News Photos: Coldest Thanksgiving on record chills Northeast, while heavy snow blankets western US brian.lada•It felt like winter across parts of the western and northeastern United States on Thanksgiving Day as heavy snow and biting winds impacted the regions.”Thanksgiving Day 2018 [brought] the coldest conditions of autumn so far to the Northeast; it [was] flat out blustery and frigid,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.The famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was the coldest on record with temperatures in the lower 20s throughout much of the morning in New York City. AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures were even lower due to a biting wind blowing across the region.Providence, Rhode Island; Buffalo, New York; Hartford, Connecticut; and Bangor, Maine, are just a sample of cities that experienced their coldest Thanksgiving on record with temperatures as much as 30 degrees below normal. MWObservatory@MWObs Temperatures bottoming out at -26F and hurricane-force winds can’t stop observers from getting together to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner! *Some items (and observers) may require thawing! Brr! Happy Thanksgiving! #thanksgiving #mwo #mtwashington #cold #mwob… https://ift.tt/2BqleRK Frigid air paired with hurricane-force winds caused the AccuWeather RealFeel® temperature to plummet to -83 F on the top of Mount Washington, New Hampshire, on Thursday morning.For comparison, the average temperature on the surface of Mars is -81 F, according to NASA.The mercury dipped down to record levels at the mountain’s summit with weather observers reporting the lowest temperature ever recorded on the mountain during the month of November. Thanksgiving snow AP Photo/Garret Fischer First, at vero eos et accusamus et iusto odio dignissimos ducimus qui blanditiis praesentium et accusamus et iusto odio dignissimos ducimus qui voluptatum.
CHICO, Calif. (Reuters) – Hundreds of volunteers and police officers spent the Thanksgiving holiday combing through the wreckage of California’s deadliest wildfire, searching for the remains of victims killed in the blaze as rains looked set to complicate their work.The Camp Fire killed at least 83 people and 563 are still unaccounted for in and around Paradise, a community of nearly 27,000 people that was largely incinerated when the flames swept through two weeks ago, according to authorities.”We haven’t taken the day off,” Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said in a video message posted online on Thanksgiving. Some 820 searchers were in the field, he said, sifting ash and rubble for human remains.”This has been a tough situation for all of us,” Honea said.Searchers in and around Paradise, 175 miles (280 km) northeast of San Francisco, were expecting heavy rains late on Thursday that could hinder their efforts. Between 4-6 inches (10-15 cm) of rain were forecast to fall by the weekend.The rains raise the risk of mudslides in areas where the wildfire stripped hillsides of vegetation that would typically hold down the earth.After rains helped douse the Camp Fire in recent days, about 900 firefighters were holding the blaze in check, said Scott McLean, a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman. The fire is now 90-percent contained.”It’s wet and muddy, that’s the issue on the fire line,” McLean said.Warehouses were opened in Chico, a city a few miles (km) west of Paradise, to provide shelter from the cold and rain to residents who lost their homes. Celebrity chef Jose Andres and other culinary professionals cooked hundreds of Thanksgiving meals for evacuees.Firefighters taking a break from the battle against the remnants of the blaze also helped serve Thanksgiving meals.”Today you see how the best of America is showing up,” Andres said on CNN, standing in front of tables for evacuees. „Every man and woman here, they are heroes in their own way because they all go away from their comfort zones to do something for their fellow citizens.”‘HAVEN’T LOST MY HEART’ The cooking and serving of Thanksgiving meals was led by World Central Kitchen, a charity group founded by Andres.By the end of the day, the team expected to have served 10,000 to 15,000 meals to people at several locations in the area including Red Cross shelters, said Sam Chapple-Sokol, a spokesman for the effort. Among the celebrity chefs on hand was television personality Guy Fieri, he said.Katya Phillips, 33, and her family lost their home in Paradise, but she was among the volunteers on Thursday feeding evacuees at California State University in Chico.”Not only did I lose my house, I did also lose my car, but I haven’t lost my heart so I’m here helping others,” Phillips said by telephone.The cause of the Camp Fire, which destroyed more than 13,500 homes, remains under investigation.The state is undertaking the largest single wildfire cleanup operation in its history to remove toxic and radioactive ash and debris at burned home sites, officials said.A separate California wildfire – the Woolsey Fire, which killed three people and threatened the wealthy beachfront enclave of Malibu near Los Angeles – was declared 100-percent contained on Wednesday.The rains in northern California, which in some areas were likely to be accompanied by winds of up to 45 miles per hour (72 kph), raised risks of ravines turning into rivers of mud. The Camp Fire has burned across 153,336 acres (62,000 hectares) of the Sierra foothills.The death toll has been gradually rising, with two more names added to the list on Wednesday to bring the total to 83 people, with 58 of them tentatively identified, authorities said.The number of people unaccounted for, which has fluctuated widely over the past week, declined to 563 on Wednesday, falling by more than 300 names.Asked about the effects of rain on the search for remains, Honea said it would make going through debris more difficult but he was less concerned about remains washing away than the headaches posed by mud.Still, he said some remains might never be found.”What we’re looking for in many respects are very small bone fragments so, as we go forward, it’s certainly possible that not all of them will be located,” Honea said.
