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AccuWeather: Best Viewing for Rare Super Blue Moon Eclipse will be in Eastern, South-Central US

January 30, 2018

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By Kristina Pydynowski, Senior Meteorologist for AccuWeather.com

AccuWeather Global Headquarters – January 30, 2017 – North America will be treated to a blue moon, supermoon and a lunar eclipse all at once during the early morning hours of Wednesday. AccuWeather reports the weather should not interfere with sky gazers across the eastern and south-central United States hoping to view the celestial event that has not happened in more than 150 years.

“These three lunar events separately are not uncommon, but it is rare for all three to occur at the same time,” AccuWeather Meteorologist and Astronomy Blogger Brian Lada said.

Lada stated that the last time all three events lined up for North America was on March 31, 1866.

“People all across North America will be able to see the moon light up the night sky, as long as clouds do not interfere, but only those in the central and western parts of the continent will be able to see a total lunar eclipse,” he stated.

The eclipse will enter its total phase after the moon has set along the East Coast of the U.S.

Despite only being treated to a partial lunar eclipse around dawn, most of the eastern U.S. will not have to worry about clouds blocking the show.

This includes in the major cities of New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Raleigh, North Carolina, and Atlanta.

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Sky gazers will definitely want to bundle up when going outdoors to view the eclipse, along with heading to work or school.

Temperatures early Wednesday morning will range from the single digits F in northern New England to the teens and 20s in the mid-Atlantic to the upper 20s and lower 30s across most of Georgia and Alabama.

Jacksonville, Orlando and Miami will join other communities across the Florida Peninsula in dealing with some clouds streaming in from the Atlantic Ocean.

Memphis, Tennessee; Little Rock, Arkansas; Shreveport, Louisiana; Dallas and Oklahoma City will enjoy both a clear sky and the total lunar eclipse.

Temperatures will drop to near freezing by the start of the eclipse along the Mississippi River but will be held to the lower 40s along the I-35 corridor in the South Central states.

Farther to the south, low-hanging clouds may develop over Brownsville and San Antonio, Texas, and spoil the show.

Clouds will also make the eclipse difficult to view across a large part of the northern tier from the Midwest to the Northwest. That is not good news for residents in Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, Seattle and Portland, Oregon.

There may be a pocket of clearer conditions that unfolds around the Dakotas.

While a thick blanket of clouds totally ruining the show is not expected, there may be enough clouds to prevent those in the Southwest from having a clear view of the entire eclipse.

The deserts, including Phoenix, may be lucky and enjoy a clearer sky than the rest of the Southwest.

Those in Alaska and Hawaii will also be able to view the entire eclipse, depending on the weather.

Conditions will be better to view the eclipse in Hilo than Honolulu as clouds and showers will dominate the western Hawaiian islands.

Most of Alaska, including Anchorage, will be clear during the eclipse but enduring frigid air.

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While the moon will appear its normal color through most of the night, Lada stated that it will turn a rusty orange or red color during the predawn hours of Jan. 31 as it passes into the Earth’s shadow.

“Unlike a total solar eclipse which lasts only minutes, this will last for several hours,” Lada said.

For those who miss out on this eclipse or cannot wait for another, the next total eclipse viewable across all of the U.S. and North America will occur on the night of Jan. 20, 2019.

“This lunar eclipse will also occur during a full supermoon, making the blood moon appear larger than the average lunar eclipse,” Lada said.

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NYC Off-Broadway Week: 2-For-1 Tix on Sale for Feb 12-25 Performances

January 29, 2018
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Take advantage of two-for-one tickets at Off-Broadway shows during Off-Broadway Week, February 12 to February 25, 2018 © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization, announced NYC Off-Broadway WeekSM two-for-one tickets are on sale to the public. The popular biannual program now in its ninth year will run February 12 to February 25, 2018, offering visitors and New Yorkers the opportunity to see more than 35 Off-Broadway productions at an excellent value. Participating shows—of which 22 are new to NYC Off-Broadway Week for winter 2018—include critics’ picks, musical revivals, celebrities, family-friendly themes, long-running classics and more. NYC Off-Broadway Week tickets can be purchased now at nycgo.com/off-broadway-week.

“The Off-Broadway theater community truly welcomes all as they continually offer a wide variety of entertaining productions for every audience type,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “We are proud to offer our NYC Off-Broadway Week program, which has featured over 600 Off-Broadway productions to date, and we encourage both visitors and locals alike to discover a new Off-Broadway show this winter at a value and support this welcoming community.”

