Territorians shiver through US cold snapCarmen Brown, Thursday January 9, 2014 - 16:22 EDT
While many Territorians are suffering through record-breaking hot weather this week, one Top End couple are bunkering down to escape freezing conditions in the United States.
Steve and Cindi Bakalian, owners of Northern Feed and Cube in Katherine, are visiting family in College Station, an hour and a half north of Houston.
Mrs Bakalian says while the weather has been more favourable in Texas, the sub-zero temperatures hitting the region have still come as a shock.
"This is usually a pretty hot part of the United States, even in the winter, probably not as hot as Darwin, but still close," she said.
"Over the last few days the weather has been so cold, our daytime temperatures have been getting up to around zero degrees Celsius.
"But our nights have been dropping down to minus seven degrees Celsius, and in addition we have a wind chill factor.
"For a couple of Territorians it's very, very cold."
Some American ranchers have been to feed their stock, but Mrs Bakalian says the cattle in Texas have had an easier time.
"Where we are they're fine, because we don't have snow," she said.
"I'm sure they're colder than normal, most of the guys here that we talk to have brought their stock up closer, or into tree areas.
"But I do know from talking to people in other parts of the country, they have definitely had much worse conditions."
© ABC 2014
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