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Snowpocalypse 2014
2 January 2014
How many storms can they call snowpocalypse?
Hercules claims first victim as man is crushed to death by 100ft salt pile and meteorologists warn it will get so cold exposed skin will freeze in fifteen minutes
Cities from New York to Washington, D.C., are bracing for up to 18 inches of snow
Plummeting temperatures and wind chills below zero could freeze exposed skin within 15 minutes
In New York, Long Island Expressway, I-87 South and I-84 will close at midnight until 5am Friday
'Ready for whatever hits us': New NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio remained confidant while facing his first test just a day after taking office
In Massachusetts 10-14 inches of snow are predicted, along with moderate coastal flooding
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced that state's government would close completely on Friday
2,000 flights had been canceled before snow even hit the East Coast
Meteorologists say three low pressure systems from the south and east have caused the snow storm

Winter Storm Hercules
Jan. 2, 2014
Flights Cancelled as US East Coast Prepares for Freezing Snow Blast.
Airlines have begun to cancel flights to the east coast of the US ahead of winter storm Hercules, the first to hit the northwest of the country this year.
Hercules is expected to dump up to 14 inches of snow on Boston and a further 10 inches on New York, with freezing temperatures and strong winds predicted.

Speaking to the New York Post, AccuWeather meteorologist Mark Paquette said: "It's going to be right around freezing on Thursday but that's going to feel mild compared with Friday. You get the snow, then you get the cold and the wind, making it really miserable."
Snow has already started falling over New York and New England, with the full force of the storm expected to hit tomorrow (3 January) and into the weekend.
Hugh Johnson, a meteorologist with the weather service, said: "There will be travel problems."

Flights from London to New York and Boston have been cancelled, with services run by Virgin Atlantic and British Airways currently affected.
Hundreds of flights into and out of Chicago's O'Hare International Airport have been cancelled, while New Jersey's Newark Liberty Airport has been badly affected.
Some schools in New England and New York have been closed pre-emptively or have planned early dismissals. Homeless shelters are also preparing to work at full capacity.
In addition to the snow threat, there should be some coastal flooding at high tide for the east coast of New England due to strong onshore winds.

The severe weather has already been responsible for one death after a truck driver died when he crashed into a bus on a snow-covered highway in Rolling Praire.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo suggested people take public transport to work rather than drive as a safety precaution. "We are looking at a serious storm situation," he said.

The Weather Channel said a blizzard warning was in place for Long Island, the south shore of Massachusetts, and Cape Cod: "An initial band of light-moderate snow Thursday from New York state and northern Pennsylvania to New England will give way to a more expansive area of snow by Thursday afternoon and evening over much of the Northeast from West Virginia and Maryland to southern Maine," it said.

"Given widespread temperatures in the teens and 20s, this will be a relatively dry, powdery snow with an added 'fluff factor' – meaning deeper snow accumulations than you'd see from a wetter, gloppier snow. Toward the later stages of this snow event, temperatures will plunge even further on Friday, possibly flirting with zero in areas away from the immediate coast.
"In addition to the snow threat, there should be some coastal flooding at high tide for the east coast of New England due to strong onshore winds Thursday and Friday. Beach erosion and flooding of vulnerable coastal roads can be anticipated along with freezing spray from breaking waves."

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Winter Storm Hercules
Jan. 3, 2014
The north-eastern US has been hit by a major winter storm, with 21 inches of snowfall recorded in Massachusetts.
Thousands of flights have been cancelled as heavy snowfall moved eastward from the Midwestern states.
The New York and New Jersey governors have declared a state of emergency, urging people to stay indoors.
Echo echo echo - stay home - echo echo
Many schools and businesses have closed amid warnings the storm will worsen overnight.

Govt wants us to stay home.  This echos like a NWO drumbeat day in and day out, month after month.

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UPDATE May 2014

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Killer storm: 13 deaths blamed on winter blast as snow piles up

A massive winter storm dumped snow across the Northeast and ushered in dangerously cold temperatures Friday, leaving travelers stranded and cutting a deadly trail across several states.

The treacherous conditions have led to at least 13 deaths in the eastern United States, according to The Associated Press.

Fatal traffic accidents occurred in New York, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois. Authorities said a woman suffering from Alzheimer's disease froze to death after she wandered away from her rural western New York home.

And in suburban Philadelphia, as the storm approached, a worker at a salt storage facility was killed when a 100-foot-tall pile of road salt fell and crushed him. Falls Township police said the man was trapped while operating a backhoe.


ION is coming
A Dangerously Cold Arctic Air Mass Is Going To Hit Green Bay During The Packers-49ers Game

1/3/14 The NFL playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers could be one of the coldest games ever played, and forecasts continue to get more severe.
The high temperature is going to be -5 degrees on Sunday, according to the Weather Channel, with temperatures dipping in the second half.
According to the National Weather Service a "dangerously cold" arctic air mass is expected to move into the region on Sunday night, just as the game is ending. From the NWS:

***Dangerously Cold Air Expected Sunday Night through Tuesday***

"An intense arctic air mass will move into the Great Lakes region Sunday night and remain over Wisconsin through Tuesday. This air mass has the potential to produce the coldest temperatures across northeast Wisconsin since February 1996. Bitterly cold wind chill readings of 30 to 50 below zero will be widespread across the region. Low temperatures may fall to 30 below over north-central portions of Wisconsin and to 20 below over the Fox Valley Monday and Tuesday morning. If you plan on being outside, be sure to dress warm using layered clothing if possible, as frost bite can occur in as little as 10 minutes in these conditions."

The worst temperatures aren't supposed to hit until Tuesday. But let's hope the game doesn't go to overtime, because it's going to get insanely cold late Sunday night.
Packers still has a few hundred tickets to sell before 4:40 p.m. this afternoon to avoid a local TV blackout.  (*They GAVE the tickets away)
Out of the blizzard, into the icebox; low temperature records may be shattered

Frigid temperatures generated by what one meteorologist labeled a “polar vortex" took hold across a wide swath of the Midwest and Northeast on Saturday, as the regions dug out from a deadly snow storm and braced for another blast of dangerous winter weather.

The frigid air is coming from the North Pole and — due to a jet stream — will be intense and mobile, Ryan Maue, a meteorologist for Weather Bell, told The Associated Press. Forecasters said record lows could be eclipsed.

"All the ingredients are there for a near-record or historic cold outbreak," Maue said. "If you're under 40, you've not seen this stuff before."

Because of the winds, “It may feel as cold as negative 50 to negative 60 on Sunday night over sections of the north-central states," the National Weather Service said. In those conditions, frostbite can set in on exposed skin within five minutes, forecasters warned.

The High Plains region was already feeling the chill Saturday, with North Dakota at minus-6 in the afternoon and temperatures in the negative 20s expected overnight.

While temperatures in the Northeast were expected to rise by the end of the weekend, New York and New England were frigid Saturday morning. Saturday started off with wind chills in the negative 20s, but temperatures were expected to climb back into the 40s on Sunday and then finish the roller coaster in the low teens on Monday.

“The snow may have stopped, but we are not out of the woods,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday night. The city enacted its Cold Weather Emergency Procedure to protect the homeless through Saturday.

A temperature of minus-9 degrees in Hartford, Conn., early Saturday broke the record for the date and was the lowest recorded in the county since February 2009, according to NBC Connecticut.

“It’s the mother-lode of cold air,” Weather Channel coordinating meteorologist Tom Moore said. “On the heels of what will be the coldest air of the season, will be dangerous, life-threatening winds.”


