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10 Jan 2012 11:22


U.S.: Small Alaskan town gets all the snow the rest of the country isn’t getting

  • 18′ amount of snow, in feet, that has fallen in the town of Cordova, Alaska this winter
  • 6′ amount of snow, in feet, that has fallen in the past few days alone; it’s reaching a crisis level source
  • » How bad is it getting? To put it simply, the remote Alaskan town needs help. According to one resident, “there is getting to be more snow in Cordova than people and shovels to deal with it.” In some cases, buildings have collapsed. The city’s mayor has already declared a state of emergency and called the National Guard. And they’re not alone: In Nome, in the same state but 700 miles away, they’re waiting on an ice tanker with necessary fuel — and it’s moving very, very slowly.

06 Nov 2011 21:00


U.S.: Some Connecticut homes still without power week after snowstorm

  • 80,000 people still can’t turn on their lights source
  • » A missed deadline: More than a week after an early-season snowstorm crippled the Northeast, some parts of Connecticut — still — don’t have power. While officials for Connecticut Light and Power planned to have 99 percent of all Connecticut residents’ power on by now, the company admitted defeat Sunday night. “We have missed our goal, and for that I apologize to everyone,” said Jeffrey Butler, the company’s president. “We have not met our expectations and those we set for all of you.” Butler blamed two strong storms in a two month period — Hurricane Irene and the snowstorm — for the trouble.

31 Oct 2011 23:11


U.S.: East Coast snowstorm bad for staying warm, good for ghost stories

  • 3 million people still without power in the northeast after snowstorms source
  • » At least five states reported major outages this morning. With record-setting snowfalls snapping tree limbs, power lines were severed cutting power off for millions. The official winter season doesn’t start for 52 more days, so start preparing now. Worst. Halloween. Ever.

30 Oct 2011 09:34


U.S.: Didya guys hear about all this snow in the friggin’ Northeast?

  • 22″ the amount of snow that fell in one Massachusetts town on Saturday — one of the highest points for the major storm
  • 2.3M the number of people that lost power during the storm, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (oh no!)
  • three the number of deaths reported from the storm, including an 84-year-old hit by a tree that fell into his home source
  • » A Halloween surprise? For many people, the dramatic change in weather was surprising, to say the least. “This is absolutely a lot more snow than I expected to see today,” said New Jersey resident and driveway-shoveler Carole Shepherd. “I can’t believe it’s not even Halloween and it’s snowing already.” (Edit: We’re idiots, we put a single prime instead of a double prime on the first number. Our bad. Fixed.)

01 Feb 2011 22:23


U.S.: Can anyone make out the United States on this map?

  • We think this is the United States. It looks like it has the outline of the U.S. But for some reason, there’s all this weird white stuff on top of it clouding out most of the details. Can anyone figure out what’s going on here? (thanks identitymisplaced) source

01 Feb 2011 10:26


U.S.: Mother Nature hates Americans: Chicago gets snowy, NYC gets icy

  • number of feet of snow expected in the Chicago area this week
  • 0.3˝number of inches of ice –  ICE! – expected in NYC this week
  • 3,897 number of flights that have been cancelled so far source

27 Jan 2011 11:04


Biz: Something else to blame on the snow: Crappy job numbers

  • 51,000 the increase in new jobless claims last week, blamed partly on snow
  • 454,000 last week’s jobless claims level – the highest it’s been since October source

27 Jan 2011 10:32


U.S.: By the way, New Yorkers, DC-area residents feel your pain, too

  • 422,000 without power (but not us) source
  • » We’re going to work today, but … many federal employees are going into work late, if at all in the wake of the wet, slushy mess which crimped our collective commutes home last night. We’d complain more, but we have power and were able to make it to Panera this morning.

27 Jan 2011 10:21


U.S.: NYC sets January snowfall record (grumble grumble)

  • 36˝ number of inches of snow that has fallen in Central Park this month – a January record, by the way
  • 27.4˝ the previous record, set all the way back in 1925 (!); good work, Mother Nature, you hag you source

26 Jan 2011 20:49


Offbeat: Broke New Jersey county: We’re using “pickle juice” to stop snow

  • We’re assuming that this girl isn’t a sanitation worker. Bergen County, New Jersey, has been using a briny mixture of salt and water that they’ve called “pickle juice.” With just a $4 million snow budget (and $3 million already spent), they’ve had to get creative, and let’s face it, you don’t get more creative than you do with pickle juice. Anyway, this is a major cost-saver for the county. A ton of salt costs $63. A gallon of this mixture costs 7 cents. Roughy 250 gallons of water equals a ton. The result? Less than a third of the cost. We bet it doesn’t work very well, no matter how much it saves. (photo by spanginator) source