The 36 shows participating in NYC Off-Broadway Week winter 2018 are:

  • A Letter to Harvey Milk*
  • A Walk With Mr. Heifetz*
  • Addy & Uno*
  • Amy and the Orphans*
  • An Ordinary Muslim*
  • Avenue Q
  • Balls*
  • Blue Man Group
  • Cardinal*
  • Cinderella the Musical*
  • Cruel Intentions: The Musical*
  • Disco Pigs*
  • Drunk Shakespeare
  • El Coronel No Tiene Quién Le Escriba (No One Writes to the Colonel)
  • Fire and Air*
  • Gazillion Bubble Show
  • Good for Otto*
  • In & Of Itself
  • In the Body of the World*
  • Jerry Springer – The Opera*
  • Jersey Boys*
  • Naked Boys Singing!
  • NEWSical The Musical
  • Party Face*
  • Perfect Crime
  • [PORTO]*
  • Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic
  • Red Roses, Green Gold*
  • Relevance*
  • Sistas The Musical
  • STOMP
  • THE Amateurs*
  • The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking
  • The Marvelous Wonderettes
  • The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats*
  • This One’s For The Girls*

*New participants in NYC Off-Broadway Week.

All participating shows are subject to availability. Blackout dates may apply

“The Off-Broadway League is excited to enter into a new year and a new season of NYC Off-Broadway Week with our friends and partners at NYC & Company,” said Adam Hess, President of The Off-Broadway League. “This winter season features 22 new participants along with more than a dozen returning favorites, and we hope this value program entices both regular theatergoers and new audiences to come out and discover the exciting shows that Off-Broadway has to offer.”

NYC Off-Broadway Week is produced by NYC & Company in partnership with The Off-Broadway League. NYC Off-Broadway Week will be promoted through exclusive content on nycgo.com, out-of-home media in the five boroughs, print and digital advertising, commercials running in NYC taxicabs and through social media posts on @nycgo and with hashtag #NYCOffBroadwayWeek.

Since its launch in 2009, over 600 Off-Broadway productions have participated in NYC Off-Broadway Week. The program has also generated over $3 million in revenue through ticket sales, of which over 85,000 have been sold.

New Yorkers and visitors also are encouraged to seek out the ultimate-value week this winter, January 29 through February 4, when three of NYC & Company’s signature programs align: NYC Broadway WeekSM, NYC Restaurant Week® and NYC Must-See WeekSM. Hotel savings are also available as the winter season offers the most attractive hotel rates of the year, particularly on the evening of Super Bowl Sunday (February 4). For all there is to do in NYC this winter, visit nycgo.com/winter.

 

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2018’s Best & Worst Frequent Flyer Programs – WalletHub Study

January 18, 2018
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With U.S. airlines expected to carry more than 600 million passengers on domestic flights this year and credit card debt levels exploding, you can expect airfare savings to be increasingly important in the months ahead.

To help travelers make the best decisions for their wallets, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Best Frequent Flyer Programs, which ranks the 10 largest domestic airlines based on 23 key metrics, ranging from the value of a point/mile to blackout dates for rewards flights.

WalletHub’s report also features a custom calculator that allows users to personalize the results based on their own budgets.

Here are a few highlights:

  • Delta SkyMiles is the best frequent flyer program for the third straight year.
  • The average airline rewards program gives frequent flyers 12% off their airline spending. And they’re all free to join.
  • Hawaiian Airlines offers the most rewards value to frequent flyers ($19.95 per $100 spent), with Alaska Airlines coming in a close second ($19.87 per $100 spent).
  • Four of the 10 largest airlines are offering more rewards in 2018 than in 2017, sweetening the pot by an average of 20%.
  • Delta Air Lines and JetBlue Airways are the only two major airlines whose miles do not expire because of inactivity.
  • The Frontier Airlines Credit Card and the Lufthansa Credit Card are 2018’s best airline credit cards, according to WalletHub’s editors.

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NYC Must-See Week Offers 2-for-1 Tickets to Attractions, Museums, Tours & Performing Arts

January 18, 2018
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From iconic attractions like the Guggenheim Museum on Fifth Avenue’s Museum Mile, to lesser-known gems, NYC Must-See Week’s 2-for-1 offer gives everyone a chance to discover more across the five boroughs at a value © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

New York, NY – NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization, announced tickets are on sale to the public today at 10:30am EST for NYC Must-See Week. The program (formerly known as NYC Attractions WeekSM in 2017) will offer two-for-one admission to attractions, museums, tours, and performing arts venues across all five boroughs with tickets offered from January 29 through February 11, 2018. Experiences to be enjoyed among the 62 unique participants include iconic NYC attractions, skyline views, historic sites, world-class institutions and more. To view a full list of participants and to purchase tickets, visit nycgo.com/mustseeweek.

“NYC Must-See Week gives locals and visitors a unique opportunity to check off experiences from their bucket list and sample more of everything the City has to offer,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “From iconic attractions to lesser-known gems, the 2-for-1 offer gives everyone a chance to discover more across the five boroughs at a value.”

