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Snowstorm alert: Northeast braces for potentially life-threatening winter ‘blockbuster’

NBC News | feb 6, 2013

By Alastair Jamieson

A winter storm heading for the Northeast could bring major snowfall to upstate New York and New England on Friday and into the weekend – but forecasts are divided on its potential impact.

A clipper from the north is expected to combine with a rainy storm moving through the South to create a snowstorm for many parts of the region late Friday and Saturday, according to Weather Channel meteorologist Kevin Roth.

However, there is still some uncertainty on exactly where and when the two systems combine, he said.

For cities such as Boston, the changing forecast could mean the difference between an icy nuisance and a major winter storm that would dump up to 2 feet of snow, bringing widespread disruption.

“The European model, which is the generally the best model we have, has continued to insist there is going to be this really big storm but the other models are not bullish on it at all,” the Weather Channel’s Carl Parker said. “The difference is — will it be a blockbuster for places like Boston?”

The last time Boston had one foot of snow was in January 2011.

Most of the I-95 corridor is already set for heavy rain on Friday.

Under the European model, the whole region would see significant snow but up to 2 feet would be dumped on Massachusetts – including Boston – and southern Maine overnight Friday.

That level of snow is “potentially life-threatening,” the Weather Channel’s Chris Warren warned.

Freezing February set to be coldest on record since 1986

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The UK was blanketed by snow at the end of January (Picture: PA)

Savage winter blast to plunge Britain into sub-zero temperatures

thesun.co.uk | Feb 4, 2013

By CHRIS POLLARD

WINTER is set to make a dramatic comeback this week as temperatures plummet – making this month the coldest February since 1986.

Freezing air from Canada will slam into Britain today, plunging the country into a second round of sub-zero misery.

February 1986 saw a brain-numbing average of -1.2C, with snow cover reported on 23 days in parts of the South and all month in Scotland.

The savage winter blast follows a relatively mild but wet week across most parts of the UK, which came after the country was blanketed with snow and ice from the continent a fortnight ago.

Forecasters even warned of polar temperatures of -15C in some remote parts of Britain.

Forecaster Helen Roberts said: “We will have some really strong gale-force winds across the country next week and it will feel very cold.

Freezing February set to be coldest on record since 1986

January was among Flagstaff’s coldest months

“Air originating across the Atlantic Ocean in Canada is going to hit Britain on Monday, bringing showery and increasingly wintry conditions.

“This is quite rare as usually we get our cold weather from the east and north.

“People in every part of Britain could well see snow and ice, and will certainly have rain and freezing temperatures over the coming week.”

She added: “The next week will be colder than this week, wet and windy, and distinctly wintry. Temperatures will be below average.”

Heavy rain has already waterlogged many parts of England, Wales and Scotland, which is feared could leave roads icy as the mercury drops.

North Yorkshire had some snow on Saturday, causing 20 cars to slide off the A171 near Guisborough. And the Met Office issued a blizzard warning for parts of Scotland yesterday.

Temperatures will drop tomorrow as snow showers spread across the country.

Health officials have issued a level-2 alert warning extreme low temperatures this week could pose a risk to the elderly and vulnerable.

Jonathan Powell, of Vantage Weather Services, warned: “This is a proper Arctic blast on the way. With fierce polar winds we could see temperatures plummet to -15C.”

Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “It’s possible February will be the coldest since 1986.”

Wednesday will be the coldest day of the week with a minimum -4C predicted.

Some warmer air will then move in to arrest the freeze and Thursday will be a dry, bright day in most parts.

Britain shivered through a bitter start to December then, following festive floods, a 15-day late-January freeze cost 19 lives and £4billion damage to the economy.

Scotland braces for coldest February since the 1980s

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Scotland is set for more snow in February. Picture: TSPL

scotsman.com | Feb 3, 2013

By FIONA MACGREGOR

TRAVELLERS are being warned to brace themselves for gales and snowy weather across much of Scotland today as forecasters predicted this could be the coldest February in almost 30 years.

