Snow Fall

"Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek," is a New York Times multimedia feature by reporter John Branch about the 2012 Tunnel Creek avalanche, published on December 20, 2012. The article won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing and a Peabody Award.[1] Packaged together as a six-part story interwoven with interactive graphics, animated simulations and aerial video, "Snow Fall" became one of the most talked about online news articles in 2013 and garnered praise and debate over it being an example of "the future of online journalism."[2] The article became highly influential among online journalism circles, with many other publications attempting similar multimedia features and even coined an industry term, "to snowfall."[3]

"Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek"
AuthorJohn Branch
CountryUnited States
Genre(s)Multimedia feature/Long-form journalism
PublisherThe New York Times
Publication date2012


Becky Lebowitz, Hannah Fairfield, John Branch, and Cath Spangler, May 2013 (1)
John Branch accepting the Peabody Award in 2013.

In a Q&A with New York Times readers published the day after "Snow Fall"’s launch, Branch described how the story evolved beyond a traditional news article.[4] "Credit Joe Sexton, the sports editor, with seeing something bigger," Branch explained. "A couple of days after the avalanche in February, The Times had a front-page article about the recent spate of avalanche deaths, particularly among expert skiers. To most editors, that would have been more than enough. But Joe saw the potential for telling the story in a more powerful, yet narrower, way. And he assigned me the task. The key was the cooperation of those involved. Every one of them opened his or her heart to me, a stranger with only a loose idea of where the story might head. They were honest and gracious and trusting. And when I returned with their stories, and we saw how their various perspectives of the same avalanche wove together, we invited the smart people in our interactive and graphics departments to help with the telling."[4]


A graphics and design team of eleven staffers worked on the feature (including a photographer, three video people, and a researcher), taking more than six months to put the piece together.[5]

Digital Designer Andrew Kueneman said that running a full screen piece with lots of media required the newspaper to publish outside of its typical content management system. "This story was not produced in our normal CMS," Kueneman explained. "We don't have the luxury of doing this type of design typically on the web. Now we just have more options and more tools." [2]

Graphics Director Steve Duenes told Poynter that the format presented "ways to allow readers to read into, and then through multimedia, and then out of multimedia. So it didn't feel like you were taking a detour, but the multimedia was part of the one narrative flow."[6] "The experience sort of absorbs you," Duenes added. "That was really the intention -- to try to get closer to a seamless and coherent article that included all of the elements that made the article strong."[6]

Poynter's Jeff Sonderman explained that a flyover animation transported the reader to the mountains and ski areas where the story takes place. "Graphics Editor Jeremy White gathered LIDAR elevation data and satellite imagery for the terrain, created a virtual model and then generated the animation," Sonderman detailed. "And there is a small bio card that accompanies the introduction of each character, showing his or her photo, name, age and occupation. Clicking the card opens a hovering slideshow that helps you get to know that person better."[6]


"Snow Fall" became a sensation in journalism circles. NYU's Jay Rosen called it "a break point in online journalism."[7]

The feature won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing and a Peabody Award, which called it a "spectacular example of the potential of digital-age storytelling, the web site combines thorough traditional reporting of a deadly avalanche with stunning topographic video."[1][8]

Influence in the journalism industry

The feature inspired the Times to appoint Sam Sifton "Snowfaller in Chief," expanding multimedia narratives in the newsroom in the tradition of '"Snow Fall".[9]


  1. ^ a b "Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek (". Peabody Awards 2012. Retrieved 2017-02-11.
  2. ^ a b Greenfield, Rebecca (2012-12-20). "What the New York Times's 'Snow Fall' Means to Online Journalism's Future". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2017-02-11.
  3. ^ Dowling, David; Vogan, Travis (2014). "Can We "Snowfall" This?". Digital Journalism. 3 (2): 209–224. doi:10.1080/21670811.2014.930250.
  4. ^ a b "Q. and A.: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek". The New York Times. 2012-12-21. Retrieved 2017-02-11.
  5. ^ Thompson, Derek (2012-12-21). "'Snow Fall' Isn't the Future of Journalism". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  6. ^ a b c Sonderman, Jeff (2012-12-20). "How The New York Times' 'Snow Fall' project unifies text, multimedia". Poynter. Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  7. ^ "NYT". The Editorialiste. 2012-12-21. Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  8. ^ "72nd Annual Peabody Awards winners announced". UGA Today. 2013-03-27. Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  9. ^ "Jill Abramson announces big leadership changes at 'New York Times'". Politico. 2013-07-13. Retrieved 2017-04-08.

