Northeast digs out from monster storm: Over 2 feet of snow buries towns in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont
The Northeast is digging out from a monster nor’easter that dumped over two feet of snow onto towns in New York, Massachusetts and Vermont.
Schaghticoke, New York, and Fitchburg, Massachusetts, are each buried under 27 inches of snow.
Woodford, Vermont, saw 26 inches while East Hawley, Massachusetts, recorded 24 inches.
Public schools were closed in Boston Tuesday as 5.9 inches of snow buried the city streets.
Thank you to all our @BPSCustodians braving the winter conditions to make sure students and staff are safe when they return to school tomorrow! https://twitter.com/dmckayK8/status/1201875589973630976 …Donald McKay K-8@dmckayK8
A huge shout out to our amazing @BPSCustodians Juan for working hard during the snow storm to make sure our sidewalks and schoolyard are safe for students and families tomorrow! @BostonSchools
While most people are staying inside, Pam Hickey took her three dogs to play in the fresh snow in a Boston park.
„It’s great to get out here and get some fresh air and run around,” she said. „It’s magical. It’s so beautiful.”
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker asked residents commuting in the eastern part of the state Tuesday to build-in extra time and consider public transportation.
State police in Massachusetts and New Hampshire also reminded drivers to remove snow and ice from their cars before hitting the road.
Before moving into New England, this nor’easter first struck New York state on Monday.
Albany, New York, is covered in 22.6 inches of snow — the biggest snowstorm there since 1993.
By Tuesday night the storm will move into Canada, leaving lingering snow in Maine.
Behind this nor’easter will be some lake effect snow along the Great Lakes Wednesday and Thursday. Areas south of Buffalo could get three to six inches of snow.
Schools and businesses across much of the Northeast were shuttered Tuesday and travel plans were snarled as the season’s first major winter storm pounded the region with more than a foot of snow, ice and high winds.
Parts of Maine could see up to 2 feet of snow before the storm finally eases late Tuesday, forecasters said. The angry weather marked the last days of a storm that began a slow, crippling march across the nation a week ago.
In all, the storm dumped at least a foot of snow across 25 states, the National Weather Service said. This included over 4 feet in mountainous areas of California and Utah.
Snow from the storm fell as far south as the high desert of Southern California, Tennessee and the mountains of northern Georgia, the Capital Weather Gang said.
As of Monday, snow covered over 46% of the Lower 48, the most for Dec. 2 since the weather service started keeping snow cover records in 2003.
The storm caused thousands of flights to be delayed or canceled out of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts on Monday and Tuesday. Pennsylvania and New Jersey were among states placing driving restrictions on some highways.
The National Weather Service in Boston said some areas of the Massachusetts coast saw 1 to 2 inches of snow an hour overnight. More than a foot of snow had fallen in Worcester before dawn Tuesday, and it was still coming down. Windsor Locks, Connecticut, had more than 13 inches.
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Schools in both towns were closed Tuesday. Boston’s 54,000 public school students also won a day off, courtesy of the front dubbed Winter Storm Ezekiel by the Weather Channel.
„Snow becoming heavy again in #Boston,” the weather service in Boston tweeted to morning commuters. „Allow extra time to reach your destination this morning, it’s a very slow commute.”
In New York state, areas in and around Albany had historic snow totals. Official storm-total snowfall at Albany International Airport was 22.6 inches – the eighth biggest snowstorm ever and the fourth biggest December snowfall on record. Delanson, 25 miles northwest of Albany, reported 27 inches.
Philippines evacuates hundreds of thousands ahead of typhoon, to shut main airport
MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines evacuated 200,000 people in coastal and mountainous areas due to fears of flooding and landslides and said it would also shut its main international airport as a powerful typhoon was set to make landfall on Monday night.
Typhoon Kammuri, the 20th typhoon to hit the country this year, was expected to make landfall on the Philippines’ main Luzon island, packing 165 kph wind speeds and gusts of up to 230 kph, the weather bureau said.
Airport authorities said all four terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the capital Manila would be closed from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (0300 GMT to 1500 GMT) on Tuesday as a precaution.
To give priority to those flights affected by the shutdown, regular runaway maintenance will be suspended for three days after normal service resumes, they said.
Authorities raised the tropical cyclone warning level for 35 provinces and told people in areas in the path of the Category 3 typhoon to be on alert for possible landslides, storm surges and floods triggered by heavy winds and rain.
The disaster agency said 200,000 people had been evacuated from dozens of provinces in southern Luzon.
The Philippines is playing host to the 30th Southeast Asia Games which will run through Dec. 11. It has suspended canoeing and windsurfing competitions scheduled for Dec. 3.
The country is hit by an average 20 typhoons each year.
(Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales and Jay Ereno; Editing by Gareth Jones)
A bubonic plague which was thought to have wiped out half of the world’s population and helped topple the Roman Empire was far exaggerated by scholars, a new study claims.
The Justinianic Plague which preceded the Black Death by more than 800 years plague was thought to have killed around 50 million people across the Roman and Byzantine Empires between 541-750 AD.
The plague, spread in part by rats along trade routes, was believed to leave the Roman Empire vulnerable after the population loss hit its trade and military might across the Medeteranian, Africa and the East.
An international team of scholars led by researchers from the University of Maryland have now called into question the scale of the plague, as the available evidence paints a different picture.
Lead author, Lee Mordechai, from of Princeton’s Climate Change and History Research Initiative, said: „If this plague was a key moment in human history that killed between a third and half the population of the Mediterranean world in just a few years, as is often claimed, we should have evidence for it but our survey of datasets found none.”
The researchers analysis ancient texts alongside, pollen samples, plague genomes and the archeology around graves to debunk previous consensus around the scale of the outbreak.
Several sources across antiquity that had attributed important world events to the outbreak of the plague, such as the fall of the Roman Empire.
However, the researchers found that previous scholars had focused on evocative written accounts, ignoring hundreds of contemporary texts that did not mention the outbreak.
“We found no reason to argue that the plague killed tens of millions of people as many have claimed,” said co-author Timothy Newfield.
„Plague is often construed as shifting the course of history. It’s an easy explanation, too easy. It’s essential to establish a causal connection,” he said.
Analysis of evidence such as pollen samples and burial sites also found that the millions of supposed deaths did not quite add up.
Where there should be more mass graves and less pollen from the lack of farming as a result, the researcher’s findings showed no evidence of the mass deaths.