During NYC Must-See Week, there are options for everyone. For those seeking…

  • recently opened Times Square attractions, head to Midtown Manhattan to explore Gulliver’s Gate, National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey or the NFL Experience Times Square.
  • observation deck views, book the Empire State Building Experience or visit One World Observatory.
  • waterfront explorationshop aboard with Bateaux New York, Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises or Hornblower Cruises & Events, among others.
  • cultural institutions along Museum Mile, visit the Museum of the City of New York; the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; or the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
  • world-class museums not found on Fifth Avenue, visit the Brooklyn MuseumMuseum of Modern Art (MoMA) or the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.
  • cultural heritage museums, visit the Museum of Chinese in America, Museum at Eldridge Street or the Museum of Jewish Heritage.
  • family-friendly activities, enjoy the Bronx Zoo, The Ride or Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, among others.
  • historical sites, enjoy Fraunces Tavern Museum, Morris Jumel Mansion, Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden or head out on an educational historic walk with Lower Manhattan Tours.
  • food tours, dine with Like a Local Tours or Urban Oyster Tours.
  • behind-the-scene tours, discover Carnegie Hall Tours, Madison Square Garden All Access Tour or Yankee Stadium Tours, among others.
  • pop culture tours, head out with On Location ToursThe Tour at NBC Studios or see your favorite celebrities at Madame Tussauds New York.
  • music and performing arts, enjoy the Baruch Performing Arts CenterChamber Music Society of Lincoln CenterHarlem School of the Arts or the World Music Institute.

NYC Must-See Week will be promoted through exclusive content on NYCgo.com; @nycgo on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #NYCMustSeeWeek; through out-of-home advertising on NYC bus shelters, LinkNYC screens, Parabit Airport Kiosks, and PATH trains and stations; and through various media partnerships.

New Yorkers and visitors also are encouraged to seek out the ultimate-value week this winter, January 29 through February 4, when three of NYC & Company’s signature programs align: NYC Must-See Week, NYC Restaurant Week® and NYC Broadway WeekSM. Additionally, snag NYC Off-Broadway WeekSM 2-for-1 tickets during this time after they go on sale January 29 for performances from February 12 to February 25. Hotel savings are also available as the winter season offers the most attractive hotel rates of the year, particularly on the evening of Super Bowl Sunday (February 4). For all there is to do in NYC this winter, visit nycgo.com/winter.
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NYC Broadway Week Winter Begins Today With 2-For-1 Tickets, Sweepstakes

January 16, 2018
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Hello, Dolly! Is one of the Broadway shows offering 2-for-1 pricing through Feb. 4

New York City (January 16, 2018) — NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization, announced NYC Broadway Week begins today, offering visitors and New Yorkers two-for-one tickets to nearly 20 Broadway shows with performances today through February 4, 2018. Also returning this season is NYC Broadway Week Sweeps where consumers can enter for the chance to win a free pair of tickets to 14 select Broadway performances. Supported by the Shubert Organization, enter the sweepstakes now for the chance to win the first drawing on January 22, and enter again after January 24 for the second drawing on January 29.

Visit nycbroadwayweeksweeps.com to enter (official rules and terms and conditions apply; see website).

Two-for-one tickets or ticket upgrades are still available to 18 of the 19 shows participating in NYC Broadway Week:*

  • A Bronx Tale
  • Aladdin
  • Anastasia
  • Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
  • Chicago
  • The Children
  • Farinelli and the King
  • Hello, Dolly!
  • John Lithgow: Stories by Heart
  • Kinky Boots
  • Latin History for Morons
  • The Lion King**
  • Once on This Island
  • The Parisian Woman
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • The Play That Goes Wrong
  • School of Rock
  • SpongeBob SquarePants
  • Wicked

*Subject to availability. Blackout dates may apply.

**Currently sold out.

Tickets for NYC Broadway Week can be purchased now at nycgo.com/broadwayweek.

NYC Broadway Week is produced by NYC & Company in partnership with American Express, The Broadway League, Ticketmaster, Telecharge and Audience Rewards. NYC Broadway Week will be promoted through exclusive content on NYCgo.com, out-of-home media in the five boroughs, print and digital advertising, commercials running in NYC taxicabs and through social media posts on @nycgo and with hashtag #NYCBroadwayWeek.

Since its launch in January 2011, NYC Broadway Week has cumulatively sold more than 1,128,000 tickets, generating nearly $77 million in revenue for Broadway.

New Yorkers and visitors are encouraged to seek out the ultimate-value week this winter, January 29 through February 4, when three of NYC & Company’s signature programs align: NYC Broadway Week, NYC Restaurant Week® and NYC Must-See WeekSM. Hotel savings are also available as the winter season offers the most attractive hotel rates of the year, particularly on the evening of Super Bowl Sunday (February 4). For all there is to do in NYC this winter, visit nycgo.com/winter.

