The weather outside is frightful almost everywhere
December 20th, 2010
12:14 PM ET

The weather outside is frightful almost everywhere

Wherever you may be today, there's a good chance you're walking in a winter wonderland. Mostly because it isn't safe to drive or fly.

A winter storm warning remained in effect through Monday afternoon for California's Sierra Nevada mountains, where 5 to 10 feet of snow could accumulate on top of the 9 to 10 feet that fell in some areas Sunday.

Heavy rains prompted the emergency evacuation Monday of nearly 2,000 residents of a flooding Southern California town and the
temporary closure of at least two highways because of mudslides.

Residents near McFarland were being evacuated Monday because of what Fire Department spokesman Sean Collins called "major flooding."

The area has been inundated with rain for four days, with totals ranging as high as 10 inches. The National Weather Service said additional rain is expected in the area through Tuesday.

Heavy snow was snarling air travel in Europe, where hundreds of flights were canceled in London, Paris, Frankfurt and Berlin. And just for good measure, the temperature reached zero degrees  Fahrenheit overnight in Northern Ireland.

London's Gatwick Airport was closed until Tuesday morning after 5 cm (2 inches) of snow fell in an hour Monday night, airport officials reported.

Airport staff was working to make stranded passengers "as comfortable as possible," but it advised other travelers to check before they left for the airport to make sure their flights were still scheduled.

Australians may see a white Christmas for the first time in decades after up to 11 inches of snow fell in New South Wales and smaller amounts in Victoria. Aussies traditionally sunbathe on the beach on Christmas.

Even people in Minnesota are complaining about winter weather. Punter Chris Kluwe says the outdoor stadium where his Vikings will play Monday night is unplayable because of cold and ice. Watch out, Chris: The area is under a game-time winter storm warning.

Perhaps worst of all, Lady Gaga had to postpone her Sunday night concert in Paris because her 28 trucks could not get into the city under a snow ban.

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  1. charles bowen

    Photo #2 LOOKS LIKE A 10 TO ME ! Great Eyes Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    December 20, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • wa2go

      10 would be a gross understatement!

      December 20, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JT

    be nice to have some of that snow here! 45F and sunny right now. Usually in the 60s but I'll take the cold (if only we could get some precipitation to go with it)

    December 20, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. G. in Gilbert, Arizona

    ooo you to LOVE this weather – it maybe the desert state – but we're happy right now.....

    December 20, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Must be nice... I hate winter, but am stuck as live in Canada..keep telling my mom she emigrated to the wrong country..LOL

      December 20, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jesse in KC

    Beautiful weather here in KC, 40's and overcast, but this time last year there was snow everywhere.

    And yes, it's called climate change. Yes, human's are a contributing factor to it. Yes, the effects have (mostly) been grossly exaggerated and have therefore weakend the side of those pushing to prevent mankinds contributions (or at least minimize them), but it doesn't stop the fact that it IS a fact that we're a contributing factor to this. However, no one really knows what lasting effects it'll cause.

    Either way, crazy weather, but not really THAT crazy, it happens.

    December 20, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Shandooga

    So, I guess Global Warming has been canceled due to "leaks"?

    December 20, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Durson

      or do you have no understanding of sample size?

      December 20, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. UCFKnightman

    It's called "Volcano" weather. That volcano in Iceland put out enough ash that climatologists, months ago, predicted a cooler trend for the next couple years, it's happened MANY MANY MANY times before. It's normal, relax.

    December 20, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      How DARE you bring another climate influencing factor that is not directly related to humans into this discussion. This is clearly all our fault. Clearly.

      December 20, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karainyellowstonecountry

      LOL UCF, Try living on a super volcano that everyone is always thinking is going to blow up. people will panic over anything! ;p

      December 20, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mike Rice

    Its snowing in December!!! Oh my God this never happened before in earths four billion year history!!! It must be climate change. Raise the taxes to save the planet

    December 20, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Durson

      Wow....your deep understanding of science is enviable! Let me evolution either?

      December 20, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      @Durson, yes clearly never in the geologic history has temperature climbed to 15 degrees higher than current temperates, or experience ice ages. Let us forget the fact that the majority of the planet's life has been dominated by hot, greenhouse, climates. Forget that we are in an interglacial time and that polar ice caps are a rarity in geologic time. We can't look at the whole picture, we should only be using a sample size consisting of 1998 to present.

