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February 25, 2013

Winter weather

Here in the northern hemisphere spring is but a rumor. Record snowfalls have taxed budgets and patience, and slowed transit from planes to pedestrians. Not that some aren't enjoying the abundance, as winter sports play out on beautiful frozen blankets of snow. Gathered here are images of people struggling with and enjoying their wintery blasts. -- Lane Turner (47 photos total)

Ice crystals form frost on the window of a home in Medina, Minn. on January 21, 2013. (Richard Sennott/The Star Tribune/Associated Press)

People visit the 15th International Sculpture Symposium "Snow Kingdom 2013" in Pustevny, Czech Republic on January 16, 2013. (Radek Mica/AFP/Getty Images) #

Arielle Gold of the US eats snowflakes on the podium after the snowboard halfpipe finals at the FIS Snowboard World Championships in Stoneham, Quebec on January 20, 2013. (Mathieu Belanger/Reuters) #

Vineyards winter under snow near Ebingen, Germany on February 8, 2013. (Patrick Seeger/dpa/Associated Press) #

Snow covered containers create a pattern in the port of Rotterdam, The Netherlands on January 15, 2013. (Robin Utrecht/AFP/Getty Images) #

Around 2,000 people make snow angels at the University of Minnesota Duluth on February 9, 2013, in Duluth, Minn. The event was held to try to break the world record of 8,962 snow angels in one area set in 2007 in Bismarck, N.D. (Clint Austin/The Duluth News-Tribune/Associated Press) #

Climbers clear snow from the roof of the stadium of FC Bayern Munich in Munich on January 18, 2013. (Joerg Koch/dapd/Associated Press) #

Competitors get ready to take part in the UK Cold Water Swimming Championships at Tooting Bec Lido on January 26, 2013 in London. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) #

Children pour cold water on themselves under the control of fitness coach Margarita Filimonova at kindergarten number 317, with the air temperature at about minus 23 degrees Celsius, in Krasnoyarsk, Russia on February 5, 2013. The program has been practiced by the kindergarten for 15 years. (Ilya Naymushin/Reuters) #

South Korean special warfare forces take part in a winter season drill in Pyeongchang on January 9, 2013. (Dong-A Ilbo/AFP/Getty Images) #

A man crosses himself after plunging into cold water to mark Epiphany in St.Petersburg, Russia on January 19, 2013. (Dmitry Lovetsky/Associated Press) #

Participants of the National Championship Marathon at the Veluwemeer (Lake Veluwe) compete near Elburg, The Netherlands on January 25, 2013. (Vincent Janninck/AFP/Getty Images) #

Swedish freeride skier Jon Oerarbaeck speeds down deep powder snow during a freeride skiing tour on Seegrube Mountain in Innsbruck on January 19, 2013. (Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters) #

People play after a heavy snowstorm in the desert near Tabuk, Saudi Arabia on January 9, 2013. (Mohamed Alhwaity/Reuters) #

Miguel Sanchez, 16, flies off a ramp of snow on February 22, 2013 in Garden City, Kan. (Brad Nading/Garden City Telegram/Associated Press) #

A pony runs in the snow near Warsaw, Poland on February 7, 2013. (Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images) #

A man skates past ice sculptures at a festival at the "Eight Lakes" Park-Resort outside Almaty, Kazakhstan on January 14, 2013. (Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters) #

Adam Bloss, an inmate at the Moriah Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility, cuts ice blocks from Lake Flower to be used in the construction of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival ice palace on January 28, 2013, in Saranac Lake, N.Y. (Mike Groll/Associated Press) #

People ride an ice bicycle on frozen Houhai Lake on February 3, 2013 in Beijing. (Feng Li/Getty Images) #

A stuntman jump his snowmobile before the 1st stage of the Rally Sweden, the second round of the FIA World Rally Championship on February 7, 2013 in Karlstad, Sweden. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images) #

Anzhi Makhachkala's Ivorian striker Lacina Traore walks through the snow during a UEFA Europa League football match against Hannover 96 in Hanover, Germany on February 21, 2013. (Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images) #

