Snow Hell in U.S. Northeast

It’s hell today, here in the Northeast.

Heavy snow since Sunday evening has closed schools, delayed flights, shut down roads, caused power outages and created a big mess across the Northeast.

Snow Storm
Picture taken today at 10:15 ET (20:45 IST)

Here’s an excerpt from the NYT:

Schools were closed from Virginia to Maine, and government offices in New Jersey and Washington, where the White House was now paired with a white lawn, had delayed openings of up to two hours. Philadelphia took the “extraordinary measure” of issuing a Code Blue weather emergency to protect its homeless population, allowing officers to force people off the streets and into shelters.

The storm, a late-winter nebula that formed off the coast of South Carolina over the weekend, shot up the Eastern Seaboard overnight on a track that took it along the I-95 and I-85 corridors. By Monday morning, the massive system stretched from Virginia to eastern Quebec, leaving in its wake sights not often seen in the South: snow-covered trees in Atlanta, slushy streets in Virginia and sledding in Alabama.

One Response to "Snow Hell in U.S. Northeast"

  1. SRINIVAS   March 3, 2009 at 5:29 am

    something interesting …indirectly related to the post

    Last month China needed Water and it suddenly started snowing in Beijing. The Govt Claimed credit for it .

    Chinese research into weather control dates back to 1958. Forty years later, the government-run Weather Modification Program launches thousands of specially designed rockets and artillery shells into the sky every year in an attempt to manipulate weather conditions.
    Run by the Weather Modification Department, a division of the Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, the program employs and trains 32,000 to 35,000 people across China, some of them farmers, who are paid to handle anti-aircraft guns and rocket launchers . These heavy-duty weapons launch pellets containin­g silver iodide into clouds. Silver iodide is thought to concentrate moisture and cause rain, a process known as cloud seeding. China has invested heavily in this technology, using more than 12,000 anti-aircraft guns and rocket launchers in addition to about 30 planes
    With a population of more than 1.3 billion, China requires vast amounts of water. The government practices cloud seeding to try to produce rain for farmers, stave off drought, clear away air pollution and smog, fill water basins and, of course, produce a picture-perfect opening Olympic ceremony. Responds:

    1. Interesting comment on Chinese actions to modify weather to end drought. India ought to invest more in weather manipulation…considering the looming water crisis.

    2. People in the U.S. don’t realize how lucky they are. They just take 24-hr hot/cold water & electricity for granted.

    At least 2-3 billion people in the world don’t have regular supply of water and electricity, or heat in winter and AC in summer. When there is heavy snow, the city authorities in the U.S. come and clear it.

    3. Ground water depletion in India should receive more attention.

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