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  • Ice Chokes Connecticut River in Haddam, Causing "Emergency Condition"

    01/18/2018 12:31:17 PM PST · by sodpoodle · 10 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | 01/18/2018 | Matthew Ormseth
    Ice dams and flooding pose a danger to Haddam residents, the town’s top elected official said, prompting her to declare that an “emergency condition” exists in the riverside town. First Selectwoman Lizz Milardo made the emergency declaration Thursday. The proclamation will be forwarded to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in hopes he will proclaim that the town is in a state of emergency so the town may get state and federal assistance for any damage. “The First Selectman has declared that an emergency condition exists throughout the said Town…It has now been found that local resources are unable to cope with...
  • Darkest December: Moscow got 7 minutes of sun in final month

    01/16/2018 11:22:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    TASS ^ | January 16, 2017 | Ilya Pitalev
    Muscovites witnessed one of the darkest months in history in December 2017 when they saw sunlight for just six or seven minutes, head of Russia’s Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring Roman Vilfand said on Tuesday.
  • Oymyakon: Coldest settlement on earth hit -62C - then the thermometer broke

    01/16/2018 7:41:20 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 50 replies
    International Business Times ^ | January 15, 2018 | Claire Toureille
    This Siberian village's thermometer broke last night because of how cold it was. Oymyakon, in the Siberian region of Yakutia, is the coldest inhabited village on Earth. Each winter, it records some of the world's lowest temperatures and the town seems frozen in time. On 14 January, Oymyakon got so cold, its brand new thermometer broke after reaching a mind numbing -62C, reports the Siberian Times. In comparison, the only other places to get this cold or colder are unpopulated areas of Antarctica. But locals have reported temperatures far colder than the official -62C on their properties, thanks to their...
  • Rockets Red Glare? (Vanity)

    01/14/2018 8:21:18 PM PST · by Hatteras · 19 replies
    Me | Me
    Any Freepers on the Delmarva know about rocket launches scheduled for this evening. I’m sitting here on my porch high atop Chapel Hill, NC with a view to the north from east to west. I just saw what appeared to be a rocket ascend from the horizon up to about 20 degrees and fade out. It was followed by 3 more, each appearing shortly after the previous ones disappeared. Unlike the airliners I can see from 30 or 40 miles out, these were all glowing red and followed similar paths. Figured the closest launch facility was at Wallops (I have...
  • Keep Our Mountains Free. And Dangerous.

    01/14/2018 9:01:42 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | JAN. 13, 2018 | Francis Sanzaro
    Last August, after several accidents and deaths among climbers on Mont Blanc, Western Europe’s highest and most treacherous mountain, Jean-Marc Peillex, the mayor of the French town of St. Gervais-les-Bains, issued an order: Anyone attempting to climb the nearby Gouter route up the mountain must now have specified gear including a harness, rope and headlamp. Those who do not take these precautions are to be fined. On the face of it, the order is common sense. Mont Blanc, known among climbers as the White Killer, is 15,774 feet high, and as the recent spate of casualties make clear, its ascent...
  • 2 killed in Southern California deluge as rivers of mud wipe out homes

    01/09/2018 9:38:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | January 9 ,2018 | ason Hanna, Stella Chan and Paul P. Murphy
    Heavy rains unleashed destructive rivers of mud and debris in Southern California on Tuesday morning -- leaving at least two dead, destroying homes and spurring rescues as the flooding forced heavily traveled roads to close. At least six homes near the coastal community of Montecito were "wiped away from their foundations" by mudflow and debris, Santa Barbara County fire spokesman Mike Eliason said.
  • Southern California braces for heavy rainstorm Monday, threatening burn areas with runoff

    01/07/2018 5:54:27 PM PST · by Signalman · 25 replies
    Reading eagle ^ | 1/7/2017 | Brittany Mejia
    Southern California is bracing for the first significant rainstorm to hit the region in nearly a year, beginning Monday and with the heaviest rain expected in some burn areas, forecasters said. Almost four inches of rain is expected in eastern Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County over 12 hours from Monday evening through Tuesday morning, forecasters said. The Thomas fire, which was centered in these two counties, burned more than 281,000 acres in that area last month, making it the largest fire on record in California. “Unfortunately it’s centered almost exactly where the Thomas fire was,” said Kathy Hoxsie,...
  • Louisiana Woman Uses Bank Canister to Deliver Husband's Lunch in Cold Weather

