Frightening beautiful

January 27, 2011 1:48:00 PM PST
We are a close bunch, the Eyewitness News team.

People often ask me if we like each other off the set as much as we seem to like each other on it. The answer is yes. Case in point: As we left the studio last night just before midnight, those of us who live in Manhattan were asking our colleagues who don't if they needed a place to stay. I've never worked anywhere else where so many people would offer colleagues a place to spend the night if they couldn't get home. It wasn't the 50-miles-an-hour blizzard from the day after Christmas, but it was quite a storm nonetheless.

Strange how something can be both staggeringly beautiful and eerily frightening at the same time.

I suppose that can apply to some people - but for now I'm referring to these snow storms. And especially last night's. The soft white pillow that gathers on the street and the white drenching on the trees is spectacular. The treacherous traveling conditions on the other hand can quickly put sweat on your palms if you're driving, and drive your heart rate up if you're walking.

And what a snow pile we've accumulated. This seventh storm in the past month brings out total snow to nearly five feet for the season. And it makes January the snowiest month on record in New York City.


But enough already.

With nearly two months left to winter - and the coldest month still ahead - winteritis this year is spreading faster than H1N1 did last year.

And how did New York City fare? Pretty well - at least judging by the lack of complaints. Mayor Bloomberg was at our fire safety campaign launch yesterday morning - and he clearly seemed to understand, finally, how angry people were at the City for the day-after-Christmas fiasco. He joked about it in a self-deprecating way, which is not typically his style. It was, dare I say, refreshing to hear him like that.

And, as has been pointed out, it's likely there will not be another snow clean up problem under Mr. Bloomberg's watch.

So what's ahead? Where did the clean up plans fall short? And how did mass transit perform? Meteorologist Lee Goldberg heads our coverage, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, we're taking a closer look at a relatively new kind of breast cancer radiation therapy called ACCUBOOST. It supposedly works with pinpoint accuracy. We try to find out. Kemberly Richardson has our story.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.


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