Historic storms blast Northeast and Midwest

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

Snowfall blanketed much of New York.

Last week, America’s Northeast was blasted by blizzard conditions and more than 4,000 flights were cancelled. Now, a second whirlwind of snow and frost is burying the nation, shattering weather records and causing nearly 7,000 flight cancellations.

The dangerous cold is shutting down trains, schools, and electrical power, with warnings of mega snowfall from the Ohio Valley to New England states like Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

Not only was Sunday the “snowiest” first day of February in Chicago history with 19.3 inches, Boston’s 7-day total of 34.2 inches is the most snow its had since weather records began in 1891!

Is climate change to blame? Well, scientists from NASA recently announced that 2014 was the hottest year on record, and they said manmade pollution is triggering intense heat waves and wild wintry storms. Experts are also concerned about La Niña (“girl” in Spanish) weather patterns, which is when colder sea surface temperatures lead to intense rains and hurricane conditions. La Niña is the opposite of El Niño (“boy” in Spanish), which is when a band of warm ocean water in the Pacific causes warmer and drier than average winter conditions.

Images courtesy of Anthony Quintano on Flickr.