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Alpine skiing at the 1960 Winter Olympics – Men's downhill

The Men's downhill competition of the 1960 Winter Olympics was held at Squaw Valley. The race was postponed from February 19 because of heavy snow fall.The race was run on Squaw Peak, with a starting elevation of 2,707 m (8,881 ft) above sea level; the course length was 3.095 km (1.923 mi), with a vertical drop of 758 m (2,487 ft).The defending world champion was Toni Sailer of Austria, who did not compete (retired).Jean Vuarnet, the bronze medalist at the world championships two years earlier, won by a half-second in the only Olympic event of his career. It was the first time an Olympic race was won on metal skis.

Cankurtaran Tunnel

The Cankurtaran Tunnel (Turkish: Cankurtaran Tüneli), a.k.a. Hopa Cankurtaran Tunnel, is a road tunnel located in Artvin Province as part of the Hopa-Borçka Highway in northeastern Turkey.

Situated on the Mount Cankurtaran of Pontic Mountains between Çavuşlu village of Hopa district in the west and Çifteköprü village of Borçka district in the east, it is a 5,228 m (17,152 ft)-long twin-tube tunnel carrying two lanes of traffic in each direction. The cost of the construction is estimated to be 100 million.It was built to bypass the Cankurtaran Pass at 690 m (2,260 ft) elevation with many hairpin turns, and to alleviate Black Sea Region's access to Eastern Anatolia Region and consequently to Middle Eastern countries. The tunnel will also eliminate the traffic burden that emerges from climatic conditions such as heavy snow fall, icing and fog. It will shorten the route about 12 km (7.5 mi).The groundbreaking ceremony took place in presence of Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication Binali Yıldırım on 29 October 2010, the Republic Day. The breakthrough was achieved in presence of Minister of Customs and Trade Hayati Yazıcı on 16 March 2014.The tunnel was opened to traffic on 1 March 2018 by Turkish Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication Ahmet Arslan.

Diskit Monastery

Diskit Monastery also known as Deskit Gompa or Diskit Gompa is the oldest and largest Buddhist monastery (gompa) in the Nubra Valley of Ladakh, northern India.It belongs to the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It was founded by Changzem Tserab Zangpo, a disciple of Tsong Khapa, founder of Gelugpa, in the 14th century. It is a sub-gompa of the Thikse gompa.

Lachung Temple and Hundur Monastery are also located nearby, the latter is below the main road near a bridge.The monastery has statue of Cho Rinpoche (Crowned Buddha) in the prayer hall, a huge drum and several images of fierce guardian deities. An elevated cupola of the moanstery depicts a fresco of the Tashilhunpo Monastery of Tibet.

The Monastery administration runs a school, with support from a Non-Government Organization (NGO) known as the "Tibet Support Group", which has computer facilities and teaches science subjects, in English, to Tibetan children of the region.

A popular festival known as Dosmoche or the "Festival of the Scapegoat" is held in the precincts of the monastery in February during the winter season, which is largely attended by people from villages of the Nubra Valley since the other regions in Leh are inaccessible during this period due to heavy snow fall.

Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fällt, BWV 18

Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fällt (Just as the rain and snow fall from heaven), BWV 18, is an early church cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach. He composed it in Weimar for the Sunday Sexagesimae, the second Sunday before Lent, likely by 1713.

The cantata is based on a text by Erdmann Neumeister published in 1711. While at Weimar Bach set at least one other cantata text by this librettist; he also set others by the court poet Salomon Franck. The text cites Isaiah, related to the gospel, the parable of the Sower. The third movement is in the style of a sermon, combined with a litany by Martin Luther. The closing chorale is the eighth stanza of Lazarus Spengler's hymn "Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt".

