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NASA infrared data sees birth of 10th tropical depression in Southern Indian Ocean near Australian coast

© NASA/JPL, Ed OlsenNASA's Aqua satellite captured an infrared image of Tropical Storm 10S on Jan. 25 at 05:53 UTC (12:53 a.m. EST). The image shows most of the coldest cloud tops (-63 Fahrenheit) and strongest thunderstorms over appear (in purple) over the Southern Indian Ocean, and some along the extreme northern coast of Western Australia. The red coloration further south is the heat of the land.
NASA's Aqua satellite captured an infrared image of the very cold clouds that house powerful thunderstorms within the Southern Indian Ocean's newest tropical depression, number 10S. The depression quickly strengthened into a tropical storm and continues to affect the northern coast of Western Australia.

When Aqua passed over the Tropical Storm 10S on January 25 at 05:53 UTC (12:53 a.m. EST), the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument captured an infrared image of the storm's clouds. The image showed that most of the coldest cloud tops (-63 Fahrenheit/-52 Celsius) and strongest thunderstorms over appeared over the Southern Indian Ocean, and some along the extreme northern coast of Western Australia. The infrared image also showed the contrasting heat of the land.

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Massachusetts, US: Arctic Blast Leaves Many Frozen in Place

© Suzanne Kreiter/Boston GlobeBoston shivered yesterday in the coldest weather to hit the area in six years. Above, Keith Saviano dug out his truck from the roof down in Framingham.
Travel stalls, shelters fill, but warming on way

The coldest weather to strike Boston in six years wreaked havoc on commuters yesterday, freezing car batteries across the region and leaving thousands shivering in the bitter cold on exposed platforms as they waited for MBTA trains that either broke down or were stalled behind those that did.

An Arctic blast drove the officially recorded temperature down to minus 2 at Logan International Airport, minus 9 in Bedford, and minus 24 in the Franklin County town of Orange. Emergency responders said the region appeared to be spared death and serious injury. But hundreds called to seek heating assistance and other help coping with the extreme cold, and homeless shelters were over capacity.

Eleanor Vallier-Talbot, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton, said the minus 2 at Logan was the first sub-zero temperature in Boston in six years and matched the low of Jan. 22, 2005.

The mercury crept back above zero by midmorning and hit 10 at Logan in time for lunch. More normal January temperatures, highs in the 30s and lows in the 20s, are expected today and tomorrow, just in time for a predicted mix of snow, rain, and sleet, courtesy of a storm headed this way from the Gulf of Mexico.

The National Weather Service warned that the storm could bring coastal flooding, as well as the usual winter roadway hazards.


Disruptive Snow Hitting from Arkansas to the Ohio Valley

The corridor from Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee to the Ohio Valley has become the target of the latest cross-country snowstorm that will eventually head to the Northeast.

Places in the path of today's snow and plunging temperatures are sure to face disruptions to travel and daily routines.

Roads and sidewalks were a skating rink around Oklahoma City this morning. Freezing rain followed by a coating of snow and temperatures plunging into the teens led to numerous accidents and prompted officials to close schools.

A similar fate with precipitation and plunging temperatures is likely around Little Rock, Ark. this afternoon and Memphis this evening.



US: Snow for the Frigid Midwest, Great Lakes

The Great Lakes and Midwest will not only have to endure brutal cold through this weekend, but also snow from the lake-effect snow machine and an Alberta clipper.

Lake-effect snow is already under way across the western Great Lakes, and will continue to develop downwind of lakes Erie and Ontario as today progresses and frigid air invades the Northeast.

The Winter Weather Center is expecting up to several inches of snow to accumulate to the lee of the Great Lakes today.

Snow-covered, slick roadways will create travel hazards for motorists. Bitterly cold winds will worsen the situation by blowing and drifting the snow.

Poor visibility is an added danger where the most intense bands unleash a heavy burst of snow.

One of these intense lake-effect bands will continue to develop in the vicinity of Syracuse, N.Y., today. The heaviest totals from this band will approach a foot into tonight north of the city.

As the lake-effect snow machine cranks up, an Alberta clipper will continue to deliver snow to the northern and central Plains today.

© AccuWeather.comThe Alberta clipper and its nuisance snow will move through the Great Lakes this weekend, especially during the first half


New record cold temperatures in Minnesota

Babbitt, Minnesota where a frigid morning low temperature of -46 degrees was recorded on January 21, 2011.
From NWS Duluth, MN, an old record beaten by five degrees:
Record weather event
National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

5:18 PM CST. Fri Jan 21, 2011

...Record Low Temperature Set At International Falls, Minnesota...