I walked to school in snow and cold.  A few times my dad drove me.  I drove to work in blizzard, ice, and a 75 below wind chill.
Americans are so soft today - plus govts lie to us to keep us soft.
Thundersnow is not uncommon - lightning and thunder in blizzards.

Winter Storm ION
Jan. 6, 2014

Heavy Midwest Snow, Freezing Rain for South and East, Then Widespread Brutal Cold
Winter Storm Ion is spreading a swath of heavy snow across the Midwest, and its icy tentacles will also bring wintry weather into the South and parts of the East. Following closely behind Ion will be a blast of brutally cold air.
This track has lead to widespread accumulating snow from Missouri to Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and southern Lower Michigan.

northern Plains to the Midwest and down into the Tennessee Valley

Bitter cold grips Northeast as new Arctic blast looms

Polar vortex grips USA

Heavy snow was falling in Indianapolis, Detroit and St. Louis, which could see a foot or more, AccuWeather meteorologist Tom Kines.
Chicago, where a Las Vegas-bound Spirit Airlines Airbus A319 with 141 passengers on board slid off a taxiway Saturday, also was being pounded.
Across the nation Sunday, almost 3,000 flights were canceled and more than 5,300 had been delayed, the website reported at 2 p.m. ET.

Historic freeze could break Midwest temp records
Jan 4, 2014
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - It has been decades since parts of the Midwest experienced a deep freeze like the one expected to arrive Sunday, with potential record-low temperatures heightening fears of frostbite and hypothermia even in a region where residents are accustomed to bundling up.

This "polar vortex," as one meteorologist calls it, is caused by a counterclockwise-rotating pool of cold, dense air. The frigid air, piled up at the North Pole, will be pushed down to the U.S., funneling it as far south as the Gulf Coast.

Ryan Maue, of Tallahassee, Fla., a meteorologist for Weather Bell, said temperature records will likely be broken during the short yet forceful deep freeze that will begin in many places on Sunday and extend into early next week. That's thanks to a perfect combination of the jet stream, cold surface temperatures and the polar vortex.
"All the ingredients are there for a near-record or historic cold outbreak.
If you're under 40 (years old), you've not seen this stuff before."

25 below zero in Fargo, N.D., minus 31 in International Falls, Minn., and 15 below in Indianapolis and Chicago.
Minnesota called off school for Monday statewide, the first such closing in 17 years, because of projected highs in the minus teens and lows as cold as 30 below. Milwaukee and Madison, Wis., students also won't be in class Monday. North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple urged superintendents to keep children's safety in making the decision after the state forecast called for "life threatening wind chills" through Tuesday morning.
And though this cold spell will last just a few days as warmer air comes behind, it likely will freeze over the Great Lakes and other bodies of water, meaning frigid temperatures will likely last the rest of winter

I am over 40 - that explains it.  We lived with WINTER, today they hype it.
When does Hercules end and ION begin?  Dont know, dont care.
JetBlue halts flights at 4 airports as deep freeze bears down on Northeast

JetBlue Airways, recovering from heavy weekend delays and getting ready for a deep freeze overnight in the Northeast, took the extraordinary step Monday of grounding flights for 17 hours at four of the busiest airports in the country.

The shutdown, which covers the three major New York airports and Boston's Logan International, was to take effect at 5 p.m. ET Monday, the airline said in a statement. JetBlue said it would ramp up service again at 10 a.m. ET Tuesday and expects to be fully operational again by 3 p.m.

"We regret the impact to our customers," the airline said.

Bad weather over the weekend forced thousands of delays and cancellations for major airlines.

By 7 p.m. ET, almost 4,000 flights into and out of U.S. airports had been canceled Monday — more than 1,600 of them at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport alone. Almost 300 had been canceled at Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport.

A churning mass of record-breaking, life-threatening arctic air is pushing across the country, so broad that every state except Hawaii is expected to see freezing temperatures by Tuesday.

Temperatures in the 20s and 30s below zero spread over much of the Upper Midwest on Monday morning. Twenty-six states were under warnings or watches for severe wind chill as the result of a weather phenomenon known as a polar vortex — essentially an arctic cyclone that normally sits near the North Pole but has pushed unusually far south.

In northern Minnesota, the towns of Embarrass, Babbitt and Brimson all reached minus-40, Gov. Mark Dayton ordered schools across the state closed because — the first time that has happened in 17 years.

"These are some temperatures that we haven't seen in decades," said Jen Carfagna, a forecaster for The Weather Channel.

Kevin Roth, a lead meteorologist for The Weather Channel, warned that anyone venturing outside without wrapping up risked frostbite in a matter of minutes or even seconds.

"It's tough on all of us. You can't stay out here real long," said George Sipus of Indianapolis Power and Light, which was still working Monday night to restore power to 22,000 customers.

"It takes time to get stuff up and get the trees off and get the wires back up," Sipus told NBC station WTHR of Indianapolis. "It's just going to  be a slow process. But we're gaining on it, absolutely."

Monday is already the most depressing day of the year, according to a British study that blamed the return to work for many people, the hangover from holiday spending and busted New Year's resolutions.

The cold simply added to the misery. Examples were everywhere:
•Indiana Gov. Mike Pence declared a state of disaster emergency for 29 counties, and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard declared a level-red travel emergency, making it illegal for anyone to drive except in emergencies or to get to shelter. It was the first time that has happened since 1978.
•Along Interstate 57 in Illinois, the Southern Illinois University men's basketball team, traveling home by bus after a loss at Illinois State, got stuck in the snow. The team wound up sleeping on the floor of a church in the city of Tuscola.
•It was so cold overnight that both engines froze on an Amtrak train from Detroit to Chicago, stranding passengers for nine hours just past Kalamazoo, Mich., until another train arrived to tug it the rest of the way home. The heat stayed on, but the episode tested patience. "Not exactly in the best of spirits," Valerie King, a journalism student at Northwestern University, posted to Twitter from inside the train. Finally in Chicago, she snapped a photo of the train's outside, which looked freezer-burned.

In Florida, citrus growers crossed their fingers. A spokesman for Florida Citrus Mutual, an industry group, told the AP that the danger zone was 28 degrees for four hours straight — and suggesting that it was going to be a close call. Overnight lows were expected to be near freezing in central Florida, according to
In Lexington, Ky., temperatures fell 55 degrees in less than 24 hours, with wind chills at minus-20 Monday. A car lost control on a patch of black ice Monday morning on Interstate 75 in Laurel County, causing a two-vehicle crash that killed the driver, NBC station WLEX of Lexington reported.
•An elderly man was found dead from the cold in Christian County, Ill., just a few feet from safety, the sheriff's office said. The man tried to walk home after his car broke down about a mile away; his body was found in his driveway Monday morning. His identity wasn't immediately released.
•It was so cold that in Clarksville, Iowa, that firefighters were tagging in and out like wrestlers as they battled a house fire, only to find their hoses were frozen. Almost five hours after it started Monday morning, the fire was still burning, and the house was totaled, NBC station KWWL of Waterloo reported.

By Wednesday, the big chill should be on its way out, and by Thursday, highs in much of the Great Lakes and the Northeast will climb all the way into the 20s and the 30s, forecasters said.

