<> on January 27, 2015 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Grab a shovel: It’s pretty much done snowing in the Northeast; now it’s time to dig out. Eastern Massachusetts bore the brunt of the storm. Boston’s Logan International Airport got more than 2 feet of snow. In Auburn and Worcester, the total topped 30 inches. Most of the travel restrictions have been dropped across the region. The blizzard warnings are gone. A few days of digging out and things should be pretty much back to normal.


Hindsight: The Blizzard of 2015 didn’t turn out to be as epic as we were first led to believe. Sure, some parts of Massachusetts got 30-plus inches of snow, but New York City dodged a good bit of the storm, and so did a lot of other areas. Parts of the Northeast were so underwhelmed it prompted the hashtag #snowFail. The really sarcastic folks have opted for the term “snowperbole.” It’s defined as “exaggerated statements or claims about snowfall amounts that aren’t meant to be taken seriously.” While some say forecasters “cried wolf,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says “better safe than sorry.”


Deadly attack: The Libyan branch of the Islamic State has taken credit for yesterday’s attack on the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli. The attack left 10 dead including one American, one French citizen, three people from Tajikistan, five Libyans. The two attackers also died. An online group that supports ISIS said the attack was carried out in the name of Abu Anas al-Libi. Al-Libi was an alleged al Qaeda operative accused of involvement in the bombing of U.S. embassies in Africa. He was captured by U.S. special forces in Libya. He died in a U.S. hospital this month.

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