STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:
Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. It's the season of the Polar Bear plunge, when many Americans take a challenge to leap into icy water - if they can find icy water. People in Minnesota use frozen lakes, but Minnesotans serving with the military in Kuwait improvised. They dumped 500 bags of ice into a makeshift pool. In Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, the climate didn't really cooperate. People leaped into ocean water that was 47 degrees - the warmest temperature on record. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.