Been a Tough Winter in Northeastern US in 2013-2014

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Just a week ago I saw a list of the snowiest cities in the US.

Syracuse, New York weighed in second with 114.8 inches of snow, but their average is 126.9 inches and Snowiest season on record: 192.1 inches in 1992-1993.

Buffalo, NY (4th snowiest city) would need another 13.7 inches of snow to even enter its list of top 10 snowiest winters. But since it’s America’s fourth snowiest large city and has seen well above-average snowfall, it makes the top five. All information below is through March 9.

  • Snow this season: 106.8 inches
  • Compared to average: 128 percent of average snowfall or 23.2 inches above average
  • Snowiest season on record: 199.4 inches in 1976-1977

Then this week snow hit again. Coming toward the end of a relentless winter, Winter Storm Vulcan broke records and created a travel nightmare for the Midwest and Northeast. On Thursday, the system took one final shot at New England before moving away from the United States.

Thousands of flights were canceled Wednesday and at least one pileup in Ohio turned deadly as the hazardous road conditions led to semis and other vehicles spinning out of control.

In western New York, the National Weather Service confirmed blizzard conditions at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, marking the first time in 130 years of record-keeping that there have been two blizzards in one season.

Bitter cold has returned to upstate New York on the heels of the blizzard that dumped nearly 1½ feet of snow on western areas. The National Weather Service says high winds and temperatures in the teens and single digits will drive the wind chill well below zero Thursday, a day after a blizzard closed schools and highways in most of the western half of the upstate region.

The weather service says the storm dumped up to 18 inches of snow on parts of western New York. Blowing snow caused numerous accidents on the Thruway, with sections of the highway between Syracuse and Buffalo closed for several hours.

Small-town record holder included in this Buffalo-Syracuse area is Boonville.

 

MTA Metro-North Railroad In The News

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First of all a big five-alarm fire and building collapse on Park Avenue alongside Metro-North tracks to Grand Central Terminal.

Then, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is launching an investigation into the death of an MTA Metro-North Railroad track worker, who was struck and killed by a Hudson Line train earlier this week. 

The incident is the latest in a series of accidents that have occurred at Metro-North during the past year, including the December derailment in the Bronx that resulted in four fatalities. In yesterday’s incident, the Metro-North worker was struck by the train while he was working on track near Park Avenue and East 106th Street, New York City news media reported yesterday. 

The NTSB announced on its Twitter site that it was sending a team of three investigators to New York City to investigate the fatality.

Metro-North is undergoing government reviews and investigations for accidents that have occurred since May 2013, including a Metro-North foreman’s death while working on track, a derailment in Bridgeport, Conn., and the Bronx accident.
 
Yesterday’s incident occurred less than a month after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced new steps to ensure passenger and worker safety. Last week, Metro-North’s new president, Joe Giulietti, announced a 100-day action plan that requires the railroad to “rebuild a culture of safety.”

 

The Cycle is Your Friend

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A special contribution by our friend Mike Martz

Gartner’s ‘Hype Cycle’ is a pretty handy little tool. It’s not exactly Moore’s Law, but as far as providing insight into where hot technologies are in the public conversation, it does a great job. If you know where your technology sits on the cycle’s pathway, you can pretty much predict where it’s going, at least from a hype standpoint.

What the ‘Hype Cycle’ does is to track how the publicity for a given technology evolves, both quantity and content-wise, from the time it’s identified until it matures.

Read more: http://www.ec-bp.com/index.php/advisors/ec-bps-bloggers/10419-the-cycle-is-your-friend#ixzz2vl31TM62

The Milk Man is Returning, Will the Milk Train Return Too?

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King Brothers Dairy in upstate New York, and others too, have brought the “Milk Man” back. No he doesn’t have an old-fashioned wagon pulled by “Old Dobbin”. Nor does he even have a “DIVCO”. Instead he has a modern truck equipped with GPS. The Albany Times-Union had a great article on the return of the milk man.

