Town-by-town snowfall totals: Who is getting what?

Town-by-town snowfall totals: Who is getting what?

02/Feb/2015  //  229 Viewers

BOSTON —The following are unofficial observations taken for the storm that has been affecting our region.

Updated 3:00 pm Monday

MASSACHUSETTS
    
    
...BARNSTABLE COUNTY...
    
BOURNE                 3.0   837 AM  2/02  NWS EMPLOYEE
    
EAST SANDWICH          3.0   845 AM  2/02  CO-OP
    
YARMOUTH               2.0   921 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
EASTHAM                2.0   937 AM  2/02  TRAINED SPOTTER
    
NORTH FALMOUTH         0.5   603 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
WAQUOIT                0.5   614 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
WEST FALMOUTH          0.5   610 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
EAST FALMOUTH          0.5   613 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
BREWSTER               0.3   601 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
    
...BRISTOL COUNTY...
    
MANSFIELD              7.3   230 PM  2/02  TRAINED SPOTTER
    
TAUNTON                6.6   100 PM  2/02  NWS OFFICE
    
NORTON                 6.0  1000 AM  2/02  SOCIAL MEDIA
    
NORTH DIGHTON          5.5  1036 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
REHOBOTH               5.5  1015 AM  2/02  NWS EMPLOYEE
    
NEW BEDFORD            3.5  1009 AM  2/02  TRAINED SPOTTER
    
EAST FREETOWN          3.0   852 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
WEST ACUSHNET          2.5   832 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
ACUSHNET               1.8   605 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
FAIRHAVEN              1.0   607 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
    
...DUKES COUNTY...
    
WEST TISBURY           0.8   611 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
    
...ESSEX COUNTY...
    
WEST PEABODY          11.0   248 PM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
TOPSFIELD             11.0   246 PM  2/02  TRAINED SPOTTER
    
LYNN                  10.0  1104 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
IPSWICH                9.0   118 PM  2/02  TRAINED SPOTTER
    
SALISBURY              8.0  1220 PM  2/02  COOP OBSERVER
    
HAVERHILL              6.7  1035 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
ANDOVER                6.3  1233 PM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
NAHANT                 6.0  1153 AM  2/02  TRAINED SPOTTER
    
ROCKPORT               5.5  1110 AM  2/02  MEDIA
    
    
...FRANKLIN COUNTY...
    
SHELBURNE             10.5   217 PM  2/02  GENERAL PUBLIC
    
SHUTESBURY            10.0  1207 PM  2/02  BROADCAST MEDIA
    
GREENFIELD             9.5  1236 PM  2/02  MEDIA
    
HAWLEY                 9.0  1105 AM  2/02  TRAINED SPOTTER
    
ASHFIELD               8.8  1129 AM  2/02  NONE
    
ORANGE                 8.0  1115 AM  2/02  SPOTTER
    
HEATH                  7.3  1050 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
NORTHFIELD             7.0  1023 AM  2/02  SOCIAL MEDIA
    
GILL                   6.0   919 AM  2/02  BROADCAST MEDIA
    
TURNERS FALLS          6.0   901 AM  2/02  BROADCAST MEDIA
    
LEYDEN                 6.0   859 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
ROWE                   5.5   838 AM  2/02  BROADCAST MEDIA
    
SUNDERLAND             4.1   730 AM  2/02  CO-OP
    
WENDELL                3.5   730 AM  2/02  BROADCAST MEDIA
    
    
...HAMPDEN COUNTY...
    
LUDLOW                10.0  1155 AM  2/02  TRAINED SPOTTER
    
WALES                 10.0   242 PM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
AGAWAM                 8.0  1207 PM  2/02  BROADCAST MEDIA
    
LONGMEADOW             8.0  1207 PM  2/02  BROADCAST MEDIA
    
CHICOPEE               7.5  1144 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
HOLYOKE                7.0  1152 AM  2/02  BROADCAST MEDIA
    
WESTFIELD              7.0  1207 PM  2/02  BROADCAST MEDIA
    
WEST SPRINGFIELD       6.5  1227 PM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
SPRINGFIELD            6.4  1014 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
BLANDFORD              6.0   801 AM  2/02  BROADCAST MEDIA
    
WILBRAHAM              4.0   852 AM  2/02  BROADCAST MEDIA
    
    
...HAMPSHIRE COUNTY...
    
