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Deadly Winter Storm Poised to Make Thanksgiving Travel Extra Special This Year

November 25, 2013 at 4:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Thanksgiving travel is never a treat. The roads and airports are always extra crowded, and the destinations - family dinner tables surrounded by people who have no place talking to each other, let alone about politics, like you know they're going to do - are even worse. But at least this year there's also going to be a "deadly winter storm system" laying waste to air, rail, and car travel. So everyone has that to look forward to.

There's one storm that's been making across the Midwest for a week, and should slam into the Northeast on Tuesday and Wednesday. There's another storm that's been dropping ice across the South and should push north past the Carolinas overnight Monday. Those two storms will then combine, and that's when things take a turn.

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It's Not Too Soon to Plan a Trip to View the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017

November 19, 2013 at 2:04 PM | by | Comment (1)

Consider this fair warning for a planetary event that hasn't happened in almost 100 years. Now is the time to get planning to make sure you don't miss the big total solar eclipse, even if it isn't due for another three years.

The moon is tracking to pass between Earth and the Sun in 2017, blocking the direct rays of the largest star. This event, occurring August 21 2017, will be the first time since 1918 that an eclipse will pass across the United States, from coast to coast. This means that the lower 48 will have opportunities to see a significant portion of the eclipse.

Something even slightly similar hasn't occurred since 1979, when the Pacific Northwest got a view, and in 1991, when Hawaii was treated to a total solar eclipse.

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Three Friends, Four Months, and One Stunning Video Road Trip through South America

September 27, 2013 at 6:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

Spring is beginning in South America. It's nearly the perfect time of the year to embark on those bucketlist trips to Machu Picchu, Patagonia, the Atacama Desert, the Andes, wine country and more. While these spots are absolutely worth your time and travel money, it's important to remember that so is the rest of the continent. In just over five minutes, three filmmakers make this case with stunning shots and exhilerating experiences caught on camera.

The short film, titled "In South America: Untamed Winds" and sponsored by Latin America for Less, follows friends, Vincent Urban, Clemens Krüger, and Stefan Templer on their 4-month road trip through Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, and southern Brazil. The "untamed winds" are themselves an additional character, as you'll come to see.

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Fall Foliage Travel: When to Look for Leaves Around the Northwest

August 30, 2013 at 10:15 AM | by | Comments (0)


2013 has been a warmer than average summer, but eventually the tide will turn and you'll go from wearing shorts and tank tops one day, to rifling through drawers for a hoodie to beat the sudden chill in the air the next.

While it may be too early for The Weather Channel to launch their annual fall foliage map, it's the perfect time to begin planning road trips to view what will hopefully be a vibrant year. This week, we'll let you in on the prime times to catch what should be the peak of foliage in regions around the United States.

Fall Foliage report: The Northwest

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Fall Foliage Travel: When to Look for Leaves Around the Midwest

August 27, 2013 at 3:39 PM | by | Comments (0)


2013 has been a warmer than average summer, but eventually the tide will turn and you'll go from wearing shorts and tank tops one day, to rifling through drawers for a hoodie to beat the sudden chill in the air the next.

While it may be too early for The Weather Channel to launch their annual fall foliage map, it's the perfect time to begin planning road trips to view what will hopefully be a vibrant year. This week, we'll let you in on the prime times to catch what should be the peak of foliage in regions around the United States.

Fall Foliage report: The Midwest

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Fall Foliage Travel: When to Look for Leaves Up and Down the East Coast

August 26, 2013 at 1:06 PM | by | Comments (0)


Vermont's colors come out in early October

2013 has been a warmer than average summer, but eventually the tide will turn and you'll go from wearing shorts and tank tops one day, to rifling through drawers for a hoodie to beat the sudden chill in the air the next.

While it may be too early for The Weather Channel to launch their annual fall foliage map, it's the perfect time to begin planning road trips to view what will hopefully be a vibrant year. This week, we'll let you in on the prime times to catch what should be the peak of foliage in regions around the United States.

Fall Foliage report: The East Coast

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Watch a Tornado Hit the Runways at Denver International Airport

June 18, 2013 at 6:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

In 2011, St. Louis Airport suffered a direct hit by an F-4 tornado, causing significant damage to the terminal buildings (but no deaths). The event was a reminder that as secure as an airport may be, it's never safe from the whims of Mother Nature, a lesson learned today by Denver International Airport.

Around 2.15pm local time, a tornado warning was issued for the area around Denver Airport. It didn't last long—only 40 minutes—but it was enough time for a funnel to form and touch down on the eastern runways of the airport, sending travelers scurrying into the tornado shelter, bathrooms, stairwells, storerooms and other more sheltered areas of Denver Airport.