 

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Harry Potter, Batman Themed Lodging? Eviivo Online Links Travelers with Fiction-Fantasy BnBs in UK

January 8, 2018
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Canongate Luxury Apartment in Edinburgh is a Harry Potter themed apartment, complete with a Hogwarts Express carriage room, and a Gryffindor dormitory common room and bedroom. Kitted out with artifacts, including a desk and a mirror both previously owned by J K Rowling herself, this B&B is a delight for any ‘Sirius’ Potter fan.

Britain-based online booking specialist eviivo has compiled an extraordinary selection of fiction-book themed B&Bs in the UK, including Harry Potter, Famous Five and Batman-themed establishments, perfect for fantasy holiday makers who are hunting for their next experience.

“The popularity of theme parks and adventure holidays has increased in recent years, and can turn an average holiday into an exciting and unique experience, but an expensive one,” Ruth Whitehead, a director at eviivo, said “Now, for less than the cost of a family cinema trip to London’s West End, adventurous families can live out the fantasies immortalised in works of fiction with a stay at a B&B.”

Canongate Luxury Apartment in Edinburgh is a Harry Potter themed apartment, complete with a Hogwarts Express carriage room, and a Gryffindor dormitory common room and bedroom. Kitted out with artifacts, including a desk and a mirror both previously owned by J K Rowling herself, this B&B is a delight for any ‘Sirius’ Potter fan.

A sign outside reads ‘Wizards welcome’, but Ruth Whitehead assures potential guests that “muggles will be let through the Dumble-door too!”

Built in the 1700s, the property already has an old and rustic feel and the owner has made numerous creative modifications to evoke J K Rowling’s fantasy world, including authentic bookshelf style wall paper, and an intricate display of potions bottles. One of the rooms boasts a real wood burner, perfect for snuggling up with a hot espresso-patronum.

This magical experience is conveniently located amongst some of Edinburgh’s best Harry Potter tourist spots, including The Elephant House Café where J K Rowling wrote many of her early novels.

For holidaymakers looking for an action comic experience, the ‘Joker Boat’ is a buoy wonder. Docked in Liverpool, this swanky barge was brought over from LA and restored to accommodate 6 people, after originally being made exclusively for Jack Nicholson for his role as the Joker in Batman.

The boat is kitted out in Gotham-style noirish luxury, complete with leather seats, purple velvet bedding and a 3D 52in LCD TV.  It is the perfect cosy spot for a dark Knight.

Making your way from the airport to your accommodation can be the ‘Bane’ of your existence, but in true Hollywood style, the owner is offering an optional chauffeur service from the airport, in the choice of either a Hummer or a Rolls Royce Phantom.

Families looking to escape to the fantasy world of the mid-20th century British countryside are advised to visit Enid Blyton-inspired Widbrook Barns.  Situated in the middle of the Wiltshire countryside, this accommodation features a tuck shop, an original gypsy bow-top wagon and a shepherds hut, and comes complete with ‘lashings of ginger beer’ and ‘pick ‘n’ mix’, that will fuel any child’s adventures.

Ruth Whitehead added “Fortunately this accommodation sleeps up to 23, so even more than five can have a wonderful time”.

eviivo is a leading online booking specialist for independent hotels and B&Bs across Europe. Through leading-edge technology, hospitality owners can manage their bookings and sell their rooms online in the highly competitive global marketplace on an equal footing with leading international hotel chains.  Its diverse portfolio represents the best of independent hosts and hoteliers with over 6,600 small hotels, B&Bs and vacation rentals across Europe, offering over 60,000 rooms.  Accommodations span B&Bs, guest houses, pubs and inns, restaurants with rooms, serviced apartments, villas and cottages, hostels, and even boats, castles and windmills. For more information visit www.eviivo.com.

 

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Take Advantage of 2-For-1 Ticket Offer During NYC Broadway Week Jan 16-Feb 4

January 8, 2018
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NYC Broadway Week winter 2018 tickets are now available, offering 2-for-1 tickets to 19 Broadway shows with performances January 16 through February 4 © 2018 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

New York City — NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization, announced NYC Broadway Week tickets are on sale to the public today beginning at 10:30am EST. The popular biannual program, now in its eighth year, will run January 16 through February 4, 2018, offering visitors and New Yorkers the opportunity to purchase two-for-one tickets to 19 exciting Broadway shows. Of the participants, seven are new Broadway productions, including Farinelli and the King, SpongeBob SquarePants and The Parisian Woman, among others. Tickets for NYC Broadway Week can be purchased now at nycgo.com/broadwayweek.

