Blizzard

How Airlines Prepare for Heavy Weather Like Winter Storm Nemo

As the Northeast braces for Winter Storm Nemo, airlines are already employing a strategy that has served them well: Cancel flights early and keep planes, crews and passengers away from snowed-in airports. Here's what else the airlines are doing.

High Heating Oil Prices Continue to Drain Wallets

Winter in the Northeast was particularly brutal this year, but not enough to account for the likely record prices. Blame crude oil's recent price jump for that. But the pain could become even worse if Obama's proposed cut in low-income energy subsidies passes.

Six Industries That Could Reap a Blizzard of Profits

This season's series of colossal storms have cost millions of dollars for states, municipalities and businesses. But companies in these six industries are finding that the rough winter's snows are a gift from the weatherman.

People@Work: Winter's Blasts Affect Not Only Hiring but Output, Too

It's hard to fathom that something as mundane as weather could affect employment statistics. But it clearly does. And it also has big impact on how much work actually gets done. And beyond the snows of winter, there's distractions like the Super Bowl that keep worker from their duties.

N.J. Digs Out from Blizzard Without Gov. or Lt. Gov.

New Jersey residents voted in 2005 to give their state a lieutenant governor, so even though Gov. Chris Christie is on vacation in Florida while his state is getting pounded by a blizzard, the should be no leadership vacuum in Trenton. But his backup, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, picked this week to go away on vacation too.

How a Starcraft Pro Lives Off the Game

Geoff "iNcontrol" Robinson is one of America's top pro-athletes. His game -- Starcraft. His earnings playing the popular video game and, more significantly, coaching other gamers give him a lifestyle he loves.

The Snows of 2010: A Heavy Weight on the Economy

Says one economist: "We will probably lose 0.3% from real GDP growth during the quarter, maybe a bit more depending on lost productivity." Travel and entertainment -- and consumer spending overall -- is likely to suffer. But small businesses probably face the worst of it.

Ski Resorts Benefit From 'Backyard Syndrome'

Crunch time for ski resorts is much easier this year thanks to the back-to-back winter storms that have pounded the East Coast. In industry lingo, it's called the "Backyard Syndrome," which means that if people see snow around their homes, they are overtaken by a desire to ski or snowboard.

Blizzards Boosting Some Businesses' Bottom Lines

Mother Nature's fury has left a path of fiscal destruction that will linger far after the record-breaking snowfall starts to melt -- and she's not done yet. Another foot of snow is expected to fall over the next day or two, blanketing the Mid-Atlantic region yet again. Back-to-back snow storms are the last thing cash-strapped businesses and state and local governments need right now. But for some businesses, blizzards mean opportunity.

A Big Chill,
but Not Always
So Painful

So far, the East Coast has had a bitterly cold winter -- temperatures were below normal throughout between New York City and Atlanta, and the extreme cold is expected to linger through February. The chill has been a boon for some sectors of the economy, even as it drags down others.