GRANBY                10.5   222 PM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
AMHERST                9.0   121 PM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
PELHAM                 8.0  1206 PM  2/02  TRAINED SPOTTER
    
EASTHAMPTON            8.0  1213 PM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
PLAINFIELD             7.8  1219 PM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
WORTHINGTON CENTER     7.1  1200 PM  2/02  CO-OP
    
WARE                   7.0  1212 PM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
SOUTH HADLEY           6.5  1207 PM  2/02  BROADCAST MEDIA
    
SOUTHAMPTON            6.0   901 AM  2/02  BROADCAST MEDIA
    
CHESTERFIELD           5.0   709 AM  2/02  BROADCAST MEDIA
    
HATFIELD               5.0  1152 AM  2/02  BROADCAST MEDIA
    
HUNTINGTON             2.0   606 AM  2/02  BROADCAST MEDIA
    
    
...HARTFORD COUNTY...
    
NORTH GRANBY           6.7  1254 PM  2/02  TRAINED SPOTTER
    
    
...MIDDLESEX COUNTY...
    
ASHBY                 15.0   137 PM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
SHIRLEY               14.0  1239 PM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
MEDFORD               11.5   100 PM  2/02  TRAINED SPOTTER
    
WINCHESTER            10.5   119 PM  2/02  TRAINED SPOTTER
    
NORTH READING         10.0   117 PM  2/02  TRAINED SPOTTER
    
WAKEFIELD              9.8   107 PM  2/02  TRAINED SPOTTER
    
LEXINGTON              9.8   116 PM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
HOLLISTON              9.5  1241 PM  2/02  NONE
    
BELMONT                9.5  1205 PM  2/02  SPOTTER
    
GROTON                 9.5   221 PM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
SOMERVILLE             9.2  1200 PM  2/02  GENERAL PUBLIC
    
WILMINGTON             9.0   223 PM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
LITTLETON              9.0   214 PM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
NATICK                 8.8  1155 AM  2/02  SPOTTER
    
ARLINGTON              8.8  1136 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
DRACUT                 8.7   129 PM  2/02  GENERAL PUBLIC
    
CHELMSFORD             8.5   234 PM  2/02  GENERAL PUBLIC
    
TOWNSEND               8.5   135 PM  2/02  NONE
    
ACTON                  8.2   129 PM  2/02  TRAINED SPOTTER
    
MELROSE                8.0  1110 AM  2/02  GENERAL PUBLIC
    
SUDBURY                8.0  1150 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
TEWKSBURY              8.0  1241 PM  2/02  TRAINED SPOTTER
    
BOLTON                 8.0   220 PM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
WALTHAM                8.0  1115 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
READING                8.0  1218 PM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
LEXINGON               8.0  1128 AM  2/02  GENERAL PUBLIC
    
LOWELL                 8.0  1237 PM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
FRAMINGHAM             8.0  1219 PM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
PEPPERELL              7.2  1211 PM  2/02  TRAINED SPOTTER
    
WOBURN                 7.0   959 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
NORTH WALTHAM          7.0  1009 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
WESTFORD               6.3  1124 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
CARLISLE               5.8   134 PM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
NORTH CHELMSFORD       3.6   826 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
    
...NORFOLK COUNTY...
    
