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    It was the knee to the groin seen 'round the world. Earlier this week, weatherman Jim Cantore artfully deflected a would-be ambusher during his live weather report in Charleston, S.C. The videotaped incident quickly went viral prompting late night television host Jimmy Kimmel to interview the man he describes as, "the Chuck Norris of meteorologists."

    But during what should have been a pretty straightforward interview, Cantore proved his super powers once again, casually tossing off five more wannabe videobombers.

    "Every now and then, someone does something silly," Cantore said during the mock attacks. "But I'm just so focused and do so many of these reports, I really don't even remember."

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    Friday, Jan. 31, 2014
    File - In this Jan. 14, 2014 file photo, Hugh Beggs of Santa Rosa, Calif., searches for coins in the middle of the Russian River at Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach in Healdsburg, Calif., taking advantage of the way below normal river flow. Seventeen rural communities in drought-stricken California are in danger of running out of water within four months, according to a list compiled by state officials. Wells are running dry or reservoirs are nearly empty in some communities. Others have long-running problems that predate the drought. The communities range from the area covered by the tiny Lompico County Water District in Santa Cruz County to the cities of Healdsburg and Cloverdale in Sonoma County. (AP Photo/ Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Kent Porter, File)
    Hugh Beggs of Santa Rosa, Calif., searches for coins in the middle of the Russian River in Healdsburg, Calif., taking advantage of the way below normal river flow. (AP Photo/ Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Kent Porter, File)

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Amid an epic drought, California officials announced Friday they won't send any water from the state's vast reservoir system to local agencies beginning this spring, an unprecedented move that worsens a precarious situation for 25 million people and 1 million acres of farmland.

    The announcement marks the first time in the 54-year history of the State Water Project that such an action has been taken, but it does not mean that every farm field will turn to dust and every city tap will run dry.

    The 29 agencies that draw from the state's water-delivery system have other sources, although those also have been hard-hit by the drought.

    Many farmers in California's Central Valley, one of the most productive agricultural regions in the country, also draw water from a separate system of federally run reservoirs and canals, but that system also will deliver just a fraction of its normal water allotment this year.

    The announcement affects water deliveries planned to begin this spring, and the allotment could increase if weather patterns change and send more storms into the state.

    Nevertheless, Friday's announcement puts an exclamation point on California's water shortage, which has been building during three years of below-normal rain and snow.

    "This is the most serious drought we've faced in modern times," said Felicia Marcus, chairwoman of the State Water Resources Control Board. "We need to conserve what little we have to use later in the year, or even in future years."

    State Department of Water Resources Director Mark Cowin said there simply is not enough water in the system to meet the needs of farmers, cities and the conservation efforts that are intended to save dwindling populations of salmon and other fish throughout Northern California.

    For perspective, California would have to experience heavy rain and snowfall every other day from now until May to get the state back to its average annual precipitation totals, according to the Department of Water Resources.

    "These actions will protect us all in the long run," Cowin said during a news conference that included numerous state and federal officials, including those from wildlife and agricultural agencies.

    Friday's announcement came after Gov. Jerry Brown's official drought declaration in mid-January, a decision that cleared the way for state and federal agencies to coordinate efforts to preserve water and send it where it is needed most. The governor urged Californians to reduce their water use by 20 percent.

    It also reflects the severity of the dry conditions in the nation's most populous state. Officials say 2013 was the state's driest calendar year since records started being kept, and this year is heading in the same direction.

    A snow survey on Thursday in the Sierra Nevada, one of the state's key water sources, found the water content in the meager snowpack is just 12 percent of normal. Reservoirs are lower than they were at the same time in 1977, which is one of the two previous driest water years on record.

    State officials say 17 rural communities are in danger of a severe water shortage within four months. Wells are running dry or reservoirs are nearly empty in some communities. Others have long-running problems that predate the drought.

    The timing for of Friday's historic announcement was important: State water officials typically announce they are raising the water allotment on Feb. 1, but this year's winter has been so dry they wanted to ensure they could keep the remaining water behind the dams. The announcement also will give farmers more time to determine what crops they will plant this year and in what quantities.

    Farmers and ranchers throughout the state already have felt the drought's impact, tearing out orchards, fallowing fields and trucking in alfalfa to feed cattle on withered range land.

    Without deliveries of surface water, farmers and other water users often turn to pumping from underground aquifers. The state has no role in regulating such pumping.

    But groundwater levels already have been stressed, after pumping accelerated during the dry winter in 2008 and 2009.