      December 20, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Durson

      I forgot that we haven't been recording weather prior to 1998.

      Also, since you seem to know so much about the earth's history, do you know what happened during times of wild weathr fluctuations in the past?

      December 20, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. God (your landlord)

    Sorry folks, just a few kinks to work out. The boys are down there right now, having a lookt.
    Give us about 4000 years to get it back to normal, it'll be right as rain.
    Hey, how much are you paying in rent, think about that.
    Look, if you don't like it you can go live on Mars. You think the winters here are bad?

    December 20, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Durson

    People are such idiots thinking that this cold spell means no global warming. Wake up and realize that this is the hottest year on record and that part of global warming includes weather instability. Tired of the hacks on the right questioning solid science by generalizing a very small, select sample. Idiots.

    December 20, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      I've been tracking the highs and lows for my local airport (surrounded by acres of asphalt) for the past 3 years last year was 2 degrees colder then the previous and this year is 1.76 degrees colder than last. If it's "global warming" then why am I cooling off?

      December 20, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Durson

      Jeff, your airport is cooling off. The rest of the world, particularly the ice caps are heating up. Imagine if others are collecting data on a much larger scale than you are and it is saying something alarming. Imagine.

      December 20, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Jeff, I have to say that 3 samples in 1 location over 3 years is a bit hard to generalize. Surely you know that...

      December 20, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. STEVE D

    This is all normal stuff... just look back at every decade for the last 100 yrs... their always has been some type
    major weather event hitting the news, dozens of Nor'easters, Droughts in the South, North, West, East, Heat Waves
    in every part of the country, Drenching rains everywhere, Hurricanes all the time, Tornados, Earthquakes, these
    events happen all the time and you only have to look at the past, some worse than other's, some not. I'm in Southern
    Calif born & raised... ooohhhh i'm so scared that i'm going to drown... are you kidding... from San Diego to Eureka...
    is one Big F****king Concrete parking lot... the only thing i get to watch is Rain water going down the Gutter...
    and all those Fakes driving around in their Range Ug Boots... hahahahahahaha ... so all you doomsday
    freaks chill out, and enjoy your two or three days of hell...

    December 20, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. A happy skier

    Not everyone thinks snow is bad...I love it...send your 10 feet of snow to the east coast please!!

    December 20, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Travis

    There's a difference between global climate change and global warming.

    Global climate change has been going on since the beginning of our planet.. People want to make money by switching it to global warming, that man is the cause of all of this yet it started happening since the first day this earth was formed.

    Sad global warming money seekers.

    December 20, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Durson

      Travis: hottest year on record...that says a lot. How much of the arctic needs to disappear before you come around to appreciating the real situation?

      December 20, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      It's called weather. Show me a weather model that will accurately predict 10 days out the exact (within hundreths of unit) temperature by hour, and exact precipitation we will recieve during that time period, and wind gusts. It can't happen right now. Weather is constantly fluctuating. Yes you can claim to look at the long term trends, but how can you claim to accurately predict those large scale tends when we don't have the precision or accuracy to predict short-term trends. If metrologists need to constatly refine, change, and modify weather forecasts, how can we take what climatologists use from computer models as accurate fact.

      December 20, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Durson have missed the fact entirely! Until we have a chaos model that can predict the weather 10 days out, let's not worry about global changes that are evidenced in abundance. Good logic there!

      December 20, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skeptic

      Humans have only been driving millions of automobiles for a couple hundred years.
      It is that impact to which the term "global warming" refers.

      Modern human-accelerated climate change is not a naturally occurring phenomenon unless you really believe yearly burning millions of tons of fossil fuel has zero affect on the atmosphere.

      December 20, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Danielle

    Gosh Darn That Global Warming!!! 🙂

    December 20, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Durson

      spoken like a mama grizzly. Learn some science!

      December 20, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric



      If people would turn off Dancing with the Stars for about 2 minutes and pay attention to the world around them they may just notice that things are changing even in their own back yards.

      December 20, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JJstuart1

    Where is the logic in any of this? Climate changes take place on the order of hundreds, if not thousands, of years. A few fleeting weather events and everyone is panic striken. One must interrupt the weather, and climate change on a whole, by seasonal averages not the latest storm,

    December 20, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Don Ramon

    This was predicted by the Mayans. Prepare for the big freeze.

    December 20, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
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