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USA: Giant hailstones unleash destruction in Kansas

Winter storm brought snow and ice from Texas to North Carolina

Winter storm brought snow and ice from Texas to North Carolina

ATLANTA, Feb. 12 (UPI) – A deadly winter storm brought snow and ice from Texas to North Carolina Wednesday, canceling thousands of flights and making roads dangerous for travel. The National Weather Service said ice and sleet could be “potentially crippling” in Atlanta, Athens and Augusta in Georgia and in Raleigh and other parts of central North Carolina, which could… Read more →

CANDIA, N.H. (CBS) — Janine Richardson couldn’t believe it when she and her husband went to bring in some firewood to heat their home and it was all gone.

“We don’t use oil at all,” said Richardson. “We heat by wood solely so it was cold, it was cold that night, luckily we had little scraps around so we burnt that for the night.”

Police in Candia New Hampshire says it’s happened at least twice this month. Heavy piles of firewood have been stolen from people’s property.

“I haven’t seen that in this area,” said Candia Police Chief Mike McGillen. “I can’t recall having many investigations like this.”

 

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Niagara Falls freezes over

Tourists who braved record low temperatures to visit Niagara Falls have been treated to a spectacular sight.

Water turned to ice as it plunged over the 34-metre-high American Falls – one of three waterfalls which form the popular tourist attraction on the border between the United States and Canada.

Icy chunks tumbled over the crest of the falls and long icicles were left dangling above the frozen Niagara River below.

The unusual sight came as a polar vortex that gripped the US for four days, plunging temperatures to -37C (-35F) and leaving at least 21 people dead, finally began to ease its grip.

The crippling cold, which affected more than half the US population as it spread from the Midwest to the East and South, has been pushed northwards, leaving warmer weather and calmer winds in its wake.

White House blames 'polar vortex' on global warming

White House blames ‘polar vortex’ on global warming

The Obama administration is pushing back against skeptics who claim this week’s “polar vortex” of cold weather is proof global warming is a myth, saying weather patterns such as these are actually a result of climate change. In a post on the official White House blog Wednesday, the administration starts by saying no single weather event proves or disproves climate… Read more →

Dangerously low temperatures across Midwest; Northeast next

 

Heavy snow, dangerous cold bite northeastern U.S.

Heavy snow, dangerous cold bite northeastern U.S.

(Reuters) – A heavy snowstorm and dangerously cold conditions gripped the northeastern United States on Friday, delaying flights, paralyzing road travel and closing schools and government offices across the region. Boston was hardest-hit by the first major winter storm of 2014, getting nearly 14 inches of snow, while some towns north of New England’s largest city saw close to two… Read more →

Polar sea ice increased 50% over last year, growing from 6,000 to 9,000 cubic kilometers when compared to the same period in 2012

Polar sea ice increased 50% over last year, growing from 6,000 to 9,000 cubic kilometers when compared to the same period in 2012. Moreover, this year’s multi-year ice is 30 cm thicker than last year, and scientists claim that thick, multi-year ice indicates healthy Arctic sea-ice cover. <p”>The results were revealed by the European Space Agency (ESA) CryoSat satellite mission. The CryoSat-2… Read more →

Snow closes roads in Israel, is a source of wonder in Cairo

Snow closes roads in Israel, is a source of wonder in Cairo

Snow closes roads in Israel, is a source of wonder in Cairo CAIRO — Snow coated domes and minarets Friday as a record Mideast storm compounded the suffering of Syrian refugees, sent the Israeli army scrambling to dig out stranded motorists and gave Egyptians a rare glimpse of snow in their capital. Nearly three feet of snow closed roads in… Read more →

Antarctica sets low temperature record of -135.8 degrees

Antarctica sets low temperature record of -135.8 degrees

WASHINGTON –  Feeling chilly? Here’s cold comfort: You could be in East Antarctica which new data says set a record for “soul-crushing” cold. Try 135.8 degrees Fahrenheit below zero; that’s 93.2 degrees below zero Celsius, which sounds only slightly toastier. Better yet, don’t try it. That’s so cold scientists say it hurts to breathe. A new look at NASA satellite… Read more →