– Cairo snow: Egyptian capital sees snowfall for the first time in 112 YEARS (Mirror, Dec 13, 2013)
– Atmospheric Pressure Has Entered ‘Bomb’ Territory And Now It’s About To Get Insanely Cold (Business Insider, Jan 3, 2014):
Meteorologist Eric Holthaus described the ferocity of the storm system as a “weather bomb,” accompanied by a pressure drop of 26 millibars. The lower the pressure, the stronger the winds.
From the The Daily Beast:
The particularly intense nor’easter that spawned this blizzard has officially entered ‘bomb’ territory–a technical meteorological definition meaning a rapid deepening of a low pressure system by more than 24 millibars in 24 hours (also, designed to frighten little children into a lifetime of snowy terror). Our blizzard-y friend achieved this mark with room to spare, intensifying from 1012 millibars Thursday morning to 986 millibars at press time, a mere 20 hours later.
- Environment Agency has urged people to stay away from the sea and rivers because they risk being killed
- Teenager Harry Martin has gone missing after taking photographs of storm from cliffs close to Plymouth in Devon
- 21 severe flood warnings – the highest level – issued in South and West with 500 alerts in total across the UK
- Storm surge began at around 6am this morning – with risk of floods for 4 hours after high tide peaks
- Stronger winds and waves predicted for this evening’s high tide
- Streets and homes in Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire are already badly flooded after morning’s deluge
- Police forced to spend time moving on weather watchers after large crowds gathered along the British coastline
- Motorist died when his car left a Cornish road as storm hit region with torrential rain and hail
- Met Office expects 70mph-plus winds and torrential rain to batter UK into next week, peaking on Monday
- A Dorset petrol station had to be evacuated and a house in Wales caught fire after both were struck by lightning
- River Severn’s banks have broken in Minsterworth
– Killer storms lash Britain with 70mph winds and 30ft waves as more bad weather loom (Daily Express, Jan 3, 2014)
– 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’ (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.
– 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.
– 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.