The 23-mile-high skydive attempt by experienced skydiver Felix Baumgartner, nicknamed 'Fearless Felix,' has been again postponed due to high winds on the ground in Roswell, N.M.
Baumgartner planned to attempt the highest and fastest free fall in the history of the sport Tuesday.
Attempting to jump from 23 miles high, the 43-year-old daredevil hopes to become the first skydiver to break the sound barrier. The altitude record currently belongs to Joe Kittinger, who jumped from 19.5 miles in 1960 and reached a speed of 614 miles per hour.
Several experienced jumpers have since attempted to break Kittinger's record but have been unsuccessful.
Baumgartner's jump has required years of preparation. In this time, he has made two practice runs from the Roswell area -- one from 15 miles in March then from 18 miles in July.
Though Baumgartner will be equipped with a specially-designed suit, the attempt still poses many risks.
"At 23 miles, he will jumping through the stratosphere into the troposphere. At the top of the troposphere, temperatures could be around -90 degrees F," AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity said.
"Above that, temperatures actually rise in the stratosphere, so it might be around -70 degrees F when he jumps."
However, temperature is not the only threat for Baumgartner.
"There are very few air molecules at the level he is going to," said Darlene Kellner, Skydiving Instructor at Above the Poconos Skydiving in Hazleton, Pa.
"Normal skydivers use air drag to control their bodies, so spinning so fast that you actually have the blood in your body get forced to your extremities is a fear that some hold," Kellner said. "Having your parachute accidentally activate while you are still at high speed could also kill you."
Kellner and her husband Don have made a combined total of more than 55,000 skydives. Don currently holds the Guinness World Record for career total: most parachute descents.
Baumgartner was suited up and inside the capsule Tuesday, before his team made the decision to postpone the jump yet again due to high wind speeds.
The jump can only be made if wind speed on the ground is under two miles per hour.
Baumgartner had originally anticipated making the dive on Monday, but wind from a cold front in the area also forced postponement.
"I admire [Felix and his team] for being willing to take such risks to advance our scientific knowledge of that very harsh environment," Don Kellner said.
"The risks should not be underestimated; there are a multitude of them. This is an extremely expensive and hazardous attempt."
The jump, sponsored by Red Bull, will be streaming live via internet as more than 30 cameras focus in on what Baumgartner has announced will be his final jump.
A major Thanksgiving Day storm threatens to ruin holiday events across the Central states with flooding rain, snow, a glaze of ice and fog.
Sandra remains on track to target northern Mexico Friday and Saturday, but it should be much weaker at landfall than its current major hurricane status.
Unsettled weather will stretch across the United Kingdom on 27th November as millions set out in search of the best Black Friday deals on offer.
Winterlike conditions will continue disrupt travel across the Intermountain West leading up to Thanksgiving.
Compared to Thanksgiving Day in 2014, this Thanksgiving will be substantially warmer in the Northeast.
Wet weather will stretch from Texas to Michigan and could impact shoppers and slow travel during Black Friday.
Great Appalachian Storm (24th-26th) developed greatest wind force, deepest snow, most severe early-season cold in history of the Northeast: 18.8 inches of snow at Akron, OH; Youngstown, OH, had a maximum 24-hour snowfall of 20.7 inches and a maximum single storm total of 28.7 inches; Steubenville, OH, had a maximum single storm total of 36.3 inches; Pittsburgh, PA, had a maximum 24-hour snowfall of 20.1 inches and a maximum single storm total of 27.7 inches; and Charleston, WV had a maximum 24-hour snowfall of 15.1 inches and a maximum single storm total of 25.6 inches. At coastal stations such as Newark and Boston single-minute wind speeds in excess of 80 mph were registered. There was a 108 mph gust at Newark. Peak gusts of 110 were noticed at Concord, NH; 108 mph at Newark, NJ; and 100 mph at Hartford, CT. Atop Mt. Washington, a wind gust of 160 mph hit from the southeast early on the 26th. Central Park, in the heart of sheltered Manhattan Island, set an 80-year record of 70 mph.
Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton (1971)
Heavy snowfall in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area. It started to snow the night before, and by about noon Thanksgiving Day 11/25/71, 20.5 inches of snow was reported on the ground at the Avoca, PA airport. Some of the surrounding areas had even more snow. Dallas, PA, had 27 inches and parts of the Poconos had as much as 30 inches. Barn roofs collapsed, power lines were downed, and tree branches were broken. The majority of the snow fell within 12 hours.
A dozen tornadoes across these states.