New York Post Dreaming of a White Christmas

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Yuki Da! Tokyo has November Snow for First Time in 54 Years

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Tokyo (AFP) – Tokyo woke up Thursday to its first November snowfall in more than half a century, leaving commuters to grapple with train disruptions and slick streets.

Snow began falling before dawn with the mercury approaching zero as a cold weather system moved south.

The Japan Meterological Agency said it was the first time snow had fallen in November in central Tokyo since 1962.

Amounts were greater in suburban areas closer to mountains but even central Tokyo saw brief accumulations, which the agency forecast to be as high as two centimetres (one inch).

That was the first November accumulation since records began in 1875, the agency said.

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“I was surprised to see snow at such an early stage of the season,” said Hiroko Tanaka, a Tokyo resident.

“I felt this may be a sign of something abnormal in terms of natural phenomena,” she told AFP.

But experts say the situation is nothing to worry about.

“Today’s snowfall and accumulation occurred because several elements came together at once by chance,” said Sakiko Nishioka, an agency official in charge of weather forecasting.

“It does not mean this can signal any unusual weather conditions this season such as a super cold winter,” Nishioka told AFP, adding that it was also unclear if it was related to climate change or events such as El Nino.

Tokyo, which extends over a wide area and includes many suburbs, enjoys relatively mild winters compared to some other parts of the country where snowfall is more frequent. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Bunch of Monks in a Snowball Fight

Blizzards are quite rare in Jerusalem, so when a recent storm dumped around ten inches of snow on the city, some people were pretty excited. Farther south in Israel, some communities got snow for the first time since the 1990s. (read more)

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‘CLOSED’ New York Post, January 27, 2015

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Facebook and Instagram are Down, and Everyone is F-F-F-F-F-F-Freaking Out

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‘It’s Called Weather’

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STORM: DRUDGE GOES CODE BLUE

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NEW YORK (CBS Connecticut/AP) — Tens of millions of people along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor rushed to get home and settle in Monday as a fearsome storm swirled in with the potential for hurricane-force winds and 1 to 3 feet of snow that could paralyze the Northeast for days.

Snow was coating cars and building up on sidewalks and roadways in New York City by evening, and flurries were flying in Boston. Forecasters said the storm would build into a blizzard, and the brunt of it would hit late Monday and into Tuesday.

As the snow got heavier, much of the region rushed to shut down. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Animal Rights Activist Goes Cuckoo Bananas In San Francisco Restaurant, Unhinged Anti-Meat Rant Goes Viral

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Emotionally Fragile Emo Girl Has Breakdown Over Chicken

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – An animal rights group said they would continue to target restaurants after one of their members stormed into a San Francisco restaurant and gave a tearful speech urging diners not to eat meat.

“I see the suffering that she faced, and I’m so happy that I took her out of there and I want the same for every animal.”

Kelly Atlas of Direct Action Everywhere entered Bluestem Brasserie and spoke out on the plight of her chicken Snow, in a videotaped speech that has gone viral. As of late Monday night, the video had more than 573,000 views.

“We’re so enraged when we hear someone hurting a dog or a cat, but because of this ‘speciesism’ in our minds, we don’t think twice about a chicken being hurt or a pig or a cow.”

Atlas and others said they want equal rights for all animals, not just cats, dogs and other non-food species. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Time-lapse: Snow Covering Washington, D.C.

The biggest snowstorm of the year hit Washington Wednesday night, closing the federal government on Thursday.

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Japan Snowstorm: Photos people are Posting on Twitter

From daily.bhaskar.com, a twitter photo slideshow of snow art.

Tokyo: During the heaviest and worst Snowfall in a decade, 11 people were killed while 1200 other were injured in Tokyo. As much as 27cm of snow was recorded in Tokyo by late Saturday, the heaviest fall in the capital for 45 years, according to meteorologists. The storm hit Tokyo on the eve of its gubernatorial election…

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Observers say the weather may affect voter turnout in the city of 13 million people. As this is a rare phenomenon in Japan, people seem to be enjoying the snow. They are carving cute and awesome snowman and uploading the pictures on Twitter. See more here

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From the comically gruesome…

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Photo: Ambitious Minnesota Brothers Sculpt a Fearsome 16-Foot ‘Snow Shark’

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Ezra Dulis reports:  Extreme winter weather like the storms across the United States’ midwest and northeastern regions bring danger, inconvenience, and a huge mess for adults who have to commute to work.

However, for kids, it means no school—and plenty of time to play in the snow.

For this trio of Minnesota brothers, the week’s snowstorms have become a massive and quite impressive wintry art project.

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