99.4 inches of snow fell (so far—it’s not all over yet) and mean temp was about 4 degrees lower than average.
"The site where the modern-day supermarket is situated was formerly a hospital."
"The report also said that millions spent to bring state police officers and guardsmen to the border and give them time to develop relationships with local law enforcement helped push the cost of Operation Strong Safety II beyond $100 million."
I know. Shame on me, right?
"In a letter denying Bryan’s case, King wrote that in Florida, an accidental discharge of a firearm that kills someone—even if it is the result of gross negligence—cannot be prosecuted."
"wash your kid if he stinks or is visibly dirty"
(Or, as my grandmother would say, you’ve got to eat a peck of dirt before you die. You can look up “peck” for yourself.)
"Local officials stung by a recent decision to ban natural gas fracking have raised the idea of redrawing the Keystone State’s border. Even though they don’t expect it to happen, members of the Upstate New York Towns Association hope the specter of secession will result in something — anything — good for a struggling part of the state peering enviously over the state line."
"This is in anticipation of another round of snow on the way Sunday evening. Boston has experienced its second snowiest season so far with 102 inches of snow, only 5.6 inches away from the all-time record set during the 1995-1996 season."
(We could get another three inches tomorrow night, but sooner or later it’s got to stop, right?)
I tried two different routes to the grocery store, gave up on both, and visited the nearest junk-food emporium instead. That's my excuse. Open season on junk food until Monday.
We might get over freezing a few times next week and maybe some of this stuff will just go away.
"The Northeast woke up to another frigid morning on Saturday. And the first day of March should feel — well, a lot like the end of February. The forecast low for Sunday is 15 in New York, 2 in Buffalo and an even zero in Albany, New York."
Warmer soon, but first one more winter storm, say forecasters.
"Dang! Have you ever seen waves get so cold they turn to slurpee?"
"Trump will move to Maine and raise beets before he runs for president. It’s not happening, no way, no chance, let’s be real."
"The fact that a single image could polarize the entire Internet into two aggressive camps is, let’s face it, just another Thursday."
"‘When we landed the Mars Pathfinder, we did Mars time,’ Trosper said in a phone interview from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. ‘That’s the first time we ever did Mars time.’ They stayed on Mars time for only a month. Having an extra 40 minutes to the day every day quickly added up—the difference between 6 p.m. on Earth and 6:40 p.m. on Mars one week turned into the difference between 6 p.m. on Earth and 11:20 p.m. on Mars a week later. Unlike time-zone differences, where the time on the clock is different but days pass in the same 24-hour increments, the time differences between Earth and Mars compound quickly."
"It has been a tough year for what once passed as conventional wisdom."
"With weeks of debilitating storms that covered the city in more than 100 inches of snow, trash collection has become a daunting mission. In some areas, garbage bins and dumpsters sit buried deep in snow, hidden behind colossal snowbanks or dangerously perched atop mounds of snow. Drivers must navigate icy roads with remarkable skill and precision to avoid damaging vehicles on the street."
"Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday that his experience taking on thousands of union protesters in his state helped prepare him to take on terrorists across the world."
And this guy they applaud?
…when we can be happy the President is involved in “no major scandal."
"‘I think that says a lot about the ethical strictures of this administration,’ he added. "
"Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) on Thursday…said that you could either believe ‘every major American scientific society,’ the Navy, NASA, and Pope Francis that climate change is real or ‘you can believe the senator with the snowball.…
"Inhofe threw the snowball as part of an effort to dismiss climate change. The Oklahoma Republican said the snowball was from outside in Washington, using cold weather to argue against claims that greenhouse gases are behind an increase in the earth’s temperature.
"'It’s a snowball. And it’s just from outside here. So it’s very, very cold out. Very unseasonable,' Inhofe said. "
"‘Uh oh! Noooo!’ he said, as he looked at an empty cookie rack. ‘Say it isn’t so!’"
"A pipe that burst during Michigan's deep freeze is being blamed for flooding the lower levels of a mostly vacant 38-story building in downtown Detroit with 2 million gallons of water."
"Over the past century, Congress has passed laws guaranteeing birthright citizenship to residents of US territories, including Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands. But American Samoa, a Pacific Island chain that is home to some 55,000 people, is the lone exception. American Samoans are classified as noncitizen nationals."
"A Darker Shade Of Magic reads with the ease of a young-adult novel, with short paragraphs, quick-moving prose, and plenty of action. But it's grimmer even than the current bout of post-Hunger Games YA."
The book in question is described as an adult (as opposed to young-adult) (and also as opposed to “adult,” which is a whole other thing) novel. I am confused.
Fortunately I don’t like “magic’ books much, but still. On what shelf would one put, say. A Tale of Two Cities today? Ancient-adult, maybe.
"Emilie Dressaire, who's now an assistant professor at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, started thinking about the integrity of foamy liquids when a Starbucks employee told her she wouldn't need a lid stopper to keep her latte from spilling. Her colleague Alban Sauret, now a researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research, had recognized the same difference in foamy beers."
"At first he shipped 16.9-ounce snow-filled bottles for $19.99, but he found the snow melted by the time it arrived at its destination.
"So he came up with a new plan, selling six pounds at a time. He tells Boston.com even if the snow melts a little by the time it arrives, the package can still make 10 to 15 snowballs."
"The great difference between snowstorms and politicians is that the snow eventually disappears."
"It’s always the cute ones you have to watch out for, isn’t it?"
"But scientists warned of accelerated temperature rises once the global warming hiatus has ended."
For a while.
"Rosanne Di Guilio’s kitchen, living room and porch now belong to her neighbor Alethea Jacob, 52, who snatched up .2 acres of the half-acre plot for $275 at a county auction after it went into foreclosure in 2010."
Gives new meaning to borrowing a cup of sugar from your neighbor.
"Unusually cold air will prevail across most of the Eastern U.S. for yet another week, making some inroads into the central states. Snow and ice continue to plague parts of the South and Atlantic: significant sleet and freezing rain are possible today from northeast Texas into Mississippi. Another round of wintry precipitation is likely midweek across parts of the mid-South, with the focus beginning to shift westward in a long-awaited pattern change by next weekend.
"Apart from these events--and the record snow burying most of New England--it’s the cold that’s made its mark on the eastern United States this winter."