    01/07/2018 3:50:06 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    WDSU ^ | Jan 4, 2018
    You know it's cold in Louisiana when people have to seek extreme measures to avoid the frigid temperatures. That's the case for one WDSU viewer who shared a video of her lunch delivery for her husband with WDSU anchor Scott Walker. "Viewer Colleen Loria found a unique way to deliver her husband's Popeye's lunch when it's too cold to get out of the car," Walker posted on Facebook. Colleen can be seen placing her husband's lunch in a canister of a bank's pneumatic tube system and the food shooting up into the tube. "Lunch is served," she says. Watch the...
  • Is It Safe to Skate on Icy Ponds?

    01/06/2018 6:20:14 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 64 replies
    NBC12 ^ | Friday, January 5th 2018 | Andrew Freiden
    Have you seen this video of a guy skating on Fountain Lake in Byrd Park? Megan Wise and I decided to check for ourselves if it was safe to walk on the ice in Central Virginia. I emailed Jeremy Hoffman at the Science Museum to pick his brain: This is a picture of Dr. Hoffman doing something very important. He pointed us to Minnesota - they know their ice there! While ice is never 100 percent safe, we now had a goal - to see if we could find ice 4-5 inches thick on Fountain Lake in Byrd Park. Although...
  • Planes Collide on Tarmac at JFK Amid Airport Chaos: Officials

    01/06/2018 8:22:31 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    nbc ^ | 01/06/2018
    The right wing of a China Southern plane hit the tail of a Kuwait airliner, damaging both aircrafts, the Port Authority said. No one was injured and all the passengers got off safely, according to the Port Authority, which manages all three NYC-area airports.  The China Southern flight was being towed when the planes collided shortly after midnight, the FAA said. Both planes are Boeing 777s.  Kuwait Airways said on Twitter that Flight 118 from New York to Kuwait was struck by the Chinese plane as it was parked before takeoff. The passengers were taken to hotels as they waited...
  • Seymour Police Department Issues Warrant for 'Frozen' Star

    01/05/2018 11:49:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Half Moon Bay Patch ^ | Jan 5, 2018 | Rebecca Bream
    'Frozen' star Queen Elsa is wanted on an arrest warrant by the Seymour Police Department due to the freezing temperatures.She's quite familiar thanks to the hit Disney movie "Frozen," and thanks to the bitterly cold temperatures outside, Seymour Police Department have issued an arrest "warrant" for Queen Elsa, who is wanted for "maintaining a common nuisance." The Seymour Police Department posted a call out for the public's help Thursday evening on the department's Facebook page, asking for help in "serving a warrant issued for Queen Elsa, who is described as a 21-year-old woman with blonde hair and blue eyes, weighing...
  • Michigan meteorologist separates fact from fiction

    01/05/2018 8:27:09 PM PST · by TBP · 4 replies
    The Blaze ^ | January 5, 2018 | Pat Gray Unleashed
    Meteorologist Bill Steffen sorts through the rhetoric coming from both the Right and the Left to reveal the real trajectory of our planet based on current evidence. Steffen has been a weatherman since the 1970s, so he knows a thing or two about the weather.
  • People are leaving dogs to freeze to death in the bitter cold

    01/05/2018 11:57:06 AM PST · by Morgana · 36 replies
    washington post ^ | Jan 4, 2018 | Karin Brulliard
    Police in Hartford, Conn., charged a woman Thursday with animal cruelty in connection with a grim scene reported by a neighbor on New Year’s Day: a dog chained to a small shelter outside a home — and frozen solid. The incident was one of several similar deaths reported in recent days as bitter cold grips the eastern United States, prompting animal rescue organizations and local authorities to issue warnings about giving pets shelter. Several of the deaths occurred in Ohio. In Toledo, a dog was found frozen to death on a front porch last week. Three other frozen dogs were...
  • Boston suffered historic flooding because 'bomb cyclone' hit (tr)

