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More snow is ahead for residents of northern New England a day after a fast-moving storm dumped about a foot on many communities, but rain and warmer temperatures could present problems in other states.

A worker is reflected in a building facade as he clears snow from the sidewalk in Boston, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. It was expected to drop 3 to 5 inches of snow on Boston, with 6 to 10 inches forecast for parts of Northern New England, before moving out late Tuesday and early Wednesday. (AP Photo | Michael Dwyer)

A worker is reflected in a building facade as he clears snow from the sidewalk in Boston, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. It was expected to drop 3 to 5 inches of snow on Boston, with 6 to 10 inches forecast for parts of Northern New England, before moving out late Tuesday and early Wednesday. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — More snow is ahead for residents of northern New England a day after a fast-moving storm brought about a foot to many communities, but rain and warmer temperatures could present new problems for other states.

A rain and snow mixture is possible Wednesday along the northern New England coast, but inland communities could see between 1 and 4 inches of snow, said Eric Schwibs, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.

That’s far less than the 12 inches of snow reported Tuesday night in New Boston, N.H., or the nearly 10 inches that fell in Kennebunk, Maine. There were no immediate reports of any major traffic messes caused by the weather.

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Elsewhere in the country, as warmer temperatures bring rain and melt snow, concerns are being raised about the potential for flooding and collapsing roofs.

In Chicago, the weather service says people who live along rivers and in flood prone areas should prepare for possible flooding as the mounds of snow in yards and along streets melt.

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Flooding Woes are on Tap for Snow-Buried Midwest

Winter’s woes aren’t just about severe storms and bitter cold — there’s still freezing rain and melting snow to grapple with.

Nasty thunderstorms will target the Ohio Valley on Thursday and could bring an inch-and-a-half of rain and create extreme flooding conditions in parts of Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio, according to forecasts. A flood watch has been issued across Illinois.

“The great melt has started,” National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Hirsch told NBC News.

Aside from the rain, warmer temperatures are moving in, which will speed the melt. Chicago, for instance, could hit a high of 50 degrees Thursday, forecasts say. The Windy City endured a 52-day stretch of below-freezing temperatures this winter, keeping the the accumulated snow firmly in place.

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Up to a foot of snow is expected in New York City. Long Island Railroad is adding additional trains as needed, and says services may be canceled if the weather gets bad enough.

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The National Weather Service forecasts wind chill as low as 10 degrees below zero. Photo: Associated Press

Updated: January 21, 2014 2:23 p.m.

(AP) — Thousands of flights were canceled, students got an extra day off from school or were being sent home early, and the federal government closed its offices in the Washington area Tuesday as another winter storm bore down on the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

The National Weather Service said the storm could bring 10 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. An arctic air mass will plunge the eastern half of the United States into a deep freeze, with wind chills as low as 40 degrees below zero, the weather service said.

It warned of heavy winds and hazardous driving conditions as the storm moved up the East Coast.

Nearly 2,200 flights were canceled and thousands more delayed Tuesday, with airports from Washington to Boston affected, according to flight-tracking site Flightaware.com. An additional 450 flights for Wednesday were already canceled.

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 planned to send students home early. Some parents kept their kids home even if their schools were open, unwilling to put them on slippery roads.

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Meteor Seen For Miles Across Maryland

Posted: 8:55 PM
Last Updated: 3 hours and 9 minutes ago

Baltimore, MD – A brilliant meteor moved across the Maryland sky Friday evening. Reports across the state confirmed a small meteor burning up as it entered our atmosphere. People from Virginia to New England saw this ball of light.

Kim Fox shot this video from a surveillance camera in Thurmont, MD earlier this evening.

What is a meteor?

Meteors are most often seen as a very brief streak of light in the night sky. They typically occur and disappear so quickly that you wonder if you actually saw them. These streaks of light are commonly called “shooting stars” or “falling stars”. Although they are most often seen at night, especially bright meteors can be seen during daylight. The photo at right shows a meteor in the sky over Quebec, Canada on an early November morning.

