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Arctic Blasts of Cold Air Begin to Invade US Along with Biting Wind
As the Arctic air sweeps in it will replace temperatures in the 50s, 60s and 70s with temperatures in the teens, 20s and 30s, in portions of the Plains and Midwest. Graphic courtesy AccuWeather.com
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), November 22, 2013 - The coldest air of the season so far is beginning to invade the Central states. The frigid air will be accompanied by strong, gusty winds that will drive RealFeel® temperatures to painful levels for those who have to be outdoors for any length of time, without warm clothing.
According to AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Andy Mussoline, "The air mass has been producing below-zero temperatures on the North Slope of Alaska, and while it will modify moving southward and eastward, it will mean business as it enters the United States."
The same air mass due to enter the U.S. this week was producing temperatures ranging from 10 to 50 below zero over parts of Canada's Yukon and Northwest Territories Tuesday morning.
As the Arctic air sweeps in it will replace temperatures in the 50s, 60s and 70s with temperatures in the teens, 20s and 30s. In portions of the Plains and Midwest, this transition will occur in a matter of hours.
Gusts past 40 mph will be frequent and could cause flight delays as the waves of cold air spread from the northern Plains to the Midwest and East.
From parts of Montana to North Dakota and Minnesota, high temperatures will be in the teens for one or more days with RealFeel temperatures hovering in the single digits and dipping below zero at times.
As the cold air pushes southward, it will produce a period of snow along the Front Range of the Rockies, including Denver. Snow will also mark the arrival of cold air over the Upper Midwest, with rain falling farther south.
For folks combing through debris in search of valuables and irreplaceable items in the wake of the devastating Midwest tornadoes, the cold wave with its biting winds will be an additional hardship.
Indications are the worst of the cold air will depart the Central and Eastern states by the middle of next week in time for holiday travelers. However, some rough cold air may linger from around the Upper Midwest to northern New England.
A storm in the South will have to be watch for a possible northward turn along the Atlantic coast during the middle of Thanksgiving week.
Governor Nixon Meets with Boeing to Discuss Production in Missouri
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), November 22, 2013 - During a meeting in St. Louis Thursday, Gov. Jay Nixon told top executives at Boeing that Missouri was committed to producing the company's next-generation Boeing 777X in the Show-Me State. Gov. Nixon said his administration would work quickly and aggressively to meet the company's accelerated timeline and secure this unprecedented project.
"This was an extremely productive meeting and I am committed to competing for and winning this game-changing project on the aggressive timeline set by the company," Gov. Nixon said. "From Charles Lindbergh to the Mercury space capsules to Boeing's JDAM missile, Missouri has a long history of excellence in the aerospace industry and today our future looks even brighter. Production of the 777X in Missouri would provide a massive shot in the arm to our state's economy."
Boeing is expected to select a location for production of the 777X by early January. Boeing currently employs approximately 15,000 in Missouri, including thousands of skilled machinists in the St. Louis region.
At the International Paris Air Show in June, Gov. Nixon announced that Boeing planned to add at least 400 IT jobs to its north St. Louis County campus, headquarters of its defense unit, as part of a global realignment of its 7,900 person internal IT unit, which handles a wide range of services for the company including fixing laptops to designing complex aircraft software.
"The significant expansions underway at auto manufacturers in Claycomo and Wentzville are a testament to our ability to work collaboratively across party lines to bring next-generation manufacturing jobs to the Show-Me State," Gov. Nixon said. "This solid record of success, combined with our existing strong relationship with Boeing, makes Missouri a natural fit for production of the 777X line."
Airports Contribute $11 Billion to Missouri Economy, MoDOT Study Finds
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), November 18, 2013 - A recent study by the Missouri Department of Transportation revealed that 108 of the airports it helps support contribute 100,621 jobs with a payroll of $ 3.1 billion to the Missouri economy.
When all economic activities are considered, total annual economic output of Missouri's system of airports is estimated at $11.1 billion. This represents 4.3 percent of the gross state product.
Using Federal Aviation Administration guidelines, the Missouri Statewide Airports Economic Impact Study looked at direct and indirect impacts nine commercial and 99 public-use airports make to Missouri's economy. It indicated that the economic contribution of Missouri airports grew 17.1 percent in the past decade - despite the economic recession which began in 2007. Though airports support many types of unique users, growth was fueled largely by an increase in business activity.
"In addition to airports' status as a substantial job and payroll contributor, we found communities large and small rely on Missouri airports to spur economic growth and increase access to regional and worldwide markets." said MoDOT Director, Dave Nichols. "This is just the kind of activity Missourians who have been participating in the development of our Long Range Transportation Plan told us they want to see increase during the next 20 years."
Missouri's commercial airports provide access to destinations worldwide and bring in millions of visitors. In 2012, an estimated 6.2 million travelers arrived in Missouri via commercial airports and more than 260,000 arrived on general aviation aircraft. While here, they spent money on hotels, shopping, entertainment and other activities. These purchases, as well as direct impacts such as airport concessions, air cargo and flight school activities have a spin-off effect, boosting the local economy.
"It's also important to note that Missouri aircraft are used to rescue, to transport patients and medical personnel, to treat crops and monitor forests, among other activities," said Bryan Gregory, MoDOT aviation operations manager. "Aviation contributes to our quality of life."
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