Mammoth blizzard shuts New York City

Posted: January 23, 2016 by oldbrew in News, weather

NYC [credit: Sky News]

NYC [credit: Sky News]

Difficult times in some north-eastern US states as nature takes centre stage. White-out at the White House too, as the BBC reports.

All non-essential travel has been banned in New York, transport suspended and bridges shut as the city is hit by one of its worst snowstorms. Parts of the eastern United States have received 71cm (28in) of snowfall in a huge blizzard that is sweeping across the region.

Travel restrictions in New York came into place at 14:30 (19:30 GMT). Mayor Bill de Blasio said up to 25in snow may fall, making it one of the five worst winter storms in the city. Heavy snow began falling on Friday across more than 20 states, affecting some 85 million people.

At least 11 people have died and emergencies declared in 11 states. Tens of thousands of homes are without power. Traffic jams lasting more than 12 hours have been reported in Kentucky and Pennsylvania.

Source: US snowstorm: Mammoth blizzard shuts New York City – BBC News

Update – Sunday 24/1/16 : US blizzard 2016: New York lifts travel ban as clear-up begins – BBC News

  1. oldbrew says:

    33 million people are under blizzard warnings.

    Update: 38 million according to CNN

  2. tallbloke says:

    It’s caused by global warming dontcha know.

  3. oldbrew says:

    Tony Heller writes:
    ‘To anyone with a higher IQ than a turnip, it should be obvious that snow is associated with cold. But Michael Mann and Kevin Trenberth apparently don’t.

    Colder winters in New York tend to have more snow. Warmer winters tend to have less snow. All ten of New York’s snowiest winters had below normal or normal temperatures.’

    In post-modern climate science dogma trumps reality whenever the prophets of doom so choose 😐

  4. ntesdorf says:

    Now, that was not what they had been predicting, was it? “Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past.”

  5. tallbloke says:

  6. oldbrew says:

    What two feet of snow looks like 😐

    “Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past.”

    This must be the warmest snow evah?

  7. Chaeremon says:

    Sweden (gymnastically, as usual) bank on decarbonization of winter ice:

  8. oldmanK says:

    Quote “-Other findings indicate that the greater the Earth’s tilt angle the more extreme the seasons, but climate modelling has indicated that ice-sheet build-up at the poles occurs when the tilt is least.” So far I got that right.

    Nothing new with the weather. I remember it this way 60 years ago. Recorded history says it has been like this these last few hundred years. However the thing to look out for is the polar ice loading. Is it increasing, the same, or decreasing? I think only that tells where we are really heading. The Quelccaya glacier (Lat ~14deg S) sudden increase, locking and preserving vegetative growth under it, occurred 4350 years ago (Prof. Lonnie Thompson). Now work that out.

  9. tom0mason says:

    As we have just had 2015 as the the warmest year ever maybe it is the time to review some of the longer term predictions from those apparently that know…
    IPCC 2001: “Milder winter temperatures will decrease heavy snowstorms”

    May 23, 2014: Climate scientist proposes extremely cold 2014 winter link to global warming…

    June 15, 2014: Global warming won’t increase the number of extreme cold days according to new research from the University of Exeter. The study disproves the hypothesis that climate change will lead to more days of extreme cold in parts of the Northern Hemisphere.

    In the case of recent colder temperatures earlier than normal we need only go back to the 2007 IPCC report which plainly defined what “global warming” was going to cause:

    “Global climate change is likely to be accompanied by an increase in the frequency and intensity of heat waves, as well as warmer summers and milder winters
    (see Table 3-10).”

    That’s the beauty of “A theory that explains everything, explains nothing.”

  10. A few weeks ago there was snow south of Glasgow leading to 6hour queues for people getting home. It didn’t even make it onto the BBC (at least that’s what I’m told as I’ve stopped watching or listening to the BBC).

  11. markstoval says:

    There is no science in “climate science”; it is all dogma as someone mentioned in the thread above. There are a tiny few honest men and women who try to tell the truth, but they are ineffectual compared to the unholy trinity of government, academia, and the press. Dogma trumps all.

    This all boils down to the “CO2 is evil” meme which supports the dogma of the elite that the “unwashed masses” need to be reduced from approx 7 billion to approx 1/2 billion and destroying our industrial society is the surest way to accomplish that end.

    C02 can not do what they say it does. No one repealed the laws of thermodynamics as far as I know.

  12. oldbrew says:

    US snow update.

    ‘Millions of people in the US eastern seaboard are waking to a thick blanket of snow that has paralysed transport links in New York and Washington DC.’

    Snow can be fun too…

  13. ivan says:

    How soon before Michael Mann comes out with a statement that for some reason everyone has been looking at his hockey stick the wrong way up?

    They will have to find some way to keep the grant money rolling in.

  14. oldbrew says:

    Next stop: Britain

    ‘Severe weather warnings are being issued as the snowstorm that hit the US heads to Britain, bringing up to 8ins (20cm) of rain in some areas.

    The weather front will bring heavy downpours to the UK prompting warnings of flooding from the Met Office.

    The rain from Storm Jonas is due to hit on Tuesday and warnings have been issued for most of Wales, the north-west of England, and south and west Scotland.

    Yorkshire, which has already suffered catastrophic flooding this winter, has also been issued with a severe weather warning.’

  15. ren says:


  16. oldbrew says:

    ren: BBC says up to 42 inches of snow landed in the north eastern States.

    ‘New York, the most populated city in the US, saw its second-highest snowfall since records began in 1869, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.’

  17. ren says:


  18. ren says:

    The circulation in the lower stratosphere.


  19. ren says:

    Current ionization of the lower stratosphere high.

  20. Gail Combs says:

    And to go with ren’s 8:59 pm map

    (Artistic rendition)

  21. ren says:

    Can view the two polar vortex centers in the northern hemisphere.

  22. ren says:

    You can see the cause of the attack of winter in the Far East.

  23. ren says:

    “The theory of cosmic-ray acceleration in supernova remnants is now a well-developed topic in modern astrophysics. However, the leap of imagination shown by Baade and Zwicky in 1934 in postulating the existence of two new classes of astronomical objects, and in connecting three now central astronomical fields into one whole, still leaves one breathless. Even decades later, such a reaction continues to be a fitting tribute to these landmark PNAS papers (1, 2).”