East Coast Braces for Winter Storm

Approximately 50 million Americans braced for heavy snow fall associated with a wave of severe weather that wreaked havoc in the eastern and southeastern United States. Several governors including Roy Cooper from North Carolina and Henry McMaster from South Carolina issued state of emergency proclamations in anticipation of more damage.

The storm has forced states unaccustomed to winter weather like Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi to contend with snow and ice.  The National Weather Service (NWS) was predicting more winter weather this week for the region.

How did Ohio DOT respond to heavy snowfall?

INSTRUCTORS: click the link below to download this week’s lecture for use in your classroom. The deck contains a writing prompt and a debate question as well as other assessment questions.

Videos:

News Articles:

Winter storm moves north: Fast snowfall shocks forecasters as flights canceled, power outages continue

USA Today

1/17/2021

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/01/17/winter-storm-snow-power-outages-tornados-north-east-flights-canceled/6552911001/

Winter storm whipping northeast US with snow, thunderstorms

Associated Press

1/17/2021

https://apnews.com/article/winter-storm-snow-east-coast-3f2ce838fb89792cf9a1baf735762e7c

Winter Storm Pushes North After Bringing Snow to the South

New York Times

1/17/2021

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/17/us/snowstorm-updates-northeast.html

A powerful, messy winter storm charging up East Coast leaves 200,000 without power

Washington Post

1/17/2021

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2022/01/16/east-coast-storm-snow-ice/

News Articles (Analyses):

Winter storm hits eastern US

CNN

1/17/2021

https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/winter-storm-weather-live-01-17-21/h_99ff8ee0180070df8585dcdc49d09b2f

Winter storm hits metro Atlanta, North Georgia

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

1/16/2021

https://www.ajc.com/atlanta-weather/winter-storm-hits-metro-atlanta-north-georgia/GLP3ZNQR5ZGUROPWBSQ67QVB4Q/

Icy roads among lingering threats across Charlotte area

Charlotte Observer

1/17/2021

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/weather-news/article257345312.html

Winter Storm Pushes Into the Northeast as the South Digs Out

New York Times

1/17/2021

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/17/us/snowstorm-updates-northeast.html

Assessment:

Writing: Explain the impact that the winter storm might have on the supply chain crisis and inflation. Why has unpredictable weather contributed to those crises?  

Debate: Does media coverage of a natural disaster improve the response?  

Poll: Are you concerned about worsening weather events where you live?  

Short Answer: Describe how government response to a winter storm is affected by the COVID-19 Omicron variant?

QUIZ:

Approximately how many people were affected by weather alerts due to the winter storm?

a. 83,680

b. 430,080

c. 100,800,670

d. 50,000,000

What state did the winter storm cause tornadoes?

a. Florida

b. New York

c. Ohio

d. Pennsylvania

How have some governors responded to the winter storm?

a. ordering evacuations

b. blaming federal agencies

c. activating the state National Guard

d. advising the public to resume life as normal

The powerful winds from the winter storm approached 200 miles per hour. (T/F)

The National Weather Service (NWS) is a government agency charged with monitoring weather in the United States. (T/F)

The winter storms continued a pattern of increasingly severe weather events in the United States. (T/F)

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