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Each weekday morning, OurAmazingPlanet takes the pulse of the Earth, reporting on natural phenomena and exploration news from around the globe.

Big Dig: Much of the northeastern United States, especially New York City, is digging out from under the snow from the weekend's blizzard.

Snow Pics: For the twitter savvy, follow @WitnessWeather for pictures of the snow. Check the snowfall totals on the interactive map at

Florida Freeze: At the southern end of the United States, Miami is experiencing its coldest December in 115 years.

Blood Bank: In non-snow news, Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo is laying the groundwork for a blood bank for apes, which could lead to transfusions for gorillas.

Previously on Our Daily Planet: Northeastern Blizzard

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