    "The challenge is that in last drought we drew down groundwater resources and never allowed them to recover," said Heather Cooley, water program co-director for the Pacific Institute, a water policy think tank in Oakland. "We're seeing long term, ongoing declining groundwater levels, and that's a major problem."

    Many towns and cities already have ordered severe cutbacks in water use.

    With some rivers reduced to a trickle, fish populations also are being affected. Eggs in salmon-spawning beds of the American River near Sacramento were sacrificed after upstream releases from Folsom Dam were severely cut back.

    The drought is highlighting the traditional tensions between the groups that claim the state's limited water for their own priorities - farmers, city residents and conservationists.

    Chuck Bonham, director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, urged everyone to come together during the water crisis.

    "This is not about picking between delta smelt and long-fin smelt and chinook salmon, and it's not about picking between fish and farms or people and the environment," he said. "It is about really hard decisions on a real-time basis where we may have to accept some impact now to avoid muc

     

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    Friday, Jan. 31, 2014

    On Oct. 14, 2012, Felix Baumgartner made history, breaking the speed of sound while freefalling from the edge of space. A new GoPro video released today paints a vivid picture of Baumgartner's epic jump, with shots taken from among seven GoPro cameras. It showcases breathtaking moments, from Baumgartner's first step off the platform to his landing -- nine minutes and 24 miles later -- on Earth. The video gets particularly dramatic at 5:20, when Baumgartner begins spinning out of control.

    GoPro also released a 30-second video of Baumgartner's stunt that will air in select markets during the Super Bowl.

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    Updated Sat., Feb 1, 2014, 1:40 p.m. ET
    A park crew clears the snow around Annish Kapoor's stainless steel Cloud Gate sculpture at Millennium Park, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, as snow continues to accumulate in downtown Chicago. More snow could fall across the Chicago metro area Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
    In this file photo, a park crew clears the snow around Annish Kapoor's Cloud Gate sculpture at Millennium Park. More snow is expected to accumulate in Chicago this weekend. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

    A winter storm will bring disruptive snow and ice from the Midwest into northern New England through Saturday night.

    Freezing rain is creating icy conditions and hazardous driving conditions from near Wichita, Kan., to the southern suburbs of Kansas City, Mo. Above-freezing temperatures will alleviate the ice threat in St. Louis through at least this afternoon. However, cold air will move back into the city by Saturday evening to bring back some ice and even snow.

    Snow will blanket areas from Kansas City, Mo., to Chicago for much of Saturday, with up to 8 inches expected across Chicagoland. Snow will become heavier later on Saturday morning from Milwaukee, Wis., to Detroit, Mich.

    Roads will become snow covered and treacherous on Saturday, including Interstates 29, 35, 39, 80 and 80/94. Icy conditions will make travel quite hazardous on the Kansas Turnpike, I-70, I-55, I-57, I-65 and I-74.

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    Snow will make its way into Canada later on Saturday into Saturday night and impact Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City.

    Air travel delays are likely through Saturday night at the airports due to de-icing of airplanes and snow and ice removal operations on runways.

    Areas in the interior mid-Atlantic and the Northeast will also receive a wintry mix on Saturday night into Sunday, but the coastal areas of these regions will likely have only rain.



    Updates: (All times are listed in Central Time)

    11:45 a.m. Saturday: Along Highway 401 in northern Toronto, snow was covering parts of the roadways as the afternoon approached.


    10:30 a.m. Saturday: In and around Chicago, snowfall totals were between 2.5 and 3.5 inches with another round of snow on the way.

    9:24 a.m. Saturday: In Michigan, a coating of snow is on the roadways going west on I-96 and I-196 in Grand Rapids.



    9:09 a.m. Saturday: The front edge of snow has pushed through Michigan and into southern Ontario. Already about an inch of snow has fallen just north of Detroit.

    8:26 a.m. Saturday: Traffic cameras of the intersection of I-80 and I-65 show very light volume this morning, as well as snow partially covering the roadways.



    7:58 a.m. Saturday: The city of Hannibal, Mo., along the border between northern Missouri and Illinois, reported up to 0.25 inches of ice covering elevated surfaces and leaving the main roadways covered with slush.

    7:16 a.m. Saturday: Locations in eastern Iowa report snowfall totals as the heaviest portion of the storm departs. Accumulations include 2 inches southwest of Durant, Iowa and 6 inches in Lee County in southeastern Iowa.