NEEDHAM HEIGHTS       12.0   225 PM  2/02  NONE
    
MILTON                10.8   117 PM  2/02  COOP OBSERVER
    
WEYMOUTH              10.5   120 PM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
NORTH WEYMOUTH        10.0  1132 AM  2/02  TRAINED SPOTTER
    
NORWOOD                9.5  1235 PM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
WALPOLE                7.5  1234 PM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
BRAINTREE              7.2  1056 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
DEDHAM                 7.0  1010 AM  2/02  BROADCAST MEDIA
    
WRENTHAM               7.0  1045 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
SHARON                 6.4  1143 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
FOXBORO                6.0  1031 AM  2/02  TRAINED SPOTTER
    
STOUGHTON              4.5   855 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
    
...PLYMOUTH COUNTY...
    
NORWELL                9.8  1247 PM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
MARSHFIELD             8.1  1200 PM  2/02  TRAINED SPOTTER
    
HINGHAM                7.5   949 AM  2/02  COOP OBSERVER
    
PEMBROKE               6.0  1035 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
WHITMAN                5.5  1131 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
ROCKLAND               5.0   755 AM  2/02  SPOTTER
    
PLYMOUTH               5.0  1139 AM  2/02  NONE
    
MIDDLEBORO             4.6  1121 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
WEST WAREHAM           3.9  1100 AM  2/02  TRAINED SPOTTER
    
EAST BRIDGEWATER       3.0   702 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
ROCHESTER              3.0   800 AM  2/02  CO-OP
    
MARION                 3.0   934 AM  2/02  NONE
    
BRIDGEWATER            2.0   800 AM  2/02  CO-OP
    
    
...SUFFOLK COUNTY...
    
CHELSEA               11.8   138 PM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
1 N EAST BOSTON        9.9   100 PM  2/02  LOGAN AIRPORT
    
WINTHROP               9.9   100 PM  2/02  NONE
    
    
...WORCESTER COUNTY...
    
LUNENBURG             17.1   213 PM  2/02  TRAINED SPOTTER
    
FITCHBURG             16.7   219 PM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
WESTMINSTER           15.1   135 PM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
BERLIN                12.1   158 PM  2/02  GENERAL PUBLIC
    
WORCESTER             11.2   240 PM  2/02  CWO
    
SPENCER               11.0   119 PM  2/02  TRAINED SPOTTER
    
GARDNER               11.0   250 PM  2/02  SPOTTER
    
ASHBY                 10.5  1100 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
AUBURN                 9.5   221 PM  2/02  TRAINED SPOTTER
    
MILFORD                9.1   104 PM  2/02  GENERAL PUBLIC
    
SOUTHBRIDGE            8.0   228 PM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
ASHBURNHAM             8.0   115 PM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
BOYLSTON               7.8   123 PM  2/02  NONE
    
LEICESTER              7.2  1248 PM  2/02  NONE
    
HOLLISTON              7.0   911 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
GRAFTON                7.0  1129 AM  2/02  NONE
    
HARDWICK               7.0  1140 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
SHREWSBURY             6.6  1020 AM  2/02  TRAINED SPOTTER
    
WEBSTER                6.0  1042 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
LANCASTER              6.0  1100 AM  2/02  TRAINED SPOTTER
    
CHARLTON               5.5   929 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
SOUTHBORO              5.0   928 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
WEST MILLBURY          5.0   758 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
WESTBORO               4.7   755 AM  2/02  NWS EMPLOYEE
    
LEOMINSTER             4.0   730 AM  2/02  NONE

NEW HAMPSHIRE
    
    
...HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY...
    
PETERBOROUGH          10.5   254 PM  2/02  TRAINED SPOTTER
    
    
RHODE ISLAND
    
    
...BRISTOL COUNTY...
    
BARRINGTON             3.5   920 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
BRISTOL                2.3   616 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
    
...KENT COUNTY...
    
GREENE                 5.0  1030 AM  2/02  TRAINED SPOTTER
    
2 NNW WARWICK          4.5   100 PM  2/02  TF GREEN AIRPORT
    
WEST WARWICK           4.0  1033 AM  2/02  TRAINED SPOTTER
    
    
...PROVIDENCE COUNTY...
    