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Meteor Spotted Streaking Through Sky Over Region

Breaking: Multiple reports of blue or green light streaking through sky

By Carissa DiMargo
|  Friday, Mar 22, 2013  |  Updated 10:24 PM EDT

The bright streak of light spotted over the region Friday evening was in fact a meteor, StormTeam 4 Meteorologist Doug Kammerer has confirmed.

Multiple reports began coming in around 8 p.m. People spotted the streak of light in both Maryland and Virginia — and as far north as New York and Maine. Many said it appeared to be blue or green.

The meteor was traveling about 10 miles per second, much faster than even a speeding bullet, Kammerer said.

While meteors are not rare and come through the Earth’s atmosphere every day, this meteor was larger than usual, which is what made it much easier to see, Kammerer said. That’s why it had such a dramatic light.

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Green Fireball Burns Across California Sky 2013 HQ


Published on Feb 24, 2013

About 50 people contacted the American Meteor Society on Thursday with reports of a “green fireball” lighting up the sky. Sightings were reported in Ventura, Anaheim, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, Paso Robles, San Francisco and Santa Barbara, according to the group’s website.

Photographer Susan Lary of the Southern California Weather Authority captured the so-called fireball and provided the image to NBC News.

“I saw a light and looked directly at the meteor as it came down in the ocean off Corona Del Mar. Bits came off, and it was bright white,” Laguna Hills resident Patric Barry wrote in an email to NBC4.

Barry spotted the object out of his living room window about 10:35 p.m.

The sightings come days after Bay Area residents were treated to a light show of their own when a fireball was seen streaking across the sky.

Another fireball sighting was reported this month in Florida, but the most spectacular celestial event occurred when a meteor soared over Russia before the rock slammed into Earth’s surface, sending shockwaves across a widespread area.


Meteor spotted near Md.-Del border

  • CAUGHT ON TAPE: Meteor in the Maryland Night Sky
    CAUGHT ON TAPE: Meteor in the Maryland Night Sky
  • Caught on Camera: East Coast Meteor

East Coast residents were buzzing on social media sites and elsewhere Friday night after a brief but bright flash of light streaked across the sky in what experts say was almost certainly a meteor coming down.

Some Twitter users reported that the meteor crashed somewhere near the Delaware-Maryland border.

And a car dealer north of Seaford released a video image said to show the bright object in the sky.

Terry Lake of Rehoboth Beach reported on Facebook, “We saw it as we were heading east on Rt 9 toward Lewes. It was traveling north of us and appeared to burn out right before we reached the light at Dairy Farm Rd. Wow.”

The Delmar Weather page on Facebook had numerous other reports of sightings.

Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environmental Office said the flash appears to be “a single meteor event.” He said it “looks to be a fireball that moved roughly toward the southeast, going on visual reports.”

“Judging from the brightness, we’re dealing with something as bright as the full moon,” Cooke said. “The thing is probably a yard across. We basically have (had) a boulder enter the atmosphere over the northeast.”

He noted that the meteor was widely seen, about 400 reports on the website of the American Meteor Society alone.

“If you have something this bright carry over that heavily populated area, a lot of people are going to see it,” he said. “It occurred around 8 tonight, there were a lot of people out, and you’ve got all those big cities out there.”

Matt Moore, a news editor with The Associated Press, said he was standing in line for a concert in downtown Philadelphia around dusk when he saw “a brilliant flash moving across the sky at a very brisk pace… and utterly silent.”

“It was clearly high up in the atmosphere,” he said. “But from the way it appeared, it looked like a plane preparing to land at the airport.”

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Earth Watch Report  –  Winter  Storms



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Late Winter Storm Sends Snow, Sleet to New England

By JAY LINDSAY Associated Press
BOSTON March 18, 2013 (AP)


Storm-weary commuters were hoping this would be the last snowstorm until next winter.

“I’m ready for spring,” said Claudia Staten, of Kingston, who called the four inches on the ground in her hometown “nuisance snow.”