Flights were delayed, of course, but the airport itself hasn't reported any damage or injuries. despite winds which reached 97mph.

In the meantime, social media once again proved the best reporting source of what exactly was going on at DIA, with amazing images of the live tornado such as these:

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Why Tornado Preparedness is Something Travelers Should Learn

May 21, 2013 at 10:49 AM | by | Comment (1)

Oklahoma's huge tornado hit this week is a painful reminder that the sun isn't always shining when you plan to travel. Luckily for the United States' tornado alley, 2013 has been relatively quiet. USA Today reports that "as of Sunday, 304 tornadoes had been reported across the nation, far below the typical average of 714." Still, the threat isn't quite over for the summer.

Some kids grow up with earthquake preparation classes, or even tsunami alert prep. We were the ones who had to duck under our school desks twice a month for tornado drills and we've seen trees ripped from the ground and waterspouts chasing boat traffic off of lakes. Tornadoes are not fun like a good rainstorm; the less you have to do with one, the better.

Sometimes even the best laid travel plans are foiled by manic weather, and so we've compiled a few tips to help stay clear of trouble when a tornado is in town:

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Should You Worry About 'Dark Lightning' While Flying?

April 10, 2013 at 5:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's springtime in the United States, which means it's also time for another round of travel freak-outs as storm clouds darken and rains dampen. Just in time, NBC News adds to the travel paranoia with a look at a phenomenon called "Dark Lightning."

Dark Lightning is an especially powerful version of that special onslaught of gamma rays experienced by air travelers, when an airplane passes through clouds containing this radiation. Not a whole lot is known about this Dark Lightning or its impact on a human, but then that's exactly why it's now being studied by Florida Institute of Technology physicist Joseph Dwyer.

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In Search of Perfect Weather: When to Travel to Hong Kong

Where: Hong Kong
April 1, 2013 at 4:19 PM | by | Comments (0)


Hong Kong in April. Victoria Harbour.

All this week we'll be answering the Who, What, Where, When, Whys and Hows of Hong Kong. Of course the answer to "WHO should go to Hong Kong" is YOU. Whether you've never been or you're a regular through Chek Lap Kok, this no-visa-required peninsula hanging off of China should absolutely your next stop.

WHAT 21 foods you absolutely have to try
WHERE to escape the skyscrapers for a breath of fresh air.
WHEN to visit
HOW to get out on the Harbour
WHY

Thinking of taking the leap and a long flight to visit Hong Kong? Excellent idea, but you should know that it is a destination with weather mood swings.

Hong Kong sits in the Northern Hemisphere, so the summer and winter coincide with that of New York or Europe. Still, when NY or London are being battered with below-freezing temps and blustery winds, HK is enjoying ideal weather with maybe a light jacket needed at night. To make sure you book that dream trip and have the best possible time, we've got some recommendations for when.

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The East Coast Gets Colder as Punxsutawney Phil Gets Wronger

March 26, 2013 at 8:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

We learned something very important these last few weeks, as did US travelers hoping to head into or out of the east coast. That lesson learned: never trust a groundhog who magically predicts weather.

After Punxsutawney Phil "declared" an early arrival of spring weather, Mother Nature revolted and dumped even more snow and cold on travel plans. Headlines like the USA Today one above just keep on coming.

Even as we type this, we sit in Amsterdam as it experiences historic levels of cold for late March. It's not supposed to be 32 F with a wind chill of 25 F and 30mph winds. We didn't pack for that!

So when will winter finally take its leave for the year? Even the airline big wigs are wondering the same, as JetBlue's COO Rob Maruster tweeted this morning:

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The Obligatory 'If You're Traveling This Weekend, Don't' Blizzard Warning

February 8, 2013 at 3:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

Good God in heaven. It's getting worse. 2,792 cancellation this morning have become 4,500 flights canceled since Thursday, with numbers still "likely to grow." As we told you this morning, the New York airports are pretty much shut down, and have now reached more than 1,800 total flights canceled today and another 640 shut down for tomorrow. In Boston Nemo is scoring a perfect 10/10 on the Weather Channel's Winter Impact Index. If you were thinking of traveling to New England in the near future, make other plans.

Also be ready to make other plans if you're traveling to any airports with airlines that have New England hubs. It's not just people trying to get to and from the East Coast any more. It's anyone who was going to pass through, or anyone who needed a plane that's currently there. Houston's already had 100 preemptive cancellations and Miami's up to 90. A "ripple effect," is how we believe the airline industry refers to it. Flightaware's cancellation page is where you want to go to see if you've been personally screwed by Nemo, or whether it's just everyone else in the country.

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