N. CUMBERLAND          8.0  1256 PM  2/02  TRAINED SPOTTER
    
WEST GLOCESTER         7.8   126 PM  2/02  TRAINED SPOTTER
    
PAWTUCKET              7.0   245 PM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
NORTH SMITHFIELD       7.0   233 PM  2/02  GENERAL PUBLIC
    
HARRISVILLE            6.1  1033 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
CUMBERLAND             6.0   113 PM  2/02  NWS EMPLOYEE
    
PROVIDENCE/NORTH PRO   5.7   205 PM  2/02  GENERAL PUBLIC
    
NORTH FOSTER           5.1   100 PM  2/02  CO-OP
    
PROVIDENCE             5.0   930 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
RUMFORD                4.7   938 AM  2/02  EMERGENCY MANAGER
    
EAST PROVIDENCE        4.0  1100 AM  2/02  TRAINED SPOTTER
    
SCITUATE               3.8   913 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
SMITHFIELD             3.5   829 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
    
...WASHINGTON COUNTY...
    
NORTH KINGSTOWN        4.0   125 PM  2/02  SPOTTER
    
RICHMOND               3.0   747 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
WESTERLY               2.5   741 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
    
HOPKINTON              2.5   904 AM  2/02  TRAINED SPOTTER
    
NARRAGANSETT           1.3   707 AM  2/02  HAM RADIO
Woman dies after getting hit by plow at Weymouth condo complex

Woman dies after getting hit by plow at Weymouth condo complex

02/Feb/2015  //  209 Viewers

WEYMOUTH, Mass. —A Weymouth woman died after being hit by a plow at a Weymouth condominium complex on Monday, according to the Norfolk County District Attorney's office.

Cynthia Levine, 57, who lived in the 3 Tara Drive complex, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The plow involved in the incident was a private plow, not a town vehicle.

The identity of the driver will not be released unless and until charges are sought, the district attorney said.

In Cohasset, a 67-year-old woman was hit and dragged about 10 feet by a plow at 223 Chief Justice Cushing Highway on Monday. She was taken to South Shore Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to Cohasset police.

European Parliament evacuated, man in camouflage arrested

European Parliament evacuated, man in camouflage arrested

02/Feb/2015  //  366 Viewers

Belgian police evacuated hundreds of people Monday from the European Parliament to search a car for explosives, then arrested the owner- a man clad in camouflage they said had been behaving suspiciously.

Four European Parliament administrative buildings and its visitors’ center in central Brussels were cleared as a precautionary measure while the vehicle was searched, the assembly said in a statement.

Police found a firearm and a chainsaw in the car but no explosives, according to the public prosecutor’s office.

The suspect, identified as a Slovak national born in 1982, was charged with “threatening an attack, possession of an illegal weapon and unauthorized possession of a firearm requiring a license.”

The man “said that he wanted to meet the president of the parliament,” a prosecutor’s office statement said. Parliament spokesman Jaume Duch Guillot said about 500 people were evacuated from the buildings.

Police gave the all-clear just before 1 pm Brussels time, and staff returned to their offices. The suspect, who showed no signs of aggression throughout, declined to explain his behavior to police.

Belgium has been on high alert since the January 7-9 Paris terror attacks and a series of police raids on suspected foreign fighters in Belgium and France last month.
 
Egypt: 183 Muslim Brotherhood supporters sentenced to death

Egypt: 183 Muslim Brotherhood supporters sentenced to death

02/Feb/2015  //  225 Viewers

An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced 183 people to death over the ransacking of a police station and the killing of 15 policemen after the 2013 ouster of President Mohammed Morsi. The verdict was the latest in a string of mass death sentences that have sparked local and international condemnation.

The charges are related to the bloody August 2013 ransacking of a police station in the village of Kerdassah, near Cairo. The attackers killed 15 officers, including the police chief, and mutilated some of the bodies.

The assault was believed to be revenge by Morsi loyalists for the government’s crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood. Morsi, a longtime Brotherhood official, was ousted by the military in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule. Morsi supporters staged a pair of large public sit-in protests in Cairo, which were harshly broken up by police on August 14, 2013 _ killing hundreds of Brotherhood cadres. The attack on the Kerdassah police station began a few hours after the Brotherhood sit-ins were cleared.

