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2016-Jan-23, 07:22 AM
NEW JERSEY- The monstrous ‘Blizzard of 2016’ predicted by weather forecasters for days has struck a wide swath of the US East Coast from the Gulf coast to the Carolinas to New York and soon into New England, with full fury today, Friday, Jan. 22.
NASA and NOAA satellites are tracking the storm which is already inundating the biggest population centers, affecting some 85 million people up and down the Atlantic Coast, as it moves in a northeasterly direction.
This afternoon, NASA and NOAA released a series of eyepopping satellite images showing the massive extent of the storm, which may drop historic amounts of snow on Washington DC and other cities over the day 24 to 48 hours.
The two agencies released a particularly striking image, shown above, showing the storm swarming over virtually the entire continental US as it was closing in on the East coast cites.
It was taken Friday afternoon by the NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite showing the approaching blizzard around 2:35 a.m. EST on Jan. 22, 2016 using the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument's Day-Night band.
States of Emergency have been declared by Governors of states from Virginia to New England, and the list is growing.
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2016-Jan-23, 02:23 PM
Sitting, as I do, in the northeastern US, I see a moderate snow storm. Maybe there's a blizzard coming, but it's not here yet.

I'm rather appalled by the increasing level of weather disaster hype.

2016-Jan-24, 02:58 PM
Since I live in Buffalo, the tiny amounts of snow offered up by this storm is laughable. However, blizzards are a special type of doom. There is a practical point where you have to acknowledge that getting inside is the only option. There is no such thing as making that choice too soon. Too late is often dire.

2016-Jan-24, 07:39 PM
The storm isn't so bad if........IF..... people simply stay home. Just don't challenge a storm. It's so simple. DUH. You don't need to be out there. There's nothing more important than your own safety. You can only come to grief and make more grief for the trucks trying to clear the roads. At the least, you are going to trash a good car or suv. That should get your attention. Then grief starts adding up to the point where you are stuck without fuel, heat, hope, food and water , in exchange for frostbite and death.
Where's the upside? I think Spock would stay home. Hey.... I've got a heavy GMC Yukon with new tires and I stay home.
I can read about fools in the paper. The junk yards are full of them. They're the ones with the sausages for tires. If they don't move, you don't move. It's as simple as that.
There's something to be said for self-preservation.

2016-Jan-24, 08:55 PM
In this case, I think major problems are a) that people drive a lot more than forty or fifty years ago, and do a lot more of it on highways and b) state road and municipal road clearance is less effective.