The Christmas storm of 2010, which dropped 31 inches of snow on some parts of New England and crippled New York City, will likely stand out as a memory-maker, something to tell the grandkids about – especially if you got stuck in the national air traffic snarl or localized mayhem in New York, where police cars got stuck in drifts and New Yorkers yelled at the mayor for failing to keep the streets clear. But the past decade – the snowiest since the 1970s – had several other memorable winter storms. Here's the five that got the most attention – and did the most damage.
Snowfall totals in the Northeast were big, but schoolkids were on vacation already, and in many cases their parents had time off from work.
The weekend snowstorm, which forced six states into emergency mode and partially paralyzed New York's MTA system, hit hourly workers especially hard.
A conscript for the Russian army talks on a mobile phone at a recruiting station in Stavropol, Russia, on October 20.
In America, second chances are, if not quite a constitutional right, a cherished value. And the power of presidents and governors to pardon lawbreakers and commute sentences can take on special significance. Such enormous executive powers are often misused, critics say, but they can also provide snapshots of Americans' political and cultural priorities. Many pardons occur around Christmas, in a nod to the spirit of the season. Also, around that time, many American's aren't paying much attention to the news – and some outgoing leaders are making their final decisions. Here are the Top 6 cases of pardon or clemency in 2010.
The moon is seen above New York before a full lunar eclipse on Dec. 20. The eclipse will be the first to coincide with the Winter Solstice since 1638.