(Additional reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee and Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by William Maclean, Daniel Wallis and Sandra Maler)
First rain in months douses California wildfire, raises risk of mudslidesBy Elijah Nouvelage•A man walks through the rain to a tent near a Walmart in Chico A man walks through the rain to a tent near a Walmart in Chico, California, U.S. November 21, 2018. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage By Elijah Nouvelage CHICO, Calif. (Reuters) – The first significant rain in months in northern California all but extinguished the deadliest wildfire in the state’s history on Wednesday but also raised risks of flash flooding that could hinder teams searching for human remains.Between 4-6 inches (102-152 mm) of rain was expected to fall through the weekend in areas around the town of Paradise, the community of nearly 27,000 people 175 miles (280 km) northeast of San Francisco that was largely incinerated by the so-called Camp Fire.The blaze killed at least 83 people and 563 remain unaccounted for, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told a news briefing.”The rain is a concern for us and there is the potential for mudflows,” Honea said. Searchers would be pulled out of areas threatened by mudslides, he said.The storm added to the misery of evacuees camped out in a Walmart parking lot in nearby Chico.Mitchell Manley was cold and wet but thankful he persuaded his elderly mother to evacuate. He said most of the dead were retirees who thought they could ride out the flames in their homes.”I was lucky to get her out, she was going to sit it out,” said Manley, who was camping at Walmart while he waited to go back to his home in Concow.Warehouses were opened in Chico to provide evacuees protection from the cold and rain as celebrity chef Jose Andres prepared to cook hundreds of Thanksgiving meals for evacuees.Some 830 people had signed up to spend their Thanksgiving combing through ash and rubble in forecast heavy rain, searching for human remains, Honea said.STRAW TUBESThe rains, which in some areas were likely to be accompanied by winds of up to 45 miles per hour (72 kph), raised risks of ravines turning into rivers of mud. The fire has burned across 153,336 acres (62,000 hectares) of the Sierra foothills and is 85 percent contained.”There’s no vegetation to hold the earth and there’s a risk it could just start moving, with mud carrying everything in its path,” National Weather Service forecaster Johnnie Powell said in Sacramento.Firefighters installed straw tubes known as wattles to stop hillsides being washed away.”With the heavy rains, the fire activity is practically nothing,” said Cal Fire Operation Section Chief Josh Bishop.The death toll has been gradually rising, with two more names added to the list on Wednesday to bring the total to 83 people, with 58 of them tentatively identified, Honea said.The number of people unaccounted for, which has fluctuated widely over the past week, declined by 307.Asked about the effects of rain on the search for remains, Honea said it would make going through debris more difficult but he was less concerned about remains washing away than the headaches posed by mud.Still, he said some remains might never be found.”What we’re looking for in many respects are very small bone fragments so, as we go forward, it’s certainly possible that not all of them will be located,” Honea said.The Camp Fire incinerated 13,503 homes in and around Paradise. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.The state is undertaking the largest single wildfire cleanup operation in its history to remove toxic and radioactive ash and debris at burned home sites, said Eric Lamoureux from the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.Butte County says evidence from recent fires in California showed that some destroyed homes and property contained „high and concerning levels of heavy metals, lead, mercury, dioxin, arsenic and other carcinogens. Some property may have the presence of radioactive materials.”(Reporting by Elijah Nouvelage in Chico, Calif.; Additional reporting by Andrew Hay in New Mexico and Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Writing by Andrew Hay; Editing by Bill Tarrant, Leslie Adler and Paul Tait)