January in Paris

January 13, 2003


Provided by: Pam Parker
Summary authors & editors: Jim Foster; Pam Parker

The above photo shows a wintry scene in Paris, France, a city not all that accustomed to snow. Several inches of snow coated Paris and much of France last week. Snow also fell in southern England and all the way to the French Riviera, where it hadn't fallen in nearly a decade. In fact, much of northern Europe was snow covered, and a cold blast of Arctic air accompanied the snow. Temperatures across northern France failed to get above freezing for several days. In Paris, the maximum temperature on the 7th of January was only 20 degrees F (about -6 degrees C), and the minimum temperature was 11 degrees F (about -11 C) - unusually cold for the "City of Lights." Additionally, it was bitterly cold in more contimental locations such as Moscow, Russia where the temperature plummeted all the way to -25 degrees F (about -32 degrees C).

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