Snow York City, via the New York Daily News. (From top to bottom: the Statue of Liberty by @PaulFox13; Central Park by @EverythingNYC; the Brooklyn Bridge by @jennieinnyc; and perhaps my favorite one — “The De-Icer” at an NYC-area airport by Chris Q)
The photos from this past weekend’s Eagles vs. Lions football game are somewhat mesmerizing. (Photo of Philly QB Nick Foles glancing skyward during a snow-laden football game in Philadelphia on Sunday by Matt Rourke / AP via the New York Daily News)
(Very Late) Weekend News Read 16-17 November 2013.
- STORM SWARM: At least five dead as deadly tornadoes and severe weather strikes seven midwestern states, destroying towns and knocking out power to thousands; more than 60 twisters reported and as many as 53 million Americans placed in harm’s way. (NY Times / Chicago Sun-Times / CNN / NY Daily News)
- THE PHILIPPINES: Food and medical aid slowly begins to reach stricken towns — though remote villages still wait for the most basic supplies — as the official death toll climbs to 3,637, with more than 1,100 people missing; one person, professional golfer Jason Day, lost eight relatives in the storm. (NY Times / AP / Manila Bulletin / CBS News)
- PAKISTAN: Former PM Pervez Musharraf could soon face charges of high treason. (WashPo)
- All 50 passengers and crew are killed in a Russian plane crash. (LA Times)
- CBS News correspondent Lesley Stahl gets an unprecedented look inside Guantanamo Bay’s military prison. (60 Minutes)
- WALTER IN THE MIDDLE: If you bought the complete DVD set of Breaking Bad (or got to YouTube fast enough), you’ve seen the alternative ending to the hit AMC series, with the main character waking up in a Malcolm In The Middle episode. (USA Today)
- And finally… I’M BATKID: Late on this, but the city of San Francisco transformed itself into Gotham City to help a young child realize his Make-A-Wish dream of being Batman. Holy teardrops, Robin. (SF Chronicle)
(Photo of “Batkid,” AKA five-year-old Miles Scott, runs to the scene of a reported damsel in distress along the Hyde Street cable car tracks in San Francisco by Michael Macor / SF Chronicle)
One of the most powerful storms in Europe in years left at least 13 people dead, hundreds of thousands without power and many stranded on Monday when trains, planes and ferries were canceled after high winds battered the northern part of the Continent.
Gusts of 99 miles per hour were recorded in the south of England as the storm brought parts of Britain to a standstill, uprooting trees, overturning a double-decker bus and toppling a crane near the London office of the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg.
At least 13 storm-related deaths were reported, with most victims crushed by falling trees. Germany had six deaths, Britain had five and the Netherlands and Denmark had one each, The Associated Press reported. One woman was also missing after being swept into the surf in France.
A gas explosion killed two people in London, and a British teenager playing in the storm-driven surf was swept out to sea, The A.P. reported. A man in Denmark was killed when a brick fell off a building and hit his head.
Many Britons still remember a 1987 storm that brought winds of up to 115 m.p.h. after a well-known weatherman, Michael Fish, had ridiculed the idea that a hurricane was on its way. This time Britain’s forecasters predicted the storm, but the transportation system is notoriously bad at handling extreme weather and even mild snow showers can paralyze networks.”
– The New York Times, "Powerful Storm Lashes Northern Europe, Paralyzing Travel In Much of Britain"
DOUBLE BARREL A pair of waterspouts –- funnels of moving air and water mist –- formed on Lake Michigan, southeast of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Thursday. (Photo: Kevin Poirier / The Kenosha News via the AP / The Wall Street Journal)
FOURPLAY Waterspouts are seen off the Greek island of Othonoi. (Photo: Roberto Guidici / Caters News via The Telegraph)