Nor’easter blasts millions with snow, wind and bitter cold

Nor’easter blasts millions with snow, wind and bitter cold (CNN Jan 3, 2014):

An onslaught of fast-falling snow, whipping winds and bitter cold socked parts of the Northeast on Thursday, spurring a slew of travel woes, highway closures and worries that the headaches will only get worse as temperatures fall further.

This kind of weather, this time of year, in this region is nothing new: Connecticut’s governor, for instance, noted the snow totals won’t come close to the 40 inches that buried parts of his state last February.

At the same time, by Thursday night, it was already causing a mess — whether you were waiting at an airport, had skidded off a road or were stuck at home hoping that your lights and perhaps your heat wouldn’t suddenly stop working.

UK weather: Batten down the hatches, Owen Paterson warns, as country faces ‘exceptional weather’

UK weather: Batten down the hatches, Owen Paterson warns, as country faces ‘exceptional weather’ (Independent, Jan 2, 2014):

The extreme weather is set to continue, with driving rain, gale-force winds and high tides forecast to batter the UK on Friday and into the weekend, the Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has warned.

Advising Britons to batten down the hatches, Mr Paterson said the country was facing “exceptional weather”, as the Environment Agency issued 20 severe flood warnings across the south-west coast – the highest-level warning, defined as being so severe that it puts lives at risk.

After a stormy 10-day period in which more than 130,000 homes have already been flooded across the country, the agency had 186 flood warnings in place on Thursday night – where flooding is expected and remediate action recommended immediately. These are mainly in Wales, the South-east, the Midlands and the North-west.

A further 233 “flood alerts”, indicating a possibility of flooding, were also issued.

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Thursday Snowstorm To Affect More Than 70 Million Americans

Thursday Snowstorm to Affect More Than 70 Million (The Epoch Times, Jan 1, 2014):

A pair of major snowstorms will join forces to affect about 70 million people in the Midwest and the Northeast, AccuWeather predicted.

Arctic air will push into the Midwest and the Northeast, bringing dangerously low, subzero temperatures in places, the National Weather Service (NWS) predicted.

“Bitter cold will continue over the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest with temperatures running as much as 20 to 30 degrees below normal,” according to NWS.

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US: Mighty Winter Storm ‘Hercules’ Heads To Northeast (Video)

Mighty winter storm ‘Hercules’ heads to Northeast (USA Today, Jan 2, 2014):

A major winter storm could complicate the first post-New Year’s Day back to work and school for millions in New England and beyond.

The storm, predicted to affect the USA from the upper Midwest to the East Coast, is expected to bring the heaviest snow across southern New England on Thursday and early Friday.

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CNN: Severe And Strange Weather Sweeps Nation

Severe and strange weather sweeps nation, threatens holiday travelers (CNN, Dec 22, 2013):

The weekend before Christmas, Mother Nature is gifting — or, rather, clobbering — the United States with a little bit of everything. Ice storms, snow, flooding, thunderstorms, tornadoes and record-setting warmth are all in store, and with this maddening mix comes a massive headache for more than 94 million expected holiday travelers.

Unless you’re on the West Coast, odds are the weather outside is frightful and complex. To make sense of it all, let us take you on a national tour.

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US: It’s A Wintry Mess From The Southwest To The Northeast

It’s a wintry mess from the Southwest to the Northeast (CNN, DEc 7, 2013):

From Texas to Tennessee, there’s not much relief in sight for people smacked by a frigid winter storm that killed at least four, shut down schools, backed up interstates and left hundreds of thousands without power.The National Weather Service predicted more sleet and subfreezing temperatures in Dallas and Memphis until Sunday and in Little Rock, Arkansas, until Monday.

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Fukushima Plant ‘Braces For Super-Typhoon’

Fukushima plant “braces for super-typhoon” — Officials admit “tough situation” could occur — More workers may be drafted in — Cesium levels already spiking in ocean (ENENews, Oct 22, 2013):

Asahi Shimbun, Oct. 22, 2013: FUKUSHIMA WATER CRISIS: TEPCO still looking for solutions as typhoon approaches […] Typhoon No. 27 is expected to hit the Japanese islands next weekend. […] [Noriyuki Imaizumi, acting general director of TEPCO’s Nuclear Power & Plant Siting Division] said he expected a “tough situation” if the rainfall from the typhoon is similar in scale to the Oct. 20 downpour. […]

Xinhua, Oct. 22, 2013: [Tepco]  said Tuesday it had detected radioactive cesium one kilometer off the coast of the facility, as it braces for a super-typhoon approaching having failed to take adequate measures when a typhoon struck last week. […] radioactive cesium-137 were detected at a level of 1.6 becquerels per liter [1,600 Bq/m³] in water samples taken from the adjacent Pacific Ocean, marking the second time such radioactive materials have been found in the sea since surveys began in August. […] the latest spike in radiation levels in and around the plant — including in the ocean — controvert Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s repeated statements that the situation at the Fukushima plant is “under control.” […]  the utility has been unable to confirm why cesium levels were rising at the particular spot surveyed, according to the plant’s officials Tuesday. […] More workers may be drafted in ahead of the impending typhoon that’s threatening to sideswipe Japan’s eastern seaboard […]