Cold snap attracts attention from BBC
January 07, 2014 10:54 AM

Reporters overseas relied on The Indiana Gazette on Monday to add color to their coverage of the polar vortex that has brought frigid, record-setting cold weather to much of North America.

Of all U.S. news outlets, the Gazette came up in a Web search as the choice for BBC Radio in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to get a handle on the effect of the freeze.

BBC anchorman Seamus McKee interviewed Gazette staff writer Chauncey Ross about the extent of the freeze, the measures people are taking to protect themselves, and the rarity of this kind of weather for Americans.

The interview aired live in the BBC’s evening broadcast and was streamed online later on their website, www.bbc.co.uk/pro grammes/b007cpv5.

Show producer Laura McDaid said the normally temperate British Isles lately have had unusual weather, said to be related to the deep freeze in North America.

“We’re actually having major storms which have been attributed to the jet stream in America,” McDaid said.

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