California faces more flooding after strong Pacific stormMarch 22, 2023 GMT
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A strong late-season Pacific storm that brought damaging winds and more rain and snow to saturated California was blamed for two deaths and forecasters said additional flooding was possible Wednesday in parts of the state.
Spring brings more wind, rain and snow to soaked CaliforniaMarch 22, 2023 GMT
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A strong late-season Pacific storm brought damaging winds and more rain and snow to saturated California on Tuesday as the first full day of spring showed little change from the state's extraordinary winter.
No telling how much more snow coming for Sierra NevadaMarch 21, 2023 GMT
RENO, Nev. (AP) — No one really knows how much snow fell on the infamous Donner Party when the pioneers were trapped atop the Sierra Nevada for months and dozens died near Lake Tahoe in the winter of 1846-47.
Snow shutters schools, buildings in parts of New MexicoMarch 17, 2023 GMT
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Wintry weather has made for more of a white than green St. Patrick's Day in New Mexico.
Northern and central parts of the state were blanketed with snow Friday morning thanks to a cold front, resulting in school closures and risky travel conditions.
NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this weekMarch 17, 2023 GMT
A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out.
Locals in and around Sedona deal with flooding aftermathMarch 17, 2023 GMT
PHOENIX (AP) — Residents and tourists in northern Arizona tried to return to business as usual after evacuation orders triggered by rain and flooding were lifted Thursday morning.
But for some like Tatum Loll, 17, of Cottonwood, that was impossible.
Storms end Southern California water restrictions for 7MMarch 16, 2023 GMT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s 11th atmospheric river left the storm-soaked state with a bang Wednesday, bringing flooded roadways, landslides and toppled trees to the southern part of the state as well as drought-busting rainfall that meant the end of water restrictions for nearly 7 million people.
Northeast digs out from winter storm, faces power outagesMarch 16, 2023 GMT
PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Parts of New England and New York were digging out of a nor'easter Wednesday that caused tens of thousands of power outages, numerous school cancellations and whiteout conditions on the roads.
What makes storm a nor’easter? What’s an atmospheric river?March 15, 2023 GMT
A winter storm carrying heavy, wet snow — a true nor'easter — battered parts of the northeastern U.S. this week.
More heavy snow Tahoe-bound; gas leak evacuates schoolMarch 15, 2023 GMT
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Heavy snow may have contributed to a natural gas leak that forced the evacuation Tuesday of a Nevada high school at Lake Tahoe, where more than 50 feet (15 meters) of snow has fallen this winter atop area ski resorts and more is on the way.
Late-winter storm pummels Northeast with heavy, wet snowMarch 15, 2023 GMT
PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A winter storm dumped heavy, wet snow in parts of the Northeast on Tuesday, causing tens of thousands of power outages, widespread school closings, dangerous driving conditions and a plane to slide off a taxiway.
Scientists say climate change goosed New Zealand storm furyMarch 14, 2023 GMT
Climate change worsened flooding from a tropical cyclone that shut down much of New Zealand last month in one of the country's costliest disasters, scientists said, but they couldn't quite calculate how much it magnified the catastrophe.
Nevada weather emergency continues; more rain, snow comingMarch 14, 2023 GMT
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Most of Nevada was under an emergency declaration Monday in anticipation of more rain, from California to Utah, and more heavy snow in the Sierra where repeated storms already have made it one of the snowiest winters in decades.
Tropical Cyclone Freddy hammers Mozambique for second timeMarch 13, 2023 GMT
MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — Record-breaking Cyclone Freddy made its second landfall in Mozambique on Saturday night, pounding the southern African nation with heavy rains and disrupting transport and telecommunications services.
As atmospheric river exits, a new storm threatens CaliforniaMarch 12, 2023 GMT
WATSONVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Wet, miserable weather continued across huge swaths of California on Sunday as an atmospheric river that caused major flooding flowed eastward, while a new storm threatened another onslaught of rain, snow and gusting winds as soon as Monday.
Relentless winter brings pros, cons for Tahoe ski resortsMarch 11, 2023 GMT
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Last winter, most ski resorts at Lake Tahoe had to postpone their usual November openings because there wasn’t enough snow.
Atmospheric river floods California towns, brings rain, snowMarch 11, 2023 GMT
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — More than 9,000 California residents were under evacuation orders Friday as a new atmospheric river brought heavy rain, thunderstorms and strong winds, swelling rivers and creeks and flooding several major highways and small rural communities.
Wisconsin weathers snow, power outages after winter stormMarch 10, 2023 GMT
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A winter storm dumped snow in central Wisconsin and left tens of thousands without power, officials said Friday.