The 19 shows participating in NYC Broadway Week winter 2018 are:

  • A Bronx Tale
  • Aladdin
  • Anastasia
  • Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
  • Chicago
  • The Children**
  • Farinelli and the King**
  • Hello, Dolly!
  • John Lithgow: Stories by Heart**
  • Kinky Boots
  • Latin History for Morons**
  • The Lion King
  • Once on This Island**
  • The Parisian Woman**
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • The Play That Goes Wrong
  • School of Rock
  • SpongeBob SquarePants**
  • Wicked

*Subject to availability. Blackout dates may apply.

**New participants in NYC Broadway Week.

NYC Broadway Week is produced by NYC & Company in partnership with American Express, The Broadway League, Ticketmaster, Telecharge and Audience Rewards. NYC Broadway Week will be promoted through exclusive content on NYCgo.com, out-of-home media in the five boroughs, print and digital advertising, commercials running in NYC taxicabs and through social media posts on @nycgo and with hashtag #NYCBroadwayWeek.

Since its launch in January 2011, NYC Broadway Week has cumulatively sold more than 1,128,000 tickets, generating nearly $77 million in revenue for Broadway.

Last month, NYC & Company announced the first-ever NYC Broadway Week Winter Stay hotel promotion. This winter, NYC Broadway Week 2-for-1 ticket holders who stay at one of 25 participating hotels will receive a daily $25 food and beverage on-property credit—perfect to use before or after attending a Broadway show. All participating hotels are centrally located to Broadway’s famed Theatre District and will offer attractive room rates as part of the promotion. For an up-to-date list of participating hotels and corresponding links to book, visit nycgo.com/nyc-broadway-week-winter-stay.

New Yorkers and visitors also are encouraged to seek out the ultimate-value week this winter, January 29 through February 4, when three of NYC & Company’s signature programs align: NYC Broadway Week, NYC Restaurant Week, and NYC Must-See Week. Hotel savings are also available as the winter season offers the most attractive hotel rates of the year, particularly on the evening of Super Bowl Sunday (February 4). For all there is to do in NYC this winter, visit nycgo.com/winter.

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Zac Posen, Action Bronson, Samantha Brown and Pauline Frommer Among Speakers at 2018 New York Times Travel Show, Jan. 26-28

January 4, 2018
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Experience the tastes, music and culture of destinations around the world and pique your interest and your appetite to experience on your own at the New York Times Travel Show at the Javits Center, Jan. 27-28. The Travel Show is the largest and longest-running trade and consumer travel show in North America © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

New York — The New York Times has announced its speaker lineup for its 2018 Travel Show, which features a dynamic offering of travel experts, panel discussions, demonstrations and book signings for travel enthusiasts and industry professionals alike.

This year’s Show, taking place at the Jacob K. Javits Center, will begin Friday, Jan. 26 with its Trade Day, which is open exclusively to travel industry professionals. The Travel Show will be open to the general public Saturday, Jan. 27, and Sunday, Jan. 28. Celebrating its fifteenth year as the largest travel trade show in North America, this year’s programs will be moderated by New York Times journalists including Monica Drake, assistant managing editor and senior editor of travel; Sam Sifton, food editor; and many others. Turkish Airlines is the Presenting Sponsor of the 2018 New York Times Travel Show.

Some of the panels and speakers at this year’s Show include renowned fashion designer Zac Posen, whose new book “Cooking with Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined,” takes his fans on a culinary journey as inspiring as his designs; rapper Action Bronson, as he speaks about his new cookbook “F**k, That’s Delicious”; travel expert and television host Samantha Brown; and Pauline Frommer, editorial director of the Frommer’s travel guide series.

Full list of panels and speakers include (subject to change):

Saturday, Jan. 27

Alcohol Abroad With Thad Vogler and Adrienne Stillman: Celebrate the spirit of spirits with Thad Vogler (author of “By the Smoke and the Smell”) and Adrienne Stillman (author of “Where Bartenders Drink”). From the mountains of Mexico to the wilds of Scotland and beyond, Vogler and Stillman will steer you to the best cocktails across the globe and the characters who produce the handmade alcohol like rum, scotch, cognac and mezcal you can drink on the go.

The Frugal Traveler With Lucas Peterson: Join Lucas Peterson, writer of the widely popular New York Times column “The Frugal Traveler,” as he shares 10 tips and tricks to significantly save on travel in 2018.

Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern of the Travel Channel: Don’t miss a conversation with James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, writer and teacher Andrew Zimmern, one of the most versatile personalities in the culinary world, and New York Times Food editor Sam Sifton.

