ArabiaWeather.com- Ayman Sawalha- The blizzard Hercules (the Greek name for "Hercules", the emperor of the Roman Empire) hit the northeastern United States of America strongly during the past two days, causing direct and indirect losses of several billion dollars and resulting in the death of 9 people and the injury of hundreds, in The worst snow storm hits the region extending from the American Midwest in the west to Canada in the northeast and extending to Georgia in the south, blocking the way for a third of America's power in terms of economy and population.
The largest accumulation of snow was in Massachusetts in the northeast, at 60 cm in the suburbs of Boston and about 45 cm in the city itself, and in New York it ranged between 10-30 cm and less than that in Buffalo (unusual) and Chicago was also strongly affected with a large accumulation of up to 20 -30 cm in the outskirts of the "wind" city , which in some of its gusts exceeded the 80 km/h barrier, which contributed to worsening the situation in terms of the "cold feeling" that reached the limits of -30 Celsius, while the smallest at Chicago O'Hare International Airport touched the - barrier. 23 percentile, the lowest since 1999.
The storm caused the cancellation of nearly 2,000 domestic and international flights, in addition to the postponement of 4,000 other flights, without counting the resulting material losses.
It seems that the storm "Ion", as some American authorities called it, has really begun to form near Minneapolis , the "twin city", the largest city in the state of Minnesota, where the temperature at dawn hours on Saturday ranged from zero degrees Celsius, and this means that the storm is in the process of developing, and it will cause a sharp collapse in heat. During Sunday, the peak is on Monday/Tuesday night with -35 Celsius, and is felt close to -55 Celsius, in a precedent, the first of its kind since 1994.
But what is distinctive about “Ion” is not the accumulations of snow accompanying it in the main cities, as it will not exceed Hercules except in limited areas of Ohio and Pennsylvania, where cold meets strong precipitation, but it will be accompanied by frigid temperatures with strong winds that increase the feeling of coldness additionally and sharply. Where the temperature in Chicago, the third largest American city, will reach -30 Celsius with the dawn hours of next Tuesday and will not exceed the barrier of -25 Celsius as a maximum the day after tomorrow, Monday, while the sense of coldness will exceed these numbers to touch -50 Celsius in a precedent of its kind in the city known for its coldness. originally.
Aeon will extend in the region between the western and northern plains to the American Northeast, to increase the damage caused by the storm "Hercules", and carry with it wind speeds exceeding 100 km / h and record temperatures in its coldness that may exceed those recorded in January 1994, which in turn is the coldest in two decades of the year. time. For example, the temperature in Atlanta-Georgia in the south will reach -12 Celsius, which is the same as the latitude of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, with moderate snowfall, while -25 Celsius is recorded as a maximum on Monday and Tuesday in the cities of Cleveland and Pittsburgh, all the way to New York and Boston, and Washington DC appears more A little warm with temperatures around -20 degrees Celsius!
The economic damages of the two storms, "Hercules" and "Ion", may reach numbers similar to Hurricane "Sandy", which exposed its fangs in the face of New York in late October of 2012, which at that time exceeded the barrier of $ 50 billion, according to several sources.
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