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New York City snow storm is BIG!!!!

Could be 30 inches of snow in NEW YORK CITY tonight!

Andrew Cuomo, NY Governor, has ordered the city shut down.

Bridges and tunnels are shutting.

Due to deteriorating road conditions and poor visibility, NYC Transit and MTA Bus have suspended all local, limited and express bus service. Access-A-Ride service has also begun an orderly shut down of service.

Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad and above ground NYC Subway service will begin an orderly shutdown of service at 4:00pm due to deteriorating weather conditions and concerns for customer and employee safety. Crews and snow fighting equipment have been dispatched and are working to keep platforms and rails clear of ice and snow. We advise customers if at all possible to remain at home during the duration of this storm.


As you can see. NY City Garbage Trucks are now SNOW PLOWS





Snow where to go: Boston-area town dumps excess white stuff in harbor

On Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. The third major winter storm in two weeks left the Boston area with another 2 feet of snow and forced the MBTA to suspend all rail service for the day. Every day stories like this! The City of Boston might have to dump some of its excess snow into its famous harbor even though it would hurt the environment.

A winter storm has brought more than a foot or more of snow and strong winds to the region.

* Storm has dropped more than two feet of snow in some areas, and newest totals have vaulted this winter into third-snowiest on record in Boston with at least 95.7 inches so far, according to the National Weather Service.
* Governor Baker urged residents to stay off roads and “let the plows do their jobs.” Earlier, he said the snowfall “significantly exceeded” projections. More coverage
* The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning, which is in effect until 7 a.m. Monday. Map of snow totals
* Mayor Walsh said a snow emergency and parking ban will remain in effect until further notice, and urged drivers and pedestrians to stay home and off the roads. More information
* The MBTA will offer limited service on Monday. MBTA transit updates
* Temperatures are expected to plummet after the storm passes. Temperature map
* Some roads in South Boston have been rerouted. Map: South Boston road reconfiguration

BOSTON — The beleaguered MBTA will operate on a limited schedule Monday in the aftermath of the fourth major snowstorm to hit Boston in three weeks.

The MBTA has struggled mightily since Winter Storm Juno blanketed the region with over two feet of snow that crippled the system’s outdated infrastructure.

Subway service on all lines will be limited to underground stations only, with supplemental bus shuttles running between aboveground stations. The Blue Line will continue to service Airport Station in East Boston.


Some buses will operate on a winter schedule and service will be limited. Several bus lines will not run on Monday. Check mbta.com/winter for a complete and up-to-date list.

The entire Commuter Rail system will run on a Saturday schedule.

Ferry service is set to run on a regular weekday schedule.

The Ride is scheduled to operate but will be affected by weather and street conditions.

MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott submitted her resignation after the poor condition of the public transportation system required the system to shut down on February 10. MassDOT officials met Friday in private to discuss the process for finding Scott’s replacement.


Blizzard of 2015, What Happened? Other Cool Snow Stories

If you have followed us very much, you know we have covered Winter, Snow and Railroads.
We have talked about big storms and blizzards.
Last week of January 2015 a blizzard was forecast for New York City. Guess what? It sort of turned into a non-event.


  • How much snow fell vs. how much was forecast


  • A look at some snowfall totals across the Northeast as of Wednesday after a massive winter storm and the National Weather Service’s forecast snow totals as of Monday night:
As New York City braced for a blizzard forecasters say could be historic, some residents are looking back to the one that historians say changed the city forever. Blizzard of 1888: How 1 storm changed New York City forever.
But “Old Man Winter” hit the country elsewhere. The  storm New York expected, went into New England.  Elsewhere, in Chicago, passengers shivered as an Amtrak train finally left 3.5 hours after its scheduled departure time.

Boonville, New York: the sixth “snowiest city in America.”


Once again, Boonville has made the list compiled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s National Climatic Data Center and the Weather Channel as the sixth “snowiest city in America.”

Its average yearly snowfall? 193.5 inches.

There is a “Snow Belt” in New York State that runs above Syracuse and Utica. It goes East from Oswego to at least Boonville. Here’s the station at Boonville.

Find out more about Weather around the World

Ominous Weather is about more than weather. Its about our environment. Its about our social issues that need to be surfaced if we want to save our environment. See Champions of our Environment like Al Gore SAS le Prince Albert II de Monaco John R. Stilgoe Ralph Nader. We have addressed several railroad-related projects that will conserve fuel and lessen pollution. Our Window on Europe spotlights projects that can help the rest of the World.
We have other environmental sites on garbage trucks and Rapid response temporary shelters / portable housing.


Metropolitan Transportation Authority Snow Removal Trains


How does New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority clear its train tracks? Twelve-year olds with shovels just aren’t as efficient as the MTA’s specialized snow removal locomotives:

Over the summer, the railroad’s three jet-powered snow blowers were completely rebuilt.  Each received a new Cummins diesel engine (for traveling over the rail) and a new, high-efficiency, Rolls Royce Viper aircraft turbine engine for melting snow.   The engines produce exhaust that’s 600 degrees Fahrenheit, which virtually vaporizes snow.

“If the jets do the job right, all you see is steam coming off the steel,” said Peter Hall, Foreman of the Maintenance of Way Equipment Shop in North White Plains.  “They produce 2,500 pounds of thrust, which makes them very good at getting under heavy, wet slush, ice and crusty snow.”

The Rolls Royce turbines use half the fuel of the engines they replace, 1950s-era General Electric/Westinghouse J57 turbines that were used in B-52 bombers.  The Vipers burn about 100 gallons of kerosene per hour at 70% capacity – the optimal level for fuel efficiency.

“With fuel tanks that hold 1,800 gallons, these new jet blowers can run continuously without having to stop to refuel in the middle of a storm,” Hall said.

Connecticut is just getting over the BIG Snowstorm

ImageMTA Metro-North Railroad To Operate Limited Service From New Haven to New York
Hudson and Harlem Lines Continue to Operate on Monday

NORWALK — On Monday morning, Feb. 11, regular weekday train schedules will remain in effect on Metro-North Railroad’s entire Hudson and Harlem lines, as well as on the New Haven Line between Stamford and Grand Central Terminal.

And for the first time since the blizzard of 2013 hit, trains will operate between New Haven and Stamford at about half of the normal weekday rush hour service level. Train service also will resume on the Danbury and New Canaan branches, but not the Waterbury branch.

On the Danbury Branch, four of the five regular trains will operate. The 6:18 a.m. departure from Danbury will not operate.