North America arctic blast creeps east
Jan 7, 2014
North American cold snap from Montana to Maryland is heading east, ushering in dangerous temperatures not seen in 20 years.
Ontario Canada is facing temperatures of -40C (-40F) with wind chill.
People on the US north-east coast were warned to prepare themselves for the cold.
Temperatures to plummet 45 degrees overnight in New York and Washington DC.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo closed parts of major highways in preparation.
The polar blast threatened crops and livestock as far south as Texas and central Florida.
Tennessee and Kentucky to receive snow.
The weather has been blamed for 16 deaths

Thousands Without Power

Is a Polar Vortex to blame?
The exceptional cold plunge is continuing across the majority of the United States, with temperatures still to fall in some areas to below -20C.
The freezing weather is being exacerbated by significant winds, and in Indianapolis, the conditions were so severe that the mayor of the city issued a travel ban.

What are frostquakes?
The loud cracking of frozen soil caused by expanding ice beneath the surface
It is uncommon and requires a plunge in temperatures following wet weather

Loud explosions are being blamed on a phenomenon called frostquakes.
The winter freeze has been accompanied by unusual sound effects - bangs waking people up during the night.
Known to experts as cryoseisms, frostquakes happen when moisture that has seeped into the ground freezes very quickly. It expands and builds up pressure, causing the frozen soil or rock near the surface to crack, emitting a sound that people have likened to a sonic boom.
Frostquakes are not very common because they require such a rapid change in temperature. In southern Ontario, a drop from about 5C (41F) to about -20C (-4F) was preceded by an ice storm, which ensured there was a lot of moisture in the ground waiting to become ice.
'Polar Vortex' Creates Huge Temperature Difference Across US

A blast of Arctic air pushing south as far as Atlanta has caused air temperatures across the United States to plunge, creating a massive 140-degree Fahrenheit (77 degrees Celsius) temperature difference between the chilly Dakotas and balmy Florida yesterday (Jan. 5).

The pulse of frigid air, called a polar vortex, whirled into the United States this weekend on the heels of a major winter storm. But unlike that storm, the polar vortex won't bring heavy snowfall. (The snowstorm dropped nearly 2 feet, or 60 centimeters, of snow in Boston last week.) Instead, the National Weather Service is forecasting dangerous cold and windchills. The cold temperatures are expected to last through Wednesday, the NWS forecasts.

The polar vortex is a low-pressure system that circulates from west to east in the Arctic during winter. Late last week, a high-pressure system — called an atmospheric block — situated over northeastern Canada and Greenland stopped this circulation pattern, pushing the cold air into the United States. On Sunday afternoon, temperatures ranged from minus 55 F to 85 F (minus 48 C to 29 C), according to NWS weather data.

On Monday morning, air temperatures in North Dakota and South Florida were still more than 100 F apart. Chicago set a new record low of minus 16 F (minus 27 C) Monday morning, and Tulsa, Okla., broke a 102-year record with a new low of minus 1 F (minus 18 C) recorded at 7:14 a.m. local time, the NWS said.

Deep freeze puts $5 billion chill on economy

Steve James,  NBC News contributor

23 hours ago

The record cold spell that has half the country in the deep freeze could cost the U.S. economy up to $5 billion.

That's because millions of Americans haven't been able to drive to work, fly or take a train to business meetings or vacations, go to the shopping mall or take the kids out for a movie and a meal. And they may also have to pay more just to keep warm.

The huddled masses are huddling at home until an easing of the extreme temperatures that have been colder in some parts of the country than at the South Pole.

"We think that the problem will be short-lived, but we estimate it will cost about $5 billion because of the sheer size of the population affected — about 200 million people in the eastern two-thirds of the country," said Evan Gold, senior vice president at business weather intelligence company Planalytics.

He said the cold's impact would be apparent in lost productivity, lack of consumer spending and higher heating bills. "A similar situation in 2010 lasted a week, with back-to-back storms with snow and ice. We calculated that cost $25 billion to $30 billion.

"But that one lingered. This one is just very cold, so it should be a two- or three-day event," he said

Nariman Behravesh, chief economist for IHS Global, said the cold spell would at most reduce GDP growth by 0.1 percent to 0.2 percent in the first quarter, "and it will probably all be gained back in the second quarter.

"There is no question there will be winners and losers," he said, noting companies like airlines and restaurants will be affected by customers staying at home. About 7,000 flights total were canceled Monday and Tuesday. Amtrak operated a restricted service in the Northeast.

Chris Wadaga, co-owner of Wild Blue Frozen Yogurt in Grand Haven, Mich., where it was a brisk 10 degrees Tuesday, mulled closing because the schools were shuttered.

"We decided to just open anyway and I’ve had maybe three customers today so far," she said. One of those was a woman who had received a Christmas gift card, so she stopped by only because she was due a free yogurt, she said.

"We’re a frozen yogurt store and people don’t want to go out and have frozen yogurt at this time," said Wadaga, who counted 50 customers on Monday — down from an average of 200.

Goldman Sachs analyst Kris Dawsey said the cold weather could even affect this Friday's jobs report. Construction employment, for example, is hurt by cold weather. December auto sales — which came in weaker than expected — may have been another victim of the temperature, he said.

"We expect that colder-than-normal weather during the survey period for the December payroll report probably pushed employment growth below its recent trend," he wrote, noting his preliminary forecast is for a 175,000 gain in total payrolls to be released this Friday.

It's not all a cold, dark cloud, however. Planalytics' Gold said that, as in many disasters, some businesses benefit from the situation.

"There are some winners, when people are home-bound. Online retailers, for example. There was some $30 million in gift cards sold at Christmas and, if I am stuck at home, I will go online to buy that coat or sweater. And revenue is not recorded for the store until the card is redeemed," he said.

Gold said food delivery companies and on-demand cable services for movies should flourish with a house-bound audience.

Natural gas prices in New York City rose by nearly $60 per million BTUs on Monday as the record cold snap has driven demand for the heating fuel in the northeastern U.S. to an expected 5-year high.

The spike will hit consumers with hefty bills, which likely will put a damper on their discretionary spending for the next month or so — or longer if the bitter weather returns. "There will be a negative impact on spending in February," said Gold.

But for Heli Wiener, a stay-at-home mom of three kids, aged 5, 3 and 1, in Deerfield, Ill., where it was zero degrees Tuesday, it's all about keeping the family warm and fed.

"They’ve had a couple of play dates, where we’ve bundled them head to toe just to run them across the street, but that’s as far as it’s gone." The children go to school and pre-school, but it’s been canceled for the past two days.

"It’s been stressful – they have cabin fever so I try to keep it exciting with art projects, watching TV, a lot of movie days," said Wiener. "For me, my biggest outlet is exercise so while they’ve been napping or temporarily busy, I will go down to the basement and run on my treadmill and that gives me a little relief."

Ohio water supply freezes
Jan 9, 2014
Thousands of customers in Ohio are facing a water shortage after the intake valves froze at a key plant that draws water from Lake Erie. The valves are caked in ice. Although they are still able to draw water, the rate is below demand.
Mayor asked locals to hold off on laundry, baths and showers.

WOW!  North America's big freeze seen from space
January 2014
Satellite images have captured the progress of the big freeze that has gripped the United States and Canada,
plunging many states into unfamiliar freezing temperatures.

The Polar Vortex returns next week

Currently a weakened Polar Vortex is sitting still over the Hudson Bay, just above Quebec, minding its own business and causing some mild snowstorms.

Meteorologists are starting to see signs of an impending Polar Vortex sequel that could send the country plunging into a deep freeze.

If you miss the frigid weather from the beginning of January and the fun we had, with the peeing and the supersoakers and the injuries, then you're in luck. Because the Polar Vortex is back. According to the Washington Post's Wes Junker, starting around Tuesday, January 21, and continuing through the end of the month, the weather tea leaves point towards another shot of arctic air creeping down to the U.S. through Canada and engulfing the country in cold.