The cantata falls relatively early in Bach's chronology of cantata compositions. It was possibly composed for performance on 24 February 1715, but more likely for a year or even two earlier. Sexagesima always falls within January or February, so the title's reference to snowfall would have been relevant to the weather at the time.

Bach structured the work in five movements, a sinfonia, a recitative, a recitative with chorale, an aria and a closing chorale. He scored it for three vocal soloists, a four-part choir only in the chorale, and a Baroque instrumental ensemble which is unusual in having violas but no violins. The instruments originally specified were four violas, cello, bassoon and basso continuo. When he performed the work again as Thomaskantor in Leipzig, he added two recorders to double viola I and II an octave higher, thus creating a lighter sound overall.

Hakuba, Nagano

Hakuba (白馬村, Hakuba-mura) is a village located in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 October 2016, the village had an estimated population of 8,789, and a population density of 46.4 persons per km². Its total area is 189.36 square kilometres (73.11 sq mi). Hakuba is an internationally renowned ski resort town in the northern Japan Alps. As the surrounding valley has an annual snow fall of over 11 meters, it is the central hub for 10 ski resorts with more than 200 runs. The village was the main event venue for 1998 Winter Olympics (Alpine, Ski Jump, Crosscountry).

Hanging Rock, New South Wales

Hanging Rock is a gold mining village and also rock face on the Northern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia. This former gold mining town is situated about 10 km south east of Nundle. The village is part of the Tamworth Regional Council district and Parry County. Hanging Rock's geographical coordinates are 31° 29′ 0″ South, 151° 12′ 0″ East and the elevation is about 1100 m. Due to the high altitude of the village, Hanging Rock and the surrounding mountains can occasionally receive a snow fall on the coldest of winter days. At the 2006 census, Hanging Rock had a population of 195 people.

Havillah, Washington

Havillah is a small unincorporated community located in northeastern Okanogan County, Washington, eighteen miles south of the Canada–US border. Current census searches do not indicate a population count, but estimates are three to four hundred in the immediate and surrounding areas.

The area was homesteaded and settled in the early 1900s. Many of the families came from the midwest, and several direct descendants (notably the Kuhlmanns, Duchows, Obergs, Bunches, and Vissers) still live there and farm the land.

At 3500 feet, the climate is considered semi-arid and farming efforts are seasonal due to the cold and snow. Cattle and some sheep are raised, in addition to wheat, oats, barley, and alfalfa hay. Most crops must rely on snow fall and seasonal rains for dry land farming. Many residents who farm or raise livestock in Havillah supplement their income with jobs in the nearest towns of Tonasket or Oroville about twenty miles "down the hill".

Immanuel Lutheran Congregation (organized January 29, 1905) serves as the community hub, and members and non-members alike attend weekly services and other functions there. Up the road, Sitzmark Ski Hill has been a favorite winter recreation area for local folks since it was established by the Kuhlmann family in the mid 1900s. In addition, hunting, hiking, other winter sports, boating, and fishing opportunities have long been the mainstay of recreation in the general area which borders the Okanogan National Forest and the nearby Pasayten Wilderness.

Havillah has no services available, with the exception of church services.

Visit [1] for additional information.

Jebel Jais

Jebel Jais is a mountain of the North-Western Hajar range in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates and also in the Musandam Governorate of Oman. The summit has an elevation of 1,934 m (6,345 ft). The highest point of this mountain is located on the Omani side, but a secondary hill (in the same mountain) west of this peak is considered the highest point of the United Arab Emirates, at 1,892 m (6,207 ft) above sea level. Since the summit is in the Omani side, Jabal Yibir at 1,527 m (0.949 mi) is the highest peak in the UAE.

