Blizzard amazes international observers
The monster snowstorm that whipped through eastern Newfoundland last Friday dominated the news in much of Canada for the last several days, but the record-breaking blizzard — which dumped more than 90 centimetres of snow in some parts of the St. John's metro area and resulted in a state of emergency being issued — wasn't just big news here.
It grabbed people's attention around the world.
From the United States to the United Kingdom and France, to Turkey, Brazil and Australia, media outlets internationally featured stories and video footage of the storm and its aftermath in its newspapers, websites, TV programs and radio shows.
"Bomb" blizzard buried cars and homes with more than 12 feet of snow in parts of Newfoundland https://t.co/numLVTMIdb— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 19, 2020
The Washington Post wrote, "Powerful blizzard slams Newfoundland: The storm underwent bombogenesis — and is still strengthening."
CNN featured the storm on its broadcast, saying, "Residents are digging their way out."
In the New York Post, Mike Wehner wrote, "Winter is well and truly upon us here in the States and while shovelling out from a couple of feet (or even just a few inches) of snow can be a real pain, that's nothing compared to what residents in Newfoundland, Canada, have had to endure."
It shows a photo gallery, including one of a resident walking in thigh-deep snow in downtown St. John's and a dog standing in front of a wall of snow that was seen when a patio door was opened.
In its broadcast, Fox2 Detroit TV station touched on some lighter moments of the storm, showing a video of a woman who left her windows of her car down, resulting in the inside getting covered in snow. The video has been shown in many other media outlets around the world and has gone viral.
In the Independent newspaper in the United Kingdom, the headline over reporter Samuel Lovett's story reads, "State of emergency called after-record-breaking snow buries entire neighbourhoods." The website version of the story also features video, showing garage doors opening to find a wall of snow, as well as footage of residents shovelling out their properties.
The Daily Mail in the U.K. wrote, "Terrifying moment: 'Bomb Cyclone' blizzard buries Newfoundland in 30 inches of snow as the province asks Canada's military for help digging out the island."
On its website, Ouest France posted a story under the headline, "Toute une villa canadienne ensevelie sous la beige par le blizzard," meaning, "An entire Canadian city buried under snow by a blizzard."
The Estadao news outlet in Brazil also featured storm coverage, but linked it with Calgary's weather.
"The Canadian government decreed a state of emergency on Saturday, the 18th, due to the situation faced by the population," it reads when translated, "Risk of road accidents and lack of energy were some of the consequences caused by heavy snowfalls."
"Blizzard in Newfoundland: army to the rescue," was the headline in the Tribune de Geneve in Geneva, Switzerland. It features a photograph of a car half buried in snow and a time-sequence video from a home, showing the rapid snowfall.
This time-lapse captured the moment a record-breaking blizzard dumped heaps of snow on homes in Canada pic.twitter.com/06NdQPm0bS— NowThis (@nowthisnews) January 22, 2020
In Australia, Adelaide Now News, under the headline, "Crews work to clear snow after severe blizzard in Newfoundland and Labrador," video shows snowplows clearing mountains of snow from streets in a St. John's neighbourhood.
The New Zealand Herald wrote, "Bomb blizzard buries cars and homes with 3.5 metres of snow," noting that St. John's superceded its record for the most snow in 24 hours, recording 76.2 cms.
While coverage has slowed in many places outside the province, how the storm was managed here may have an impact elsewhere.
The Red Deer Advocate website featured an article under the headline, "Red Deer's emergency management team is watching to learn how Newfoundland handles its massive snowfall."