NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, Jan 24 -- Washington shut down U.S. federal government offices on Monday, while New York prepared for a normal workday following the worst snowstorm in decades to ravage the U.S. East Coast, as residents of both cities frolicked in the freak snowfall. Midtown Manhattan came back to life on a bright and sunny Sunday as residents and tourists rejoiced in the warming sunlight, digging out buried cars, heading to Broadway shows and cavorting in massive drifts left by New York City's second-biggest snowstorm in history. In Washington, where a traffic ban was still in effect, the recovery got off to a slower start, with the entire transit system closed through Sunday. The Office of Personnel Management said federal government offices in the Washington area will be closed on Monday, along with local government offices and schools. Even so, many people were out in the street. Some skied and snowboarded down the steps of the Lincoln Memorial until security … [Read more...] about Washington shuts down government, New York rebounds after blizzard
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A woman cross country skis on snow covered roads during a large winter blizzard in Cambridge, Massachusetts January 27, 2015. Photo: Reuters/Brian Snyder A blizzard swept across the northeastern United States on Tuesday, dropping more than a foot (30 cm) of snow across Massachusetts and Connecticut even as its impact on New York City fell short of dire predictions. The governors of New York and New Jersey lifted travel bans they had imposed a day earlier and New York City's subway system was set to restart, though officials urged people who did not have to drive to stay off snow-covered roadways. A blizzard warning remained in effect for much of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, where snow was expected to go on falling through the day at a rate as high as 2 to 3 inches (5 to 8 centimeters) an hour, even as the National Weather Service lifted its blizzard warning for the New York City area. Some in New York criticized the aggressive warnings of officials including Mayor Bill de … [Read more...] about Snowstorm sweeps northeast U.S., New York spared its brunt
A lake-effect snow storm with freezing temperatures produces a wall of snow travelling over Lake Erie into Buffalo, New York. November 18, 2014. Photo: Reuters Temperatures in all 50 U.S. states dipped to freezing or below on Tuesday as an unseasonably cold blast of weather moved across the country while heavy snow prompted a state of emergency in western New York and contributed to the deaths of four people. Every U.S. state, including Hawaii, was bitten by temperatures at the freezing point of 32 degrees F (0 C) or below, the National Weather Service (NWS) said. It was the coldest November morning across the country since 1976, according to Weather Bell Analytics, a meteorologist consulting firm. Typically, such cold is not seen until late December through February, the NWS said. Parts of Erie County, western New York, had 60 inches (1.5 m) of snow, with more falling, said Steven Welch of the National Weather Service near Buffalo. County officials said on Tuesday there had been … [Read more...] about All 50 U.S. states feel freezing temperatures, 4 dead in New York
The dead of winter - especially this winter with its massive snow storms in the eastern United States - is not the easiest time to make the case for global warming. Short-term weather events and long-range climate change are not the same thing, of course, but it's hard to separate them in the public's mind. But it's even harder these days to convincingly argue that climate change is a reality. "Gloomy unemployment numbers, public frustration with Washington, attacks on climate science, and mobilized opposition to national climate legislation represent a 'perfect storm' of events that have lowered public concerns about global warming even among the alarmed," says Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change. Yale and George Mason University recently polled on the question. Since 2008, the number of people who don't believe global warming is happening has more than doubled to 16 percent. At the same time, those "alarmed" at the prospect of climate change has … [Read more...] about How do you convince people of global warming in a snowstorm?
Countries around the world have been holding events to welcome in 2010. New Year arrived first in the South Pacific. At midnight local time (1100 GMT) fireworks were set off over Auckland's Sky Tower in New Zealand. Spectacular displays were also enjoyed in London and Paris and other capital cities across Europe. Further west, Brazil has marked the New Year, and hundreds of thousands who packed New York's Times Square were showered with confetti at midnight. Las Vegas welcomed 2010 with an estimated 315,000 revellers and fireworks from casino rooftops. World leaders have spoken of their hope for 2010 compared with the difficulties many countries faced in 2009. The Japanese capital, Tokyo, greeted the new year in traditional style, with bells rung in temples at midnight. Thousands of people in Beijing gathered in a shopping centre to mark the change of the Lunar New Year. Despite heavy snowfall and temperatures down to -10C (14F), more than 120,000 Russians were on … [Read more...] about New Year 2010 celebrations take place around the world