A record low temperature of -46 degrees F was set at International Falls, Minnesota today. This breaks the old record of -41 F set in 1954.


US: Minus 36 degrees, minus 50 degrees in places! Two die as Arctic comes to Northeast

© Mark Lennihan / Associated PressA wind chill made it feel like a few degrees below zero Monday morning as these folks waited for a bus in New York City.
Two people froze to death, including one woman whose frozen body was found on a driveway, as an Arctic blast hit the northern U.S., dropping temperatures as low as minus 36 degrees.

The wind chill in some areas of New England was expected to make it feel as cold as 50 degrees below zero.

Schools in western and northeastern Pennsylvania, across upstate New York and parts of Vermont and New Hampshire closed their doors or delayed openings to protect students.

In upstate New York, the National Weather Service issued wind chill advisories and warnings for much of the region on Monday, including the Adirondacks where the low was 36 below in Saranac Lake early Monday morning.

The Arctic temperatures led Amtrak to suspend rail service Monday morning between Albany and New York City because the extreme cold affected signals and switches. Amtrak hoped to resume limited service between the two cities later Monday. Other rail lines are still running.

In Montpelier, Vt., it was 21 below at 7 a.m.

"Snot-freezing cold," was how Kelly Walsh, 28, described it, walking home from an auto parts store after buying a new battery for her car, which wouldn't start Monday morning.

"I usually really like it. Today is a bit of nuisance," she said.

Others agreed.

Will Forest, a 53-year-old web designer who was walking to work, called the cold "indescribable."


UK: M45 shut for hours by freezing rain

The UK M45 motorway was shut for several hours by the Highways Agency for safety reasons after freezing rain fell.

Officials said the decision to shut the motorway, in Warwickshire and Northamptonshire, was taken after two minor collisions early on Sunday.

The M45 was shut at about 0500 GMT to allow salt spreading to take place and it reopened westbound at about 0950 GMT and eastbound at 1030 GMT.

The agency said the motorway had been treated overnight.

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New Zealand: Storm pounds North Island

New Zealand flood
© Benjamin EitelbergAuckland, Kohimarama Road
Walls of sandbags are being erected as dozens of Auckland house owners prepare for a second bout of flooding in 24 hours.

The Auckland Civil Defence emergency coordination centre has been activated and controller Clive Manley says the region will continue to be affected by gales.

Residents of Herald Island are bracing for another surge of water at high tide.

About 30 Herald Island properties were evacuated and properties in Maratai, Leigh, Clevedon, Beachlands and Sandspit were flooded by intense rain which hit the city last night.

Manley says those areas are likely to be flooded again during high tide at midnight.

He has sent workers to shore up the Herald Is properties with sandbags.

"Those properties will remain evacuated overnight. People will keep away from those areas."

The weather has cut power in Remuera and in Mt Wellington, while in west Auckland, residents at Piha, Titirangi and Henderson have been without electricity.

Vector says it has been working on fixing the fault, but some areas may be without power because of damage to service lines.


Video: U.S. shivers from season's coldest weather

Bitter cold grips most of U.S. Currently the North Eastern United States and as many as 32 Eastern States are seeing heavy winter snow. Temperatures in many states are seeing double digit negative temperatures.

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Vietnam: Cold Ruins Peach Blossom Harvest

Vietnamese farmer w/ peach trees
© VNA/VNS/Thanh HaFarmers in Nhat Tan gardens in Ha Noi's Tay Ho District get peach trees ready for market. Local growers worry that the cold will prevent trees from producing blossoms in time for Tet.
Ha Noi - Horticulturalist Tran Tien Dung feels sad as he looks around his garden of 500 peach-blossom trees. More than half show no sign of being able to open their gorgeous red or pink flowers for Tet.

It is a poignant reminder for Dung, and all Hanoians, of the remarkable cold spell that is hovering over the north. The image of Tet with its banh chung xanh (green bean cake) and hoa dao do (red peach blossoms) has been engraved in their minds.

Peach flowers are believed to bring wealth and luck - and to chase away evil spirits. But this is not the case for Nhat Tan peach-flower village, the best known in the north, which has 30ha of peach trees in all sizes.

This year, there are many growers like Dung who are facing failure brought on by the bitter weather which hit the north in early January.

"In 20 years, this is the first time the weather has turned this cold. Most of the trees will be lucky to survive, let alone produce flowers," said Dung.