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Ice balls washing up on the shores of Lake Michigan as the US is plunged into sub zero temperatures

Polar vortex: Lake Michigan turns to sea of giant ice balls

The polar vortex which has plunged the US into sub zero temperatures has caused yet another incredible sight - huge boulders of ice in Lake Michigan

Ice forms on the shore of the East River due to unusually low temperatures caused by a polar vortex in New York

Polar vortex: frost throwers, freezing urine, cracking trampolines

All 50 US states are below freezing as the polar vortex sworls around North America, shattering temperature records and causing a collective shudder across the continent.

US braced for record low temperatures as 'polar vortex' brings minus -51C wind chill

Extreme forecast in America with -31 Celsius in Fargo, North Dakota, -35 C in International Falls, Minnesota, and -26 C in Indianapolis and Chicago

File image: A pilot has reported coming within feet of a metallic rugby ball shaped UFO while flying over the English countryside

Airbus pilot reveals near-miss with UFO over Berkshire countryside

Investigators have been unable to trace or established what the ‘bright silver rugby ball shaped’ object, which came within feet of the cockpit, was

The major storm has left up to eight inches of snow on pavements in New York

US set for record low temperatures as historic freeze heightens fears of frostbite and hypothermia

At least 16 deaths were blamed on a snow storm that swept across the eastern half of the US as North Dakota experiences -35C

The home of the TV weatherman has been raided by police as part of an investigation into historic sexual abuse

TV weatherman Fred Talbot arrested again over sex abuse claims

Former This Morning weather presenter faces claims he sexually assaulted boys at a grammar school where he taught

UK weather: Forecasters warn of 80mph wind and rain to batter Britain before arrival of ‘Storm Emily’

Met Office predicts ‘significant winter storm’ to hit Britain later this week

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Cyclone Phailin: Recovery begins after giant storm surges across Indian coast, forcing 600,000 from their homes

Cyclone finally makes landfall in the state of Orissa, killing only seven as officials hail successful evacuation of 600,000

Hundreds of thousands take shelter as Cyclone Phailin nears landfall on Indian coast

Indian authorities warn thousands to leave their homes as the storm system approaches the south Asian coast

Thousands told to flee as cyclone approaches

Indian authorities warn thousands to leave their homes as Cyclone Phailin approaches the Indian coast

Pakistan earthquake region struck again

Baluchistan province is hit again after Pakistan's southwest was left devastated by 7.7 magnitude quake less than a week ago

China issues nationwide warning as Shanghai suffers hottest July for 140 years

More than 10 people have died from heatstroke as temperatures soar to nearly 41C

An airliner is distorted by the heat waves rising up from the north runway at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix

Flights cancelled in South-west American heatwave, but you can bake biscuits on your dashboard

In Arizona zookeepers fed tigers frozen fish while meteorologists baked biscuits in their van

One dead and dozens sick as temperatures hit 51C in blistering US heatwave

Cities and towns across the western United States took emergency measures on Saturday to cope with a heatwave, after dozens of people were taken ill and the region sweltered in dangerous triple-digit temperatures.

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