The title of a recently released Reuters article is “Winter storm SLAMS northeastern U.S. with Arctic PUNCH” (Web-site/URL: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/21/us-usa-weather-idUSBREA0K0IW20140121).
“A winter storm packing snow and Arctic cold slammed the NORTHEASTERN United States on Tuesday, grounding 3,000 flights, SHUTTING DOWN GOVERNMENTS and SCHOOLS and making travel A POTENTIAL NIGHTMARE for millions”. We certainly DON’T need any more “nightmares”.
“States across the Northeast declared emergencies and warned residents not to travel during the fast-moving storm, which packed a POTENTIALLY LETHAL combination of SNOW and WIND, backed by temperatures up to 30 degrees Fahrenheit (17 degrees Celsius) below normal”. It’s THE COMBINATION “of snow (and) wind” and FRIGID temperatures that’s problematic NOT the snow by itself.
“The system could dump as much as A FOOT of snow on southern New England and to SNARL THE EVENING COMMUTES of millions along the I-95 highway corridor from Boston to Washington, said Bruce Sullivan, a senior meteorologist at the National Weather Service”. “traffic” in big cities is “snarled” enough already. We DON’T need more “snarling”. “Behind this system is a lot of STRONG WINDS (with) VERY COLD, bitter temperatures, so this snow IS GOING TO BE AROUND FOR A WHILE“, which, again, is NOT good. “He warned that stranded travelers faced potential FROSTBITE or worse“. “That’s the risk you take if you travel in THIS kind of weather“.
Hundreds of thousands of federal workers in Washington were ordered to stay home. City schools and offices also shut down, and the White House CALLED OFF its Tuesday (January 21, 2014) press briefing” AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI), because unless people live in the White House they are bound to HAVE TROUBLE getting to the White House. .
“But the Supreme Court remained open to hear cases and organizers of the annual anti-abortion March for Life said Wednesday’s (January 22, 2014) rally would go on regardless of weather”. THIS IS INTERESTING. We have to wonder HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN GET TO the Supreme Court and the March for Life to conduct normal business.
“About 3,000 airline flights in the United States were canceled, according to FlightAware.com, a tracking service. The bad weather left thousands of air travelers wondering when they were going to get home” or BACK TO WORK.
According to Sumeet Kapoor, 24, “a North Carolina State University (NCSU) graduate student who was on his way from Washington’s Reagan National Airport (DCA) to Raleigh, North Carolina, “I RUSHED to the airport, but (my flight) just got CANCELED” AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). “I actually had a class at 6 (?), but I’m going to be late, I GUESS (?) “. HOPEFULLY Kapoor has a class at 1800 and NOT 600 because at the latter time people would be late even under NORMAL circumstances.
Finally, according to Jim Mullins, “who spent the day buying supplies”, “The snow by itself ISN’T a threat. It’s when it FREEZES AFTER and WEIGHS DOWN THE POWER LINES that I get WORRIED“, as if we need anything else to be “worried” about. .
MOTHER NATURE IS WREAKING HAVOC ONCE AGAIN. The heavens have opened up on people who DON’T need any more precipitation and it’s BONE DRY in areas of the United States that are DESPERATE FOR precipitation.