Friday's theme is "Snow" .... and I love it. Here in Brooklyn, we had about 6 inches so far, but this snow is blowing around, so it's hard to clean the roads. It's another day of vacation for students and many workers who can't get around. This version of the snow consists of snowflakes that are smaller than the norm due to the extremely cold weather. As the weather man explained this morning - the normal ratio is one inch of water to 10 inches of snow. This type of snow has a ratio of one inch of water to 15 inches of snow or higher.
US north-east battles first major snow storm of 2014 BBC - January 3, 2014
The north-eastern US has been hit by a major winter storm, with 53cm (21 inches) of snowfall recorded in one town in Massachusetts. Thousands of flights have been cancelled as heavy snowfall moved eastward from the Midwestern states. The New York and New Jersey governors have declared a state of emergency, urging people to stay indoors.
Antarctic rescue: Chinese vessel 'may now be stuck in ice' BBC - January 3, 2014
The Chinese ice-breaker that helped rescue passengers stranded on the Akademik Shokalskiy vessel in Antarctica may now itself be stuck. An Australian ice-breaker carrying the rescued passengers has been placed on standby in case the Chinese ship, Xue Long, needs assistance. On Thursday, a helicopter from Xue Long transferred 52 passengers from the Shokalskiy to the Aurora Australis.
Snow Meditation with Music