A youth who has turned or will turn 20 this year, the traditional age of adulthood in Japan, speaks on a mobile phone following a coming of age ceremony at an amusement park in Tokyo on January 14, 2013. (Shizuo Kambayashi/Associated Press) #

People cross a bridge in Bolton Abbey, England on January 14, 2013. (Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images) #

Snow is cleared off the roof of a house boat in Srinagar, Kashmir on January 18, 2013. (Rouf Bhat/AFP/Getty Images) #

Retired teacher Gao Yinyu, 77, prepares to go for a swim in the nude in Jilin, China in -25 degrees Celsius weather. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images) #

A snowman greets pedestrians on January 19, 2013 in Paris. (Mehdi Fedouach/AFP/Getty Images) #

Anwar Ali, 13 (left) and his brother Hamad, 8, warm themselves while waiting for customers to pose for a picture next to a snow statue they built on a roadside in Murree, Pakistan on January 9, 2013. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

A man warms himself on a foggy winter day in Dhaka on January 10, 2013. Bangladesh recorded its lowest temperature in 45 years. (Andrew Biraj/Reuters) #

Icicles form in an orange grove in Redlands, Calif. on January 15, 2013. A cold snap had farmers struggling to protect a $1.5 billion citrus crop. (Jae C. Hong)/Associated Press) #

A commuter looks through a snow covered window of a tram in Minsk, Belorussia on January 17, 2013. (Victor Drachev/AFP/Getty Images) #

A member of the ground staff clears snow from a C-17 cargo aircraft at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, England on January 14, 2013. (Andrew Winning/Reuters) #

"Wild' Silvesterchlaeuse (New Years Clauses) wearing costumes and cow bells march through the snow near Unaesch, Switzerland on January 12, 2013. They walk from house to house to offer best wishes for the New Year to the farmers in this region. After a performance of singing and dancing they usually receive food, hot drinks or money. (Walter Bieri/Keystone/Associated Press) #

A seagull stands on Galata Tower in Istanbul on January 9, 2013. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images) #

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish boy builds a snow man at the Western Wall on January 9, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images) #

A commuter ferry crosses the harbor in Halifax, Nova Scotia on January 23, 2013. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press/Associated Press) #

Snow clings to trees in Westonbirt Aboretum on January 24, 2013 near Tetbury, England. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)#

Gale Force winds make spectacular waves at the harbour in Seaham, England as they batter the seafront on February 6, 2013. (Owen Humphreys/PA/Associated Press)#

Crews respond to a multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 94 in Benton Township, Mich. on February 19, 2013, after a winter storm dumped several inches of snow. (Don Campbell/The Herald-Palladium/Associated Press)#

People shelter from the snow while walking along the Charles Bridge in Prague on February 12, 2013. (Vit Simanek/CTK/Associated Press)#

People walk through snow covered streets in Copley Square during a blizzard in Boston, Mass. on February 9, 2013. (Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters)#

Afghan men walk on a snow-covered mountain on a cold winter's day outside Kabul on February 7 , 2013. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)#

Chicago Fire Department Lieutenant Charley De Jesus walks around an ice-covered warehouse that caught fire January 23, 2013. (John Gress/Reuters)#

A barge motors out of Portland Harbor, where the temperature at sunrise was about minus 5 degrees Fahrenheit, on January 24, 2013, in Portland, Maine. (Robert F. Bukaty/Associated Press)#

An odd weather phenomenon called "cloud streets" cover the Great Lakes on January 22, 2013, seen by NASA's Aqua satellite. (NASA/AFP/Getty Images)#

Japanese macaque monkeys huddle together against the cold at Awajishima Monkey Center on January 26, 2013 in Sumoto, Japan. (Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)#

A man walks through a courtyard in Yakutsk, Republic of Sakha, Russia on February 3, 2013. The coldest temperatures in the northern hemisphere have been recorded in Sakha. (Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)#

A young woman breaks slabs of frozen snow floating on high water in Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy on February 11, 2013. (Andrea Merola/EPA)#


 
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