Sustainable and Socially Conscious Travel: Join New York Times travel and lifestyle writer Shivani Vora, as she discusses socially conscious and sustainable travel with three pioneers seeking to make a traveler’s experiences both good for the individual and good for the globe. Panelists include Darrell Hartman, co-founder of Jungles in Paris (a digital storytelling platform about the cross-section of nature and culture), Kat Lo, the founder of Eaton Hotels (a new hotel group with a focus on social justice, sustainability and community consciousness), and Mark Lakin, co-founder of Epic Road (a travel design company that blends luxury with thought-provoking experiences meant to elevate consciousness).

Cooking With Zac Posen: Join world-renowned fashion designer Zac Posen on a culinary journey through his life with his new cookbook “Cooking with Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined,” which includes dishes every bit as decadent and inspiring as his designs. Posen will be in conversation with New York Times Food editor Sam Sifton.

Pop Culture and Fine Foods With Ghetto Gastro and JJ Johnson: Join Ghetto Gastro, a Bronx collective using food and art to create unique experiences, and chef JJ Johnson, named one of the top young culinary minds by Forbes, Zagat and Eater, for a conversation on bringing New York’s cuisine to the world and a taste of their travels to food at home. Ghetto Gastro and chef Johnson will discuss their unique ability to mix gourmet cuisine with Caribbean delicacies and hip-hop roots with Kim Severson, a Southern-based correspondent who covers the nation’s food culture for The New York Times.

Exploring Food With Musician Action Bronson: Don’t miss a conversation with unlikely food superstar and rapper Action Bronson, author of “F**k, That’s Delicious,” a book that chronicles the food-obsessed musician’s exploration of all things culinary. Bronson will discuss his love for both food and music with New York Times Food editor Sam Sifton.

L.G.B.T.Q. Travel With Davey Wavey: Digital storyteller Davey Wavey will help you to be a successful and inclusive gay traveler — with an L.G.B.T.Q. Pride survival guide, insight into the world’s best L.G.B.T.Q. destinations and tips on how to meet dates on the go. 

Pizza Guru Anthony Falco: Join Anthony Falco, founding pizza maker of Roberta’s in Brooklyn, N.Y., for a conversation about his travels around the globe as a pizza consultant from San Francisco to India with New York Times Food editor Sam Sifton. Falco, also known as the “Pizza Guru,” will lead a discussion and demonstration about making global pizzas that fit into the cultural landscape of countries around the world.

Chef Angela Dimayuga With Claudia Wu of Cherry Bombe: Savor the opportunity to hear from Cherry Bombe co-founder and creative director Claudia Wu and James Beard Award-winning chef Angela Dimayuga, most recently the executive chef of Mission Chinese. The two friends and collaborators will discuss their creative process, the importance of female voices in the world of food and their favorite recipes from the new “Cherry Bombe: The Cookbook” with Kim Severson of The New York Times.

How Technology Can Enhance and Elevate Your Vacation: Join Jennifer Jolly — an American consumer technology journalist and TV broadcaster, the Wired Well columnist for The New York Times, tech-life columnist and host of Tech Now for USA Today, and a digital lifestyle contributor for “The Today Show” — as she helps travelers use the latest technologies to get the most out of their next trip.

Sunday, Jan. 28

Samantha Brown and Pauline Frommer: Join Samantha Brown (host of several Travel Channel programs including “Girl Meets Hawaii,” “Great Vacation Homes,” “Great Hotels” and her upcoming PBS show “Samantha Brown’s Places to Love”) and Pauline Frommer (the editorial director of the Frommers series of guidebooks and co-host of the “Travel Show” on WABC Radio) as they discuss their travel inspirations, extensive experience and the people who are changing, challenging and strengthening destinations around the globe.

Atlas Obscura With Joshua Foer: Meet Atlas Obscura co-founder Joshua Foer, who will talk about his experience and insights into people who still believe in the beauty of discovery, from miniature cities and gigantic flaming holes in the ground to bone churches, balancing pagodas or homes built entirely out of paper.

The Best Travel Gadgets of 2018 With Wirecutter: Hear from the journalists behind The New York Times’s product review website, Wirecutter, on how to pack the best travel gear in the fewest bags possible. Wirecutter editor Michael Zhao and writer Kit Dillon will talk through the different needs you may have for trips you plan to take in the new year. 

Don’t Be a Tourist in Paris: The Messy Nessy Chic Guide: Roam the streets of Paris with the confidence of a seasoned local with the help of Vanessa Grall, creator of cult online magazine Messy Nessy Chic and author of the non-guidebook “How Not to Be a Tourist in Paris.”

Travelscope With Joseph Rosendo: Joseph Rosendo, Emmy Award-winning travel journalist, broadcaster, television personality, public speaker and host of the PBS show “Joseph Rosendo’s Travelscope” will share his five decades of travel experiences, and talk about how travel can be a life-changing and world-changing experience.