    6:03 a.m. Saturday: One of the highest snow totals of the storm so far comes in at Adiar, Illinois. A total of 7.5 inches of snow has come from the storm so far.

    5:30 a.m. Saturday: Traffic camera from the Illinois Tollway at I-355 and I-88 shows reduced visibility and partially snow-covered roads west of Chicago.



    4:27 a.m. Saturday: A trained NWS weather spotter reports 5 inches of snow in Kirksville, Mo., in the northern part of the state.

    3:35 a.m. Saturday: Steady snow is approaching the Chicagoland area from the west. Moderate snow is being reported in the Quad Cities area and the heavier snow rates will reach the western suburbs of Chicago before 6 a.m.

    2:32 a.m. Saturday: A quarter inch of sleet was measured at the KCTV5 studios near Kansas City, reports the NWS.

    1:28 a.m. Saturday: The NWS, via Atchison County, Kansas dispatch, reports 2-3 inches of snow near the Atchison and Jefferson county line.

    1:00 a.m. Saturday: An inch of snow has fallen in the past hour at Kansas City International Airport. A traffic cam from Missouri DOT shows roads near Downtown Kansas City are snow covered.

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    Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014


    A brief rain shower or two may move through during the afternoon prior to kickoff. Otherwise, dry conditions are expected during the game itself. Fans may want to pack the rain jacket in the event a rain shower moves over the venue.

    Winds during the afternoon and evening will be 6-12 mph and RealFeel(R) temperatures will be close to the actual air temperature.

    Dry weather is expected to persist after the game into Sunday night.

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    Spectators leaving the area on Monday could run into some travel problems as a storm may bring snow to the I-95 corridor from southern New England to Washington, D.C.

    There is still some uncertainty in the storm track. If it moves eastward across the southern mid-Atlantic, snow will likely stay south of the New York City area.

    A track farther north, which some computer forecasts show, will bring snow as far north as southern New England.

    Folks that are traveling on Monday should be prepared to adjust their travel schedules in case snow does impact areas across the Northeast and mid-Atlantic.


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    Updated Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, 10:33 a.m. ET

    People wait in a snow-covered bus stop during a blizzard in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. Weather forecasters issued a code red severe weather warning as a second wave of blizzards affects the southeastern regions of Romania disrupting road and rail traffic.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) - Rescuers, army and police have evacuated about 1,000 people from cars and buses stranded in deep snow in northern Serbia, but several hundred people still remain stuck, the government said Saturday.

    Authorities have closed down snow-hit roads and banned river traffic on the Danube river because of strong winds, said the government statement.

    "The Serbian government is urging citizens not to travel until all danger is fully removed," the statement added.

    Winter so far in Serbia had been exceptionally mild, but over the last week a cold spell and snowstorms have swept across parts of central and eastern Europe. Heavy snow in Bulgaria left dozens of villages without electricity and water and Romanian authorities declared a "code red" weather warning on Wednesday.

    Emergency officials in Serbia reported that dozens of cars and two passenger trains remain stranded in the country's north, flat area where strong winds have been piling up snow drifts, cutting off villages and roads.

    Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic - who is tipped to become the new prime minister after snap elections in March - toured the area with other government ministers. Vucic said there are about a dozen columns of cars still stranded.

    Vlatko Jovicevic, one of the stranded travelers, told B92 Television and Radio Station that he has been stuck for more than 20 hours.

    "I walked for two kilometers to get more fuel and some water," he said. "We are running out of fuel."

    Snow drifts in places are 11.5 feet high, prompting authorities to close the main border crossing with Hungary.

    The state railway company said it would evacuate several dozen passengers stranded on two trains going to and from Hungary that were stuck because of snow on the tracks.

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    Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014

    AccuWeather broadcaster Elliot Abrams, on the far right, meets the groundhog on Groundhog Day in 2011. (AccuWeather)

    Is there a method to Punxsutawney Phil's madness in predicting how long winter will last on Groundhog Day?

    Since the tradition of Groundhog Day began in Punxsutawney in 1886, Phil has seen his shadow, on record, 100 times. There were 16 times that he did not see his shadow, and nine years during the late 1800s that there is no record of Phil's forecast.

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    Though Phil's method may seem flawed -- anticipating that the sight of his shadow determines a longer winter, while no shadow calls for an early spring -- he has a tendency to get it right. Because the year's coldest quarter, also known as meteorological winter, runs from Dec. 5 to March 5, Phil's accuracy in predicting a longer winter is about 80 percent.


    Phil's logic comes from the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox observances of Candlemas Day, tracing back almost 1,000 years.

