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The Big Chill: Colder In Plainfield Than at the North Pole

When a polar bear can't take the deep freeze, you know it's bad.

Anana the polar bear loves to greet visitors, but the cold? Not her favorite thing. Credit: Lincoln Park Zoo
Anana the polar bear loves to greet visitors, but the cold? Not her favorite thing. Credit: Lincoln Park Zoo
How cold was it on Monday?

So cold that we even had the North Pole beat.

According to Weather.com, at around 10 p.m. Monday, it was a balmy 15 degrees at the North Pole. Not so much in Plainfield, where it was -12 degrees, with a "real feel" temperature of -33 when you accounted for the wind chill.

Some might say Illinoisans needed to grow a thicker skin and stop grousing about the cold weather — after all, it's the Midwest! But to put things in perspective, it wasn't just too cold for the human population on Monday.

A spokeswoman for the Lincoln Park Zoo told DNAInfo Chicago that even the zoo's polar bear, Anana, was taking refuge from the sub-zero temperatures.

"Few of us are accustomed to this cold," spokeswoman Sharon Dewar said. During the deep-freeze, the city bear was being kept warm in a climate-controlled area at the zoo.

"She doesn’t typically enjoy the very cold much," Dewar reportedly said.

We're with you, Anana.

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