Seeing Mexico City &  Barcelona Through Their Burgeoning Art Scenes With Maria Brito: See Mexico City through the eyes of award-winning contemporary art adviser and collector Maria Brito, who will teach you how to find the best hotspots for art on your upcoming travel to the capital of Mexico.

The Best Books for Your Next Vacation: Pack the perfect book for your next trip with the help of book and literary experts Leigh Haber (books editor for O Magazine), Min Jin Lee (author and National Book Award finalist) and Glory Edim (founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a Brooklyn-based book club celebrating the distinctive qualities of black literature). The trio will talk about their favorite seasonal reads, the books they are most looking forward to in 2018 and more with New York Times book critic Dwight Garner.

Coffee and Food Culture in the Land Down Under With Nicholas Stone and Eddy Buckingham: Join Aussie-born and New York-based tastemakers Nicholas Stone (founder of Bluestone Lane) and Eddy Buckingham (owner of Chinese Tuxedo) for a coffee tasting and conversation about Australian food culture in the U.S. and abroad, their collaborations on hospitality projects, and tips for learning more about Australian culture with New York Times editor Sam Sifton.

Hotel Impossible With Anthony Melchiorri: Travel Channel’s no-nonsense host of “Hotel Impossible,” Anthony Melchiorri, brings you tips, tricks and five-star secrets to make the most out of your hotel stays around the world. Known as a hotel “fixer,” Anthony has 20 years of experience in the hospitality business and works with a team of designers to revamp and transform struggling hotels into successful tourist accommodations. 

Full speaker lineup and start times can be found here.

The Travel Show is the largest and longest-running trade and consumer travel show in North America, featuring the Travel Industry Conference, Consumer Seminars, and an interactive Exhibition including more than 500 exhibitors from Africa, Asia, Australia/South Pacific, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, Mexico and the United States. In addition to discounts and special offers, the show provides educational seminars and live entertainment for families, individuals, couples and seniors. Join the conversation and follow @NYTTravelShow for the latest Travel Show news.

More information at www.NYTimes.com/TravelShow.

 

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Accuweather Explains: What is Bombogenesis?

January 4, 2018
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This image shows a storm over the Bering Sea in March 2015 that underwent bombogenesis. (NOAA/University of Wisconsin-Madison/Satellite)

By Alex Sosnowski, Senior Meteorologist for AccuWeather.com

AccuWeather Global Headquarters – January 3, 2017 – You may have heard or read about a storm undergoing “bombogenesis.” What exactly does that weather term mean?

In simple terms, bombogenesis is a storm that undergoes rapid strengthening. The vast majority of such storms occur over the ocean. The storm can be tropical or non-tropical in nature.

Other common phrases for bombogenesis include weather bomb, or simply bomb.

The term bombogenesis comes from the merging of two words: bomb and cyclogenesis. All storms are cyclones, and genesis means the creation or beginning. In this case, bomb refers to explosive development. Altogether the term means explosive storm strengthening.

A cyclone (non-tropical storm or hurricane) is essentially a giant rising column of air that spins counterclockwise over the Northern Hemisphere.

When air rises, it produces a vacuum effect that results in lower atmospheric pressure.

When a storm strengthens, the column of air rises at a faster and faster rate and the pressure within the storm lowers.

Meteorologists use a barometer to measure the atmospheric pressure. Atmospheric pressure is often called barometric pressure.

Average storms in the winter have a low barometric pressure reading of 29.53 inches of mercury.

Some of the most intense storms may have the barometric pressure below 29.00 inches.

However, it is not the lowest pressure that defines bombogenisis but rather how quickly the pressure within the storm plummets.

When the barometric pressure falls at least 0.71 of an inch (24 millibars) in 24 hours, a storm has undergone bombogenesis.

For example, a weak storm that began with a barometric pressure of 29.98 inches and ended up with a barometric pressure of 29.27 inches in 24 hours underwent bombogenesis.

The Superstorm of 1993 (Storm of the Century) from March 12-13 is a prime example of a storm that underwent bombogenesis. The storm strengthened from 29.41 inches (996 mb) to 28.45 inches (963 mb), or nearly 1.00 inch (33 mb), in 24 hours. Much of this strengthening occurred over land.

Other examples of storms that underwent bombogenesis are Hurricane Charley in 2004 and Hurricane Wilma in 2005. The Blizzard of 2015 (Jan. 26-27), the Bering Sea storm of December 2015 and the northeastern United States storm of late-October 2017 experienced bombogenesis.

Storms that undergo bombogenesis are among the most violent weather systems that affect a broad area. This is because the rapidly ascending air near the center of the storm must be replaced by air surrounding the storm. As these winds move toward the center of the storm at high speed, property damage can occur, trees may fall and the power may go out.