A Met Office 24-hour severe weather warning for widespread sleet and snow in the north and west of the country began at midnight last night with up to 20cm of snow expected to fall on the hills, along with winds of more than 80 mph in some areas, bringing 15-metre waves off the north coast.

The Central Belt and Borders are predicted to see gusts of up to 60mph this afternoon and heavy snow this evening and tonight.

“The whole of Scotland will be affected by this winter storm,” said Andrew Sibley of the Met Office.

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Coldest Chicago February start in 17 years

Huge waves, creating what forecasters term “phenomenal seas”, were disrupting ferry sailings with some services, including Oban to Lochboisdale in South Uist, cancelled yesterday and more cancellations expected today.

Mr Sibley said there is a “very wintry period ahead”, adding that after a brief rise in temperatures tomorrow, it will turn colder again in the second half of the week.

Forecasters for online site The Weather Outlook said Britain was facing its coldest February since the mid-1980s.

February temperatures usually average 3.5C across the UK, but the month has often been mild in recent years.

An average monthly UK temperature lower than February 1991’s 1.4C would make this the coldest February since 1986 when thermometers plunged to -1.2C and snow cover was reported in Scotland through the entire month.

Brian Gaze, a forecaster with the Weather Outlook, said: “It’s possible February will be the coldest since 1986.

“Arctic air will push south in the next week and the pattern looks like it will be amplified from mid-February.

“Forecast models show an increasingly cold picture, so there’s plenty of time for [more] snow this winter.”

Met Office forecasters said it was “too early” to say whether the month would beat the icy temperatures of 1986.

However, the Met Office

outlook said: “Conditions tend to remain a little colder than average for much of the 6-15 February period, with temperatures close to or a little below average in mid-month, before signs of a slightly colder spell through much of the period to 2 March.”

The wintry weather was already causing problems for travellers yesterday, particularly those crossing the sea.

A CalMac spokesman said: “A number of Monday’s sailings have been cancelled with many more facing the prospect of disruption due to high winds across our network.

“Ferry travellers are advised to check for the latest service information at http://www.calmac.co.uk or via the smartphone apps or SMS text service.

“We are grateful for their patience and understanding and apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

However, a spokesman for the AA said drivers and businesses had learned to deal with snowy conditions following several heavy snowfalls earlier this

winter.

The spokesman added: “Drivers have got into their winter groove and businesses have worked out ways of dealing with disruption caused by snow.”

In February 1986 there was plenty of snow about

THE year 1986 was designated the International Year of Peace by the United Nations. It was the year a disaster at Chernobyl in the former Soviet Union spread nuclear waste across the northern hemisphere and Argentina defeated West Germany 3-2 to win the World Cup in Mexico City.

When it came to the weather, however, it was a very average year: apart from February.

The second month of 1986 would see a continuous period of icy temperatures that has not been repeated since.

The winter of 1985-86 saw several periods of snowfall in Scotland during December and early January, which was not unusual.

But in the last week of January 1986 temperatures fell dramatically. Throughout the whole of February until the first week of March there was six weeks of continuous snow cover in Scotland.

Temperatures during the day struggled to reach above freezing throughout the month and nightfall brought bitter frosts.

The average temperature for the month was recorded at -1.2C.

Forecast

Snow showers across most of Scotland today, with daytime temperatures averaging about 3C, but feeling a lot colder because of windchill. The temperature will fall below freezing in many areas over night.

Tomorrow will be milder, but become markedly colder again on Wednesday with wintry showers persisting until Friday.

The coldest winter in 20 years for Syrian refugees

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This region has seen its coldest winter in 20 years.  Earlier this month, Lebanon and Jordan faced severe winter storms and heavy snow.

independent.co.uk | Jan 31, 2013

by Caroline Gluck

With a a massive flow of refugees, there is still a long way to go before they get the support they need

As donors met in Kuwait, to pledge millions of dollars in help to those affected by conflict in Syria, I spent the day in Jordan’s Zataari camp,  now home to more than 70,000 Syrian refugees.

