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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soundoff (278 Responses)
  1. Bob

    I am in England @ -15C, Can I come and live with you???

    December 20, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stinky Britches

      Bloody bollocks that's cold! I never think of England as getting that cold. Only -1 C/31 F in Washington DC right now, but I'm headed to South Florida tomorrow. I'll try and bring back some warm from the Keys.

      December 20, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. LGN

    So much for global warming.

    December 20, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      So much for any ability to apply critical thought to anything.....

      December 20, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larissa

      Scott if there was a like button, I'd hit it a million times for that one.

      December 20, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • phill

      your a idiot....

      December 20, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • ichi

      Your grammar is awful.

      December 20, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Durson

      Thank you Scott....people are such fools. Fueled by Glenn Beck and the republican band of will be a miracle if any science remains if these buffoons are in office.

      December 21, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • KyleXR8

      LGN, you need a primer on basic climate change data. Perhaps something beyond your own backyard. See ClimateHQ at for what's actually going on around the world.

      December 23, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. LaPZ06

    20 years ago,you could stay outside all day,no skin protection,and come home with a mild sun burn,20 years later,1/2 hour without the skin protection results in a bad burn,needing aloe,possibly a doctor,what do you think it's gonna be like 10 or 20 yrs from now is gonna be like????? Live in a bubble???, THE WORLD IS ENDING...except that,it doesn't take a genius,but it does take a little common sense.

    December 20, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkD

      In a few billion years the sun will burn out. We're doomed anyway.

      It's Syracuse, it's winter, it is or will be snowing. Like I said, doomed.

      December 21, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. NIk

    Oh goodness, 5 feet of snow will fall at the most in CA Sierras.

    December 20, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Larissa

    Everytime there's a "newsworthy" story about cold weather in *gasp!* winter, people are oh so quick to jump on the "So where's your global warming now?" bandwagon. If you can't understand the difference between weather and climate, please refrain from so loudly displaying your ignorance in public places. It's supposed to be cold in winter and warm in the summer. Cold weather in winter and hot weather in summer do not prove or disprove the theory of climate change. You might want to look up the definition of climate sometime...

    December 20, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • RachelW

      Larissa, before you take such a condescending tone perhaps you yourself better figure out how weather and climate are related. Weather is short term, and climate is long term, yes, however climate is dependent upon weather. It also doesn't help furthering your point when almost all "Global Warming Theories" are based upon a relatively short time-period, about 40 years. With such a small scope, any weather fluctuations from year to year, like the past two extreme winters we've had, create a skew in the data. So yes, a series of extreme weather events get averaged into a longer term data set and create climate data.

      December 20, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Global Warming is true

      December 20, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Rachel, before YOU start posting replies, trying to prove someone wrong, you need to get your facts straight. At least you recognize that weather and climate are two different processes, but climate depends on factors entirely different than the more short term weather. TECHNICALLY, climate is a long term average of the short term weather, but the factors that influence climate are NOT the same factors that influence the weather in the short term. And furthermore, the climate data is not based of a mere 40 years of records. Among a large variety of scientifically proven methods, ice core data has allowed scientists to recreate the climate record for HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of years. Climate change (a better term than global warming) is real and is something that we need to understand. And be careful talking about "extreme events." Those events are very localized and the definition of extreme events is very subjective.

      December 20, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • RachelW

      Sean, ice core data does go back thousands of years, but all it shows is that the earth has warmed and cooled over time. The theory of global warming is based on recent data, some of which was falsified (climategate). These periods of heat and cold is a natural part of the history of our climate on earth. What the global warming people are trying to have us believe is that CO2 in the ice core samples shows that it was the mechanism creating these periods of global warmth, when in reality the CO2 tracks the global temperature with a time delay. This means that the sun warmed our planet, ice melted, the oceans warmed, and CO2 was released....not the other way around.

      December 21, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Durson

      RachelW the expert from the "National Laboratory". Please give it a rest...being an assistant in a laboratory for the DOE doesn't make you an expert on the global climate. There is very solid scientific research pointing to a change in the climate with a very real possibility that our actions may be the root. It would be silly to stick our head in the sand and pretend this is part of the regular historical change (and frankly, given what happens to the environment during global weather changes, it behooves us to pay attention to the situation regardless of wether we caused it or not).