    "An early association between the weather forecast and the religious observance is found in a Scottish couplet: 'If Candlemas is fair and clear / There'll be two winters in the year.'" AccuWeather broadcaster Elliot Abrams said.

    "If the weather is 'fair,' the groundhog sees its shadow, and this is supposed to mean six more weeks of winter," Abrams said. "This is somewhat like saying that despite the sunshine on Groundhog Day, more winter is due." In any case, on this Groundhog Day, the Northeast and Northwest can plan on seeing six more weeks of winter.

    "I think we could still see some late-season winter storms [in the Northeast]," AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok said.

    Additionally, the spring will likely bring worsening drought conditions for the hardest hit areas and could once again place in the top ten warmest on record for the U.S. For the full length AccuWeather.com Spring Forecast, click here.

    Phil will emerge to make his prognostication around 7:20 a.m. EST on Feb. 2, 2013.

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    Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 At Least 14 Dead After Mount Sinabung Erupts In Indonesia

    The above video summarizes the recent eruptions of Mount Sinabung. (Newsy)

    MOUNT SINABUNG, Indonesia (AP) - An Indonesian volcano that has been rumbling for months unleased a major eruption Saturday, killing 14 people just a day after authorities allowed thousands of villagers who had been evacuated to return to its slopes, saying that activity was decreasing, officials said.

    Among the dead on Mount Sinabung were a local television journalist and four high-school students and their teacher who were visiting the mountain to see the eruptions up close, said National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. At least three other people were injured, and authorities feared the death toll would rise.


    Villagers and a journalist prepare to flee as Mount Sinabung releases pyroclastic flows during an eruption in Namantaran, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. The rumbling volcano in western Indonesia has unleashed fresh clouds of searing gas, killing a number people and injuring others. (AP Photo)

    Sinabung in western Sumatra has been erupting for four months, sending lava and searing gas and rocks rolling down its southern slopes. Authorities had evacuated more than 30,000 people, housing them in cramped tents, schools and public buildings. Many have been desperate to return to check on homes and farms, presenting a dilemma for the government.

    On Friday, authorities allowed nearly 14,000 people living outside a three-mile danger zone to return home after volcanic activity decreased. Others living close to the peak have been returning to their homes over the past four months despite the dangers.

    On Saturday, a series of huge blasts and eruptions thundered from the 8,530-foot-high volcano, sending lava and pyroclastic flows up to 2.8 miles away, Nugroho said. Television footage showed villages, farms and trees around the volcano covered in thick gray ash.

    Following the eruption, all those who had been allowed to return home Friday were ordered back into evacuation centers.

    "The death toll is likely to rise as many people are reported still missing and the darkness hampered our rescue efforts," said Lt. Col. Asep Sukarna, who led the operation to retrieve the charred corpses some 2 miles from the volcano's peak.

    Indonesia is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin. Mount Sinabung is among about 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia and has sporadically erupted since September.

    In 2010, 324 people killed over two months when Indonesia's most volatile volcano, Mount Merapi, roared into life. As now in Sinabung, authorities struggled to keep people away from the mountain. Scientists monitor Merapi, Sinabung and other Indonesian volcanos nonstop, but predicting their activity with any accuracy is all but impossible.

    The latest eruptions came just a week after President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono visited displaced villagers in Sinabung and pledged to relocate them away from the mountain. Villagers are attracted to the slopes of volcanoes because the eruptions make for fertile soil.

    Sinabung's last major eruption was in August 2010, when it killed two people. Prior to that it had been quiet for four centuries.

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    Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014

    Cuttlefish can rapidly change their colors to blend in. ((C) François Sichel)

    Cuttlefish are sometimes known as the "chameleons of the sea," for their ability to change colors rapidly and blend in to their surroundings. Now, researchers have uncovered the three types of "light makers" on the skin that enable this sophisticated camouflage system. The results could lead to better protective gear for soldiers in battle.

    Researchers at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., studied the chemical, biological and optical mechanisms that enable the cuttlefish to disguise itself from predators. Understanding how these squidlike creatures cleverly camouflage themselves could lead to military innovations, as well as inspire new materials in cosmetics, paints and consumer electronics, the scientists said.

