U.S. and Canada Experiencing Extreme Winter Weather
Great Lakes Region
Broad areas of North America are experiencing severe winter weather, especially around the Great Lakes. According to the FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for today, “heavy snow continues to impact I-90 from the NY/PA State Line to Rochester.” The Briefing also indicates that shelters are open and in use, and that six deaths are confirmed to be related to the snow storm with others unconfirmed. FEMA also reports that 200 National Guardsmen are supporting rescues and snow removal. The PDC Area Brief, accessed through the Global Hazards Atlas, indicates the Winter Storm/Heavy Snow event is in a heavily populated region. For actual pictures of the roads covered in snow (and being cleared) in the area, browse the New York traffic cameras online.
The images below give some idea of the scale of the snow storm. These are Environmental Protection Agency photos by Mark Webster, taken in one of Erie County’s “Southtowns,” Hamburg, New York.
Prudhoe Bay, Alaska
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), Prudhoe Bay and Kaktovic, on Alaska’s north coast are experiencing a blizzard today, November 20. Snow in November may be expected in this area, but the average snowfall for the month is just 4.3 inches, as reported by the Western Regional Climate Center (WRCC). The current blizzard is forecast by the NWS to continue through Friday afternoon with whiteout conditions for hours at a time. The area is sparsely populated, but usually has a large transient (non-residential) population of oil industry laborers present. (Census Viewer)
PDC encourages everyone to be prepared for possible emergencies. The time to assemble or recheck and update your emergency supply kit and family emergency plan is now, not when a severe weather or a geological event (earthquake or tsunami) is already impacting your home. You can find information about making a Family Disaster Plan and your custom Disaster Supply Kit on our website (PDC).
Current Hazard Warnings
Drought: United States, Bolivia
Severe Weather: North America (Great Lakes, Alaska), Mexico (Tabasco)
Volcanoes: United States (Hawaii)
Biological: Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in West Africa (and “Advisory” in Democratic Republic of the Congo)
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