An El Nino watch has been issued by the U.S. Climate Prediction Center, warning of the possible development of the weather-altering event that can bring rain to California and South America and raise winter temperatures in the U.S. Northeast and Midwest.
Edward Spearman, his Atlanta-based tile import business shut down by an ice storm yesterday, did about the only thing he could do. He plopped down on a cushy sofa in front of a warm, split-wood fire with his 5-month-old son in his lap and answered e-mails -- in between tickles.
Thousands were without electricity across the South as a powerful winter storm moved across the eastern U.S., snarling ground and air traffic and threatening heavy snow for Northeastern cities including New York.