Friday, October 13, 2006

Snow in New York & Detroit confirms global-warming theory reality, or hype? You decide.

The evidence speaks, but global-warming enthusiasts won't hear it, or see it with their own eyes. Now if the month of February turns out to be one degree warmer than in past years, they'll say that confirms global warming.

First Snow of Season Hits Western New York, Leaves 155,000 Without Electricity
Friday, October 13, 2006

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A rare early October snowstorm left parts of western New York blanketed with 2 feet of snow Friday morning, prompting widespread blackouts, closing schools and halting traffic.

The snow downed scores of tree limbs and toppled power lines, leaving more than 155,000 customers without electricity.

By early Friday, 14 inches of snow had been recorded at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, with reports of 2 feet elsewhere, said Tom Paone, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. The snowfall was expected to continue throughout the morning, he said.

On Thursday, 8.3 inches of heavy snow set the record for the "snowiest" October day in Buffalo in the 137-year history of the weather service, said meteorologist Tom Niziol. The previous record of 6 inches was set Oct. 31, 1917.

"This is an extremely rare event for this early in the season," Niziol said.

The Buffalo Police Department received more than 3,000 calls late Thursday and about two-thirds were related to the weather, Lt. James Watkins said.,2933,220458,00.html

via the drudge report

SNOW BLAST, NEW YORK...Detroit sets record for its earliest snow, breaking mark set in 1909...Chicago, too...Chill Map...

Weather watch
Fastballs and ... snowballs? Frosty forecast for ALCS
Posted: Thursday October 12, 2006 8:42PM;

DETROIT (AP) -- Nick Swisher trotted out to right field and, with freak October flurries swirling at Comerica Park, plopped onto his back and began making mock snow angels.
Only for a minute, though. Shivering, the Oakland first baseman put on his ski cap and retreated to the dugout Thursday, when Detroit was hit with its earliest snowfall ever.
Welcome to baseball's winter wonderland, a.k.a. Game 3 of the AL championship series, where the forecast is calling for fastballs, curveballs and ... snowballs...
"I'm used to playing in this from when I was growing up," said Tigers leadoff man Curtis Granderson, originally from Chicago. "I have pictures from high school of us playing with jackets on in the snow. But when it is this cold and the wind is blowing, it doesn't matter if you are used to it or not, you still feel it."

Said Tigers manager Jim Leyland: "I'm sure it's going to affect both teams somewhat."

Leyland has experience in these conditions. He managed Florida in 1997 and, with many experts predicting his Marlins would become frozen fish in the World Series, they won a key game in the snow at Cleveland.

"I've been through this situation before," he said.

The Arctic blast actually seemed to provide a cute diversion for the A's. They picked through the parkas, turtlenecks, gloves and long johns -- thin and thick versions -- that equipment manager Steve Vucinich packed for the trip.

"Are we taking snowmobiles to the game tomorrow?" backup first baseman Dan Johnson joshed.
Vucinich, who's worked for the Athletics since 1968, said he didn't need to buy anything special to combat the cold.

"We had it all already," he said. "Only it's been a while since we've had to use it..."


Spinach E. coli Source Traced to Cattle Ranch
Thursday, October 12, 2006,2933,220338,00.html

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