December 13, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Winter wonderlands, other weather make picture-perfect front-page news

Weather — its ever-changing face and the difficulties it brings — has always been news. Today, many editors chose to feature weather-related pictures on their front pages.

Birds are headed south for warmer weather for the winter — if they haven't already made the trip. In Alaska, they are stopping to feed on snow-frosted berries, as pictured in today's Anchorage Daily News, before they migrate to the Pacific Northwest.

Alaska isn't the only place with wintry weather, however. The ice storms in the Midwest have left many people feeling "Powerless" — literally and figuratively — according to The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This front page and that of the Hannibal (Mo.) Courier-Post showed pictures of downed trees, and the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star showed men cutting down icy limbs that were lying on power lines. Even as far away as Charleston, W.Va., photos of the "Killer ice storm" dominated the front page of The Charleston Gazette.

In San Diego, the Union-Tribune reminisced about the day it snowed in San Diego, 40 years ago today, with a picture of a California snowman.

Elsewhere, it wasn't snowy weather captured in the front-page snapshots. In Tucson, Ariz., it's fog that captured the front page. A picture of fog settling in the valley with the mountains behind graced the front page of the Arizona Daily Star. The Daily Times (Salisbury, Md.) showed a picture of a man fishing in the ocean thanks to the "Spring-like weather."

In the Caribbean, Tropical Storm Olga wreaked havoc, as shown in front-page pictures from El Nuevo Herald (Miami, Fla.) and the Dominican Republic's El Caribe.

No weather story would be complete without mentioning global warming. Jacksonville's The Florida Times-Union and the Times Union of Albany, N.Y., showed pictures of and discussed the "Alarm over Arctic melt."

Emily Hedges is an assistant editor at the Newseum.

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