    "Nature solved the riddle of adaptive camouflage a long time ago," study co-author Kevin Kit Parker, a professor of bioengineering and applied physics at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, said in a statement. "Now, the challenge is to reverse-engineer this system in a cost-efficient, synthetic system that is amenable to mass manufacturing." [Cuttlefish Cuties: Photos of Color-Changing Cephalopods]


    Left: Cuttlefish chromatophores change to an expanded state in response to visual cues. The scale bar measures 1 millimeter. Right: This illustrated cross-section of the skin shows the layering of three types of chromatophores. (Lydia Mathger, Marine Biological Laboratory)

    Crafty cuttlefish

    The cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) is a cephalopod, a class of marine animal that includes squid and octopus. These creatures are mollusks, not fish, which means they are closely related to slugs and snails.

    Cuttlefish have special pigment-containing cells, called chromatophores, which allow them to change the color and pattern of their skin in response to visual information, the researchers said. By studying these neurally controlled cells, the scientists uncovered the nanoscale photonic devices behind the cuttlefish's color-changing ways.

    It turns out the cuttlefish's skin consists of three vertically arranged optical components that enable it to absorb or reflect different colors: the leucophore, which reflects light uniformly over the entire visible spectrum; the iridophore, a reflector made up of a stack of thin films; and the chromatophore.

    "Chromatophores were previously considered to be pigmentary organs that acted simply as selective color filters," study co-author Leila Deravi, a research associate in bioengineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, said in a statement. "But our results suggest that they play a more complex role: They contain luminescent protein nanostructures that enable the cuttlefish to make quick and elaborate changes in its skin pigmentation."

    Coat of many colors

    When a cuttlefish changes color to blend in to its environment, each chromatophore expands, sometimes increasing its surface area by as much as 500 percent, the researchers said. Within the chromatophores, tethered pigment granules absorb, reflect and even emit, light, effectively changing the creature's appearance.

    "Cuttlefish skin is unique for its dynamic patterning and speed of change," Roger Hanlon, a senior scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory, said in a statement. "Deciphering the relative roles of pigments and reflectors in soft, flexible skin is a key step to translating the principles of actuation to materials science and engineering."

    These mechanisms could prove valuable for soldiers in battle, where poor patterns of camouflage could jeopardize human lives, the researchers said.

    "Throughout history, people have dreamed of having an 'invisible suit,'" Parker said. "Nature solved that problem, and now it's up to us to replicate this genius so, like the cuttlefish, we can avoid our predators."

    Yet, mimicking these processes with synthetic materials is still a challenge, said Evelyn Hu, study co-author and a professor of applied physics and electrical engineering at Harvard.

    "It is extremely challenging for us to replicate the mechanisms that the cuttlefish uses," Hu said in a statement. "For example, we cannot yet engineer materials that have the elasticity to expand 500 times in surface area.

    "And were we able to do so, the richness of color of the expanded and unexpanded material would be dramatically different -- think of stretching and shrinking a balloon," she added. "The cuttlefish may have found a way to compensate for this change in richness of color by being an 'active' light emitter (fluorescent), not simply modulating light through passive reflection."

    The detailed findings were published Jan. 29 in The Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

    Follow Denise Chow on Twitter @denisechow. Follow LiveScience @livescience, Facebook & Google+. Original article on LiveScience.

    Copyright 2014 LiveScience, a TechMediaNetwork company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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    Updated Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, 11:31 a.m. ET


    PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pennsylvania (AP) - The handlers for groundhog Punxsutawney Phil say he's forecasting six more weeks of what already has felt like a brutally long and cold winter.

    Pennsylvania's famed groundhog emerged from his lair in front of thousands of fans around daybreak Sunday.

    Legend has it that if the furry rodent sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last another month-and-a-half. If he doesn't see it, spring will come early.

    In reality, Phil's prediction is decided ahead of time by a group called the Inner Circle, whose members don top hats and tuxedos for the annual Groundhog Day ceremony on Gobbler's Knob, the tiny hill in the town for which he's named about 65 miles (100 kilometers) northeast of Pittsburgh.

    According to records going back to 1887, Phil has now seen his shadow 101 times while failing to see it 17 times, according to the Inner Circle. There are no records for the remaining years.

    This year's Groundhog Day celebration marks a winter that has brought extreme cold to stretches of the United States wholly unaccustomed to it, as well as a snow and ice storm that paralyzed Atlanta and other Southern cities.

    Phil is the most famous of a small group of groundhogs said to forecast the weather, including Staten Island Chuck in New York and General Beauregard Lee in Atlanta.

    The National Climatic Data Center has put Phil's forecasts to the test and found them sorely lacking, declaring the groundhog has "no predictive skill."