Monday’s verdict was issued by judge Mohammed Nagi Shehata, who has developed a reputation for harsh sentences against perceived government critics. Shehata sentenced a trio of prominent revolutionary activists to prison for violating a new law against unauthorized demonstrations. He also sentenced three journalists from Al-Jazeera English to jail terms ranging from 7-10 years; one of those journalists, Australian Peter Greste, was released and deported Sunday, while the other two remain in prison.

Other judges have also handed down mass death sentences against Brotherhood supporters, including more than 1000 in a pair of mass trials that were heavily criticized by international human rights groups. Many of those sentences were later overturned on appeal, and in one incident, a judge was removed.

Morsi is, himself, facing multiple trials over his 1-year reign _ including charges of conspiring with foreign groups and authorizing the killing of protesters. He is scheduled to begin a new trial on Feb. 15 over charges connected to leaking classified national security documents to another country.  The Egyptian government has officially declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization.
 
 
U.N. declares 2014 hottest year on record

U.N. declares 2014 hottest year on record

02/Feb/2015  //  229 Viewers

The World Meteorological Organization joined federal agencies in confirming Monday that indeed 2014 was the hottest on record.

NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration concluded in January that 2014 temperatures were the hottest since 1880. Those reports concluded the average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces in 2014 was 1.24 degrees Fahrenheit (0.69 degrees Celsius) above the 20th century average, surpassing the previous records of 2005 and 2010.

The United Nations agency was more cautious than NOAA and NASA, acknowledging "that the difference in temperature between the warmest years is only a few hundredths of a degree - less than the margin of uncertainty."

But the WMO said that mattered less than the larger trend which showed 14 of the past 15 years have been the hottest in the 21st century because of rising greenhouse gases mostly from fossil fuels.

"The overall warming trend is more important than the ranking of an individual year," said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud. "Analysis of the datasets indicates that 2014 was nominally the warmest on record, although there is very little difference between the three hottest years."

Average global air temperatures over land and sea surface in 2014 were 1.03 degrees F above the long-term average between the 1961 and 1990. By comparison, temperatures were 1.00 degree F above average in 2010 and 0.98 degree F above average in 2005, according to WMO calculations. The estimated margin of uncertainty was 0.18 degree F.



Like NASA and NOAA, the WMO said a key to understanding the temperature rise was the heat being stored in warming oceans. Around 93 percent of excess energy trapped in the atmosphere from greenhouse gases ends up in the oceans.
£32,000 raised for the man who has to walk 21 miles to work every day

£32,000 raised for the man who has to walk 21 miles to work every day

02/Feb/2015  //  166 Viewers

The story of a man who walks 21 miles everyday to work and back has inspired people to donate $48,000 (£32,000) to help him buy a car.

James Robertson, 56, makes the gruelling march every weekday to his factory job in Detroit, getting just two hours’ sleep a night before he has to wake up and head out again.

After his story was covered in Sunday’s Detroit Free Press a gofundme page was set up to help cover the cost of a car and insurance for Robertson, with some people even offering to provide him with financial advice.

Although Robertson is able to take public transport for some of his journey, poor bus links have forced him to embark on the vast majority of his commute on foot each day.

However his efforts have not gone unnoticed by his boss, Todd Wilson at the plastic moulding factory where he works.

‘I set our attendance standard by this man,’ said Mr Wilson.

‘I say, if this man can get here, walking all those miles through snow and rain, well, I’ll tell you, I have people in Pontiac 10 minutes away and they say they can’t get here — bull!’


Source: http://metro.co.uk/
Northeast hit by snow for second time in a week

Northeast hit by snow for second time in a week

02/Feb/2015  //  178 Viewers

A huge winter storm hit the northeastern United States on Monday, the region's second snowy blast in less than a week, after leaving more than a foot (30 cm) of snow in the Chicago area.