      Science, learn about's fun!

      December 21, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • RachelW

      Durson, go ahead and insult me with rude, and not even accurate personal attacks rather than refuting the facts I have presented. Thats pretty juvenile. I never called myself an expert, just a person who has made a point to self-educate on the subject. Also, don't bother looking at any data, just assume there's science for it because people say there is and call all who question this theory conspiracy theorists or idiots. Nevermind the fact that there are plenty of geologists and climateologists who disagree with the theory.

      December 22, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • KyleXR8

      RachelW couldn't be more wrong. The things she quotes are simply incorrect and show a deep lack of understanding of basic science and earth history. 40 years of data? We have ice cores going back hundreds of thousands of years, and data from other sources, such as tree rings, sediment cores, and marine shells, and many other proxies, dating back even farther. Climategate proved nothing other than the fact that big science and be as nasty as any other business...but no fraud at all. And as a professional geologist, I don't know of any other professionals in my field who doubt the reality of CO2 and climate change. If you need a primer on basic climate change data, peruse ClimateHQ –

      December 23, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joe Fab

    Wild weather swings are due to the global warming effects...all of this was explained in An Incovienent Truth (2006) and is coming to pass. Its going to get worse folks...

    December 20, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • jean2009

      Nice try Joe, but try explaining that to the uninformed.

      December 20, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. kim

    More people have died the last four years from bad weather and natural cause then terrorist or war. Its a sign that this earth and mother nature are stronger then mere humans and there plans. Instead of disregarding this planets signs we better take better care of it. Signs are everywhere.

    December 20, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. napaulee9

    OMG! Lady Gaga had to postpone her concert in Paris!!!!! And I was worried about seeing my nephew at Christmas...

    December 20, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Wayne

    Weather in Texas, Dec 20: Sunny and in the mid 60's. The weather is not frightful everywhere.

    December 20, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • biglio

      we'll talk this coming summer...just wait and see......the curve is exponential, we are going to have more and more extreme weather till the geniuses in DC realize it's time to do then it will probably be too late......sometimes i really wonder how our lives would ahve been if gore was elected instead of the shrub....

      December 20, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. hellen kellen

    The volcano theory (in my opinion), makes little to no sense. Wouldn't there had been a change in the weather gradually, but shortly after the eruption? I used to be one of those people who listened to everything that the news and media said and ran with it. However, there are some aspects that I feel are contributing nothing but harm to the Earth (cutting down trees, pollution from machines, etc). Now, what I want to know is, why do humans automatically assume that just because things are changing that it's "strange"? Scary, yes, but what if this is supposed to happen? How do we know that Florida wasn't actually Antartica millions and millions of years ago. We don't know everything! Florida wasn't even called "Florida" until we named it!

    And we aren't serious about stopping this change. We sit back and talk about "us ruining the Earth" but everyone has yet to try and stop it! So, expect it to stay this way...if it is, infact, our fault.

    December 20, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Floridanative

    Weather is great hear in Central FL! Chilly in the mornings with high in the upper 60's w/sun! And for Christmas highs in the 70's

    December 20, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chillin MN

    Happens in mn all the time. Sort of funny how the world PANICS because of a lil snow. -80 is cold. 5* a winter heat wave.

    December 20, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jake

    It is sad that you have to note that worst of all Lady ManMan's concert was postponed. People are having real life issues with this weather situation and you put Lady ManMan's concert as worst of all thats happening. Pathetic

    December 20, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Schmedley

      I guess you didn't get the sarcasm... Should CNN put in the smiley faces for you?

      December 20, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Matthew J.

    Doing great in Cleveland! After all... it is "the best location in the nation!"

    December 20, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robyn

      Beautiful here in Hawaii..THE best location in the nation!

      December 20, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      n'ger city

      December 21, 2010 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. Cara

    It's in the 70's in AZ

    December 20, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
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