Now that the Milk Man is returning, how about bringing back the Milk Train? No, I am not advocating bringing back the old Boston & Maine tracks to Schuylerville (where the dairy is located). I want to see these “long haul” milk trucks off the road for the sake of our ecology. No, I don’t have a perfect solution, but if you have any ideas, respond to our comments.

Our Utica Comets Get Another Shootout Win!

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The Utica Comets have a long road to get that Calder Cup pictured above, but they are working hard to get there.

The Comets came up with another unlikely victory Saturday, storming back from an early 4-0 deficit, getting a big relief effort from Joe Cannata in goal, and surprising the Binghamton Senators with a 6-5 American Hockey League shootout victory at Broome County Arena.

It was the fourth straight win for the Comets – and third straight come-from-behind shootout victory – and eighth in their last 11 games as they reached .500 for the first time this season at 26-26-3-4. They are still seven points out of eighth place and the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Calahan Patrick O’Reilly is Utica Comets Hero in Victory Over Penguins on Irish Night

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The Utica Comets styled it “Irish Night,” and wore green, shamrock-decorated sweaters.

Naturally, Calahan Patrick O’Reilly took it all to heart.

O’Reilly set up Brandon DeFazio’s dramatic tying goal with just 7.2 seconds to play in regulation, then, after five minutes of scoreless overtime, scored the only goal of the shootout on the last attempt of the night, bringing down a roaring, sold-out house at the Utica Memorial Auditorium and giving his team a 2-1 victory over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

“Luck of the Irish for us tonight,” said O’Reilly, who has been a reliable and creative puck-possessor and playmaker (4 goals, 25 assists) since joining the team 15 games into the season. “It was a huge comeback for us, getting two points that we really need, in front of this crowd.”

Thank you for sticking with me and Loren Data through the biggest crises our industry has ever seen.

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See a great message from Todd Gould at Loren Data

Since I entered in the EDI industry in 1996, I have not seen a more promising time to be in this market. The GXS era was an unfortunate disruption to the natural growth of a networked market; however, under the new management of OpenText opportunity is back.

Now that we avoided the apocalypse, it is time for us, the leaders of the industry, to deliver the next generation of B2B automation.

In the coming months Loren Data will begin rolling out the next evolution of the EDI VAN, one that is more user and developer friendly, more extensible and a better fit for the third decade of Internet possibilities. Stay tuned for many announcements…you will be amazed.

Utica Comets Escape With Shootout Win Over Oklahoma City

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It wasn’t as complete a victory as they might have liked.

The Utica Comets blew a 3-1 third period lead, but came back on shootout goals by Pascal Pelletier and Nicklas Jensen and edged the Oklahoma City Barons 4-3 in their American Hockey League game Wednesday at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.

The Comets picked up two valuable points, but the disappointing part is that the Barons, one of the teams they have to pass to get into the Calder Cup playoffs, picked up one.

Master Data Management (MDM)

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Ever get billed by your bank for car insurance when you don’t own a car? Does your cell phone provider fail to send you a bill, yet keeps asking you for your address? Sounds like they both have a Master Data Management problem. The recent emphasis on regulatory compliance, Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and mergers/acquisitions has made the creating and maintaining of accurate and complete master data a business must-do.
Most software systems have lists of data that are shared and used by several of the applications that make up the system. For example, a typical ERP system as a minimum will have a Customer Master, an Item Master, and an Account Master. This master data is often one of the key assets of a company. It’s not unusual for a company to be acquired primarily for access to its Customer Master data.

Ferriero’s Goal Gives Utica Comets Win Over Bridgeport

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Benn Ferriero scored a power play goal early in the third period, Cal O’Reilly had two assists, and Joacim Eriksson made 29 saves to lead the Utica Comets to a 2-1 American Hockey League victory over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Sunday in Connecticut.

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