Currently a weakened Polar Vortex is sitting still over the Hudson Bay, just above Quebec, minding its own business and causing some mild snowstorms. But the Vortex will start moving south at the beginning of next week, and a combination of air systems will create the kind of cold air that bothered much of the U.S. at the beginning of January. Accuweather's Alex Sosnowski explains:

However, during the third and fourth weeks of January, some changes will take place. The high amplitude pattern is forecast to get more extreme. The polar vortex will move farther south and get stronger. The pattern will gradually change the current mixture of Pacific and Arctic air in the Canada Prairies and the North Central U.S. to all Arctic air. The air will get significantly colder over the Canada Prairies and the much of the eastern half of the nation as a result.

If the early forecasts are right the sequel will be even worse, just like at the movies. "Temperatures may get colder than they were during the initial polar vortex event," writes The Houston Chronicle's Alex Sosnowski. These frigid temperatures are not a sure thing just yet. Predicting the weather is not a perfect science, especially when guessing so far away. But we know that Tuesday will be very, very cold, and all of the patterns point towards another Polar Vortex-type deep freeze.

We still don't know how far south the Vortex will travel. For now, most expect the Vortex to affect the Mid-West and north eastern parts of the country.

What makes this Polar Vortex sequel even more fun dangerous than the last one is the increased possibility of snowstorms. "This is the most favorable pattern for snow that we’ve had all winter and it’s occurring right at the beginning of the period when snowstorms are most frequent climatologically," says the Post. "But it still is not a perfect pattern." Someone get a pot of boiling water ready.

All that polar vortex is nothing but absurd scare-the-sheepl hype.
It is merely the jet stream which shifts and has always shifted

CJ wrote:
All that polar vortex is nothing but absurd scare-the-sheepl hype.
It is merely the jet stream which shifts and has always shifted

Thank you.

Yeah, a lot like how they're fearmongering the public with this "flu outbreak" now - seriously, people getting the flu during Jan/Feb has been going on and on for many years(ie-when I was in college 20 years ago, the biggest absences from classes would be during these 2 months b/c of just that). But en yet you never saw this "get your flu shots" nonsense in prior years.

And pretty much, not trying to belittle anyone, but people get sick in Jan and Feb b/c a lot of junk food they eat during the xmas holidays.

Power Grid Concerns
Jan 21, 2014
Arctic Outbreak with Multiple Storms to Last 10-15 Days.
Meteorologist Joe Bastardi predicted severe winter weather is just the beginning of a 10 to 15 day outbreak to hit the Midwest, the Great Lakes region and the Northeast.
He is very concerned it is going to have an immense impact on the USA economically.  He said he is very concerned about the power grid. The Arctic outbreak earlier this month led to blackouts.

Internet chatter / rumors

My friend who has visions has been seeing darkness east of the Mississippi River - now Bastardi sees grid going down.  PREPARE

Winter storm LEON got on another thread instead of here.

Electrical grid danger
Jan 29, 2014
 Keep a close eye on the electrical grid. May be spot outages between now and February 1st. Intense auroral activity will wreak havoc with powerlines and pipelines. Aviation radio communication will be awful. I am especially concerned about people living in cold regions of Canada and eastern U.S. I still believe solar flare activity in first week of February will be massive.
Truck deliveries of food, propane and medicine are getting slowed by awful weather.

Get a grip folks, winter in USA is COLD.  It always has been.  Its NOT colder than usual.

Two Women Shot in Georgia Store Packed With Storm Customers

Two women were shot Monday inside a suburban Atlanta supermarket packed with customers scrambling to stock up before a winter storm slams the area, police said.

Police are still trying to find out what led to the incident at the Kroger grocery store, which left the two unidentified women hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, Lawrenceville, Ga., police spokesman Greg Vaughn told NBC News.

"When we arrived, the scene was pretty chaotic," Vaughn said. "Everybody's getting ready for this storm we're gonna have."

Vaughn said one woman was shot in her leg and the other woman was shot in her torso amid the noon shooting.

Kroger officials said in a statement that no store employees were hurt and that the store was "evacuated and will reopen at a later date," according to The Associated Press.

Police have a suspect in custody, Vaughn said.

The region is expected to be pounded by an unusual mix of ice and snow this week.
Bone-Chilling Winter Blast Wipes Out Power in South

An army of emergency crews were gearing up for battle Wednesday with a vicious ice storm in Georgia that had already cut off power for tens of thousands of people across a long arm of the Southeast and left the streets of Atlanta looking like a sci-fi wasteland.

Nearly 300,000 customers across Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and the Carolinas were without power early Wednesday. But Georgia was bearing the brunt of the wicked weather, with more than 200,000 customers in the dark Wednesday after frozen tree limbs slashed power lines, while emergency planners urged drivers across the state to stay off “deceptively dangerous” roads.

Metro Atlanta was a veritable ghost town as an eerie calm settled over desolate streets slick with ice. The highways were deserted as freezing rain and ferocious wind gusts kept drivers at home. At local retailers, shoppers scrambled to stock up on supplies before the brunt of the storm came crashing down.

As many as 5,000 state personnel plus an additional 3,000 support crews were fanned out across the region and at the ready, according to Brian Green with utility company Georgia Power. The National Weather Service issued an ominous warning for a potentially "catastrophic event," urging Georgians to "be prepared to be without power in some locations for days and perhaps as long as a week."

As of mid-morning Wednesday, 3,003 flights across the U.S. were canceled and 3,198 delayed — over 2,000 of them at the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson hub, where only 259 flights were scheduled to fly today, an airport spokesman said.

“Be prepared for power outages, long periods in the cold/dark,” The Weather Channel tweeted as the first freezing rain fell in what was forecast to be a 36-hour deep freeze. It comes less than a month after snowfall practically ground Atlanta to a halt, stranding motorists on highways — some overnight — and forcing kids to camp out at school.

As it crawls eastwards, the same weather system was forecast to dump up to 12 inches of snow on New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., on Thursday, snarling travel plans for millions.

“There will be disruption,” Weather Channel lead meteorologist Kevin Roth said. "The whole region will be in a deep freeze."

Desperate to avoid a repeat of January’s fiasco, when children were stranded in school gyms overnight and drivers camped in their cars on frozen interstates for 24 hours, authorities in Atlanta had issued dire warnings.

“This would have been bad timing for the morning commute, but with so many people heeding the warnings to stay home, there should be less disruption,” Roth said.

“A lot of people might work from home – that is, if their power stays on,” he added.

Georgia's state operations center issued an advisory early Wednesday warning of "extremely hazardous conditions" that will cause power outages "and substantial structural damage due to falling trees and ice."

"All motorists are urged to stay off of the roads as the threat of icy conditions continues to increase throughout the day," the advisory said.

"We're not kidding. We're not just crying wolf," Georgia Governor Nathan Deal said Tuesday. "It is serious business."

Georgia Power spokesman Brian Green said between 4,000 and 5,000 power crews and support personnel were standing by to react to power outages, with an additional 3,000 workers on standby in surrounding states.

President Barack Obama declared an emergency in Georgia, calling on federal agencies to lend a hand to state and local response efforts. And the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to Georgia.

Amtrak said it would suspend service Wednesday on 10 trains in Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas "to reduce the exposure of Amtrak passengers, crews and rail equipment to extreme weather conditions."

