This week, a polar vortex brought record-breaking cold temperatures to the Midwest and Northeast United States. European countries also experienced unusually cold, snowy weather. At least 60 people in Eastern and Central Europe and 21 people in the U.S. have died due to the weather this week.
Cold weather events like this have prompted commentary from climate change skeptics, including President Donald Trump. However, as Pacific Standard's Kate Wheeling reported earlier this week, cold weather events don't disprove climate change, since they only reflect weather at a specific period in time. Climate reflects weather patterns over time, and 2018 was still the fourth hottest year on record.
Although its effects have been bleak, the weather produced some stunning images.
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