Thursday, February 27, 2014
Courtesy of CBS New York: The clear skies and balmy temperatures of last weekend will seem like a distant memory in the days to come, with dangerous winds and bitter cold, and a snowstorm coming just in time for the new work week next week. The National Weather Service warned Thursday evening of an arctic front with winds of 20 to 30 mph, gusting up to 40 to 45 mph. Mother Nature was already making good on the threat by 6 p.m., when winds on the West Side of Manhattan blew violently from the west and began knocking things over. The winds will gradually weaken after midnight, but not before ushering in a frigid air mass, the NWS warned. The overnight low was expected to drop to an icy 11 degrees, with wind chills ranging from 0 to 10 degrees, CBS 2’s Lonnie Quinn reported. Some areas may see wind chills of minus 5 to minus 10, and air temperatures in the single digits, according to the NWS. Conditions are expected to be clear with a high of 22 degrees on Friday, followed by highs of 34 on Saturday and 34 on Sunday. But then, a major snowstorm Sunday evening through Monday is expected to cause huge disruptions from Chicago to New York City, according to AccuWeather. The heaviest snow is likely to fall Monday afternoon into evening in the coastal Northeast, said Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski. Snowfall rates at the height of the storm may reach 2 inches per hour, according to AccuWeather. The storm is likely to impact travel, school and business activities, Sosnowski said. The power of the storm is dependent on two high-pressure systems that will be hovering over the Tri-State Area. “The challenge with this storm is figuring out where the north-south boundary between rain and snow will set up and migrate to as the storm progresses slowly eastward,” said AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams. If the high-pressure system to the north prevails, it could pull down cold air and bring snow totals of a foot or more, Quinn reported If the system to the south prevails, the snow and ice will be balanced out by warm air and rain, and snow totals could amount to as little as 2 to 4 inches. Based on current models, Quinn forecast 4 to 8 inches of snow are likely to fall in the city during the storm Sunday and Monday.
Posted by monica/paul at 9:20 PM
Monday, February 24, 2014
1. WINTER OLYMPICS: Vlad Putin is not the "top of the pops" in the US at present, and the American attitude towards the Winter Olympics has seemed rather negative, with a lot of emphasis placed on the cost of them. So it was interesting to read today about how the various host cities have fared down the years post-Olympics. Then they came to Athens (trivia question - what year were the Athens Olympics held [the recent ones, not 1896]?) According to CBS"The legacy of Athens' Olympics has stirred vigorous debate, and Greek authorities have been widely criticized for not having a post-Games plan for the infrastructure. While some of the venues built specifically for the games have been converted for other uses, many are underused or abandoned, and very few provide the state with any revenue.
Posted by monica/paul at 10:09 PM
Sunday, February 23, 2014
After weeks of hunkering down in our apartments because of the frigid air, everyone was out and about this weekend because we have had our first taste of spring with both days fine and sunny and above 15 deg C - in fact the first 2 days in a row above zero for the year. So all the snow is still around in Central Park, though not for much longer. Days like today are quite rare, to see people out of their health clubs and jogging on the Park's roads in T-shirts and shorts through the melting snowdrifts. The bikers were out as well for the first time, now that the treacherous black ice has melted. I brought my bike over there too, to take these photos of the uptown part of the Park which I did not get to on foot for my 'winter wonderland' post a few weeks back. Sorry I went a bit crazy with the camera today but it really was very photogenic every where you looked.
Posted by monica/paul at 6:51 PM
Thursday, February 13, 2014
A loyal Follower of this blog informs me the snow here has made the headlines during the NYC Fashion Week coverage down under, but anyway we got walloped again today. It coincided with my twice-monthly train trip to Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow for clinic, about 50 km north up the Hudson. They got hit even harder up there than "downtown", and there was 20-30 cm accumulation in the four hours I was there. We closed up at noon because every single patient of every practice canceled. I was lucky to get out. Fortunately a kind nurse drove me back to the station. Here are some pics from my schlep.
Posted by monica/paul at 9:02 PM
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Sorry if you find this post completely boring....Horse racing gets very little attention here, unlike Australia, except when it's the Kentucky Derby. In fact horse racing in America is about as popular as rugby union in Melbourne. As some nark here said, "Horse racing is an old, dying sport, for old, dying fans". The one exception is the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May. The nation doesn't exactly stop for the Derby, but it does garner quite a bit of media attention during the lead up. Even the NY Times carries the occasional racing story related to the Derby. One thing that is breathing a little bit of life back into US racing is the tipping contest, or "handicapping contest" as they call it here. They are modelling it on poker tournaments. Pros will pay big money for a seat at the NHC [National Handicapping Contest] at Las Vegas for huge prizes for who ever makes the most money on a day's punting with $20 win bets per race - a bit more sophisticated than the "Punters Club" at the Goulburn Hotel on a Saturday afternoon. Trivia: which President is that on the $100 bill in the graphic? Hint - the $100 bill's nick name is a "Benjamin". Answer at the bottom
Posted by monica/paul at 10:02 PM
Thursday, February 6, 2014
If the frail, elderly Bobby Zimmerman in Chrysler's "Nostalgia" ad wasn't scary enough, another Superbowl 'highlight' was the half-time Seinfeld "Reunion": Jerry, George & Newman The temperature remains below freezing, so yesterday's snow and rain hardened into pack ice, is very hazardous, and requires serious tools to remove it. May be dynamite will be next.
Posted by monica/paul at 10:23 PM
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
I know there are some Bob Dylan fans among The Followers. This was the car ad he featured it that was screened during the SB telecast Sunday night. Sorry if you already saw it, or you don't like it. As always once it starts playing, double click on the video to get the full screen version (PS another winter storm today - boring)
Posted by monica/paul at 10:16 PM
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Just a few hours to kick off (6.30pm) for the big game between Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium this year, across the Hudson in NJ and the shared home ground of the NY Jets and the NY Giants. This is the first Superbowl to be played in the NYC metropolitan area and of course, security is massive with constant flyovers of Manhattan by police and FBI helicopters all week, so I will be glad when the game is over.
Posted by monica/paul at 2:32 PM
Saturday, February 1, 2014
It's the Year of the Horse (hopefully means a better year on the punt) so went down to Chinatown on the Lower East Side for a feed last night. There were lots of enticing restaurants with crazy names like Big Wong, Amazing 66 and 28 Delight, so it was hard to choose but in the end went for Shanghai Gourmet. I had the wonton soup, shredded pork in garlic sauce, a Tsingtao beer, and complimentary pot of Chinese tea, all for $23 (+tax+tip). The parade and fireworks were all over by time I arrived, but they were still selling the oversize exploding bonbons. NY's Chinatown is the largest in the country. Most of them are from the one province, Fujian, a poor rural area. It's still pretty "authentic" and not really a tourist spot like the one in LA, but Sunday afternoon is supposed to be a good time to go, when the markets are on. Oscars trivia question: 150 years ago, this area used to be a poor Irish neighborhood. Name the 2002 movie, starring Leonardo diCaprio and Daniel Day lewis, that told their story? Answer at bottom.
Posted by monica/paul at 9:07 AM