The western North Atlantic is one favored area for storms to undergo bombogenesis. This is a region where cold air from North America collides with warm air over the Atlantic Ocean. Warm waters of the Gulf Stream may also provide a boost in a festering storm.

As a result, some, but not all nor’easters may undergo bombogenesis.

The intense winds often create massive seas and may cause significant beach erosion.

In terms of precipitation, very heavy rain and/or snow may fall in the path of the storm undergoing bombogenesis.

Precipitation rate is produced from the rising column of air. When air rises, it cools and moisture condenses to form clouds and rain or snow. The faster the air rises and cools, the heavier the precipitation.

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Accuweather: Snowstorm to Pound mid-Atlantic, Rage as Blizzard in New England

January 4, 2018

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By Alex Sosnowski, Senior Meteorologist for AccuWeather.com

AccuWeather Global Headquarters – January 3, 2017 – AccuWeather reports a major storm will track close enough to the East Coast of the United States to bring everything from snow and ice to blizzard conditions and frigid winds on Thursday.

The storm is projected to undergo rapid strengthening, referred to as bombogenesis.

The storm will affect areas from Florida to Maine and Atlantic Canada.

Snow and a wintry mix are set to continue along the southeastern coast of the U.S. through Wednesday night.

Storm impact to be significant in mid-Atlantic, severe in New England

In the Northeast, impact from snow and wind will increase dramatically from Wednesday night through Thursday night.

AccuWeather meteorologists believe the heaviest snow and strongest winds from the storm will occur in eastern New England and part of Atlantic Canada.

Road conditions will range from slippery and snow-covered along the mid-Atlantic coast to completely blocked with snow and massive drifts in eastern New England, New Brunswick and part of eastern Quebec.

All flight operations may cease for a time at Boston Logan International Airport during the height of the storm.

Airline delays and cancellations will mount. Ripple-effect delays may occur across the nation. Some aircraft and crews are likely to be displaced by the severe storm in New England. Deicing activity, slippery runways, poor visibility and gusty winds will lead to flight delays in New York City and Philadelphia.

From eastern New England to Atlantic Canada, there is a risk of widespread power outages. Tremendous blowing and drifting snow is likely, and some communities may be isolated for several days in the wake of the storm in the bitter cold.

Increasing winds along the New England and upper mid-Atlantic coast will cause overwash, which will freeze, in addition to causing shoreline flooding.

New England to be hit with formidable blizzard

Blizzard conditions are likely from portions of Long Island, New York, through eastern Connecticut and Massachusetts to northeastern Maine, New Brunswick and western Nova Scotia.

A blizzard is a storm that produces snow or blowing snow with winds in excess of 35 mph and a visibility of less than one-quarter of a mile for at least three consecutive hours, according to the American Meteorological Society.

There is the potential for 12-24 inches (30-60 cm) or more of snow to fall in Maine and New Brunswick. At the same time, the risk of hurricane-force gusts and frigid air will pound these areas.

Heavy snow, blowing and drifting in store for mid-Atlantic coast

The storm is expected to track close enough to the coast to throw snow on the area from eastern Virginia and the Delmarva Peninsula to New Jersey, eastern New York and western New England. Blustery conditions will develop during the snowfall or shortly thereafter.

Whether a few flakes of snow or a debilitating snowstorm occurs in this western fringe will depend on the exact track of the storm and how quickly moisture is thrown westward as the storm strengthens.

In the coastal states from Virginia to New York, areas farthest east are likely to have the greatest amount of snow from the storm.

Little to no snow may fall in Albany, New York, Washington, D.C., and communities west of Philadelphia. However, the amount of snow will increase substantially a few miles farther east.

Coastal communities that usually receive wet snow or a rain/snow mix from storms can expect dry, powdery snow from this storm that will be subject to blowing and drifting.

Cold blast, gusty winds to follow the storm

Snow showers may occur from the mountains of central New York to the southern Appalachians and parts of the Midwest. However, these will be more of a product of a fresh injection of cold air, rather than from the storm at the coast.

Minor airline delays from snow showers may occur in the Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati airports.

Lake-effect snow is forecast to ramp up once again near the Great Lakes.

As the storm strengthens, winds will increase hundreds of miles away from the center of the circulation beginning Wednesday night.

Winds alone are likely to become strong enough to trigger airline delays in the major hubs of the Northeast, from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia, New York City and Boston from Thursday to Friday.

Strong offshore winds may lead to blowout tides along the mid-Atlantic and New England coasts.

Blustery and cold conditions are in store as far south as Florida, the Bahamas and Cuba.

The strong winds and arctic air will add to the frigid weather pattern.

Seas will build to dangerous levels for small craft off the mid-Atlantic, New England and southeastern Canada coasts.

 

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