    01/05/2018 11:33:50 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 34 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Jan 05, 2018 | Ashley Collman
    Boston suffered its worst flooding in 40 years on Thursday when it was walloped by the 'bomb cyclone' winter storm - and there's an interesting reason why. Benjamin Sipprell, a meteorologist in Boston for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, told the Daily Beast that the flooding was a result of the blizzard hitting at high tide, and the high tide being higher than usual due to Wednesday's supermoon. A supermoon is a full moon that occurs when the moon is closest to Earth in its orbit. This happens about four to six times a year. The tides are caused by...
  • Al Gore: ‘Bitter cold’ is ‘exactly what we should expect from the climate crisis’

    01/05/2018 7:28:47 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 95 replies
    Climate Depot ^ | January 4, 2018 | Marc Morano
    Former Vice President Al Gore has weighed in on the record cold and snow in the U.S. “It’s bitter cold in parts of the US, but climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann explains that’s exactly what we should expect from the climate crisis,” Gore wrote on January 4 on Twitter. *snip* Gore’s Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth did not warn of record cold and increasing snowfalls as a consequence of man-made global warming.
  • Why Are We So Bad at Predicting How Much Snow We’ll Get?

    01/04/2018 5:38:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Slate ^ | JAN. 3 2018 | Geoff Fox
    We’ve gotten better, but there are still a lot of calculations at play.How much is it going to snow Thursday? As a meteorologist, the bane of my existence is predicting snow. It is the most difficult forecast I make with dozens of different ways it can go wrong. More troubling, it’s probably the forecast most scrutinized before and after the fact. But why? What is it about snow that makes it so tough to pin down? Though temperatures at ground level are important, the critical numbers for assessing snowfall are much higher up in the atmosphere. We’re looking for ice...
  • Boston is drowning in historic 15ft flood of icy water - trapping people in cars and homes -...

    01/04/2018 5:08:26 PM PST · by Morgana · 52 replies
    DAILY MAIL UK ^ | Jan 4, 2018 | Valerie Edwards and Ashley Collman For and Associated Press and Reuters
    FULL TITLE: Boston is drowning in historic 15ft flood of icy water - trapping people in cars and homes - as 'bomb cyclone' storm explodes over Northeast closing schools, cancelling 4,000 flights and killing six Boston experienced historic flooding on Thursday, as a 'bomb cyclone' winter storm hit the Northeast, bringing heavy snow, winds and storm surge. Meteorologists said Boston was unofficially nearing a water level record set during the Blizzard of 1978. Matt Doody, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Taunton, told the Boston Herald that the Weather Service couldn't 'officially' call it a new record, but...
  • Bombogenesis?

    01/04/2018 8:37:53 AM PST · by immadashell · 49 replies
    Me | January 4, 2018 | Me
    Is it just me or have the ratings prostitutes been charged with developing new pseudoscientific terminology to induce curious viewers to tune in to find out what the hell it means?
  • The Ocean is Way Deeper Than You Think (youtube)

    01/03/2018 1:04:07 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 27 replies
    Youtube ^ | Published on Nov 11, 2016 | RealLifeLore
    7,601,771 views The Ocean is a deep and scary world that is completely removed from most of our lives. In this video I explore just how deep the ocean actually is while discussing some of the strange life down there... and other just plain weird and odd things about the ocean. Feel free to leave any comments and share what you found interesting, or anything else you think that I should have added! Music is by Ross Bugden, seriously, his channel is great. Song used is called "Something Wicked" to Ross's channel: Please Subscribe: me on Facebook:...
  • A meteorological ‘bomb’ is set to go off along the East Coast, and dangerous cold will soon follow

    01/02/2018 8:06:12 PM PST · by metmom · 137 replies
    Mashable ^ | Jan 2, 2018 | Andrew Freedman
    An unusually powerful storm is threatening the East Coast of the U.S. this week with heavy snow, high winds, and record-shattering cold not seen in some places since the early 20th Century — if at all. The storm will be the result of a combination of three strong pieces of atmospheric energy, known to meteorologists as shortwaves. Think of these shortwaves as protein bars for storm formation. This particular storm, which is already beginning to form off the coast of Florida, will devour enough of them to allow it to become so powerful that it will contain hurricane force winds...