On the Radar: Snow in Chile, 15 missing boaters, NFL labor talks
A man walks along a snow-covered road in Lonquimay, Chile, about 370 miles (600 kilometers) south of Santiago.
July 21st, 2011
05:58 AM ET

On the Radar: Snow in Chile, 15 missing boaters, NFL labor talks

Three things you need to know today.

Snow disaster: Chilean officials have declared a "catastrophe" in eight municipalities after heavy snow blanketed communities and blocked roads in what the nation's interior minister called a "white earthquake." And more snow is expected.

"It has snowed more than ever," Curacautin Mayor Jorge Saquel told CNN Chile. "This is an anomaly. ... This worries us because the meteorologists assure us that new snowstorms are coming."

In the city of Lonquimay, officials said snow had piled more than 2.3 meters (7.5 feet) high.

Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter on Wednesday called the situation a "white earthquake" and asked the country's military and public works officials to help citizens in some of the hardest-hit areas in the country's central Araucania region.

"This storm is strong and it is likely that in the coming days we could suffer from more bad weather fronts, more heavy snowfall, that make the situation even worse," Hinzpeter said.

Search for 15 missing boaters: The U.S. Coast Guard, with international assistance, continued an expansive search Thursday for 15 people missing after a skiff disappeared about 600 miles southeast of Guam.

"We're now almost 27 hours into the search and so far we've covered over 9,300 square nautical miles of ocean," Coast Guard Ensign Richard Russell said shortly after noon Thursday in Guam (shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday ET).

Russell said searchers had not found any sign of the boat or the passengers and crew.

The small boat, which carried six children and nine adults, was last seen near Chuuk, a group of islands in the Federated States of Micronesia, on Monday, said the Coast Guard.

It was headed for tiny Ruo Island, also part of the federation, about 70 miles northeast of Chuuk, said the Coast Guard.

NFL lockout: There are signs that the bitter labor battle between the National Football League owners and players could end as early as Thursday.

The league's 32 owners are scheduled to meet in Atlanta on Thursday, where they are expected to vote on a new labor agreement with the players' union, the NFL said.

Both the owners and players are expected to have separate votes that could end the work stoppage.


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  1. jimmy

    Years ago we visited Chile. It was really cold there. The natives said it is cold and chile there all the time. He said thats why they named it chile.

    July 21, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Various Authors

      Not to worry. It will be hot tamale.

      July 21, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • just a girl

      I'm sad too.

      July 21, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. E

    Correction: Southern most city in the world is Usuahia in Argentina. Poor people, they have been hit by a massive earthquake and Volcanic ash lately.

    July 21, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. Chris

    Ahhhh, looking at that picture made me so thankful for this heat wave. I'll take a little sweat over that white crap any day, thanks.

    July 21, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Rachel M

      No thanks. I'll take a little white snow over heat exhaustion.

      July 21, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Various Authors

      I'm with you, Rachel M. You can always pile on more warm socks and sweaters when it's cold. In this heat you can strip down to your bones and it won't help.

      July 21, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. ZOOMER165


    July 21, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  5. ling chow

    It berry cold here in china today. 27 degrees.

    July 21, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |

    And yet, Apple forces it slave workers to keep working in ice-cold conditions.

    July 21, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat2u

    And here is your extended weather forcast-----Chile today-Hot tamale !!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 21, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Breeze

    Time to break out the vodka and cuddle up with a little honey.

    July 21, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. leeintulsa

    I like snow. Don't mind shovelin', and have time to. Lots of steady snow and cold can slow down or stop construction, though.

    There've been a few days lately i'd have traded for being home shoveling snow.

    July 21, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. leeintulsa

    And almost forgot:




    July 21, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      49ers take it all this year !!!!!!!

      July 21, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
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