With as much as a half-inch of solid ice expected to coat roads and power lines, the governors of both Carolinas, Alabama, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland also declared states of emergency for much or all of their states. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said flatly, "No one should be on the roads tomorrow at all."

"We do need to brace ourselves," she said. "This is going to be a pretty bad ice storm."

However, the focus was expected to shift northward later Wednesday, as the same weather system turns into a classic Northeaster - dumping snow on the Mid-Atlantic and New York. But the risk of power outages was likely to be lower.

“There shouldn’t be as much ice further north,” Roth said.

At least six deaths were already blamed on the storm Tuesday as it gathered power over Texas and Mississippi.

Four people were killed in separate accidents on icy north Texas roads, including a Dallas firefighter who was knocked off an interstate ramp, NBCDFW reported. And two were killed in separate accidents in Mississippi, the state Highway Patrol said.

First published February 12th 2014, 2:36 am

February 2014  
Its winter in USA.  Dont panic!  I find it odd there is such hysteria about winter - it comes annually.
The weather channel on TV should be reporting facts calmly.
Instead the reporters act as if we have a disaster, as if their intent is to panic people and CAUSE hysteria.
Anyone who prepares wisely as the scriptures tell us to should not go crazy.
Its a plan folks, govt plans disaster - against us.

God is angry at Obama, and judging the USA!
The laws in America the past 50+ years have opposed His perfect will.
It is very Christian to say we have stirred the wrath of GOD.
It is contemporary tho crude to say  -  GOD IS PISSED! (Mama would have a fit!)

Here are headlines Feb. 12 - its crazy!  None say - REPENT AMERICA!

NWS:  Travel Impossible
Ice from Texas to North Carolina
Cars Abandoned on Snow-Covered Roads
Thousands Without Power  (this has always happened with storms)
Panicked Shoppers Fight Over Food
Noreaster Could Be Biggest Of Season
Snow Rage Afflicts Locals
Man Puts Gun To Plow Drivers Head
Psychiatrist: Tremendous Amount Of Seasonal Affect Disorder

PAX - Pax means peace!  Too funny!  OK OK - cold humor.

Storm affecting US east coast as havoc persists in South

Snowstorm to Hammer DC, Philly, NYC and Boston

Airline, Highway Disruptions Texas to Georgia, NY and Massachusetts

Ice Storm  in South, Power Outages Possible

Store shelves stripped bare
February 11, 2014
Georgia ice storm could take out electric grid  (Govt has been planning to crash the grid)
Residents stocked up and hunkered down for a massive ice storm. Gone are the bread and milk.
The Atlanta Public Schools and other systems across north Georgia to be closed - before the storm.
This storm has the potential of knocking out the power grid.
Because this is an ice storm, officials are especially concerned. The January storm dumped 2.6 inches of snow shut down Atlanta. And all the people in the upper midwest LAUGHED!  2 inches!

I put this in AMERICA NEWS section also

Grid failure planned

Here are USA winter storms 2013-14

LEON * Southeast USA warned of storm coming

2014 Winter Storms USA
Hercules, ION, etc

USA winter storms 2013 - 2014

West braces for more stormy weather

18 Feb 2014
Is the jet stream changing direction? Meandering air flow could lead to longer, harsher winters
The jet stream controls weather over Northern Europe and North America
Over the past two decades, scientists believe the jet stream has weakened
Instead of circling Earth in the north, the jet stream has begun to meander
This could cause longer and colder winters over the northern hemispher.

I don't know if it's the weather control mod system, but nonetheless DFW got hit with freezing rain and some snow today...
Massive storm system takes aim at winter-weary Midwest, East

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A massive winter storm system packing cold air, snow and freezing rain was pummeling the central United States on Sunday and headed for the East Coast, sending temperatures plummeting and causing major delays for weekend travelers.

Rainfall and snow associated with the system will stretch over 1,500 miles, from southeastern Colorado to southern Massachusetts, meteorologists said.

The storm "is going to be a real mess," said Bruce Sullivan, a senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Silver Spring, Maryland.

"The main system is injecting a lot of moisture and cold air out over the Southern Plains," he said. "It's going to bring quite a bit of precipitation."

Heavy snow could fall on an area from eastern Kansas to Pennsylvania, with the Mid-Atlantic, including parts of Maryland and Washington D.C., getting up to 12 inches before the system dissipates on Monday.

More than 1,500 flights were canceled and another 2,880 were delayed as of mid-afternoon on Sunday, according to the airline tracking site

"Ripple-effect flight delays and cancellations are likely to reach nationwide," said AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

The storm could also further deplete salt supplies used to de-ice roads and highways, already at critical lows after a snowy winter in the Northeast.


Boston and New York City should see only light snowfall, but lingering freezing rain could complicate Monday morning's rush hour for commuters.

By Sunday afternoon, up to nine inches of snow had already fallen on parts of Indiana.

More than 40,000 homes in northeast Ohio were without power due to downed transmission lines, according to Chad Self, a spokesman for utility provider First Energy.

Most customers should have power restored by late Monday, the utility said.

Margie Gibson, 60, of Perry, 40 miles northeast of Cleveland, said power at her home was intermittent throughout the day.

"The power keeps popping on and off every half-hour. It goes off and comes right back on. I have no idea why," she said.

Central Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky were also at risk for heavy ice conditions and power outages, according to AccuWeather.

Though temperatures will not be as frigid as during some other storm systems this winter, when the so-called polar vortex pushed Arctic air across large swaths of the county, the cold air will blanket areas as far south as Texas and North Carolina.

Temperatures in the city of Lubbock, Texas, in the northwestern part of the state, were around 80F (26C) on Saturday but by Sunday morning were a bone-chilling 18F (minus 7C), NWS's Sullivan said.

Forecasters urged motorists to use caution as slick roads and fast-moving bands of snow can lead to traffic accidents.

In southwest Missouri, slick conditions were blamed in the death early Sunday of a 13-year-old girl when the driver of the Ford Explorer she was riding in went off the highway and overturned.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol report two adults and another child in the vehicle suffered serious injuries, and nobody in the car was wearing a seatbelt.

On Saturday in Colorado, a heavy dump of snow midday led to a 104-vehicle pileup in Denver, leaving one woman dead and 30 other people hospitalized, police and local media said.

(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere, additional reporting by Kim Palmer in Cleveland, and Kevin Murphy in Kansas City; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst, Sophie Hares and Chris Reese)

TITAN is what TWC named this storm
March 2, 2014
was nasty freezing rain, sleet, snow over MANY US states.

Thousands without power on East Coast
November 27, 2014
-  More than 350,000 electric customers from Maine and New York to Virginia and North Carolina were without power this morning, after a storm dumped a rain - snow mix along the East Coast.  New Hampshire residents experienced the worst outages.  Some will not have power likely for a couple of days.  The storm system grounded hundreds of flights and turned highways hazardous.

California sees record-breaking Thanksgiving heat

SAN DIEGO (AP) — While the East and Midwest shivered, Thanksgiving was hotter than a roasting turkey in California as a high-pressure ridge caused record-breaking highs in several cities.

The National Weather Service says San Diego's Lindbergh Field hit 85 degrees on Thursday, breaking a 111-year-old record by two degrees.

Los Angeles had a high of 86 — one degree hotter than the 1977 record.

Santa Ana's 90 toppled a 1922 record of 86. Riverside's 91 beat the 89 set in 1945, and Escondido's 89 broke the 1945 record of 86.

Records also were tied or broken in downtown Oakland, Paso Robles, Santa Maria, Sandberg, the Salinas airport, Oceanside, Vista, El Cajon, Alpine, Big Bear, Palomar Mountain and Lake Cuyamaca.

