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All Hail the Polar Vortex, Slayer of Pests

Invasive species of bugs can't survive the cold, Gwynn Guilford argues

(Newser) - If you've just about had enough of the polar vortex, consider this: The severely cold weather we've been experiencing is "decimating the populations of destructive invasive insects that cost the US government and homeowners billions each year," writes Gwynn Guilford for Quartz . Doesn't sound so... More »

772K Without Power as Storm Moves to Wallop Northeast

12 dead in South, more than a foot of snow expected in parts of Northeast

(Newser) - More than half a million Southerners have been left without power after major sleet and snow that left North Carolina drivers stranded on icy roads yesterday —and now that storm system could bring more than a foot of snow to parts of the Northeast, the AP reports. In fact,... More »

Atlanta Losing Power as 'Catastrophic' Storm Begins

Georgia governor: Ice 'our biggest enemy'

(Newser) - The warnings haven't minced words , and the potentially "catastrophic" weather set to hit the South has begun, with Atlanta already feeling the effects: Some 39,000 and counting have lost power there, with that number climbing by the thousands within spans as short as 10 minutes. In terms... More »

Rare Snowstorm Kills 11 in Japan

Tokyo sees heaviest snowfall in 45 years

(Newser) - The heaviest snowfall in decades is causing chaos in Tokyo and elsewhere in Japan, with at least 11 people dead and around 1,000 injured in snow-related accidents. The capital has been blanketed with at least 11 inches of snow, the most it has seen in 45 years and enough... More »

583K Still Have No Power After Ice Storm

And some may have to wait for weekend to get it back

(Newser) - Utility crews were working feverishly to restore power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in Pennsylvania and surrounding states that were still in the dark and cold today after an ice storm knocked out electricity to more than a million customers, damage one official likened to that from... More »

'Perfect Storm of Factors' Crippled Atlanta

A rundown of ignored warnings, bad decisions

(Newser) - How is it that just a couple inches of snow managed to cripple Atlanta ? CNN calls it "a perfect storm—pun intended—of factors."
  • Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal called Tuesday's storm, which left commuters stranded on gridlocked highways and forced students to spend the night at
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Atlanta 'Like Walking Dead' Over 3 Inches of Snow

Officials say storm was 'unexpected'

(Newser) - Three inches of snow may not sound like enough to shut down an entire big city, but it is quite enough when that city is Atlanta and the storm is, as the governor of Georgia said last night, "unexpected." Drivers trying to get home from work spent as... More »

Today's Storm: A 'Bombogenesis' Is Coming

Brace yourself, Northeast

(Newser) - Move over, polar vortex : The Northeast is prepping for a major snowstorm—what could be Washington, DC's biggest in three years. A look at what the region faces today:
  • Philadelphia: The Inquirer says a "bombogenesis" is coming this afternoon. What's that? "A rapidly intensifying storm."
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Even Hell Has Frozen Over

Every US state saw freezing temperatures yesterday

(Newser) - Here's how cold it is: Hell has frozen over. OK, so we're talking about Hell, Mich., a small town 60 miles west of Detroit where temperatures have dropped as low as -4 degrees (or -27 when wind chill is considered), Time reports. In fact, at some point yesterday,... More »

Boiling-Water-to-Ice Stunt Scalds Dozens

Strong winds turn water into pain, not ice

(Newser) - With a huge swath of the US in the deep freeze, plenty of people have been unable to resist the thrill of throwing boiling water into the air in the apparently perilous attempt to watch it freeze—but it hasn't gone so well for everybody. A Los Angeles Times... More »

Escaped Prisoner Turns Self In to Escape Cold

Apparently prison uniform no good in -20 degrees

(Newser) - This is how cold it is: An escaped prisoner in Kentucky decided to turn himself in to stay warm. Authorities say 42-year-old Robert Vick escaped from a minimum security facility in Lexington on Sunday. As temperatures dropped into the low single digits yesterday, officials say the man walked into a... More »

Good News, America: We're in a 'Polar Vortex'

It is really cold in more than half the country

(Newser) - Baby, it's so cold outside that the AP is throwing around the term "polar vortex," which is apparently "a counterclockwise-rotating pool of cold, dense air"—and it's got more than half the US wrapped in its icy clutches. It's not going anywhere anytime... More »

Frozen Ices Paranormal

Also, it's cold out and a lot of you didn't go to the movies

(Newser) - Anyone else detecting a theme to the weekend ? Disney's Frozen has claimed the box office crown, reeling in $20.7 million. That was enough to put Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones in the No. 2 slot with $18.2 million; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was in... More »

Lost Nevada Family Heated Rocks to Survive

Staying with vehicle saved their lives, rescuers say

(Newser) - The Nevada family who had been missing in frigid conditions since the weekend has been found alive and authorities say the story has a happy ending because they did a lot of things right. The group, who became stranded when their Jeep rolled over an embankment and into a crevice,... More »

Nevada Family Missing After Going to 'Play in Snow'

Search is on for couple, 2 kids, niece and nephew

(Newser) - A Nevada couple and four children went to "play in the snow" Sunday and never returned, according to the Pershing County Sheriff. James Glanton, 34, and Christina MacIntee, 25, took their two children, 3 and 4, and a 10-year old niece and 4-year-old nephew into the remote Seven Troughs... More »

Major Winter Storm Savages Much of US

As of this morning, snow was falling in more than 10 states

(Newser) - A major winter storm bringing snow, ice, and frigid conditions continues to pack a punch as it moves east. Areas that have already been hit have seen their share of snow and ice. Parts of the Denver area have been slammed with up to a foot of snow and temperatures... More »

8 Dead as 'Nordic Outbreak' Blasts Wests, Heads East

Storm is moving eastward, will impact much of the nation: weather service

(Newser) - Stormy weather across the West blamed in eight deaths moved steadily eastward, prompting alerts of wintry conditions in New Mexico and Texas. Forecasters said the storm system in the West would sweep across the South and toward the Atlantic coast in the coming week, causing problems for holiday travelers. The... More »

Just in Time for Thanksgiving: A Vicious Nor'easter

Weather service warns storm could snarl travel

(Newser) - A mighty storm is brewing off the East Coast and forecasters fear it could reach land just in time to cause Thanksgiving travel chaos. Weather models suggest a variety of outcomes when the storm moves north and meets a blast of Arctic air, but the most likely one is believed... More »

Thousands Homeless as Midwest Reels From Tornadoes

6 dead as damage from scores of twisters still being assessed

(Newser) - The extent of destruction is still unknown after scores of tornadoes ripped through the Midwest yesterday , killing at least six people and decimating entire neighborhoods in the hardest-hit towns in Illinois. The National Weather Service says the tornadoes were spawned by an unusually strong and fast-moving storm system that moved... More »

Tornadoes Hit Midwest, Crush Illinois 'Hood

At least 5 dead, officials confirm

(Newser) - Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest today, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities and killing five, officials confirmed. Among the deaths: An elderly man and his sister who died when a tornado struck their farm house in southern Illinois' Washington County. The tornadoes sent people scrambling... More »

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