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East Coast storm brings blizzard of social tweets and posts

Sharon Gaudin | Feb. 13, 2013
When there's a blizzard approaching, people flock to grocery stores for bread and milk, test their generators...and nowadays take to Twitter and Facebook.

NASA tweeted this image of the East Coast blizzard as it developed over the Atlantic.

Although winter storms are not named officially like hurricanes, the Weather Channel has given this one a name: Nemo.

Today, though, is largely about weather predictors.

The Weather Channel has been tweeting storm updates all day, as has the Weather Underground. "And here is a webcam of that 7" inches of snow in Scarborough, ME," tweeted the Weather Underground.

The National Weather Service is using the blizzard to test a system where it pulls in people's weather observations via Twitter.

"Everyone talks about the weather," the service noted on its Web page. "Now's your chance to "tweet" it and be heard. Through an experimental program, the National Weather Service will be searching for tweets that contain significant weather information."

To stay up-to-date on weather conditions in downtown Boston, IDG News Live has set up a Boston Blizzard Cam.


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