In Phoenix, temperatures reached 87 degrees, tying Nov. 23, 1950, for the warmest Thanksgiving on record, according to 12 News meteorologist Matt Pace, the Arizona Republic reported.

Sea breezes should start returning Friday, dropping temperatures through the weekend. There could be night and morning coastal fog.

BOSTON snow 2015

More winter weather is coming to New England
Feb 10, 2015
BOSTON — As New Englanders dug out from 2 more feet of snow Tuesday, there appeared to be no relief in sight. Meteorologists predict more snow is on the way Thursday and perhaps this weekend in the snow-choked region.

Boston-area subways, trolleys and commuter rail trains remained idle Tuesday, with only limited bus service continuing.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said it needed the break to clear snow and ice from tracks. Service is set to resume Wednesday.

Boston hospitals set up sleeping areas for workers, and police gave doctors and nurses rides to work. At Boston's Logan International Airport, many flights were still reporting delays through Tuesday afternoon.
Amtrak canceled train service from Brunswick, Maine, to Boston because of snow removal.

After a brief respite Wednesday, forecasters say much of New England is on track to get more snow Thursday and into the Friday morning commute, with 3 inches expected in Boston and 6 or more south of the city. A much larger storm could dump appreciably higher amounts Sunday into Monday, but meteorologists said it was still too early to say how much.

Two high-profile Massachusetts trials have been further delayed by the snow. State court officials said testimony in the murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez would not resume until Wednesday. Jury selection for the federal trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev also was called off Tuesday.

The roof at a Massachusetts music store that's home to a rhinestone-encrusted grand piano once owned by Liberace collapsed under the weight of snow.

Rockland Fire Chief Scott Duffey said a large section of roof fell into the showroom Tuesday morning at the Piano Mill. No one was in the building at the time. Owner Rob Norris said the Liberace piano, which has 88,888 rhinestones and has been appraised at $500,000, was not damaged.
The roof collapse was among a number reported across the state. No injuries have been reported in any of them.

At least one Massachusetts school district has thrown up the white flag.
The Pentucket Regional School District near the New Hampshire border canceled classes through the rest of the week. Schools will reopen Feb. 23 when students return from their traditional weeklong winter break.

Superintendent Jeff Mulqueen says he's concerned about the safety of snow-laden school roofs.

In Boston, Mayor Marty Walsh says public schools may have to consider holding Saturday classes or cutting short spring break if students lose more days to snow.

The district will already be holding classes on Evacuation Day (March 17) and Bunker Hill Day (June 17) to make up for lost time and extending the school year from June 19 to June 30, he said Tuesday.

Gov. Charlie Baker says he'll be seeking federal disaster aid for this winter's snowfall to help ease the pressure from state and local government budgets being strained by cleanup costs.

Mayor Walsh says Boston alone has spent over $30 million with more than five weeks left of winter, far exceeding its $18.5 million snow removal budget.

Baker also announced other measures Tuesday, including activating about 500 members of the state's National Guard, purchasing two snow melters that can melt up to 25 large truckloads of snow an hour and appealing to nearby Vermont, New York and Pennsylvania for additional resources.

In Massachusetts, a state trooper helped deliver a baby after the mother went into labor on the way to the hospital early Tuesday. Trooper Patrick Devin assisted in the birth and wrapped the baby boy in a blanket.
Latest in 'biblical' string of snowstorms slams New England

BOSTON (AP) — Another weekend, another major snowstorm: The latest system to sweep the Northeast brought another foot to Boston — on top of 6 feet that has fallen over the last month — and tested New Englanders who say the winter is beginning to feel like one without end.

Even after the storm, forecasters warned of exceptionally cold air, perhaps the coldest in years. Strong winds that were expected to continue into Monday reduced visibility, created drifts and complicated an ongoing cleanup effort. Forecasters were talking about another storm on the horizon for midweek.

"It's historic. It's biblical," attorney Frank Libby said he walked down a deserted street in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood. "I think we're in uncharted territory. People just don't know how to deal with the logistics of it."

He had one message for Mother Nature: "Give us a break."


A bone-chilling blast of cold, with lows of minus-10 degrees was in the Sunday night forecast in parts of the region. The temperatures are expected to be the coldest of the season, according to the National Weather Service.

"We're dropping below zero and wind chills will be dropping to 20 below and maybe minus-25 by morning," said National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Simpson. "People should take it seriously. It is the coldest in Massachusetts in many years."

The Arctic cold front already had settled over Michigan by midday Sunday, sending temperatures plunging to minus-27 in the Upper Peninsula.

Allan Tufankjian of Scituate, Massachusetts, said it's discouraging every time he looks at the forecast.

"If saw one day that was above freezing, I'd be very happy," he said. "I looked seven days ahead and every single day, the highest temperature I could see is 26 degrees."

Tufankjian was shoveling away a snowdrift from his home's backup generator to have it ready in case they lost power.



Some areas of New England reported nearly 2 feet of snow from the storm including Acushnet, Massachusetts, with 22 inches, and Salisbury with 20.5 inches. Boston recorded 13 inches of new snow. At the easternmost tip of Maine, Lubechad had 2 feet.

With many intersections already clogged by soaring snow banks, forces mobilized before the storm to remove piles of snow. Massachusetts called up the National Guard troops to help and Hanscom Air Force base outside Boston became a staging area for heavy equipment pouring in from eight other Northeast states.


Although the storm did not bring the eye-popping snow totals of others this season, it made its presence felt with lightning strikes and strong winds that left visibility close to zero for stretches along the coast.

"Oh my goodness, it's a whiteout!" said Sue Baker of Lubec, Maine, observing the wind blowing outside her bed and breakfast, the Peacock House.

The Coast Guard said it rescued an Australian father-son sailing team whose boat lost power and had its sails torn in 60 mph winds about 140 miles southeast of Nantucket.

In Vermont, the wind was enough to force shut-down of the Lake Champlain ferry cross between Charlotte and Essex, New York.

On Cape Ann north of Boston, Patrick McGehee said he was awed by lightning strikes early Sunday morning when he took out his dog.

"I wasn't sure what was going on, if it was some kind of spiritual event or what," said McGehee, the owner of the Mary's by the Sea summer rental business in Rockport. "The whole sky lit up like somebody lit up a lightbulb."



The Klose family — Clint, Sue and daughters Caitlin and Kiersten — attacked a mountain of snow in front of their Concord, New Hampshire, house Sunday morning. Just last week, Clint Klose booked a trip for the girls and him to Orlando, Florida.

"You just need a break!" he said. "We need some Vitamin D that we've been deprived of."

Klose said the family wouldn't forget this winter.

"I would say it's been the harshest winter in the shortest amount of time," he said. "In the past five weeks, it's just been a slamming event and a slamming event and a slamming event one after the other."



Regal Marketplace, a variety store in Whitman, Massachusetts, opened Sunday despite heavy snow and blizzard-like conditions. It did brisk business as plow drivers stopped in for coffee and energy drinks. People who live in the neighborhood also came in for staples like bread and milk, but also a little something to get them through the storm — liquor.

"We're never closed — no matter what — and people know that," said Bob Derochea, one of the store's managers. "They're going to be stuck in their houses, so they come in to buy alcohol so they can have a couple of highballs or whatever."



New Englanders won't be the only ones with the winter blues, forecasters say. A snowstorm could bring 6 to 9 inches to parts of Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee. Freezing rain was forecast for northern Mississippi and 2 to 4 inches of snow and sleet will be possible in north Georgia.

