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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Snowstorm Clobbers Northeast And Mid-Atlantic, Dumps Snow On Philadelphia And New York City

Snowstorm Clobbers Northeast And Mid-Atlantic, Dumps Snow On Philadelphia And New York City











Snowstorm Clobbers Northeast And Mid-Atlantic, Dumps
Snow On Philadelphia And New Yor k City
By KATHY MATHESON and MICHAEL RUBINKAM 01/21/14 09:20 PM ET
EST

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/21/snowstormnortheast_n_4640989.html

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A swirling snowstorm
clobbered parts of the mid-Atlantic and the urban Northeast on Tuesday,
grounding thousands of flights, closing government offices in the nation's
capital and making a mess of the evening commute.


The storm stretched 1,000 miles between
Kentucky and Massachusetts but hit especially hard along the heavily populated
Interstate 95 corridor between Philadelphia and Boston, creating perilous rides
home for millions of motorists.


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration said 10 inches of snow had fallen just outside Philadelphia in
Drexel Hill by Tuesday evening and there was about 6 inches in Philadelphia.
The National Weather Service said parts of New York City also had about 6
inches.


The snow came down harder and faster than many
people expected. Forecasters said some places could get 1 to 2 inches an hour,
with wind gusts up to 50 mph. A blizzard warning was posted for parts of
Massachusetts, including Cape Cod.


Highways in the New York City metropolitan
area were jammed, and blowing snow tripled or even quadrupled drive times.

"I just want to get to the Bronx,"
motorist Peter Neuwens lamented. "It's a big place. Why can't I get
there?"


In Jersey City, N.J., Stanley Gaines, wearing
just a thin jacket and huddling beneath an overhang as snow stung his face,
said he had been stuck for more than an hour waiting for a ride home from his
appointment at a Veterans Affairs clinic.




"I'm waiting on anything I can get: a
taxi, a shuttle, a bus," Gaines said, squinting to read the destination on
an approaching bus in near white-out conditions. "I didn't really pay
attention to the weather this morning because there was no snow on the ground,
and now — this!"




In White Plains, N.Y., Anthony Schirrone
pulled over his car to scrape snow from the windshield.









"I just did this five minutes ago," he said. "But it's coming
down too fast."




Forecasters said the storm could bring up to
14 inches of snow to Philadelphia and southern New England and up to a foot in
New York City, to be followed by bitter cold as arctic air from Canada streams
in. Washington was expecting 4 to 8 inches.




As of Tuesday evening, there was mostly light
snow across Connecticut, Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts from the Boston
area southward. Snowfall totals in the region ranged from about 5 inches to 6.5
inches.




In Maryland, 8 inches had accumulated in
Westminster and at least 7 inches had fallen in Frederick. The storm was blamed
for at least one death in Maryland after a car fishtailed into the path of a
tractor-trailer on a snow-covered road about 50 miles northwest of Baltimore.




The storm was a conventional one that
developed off the coast and moved its way up the Eastern Seaboard, pulling in
cold air from the arctic. Unlike the epic freeze of two weeks ago, it wasn't
caused by a kink in the polar vortex, the winds that circulate around the North
Pole.




Pennsylvania's Department of Transportation
said it had already blown through more than half of its $189 million winter
weather budget.




"Lots of nuisance storms this season have
meant that PennDOT crews have been plowing and treating roads more frequently
this winter," spokeswoman Erin Waters-Trasatt said.




This second fierce blast of winter weather is
sapping fuel supplies in many regions in the U.S. and sending prices for
propane and natural gas to record highs.




Customers who heat with natural gas or
electricity probably won't see dramatically higher prices, in part because
utilities typically buy their fuel under longer-term contracts at set prices.
But propane customers who find themselves suddenly needing to fill their tanks
could be paying $100 to $200 more per fill-up than they did a month ago.




About 3,000 flights for Tuesday were canceled,
with airports from Washington to Boston affected. More than 1,000 flights for
Wednesday were called off as well. Amtrak planned to cut back train service.




The rush to get home early by many workers was
evident in Philadelphia, where many commuter trains were packed.




The storm put a damper on New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie's inauguration, forcing the cancellation of an evening party on
Ellis Island. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick postponed his annual State of
the State address, and the Philadelphia Flyers postponed their Tuesday night
game.




Schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey,
Connecticut, Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky stayed closed for an extra
day after the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday or sent students home early.
Some parents kept their kids home all day, unwilling to put them on slippery
roads for a few hours of school.




Federal workers in the Washington area also
were given the day off.




Standing in Philadelphia's LOVE Park with snow
swirling around her, visitor Jenn Byrne, of Portland, Ore., said the nasty
weather put a crimp in her plans to do a "giant walking tour" of the
city. But she vowed to soldier on, taking cabs instead of trudging. She wasn't
wearing snow boots.




"I'll keep going. Just the means of
transportation will change a bit," Byrne said.




Others shrugged off the snow as well.



In Herndon, Va., where voters were casting
ballots in a special election that was likely to determine control of the state
Senate, Earlene Coleman said she felt obligated to make her selection: "It
only made sense to come out and do my duty."




Construction worker Tony Cockrell, stopping
for coffee at a Hagerstown, Md., gas station, said he planned to continue
driving to work sites in western Maryland and northern Virginia to supervise
the installation of insulation in building projects.




"If you don't work, you don't get
paid," he said, adding that deep cold is good for business. "We're
trying to get stuff insulated so it doesn't freeze up."




___



Rubinkam reported from northeastern
Pennsylvania. Associated Press writers Jim Fitzgerald in New York's Westchester
County, Samantha Henry in Jersey City, N.J., Matt Moore in Philadelphia, David
Dishneau in Hagerstown, Md., Matthew Barakat in Herndon, Va., and Jessica
Gresko in Washington contributed to this report.








COMMENT:


What
a poor illiterate would comment on this snow storm who qualifies such snow
storms, excessive rainfall and flood due to it as due to Ecological imbalance. 



This
Eco imbalance caused due to over emitting of carbon by the countries of super
powers and some poodles countries of these super powers and some extraordinary
highly educated law makers congress those who all hold with their chest up that
carbon emitting and ecological imbalance has nothing to do with the weather
change. It is because that these highly literate people those who all thought
and think ecological balance has nothing to do with the climatic change are
nothing but ASS in real world.



World
Community of Nations is of the strong opinion that such idiots are unfit to be
law makers and speak as congressmen or intelligentsia. These people should be
ignored as worthless and should be treated as liabilities of the society
because of this rascals the entire world people are suffering because of
extreme cold for snow storms, typhoon , cyclone, storms, rain, flood etc
etc  only because of carbon emission. It time
to immediately curtail  carbon emission
by the super powers and all and affected countries should be adequately compensated.
MAKE NO MISTAKE< BECAUSE IF THEY DIE SO TOO ALL OTHERS INCLUDING THE SUPER
POWERS. .   



  





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