The National Weather Service reported 13.2 inches (33.5 centimeters) of snow in Sheboygan along Lake Michigan on Friday, while We Energies reported over 46,000 customers were without service, mostly in Milwaukee County.
Schools shut, drivers stuck as gales and blizzards batter UKMarch 10, 2023 GMT
LONDON (AP) — Trains were canceled, some schools were shut and drivers were stuck for hours on a major highway as a blast of snow and wind hit Britain on Friday for the second time in a week.
The weather system, named Storm Larisa by meteorologists, brought gales and blizzards to much of the country.
La Nina is gone. These were the deadly storms during its runMarch 10, 2023 GMT
La Nina seemed to treat Louisiana and the rest of the Southeast United States like a punching bag. Its three-year barrage of body blows has come to an end, but left behind a lot of scars from hurricanes and tornadoes among other weather disasters.
East coast African states ail from too much, too little rainMarch 10, 2023 GMT
MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — Surrounded by miles of dried land and what remains of his famished livestock, Daniel Lepaine is a worried man. Dozens of his goats in Ngong, a town in southern Kenya, have died after three years of harrowing drought in the east and Horn of Africa.
New atmospheric river storm pushes into CaliforniaMarch 10, 2023 GMT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first in a new series of atmospheric rivers flowed into California on Thursday, and forecasters warned that widespread heavy rain would raise the threat of flooding in a state still digging out from earlier storms.
La Nina, which worsens hurricanes and drought, is goneMarch 9, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — After three nasty years, the La Nina weather phenomenon that increases Atlantic hurricane activity and worsens western drought is gone, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.
Volunteers in mountain towns dig out snow-stuck CaliforniansMarch 9, 2023 GMT
LAKE ARROWHEAD, Calif. (AP) — After a blizzard swept through Southern California mountains, 79-year-old Alan Zagorsky found himself shut inside his home with snow blocking the door and stairways leading out.
Flights suspended as Arctic air, snow and sleet blast UKMarch 8, 2023 GMT
LONDON (AP) — Dozens of flights were disrupted in the U.K. and some schools were forced to close Wednesday as snow blanketed much of the country.
Britain's national weather agency, the Met Office, said temperatures in the Scottish Highlands dropped to minus 15.4 degrees Celsius (4 F) overnight, the coldest recorded in March since 2010.
Cyclone Freddy to slam Mozambique Friday in rare second hitMarch 7, 2023 GMT
MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — Still recovering from the effects of the first battering, the southeastern African nation of Mozambique is bracing for a rare second hit by long-living Tropical Cyclone Freddy late on Friday night, a regional weather center said Tuesday.
Californians still digging out from severe snowfallMarch 7, 2023 GMT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Residents of Southern California mountain towns have continued to struggle to dig out and get necessities in the aftermath of a record-setting blizzard last month that dumped so much snow that roads became impassable and roofs collapsed.
Snow has been a no-show for some traditionally wintry citiesMarch 6, 2023 GMT
BOSTON (AP) — Growing up in New England, Leah Ofsevit's most cherished childhood memories were blanketed in snow. She remembers running barefoot outside with her brother at the first sign of it, building snowmen and ice castles most winters, strapping on skis as a toddler.
Northern California storm eases but more snow expectedMarch 6, 2023 GMT
TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — Northern California got a bit of respite Monday after a weekend of heavy mountain snow but forecasters said up to several more feet will pile up through midweek, followed by potential flood concerns.
Mountain roads shut as another winter storm hits CaliforniaMarch 5, 2023 GMT
TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — Mountain roads were closed again in Northern California as yet another cold storm moved through the state on Sunday, dumping snow in the Sierra Nevada and rain in valleys.
Interstate 80 and several other routes were shut down in the Lake Tahoe area near the Nevada border, where the California Highway Patrol said driving conditions were treacherous amid blizzard conditions.
Teen hikers rescued after days stuck in California snowstormMarch 5, 2023 GMT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When his 17-year-old son and friend headed off for a 10-day trek in the Southern California mountains, Cesar Ramirez said he wasn’t too worried. The teens were avid hikers with ample foods in their backpacks, a tent and snowshoes, plus extensive training and aspirations to join the military.
Snow blankets Northeast as cleanup begins from deadly stormMarch 4, 2023 GMT
Cleanup began in battered parts of the South and Midwest after a sprawling storm system produced ferocious winds and heavy snow that caused widespread damage and multiple deaths before racing through the Northeast on Saturday.
Global race to boost electric vehicle range in cold weatherMarch 4, 2023 GMT
TOK, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s rugged and frigid interior, where it can get as cold as minus 50 Fahrenheit (minus 46 Celsius), is not the place you’d expect to find an electric school bus.
