A year's wild weather - in two minutes
8 January 2014 Last updated at 14:23 GMT
The US is suffering record low temperatures, with arctic blasts being blamed on a weather pattern known as the polar vortex.
The unprecedented freeze comes at the end of a year in which there were extreme weather episodes across the globe.
The BBC looks back at 12 months of wild weather around the world.
Video produced by Michael Hirst