BBC (December 24, 2009)
"A 'humongous' winter storm is spreading across the US Midwest, forecasters say, already affecting holiday travel and cutting power to hundreds of homes.
"The worst of the storm is expected to hit late on Thursday and dump up to 2ft (61 cm) of snow by Christmas Day.
"Icy roads were blamed for the deaths of 12 motorists, mostly in Nebraska, Kansas and Arizona. Some 100 flights leaving Minneapolis were cancelled.
"The US East Coast is still recovering from a record snowfall last weekend...."
The Christmas, 2009, storm is in the news here in Minnesota, and other parts of the Midwest - but we're in the middle of it.
This is BBC!
Apparently, the storm is international news.
I've noticed that weather in the upper Midwest, Minnesota in particular, has impressed people. As one fellow wrote:
"If the Moon was a bit exotic, consider living in Antarctica. Yes, you too can take up residence in a barren desert of ice and snow where it's dark six months of the year and blizzards howl as they blast flesh-cutting shards of ice through the subzero air.
"A bit like living in Minnesota, actually."
("Futurama '64 (4)" Urban Utopias, Tales of Future Past)
In my case, though, I grew up in the Red River Valley of the North: so for me, living in central Minnesota is being "down south."
- Small Town America: Minnesota
Webcam streaming video of a small town street in central Minnesota