The storm pummeled millions of morning commuters with freezing rain, snow and gusty winds from New York City to Boston.

Up to six inches (15 cm) of snow was forecast for New York City, where the snow and ice caused a crowded subway train to stall on an elevated stretch of track. Boston, already buried under two feet (60 cm) of snow from a blizzard last week, was predicted to see a foot.

 
 

Snow-weary residents could take little comfort from groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, who emerged from his burrow on Monday morning in Pennsylvania and saw his shadow. According to legend, seeing his shadow means six more weeks of winter.

The New England Patriots' victory in Sunday's Super Bowl football game helped some area residents take the newest snowy onslaught in stride.

"The Super Bowl had already made things great and, wow, now we get this," said Steve Pieper, 51, an inventor, walking his dog, Duchess, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

”This is the perfect snowstorm. This is a perfect New England day," he said.

The Super Bowl victory parade in Boston will happen on Tuesday despite the snow, Mayor Marty Walsh announced.

City crews were removing truckloads of snow along a planned parade route, he said.

The National Weather Service warned residents of Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island and northern Connecticut to expect as much as a foot of fresh snow from the "potent" storm.

Plowing crews in Maine, where nearly three feet (90 cm) of snow fell last week, struggled to cope with the fresh accumulation.

“Road crews have been up all night making room for the next round. There’s just no place to put it all,” said Betty Case, town clerk in coastal Lubec, Maine.

Further south, in Brunswick, snow piles in the town storage lot reached some 30 feet (9 meters) high, officials said.

The National Weather Service warned of "dangerous wind chills" through the coming days.

"Bitterly cold weather will settle in behind this system from the Upper Midwest to New England," it said on its website.

Hundreds of flights were canceled or delayed due to snow and ice at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport, Boston Logan International Airport and New York's LaGuardia Airport.

The storm, which dropped more than 19 inches (48 cm) of snow at O'Hare, prompted some Chicago residents to use the traditional "dibs" system to reserve dug-out parking spaces with lawn chairs, laundry baskets or other household items.

“You have to. You put time in, and time is money," said plumber Keith Glover, 32.

If someone were to move his markers and take his spot, he said, “I’d bury the car in snow. Then they can dig it out.”

The Midwest storm had a silver lining, at least, meteorologists said: providing a protective cover for the region's wheat crop against the frigid temperatures expected later this week.



Source: http://www.reuters.com/

Blast after presidential rally in NE Nigeria

Blast after presidential rally in NE Nigeria

02/Feb/2015  //  161 Viewers

KANO, NIGERIA: A blast ripped through a car park outside a stadium minutes after Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan had addressed a re-election campaign rally there on Monday, witnesses said.

Mohammed Bolari, who was at the rally, in the northeastern city of Gombe, said the explosion happened at 3:10 pm (1410 GMT) some three minutes after Jonathan’s departure.

A local reporter, who asked not to be identified, said: “The president had just passed the parking lot and we were trailing behind his convoy when the explosion happened… just 100 metres from the bus we were driving in.”

Jonathan had been speaking to supporters of his ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as part of his bid for re-election at polls in two weeks’ time.

His appearance in the city came just a day after two blasts in the city, including one that targeted a military checkpoint. At least five people were killed.

There was no claim of responsibility for Sunday’s attacks but the city has been hit by suspected Boko Haram militants in the past and suspicion was likely to fall on the extremist group.

Bolari said of the latest blast: “It is difficult to say how many people were affected because of the confused struggle by the huge crowd leaving the venue to escape for fear of another blast.”

The local reporter said that the explosion led to unrest in the city, with crowds of angry youths attacking anyone seen with any PDP signs.

“They were shouting and denouncing the president’s visit which they blamed for the attack,” he added.

“We had a difficult time passing through these crowds. At one point a crowd threw stones at our vehicle. Some reporters sustained cuts from smashed window screens.”



