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Heavy snow blankets rural southern Chile, isolates thousands

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A farmer crosses a snow-covered area in Butalelbum, located in Alto Bio Bio, 700 km (435 miles) south of Santiago, July 23, 2011. Heavy snow has affected rural areas of southern Chile, where it has isolated some 16,000 people. The Chilean government has declared a disaster area after the cold snap, with some areas facing up to 2.3 meters of snow, according to local media.

 While huge amounts of snow are not ideal, maybe this picture will at least bring cool thoughts to those enduring extreme heat in the northern hemisphere.