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March 1, 2012
Winter Weather 2012
From surfing in Southern California to swimming in China, here is a look at winter weather pictures from around the world made during January and February.
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A swimmer jumps into icy water for a morning swim in Shenyang, China on Jan. 6, 2012. Many Shenyang citizens persist in doing outdoor exercises in winter, shrugging off the cold weather. ZUMA24.com / Liu Jinhai


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A runner is framed by the posts of a snow fence at Tenney Park in Madison, Wis., as mild winter weather conditions in the region offer outdoor enthusiasts an opportunity to explore recreational activities in relative comfort on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. Wisconsin State Journal / John Hart



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Fabian McCullough from Tampa, Fla. loads his paddle board in the back of a pickup truck after spending time paddling around the Davis Islands with his friend, enjoying the unseasonably warm weather on Jan. 10, 2012. Tampa Bay Times / Daniel Wallace



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A surfer loses contact with his board as he sails over the high surf at sunset Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 in Encinitas, Calif. AP / Lenny Ignelzi



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A man crosses the Magdalena bridge as low-lying cloud hovers over the Arga River, near Pamplona, northern Spain, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012. AP / Alvaro Barrientos



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People cross the Oberbaum bridge over the river Spree in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. Berlin recorded lows of around minus 15 degrees Celsius (5 degrees fahrenheit) on Monday morning. AP / Markus Schreiber



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Ducks take off from a pound on a cold winter's day in Minsk, Belarus, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. AP / Sergei Grits



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A Greek athlete swims in a heated open-air swimming pool during cold weather in Athens on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. AP / Petros Giannakouris



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A Japanese snow monkey relaxes in a hot spring in the Jigokudani valley in northern Nagano Prefecture in Japan Friday, Feb 10, 2012. The macaques descend from the forests to the warm waters of the hot springs in the mornings, and return to the security of the forests in the evenings. AP / Nick Ut



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An African Penguin swims at the zoo in Berlin, Germany on Jan. 13, 2012. Cold weather doesn't keep this bird, who is at home in Artic temperatures, from swimming daily. ZUMA24.com / Caroline Seidel



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Passenger Crystal Armstrong, who is riding in a motorcycle side-car, undoes some of her face protection, as motorcyclists brave the falling snow while gathering for a Friday the 13th event in Port Dover, Ontario, Friday, Jan. 13, 2012. The Canadian Press / Dave Chidley



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Homeless people eat a free meal provided by the Russian Orthodox church near a railway terminal in Moscow, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012. In Moscow temperatures fell to minus 14 degrees Celsius (6.8 degrees Fahrenheit). AP / Alexander Zemlianichenko



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People make their way in the morning fog on the outskirts of Amritsar, India, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. AP / Sanjeev Syal



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Indian laborers warm themselves around a small fire next to a cart in New Delhi, India, Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. Though India is famous for its brutally hot summers, temperatures fall sharply for a few weeks in December and January. AP / Tsering Topgyal



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Afghan refugee children who fled their country with parents and their family members, sit around a fire during the cold winter in a slums of Islamabad, Pakistan where thousands of families living below the poverty line, on Monday, Feb 6, 2012. AP / B.K. Bangash



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Bus passengers are seen through a frost-covered window on a cold day in Minsk, Belarus, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. A severe cold spell gripped Eastern Europe in February, as temperatures plunged to -32.5 degrees Celsius (-26.5 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas. AP / Sergei Grits



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A pedestrians walks past an ice covered window on a winter's day in the Kosovo capital Pristina, on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. AP / Visar Kryeziu



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A bundled up passer-by looks through a window covered with ice in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Feb. 5, 2012, where the temperature dropped below -40 degrees C (-40 F) for nine straight days. ZUMA24.com / Yu Changjun



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A man crouches on a snow-covered walkway outside the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. Overnight snowfall covered the metro area, causing delays in public transportation. AP / Junji Kurokawa



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Monkeys huddle together on a fence at a local park at Tangmarg, about 38 kilometers (24 miles) northwest of Srinagar, India, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012. AP / Mukhtar Khan



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A boy swims in the flooded waters near his home in Kampung Melayu, Indonesia on Feb. 27, 2012. The flooding is due to heavy rains in the area. ZUMA24.com / Leefung/Wostok Press



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A couple with umbrellas walk through heavy rain after a rally was canceled due the bad weather outside the Greek parliament in Athens, on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis



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Broken branches and household debris are scattered across a lawn early Wednesday morning, Feb. 29, 2012 in Harveyville, Kan., after an apparent tornado passed through the town Tuesday night. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback declared a state of emergency late Tuesday after a powerful storm system pounded the state's midsection. Emporia Gazette / Mathew Fowler



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A submerged school bus lies on its side as Diane Garibaldi looks on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, in Salem, Ore. Up to 10 inches of rain fell on parts of the Oregon Coast Range in a 36-hour period. AP / Rick Bowmer



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A woman walks under snowfall in St.Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, past a graffiti painting on a fence. AP / Dmitry Lovetsky



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A snowplow clears snow from the road in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011. AP / Matthias Schrader



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A woman walks across a snow covered square in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on Friday Feb. 10, 2012. Europe has been battling a deep freeze that started in late January. AP / Petr David Josek



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A boy makes his way up a hill while carrying his sled, Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, in Bowling Green, Ohio. The area received a couple inches of snow marking it as the first accumulation of snow this winter season. Sentinel-Tribune / J.D. Pooley



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A family skates across Mendenhall Lake in Juneau, Alaska on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012. The Juneau Empire / Michael Penn



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A winter snow inspired Lincoln neighborhood residents to take an early morning walk Wednesday Jan. 18, 2012 in Vancouver, Wash. The Columbian / Troy Wayrynen



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Gary McCarron makes his way up from his truck that slid off Highway 126 West of Walton, Ore. Tuesday Jan. 17, 2012. McCarron said he was returning from work and going about 20 mph when he slid off the road. The Register-Guard / Kevin Clark



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A break in the snow berm allows for an entrance to a business near the Valdez harbor, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 in Valdez, Alaska. In mid-January, the city was digging out from more than 322 inches of snow. That was 168 inches above a normal winter snowfall, the National Weather Service said. Anchorage Daily News / Marc Lester



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Cars, trucks and buses seen in the city's snow-blanketed financial and commercial Levent district in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. AP /



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Cars rest in the ditch in Nantes, France on Jan. 30, 2012 during the first heavy snowfall of the winter. The weather prompted snow and ice alerts for 23 departments in western France, stretching from Normandy to Aveyron. ZUMA24.com / Frederic Girou



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People walk along ice sculptures on display in Sokolniki park in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. The ice and snow park is called Moroz (Frost) City and was created by mostly art students, architects and designers. AP / Mikhail Metzel



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A car and trees are covered in ice on the shores of Lake Geneva, in Versoix, near Geneva, Switzerland, early Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. AP / Salvatore Di Nolfi



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A couple huddles together during a heavy snowfall on the mountain of Penteli in northern Athens, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis



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