Storms roll east after slamming South; 10 deaths reportedMarch 4, 2023 GMT
A large storm system took aim at the Northeast on Friday, threatening heavy snow and coastal flooding after heavy winds and possible tornadoes damaged homes and buildings, left thousands without power and caused 10 deaths in a wide swath of the South and Midwest.
Some California mountain residents could be snowed in a weekMarch 4, 2023 GMT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some residents stranded in Southern California mountain communities by a huge snowfall could be stuck for another week, an official said Friday.
A late-February blast of arctic air produced a rare blizzard east of Los Angeles in the San Bernardino Mountains, where thousands of people live at high elevations in forest communities or visit for year-round recreation.
Tornadoes, power outages as storm crosses Texas, LouisianaMarch 3, 2023 GMT
DALLAS (AP) — Tornadoes touched down in Texas and Louisiana as a powerful storm system that dumped heavy snow in California pushed through the Southern Plains and into the Deep South on Thursday, knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of people and forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights into and out of the Dallas-area.
California’s snow-stranded residents need food, plows, helpMarch 2, 2023 GMT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Olivia Duke said she’s been trapped in her home in the snow-plastered mountains east of Los Angeles for so long that by Thursday the only food she had left was oatmeal.
Snow plows have created a wall of ice between her driveway and the road in the San Bernardino Mountains, and there are at least 5 feet (1.5 meters) of snow weighing on her roof.
Meteorologist: West Coast snowfall is ‘once in a generation’March 2, 2023 GMT
Portland, Oregon received nearly a foot of snow in a single day in what proved to be its second-snowiest day in history. Mountainous areas of California experienced nearly unprecedented snowfall accumulations - more than 40 feet since the start of the season.
It’s becoming a record year for snowfall in Flagstaff areaMarch 2, 2023 GMT
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — National Weather Service officials don’t have to be told that 2022-23 is becoming a record year for snowfall totals in the Flagstaff area. For employees in the service’s office in Bellemont, all they have to do is look out their windows.
To the rooftops: Staggering snowfall in California mountainsMarch 2, 2023 GMT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Emergency crews in California scrambled Wednesday to shuttle food and medicine to mountain communities stranded by back-to-back winter storms that have dumped so much snow some residents can barely see out their windows.
DC’s cherry blossoms coming early due to confusing weatherMarch 1, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — The cherry trees in the nation’s capital are confused by Earth’s changing climate, with the iconic blossoms appearing earlier than expected because of the unusually warm winter.
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser and the National Park Service announced Wednesday that Washington’s 3,700 cherry blossom trees would reach peak bloom this year from March 22-25.
DTE Energy, Consumers Energy face power-outage challengesMarch 1, 2023 GMT
The power in Leah Thomas' Beverly Hills, Michigan, home went out about 9 p.m. on Feb. 22.
It was back on four days later, on Sunday evening, but was lost again the next day. And like thousands of Michigan residents left in the dark following back-to-back ice storms, Thomas wonders when the lights will come on — and stay on.
While California wearies of snowstorms, Northeast greets oneMarch 1, 2023 GMT
RUNNING SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Jennifer Cobb and her husband planned on staying four days in their vacation rental in Southern California's San Bernardino Mountains. But that stretched into a week as they were trapped by a relentless series of storms that has piled snow so high they can barely see out the windows.
Winds shred Southern Plains; California set to get more snowFebruary 28, 2023 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Parts of the Southern Plains counted the injured and surveyed the damage Monday after tornadoes and other powerful winds swept through, killing at least one person in Oklahoma, while some Michigan residents faced a fifth consecutive day without power following last week’s ice storm.
5 days later, some in Michigan still lack powerFebruary 27, 2023 GMT
A new storm teeming with freezing rain and strong winds socked Michigan on Monday, presenting a fresh challenge for crews that have been trying to restore electricity to thousands of customers who have been in the dark since ice snapped lines days ago.
EXPLAINER: Windstorm was likely a derecho. What is that?February 27, 2023 GMT
A long line of quick-moving thunderstorms that produced a swath of damaging wind gusts across northern Texas and Oklahoma late Sunday likely qualified the event as a derecho, although that’s not an official designation, said Nolan Meister, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
Hundreds blocked on Croatia roads as snowstorm spurs chaosFebruary 27, 2023 GMT
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Hundreds of people in Croatia spent the night in their cars or at gas stations and reception centers Monday after a snowstorm over the weekend caused traffic to grind to a halt and left parts of the country cut off.
