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February 13 2014

Forget the Polar Vortex: January Wasn't That Cold

So much for the "polar vortex." Even with the cold air outbreaks in the Midwest and East during January, the month wound up being just 0.1 degree Fahrenheit below the 20th century average in the lower 48 states, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said on Thursday in its January climate report. Unusually mild and dry conditions in the West helped balance out the cold in the East, NOAA said.

Notably, although January was the coldest such month since 2011, not a single state had its coldest January on record.

The month featured a split screen nation, with almost everywhere east of the Rockies experiencing colder-than-average conditions, and areas west of the Rockies experiencing unusually warm conditions. For example, while Michigan and Georgia had a top 10 coldest January, Arizona, California, and Nevada had a top 10 warmest January. Read more...

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This Is Your Winter on Instagram

Dear winter, please just stop already

Another storm pounded the Southeast and East Coast Thursday with a wintery mix of ice, snow and frustration. And while most people would like to stay curled up under a heated blanket inside, a few Instagram users braved the elements to share their wildest snow day snapshots.

Stay safe, and don't drop your iPhone in a snow drift.

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Why This Winter Storm Blows Other 2014 Storms Away

The snow and ice storm slamming the eastern seaboard is not like the other storms so far this busy winter. It is far more intense, more expansive, and more impactful than the others, unleashing a wide variety of hazardous weather conditions that have already proven deadly.

NOAA satellite image of the winter storm moving up the East Coast on Feb. 13, 2014.

Unlike the snowstorms that have struck the East Coast so far this winter, which have mainly featured heavy snow and frigid temperatures, this storm is more of a classic nor'easter. As with many things in life, the storm required a combination of things to come together at just the right time in order for it to happen Read more...

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Live Updates: Wintry Mess Buries D.C., Philly and NYC

After trampling the South on Wednesday, a record-breaking ice storm headed north overnight, unleashing snow, ice and sleet on major cities and suburbs, from D.C. to New York City.

We will be covering the winter storm live here all day. See below for the latest news...


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The East Coast Woke Up to This Today...

A catastrophic, record-breaking ice storm engulfed the southeastern United States starting on Wednesday and slowly creeping its way north by Thursday morning. Thousands of residents in the South woke up this morning to widespread blackouts, inch-thick ice and unprecedented snowfall

Overnight, a wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow continued across the Southeast and spread into the Mid-Atlantic. Bands of heavy snow that caused an Atlanta-style traffic nightmare in Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C., are expected to continued while making a beeline for Washington, D.C. Today, the northeast faces deep snow and freezing temps Read more...

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Massive Storm Moves to Northeast After Blasting South

After wreaking havoc in the south, a massive ice and snow storm will move northward into the Mid-Atlantic states starting Wednesday night

Snowfall will hit Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City in the evening, before spreading north to New England Thursday morning, The Weather Channel reported.

"A strengthening area of low pressure will move up the East Coast on Thursday bringing with it significant winter weather from the Southeast to New England," according to the National Weather Service. Ice-storm and winter-storm warnings are in effect for several states, which will experience dangerous road conditions, the service said Read more...

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February 12 2014

So This Is England Right Now...

As the southern U.S. deals with a major ice storm, the flood-ridden UK is facing an even stronger storm system. The NASA satellite image above shows just how intense this storm is storm as it forms a classic "comma" shape near the UK.

The UK Met Office has issued its first "red warning" in more than a year, for winds of greater than 85 mph across northern England and Wales.

"Winds are expected to gust 80 mph widely and possibly reach 100 mph in the most exposed locations in west and northwest Wales," the Met Office warned. "Winds of this strength can cause widespread structural damage, bringing down trees and also leading to loss of power supplies. In addition, large waves are likely to affect some coasts. The public should take action to alter their travel arrangements during this spell of storm force winds." Read more...

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'Crippling' Ice Storm Underway Across South

The ice storm underway in the South is going to be one of the most damaging such storms in decades, if current projections are realized. The storm, which is gathering strength along the Gulf Coast, is pushing warm, moist air up and over a cold dome of high pressure that is keeping temperatures below freezing at the surface from Maine to Alabama.

Ice more than an inch thick is expected to coat much of central and eastern Georgia into central South Carolina. This may not sound like much, but considering that tree branches will break at just a quarter to a half-inch of ice accumulation, this event is bringing so much ice that entire trees and power poles are likely to come crashing down in the hardest hit areas. Read more...

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