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article imageA Killer Called Daisy

By R. C. Camphausen     Jan 9, 2010 in Environment
Someone gave the innocent name "Daisy" to the weather front that's assaulting Europe with an icy winter, tons of snow and almost 200 deaths
Various avalanches in the Swiss Alps killed more than 20 people, freezing temperatures in Poland, Germany, the United Kingdom and other countries led to at least a hundred and fifty deaths in the streets, and it has only just begun ... with more snow and ice coming up over the weekend.
Europe is being hit with the worst winter in at least three decades, and there seems no end to the unexpected chaos nature can inflict on the unprepared. There's a shortage of gravel and salt for treating the roads in order to keep traffic flowing, there are passengers stranded in trains and on airports, schools are closed here and there and the problems will mount when Daisy, a storm originating in the Mediterranean moves North and leads to even more snow.
One of the hardest hit countries seems to be the United Kingdom, where temperatures yesterday were identical to those on the South Pole ... almost minus thirty (Celsius).
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