Parts of New Mexico under watch for high winds, blowing dustFebruary 26, 2023 GMT
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued another high wind watch Monday for parts of New Mexico along with a blowing dust advisory.
Numerous power outages were reported Sunday across Albuquerque and other parts of the state due to extremely high winds.
Jill Biden sees East Africa drought up close, seeks more aidFebruary 26, 2023 GMT
LOSITETI, Kenya (AP) — U.S. first lady Jill Biden got an up-close look Sunday at the historic East Africa drought as she walked along arid land and listened as some Maasai women described how their children and livestock are going hungry.
Heavy snow, wind cause traffic chaos in Balkan countriesFebruary 26, 2023 GMT
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatian authorities on Sunday closed all roads connecting the country's mainland with the Adriatic Sea coastline because of heavy snow and strong wind that sparked traffic chaos in the country and elsewhere in the Balkans.
Farewell, Fontana: NASCAR’s last weekend at a racing gemFebruary 26, 2023 GMT
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Most of NASCAR's Cup Series drivers feel like they're saying their final goodbye to a dear old friend this weekend.
Auto Club Speedway's racetrack seems to be adored by every professional driver on the continent.
Los Angeles area still blanketed by snow in rare heavy stormFebruary 26, 2023 GMT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A powerful winter storm that swept down the West Coast with flooding and frigid temperatures shifted its focus to southern California on Saturday, swelling rivers to dangerous levels and dropping snow in even low-lying areas around Los Angeles.
NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Fontana postponed by rainFebruary 26, 2023 GMT
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — NASCAR postponed the Xfinity Series race at Fontana to Sunday night because of steady rain at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday.
Practice and qualifying sessions for both weekend races at Fontana had already been canceled because of consistent, heavy rain from an extraordinary Southern California storm.
Snow, rain slam California as Michigan suffers without powerFebruary 25, 2023 GMT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Heavy snow and rain pounded California and other parts of the West on Friday in the nation's latest winter storm, while tens of thousands of people in Michigan suffered in freezing temperatures days after one of the worst ice storms in decades caused widespread power outages.
El Trafico match at Rose Bowl postponed due to weatherFebruary 25, 2023 GMT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Major League Soccer season-opening match between the LA Galaxy and the defending champion Los Angeles Football Club set for Saturday at the Rose Bowl has been postponed due to severe weather.
Cyclone Freddy slams Mozambique with ‘dangerous’ rainfallFebruary 24, 2023 GMT
MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — Tropical Cyclone Freddy dumped “dangerous and exceptional rainfall levels” over Mozambique Friday as the long-lasting weather system continued to wreak havoc across southern Africa, the United Nations weather agency said.
Winter storms sow more chaos, shut down much of PortlandFebruary 24, 2023 GMT
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Winter storms sowed more chaos across the U.S. on Thursday, shutting down much of Oregon's largest city with almost a foot of snow and paralyzing travel from parts of the Pacific Coast all the way to the northern Plains.
Flights canceled, highways closed as winter storm wallops USFebruary 23, 2023 GMT
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A brutal winter storm closed interstate highways from Arizona to Wyoming Wednesday, trapped drivers in cars, knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of people and prompted the first blizzard warning in Southern California in decades — and the worst won't be over for several days.
Storm with high winds, heavy snow, keeps grip on SouthwestFebruary 23, 2023 GMT
PHOENIX (AP) — A winter storm knocked out power to thousands of customers and shut down major roadways in northern Arizona and New Mexico on Wednesday and is expected to keep an icy grip on much of the Southwest through Friday.
Madagascar, Mozambique set for “dangerous” Cyclone FreddyFebruary 22, 2023 GMT
MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — A cyclone which is intensifying as it approaches the southeastern African coast has been labeled as “dangerous” by the United Nation's weather agency on Monday as nations brace for landfall.
Storm to bring high winds to Arizona, New Mexico, NevadaFebruary 22, 2023 GMT
PHOENIX (AP) — A winter storm making its way through the western U.S. is expected to carry winds capable of downing power lines and trees in Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada, while dropping rain and snow.
Upper Midwest braces for blizzard, nearly 2 feet of snowFebruary 21, 2023 GMT
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A monster winter storm took aim at the Upper Midwest on Tuesday, threatening to bring blizzard conditions, bitterly cold temperatures and 2 feet of snow in a three-day onslaught that could affect more than 40 million Americans.
Cyclone Freddy’s battering winds make landfall in MadagascarFebruary 21, 2023 GMT
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — A slightly weakened Tropical Cyclone Freddy made landfall Tuesday on the east coast of Madagascar, with schools, businesses and public transportation shut down as strong winds and rain lashed the island.