Milner Pass

Milner Pass, elevation 10,759 ft (3,279 m) is a mountain pass in the Rocky Mountains of northern Colorado in the United States. It is located on the continental divide in the Front Range, within Rocky Mountain National Park, along the boundary between Larimer and Grand counties. The pass provides the passage over the continental divide for US 34, also known as Trail Ridge Road between Estes Park and Grand Lake. The pass is not, however, the high point on Trail Ridge Road, which crests at 12,183 ft (3,713 m) east of the pass within Rocky Mountain National Park. Along with the rest of Trail Ridge Road, the pass is generally closed in winter from the first heavy snow fall (usually October) until the opening of the road around Memorial Day. The gentle pass divides the headwaters of the Cache la Poudre River (which issues from Poudre Lake just east of the pass) and several creeks near the headwaters of the Colorado River to the west. The road near the pass provides a panoramic view of the Never Summer Mountains to the west.

Mount Dandenong, Victoria

Mount Dandenong is both a mountain and a small township/suburb of Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 35 km (22 mi) east from Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the Shire of Yarra Ranges. At the 2016 Census, Mount Dandenong had a population of 1,251.

Light to moderate snowfalls occur on Mount Dandenong a few times most years, mostly frequently between late winter and late spring. The area around Mount Dandenong experienced a highly unusual summer snow fall on Christmas Day 2006.

Mount Kop Tunnel

Mount Kop Tunnel (Turkish: Kop Dağı Tüneli) is a road tunnel under construction located on the province border of Bayburt and Erzurum as part of the route between Maden, Bayburt in the northwest and Aşkale, Erzurum in the southeast in Eastern Anatolia Region, Turkey.

Situated on the Mount Kop of Pontic Mountains, it is a 6,500 m (21,300 ft)-long twin-tube tunnel. The cost of the construction is estimated to be 319 million.It was built to bypass the Kop Pass at 2,409 m (7,904 ft) elevation with hairpin turns. The tunnel will also eliminate the four-month-long traffic inaccessibility during the winter months due to harsh climatic conditions by heavy snow fall, icing and fog. It will shorten the route about 6 km (3.7 mi) and reduce the travel time to one hour. The tunnel is situated at 2,050 m (6,730 ft) elevation.The groundbreaking ceremony was held in presence of Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication Binali Yıldırım on August 23, 2012. Excavation works progress about 20 m (66 ft) daily in each tunnel tube. Opening of the tunnel is scheduled end of 2015.Currently, 150 personnel are at work.

New Year's Eve 1963 snowstorm

The New Year's Eve 1963 snowstorm was a significant winter storm occurring from December 31, 1963 to January 1, 1964 over most of the Southern United States. The storm began when a surface low-pressure system moved northward through the eastern Gulf of Mexico and up the Fall Line east of the Appalachians, leading to a snowstorm from the central Gulf coast northward into Tennessee. Three people perished during the storm, and travel was severely restricted for a couple of days following the snowfall. The strong winds accompanied by heavy snow fall set historic new snowfall records in Alabama.

Salmankaş Tunnel

The Salmankaş Tunnel (Turkish: Salmankaş Tüneli) is a road tunnel under construction located on the province border of Gümüşhane and Bayburt connecting the provincial roads and 69-75 on the route from Araklı, Trabzon via Dağbaşı, Trabzon to Uğrak, Bayburt in northeastern Turkey.Situated on the Mount Salmankaş of Pontic Mountains, it is a 4,150 m (13,620 ft)-long twin-tube tunnel. The cost of the construction, which is carried out by as-yol Yapı A.Ş., is estimated to be 170 million.It was built to bypass the Salmankaş Pass at 2,280 m (7,480 ft) elevation, which is on the ancient Silk Road, with extremely steep incline and to alleviate Black Sea Region's access to Eastern Anatolia Region. The tunnel will also eliminate the six-month-long traffic inaccessibility during the winter months due to harsh climatic conditions by heavy snow fall, icing and fog. It will shorten the route about 16 km (9.9 mi) resulting in a travel time reduction from 2-3.5 hours to 1.5 hours.The groundbreaking ceremony was held in presence of Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication Binali Yıldırım on 23 August 2012. For the construction of the tunnel the New Austrian Tunnelling method (NATM) is being applied. The breakthrough in the tunnel was achieved on 24 November 2013.