The storm also threatened Atlanta, where just over a year ago an ice storm trapped commuters for hours on the region's freeways.
Snow and ice hit South, Mid-Atlantic in latest winter storm

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A snow and ice storm blasted parts of the Mid-Atlantic and the South on Tuesday, creating treacherous road conditions and leaving hundreds of thousands without power.

Officials — hoping to avoid a repeat of disastrous winter 2014 storms, when rush-hour traffic and a thin coating of ice left people stuck in cars or abandoning vehicles in Atlanta and Raleigh — urged people to stay off the roads in several states, but wrecks were reported along slick streets.

Schools and offices closed for the day, outages hit especially hard in the Carolinas and Georgia, and hundreds of flights were canceled.

In Durham, N.C., the snow on the roads was mostly untouched — indicating that drivers were probably listening to warnings.

"It doesn't look like there's a whole lot of tracks," said Frank Garrard, 65, a retired plumbing contractor. "Maybe they're getting smart enough not to venture out."

Joe Peldunas — a New Jersey native — shrugged about Southerners and snow. "They don't know how to drive," he said.

As Peldunas shoveled his driveway, no one else in the quiet Durham neighborhood was out. "In New Jersey, as soon as the snow stops, we get up and start shoveling," he said.

The storm also was affecting businesses. Khalil Ghanayem, whose family owns a restaurant that doubles as a Subway restaurant and coffee shop, says about 15 customers had come in by 9:30 — a fraction of their normal rush hour business. Still, those who came were glad they were open.

"They are just sitting at home, but they really want coffee and donuts," he said.

Central North Carolina expected about a quarter inch of snow and ice. Up to 3 inches of snow and sleet was forecast for the northeastern part of the state.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said at a morning news conference that 56,000 utility customers were without power as of 7 a.m., with most of the outages occurring in south-central North Carolina. And McCrory said a 19-year-old woman had died when she lost control of her vehicle in Hertford County. He did not provide further details.

McCrory and emergency officials warned of treacherous conditions further into the work week, with low temperatures likely to freeze or refreeze what fell.

"I cannot stress this enough — please stay off the roads until conditions improve," McCrory said. "This is not your typical North Carolina winter storm. The extended low temperatures ... will make this a very dangerous event for several days. ... We're going to have major black ice issues."

In Greenville, S.C., a place unaccustomed to nasty winter weather, the roads were coated with a half inch of ice. Despite warnings not to drive, deliveryman Vincent Nash was out trying to work.

"You have to be careful. People don't know how to drive in this weather," he said. His advice: "Go slow. Don't be in a hurry."

James and Mary Campbell also were among the few out driving, searching for an open spot for breakfast. They weren't too worried, saying it would warm up soon, but Mary had one concern: that the flowers that were starting to come up in her yard would die. "I can't wait until spring," she said.

In Washington, some areas saw 2 to 6 inches of snow, and the storm was the worst of the season, said Andy Woodcock, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

"It certainly pales in comparison to anything happening in Boston, but it's the most snow that we've seen here in one shot," he said.

The federal government closed its Washington-area offices for nonemergency personnel. The closure — the first of the winter — was expected to keep tens of thousands of commuters off the roads and rails Tuesday morning and afternoon.

Brenda Lane, 55, used a broom to brush off her car. She expected it would take about an hour to free it — she planned to take her time before heading to work at a grocery store in suburban Maryland.

"There's no sense getting mad at it," she said. "I deal with what the Lord sends my way."

The storm had initially moved across Arkansas and Kentucky, dispersing snow, sleet and freezing rain that prompted power outages, fender benders and other woes.

Freezing rain fell as far south as Mississippi. In Virginia, more than 500 wrecks were reported, and Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency. More than 125 Virginia National Guardsmen were poised to help stranded motorists and clean up storm debris.

In Arlington, just across the Potomac River from Washington, streets were clear but fairly quiet Tuesday morning. A man who hands out a free newspaper at the Metro gave copies to the few riders.

In Richmond, Scott Birch, 62, he told his crew of 35 at his roofing company to take the day off. He expects that on Wednesday, they'll be out shoveling snow off roofs.

"Once this stuff starts melting there is a lot of weight," Birch said.

Outside the South, other states also dealt with recent snowfall. More than 8 inches fell in parts of Indiana. Southern New Jersey and suburban Philadelphia residents also coped with several inches of accumulation.

And from north to south, bitterly cold temperatures piled on as people shoveled snow or dealt with ice. In New Orleans, Mardi Gras revelers on "Fat Tuesday" were forced to button up, with unseasonably low temperatures in the 30s and 40s.
'Siberian Express' in eastern US continues into next week

The deep freeze that broke records in hundreds of cities across the eastern half of the United States on Friday will last most of next week.

Another widespread round of ice, snow or freezing rain is set to start falling Saturday from Missouri to the mid-Atlantic and as far south as Alabama and Georgia.

"Higher amounts over the next two days will probably be across southern Indiana and Illinois and eastward through Ohio into western Pennsylvania," said Bruce Sullivan, a senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service. "That's where it looks like the jackpot will be."

But even before the latest snowstorm, residents had to deal with school cancellations, power outages, road hazards and water main breaks from the punishing cold.

Here's a look at the latest weather and the effect it is having around the country:


"Polar vortex" is so last year. Forecasters are calling the record-setting bout of icy air the "Siberian Express" because winds coming from Russia are traveling over the Arctic Circle and pushing into Canada and the United States.

"We can almost show the trajectory from Siberia all the way to the U.S.," Sullivan said, noting meteorologists began using the term long ago.

Despite being the buzzword of winter 2014, polar vortex also has been used for decades in meteorology. It is a pocket of very cold air that typically swirls around the North Pole.

"Sometimes little pieces break off," Sullivan said. That has also happened this week, meaning a frosty one-two punch.


Schools in Alabama sent students home early and NASA shut down its Huntsville facility Friday as a storm began unloading ice, sleet and snow.

The weather service said roads were impassable in at least seven counties.

Dozens of school systems dismissed students early or canceled classes altogether. NASA closed early at its Marshall Space Flight Center because of deteriorating road conditions.

Huntsville and the rest of the state's northeastern corner is under a winter storm warning through early Saturday, and forecasters say much of northern Alabama and Georgia could get snow and sleet, including metro Atlanta.



Bitter cold temperatures have shattered decades-old records from Cincinnati to Washington to New York.

The National Weather Service said the low Friday got down to 6 degrees at Reagan National Airport, just across the Potomac River from Washington. At Baltimore's airport, the temperature dipped to a record low 2 degrees.

In western Pennsylvania, temperatures dipped to minus 18 in New Castle, minus 15 in Butler and 6 below zero in Pittsburgh — all records.

Records also were set at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey (1 degree); Trenton, N.J. (zero degrees); New York's Central Park (2 degrees); and Cincinnati (12 degrees below zero).



A Boston-bound commuter ferry carrying more than 100 passengers had trouble steering in the ice and had to be towed to port.

The ferry Massachusetts departed Hingham at about 8:30 a.m. Friday right behind an ice breaker, said Alison Nolan, an official with Boston Harbor Cruises. After the ferry went off course, the ice breaker towed it to Boston, arriving about 45 minutes later than normal. No one was hurt and the boat was not damaged.

Ferry service was canceled elsewhere in the Northeast. The Cape May-Lewes Ferry, which connects Delaware and New Jersey, halted operations because of ice and wind. Ferries on New York's East River also were canceled.



