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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Texas Woman Has Ridiculous Reaction to Hail Damage [Video]

A hail storm hit parts of Texas a few days ago.

Most people have probably experienced hail before. And even if you haven't, it shouldn't really be that confusing for you.

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Brr! Another Stupid Polar Vortex Visiting Grand Rapids

Brr.

The National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office has some advice for everyone: Stay inside over the next couple days, if you can!

It was 6 degrees at lunchtime, and with the wind chill it was 12 degrees below zero out at the airport.

There are lots of closings out there. It's nasty weather. Thanks polar vortex!

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Strong Winter Storm Bears Down On Northeastern US
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Cell Phones Hate Cold Weather [Video]

I was running yesterday, and when I took off my phone had 60 percent battery power left.

When I got done running, it only had 1 percent power and consequently shut off. WTF?! I didn't even run that far.

My frozen phone was suffering from side effects from the extreme cold.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings' Steve McKiernan
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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Producer Steve Makes News in Maine

Over the past month or so, the wintry weather in greater Grand Rapids and across Michigan and the United States has been pretty crazy.

There's been a ton of snow and ice, causing weather-related delays.

Airport delays become part of the travel and the pace from place to place, as Associate Producer Steve McKiernan of "The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show" can attest.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: What Happens When You Jump On a Frozen Trampoline? [Video]

With insanely cold weather gripping the majority of the United States and Canada, people are being forced to come up with alternate means of entertainment.

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Greater Grand Rapids: Top 5 Weather Events of 2013 [Video]

It was a year for the record books in 2013 in West Michigan.

At least so says the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office, which issued its annual climate summary report this week.

There was the April flooding that swamped locales along the Grand River and other area tributaries

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Kolpen Swenson
Kolpen Swenson
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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Make Sure Shirt’s Dry Before Going Outside Today [Video]

It's no secret that it's really cold across the majority of the country.

We've seen videos of people throwing boiling water in the air to see if it would instantly freeze, and a video of a guy jumping on a frozen trampoline.

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Weather Alert: It’s Still Winter [Video]

The arctic blast gripping Grand Rapids and West Michigan is expected to loosen today, according to the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office and WZZM-TV, Channel 13.

The temperature reached a high of 8 degrees and a low a minus-1 degree Tuesday, with wind chills as low a 20 degrees-plus below zero at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids.

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Detroit Deals With Heavy Snow And Bitter Cold
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Greater Grand Rapids: Stuck in Polar Mode [Video]

Good morning. Welcome to the artic. You've been officially temporarily moved to a polar region.

Michigan and the Midwest are stuck in a polar vortex, according to the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office. Typically, such an arctic blast -- or wintry hurricane -- only hits northeastern Canada a la Ontario, Quebec and regions further north.

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Eric Lanning
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Arctic Grip: Snow, Winds and Cold Combine for Sub-Zero Climes, Dangerous Conditions [Video]

The arctic blast is going to continue its grip on Grand Rapids and West Michigan through Wednesday, the National Weather Service’s Grand Rapids office said Monday afternoon.

Snow and windy conditions are creating near-blizzard conditions and sub-zero temperatures with wind chills in the minus-20 degree range with a winter storm advisory across greater Grand Rapids and West Michigan. Highs are only expected to reach the single digits up to 10 degrees.

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Rachel Kramer
Rachel Kramer
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Consumers Energy Fixing Power Outages in Greater Grand Rapids, West Michigan

This will remembered as the Christmas without power for many.

FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE: As of 4:30 a.m. Friday, 52,000 Consumers Energy customers were without electricity. Since noon Saturday, the winter storm caused more than 377,000 outages across Michigan.

Among the counties most affected by the outages still are Kent, with 313 customers without power; Barry, 6,754; Ionia, 1,909; Kalamazoo, 187; and Calhoun, 739.

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John Winkelman
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Power Restoration Continues in Greater Grand Rapids, West Michigan [Video]

Despite some extra efforts, Christmas is a powerless holiday for many in greater Grand Rapids and across West Michigan because of snow, cold and the lingering effects of a weekend ice storm, officials said Tuesday.

More than 152,000 electricity customers of Consumers Energy were without power headed into Tuesday evening.

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