“November, December and January were fine. It was a tease because winter has been here for the last six weeks,” said Staten, who took a train to work Tuesday to her job as a public service manager for the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Schools in upstate New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut were closed, adding a few more snow days to school calendars.

The treacherous roads led to accidents around the region. In Massachusetts, a bus carrying the Harlem Globetrotters was involved in what appears to be a weather-related crash, but no one was hurt and the bus was able to drive away, the Massachusetts State Police said.

The winter storm that started overnight Monday and early Tuesday might even continue into Tuesday night for northern areas. Snow covered newly bare patches of ground and forced people to gas up their snow blowers again on the last day of winter.

Nina Walker, of Woburn, said she had to shovel about eight inches of snow in her driveway before driving to Boston’s South Station so she can take a train to New York. She said as a lifelong New Englander, she takes the snow in stride, but draws the line at storms after March 31.

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“Once I hear the word April, I am really offended when I hear the word snow,” she said. “So this is OK today, but a couple of weeks from now, it had better not happen.”

Some were welcoming the forecast, as the coming storm looked to extend the ski season. Just a year ago this week, local temperatures hit the 80s, prompting skiers in Maine to strip down to shorts and bikini tops and forcing an end to the season at many mountains.


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Earth Watch Report –  Storms


Published on Mar 7, 2013

ABC News’ Ron Claiborne was there when the wind and the rain moved in.

NY gov declares state of emergency as storm hits

Associated Press

NEW YORK — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is declaring a state of emergency as a big winter storm hits the region.

Cuomo said Friday afternoon that the storm won’t be nearly as bad as Sandy. The declaration will be made to give the government more flexibility in dealing with the snow and ice expected in the area. Cuomo says the weather will be bad, but the state has been through much worse.

He says so far, 2,300 flights have been canceled and the state’s airports will stop flights after 6:30 p.m. Regional transportation is still running and is expected to continue throughout the night.

The worst of the storm will hit overnight. New York City could see a foot of snow, and up to 2 feet in other parts of the state.


Governor declares state of emergency, deploys National Guard

Posted: Friday, February 8, 2013 10:57 am | Updated: 1:35 pm, Fri Feb 8, 2013.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy declared a state of emergency and deployed National Guard troops around the state Friday in case they’re needed for rescues or other emergencies during a huge winter storm expected to dump up to 2 feet of snow across the region.

Malloy also warned motorists early Friday afternoon that state highways could be subject to closure at any time and urged residents to stay home and off state and local roads. Several accidents were reported across the state.

“If you don’t currently have a reason to be on the road, if you’re not an emergency personnel that’s required to report to work somewhere, stay home,” Malloy said at a state armory news conference. “This is it. Things are starting to accumulate.”

Malloy said there is no reason for others to be on the roads, given how much notice people had.

“The worst thing that could happen in a storm with the potential like this one is that cars get backed up on the highways and then take us hours if not days to pull them out,” the governor said.

Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating, the state’s largest electricity suppliers, increased their outage projections Friday morning to 30 percent of customers, Malloy said, and were calling in line crews from out of state. Thirty percent of the two utilities’ customers would be more than 400,000 homes and businesses. The companies reported only a few scattered outages early Friday afternoon.

Snow began to fall in the state Friday morning amid a blizzard warning issued by the National Weather Service for the entire state, all of Rhode Island and eastern parts of the rest of New England. Forecasters expected the worst of the storm to hit Friday evening into Saturday morning, with heavy snow and wind gusts of up to 60 mph making driving extremely difficult.

More than 800 state and private plow crews were ready to hit the roads. Transportation Department workers began pretreating highways with de-icing chemicals on Thursday.

Schools and colleges were closed. Airports and train and bus services were set to shut down later Friday.

Some gas stations ran out of fuel Thursday night during the rush to prepare for the storm. Motorists said stations in Torrington, West Hartford, Vernon, East Lyme and other towns ran out as people filled their cars and trucks as well as containers for generators and snow blowers. Long lines were reported at many stations.

