Katie Mettler, The Washington Post February 25, 2019 A chasm and a crack on the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica are creeping closer and closer to one another, and when the two finally meet, a slab of ice twice the size of New York City will break away and float out to sea. The two glacial flaws are about 2.5 miles apart, and it could take days or months for them to finally rendezvous. But when they do, the iceberg that forms in the Weddell Sea won’t be the largest to orbit Antarctica. In fact, it might not even make the historical top 20. Its size is not what makes it noteworthy – it’s what the break itself says about the natural process of iceberg calving, the way climate change might be destabilizing other ice shelves like Brunt, and how the movement could jeopardize the critical scientific research human residents have conducted there for more than 60 years. Since 1956, British scientists have been studying geology, glaciology and the atmosphere at the Halley … [Read more...] about Iceberg twice the size of New York City is about to break off of Antarctica
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Travel Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Travel | Taos Had History and Mystique, but Few Skiers. Can a New Owner Change That? Supported by With a $300 million investment and upgraded amenities, the New Mexico ski area was attempting a revival without losing its soul. A fatal avalanche tested that effort even further. ByBiddle Duke Feb. 20, 2019 “When I heard Mickey sold the ski area,” Dave Hahn, a longtime member of the Taos Ski Valley ski patrol said, “I remember thinking, ‘That’s funny, a lot of us thought we owned it.’ ” He was kidding, of course, but there was a poignancy to Mr. Hahn’s remark. Taos locals and longtime visitors to the New Mexico ski resort had the mountain to themselves for so long it’s almost as if some forgot their little jewel was a going concern, actually owned by the family … [Read more...] about Taos Had History and Mystique, but Few Skiers. Can a New Owner Change That?
Corey Williams, Associated Press Updated 2:21 pm CST, Saturday, January 19, 2019 A woman walks down Glenlake Avenue towards North Clark Street as a winter storm batters Chicago, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Chicago. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP) A woman walks down Glenlake Avenue towards North Clark Street as a winter storm batters Chicago, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Chicago. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP) Photo: Tyler LaRiviere, AP Photo: Tyler LaRiviere, AP Image 1 of / 13 Caption Close Image 1 of 13 A woman walks down Glenlake Avenue towards North Clark Street as a winter storm batters Chicago, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Chicago. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP) A woman walks down Glenlake Avenue towards North Clark Street as a winter … [Read more...] about Snow, ice blanket Midwest as storm heads to New England
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Europe Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Europe | Heavy Snowfall in Alps Leaves 6 Dead and Strands Tourists Supported by ByChristopher F. Schuetze Jan. 10, 2019 BERLIN — Once-in-a-generation heavy snowfall has paralyzed travel and tourism in parts of the Alps, with conditions that have left at least six people dead, Austrian officials said on Thursday. Heavy snowfall and strong winds are projected to continue in Austria and southern parts of Germany until at least Friday, bringing at least an additional 20 inches, or 50 centimeters, of snow over 24 hours to parts of the Alps that have already seen as much as 10 feet over the past week. Several regions have declared states of emergency as some roads, railways and ski resorts remain closed. Hundreds of tourists and residents are cut off in Austria because of unusually high avalanche risks. … [Read more...] about Heavy Snowfall in Alps Leaves 6 Dead and Strands Tourists
MONTPELIER, Vt. — Early season snow and cold temperatures are helping New England ski resorts open early, carving out a blizzard of a start to the 2018-2019 season. Many hitting the slopes are finding great November conditions across Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. The early season snow bounty is being combined with tens of millions of dollars in improvements at resorts across Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine that include new chair lifts, snow-making upgrades and more off-slope activities for winter enjoyment. Another bonus is the storms have hit southern New England and the New York area, which helps generate interest in winter sports from people who live far from the mountains. All the new amenities are being highlighted by the cold weather that allows snow-making machines to blanket the slopes — plus the free, natural snow that has been covering the region in a series of early storms. All this has combined to produce rarely seen mid-November conditions, said Sarah Hyde … [Read more...] about Early snow, cold bode well for New England ski season