January 3, 2014
Today is estimated to be cold record for many. The weather impact has a devastating effect over the winter crippling the electrical grid. The news of the “Winter Blizzard Blankets Northeast 21 in. of snow in Boston, 18 in parts of upstate New York” has impacted transportation, flights and the day-to-day operations.
The news reported offers, “more than 100 million people — almost one-third of the U.S. population — were in the path of a storm that started battering the Midwest and the East Coast with snow early yesterday. By late Thursday night, the National Weather Service said 21 in. of snow had fallen in a town just north of Boston. About 18 in. fell on parts of upstate New York, and New York City was bracing for heavy snowfall overnight and into Friday morning. Schools in Boston and state government offices in Massachusetts will remain closed on Friday as Gov. Deval Patrick advised residents to remain indoors and avoid “very, very dangerous” temperatures. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency and ordered three major highways across the state shut, the Associated Press reports.” reports Time U.S.
The There were sub-zero windchill temperatures in New York City overnight and into Friday morning, and John F. Kennedy International Airport was closed. Across the country, more 2,500 flights have been canceled and 7,000 delayed, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware.
As the new year comes into focus it is weather that will continue to play an integral part on the infrastructure and electrical grid as the price of power rises. Further, temperature changes continue to impact crops, utility, transportation and last, health. Cities considering infrastructural changes will need to modify and integrate smart technologies to manage the advent of climate and obsolesces.