New Zealand needs to rebuild for weather resilience, PM saysFebruary 21, 2023 GMT
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — After last week's damaging cyclone, New Zealand needs to rebuild with more resilient infrastructure to cope with more frequent and intense weather events, the prime minister said Tuesday.
Winter storm to roll across US northwest, Rockies this weekFebruary 19, 2023 GMT
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A massive winter storm that will push across the northern U.S. in coming days could dump several feet of snow at higher elevations and bring dangerously cold temperatures, forecasters said Sunday.
French dominate, winds cause havoc at Australia Sail GPFebruary 18, 2023 GMT
SYDNEY (AP) — Quentin Delapierre steered the French team to three straight wins in gusty, shifting winds Saturday to take a six-point lead over Jimmy Spithill’s U.S. team before the weather conditions deteriorated on Day 1 of the Australia Sail Grand Prix.
Storm could bring low-level snow to California next weekFebruary 18, 2023 GMT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is expected to return to a wet weather pattern with snowfall down to unusually low elevations next week after a largely dry February, forecasters said Friday.
A cold system dropping south from British Columbia will stall over central California, bringing an extended period of precipitation, the National Weather Service said.
Trains and ferries canceled as storm hits northern EuropeFebruary 17, 2023 GMT
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A powerful storm over the North Sea hit northern Europe and led to dozens of train and ferry cancellations Friday in northern Denmark and southern Norway as the Danish Meteorological Institute forecast hurricane-force wind gusts.
Battered by Cheneso, Madagascar braces for Cyclone FreddyFebruary 17, 2023 GMT
MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — Two weeks after Tropical Cyclone Cheneso devastated Madagascar, killing 30 people, the Indian Ocean island nation and its neighbors are bracing for a more powerful Cyclone Freddy.
Tree falls on Northwestern University campus, injuring 4February 16, 2023 GMT
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — A tree collapsed on Northwestern University's campus Thursday during a winter storm, injuring four people, one of whom was critically injured, authorities said.
Evanston police said the tree fell about noon and struck four pedestrians who were on a sidewalk at the campus just north of Chicago.
Study: Don’t blame climate change for South American droughtFebruary 16, 2023 GMT
Climate change isn’t causing the multi-year drought that is devastating parts of Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Bolivia, but warming is worsening some of the dry spell’s impacts, a new study says.
Snowstorms moving out of Southwest; bitter cold to continueFebruary 15, 2023 GMT
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A winter storm packing gusty winds and heavy snow that shut down schools and stretches of highways in northern Arizona and New Mexico was making its way out of the region late Wednesday.
Cold airmass brings big chill to CaliforniaFebruary 15, 2023 GMT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A cold airmass triggered freeze and frost warnings for many areas of California early Wednesday.
The California Highway Patrol escorted traffic on Interstate 5 over Tejon Pass between Los Angeles and the San Joaquin Valley after an overnight closure due to the weather conditions.
Waters off New England had 2nd warmest year on record in ’22February 15, 2023 GMT
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The waters off New England, which are home to rare whales and most of the American lobster fishing industry, logged the second-warmest year on record last year.
The Gulf of Maine, a body of water about the size of Indiana that touches Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Canada, is warming faster than the vast majority of the world's oceans.
How climate change can impact your financesFebruary 15, 2023 GMT
Kristy Jiayi Xu got an unwelcome surprise this New Year’s Eve: The roof of her garage was leaking during a severe rainstorm in San Francisco. Delays in getting a contractor to fix the roof has brought unexpected costs to keep things dry, including a dehumidifier.
Bitter cold, snow blast Southwest; Arizona highways closedFebruary 15, 2023 GMT
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Bitter cold, rain and snow blew across much of the Southwest U.S. on Tuesday, closing stretches of interstate and state highways in northern Arizona where as much as a foot (30 centimeters) of snow was possible and even colder weather on the way.
Cold, windy storm heads toward Southern CaliforniaFebruary 14, 2023 GMT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A weather system with strong winds and unusually cold air was headed toward Southern California on Tuesday, the National Weather Service said.
The storm was expected to bring potentially damaging gusts out of the north or northwest, mountain snow and then very low temperatures.
New Zealand declares emergency as Cyclone Gabrielle easesFebruary 14, 2023 GMT
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The New Zealand government declared a national state of emergency Tuesday after Cyclone Gabrielle battered the country’s north in what officials described as the nation’s most severe weather event in years.
Hypothermia death exposes hole in Fairbanks’ homeless careFebruary 14, 2023 GMT
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The case of a homeless man who froze to death in Alaska’s second-largest city of Fairbanks has exposed a hole in the safety net of care provided to a vulnerable population in one of the coldest places in the country.