With the worst of the severe weather behind us now... one big questions remains unanswered! Will Snoopy and Woodstock fly?
Three-and-a-half million expected guests - many of them tourists - are crossing their fingers and praying to the weather gods right now because the 87th Macy's thanksgiving day parade is set to begin with high winds whipping through Manhattan - sponge bob, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the "big balloon" gang – could be grounded.
It's ugly out there. And it's only getting uglier.
Tuesday has been a mess for much of the East Coast. A massive storm that started in California soaked a huge swath from Florida to New England, with snow and sleet falling in pockets of Pennsylvania and New York, CNN Meteorologist Indra Petersons reports the latest.
This system isn't going away anytime soon. In fact, it could cause even more problems and headaches on Wednesday, especially if you are among the thousands at airports waiting and waiting and waiting to fly home for Thanksgiving.
That's because winds are forecast to pick up and sock densely populated places in the Northeast in the next day or so.
For drivers, big gusts mixed with drenching rains can slow things down any day. For air travelers, there is always a big trickle-down effect when places like New York's LaGuardia and Kennedy airports or those in Philadelphia and Boston experience wind delays.
According to flight tracker websites this morning, Roughly 200 flights have been canceled nationwide, with about 120 delays at this hour, reports CNN's Rene Marsh. (SEE VIDEO BELOW)\
Who doesn't want to fling a pumpkin in to the sky at an absurd speed? The Science Channel, well aware of this past-time, is ringing in Thanksgiving with a two-hour special called "Punkin Chunkin" based on the annual competition where over 100 engineering teams work to hurl a pumpkin as far as possible.
Kari Byron, co-host of the Discovery Channel's "Mythbusters," will host the pumpkins special and explains on “Early Start” precisely what our fascination is with punkin chunkin.
The rules are simple, Byron explains.
"You need to throw a pumpkin as far as you can with purely mechanical means,” Byron says. “But when you give a challenge like this to backyard engineers and crazy, guerilla scientists, they’re gonna come up with some wild means of throwing a pumpkin.”
“This is not child’s play, this is not just a hobby, this is a lifestyle,” for pumpkin chunkin competitors who invest major time, money and energy preparing, she says. “They really, really go for broke.”
"Punkin Chunkin" airs Thanksgiving night, Nov. 22nd at 8pm Eastern and Pacific on Discovery's Science Channel.
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