Sephu Gewog

Sephu Gewog (Dzongkha: སྲས་ཕུག་, also transliterated as Saephoog Gewog is a gewog (village block) of Wangdue Phodrang District, Bhutan.At an altitude ranging from 2600 to 3500 meters above sea level, Saephoog gewog is situated en route to Trongsa, located north eastern part of Wangduephodrang dzongkhag. One can reach Saephoog gewog centre after three hours’ drive from Wangdue dzongkhag by passing the rough highway road, made due to the stone quarry and road widening along the highway. The gewog comprises five chiwogs (Buso-Zeri, Rukubjee, Longtoed, Bumilog and Nakha) with a total of 331 households, and a population of 1505 people. Saephoog consists of an estimated area of 110801.221758 ha, the largest among the other gewogs under Wangdue. The chiwogs are scattered away from each other but the households under individual chiwogs are nucleated.

Saephoog Gewog enjoys a temperate climate with mostly rugged terrain and snow fall during winter. The Gewog has high potential for livestock and has established one milk processing unit one at Rukubjee. Potato cultivation dominates among the agriculture farming activities and most of the production were sold to Punatshangchu project through farmers group.

During the cordyceps season (June) the villagers used to migrate to the highlands for cordyceps collection leaving behind those who can’t afford to walk. The Gewog Administration used to issue three permits per household for the duration of one month. It is one of the main sources of income for Saephoog farmers.

Most of the villages under Saephoog enjoy the basic needs like electricity, rural water supply scheme, farm roads and telecommunication. Total the gewog has connected approximately 45.52 km of farm roads to villages as of now, which made it easier for farmers to transport their products to the nearest market.

Government infrastructure such as schools, RNR and a Basic health unit was also established for service delivery. A Community Centre with facilities such as photocopy, half photo and internet was operational in the year 2013 with one operator, and benefits the farmers in terms of time consumption and transportation expenses.

Out of 7 communities and 2 privately owned lhakhang, The WangdueGoenpa lhakhang has a monastic education centre at present.


A snowsquall (or snow squall) is a sudden moderately heavy snow fall with blowing snow and strong, gusty surface winds. It is often referred to as a whiteout and is similar to a blizzard but is localized in time or in location and snow accumulations may or may not be significant.

The Cattle Call

"The Cattle Call" is a song written and recorded in 1934 by American songwriter and musician Tex Owens. It became a signature song for Eddy Arnold. Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.Owens wrote the song in Kansas City while watching the snow fall. "Watching the snow, my sympathy went out to cattle everywhere, and I just wished I could call them all around me and break some corn over a wagon wheel and feed them. That's when the words 'cattle call' came to my mind. I picked up my guitar, and in thirty minutes I had wrote the music and four verses to the song," he said. He recorded it again in 1936.

Thuamul Rampur

Thuamul Rampur is a town in Thuamul Rampur Block, Kalahandi District of Odisha State. The town is 72 km from the district capital Bhawanipatna and 500 km from the state capital Bhubaneswar. It is also referred as the Kashmir of Kalahandi as it receives moderate amount of snow fall in the winter season. Rich in flora and fauna this area is the key site for origination of rivers like Nagavali and Indravati where Indravati Dam has been built.

It is connected to district headquarter by both Govt. and private buses as well as with neighboring districts of Rayagada and Koraput.

Nearest railhead is Tikri 65 km and Bhawanipatna 72 km. For videos on various tourist spots, click on the link ( ).

Toula, Zgharta

Toula (Arabic: تولا‎) is a small village in North Lebanon in Zgharta District (or Quadaa). It is 1,150 meters (3,770 feet) above sea level and is primarily a recreational village. Descendants of the original full-time residents of Toula do not reside in Toula during the winter months. Heavy snow fall typically makes Toula's mountainous roads inaccessible. However, Toula's original families occupied the village on a year-round basis. Settling families and early residents developed a climatic tolerance and adapted to Toula's harsh winter months.

Winter storms of 2009–10 in East Asia

The East Asian snowstorms of 2009–2010 were heavy winter storms, including blizzards, ice storms, and other winter events, that affected East Asia from 8 May 2009 to 28 February 2010. The areas affected included Mongolia, China (the P.R.C.), Nepal, the Korean Peninsula, Japan, Kuril Islands, Sea of Okhotsk, Primorsky, and Sakhalin Island.

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