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2011-01-18 11:47:56

Known by many as one of the least favorite wintertime chores, shoveling snow can also be hazardous and is associated with many serious, even fatal events among both adults and children. A recent study conducted by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital found that an average of 11,500 snow shoveling-related injuries and medical emergencies were treated in U.S. emergency departments each year from 1990 to 2006....

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2011-01-17 06:05:00

The Northern Hemisphere's shrinking ice and snow cover is causing less and less sunlight to reflect back into space in a previously underestimated mechanism that could add to global warming, according to a new study on the subject. Satellite data indicated that Arctic sea ice, glaciers, winter snow pack and Greenland's ice were reflecting less energy back into space between 1979 and 2008. The dwindling amount of reflective energy exposes the ground and water, both of which are darker and...

2011-01-12 08:03:00

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo., Jan. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Experience the creation and exhibition of snow art when the International Snow Sculpture Championships returns to Breckenridge, Colo. Jan. 25 - Feb. 6, 2011. For the 21st annual event, sixteen teams from around the globe have been invited to compete from nine countries including Australia, Austria, Canada (three teams), China, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United States. U.S. teams invited include Alaska, Colorado...

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2011-01-11 23:32:06

Doppler-on-Wheels Gives New View of Lake-Effect SnowsIn this winter of heavy snows--with more on the way this week--nature's bull's-eye might be Oswego, N.Y., and the nearby Tug Hill Plateau.There the proximity of the Great Lakes whips wind and snow into high gear. Old Man Winter then blows across New York state, burying cities and towns in snowdrifts several feet high. This season, however, something is standing in his way.The Doppler-on-Wheels (DOW), a data-collecting radar dish, is...

2011-01-04 13:41:39

Because of the cold periods at the start and end of the year, 2010 was slightly cooler than normally. The year is remembered for extreme weather events, for the cold winter and for new temperature records and storms in summer. According to the Finnish Meteorological Institute's statistics, the mean annual temperature for the whole of Finland in 2010 was 1.3° C, which is 0.6 degrees below the long-term average. The last equally cold year took place in 1987, when the annual mean temperature...

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2010-12-27 18:00:00

Snows are finally winding down in New England today, Dec. 27, as a powerful low pressure system brought blizzard conditions from northern New Jersey to Maine over Christmas weekend. The GOES-13 satellite captured an image of the low's center off the Massachusetts coast and saw the snowfall left behind. The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite called GOES-13 captured the visible image. GOES satellites are operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and NASA's...

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2010-12-20 08:05:00

Australian citizens used to summer temperatures in the mid-80s this time of the year have been surprised by gusty winds and nearly a foot worth of Christmastime snows. According to early morning AFP reports, residents in the eastern states of New South Wales and Victoria received four inches of snowfall. However, Bonnie Malkin of the Telegraph states that the snowfall is actually as much as 11 inches in some areas of New South Wales, and that temperatures in some areas have dipped to 39.2...

2010-12-17 15:17:00

Orthopaedic Surgeons offer safety tips for slopes, skis and sleds during the cold, snowy season ROSEMONT, Ill., Dec. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Winter sports, such as ice skating, snow skiing, tobogganing and sledding may serve as a great way to get outdoors and exercise, but also can result in injury if proper safety precautions are not practiced. Common injuries include ankle sprains and muscle strains, dislocations or fractures. As part of the American Academy of Orthopaedic...

2010-12-12 06:00:00

Snow shoveling in frigid temps is a risky combination for heart disease patients CHICAGO, Dec. 12, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As Midwesterners brace for seasonal snowfalls, Northwestern Medicine experts of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute urge persons with known heart disease to take caution when removing snow. Because shoveling is a physical activity that raises heart rate and blood pressure, Bluhm clinicians recommend that persons with known cardiovascular disease consult their...

2010-12-06 07:05:00

GLENDALE, Calif.. Dec. 6, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- As children, many of us looked forward to the magic phrase: snow day! As adults, we may even secretly hope for a snow day when we see snowflakes outside our windows this winter. However, a recent survey conducted on behalf of Nestle Sno-Caps found that nearly half of Americans believe snow days are a thing of the past because technology allows you to stay connected to work, even from home. The truth is snow days are still very real for...


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Rare Snow Visits South Africa August 7, 8 2012
2012-08-08 09:26:03

The area in red in the above image has been experiencing winter weather which is quite rare to the region; also at this time many places are still seeing rain and snow. From the South African Weather Service, they are forecasting for the Eastern Cape “Very Cold with snow heavy at times.” The majority of the regions in red in the image are going to see more rain and snow today, and some places may see heavy snowfall. Looking at forecast models of the region they will continue to see...

Winter Weather Outlook For November-January For Austin Texas
2012-12-29 12:33:08

November 2012:  The area is going to see a warm start to the month as temps will average in the 60-70F range with a few days rising into the 80’s and also a few days in the 50’s possible. Precipitation on the whole will be around 2-4inches for the month; while there will be none in the form of snowfall. There will be a high chance for an overnight freeze during the month. December 2012:  Temps will fall for the month of December as high temps will be in the 50-70F range during the...

Record Setting Events for Dec18, 2012
2012-12-28 08:19:02

Event #1: Record Heat An island off the coast of Georgia hit a high temp of 75F, which is good enough to break their previous record. A second record setting temperature was recorded in Southern Texas as the temp hit 78F in the region. This warm air was associated with the strong southerly flow that was moving through the region yesterday. The third area to look at occurred out in Western Arizona; the location hit 78F along the slopes of the Southern Rockies as the region saw high pressure...

Winter Weather Outlook
2012-11-05 15:42:46

November 2012: A mild month in store with the chance of seeing a significant storm, however overall should be mild with the average forecasted temps to be around the 50-60F range. There is the chance of seeing 6-8 days even being warmer and also 8-10 days being colder. The month will see 0.5-1.0 in of rainfall along with 2-4in of snowfall possible. The majority of the snow may come in one event for the month. December 2012: Temps will slightly fall for the month but overall it could be a...

Winter Weather Outlook
2012-10-30 14:38:21

November 2012: A warm month will start for the region, followed by a mid-month run into old man winter. Expect the average temps for the month to be around 40-50F with the potential of seeing 6-8 days above that and 6-8  days below. The month’s precipitation will include a trace to 0.25in of rainfall along with the possibility of seeing 2-4in of snowfall. December 2012. The month will be ushered in by some cooler temps with the average dropping into the 30-40F range. There is a chance...

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Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.