Many people were making last-minute preparations Friday.

As the Northeast prepares for blizzards and a massive snowfall, the state of Massachusetts is banning all vehicles from its roads. NBC’s Brian Williams and The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore report.

By Erin McClam, Staff Writer, NBC News

Updated at 4:10 p.m. ET: With the worst still to come, wind-whipped snow coated much of New England and dusted New York on Friday — the beginning of what forecasters said would become a dazzling, dangerous and perhaps even record-shattering winter storm.

Airlines canceled more than 3,000 flights on Friday, Boston closed its subway, Amtrak suspended some service, and cities across the Northeast made plans to deploy an armada of snowplows and salt-spreading trucks.

Forecasters said they expected Massachusetts to get the worst, including accumulation of 3 feet in some spots. The worst snowfall on record in Boston was a 27.5-inch blast a decade ago, a record forecasters said was in danger.

In Connecticut, Gov. Dannel Malloy announced a car ban for limited-access highways in the state starting at 4 p.m.

And in neighboring Massachusetts, Gov. Deval Patrick ordered all except essential vehicles off the roads by 4 p.m. and said people should brace to be snowed in for two days. He said the storm was “profoundly different” from others the state has endured in recent years.

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A pedestrian walks into wind-driven snow in Boston on Friday.

“This is going to be a very serious weather event,” he said.

The Weather Channel called for as much as 2 feet of snow in Hartford, Conn., and as much as 15 inches in New York.

The storm was already being blamed for a 19-car pileup on Interstate 295 in Falmouth, Maine. Police said there were minor injuries.

Elsewhere, Rhode Island police asked people for loaner snowmobiles, and out-of-state utility crews headed for Connecticut to help. The governors of both states declared states of emergency.

“It’s going to be crippling,” said Jim Cantore, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel.

Airline cancellations piled up all morning. Almost 3,000 flights were scrapped for Friday and more than 1,000 more for Saturday, according to FlightAware.com. At the major airports in New York and New England, most major airlines said they would shut down completely Friday afternoon.

For people in the blizzard’s path, forecasters and authorities had a clear message: Stay home.

Schools were closed in Boston and for most of New England. Patrick ordered non-essential state workers to stay home Friday and encouraged private employers to do the same. He said the snow would be “swift, heavy and dangerous.” Boston planned to shut its subway system at 3:30 p.m.

Snowplows sit parked at a New York Department of Sanitation depot as snow begins to swirl in Brooklyn, N.Y.

In New York, where snow was falling by 7 a.m., the transit agency added more than 20 afternoon trains on its Metro-North commuter line from Grand Central Terminal to get people out of the city before the worst hit.


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Snow and hurricane-force winds are slated to hit the Northeast this weekend. Residents in the tri-state area are scrambling to get ready after last year’s unusually dry and mild winter. NBC’s Ron Mott reports.

By Erin McClam, Staff Writer, NBC News

Updated at 3:07 a.m. ET: A crippling and potentially historic winter storm barreled toward the Northeast on Thursday, threatening tens of millions of people with 2 feet of snow. Boston canceled school and braced for one of its worst blizzards of all time.

Airlines encouraged fliers to change their plans and get out of the way. There were already delays of more than two hours at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, where tangles can snarl air traffic across the country. More than 2500 flights had been cancelled by early Friday, according to flightstats.com.

The culprits were a so-called clipper system moving through the Upper Midwest and a low-pressure system headed for the waters off New England. When they converge, probably late Friday, they are expected to sock the region with its heaviest snow in at least two years, and perhaps much longer.

“When this hits, it’s going to come down very hard,” said Tom Niziol, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel. “This is something we haven’t seen in a while, particularly in New England.”

The National Weather Service put the New York City area and Long Island under a blizzard warning and said those areas could get more than a foot of snow. Earlier in the day, the weather service warned that travel in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island could become nearly impossible.


