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. Vankman

    Amuzingly, it's 70 and dry here. It normally isnt.

    December 20, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Myeshia

    It's 76 here in Dallas. I am sure we will suffer this coming summer! Or last summer was brutal.

    December 20, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. cleat

    the only difference IS man...the earth dont care before us and dont care now...they difference is we build a house on a desolate hill side that will washoout in a heavy rain...they you blame US changing the weather. The weather hasnt changed- its man bulding on every square inch of land no matter what the danger.
    No different for earthquake or hurricane blame teh "crazy" weather...blame yourself for poor choices.

    December 20, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Allan

    Seriously, anyone that claims a story about how cold it is right now disproves the existence of global warming obviously hasn't done their homework. People want to make this issue about money or political agenda because Al Gore put his face on it a few years ago. The bottom line is that while no empirical evidence exists, the correlation between shifts in weather patterns and humans polluting the air is undeniable. No one can predict what the long term effect will be. We can either choose to do nothing and continue to make decisions that only consider the short term, or we, as a people, can decide that we do care about our children and our children's children. Our decision to consider nature as a possession rather than the source of all life on this planet could very well be our downfall. The good news for us? None of us will live long enough to see the effects our short-sighted greed and ignorance will have on this planet. The bad news? We dont see beyond our own lives...

    December 20, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      I think that's a bit unfair. People are becoming more aware of the changes that are occurring, and are starting to conserve. Thee biggest problem is that there are currently very limited changes that can be made particularly in the US that won't destroy the way we currently live. Wind farms are sprouting up but way to many people are saying not in my back yard, I can't even put solar panels on my roof or in my yard, let along a wind turbine due to HOA regulations, and renuable energy currently costs twice what electricity from standard sources cost. I can't afford to run my air conditioning in the summer in Austin with renuable energy.

      December 20, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allan

      You do realize that is because we have not made enough of an effort on Capitol Hill to address this properly. Far too much money is being made on the old technology to properly address the cost issue. Force the power companies to meet standards for greenhouse gases. Force them to employ scientists and researchers who work to improve our polluting ways. Sound crazy? Almost as crazy as apathetic businessmen who only care about lining their pockets lobbying our government to sit pat and do nothing. We either do nothing and take our chances OR we play it safe and ensure a better future. Greed far outweighs consicousness....whatever happens, we deserve our fate...

      December 20, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Allan, you don't have to run your entire house on renewable energy, but you can do something.

      You can get a $2.50/watt solar PV rebate from Austin Energy, and a 30% tax credit on top of that. Have you gotten a bid for solar? You may be surprised at what you can afford. And it's awfully nice to make your own energy on your roof; you know utility rates aren't going down anytime soon!

      On the consumption side, I challenge you to look at your electric usage for the last year or two and see what you can do to make it go down. Most people I know don't even read their electric bills and until people start paying attention, nothing's going to change.

      Renewable energy on one end, conservation on the other, and people really can start to make a difference.

      December 20, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Sorry, that was supposed to be a reply to Bill. 🙂

      December 20, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Bill, in Austin you can also sign up for GreenChoice renewable energy for a fee. If you can't afford it, find a way to save enough electricity to drop your bill by $20 and voila, you can afford it.

      There are so many options to move us in the right direction, people just need to care enough, and be aware enough, to start.

      December 20, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bill

    75 degrees today in Austin, a beautiful day. Going to be 80 tomorrow and then back closer to normal. I'ts called LA Nina.

    December 20, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John

    Eyjafjallajökull??? Iam surprised no one is mentioning the icelandic volcano that erupted earlier this year that could be the cause of some of this crazy winter weather. Launching some 330,000,000 cu yd of dust into the air has to affect something so should make for a very interesting winter.

    December 20, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. wordsnorth

    Here in Alaska, just normal winter with some places close to -60 F and some places zeroish. We like our snow and cold. Now, if we could just get Palin to move to Antarctica, we'd be quite happy.

    December 20, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karainyellowstonecountry

      Gives Wordsnorth a High Five!

      December 20, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Karainyellowstonecountry

    It's kinda funny how everyone freaks out over something like this. I live where it get -40 and we get over 180in per winter, we got dumped on again but thats what it is, Winter! B thankful for what you have and stop complaining! lol BTW I think most of you posted some very funny stuff! Thanks for making me laugh today everyone! :p

    December 20, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • wordsnorth

      Yes, perspective does provide a little humor. It's always fun to see reactions to a skiff of snow in places unaccustomed to such hardship and doom 😉

      December 20, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Schniggy VonFlugen

    A couple of comments:
    1. For those losing their minds regarding snow. Try to relax. For those of us that have been through it...over and over (I live at 9000' AMSL), 6+' of snow is not that big of a deal. Keep a good supply of food, water comes from a well that can be manually operated in the event of loss electricity, heat comes from wood. No problem. If food runs low and roads are impassible, simply snow shoe to the nearest store (about 1 hour round trip where I am). In the event of food emergency, deer/elk in my property daily. Just because you can't imagine your life without your Beamer (much less without anything else) doesn't make it impossible or even scary.
    2. Try not to be ignorant about global warming. It can result in cold weather in some areas, warmer in others. For example, I usually have 2+' of snow by now and have....NONE. Warmest, driest Nov/Dec in a very long time in this area. Personally I'd rather be buried. I recall a couple of years where I had to jump out the window so I could then unbury the door. I'm sure my turn is coming.....probably in Spring as is usually the case when Winter is unusually dry.

    December 20, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Pete

    Everything is normal here in Colorado. In fact because of La Nina, we have a drier and more milder winter. Yay for cylical events...

    December 20, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeffrey

    There is no such thing as "normal" weather. It's called a 30-year AVERAGE. Most meteorologist misuse "normal" all the time. I have to rely on what the experts are seeing at the poles. There is definitely something unique going on with the ice caps and the disappearance of glaciers. We should be interested in that factt and do things in our daily lives to affect change to help prevent further damage. The nuances in local weather from year to year do not alarm me in the least. When I was a kid in the North GA mountains we always had snow every winter, then my family just experienced several years where there was very little snow each year. Last year was extremely snowy and it has been so far this winter too with schools being cancelled four days last week alone (and winter hasn't even officially started). That alone does not prove or disprove abnormal weather patterns.

    December 20, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Goatfish

    I love how this article makes me worried about the rest of the winter. Regardless, an untaxed weather system is a welcome weather system. Enjoy it while you can.

    December 20, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. conrael

    Is "worst of all lady guyguy's concert was canceled" suppose to be humorous, people are and will lose their lives and homes because of this random weather, good job spitting on those ho are suffering in America.

    December 20, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheLastOneofMPLS

      Wow! There is some sense.

      December 20, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sherri W.W.


    December 20, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      CAPS is cruise control for cool

      December 20, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Gail

    Boo Hoo-it's raining in San Diego....go Chargers!!!

    December 20, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
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