BEIJING (AP) — The smog is so bad even the statues wear masks. Or at least they do in pictures of a campus stunt that circulated online Tuesday as parts of northern China suffered a sixth straight day of severe pollution.After being cooped inside because of the bad air, a psychology student at Peking University ventured out to place the masks on campus statues of Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes, Communist Party co-founder Li Dazhao and a sage practicing tai chi.”I was feeling really low, so I came up with this idea,” Jiang Chao said in a telephone interview.Beijing remained cloaked in hazardous white pollution hiding much of its skyline Tuesday, despite the announced closures or production cuts at 147 of the city’s industrial plants.On Tuesday morning, readings of particulate matter known as PM2.5, a key measure of pollution, reached 444 micrograms per cubic meter in central Beijing, according to the National Meteorological Center. The World Health Organization considers 25 micrograms a safe level.The meteorological center said moderate or severe pollution had persisted in northern China since Thursday, and that it was particularly serious in Beijing and its surrounding area. It forecast that the pollution would continue in parts of eastern, northern and central China until Wednesday evening, when precipitation and wind should help to disperse it.
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By Sean Breslin Published: Feb 24, 2014, 3:01 PM EST weather.com
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As the threat moved closer to Daytona International Speedway, the NWS-Melbourne issued a severe thunderstorm warning for northern Volusia County at 2:45 p.m., including the speedway. It was at that point, according to Cristaldi, that track officials had an „in-depth conversation” with NWS-Melbourne about the now very immediate risk of severe weather for the track. Track officials then began implementing their severe weather safety protocol at 2:50 p.m., initiating the warning through the PA system, according to Booth, but the first public warning from the track via social media didn’t come until 2:56, just a minute before the NWS-Melbourne issued a tornado warning for north central and northeast Volusia County, including the track.
By then fans began clearing the stands — though some still lingered in their seats — to seek shelter from the storm. „What we do with the race fans is we make them aware there’s a potential threat of severe weather in the area and we remind them that their safety is their personal responsibility and we strongly recommend them to clear the grandstands and find an appropriate cover,” said track spokesperson Andrew Booth. But Booth said Daytona International Speedway does not have a designated area for fans to seek shelter in the event of severe weather. So, for fans hoping to hang around for a race restart, the space under the stands provided the only refuge.
Jon Erdman and Nick Wiltgen Published: Feb 25, 2014, 6:10 AM EST weather.com
- Threat: Light sleet, freezing rain, or snow (in some cases mixed with light rain) on the northern fringe of the precipitation shield from parts of southern Arkansas into the Mid-South, Tennessee Valley, southern Appalachians and northern North Carolina.
- Timing: Tuesday night and early Wednesday
- Impact: Low. Most of these areas will see too little snow or sleet to accumulate. Even minor amounts of freezing rain can cause slick spots, but we don’t expect widespread areas of freezing rain or drizzle to develop.
East Coast Snow
- Threat: An initial disturbance may bring some light snow or flurries from parts of New York into the Middle Atlantic on Tuesday. Tuesday night into Wednesday, light snow is possible from the central Appalachians and Virginia northeastward along the I-95 corridor to southern New England; also some very light snow in the interior Northeast Wednesday from a separate low-pressure center.
- Timing: Tuesday into Wednesday morning from New York City southward; mainly Wednesday into Wednesday evening for southern New England.
- How Much Snow? Amounts of around 1 inch possible around Chesapeake Bay and the Delmarva Peninsula, as well as southeastern Massachusetts. Also 1 to perhaps 2 inches in the mountains of eastern West Virginia. The major cities of the I-95 corridor can expect less than 1 inch, and in some cases, not even enough snow to accumulate at all.
Few low pressure systems this winter have swept out to sea without spinning up close to the coast, which wrung out at least some snow over the East.As you may recall, Winter Storm Janus began as a lowly Alberta clipper, and it only became apparent that it would produce heavy Northeast snowfall about 48 hours in advance. Up to 18 inches ended up falling in Massachusetts.But we have now had several cycles of the computer models all keying in on a very weak coastal low zipping quickly out to sea this time around, raising confidence that there will not be a major winter storm. Furthermore, we are less than 36 hours away from the event.(CITY FORECASTS: Washington | Philly | NYC | Hartford | Boston)In fact, even the most aggressive model guidance we have – we’re talking short-range models that sometimes overpredict snow totals by margins of 10 to 20 inches – are only showing 3 to 4 inches of snow for the Northeast coast at most.It appears we’ll be enjoying a bit of a reprieve from severe winter weather in the East, at least until the next round of stormy weather in California chugs its way eastward by the weekend or early next week.Check back with us at weather.com and The Weather Channel as we continue to monitor for future winter storms.
Ice Jams Raise Flooding Fears in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois
By Sean Breslin Published: Feb 24, 2014, 10:49 PM EST weather.com
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