    "It really isn't a 'bright' idea to take a measure such as a groundhog's shadow and use it as a predictive meteorological tool for the entire United States," the data center says on its website, helpfully if somewhat obviously.

    PHOTOS: Groundhog Day 2014

     

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    Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014


    After a month that featured waves of snow and arctic air across the Northeast, fans gathering at MetLife Stadium for the Super Bowl will experience none of the above.

    In fact, temperatures will be mild enough that some spectators may not feel the need to don winter hats and gloves.

    As pre-game festivities get underway on Sunday morning, temperatures will be in the upper 30s to lower 40s, which is the average high for early February. During the afternoon, temperatures will rise into the lower 50s.

    A brief rain shower or two may move through during the afternoon prior to kickoff. Otherwise, dry conditions are expected during the game itself. Fans may want to pack the rain jacket in the event a rain shower moves over the venue.

    Winds during the afternoon and evening will be 6-12 mph and RealFeel(R) temperatures will be close to the actual air temperature.

    Dry weather is expected to persist after the game into Sunday night.

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    Spectators leaving the area on Monday could run into some travel problems as a storm may bring snow to the I-95 corridor from southern New England to Washington, D.C.

    A storm looks to spread a swath of snow across the mid-Atlantic that will bring a few inches of snow to the New York City area.



    Folks that are traveling on Monday should be prepared to adjust their travel schedules due to the impacts that this snow will bring across the Northeast and mid-Atlantic.

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    Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014

    Above, NFL star Tim Tebow plays football on the moon in a 30-second T-mobile ad for Super Bowl XLVIII. (T-mobile via Youtube)

    NFL star Tim Tebow is taking the Super Bowl into space today by tossing a pigskin on the moon in a T-mobile ad to air during the big game.

    In the 30-second commercial during Super Bowl XLVIII, Tebow -- who currently is without an NFL contract -- shows off the wealth of work he's able to accomplish when not stuck with a contract. "Everyone thinks I want a contract, but without one I've done so much this year," Tebow says in the ad.

    There are scenes of Tebow delivering a baby, saving puppies from a fire, fighting crime and solving world peace. Life without a contract let him "even fulfill a childhood dream," he says.

    That dream? Playing football on the moon, with the American flag and a moon rover in the background. In the brief clip, Tebow throws a ball to an unseen partner (you'll see what happens to his lunar teammate at the end). It should be noted that while astronaut Alan Shepard did play golf on the moon in 1971 (a feat later repeated on the International Space Station by Russian cosmonauts in 2006), there's no word yet on when a real football game could kick off on the lunar surface.

    T-mobile is not the only company to add a space spin to their Super Bowl ad this year.

    The video camera company GoPro will feature the supersonic "space jump" by daredevil Felix Baumgartner in 2012. Baumgartner broke three world records when he made the highest, fastest freefall from 24 miles above Earth on Oct. 14, 2012 during the Red Bull Stratos project. Baumgartner fell so fast he broke the sound barrier, reaching Mach 1.25 -- about 843.6 mph.

    And while Tebow may be playing an astronaut on television, real-life astronauts are awaiting news of today's Super Bowl from space.

    NASA astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins are hoping the Denver Broncos beat the Seattle Seahawks in today's game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The two men are one-third of the International Space Station's six-person crew. Three Russian cosmonauts and an astronaut with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency round out the crew.

    "My usual Super Bowl tradition is sitting in my chair watching the game in my living room or study, so obviously that's going to be quite a bit different," Mastracchio told Space.com from space Friday (Jan. 31), "but we're going to have a great vantage point from up here and I'm looking forward to watching a great game."

    Email Tariq Malik at tmalik@space.com or follow him @tariqjmalik and Google+. Follow us @Spacedotcom, Facebook and Google+. Original article on Space.com.

    Copyright 2014 SPACE.com, a TechMediaNetwork company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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    Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014


    Another storm is poised to bring disruptive snow Sunday night into Monday to the Interstate 95 corridor from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia, with lesser amounts expected from New York City to Boston.

    "A low pressure system will track along the cold front that brought milder air into the mid-Atlantic on Saturday and strengthen," says AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Dave Samuhel.

    It will throw snow Sunday night into the mountains north and west of Washington, D.C., and just in time for the morning rush hour in the nation's capital and Philadelphia. The storm may cause hazardous road conditions in the mountains and I-95 Corridor and force flight delays and cancellations.