Kitted out in a padded down jacket, jumper, scarf and goretex boots, I still felt the biting cold.  Around me young children, their faces red and raw from the low temperatures, played around.  Most didn’t have proper shoes but ran around barefoot wearing plastic slippers.

This region has seen its coldest winter in 20 years.  Earlier this month, Lebanon and Jordan faced severe winter storms and heavy snow.  It was an especially miserable time for the refugees, many of whom fled with just the clothes they were wearing.  Large numbers are living in tents, damp unfinished buildings, or makeshift self-built shelters without heating or electricity.  In Zataari, many tents collapsed or flooded in the heavy storms.

Oxfam and other agencies have been providing warm blankets, mattresses, heating oil and stoves to try to provide some relief during this difficult time of the year.

Parents complained their children were getting sick – coming down with colds and bronchial infections.

The children still played outdoors – seemingly resilient to the horrors many had witnessed back home. But watching some youngsters in one neighbourhood sheltering refugees in Lebanon, playing mock war-games with sticks and hiding behind building blocks to escape mock sniper fire, I realised that the scars of conflict will take a long time to heal.

Five year old Mahdi, a sweet-faced boy with twinkling eyes, has very real scars that his family showed to me. He was shot at by a sniper. Miraculously, the bullets exited his back, leaving ugly scars but no other serious physical damage.

Children like Mahdi need more support than they’re getting now – not just now but probably for a long time to come.

The UN and aid agencies have been struggling with big funding shortalls, hampering their ability to provide the scale of aid that’s needed  to respond to what’s become a massive flow of refugees – more than 700,000 at the latest count.  In the past month alone, more than 40,000 Syrians have crossed the border seeking safety in Jordan.

Today’s promises of large-scale aid are encouraging.  But promises and pledges must be quickly turned into real aid on the ground so that families quickly get the help they so desperately need.

Saskatchewan sees coldest winter in 17 years

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A participant at the Cosmo Classic Loppet near Prince Albert. Sean Leslie/paNOW.com

Environment Canada says February could be colder than average

ckom.com | Jan 25, 2013

Between wind-chills below minus 30 degrees Celsius, blowing snow warnings and snowstorms in general, if the weather is starting to get to you you’re not alone.

In fact Environment Canada Meteorologist David Phillips says in Saskatchewan we really are justified in thinking we’re having a truly terrible winter.

“I always say to Canadians, well you know there’s some other place where it’s more miserable than you are so hey suck it up,” he commented. “I’m not sure I can say that for people from Saskatchewan, I’m not sure there is any place that’s tougher than you’ve had to endure this winter.”

Minnesota sees coldest temperatures in years

Generally you can complain about the snow or the cold, Phillips says it’s rare to be able to complain about both in the same winter.

We have had almost every single winter warning you can having this season in our province. Phillips admits it’s this winter the weather has been relentlessly pounding the province with snow starting back in October and November.

“There have been a couple of days where my gosh the temperature got above freezing and there was a melting temperature but generally it’s been brutally cold and terrible wind chills and heavy snows,” he said.

While snowfall varies, Phillips says in some areas of Regina this is snowiest winter on record to date in January going back to the 1800s.

We’ve had 75 continuous days of snow in a row. Looking at temperatures from October to January it’s the coldest winter in 17 years. South Saskatchewan has experienced 34 days below minus 20 C or colder.

There is a break on the way this weekend with temperatures above normal, but Phillips says after that you can brace for another cold wave.

“We’re calling for my gosh February – our models show colder than normal with more precipitation so that’s not good,” he commented. “I guess the only strand of hope I’ve got here is we’re calling for a preliminary forecast, a warmer than normal summer. So I guess maybe hold on, be more patient – there is some light at the end of that winter tunnel.”

How do you describe minus 25 or minus 30 degrees Celsius? Tell us on Facebook.

For fun we also made a video showing some cold weather experiments.

