This morning on the Weather Channel, T+L's Sarah Spagnolo presented easy weekend getaways from Charleston, South Carolina. We know T+L readers love this destination: It ranked No. 4 on the list of Top Cities in the United States and Canada in the just-announced 2012 World's Best Awards readers' survey. Take a look!
A TRIO OF WEEKEND ESCAPES
1. Downtown Charleston Travel + Leisure readers love Charleston. Proof? The city was ranked as the No. 4 Top City in the U.S. and Canada on the 2012 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey. With top-notch restaurants, pristine beaches, and plenty of Lowcountry charms, Charleston is an ideal southern escape. WHERE TO STAY The 19th-century Wentworth Mansion offers a perfect downtown location as well as great value. There are drinks in the parlor each afternoon, chocolate at turndown, and a complimentary breakfast that includes some of the best shrimp and grits we’ve ever tasted. PRICE $329 a night, including breakfast for two. BOOK NOW
CNN | A near-normal Atlantic hurricane season is expected this year, with nine to 15 named storms and four to eight hurricanes, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday.
Of those four to eight hurricanes, NOAA expects one to three to be major. The Atlantic's six-month season begins June 1, although it got off to an early start this year, with Tropical Storm Alberto moving through the Atlantic off the U.S. East Coast last week.
NOAA also said it predicts a near-normal season for the Eastern Pacific, estimating a 70% chance of 12 to 18 named storms – with five to nine hurricanes, of which two to five would be major – for that area. The Eastern Pacific's season is May 15 to November 30.
The Scientific Visualization Studio at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center has released a mesmerizing animation, Perpetual Ocean, in which 2½ years' worth of data recording the oceans' surface currents was fed into a modelling program. The result—extravagant and whimsical and truly beautiful—merits a couple of minutes viewing.
Headed to Austin for the South by Southwest music, film, and interactive festival (March 9 - 18)? On today's installment of the Weather Channel's Wake Up and Go segment, T+L's digital projects editor, Sarah Spagnolo, offers affordable escapes if you want to beat the crowds headed to the Lone Star State this weekend.
The Guardian | Italy, like most of Europe, is experiencing icy temperatures, with the Venice lagoon freezing over for the first time in more than 20 years. Check out this quick video of the ice sheaths:
The 2011 Atlantic hurricane season begins today, June 1, and ends November 30:
AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center meteorologists, led by Meteorologist and Hurricane Forecaster Paul Pastelok, are predicting an active season for 2011 with more impact on the U.S. coastline than last year.
The team is forecasting a total of 15 named tropical storms, eight of which will attain hurricane status and four of which will attain major hurricane status (Category 3 or higher).
In a normal year, there are 10 tropical storms, six of which become hurricanes and two of which become major hurricanes, or attain winds that exceed 110 mph.
Sick of winter yet? New York City just experienced its snowiest January on record, and Chicago is currently digging itself out from yesterday’s Groundhog’s Day blizzard, which was the third worst snowstorm to ever hit the city.
In a season like this, weather dictates how people travel. Weather Underground, home to the world's largest historical weather database, just re-launched its website Wunderground.com yesterday, which caused weather geeks around the world to rejoice. It's built several great travel tools, drawing info from their massive database to help you stay one step ahead of the weather while planning your next trip. Here are my favorites:
If you’re stuck in the Windy City on account of the predicted 18” of snow (or if you’re avoiding being stuck somewhere not as cozy as a hotel), the Chicago-area Kimpton properties, the Hotel Allegro, Hotel Burnham, Hotel Monaco, and Hotel Palomar just announced a $99 “Stranded in the City” rate that is in effect from Tuesday through Friday. Just use the booking code 'COLD' when you’re booking a room online or over the phone.
No matter how miserable your shoveling chores were this morning, I bet you wouldn't trade places with a stranded traveler in a snowstorm. Flight delays typically mean another day or five stuck in a strange city without an itinerary.
—That is, unless John Boris can help it.
Over the past year, when severe weather or natural disaster has trapped tourists at the airports, Lonely Planet Americas’s executive vice president and managing director has been making his popular city-guide apps (iPhone, iPod; iPad) completely FREE for download at iTunes for 72 hours. (Normally, they sell for as much as $5.99!)