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Cold sea turtles flown from New England to Florida



More than two dozen cold-stressed sea turtles have been airlifted from New England to recover in balmy Florida.
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The Coast Guard flew the turtles to Orlando on Friday. The Daytona Beach News Journal reports ( http://bit.ly/VEEqBm ) that 20 turtles were taken to SeaWorld Orlando. Five loggerhead turtles were taken to the Volusia County Marine Science Center. Three other facilities in Florida also took in turtles.

A New England Aquarium spokesman says a record number of endangered and federally protected sea turtles have been treated this year for cold stress.

SeaWorld officials say an unseasonably warm November delayed the turtles’ exit from Cape Cod Bay. When water temperatures suddenly dropped, the turtles developed hypothermia and washed ashore.

The turtles will be returned to their natural habitat when water temperatures are warmer.

Information from: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal, http://www.news-journalonline.com



Earth Watch Report

NEW: Ghiorse – Son of Sandy on the Way to New England


John Ghiorse, GoLocalProv Meterologist


Don’t Look Now But …

This is just what storm-ravaged areas of the northeast don’t need … another large and potentially destructive storm. This one, perhaps some will dub the Son of Sandy, will not be quite so intense or devastating but nonetheless will cause significant coastal problems and perhaps a small preview of winter at some inland locations.

This storm will not have the tropical connection that boosted Sandy to super-storm status but instead will be a powerful garden-variety northeaster not unusual from this time of year through the winter months. The storm will begin to develop tonight off the coast of the Carolinas, move toward New England tomorrow and slowly pass the region by Thursday later afternoon.

The air around at the outset tomorrow is cold enough to produce some wet snow mixed with rain for many of us and perhaps even a couple of slushy inches over higher terrain of northwest Rhode Island and central Massachusetts. Sheets of rain and northeast winds will pick up later tomorrow and tomorrow night into Thursday morning, gusting over 50 mph inland a perhaps to 60mph in a few gusts along the coast. Scattered power outages are not out of the realm of possibility. Tides may run 2-4 feet above normal especially early Thursday morning around the 2 am high tide. Once again significant beach erosion could occur leading to coastal flooding much less significant than occurred during Sandy.

As more data comes in the track of the storm center may adjust some so I will keep you posted on any updates.



Nor’easter ‘Athena’ Bombards Areas Hardest Hit by Sandy


| Wed Nov. 7, 2012 2:39 PM PST
Satellite photo from NASA’s GOES-E of the Nor’easter hitting the Northeast. NOAA

Parts of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic battered by Hurricane Sandy last week are now getting clobbered by a Nor’easter, unofficially dubbed Athena. The National Weather Service predicts that the storm will last until Thursday and could bring 6-12 inches of snow to southeastern New York and New England, as well as 3 inches to Philadelphia. The storm has reportedly already caused 22,000 new power outages in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, and in western Connecticut the Capital Weather Gang is reporting that as much as 4.5 inches of snow has already fallen.

Wind gusts up to 60 mph are expected, and coastal flood warnings are in effect for the tri-state area. Airlines have cancelled more than 1,500 flights, mostly around NYC, and Bloomberg encouraged residents in low-lying areas to evacuate. New Jersey has ordered mandatory evacuations of some communities on the shore. Meanwhile, the impact of last week’s hurricane still remains—approximately 270,000 homes and businesses in New York remain without power, as well as about 370,000 in New Jersey.

Folks are once again taking to Twitter to document the storm, as the snow begins to fall:

Thanks for sharing this.Conditions are no doubt getting worse @JoeyBoots: “Wet freezing sleet falling NYC.” pic.twitter.com/gAhi71CP


Definitely an inch or two of snow in Lower Manhattan. Flakes are huge. yfrog.com/odt4tjuj

Some of the areas hit the hardest by Sandy, are feeling the brunt of this storm as well:


starting to stick on victims stuck without power and h @ Lake Riviera instagr.am/p/RvhEGQQLaW/

is pissed the Northeast voted for Obama




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