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    The storm will move quickly, wrapping up by Monday night, but not before leaving 1 to 3 inches of snow in Washington, around 4 inches in Philadelphia, with up to 8 inches north and west of the city, Samuhel said.

    Snow could start in the morning Monday in New York City, with possibly 2 to 4 inches accumulating.

    Any snow would add already above-normal snowfalls in New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore. As of Saturday, Philadelphia is well above normal with 37.1 inches; the average snowfall for December and January is 9.6 inches.

    New York City has 28.3 inches of snow, compared to an average 11.8 inches, and Baltimore was at 13.7 inches with an average of 8 inches.

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    Updated Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, 3:41 p.m. ET
    Traffic makes its way slowly down Hudson Street as heavy snow falls Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in New York. After several days of mild weather, snow has returned to the Northeast. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
    Traffic makes its way slowly down Hudson Street as heavy snow falls Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Another round of snowy weather hit the eastern United States on Monday, closing schools, disrupting thousands of flights and hurting travel plans for people trying to return home from the Super Bowl football championship in the New York City area.

    The snow could total 8 inches (200 millimeters) in Philadelphia and New York, according to the National Weather Service.

    By mid-afternoon, the flight-tracking website FlightAware reported more than 3,000 delayed flights and 1,700 canceled flights nationwide in cities including Philadelphia, Newark, New Jersey and New York. Inbound flights to Newark, LaGuardia and Kennedy airports were delayed two to three hours because of snow and ice.

    The storm hit greater New York just a day after the Super Bowl, by far the biggest game on the North American sports calendar. It sometimes draws over 100,000 fans.

    Forecasters expected the snow to taper off by early afternoon. However, another storm is likely to hit the same region beginning Tuesday night, bringing a combination of rain, freezing rain and snow, said Gary Szatkowsi, a weather service meteorologist in New Jersey.

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    Monday, Jan. 3, 2014
    APTOPIX Super Bowl Football
    Seattle Seahawks' Percy Harvin (11) runs from Denver Broncos' David Bruton (30) while returning a kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ready, set, bid.

    Now that the first New York/New Jersey Super Bowl was a smashing success for everyone except the Denver Broncos and their fans, NFL owners in other cold-weather cities are sure to be lining up to try to bring the Big Game to their stadiums.

    Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago, New England and Denver are among the cities that can make a case to host it. The next three Super Bowls are set for Glendale, Ariz. (2015), Santa Clara, Calif. (2016), and Houston (2017), and the 2018 field has been narrowed to a domed home in Indianapolis, Minneapolis or New Orleans.

    So, the next chance for an outdoor Super Bowl in a cold climate is 2019. Then again, it doesn't necessarily mean it will be cold. It was, after all, 49 degrees in northern New Jersey when the Super Bowl kicked off Sunday night.

    Meanwhile, the temperature reached 54 degrees in Philadelphia on Super Sunday, 62 in Landover, Md., and 51 in Foxborough, Mass.

    "Philly would be a great place to host it. It has everything," Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said last week. "All the infrastructure, fourth largest city in the country, state of the art stadium and great fan base."

    Get in line, Jeff.

    "We want a Super Bowl here, we deserve a Super Bowl here," Redskins owner Daniel Snyder said last fall. "It's the nation's capital, it makes all the sense in the world," Redskins owner Daniel Snyder said last fall."

    Patriots owners Robert Kraft feels the same.

    "We would love one day to hold it," Kraft said. "I'm a great supporter of playing this game in all elements."

    In Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has already begun lobbying NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on behalf of the Bears. Chicago was the host city for NATO's 2012 summit, an event Emanuel has compared to hosting the Super Bowl.

    Goodell was noncommittal when asked Friday about the league choosing another cold-weather venue for its championship game.

    "We know there's interest in other communities hosting the Super Bowl," he said. "I think the ownership - we'll all sit back and review that when we're done, but we have a very aggressive process in how to select cities. The ability to host a Super Bowl is more and more complicated, more and more complex, because of the size of the event and the number of events. So, the infrastructure's incredibly important. We're well over 30,000 hotel rooms needed even to host the Super Bowl. So, there's some communities that may not even be able to do it from an infrastructure standpoint, but we know the passion's there."

    OK, cross Green Bay off the list. But Philadelphia has to be in the mix based on that criteria.

    "We believe Philadelphia is a great city with great amenities, great facilities, great sports fans, great transportation system and it would make for a great Super Bowl host city," Eagles President Don Smolenski told the Associated Press last week.

