One of the worst cold weather disasters to affect Buffalo in recent history left 28 people dead as Buffalo residents huddled around space heaters and searched for buried cars seeking more victims. It is estimated that at least two dozen Americans have died because of the ferocious winter storm in other parts of the country. It is predicted that some parts of western New York will receive an additional 9 inches of snow through Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
The Buffalo area believes that the staggering toll will continue to increase as search-and-rescue efforts continue in the wake of a winter storm that brought frigid temperatures and paralyzing snowfall totals to the area.#Bufflao #WeatherUpdate #snowstorm #Snowstorm2022 #winter pic.twitter.com/kN10eEgCef
— News Live (@NewsLiveFree) December 27, 2022
“The worst storm probably in our lifetime is yet to come,” said Mark Poloncarz, Erie County Executive. Unfortunately, this is not the storm’s end, even in an area accustomed to punishing snow storms. He noted that some people were trapped in their vehicles for more than two days. During the weekend, U.S. President Joe Biden expressed his condolences to the victims’ families and offered assistance to the state that has been seriously affected.
Buffalo residents were found dead in homes, cars, and snowbanks during the storm. Snow shoveling was one of the causes of death for some, while an insufficient response from emergency crews caused medical emergencies. For example, amid the blizzard, Melissa Carrick, a doula, coached a pregnant client by telephone through childbirth. The woman was transported by ambulance to a hospital about 45 minutes south of Buffalo due to the inaccessibility of the nearest hospitals.
What would happen in any other normal Buffalo storm? My response would be, “I will go because you will have to drive through the snow; that’s all you have to do.” She would reply, “But you knew there was something different about this.” In response to the crisis caused by climate change, some scientists speculate that the storm’s intensity may have been influenced by it. National Snow & Ice Data Center director Mark Serreze explained that the reason is that the reason for this is that the atmosphere can carry a greater volume of water vapor, which acts as fuel.
On Friday and Saturday, a blizzard engulfed western New York. Some people appealed for food and diaper donations on social media after many grocery stores in the Buffalo region were closed and driving bans were in effect. Poloncarz, a county official, reported that it was as if he was staring at a white wall for 14 to 18 hours non-stop. However, Ashton Robinson Cook, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said that relief is expected later this week, as forecasts predict temperatures will slowly rise.
A bomb cyclone, characterized by an abrupt drop in atmospheric pressure in a strong storm, appears to be weakening, according to Cook. Snow and strong winds were present during the blizzard that developed near the Great Lakes. However, Southwest has stated that the weather has improved, which will make the situation more stable and improve. In addition to eight deaths reported in Kentucky, Missouri, and Kansas, nearly a dozen deaths were reported nationwide in response to storms. In addition, in Wisconsin, a woman fell through the ice of the river, and in Kansas, a fatal fire occurred at an emergency shelter for homeless persons.
Thousands of Flights Canceled amid Bad Weather Conditions
Weather continues to cause travel problems during the holiday season, causing more than 5,500 flights to be canceled Monday. Approximately 5,534 flights were canceled as of 06:00 p.m., according to FlightAware, a website that tracks airline delays and cancellations. While over 17,300 flights had been delayed. Approximately 5,000 flights were canceled on Friday because of a storm that caused heavy snow, ice, and severely cold temperatures throughout significant parts of the United States.
Ground travel was also disrupted due to the storm, with some long-distance and regional rail services being canceled and some bus routes being closed due to hazardous conditions on the road. FlightAware reported that Southwest Airlines had nearly seventy percent of its flights canceled on Monday due to heavy thunderstorms. In addition, Southwest announced that heavy storms over the weekend caused service changes, resulting in crew and fleet repositioning.
A statement by the company stated that it anticipates “additional changes due to the already reduced number of flights during the holiday travel period leading up to the New Year.” Southwest’sSouthwest’s unacceptable rate of cancellations and delays and reports of insufficient customer service was mentioned by the Transportation Department in a tweet posted Monday evening. The department stated it would investigate whether cancellations were controllable and if Southwest followed its customer service plan.”
USDOT is concerned by Southwest’s unacceptable rate of cancellations and delays & reports of lack of prompt customer service. The Department will examine whether cancellations were controllable and if Southwest is complying with its customer service plan.
— TransportationGov (@USDOT) December 27, 2022
Worst Snow Kills at least 17 in Japan
In northern Japan & other parts of the country, 17 people have been found dead, and more than 90 others have been injured due to heavy snowfall over the Christmas holiday weekend, according to reports. An older woman in Nagai city, Yamagata prefecture, died on Saturday after being buried by snow that fell off a roof. The snow piled up higher than 80 centimeters on top of the woman, according to the Japan Fire and Disaster Management Agency.
Weather officials reported that parts of Japan, mostly along the west coast, were experiencing heavy snowstorms due to powerful winter fronts, which caused stranded vehicles on highways and delayed delivery. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency last week, snowfall levels in some parts of Japan exceeded the average. Over the past several years, Japan has experienced increasingly adverse weather conditions.
There are wide variations in climate from north to south, with the temperate climate being the most prevalent. A powerful typhoon struck the southern part of the country in September, and in December, northeastern regions were battered by harsh snowstorms. Furthermore, a heat wave in Tokyo in June reached record highs of over 40 degrees Celsius.
Northeastern Japan received substantially more snow than usual in many areas for the season. As a result, approximately 20,000 Japanese homes were without power early Christmas morning after heavy snow knocked down a power transmission tower on the country’s northern main island. Most areas were reconnected the following day, however. In addition, the transportation ministry reported that dozens of trains and flights were suspended in northern Japan through Sunday. As of now, most of these services have been restored.