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Major winter storm barrels up East Coast

image from NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A winter storm that brought a rare white Christmas to parts of the South was barreling up the East Coast early Sunday, with forecasters predicting 6 to 10 inches of snow for Washington and blizzard conditions for New York City and New England.

Airlines canceled hundreds of Sunday flights in the Northeast corridor, with more likely to come as the storm intensifies.

Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina declared states of emergency early Sunday or Saturday night. As North Carolina road crews tried to clear snowy and icy highways, Mid-Atlantic officials spent Christmas Day preparing for up to a foot of snow, plunging temperatures and high winds.   MORE

The Year Without a Summer 1816

Caused by the 1815 Eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia

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Major Nor'easter to Slam Mid-Atlantic

: Blizzard warnings have been issued for south Jersey and Delaware.

Original article follows below...

Let's get right to it.

What? A major nor'easter will strike the Mid-Atlantic states producing major snow accumulations and strong winds.

When? Storm begins around midday Friday and lasts through the majority of Saturday.

Where? High-populated areas of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania will likely all experience big snow totals.  Washington, DC and Baltimore could experience foot plus snow totals.

How much snow?  I'll let the map do the talking.  This map takes us out to 48 hours.  This map will update automatically with new forecast totals as the event approaches in time and as forecasts are tweaked.

Northeast I-95 Corridor U.S. 48-Hour Rain/Snow Forecast
(click map for slideshow collection of storm-related maps)

What else should we know?  Don't forget about the winds.  High, perhaps damaging winds, will howl across south Jersey, all of Delaware and eastern Virginia and Maryland as the snow falls.

Wind gusts over 40 or even 50 mph are possible especially right along the coast. 

There is some potential that blizzard criteria will be met at times. 

Blizzard warnings have been issued for parts of south Jersey and the state of Delaware.

Winds will also be gusty around southeastern Pennsylvania, Manhattan, Long Island and coastal southern New England.

During Sunday (especially the morning hours), wind chills throughout the Northeast and parts of the Mid-Atlantic will be brutal - largely in the single digits and teens.  Some areas may dip below zero especially interior sections of the Northeast.

What about New York City?  Difficult forecast.  NYC is near the cutoff from where some locations may receive a big snowfall versus locations that may not receive any snow at all.  Here is their forecast in narrative format.

Winter weather alerts:  Winter storm and blizzard warnings are posted for the region.  You can check them out here.

Got any storm maps?:  Yep, we got them. Click here for a slideshow collection of maps including radar, snow amounts, wind speed and current temperatures.

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Too cold in Peru? Blame global warming.

This article in The Guardian serves as just one more piece of proof that proponents of Anthropogenic Global Warming will take any weather phenomenon whatsoever and explain it in terms of Global Warming -- including the cold. Mountain dwellers in Peru are now endangered by ever-colder temperatures, and "climate change" is blamed:

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The Day the Niagara Falls Froze Over

Image: Photographer unknown via Niagara Falls Public Library

It’s an amazing snapshot – so amazing that many have been quick to cry fake: North America’s most iconic falls, apparently frozen mid-flow – but what moment in time is frozen in sepia within this frame? One might think the answer would be simple, but with the origins of this photo veiled in a mist of uncertainty like the spray produced by the falls themselves, nothing is guaranteed.

It seems claims of Photoshop frolics are misguided in this case; yet while the shot looks authentic, because its photographer is unknown, we can’t be sure precisely when it was taken. 1911 has been the date aired most on the web, but it could just as easily be 1912, when much of the surrounding Niagara River was frozen. The other point here is that in the photo the falls are not entirely frozen over, with several small spouts of water visible gushing out from beneath the crust of ice crystals.

American Falls frozen over, probably 1936
Image: Photographer unknown via Niagara Falls Public Library

According to historical records, during only one year, 1848, has freezing weather caused the thousands of cubic feet of water per second flowing over the Niagara Falls to run dry, an event thought to have been caused by ice jamming and damming upriver. Ice bridges spanning the Niagara River from bank to bank have formed as a result of various other colder winters, and in 1936, when the photo above was probably taken, the American Falls are said to have frozen over completely.

Great mass of frozen spray and ice-bound American Falls Niagara, 1902 or 1890
Great_mass_of frozen_spray_and_ice-bound_American_Falls_Niagara
Image: Photographer unknown via Niagara Falls Public Library

The years 1909, 1938 and 1949 are others in which the water usually rushing over these famous falls may have been reduced to a trickle – if not over the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side of the border the Niagara Falls straddle, then at least over the shallower American Falls. Meanwhile, back in 1912, an ice bridge broke apart as several people were crossing it, sending three to their deaths as the ice on which they stood plunged them into oblivion.

Cave of the winds in winter niagara falls, date unknown
Image: Photographer unknown via Ellishouse

To conclude, if there is one specific day when the Niagara Falls might be said to have frozen solid in recent history, it most likely took place in 1848, and even so, the news reports of the time were patchy on detail. More likely, we are looking at several days over the course of a century and a half when the falls gave the appearance of having fully frozen over, when in fact they only did so partially. One thing’s for sure though: it hasn’t happened in some considerable time. Nobody say climate change.