    Eleven-year-old Lincoln Financial Field is the primary home for the Army-Navy game, and a potential site for the 2022 World Cup. The stadium has undergone recent renovations, including two new video screens in both end zones. That should only increase its chances.

    "We built Lincoln Financial Field under the premise that Philadelphia is a world-class city deserving of world-class facilities and events," Smolenski said.

    Of course, the Super Bowl is more than just a one-day event. Plenty of time, money and energy are spent on the weeklong activities leading up to the game. New York transformed Times Square into Super Bowl Boulevard, an outdoor street fair that took over the city's busiest thoroughfare. There was a 60-foot-high toboggan slide right in the middle of Manhattan, and more than a million people visited the popular tourist spot last week to enjoy all the festivities.

    "There's been a lot of planning for a lot of months and even years in making this Super Bowl successful, and that's in large part because of the broad metropolitan area that we're in," Goodell said. "Super Bowl Boulevard is an incredible opportunity for us to share this with our community here in the New York/New Jersey region. That's what football's all about.

    "That's what the Super Bowl's all about."

    So if you want to bring the Big Game to your city, listen up. Round up your civic, business and community groups, form a bid committee and raise plenty of cash to cover the costs because it's not cheap. The host New York-New Jersey committee raised $70 million to host the event.

    "Our hope," Smolenski said, "is this affords opportunities for cities like Philadelphia to pursue a bid."

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    Updated Monday, Jan. 3, 2014, 10:14 a.m. ET
    Greece Earthquake
    Damage after an earthquake at Lixouri port on the island of Kefalonia, western Greece on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. (AP Photo)

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) - A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude between 5.7 and 6.1 hit the western Greek island of Kefalonia before dawn Monday, sending frightened residents into the streets just over a week after a similar quake damaged hundreds of buildings, reviving memories of a disaster in the 1950s.

    Authorities said about 16 people had been slightly hurt, mainly by falling objects, while roads, homes and shops were damaged and some areas suffered power and water supply cuts. Islanders also had to contend with intense bad weather, with strong rain and low temperatures.

    Kefalonia Mayor Alexandros Parisis said the port at the island's second largest town of Lixouri, the closest to the epicenter, had been damaged. Images from the area showed part of the pier breaking off and boats that had been on land for repair toppling over.

    Earthquakes have been rattling Kefalonia constantly for the past week, after a 5.9-magnitude temblor struck the area on Jan. 26, damaging homes and slightly injuring seven people. Since then, thousands of residents have been spending nights with relatives or in ships sent to accommodate them.

    Schools on the island have been shut for the past week, and had not been scheduled to reopen until Wednesday, said Deputy Mayor Evangelos Kekatos.

    Authorities urged the islanders to remain calm and not approach any damaged buildings.

    An eight-member rescue team with a sniffer dog was heading to the island as a precaution, the fire department said, while Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias and his ministry's secretary general were also heading to Kefalonia to coordinate the response.

    The armed forces was sending two military transport aircraft carrying 30 personnel and three doctors as well as tents and emergency supplies, while a military ship was sailing to the island with digging vehicles, a mobile kitchen and a water tanker among other equipment, the Defense Ministry said.

    The Athens Geodynamic Institute registered the pre-dawn quake, which struck just after 5 a.m. local time, with a magnitude of 5.7 and an epicenter 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) northwest of the island's capital of Argostoli. The U.S. Geological Survey registered a 6.1-magnitude. It is common for institutes to register different figures.

    The intense seismic activity reawakened memories of the devastating 1953 quakes on Kefalonia and neighboring Zakinthos, when a 7.2-magnitude temblor struck three days after a 6.4 quake, killing hundreds, injuring thousands and destroying nearly all the buildings on the islands.

    Seismologists said more aftershocks were to be expected on the island, which lies in a highly seismically active region. Several registered in the initial hours after Monday's quake.

    "The whole area has been activated ... we are all on alert," said Maria Sahpazi, head of the Geodynamic Institute, adding that Monday morning's quake appeared to be a strong aftershock of the Jan. 26 temblor.

    "We expect more aftershocks, which will be of this size or smaller," she said.

    Seismologist Vassilis Papazachos urged caution and said islanders must make plans for shelter over the coming weeks or months if their homes are damaged as the region has produced powerful earthquakes in the past.

    "Measures must be mid-term," Papazachos said on Greek television. "We can't know whether there will be a bigger (earthquake)."

    Monday's quake was felt across parts of the western Greek mainland and as far away as the Greek capital, Athens, nearly 300 kilometers (186 miles) to the west.

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