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Chicago set to have coldest year since 1904

Chicago looks set to have its coldest year since 1904 — and it’s currently tied for the ninth-coldest year on record, said National Weather Service officials.

But wait a minute. Much of the rest of the planet baked this year, according to a World Meteorological Organization report released Wednesday.

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“The provisional information for 2014 means that 14 of the 15 warmest years on record have all occurred in the 21st century,” said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud in a statement. “There is no standstill in global warming.”

Unless you live at the tip of South America, in the middle of the North Atlantic or Chicago, apparently.

“The persistent cold during the winter led to 91 percent of the Great Lakes being frozen at the beginning of March, the second-largest ice cover since records began in 1973,” according to the WMO.

None of that this week, though, with temperatures near normal for this time of year, with highs expected in the 30s.