Edited by CJME’s Adriana Christianson with files from Samantha Maciag and Lisa Schick

 

East Coast ice box: coldest weather in years freezes big cities

 

washingtonpost.com | Jan 23, 2013

By Jason Samenow


Simulation of temperatures about 1 mile up in the atmosphere. All locations north of the purple shades are sub-freezing – within the core of the arctic airmass. (WeatherBell.com)

Along the I-95 corridor from Washington, D.C. to New York City, the mercury plunged into the single digits and teens this morning – the coldest readings witnessed in years. Factoring in a stiff wind from the northwest, wind chills tanked to near or below zero.

Washington, D.C.’s low of 15 degrees was its coldest since March 3, 2009. New York City dropped to 11 degrees and both Baltimore and Philadelphia plummeted to 12 degrees, their most frigid low temperatures since January 24, 2011.

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In Boston, this morning’s low of 10 wasn’t quite as cold as the 7 degree reading January 3 (earlier this month), but highs this afternoon are only expected to reach the mid-teens, coldest since January 24, 2011. Wind chill advisories are in effect tonight west of Boston for readings as low as 17 below.

“Anyone with outside interests today is encouraged to bundle up as well limit bare skin exposure and time outside,” the National Weather Service office in Taunton, Ma. wrote in its forecast discussion.


Temperatures as of 11 a.m. ET Wednesday (Oklahoma Mesonet)

The cold arrived courtesy of an arctic front that cut across the eastern two-thirds of the country Sunday and Monday.

The brutally cold blast held high temperatures in Minneapolis below zero Monday for the first time in over four years, ending its longest streak on record without experiencing such cold.

Chicago had its chilliest weather in two years Tuesday, with a high of 11 degrees and a low of 1 below.

“By midnight Tuesday, the area moved into a 55th consecutive hour of sub-20-degree thermometer readings and 46 hours with wind chills below zero,” wrote Tom Skilling, chief meteorologist at Chicago’s WGN.

As cold as these temperatures are, very few have been record-breaking. “These temperatures have not even come close to ranking among January’s 10 coldest days or nights on record at long-term observation sites,” the Weather Channel’s Nick Wiltgen said.

In the month of January, 2746 high temperature records have been set compared to 1275 low temperature records across the U.S.

While the core of the arctic chill grips the East today, the cold is expected to ease very briefly in parts of Midwest and Ohio Valley. Chicago, for example, is expected to reach the low 20s, about 10 degrees warmer than Tuesday.

However, a reinforcing shot of cold air is diving south across the northern Plains and will reach the East Coast by Thursday. Along the Canadian border, the low in International Falls tonight is forecast to crash to at least 30 degrees below zero tonight. While that is unmistakably frigid, consider its all-time record low is 55 below, set January 6, 1909.

Colder than average weather stands to remain over much of the eastern U.S. through the weekend.

Will this be the coldest winter for 50 years?

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The snowy scene in the Mendip village of Priddy, Somerset

Harsh winter weather is prompting comparisons with the Big Freeze of 1963

independent.co.uk | Jan 23, 2013

by Michael McCarthy

Fifty years ago Britain was in the grip of the coldest winter of the 20th century, and the anniversary is prompting comparisons between the present harsh winter weather and the Big Freeze of 1963.

It is clear that 2013, although harsh, will not equal that extreme, at least in terms of duration, because during the cold of half a century ago, it began snowing on Boxing Day 1962, and it was the first week of the following March before the snow began to melt – and in that time, in most of Britain, the snow cover was continuous.

But with six weeks of winter left this year, it is still possible that 2013 may go quite a long way along the spectrum of severity towards the famous 1963 freeze, not least because we seem to be entering a period of severe winters.

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There has been a noticeable change in Britain in the last four years. Previously we had experienced a very long run of increasingly warm winters, much of which were considered by scientists to be the product of global climate change. After the last really harsh freeze, of 1978-79, which produced in political terms the famous Winter of Discontent, there was a long period in Britain with very little snow, which had notable effects, such as a near-doubling of the badger population between the mid-1980s and mid-1990s (as the ground was rarely frozen and their earthworm food was available).

But the winter of 2009-10 was quite different, being the snowiest and harshest for 30 years, and the winter of 2010-11 even harsher. The present winter is fitting this pattern, but it is far too soon to predict what the outcome of this season as a whole will be.