Source: http://tribune.com.pk/

Storm set to dump heavy snow on parts of Northeast

Storm set to dump heavy snow on parts of Northeast

02/Feb/2015  //  205 Viewers

A storm was set to dump heavy snow on parts of the already hard-hit Northeast early Monday, after leaving more than 18 inches of snow in the Chicago area and blanketing much of the Plains and Midwest.

The storm caused the cancellation of hundreds of flights, along with classes and major court cases Monday.

The weather system moved slowly eastward overnight through the Ohio Valley into Pennsylvania and western New York state. It then proceeded to New England, where residents had celebrated the New England Patriots' Super Bowl victory, days after a massive storm brought from 1 to 3 feet of snow to some areas.

The heaviest snowfall is expected throughout the day Monday, with some areas getting as much as 14 inches, before the system clears out over the Atlantic Ocean.

"Snow will fall heavy at times overnight from Michigan to New York State, including Detroit and Buffalo," said AccuWeather.com meteorologist Mike Doll. "Travel conditions will be extremely hazardous along interstates 80 and 90. Snow will change to sleet and freezing rain overnight across central and southeast Pennsylvania."

Four people are known to have died in snowy weather Sunday.

Ohio officials said a Toledo police officer died of an apparent heart attack while shoveling snow in his driveway and the city's 70-year-old mayor was hospitalized after he had a heart attack and his SUV crashed into a pole while he was out checking road conditions.

In Nebraska, a truck driver and a 62-year-old woman died in separate traffic accidents on snowy roads. In Wisconsin, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office said a 64-year-old man with a history of cardiac problems was found dead in his garage after shoveling snow.

By early Monday, the snow storm had brought 17.5 inches of snow to O'Hare International Airport. It was expected to deepen off the southern New England coast, bringing accumulations of 9 to 16 inches to Boston and nearly as much to Hartford, Providence, southern New Hampshire and Vermont.

"For New Englanders, we're used to this during the winter," said Matt Doody of the National Weather Service, but warned that the morning and evening commutes would be messy.

Snowfall totals in New York state were to vary from 6 to 10 inches in Buffalo and Binghamton and 8 to 14 inches in Albany.

The Philadelphia area could get up to an inch of snow and a little ice before rain washes it away. Forecasters expect about 3 to 5 inches to fall in the Lehigh Valley and 5 to 11 inches in the northern part of Pennsylvania.


Source: http://www.usatoday.com/

Investigators attempting to determine cause of plane collision in Mat-Su Valley

Investigators attempting to determine cause of plane collision in Mat-Su Valley

02/Feb/2015  //  211 Viewers

ANCHORAGE - In the wake of a mid-air collision between an Alaska Wildlife Trooper plane and another plane, Saturday afternoon, investigators are attempting to determine the cause of this crash and make the Mat-Su Valley airspace safer for pilots.

The Saturday afternoon mid-air collision near Wasilla, is the third of its kind in the area, following one in 2006 and another in 2011.

"The airspace where this accident took place is referred to as 'uncontrolled airspace' where the rule of the road is see and avoid," said National Transportation Saftey Board, Alaska head, Clint Johnson.

"You (pilots) look out the window you see the other aircraft and you stay out of its way," said Tom George of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, of flying in the Mat-Su Valley airspace.

However, there are safety concerns with this method.

"All aircrafts have blind spots or places that it's harder to see, like driving a car. So if another airplane was approaching you from one of your blind spots, you  might not see it," said George.

Officials hope that pilots flying in the area are on the same radio frequency and are communicating with each other. However, this does not always happen, and was the reason for the 2011 crash that killed four people.

"It (the 2011 crash) caused FAA and the community to look at the guidance and use of radio frequencies in the area," George said.

George further stated that in May, the FAA undertook a "vigorous education campaign" regarding the changes they implemented following the 2011 crash.

Investigators are still attempting to determine whether lack of communication between the pilots was a cause for the mid-air collision, Saturday.

"Because of the damage to both of these airplanes we don't know which frequencies they were on," said Johnson.

Source: http://www.ktuu.com/