices further as energy demand for heating surges while temperatures are expected to stay below freezing point. German met office DWD expected the icy high pressure front from northern Russia to last well into next week. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 


 A man takes a picture of a frost covered Wendelstein church on the 1838 metres (6030 feet) high Wendelstein mountain near Bayrischzell February 1, 2012. Snow and temperatures close to -14 degrees Celsius (7 degrees Fahrenheit) have hit parts of southern Germany in the last few days. German met office DWD expected the icy high pressure front from northern Russia to last well into next week. REUTERS/Michael Dalder 


The frozen Wendelstein church, Germany's highest church is pictured on the 1838 metres (6030 feet) high Wendelstein mountain near Bayrischzell is pictured February 1, 2012. Snow and temperatures close to -14 degrees Celsius (7 degrees Fahrenheit) have hit parts of southern Germany in the last few days. German met office DWD expected the icy high pressure front from northern Russia to last well into next week. REUTERS/Michael Dalder


A woman walks through the snow at the Feldberg mountain in Schmitten, 25km (16 miles) north-west of Frankfurt, February 1, 2012. The cold snap which has gripped Europe and killed 60 people in the east is set to lift European power and gas prices further as energy demand for heating surges while temperatures are expected to stay below freezing point. German met office DWD expected the icy high pressure front from northern Russia to last well into next week. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 


A man fishes on a frozen lake near Bucharest February 1, 2012. Record-low temperatures in parts of Eastern Europe pushed the death toll from Arctic conditions to at least 89 people on Wednesday, and have forced Russian gas provider Gazprom to warn over supplies to Europe. Europe had enjoyed a relatively mild winter up until last weekend, but a Siberian system swinging in from the east brought that to an abrupt halt. Fourteen people in Romania and eight people in neighbouring Bulgaria have now died in the cold snap. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel 


 A woman is seen through a tram window, covered with hoarfrost, with the air temperature at about minus 24 degrees Celsius (minus 11.2 degrees Fahrenheit), in Minsk, February 2, 2012. Record-low temperatures in parts of Eastern Europe pushed the death toll from Arctic conditions to at least 89 people on Wednesday, and have forced Russian gas provider Gazprom to warn over supplies to Europe. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko


 A woman walks on a street during heavy snowfall in Sofia February 2, 2012. Record-low temperatures in parts of Eastern Europe pushed the death toll from Arctic conditions to at least 89 people Wednesday, and have forced Russian gas provider Gazprom to warn over supplies to Europe. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov


 A chapel on the Taubenberg mountain in Warngau is framed by frozen leafs on February 2, 2012. Snow and temperatures close to -14 degrees Celsius (7 degrees Fahrenheit) have hit parts of southern Germany in the last few days. German met office DWD expected the icy high pressure front from northern Russia to last well into next week. REUTERS/Michael Dalder  


An elderly man pushes a cart with a can containing portable water, with the air temperature at about minus 26 degrees Celcius (minus 14.8 degrees Fahrenheit), in Ovsyanka village near Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, February 2, 2012. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin  


Mist rises from the partially frozen Vistula River in front of the national stadium in the centre of Warsaw, early morning February 2, 2012. Record-low temperatures in parts of Eastern Europe pushed the death toll from Arctic conditions to at least 89 people on Wednesday, and have forced Russian gas provider Gazprom to warn over supplies to Europe. Poland said five people died overnight, two of them from carbon monoxide poisoning as people turned to risky heating to battle temperatures likely to remain as low at minus 26C (minus 15F) for several more days. REUTERS/Peter Andrews 


The ice covered rubber fenders of icebreaker the 'Steinbock', is pictured as the vessel sails on the frozen Elbe-Luebeck canal at the 'Donnerschleuse' near Moelln, Schleswig-Holstein, February 2, 2012. Record-low temperatures in parts of Eastern Europe pushed the death toll from Arctic conditions to at least 89 people on Wednesday, and have forced Russian gas provider Gazprom to warn over supplies to Europe.REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer 


Ducks swim in the frozen Elbe-Luebeck canal at the 'Donnerschleuse' near Moelln, Schleswig-Holstein February 2, 2012. Record-low temperatures in parts of Eastern Europe pushed the death toll from Arctic conditions to at least 89 people on Wednesday, and have forced Russian gas provider Gazprom to warn over supplies to Europe.REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer 


 A man skates on a frozen pond in Vienna, February 2, 2012. Record-low temperatures in parts of Eastern Europe pushed the death toll from Arctic conditions to at least 89 people on Wednesday, and have forced Russian gas provider Gazprom to warn over supplies to Europe. Temperatures in Austria are expected to sink down to -20 degrees Celsius (-4 Fahrenheit) during the night on Thursday, Austria's national weather service agency ZAMG reports. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader 


General view of the city of the western town of Freudenberg, early morning February 2, 2012. Record-low temperatures in parts of Eastern Europe pushed the death toll from Arctic conditions to at least 89 people on Wednesday, and have forced Russian gas provider Gazprom to warn over supplies to Europe. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender


 A woman begs for money in an underground passage, with the air temperature at about minus 17 degrees Celsius (1.4 degrees Fahrenheit), in Moscow, February 2, 2012. Record-low temperatures in parts of Eastern Europe pushed the death toll from Arctic conditions to at least 89 people on Wednesday, and have forced Russian gas provider Gazprom to warn over supplies to Europe. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov 


 A girl carries her skis at the skiing area of the western city Winterberg February 2, 2012. Record-low temperatures in parts of Eastern Europe pushed the death toll from Arctic conditions to at least 89 people on Wednesday, and have forced Russian gas provider Gazprom to warn over supplies to Europe. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender 


Steam rises from a chimney in the village of Khotyanivka, with the air temperature at about minus 27 degrees Celsius (minus 16.6 degrees Fahrenheit), outside Kiev, February 2, 2012. Record-low temperatures in parts of Eastern Europe pushed the death toll from Arctic conditions to at least 89 people on Wednesday, and have forced Russian gas provider Gazprom to warn over supplies to Europe. In Ukraine, 43 people have died in the past five days, its emergency ministry said, as the former Soviet republic shivered through its coldest winter in six years. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich  


Snow covered trees are pictured at the skiing area of the western city Winterberg February 2, 2012. Record-low temperatures in parts of Eastern Europe pushed the death toll from Arctic conditions to at least 89 people on Wednesday, and have forced Russian gas provider Gazprom to warn over supplies to Europe. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender 

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