In the Midwest, the unofficial start to summer with barbecues seems a little far-fetched as people are still shoveling and having to clear snow off their grills before they even think about using them.
Kotzebue experienced one blizzard after another in March, and now with so much piled up and drifted snow, the community is struggling to dig out.
Two brothers, one dead and one experiencing hypothermia, were found about two miles from Pilot Station after their snowmachine became stuck in heavy snow during a storm.
"I was born and raised in Kotzebue and have been through many storms. This was one of the worst."
A late-season Pacific storm that brought damaging winds and more rain and snow to saturated California was blamed for at least two deaths.