Monday, February 16, 2015

More snowstorms on the way for eastern US

The winter of 2014-2015 continues to bring further bouts of extreme weather, with southern states set to experience the worst of the next storm system.

People across New England are facing extreme cold as they attempt to dig themselves out of another major snowfall, following Sunday’s storm.
More than 1,800 flights across the northeast, but mainly at Boston and New York, were cancelled as heavy snow and strong winds, gusting to 100kph, swept across the region.

A total of 116cm of snow has fallen on Boston this month, making it the snowiest month on record, beating January 1975’s 110cm. This is also the third snowiest winter on record with 227cm.

The cold is also likely to break some records. Boston’s midday temperature on Sunday was minus 8C but the wind made it feel more like minus 29C. There is unlikely to be any let-up in the cold in the next 10 days.

At 0800GMT (0300EDT) on Monday, the temperature in the city had fallen to minus 18C and similar night-time values are expected in the coming days. The all-time record low for February is -28C, and that could be at risk of being broken.

Further snow is also expected in the coming days. Next Monday and Tuesday the city is expected to be hit by another 20 to 30cm of fresh snow.

In the shorter term, it is the turn of more southern states to experience their first major snow of 2015. An area from Kansas to the mid-Atlantic states will experience a swathe of heavy snow, totaling 20 to 30cm during Sunday night and Monday.

On the southern edge of the snow there is expected to a mix of snow and rain plus the risk of highly disruptive freezing rain. The area affected will extends from Oklahoma through Arkansas, northern Mississippi, northern Missouri, Tennessee to Georgia and the Carolinas.
  Source: Al Jazeera


  1. Drivers in the Maritimes are being warned to stay off the roads, as rapidly plunging temperatures may cause roads to quickly freeze, while residents in parts of Ontario and Quebec continue to brave bitter cold temperatures...

    Environment Canada has issued a flash-freeze warning for parts of Nova Scotia, including Halifax County, where temperatures are forecast to drop rapidly, causing rain water or slush to quickly ice over on roads and sidewalks.

    "Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery," the national weather agency said in a statement Sunday afternoon. "Take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas.".............

  2. Σύμφωνα με τη βρετανική εφημερίδα Daily Mail υπάλληλοι της αμερικανικής υπηρεσίας πληροφοριών απηύθυναν ένα, «περίεργο» κατά τα φαινόμενα, ερώτημα στον Αμερικανό καθηγητή Άλαν Ρόμποκ: Δηλαδή, κατά πόσο μπορούν οι επιστήμονες να αποκαλύψουν ένα είδος «δολιοφθοράς» στα καιρικά φαινόμενα, από ξένες χώρες...

    Ο Ρόμποκ απάντησε κατ΄ αρχήν καταφατικά, προσθέτοντας όμως, ότι μέχρι στιγμής οι ΗΠΑ ήταν αυτές που προσπάθησαν να επηρεάσουν το κλίμα για στρατιωτικούς σκοπούς, όπως αναφέρει η Daily Mail.

    «Εάν φαίνεται πως η βροχή δεν τελειώνει ποτέ, τότε πρέπει να ενοχοποιούμε τους Ρώσους ή τους Βορειοκορεάτες», γράφει η βρετανική εφημερίδα, σημειώνοντας ότι η CIA προσπάθησε να ανακαλύψει, αν άλλες χώρες παρεμβαίνουν στις καιρικές συνθήκες, και αν σε μια τέτοια περίπτωση οι Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες μπορούν να παρακολουθήσουν τέτοιου είδους ενέργειες.

    Είναι γεγονός πάντως, πως το πρόβλημα της τεχνητής αλλαγής του κλίματος σε συγκεκριμένη περιοχή ή και σε παγκόσμια κλίμακα ενδιαφέρει την CIA, αφού για την εν λόγω έρευνα έχει διαθέσει 630.000 δολάρια, ενώ οι ειδικοί λένε ότι δεν είναι η πρώτη προσπάθεια των αμερικανικών μυστικών υπηρεσιών να μάθουν τα μυστικά της γεωμηχανικής.

  3. While Central Canada remains under a deep freeze, high winds and blowing snow are wreaking havoc across Atlantic Canada Monday, with both regions set for a reprieve within 24 to 36 hours...

    The nasty weather across Atlantic Canada is the result of "an intense low pressure system" over the Gulf of St. Lawrence that is moving northeast. Conditions are expected to improve in most regions by Monday afternoon.

    Environment Canada has issued a blizzard warning for all of Prince Edward Island, where snow and wind gusts of up to 130 km/h will cause "near zero visibilities" across the province................

  4. Miles de vuelos cancelados en EEUU por un temporal de nieve...

    La tormenta invernal afectó aeropuertos en los estados de Carolina del Norte, Tennessee y Nueva York, así como a los situados en torno a Washington.

    En la mayoría de estados de la región Atlántica y Medio Oeste de EEUU fueron registradas fuertes nevadas y temperaturas bajo cero.

    Se pronostica nevadas de hasta 30 centímetros de Boston a Carolina del Norte, incluida la capital estadounidense.

    Las autoridades de Virginia Occidental declararon el estado de emergencia después de que un tren que transportaba petróleo descarrilara y originara un incendio. No hay información sobre heridos.
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