The Virginia National Guard flew in food, medicine and mail to an ice-bound fishing and tourism outpost in the middle of Chesapeake Bay, 14 miles from the mainland.

The mayor of Tangier Island, Mayor James "Ooker" Eskridge, played down its plight but said medicines were essential for those who could not get off the island. Tangier has no drugstore.

"But you know, we're not starving out here," he said. "This happens when you live in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay."



The deep freeze transformed Niagara Falls into an icy spectacle, encasing the trees around it into crystal shells and drawing tourists who are braving below-zero temperatures.

The Niagara River is flowing below the ice cover, so the falls aren't completely frozen.

But days of subzero temperatures have created a thick coating of ice and snow on every surface near the falls, including railings, trees and boulders. The massive ice buildup has become a tourist magnet.
Storms, freezing temps cause 21 deaths in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say the storms and freezing temperatures this past week in Tennessee caused 21 deaths, including 11 attributed to hypothermia.

Gov. Bill Haslam elevated Tennessee on Saturday to a higher level state of emergency, meaning hard-hit areas may be eligible for state and federal assistance.

Forecasters say the heavy precipitation has gone, but most of the state will see low temperatures in the teens to mid-20s the rest of the week.

Parts of the state could get about a half-inch of snow Sunday night, with some freezing rain and sleet in parts of West Tennessee. According to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, there are still slightly more than 44,000 power outages in the state.
Ice storm slams U.S. Southwest, nearly 1,500 flights canceled

DALLAS (Reuters) - An ice storm that hit wide parts of Texas and neighboring states on Monday knocked out power to thousands of people, led to hundreds of traffic accidents and caused nearly 1,500 flight cancellations nationwide.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for northern Texas, including Dallas, southern Oklahoma and western Arkansas. The storm that packed high winds and dumped freezing rain has covered highways in the area with sheets of ice, and authorities advised commuters to stay off the roads.

At Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, one of the busiest in the United States and a hub for American Airlines, nearly 1,100 flights were canceled as of noon CST, according to tracking service At Love Field in Dallas, a major airport for Southwest Airlines, more than 100 flights were canceled, it said.

In Tennessee, at least 22 people have been killed in the past few days due to icy, winter conditions, the state's Emergency Management Agency said.

Eleven people have died in Kentucky due to the snow and ice that began pummeling the state on Feb. 16, officials said.

Texas schools were closed on Monday around Dallas and Fort Worth, one of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas, while traffic on highways was sparse. Iced-over trees knocked down power lines, leaving thousands without electricity, officials said.

BreeAnna Moore, 27, skipped driving to work in Fort Worth after watching live traffic camera footage.

"I really can't afford to miss a day, but then again I don't think it's worth my life or my car trying to make it in," she said.

The trial of the man accused of killing Chris Kyle, the former U.S. Navy SEAL who was the inspiration for the movie "American Sniper," was called off on Monday due to ice that coated the Texas city of Stephenville.

In Arkansas, Governor Asa Hutchinson allowed most state employees in affected areas to report to work two hours later than usual.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal issued a state of emergency late Sunday due to the storm. Schools and state offices in 23 Louisiana parishes were closed, his office said.

Salt trucks were deployed in Oklahoma, where about an inch of ice and snow coated roads.

Along the East Coast and in northern states, millions of people were also in store for another bone-chilling blast of arctic air on Monday following a weekend snow storm, the Weather Service said.
No relief: More cold, snow, ice, wintry mix for much of US

A wide swath of the country shivered in freezing, record-breaking temperatures while other areas saw more winter precipitation Tuesday.

A mix of snow, sleet, rain and freezing rain hit parts of the southern Plains and the South, where school districts in more than a half-dozen states from Texas eastward canceled or delayed classes.

Meanwhile, the East Coast endured colder-than-usual weather. Temperatures were well below average in many spots, and even far below zero.

The wintry weather showed no sign of letting up: Especially in the South, many folks braced for more storms later this week.

Here's a look at what's happening:

Blizzard conditions hit parts of Upper Midwest

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Residents across the Upper Midwest got some of the winter they had so far missed on Tuesday, as snow and high winds made travel treacherous in some areas.

A blizzard warning was out for parts of Minnesota and South Dakota, where winds gusting up to 50 mph were expected to stir up the new of 2 to 6 inches of snowfall.

Meteorologist Jim Taggart with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen, Minnesota, said the state has seen about half its usual snowfall this season. But the quick-hitting storm could be winter's last blast for the region, said Minnesota Public Radio meteorologist Paul Huttner. Forecasts call for high temperatures above freezing this weekend and into next week.



Authorities closed a slippery stretch of Interstate 94 in central Minnesota due to numerous accidents. The most serious involved a semi that hit a car whose driver had pulled over to change a tire, said State Patrol spokeswoman Lt. Tiffani Nielson. One person in the car was hurt.

Snow turned the morning commute in the Twin Cities into a slippery mess. The Patrol reported more than 100 crashes and over 20 vehicles that slid off roads or spun out. A state trooper's squad car was struck and badly damaged on I-494 near Concord in South St. Paul, Minnesota, while that trooper was investigating a crash. Nielson said the trooper had to be extricated and was taken to a hospital the injury was not life-threatening.

One person died in a crash on Highway 41 in Brown County of northeastern Wisconsin. At least four school buses got stuck in traffic behind the crash scene.

The storm forced officials to temporarily close the Apostle Islands ice caves to tourists. Around 12,000 people have visited the ice caves along the south shore of Lake Superior since they opened over the weekend. But the National Park Service said high winds and blowing snow could make the ice leading to the caves unsafe. The earliest the caves will reopen is Thursday.



Many schools from the eastern Dakotas to western Minnesota delayed classes or closed for the day. South Dakota's Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist warned it would be "a dangerous spring storm."

"I think all of the truck drivers have taken off," said Jessica Martin, who works at the Crossroads Truck Stop in the eastern South Dakota town of Colman. "Just another day in South Dakota. We're way ready for spring."

Heavy snow and gusty winds also struck much of Wyoming, causing road closures and prompting transport officials to warn against all but essential travel across much of the state.

Icy roads were making travel treacherous in Iowa and Nebraska, leading to at least one fatal traffic accident in Omaha. Rain and freezing rain remained in the forecast for both states.



Organizers of Boston's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade say the event will go on as planned March 15, despite the 8½ feet of snow that has fallen on the city this winter — but they are asking for help in clearing the route.

Brian Mahoney, commander of the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, is asking unions, businesses and residents to help shovel snow. He said it would be impossible to postpone the parade.

The city is just short of surpassing its 20-year-old snowfall record. Sunday's snowfall brought the city's total to 103.9 inches. It needs 3.7 inches more to break the 1995-1996 record of 107.6. Snow forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday could tip that total over the edge, according to Frank Nocera, a NWS meteorologist in Taunton, Massachusetts.



The mid-Atlantic region braced for another shot of snow, sleet and freezing rain in time for the evening rush hour. A winter weather advisory was effect in the Baltimore and Washington areas.

The federal government in the Washington region was open, but workers were given the option of taking unscheduled leave or teleworking. Several school systems canceled evening events and a few closed early.



Out West, a winter storm that dumped heavy snow on northern Arizona all but departed Tuesday, although weather officials warned of scattered rain. Many schools remained closed for a second day.

Further south in the state, meanwhile, the weather service said Phoenix recorded an average high of 77.5 degrees last month — it's second warmest February on record. Forum Index -> EARTH, Quakes, Weather
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