Thundersleet in March!; Trace Radiation Levels Reported in Western States; Country People Are Getting Divorced


• Yesterday brought all sorts of crazy weather — sleet, snow, rain, hail, possible thundersnow…did you hear the thunder last night? If those icy bits of rain/snow fell on you, they probably hurt, and they were crunchy to walk on. Today it’s calmer, though there’s a chance of more snow/rain. Hang in there, by Friday it should be sunny again. Oh, and this is not the latest snow on record…it’s not even April, you know. Here’s the storm as captured in Queens.

• Fears of radiation have caused a run on bottled water in Tokyo. Officials had said that tap water was not safe for babies; radiation levels have since dropped. Singapore, Australia, the U.S., and Hong Kong have all restricted food and milk imports from the area. Meanwhile, engineers continue to work to stabilize the reactors at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant. “Radiation particles have been found as far away as Iceland,” but Japan says these levels are not dangerous. [Reuters]

• Several states in the Western U.S. have reported trace amounts of radiation, likely stemming from the disaster in Japan. Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and California report “trace amounts of radioactive particles,” that officials insist “”are far below levels of concern.” (A/K/A, there’s no need to take potassium iodide.) [CNN]

• The U.S. Postal Service will explain its planned cuts of 7,500 workers today. The amount includes some 2,000 postmasters, which means closing actual post offices. (The Postal Service currently has approximately 520,000 full-time workers.) [WP]

• One of the 33 formerly trapped Chilean miners, Mario Sepulveda, will speak at Seton Hall University in New Jersey today about his Miner’s Miracle Foundation, which will help victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. [NBC NY]

• Census data shows that people who live in the country are getting divorced, now, too. [NYT]