haven't we seen this before?...
Flights and Trains Canceled as Storm Heads to Northeast
By MARC SANTORA
As a major winter storm made its way up the Atlantic Coast on Thursday, local authorities from New York City to Maine began to make preparations for what forecasters said could be the heaviest snowfall for some cities in the Northeast in a century.
Airlines began announcing the suspension of flights out of New York and Boston airports starting Friday night, as thousands of workers readied their plows, checked their stocks of salt and braced for what will most likely be a cold, wet weekend. Amtrak announced that it would suspend northbound service out of Penn Station in New York and southbound service out of Boston beginning early Friday afternoon.
Gas stations in parts of New York City and New Jersey had long lines Thursday night, according to local residents, a signal, perhaps, that many were taking storm warnings seriously.
More than 2200 flights for Friday had been cancelled, according to the Web site FlightAware, the majority originiting or departing from the areas affected by the storm.
By late Thursday night, schools across New York and Connecticut had announced they would close, or dismiss students early.
On Long Island, where some forecasts said there could be more than 18 inches of snow, the power company, which has received heavy criticism for its response to Hurricane Sandy, promised customers that they were prepared.
The city of Boston, where forecasts called for more than two feet of snow to fall by Saturday, announced that it would close all schools on Friday, joining other localities in trying to get ahead of the storm and keep people off the roads.
This would make the delight of the global warming denialists... Cold, cold, snow, a one hundred year cold storm: the planet is cooling... but then in Alaska the temperature is warm and it rains instead of snowing... A snow dog-sled race had to be cancelled because of lack of snow and rain...
Meanwhile as Troppo-kite flying Tony wants the smegs of the populace to move north, one has to realise the "bold idea" is a crazy idea... Some settlements, such as port Essingon, in the Northern territory never made it beyond a few crazy years...
From Wikipedia and Gus' memory...:
In the early 19th century, the British government became interested in establishing a settlement on Australia's northern coastline in order to facilitate trade with Asia. In 1824, Port Essington was proposed as the first such settlement, but was later passed over in favour of Fort Dundas on Melville Island and Fort Wellington at Raffles Bay. In 1831, a small station was constructed in the area, in the hope of using it as a stopping point for ships, but it was rarely used. When both Fort Dundas and Fort Wellington failed within several years, the Port Essington site was revisited. As a result, a settlement, officially named Victoria Settlement after the young Queen Victoria, but popularly known as Port Essington, was surveyed by Charles Tyers in 1838, consisting of 24 houses and a hospital.
On 24 August 1839, the only play ever staged in Port Essington was performed, the 1797 comedy in five acts Cheap Living [ah ah] by Frederick Reynolds. The set and costume design was by Owen Stanley (1811–1850). The play was performed again in 2010 with a grant from the Government of the Northern Territory, with Tom Pauling, Administrator of the Northern Territory, acting as narrator in the play.
While the British government intended to establish Port Essington as a major trading port, along the lines of Singapore, the new settlement suffered from the same adverse conditions that had previously plagued Fort Dundas and Fort Wellington. The settlement lacked resources and supplies and skilled labour. While some prefabricated buildings were brought from Sydney, many had to be built with what materials could be found in the area, and due to the unskilled nature of the builders, many of these were of poor quality. Disease was also rampant among the small population, and living conditions were poor. Consequently, it struggled to attract settlers, and the post was much-disliked by the troops stationed there.
Meanwhile temperatures along the northern Western Australian coast are hovering between 34 ad 36 degree Celsius at 8:00 PM local time tonight (8/2/2013)... And yes we have seen similar conditions in the US: A storm on the edge of the US coast with a trough coming in to meet together: same pattern as Sandy... Global warming? You bet... Meanwhile the ocean temperature west of the UK coast is 12 degrees Celsius — air temp about 9 degress Celsius.