Tue December 17, 2013
-Nature of Things

Storms and Wildlife

John Weeks tells us about the signs of winter we can find so early on. Sitting at the shore on Lake Ontario he is able to define trends with only one week of winter to go by. Wildlife is remarkably good at giving signs of the weather that will soon approach and John Weeks discusses them.

This episode of Nature of Things was originally aired December 23rd, 1990.

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Thu December 12, 2013
-Nature of Things

Preparing For Winter in the Wild

John Weeks discusses deep winter weathers that arrive around times of the year like this one. Animals have to face severe conditions to survive in these cold harsh winters. The sub-freezing temperatures characterize the weather conditions upstate New York. Seasonal shedding is an annoyance to pet owners but it is an adaption to this weather. Wild animals find way to adapt to the weather too. Just like we have clothing that helps us adapt to weather, animals too have natural adaptions to weather that help them prepare for the seasons to come.

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Wed December 4, 2013
-Nature of Things

Reading the Message

This archived broadcast was from September 11, 1987. John Weeks talks about the journey across the seasons. He talks about the weather and the different animals and plants that are around during the different seasons.

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Tue November 26, 2013

Plows hitting the roads this evening as snow starts

Will Merydith via Flickr

Snow plows in central New York are already out treating roads ahead of the double-digit snowfall expected to fall in the next 36 hours, which is coming at a bad time for travel. 

Onondaga County Transportation Commissioner Brian Donnelly said by nightfall his crews will be out in full force prepping roads. Snow and rain is expected to increase overnight and leave travelers for the Thanksgiving holiday with some hazardous conditions.

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Tue November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving travel could be affected by winter storm

Projected snowfall totals for central New York through Wednesday night.
National Weather Service

Up to a foot of snow in parts of upstate New York will fall from Tuesday afternoon through Thursday morning, making travel for the Thanksgiving holiday slow and tricky.

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Wed August 14, 2013
Regional Coverage

Red Cross finds tech solution to coordinate disaster volunteers

When disaster strikes, like the heavy rainfall and floods in upstate New York in late June and early July, many people want to help their neighbors in need but don't know where to direct their volunteer efforts. Now, the American Red Cross has released a new mobile application that it hopes will solve that problem.

The Team Red Cross app is making disaster relief more accessible to communities. Chief Communications Officer Matt Michael says this will make a big difference in community response.

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Wed July 24, 2013

Cuomo says natural disasters are "taxing" state resources

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state will have to find savings elsewhere to pay for storm recovery.
Zack Seward WXXI

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday outlined the state's storm aid and recovery package for flooding that hit the Mohawk Valley and western New York late last month, saying the near constant stream of natural disasters that have hit the state in the past few years are draining state resources.

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Thu July 18, 2013
Regional Coverage

Cuomo announces state aid for Mohawk Valley flood victims

New York National Guard/flickr

New York state is stepping in where the federal government has not. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the state would come up with $16 million for people affected by the recent floods that ravaged the Mohawk Valley and other parts of New York state.

Cuomo told local officials at Herkimer County Community College that the state will fill the gap using federal rules to offer cash from state coffers to flood victims.

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Wed July 10, 2013
Politics and Government

Schumer comments on wait for federal disaster declaration

While parts of central and northern New York continue to rebuild following last month's massive flooding, Sen. Charles Schumer says there may be a reason the region is still waiting for federal disaster aid approval.

Yesterday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he was not overly optimistic that Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, Funds will come through. Schumer said the amount of damage in the state is still being tallied.

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Tue July 9, 2013

Wet weather straining farmers, but season not a washout yet

Brian Reeves plucks dead leaves off of pepper plants on his Baldwinsville farm.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Brian Reeves is plucking dead leaves off of pepper plants on his farm in Baldwinsville.

"If it keeps up, they will lose more and more leaves and you come back here in two weeks and it's like a stem with no leaves," he says. "It's just gone."

Low-lying spots in his fields are wetter than they should be with large puddles collecting in some areas. Crops trying to grow in those areas are showing signs of too much moisture - like dead leaves and disease.

It's a result of the wetter-than-average summer so far in upstate New York.

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Fri July 5, 2013

State parks largely open for busy holiday weekend

While the heavy rains in central and northern New York caused flooding last week, the region's state parks, for the most part, are up and running.

That's good news with the busy Independence Day holiday weekend upon us.

While a handful of state parks in central New York were forced to close their gates last week when heavy rains caused flooding, state parks office spokesman Randy Simons says all but one site has reopened.

The site that's still closed is the boat launch on Canadarago Lake in Otsego County.

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Fri June 28, 2013
Regional Coverage

Severe weather strikes central, northern New York

Credit New York National Guard / via Flickr

As heavy rains continue to fall across much of New York, portions of the state have experienced flash flooding and rapidly rising rivers. Towns throughout central and northern New York are reporting rainfall ranging from a few to several inches. The village of Earlville, which straddles the Madison and Chenango County borders, reported receiving more than six inches by mid-morning.

According to Aaron Reynolds, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo, the rain is showing little sign of letting up.

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Mon May 27, 2013

Taxpayers bear the brunt of climate change costs

National Resources Defense Council

The impact and severity of weather events like the tornado that hit Oklahoma City are increasing due to a changing global climate, according to research from the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

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Sat May 18, 2013

Why low Lake Ontario levels mean high St. Lawrence levels

Iroquois Dam.
Photo courtesy New York Power Authority

For quite some time, the Great Lakes -- from Superior to Ontario -- have been at historically low water levels. So many people were surprised  this week that regulators are lowering the gates at the Iroquois Dam near Ogdensburg because the St. Lawrence River is too high.

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Tue March 12, 2013
-Nature of Things

What is so Rare As a Mild Day in March?

John Weeks discusses the arrival of various bird species beginning in late February and continuing through the spring months. Migration timetables are rarely disrupted by fickle March weather.

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Mon February 11, 2013
Regional Coverage

Area ski resorts enjoy benefits of snowstorm

This season's snowfall has brought back revenue for many winter sports industries in central and northern New York, after last year's winter with lower than normal snow levels. Friday's snowstorm that blanketed the East Coast was beneficial to area ski resorts, including Greek Peak in Cortland County.

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Tue February 5, 2013
Regional Coverage

Snow may be plentiful, but snowmobile clubs low on funds

A snowmobile passes a trail groomer along a stretch by the Erie Canal in Oneida County.
Durrie Lawrence/WRVO

There's been a lot of snow lately for snowmobilers around central New York, but last year's slow season has impacted funding for the clubs who maintain the trails.

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Mon February 4, 2013

Study shows cities can impact weather over 1,000 miles away

New York City, like many large cities in the Northern Hemisphere, lies directly under important atmospheric circulations.
Tony Ficsher Photography Flickr

If you’ve ever been in a big city during the summer, you may have felt the "urban heat island" effect. It's caused when heat gets re-radiated by pavement and buildings.

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Tue January 15, 2013
Regional Coverage

Rosamond Gifford Zoo has banner year

Llamas are some of the new animals at the zoo in Syracuse
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Last year was a record year for attendance at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse. Several factors combined to make the zoo the place to go last year.

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Mon January 14, 2013
Politics and Government

Area members of Congress push for funding of weatherization program

Rep. Dan Maffei in East Syracuse discussing funding for weatherization program
Durrie Lawrence WRVO

Members of Congress are asking the president to include a federal program to help low-income families insulate their homes in next year's budget. Rep. Dan Maffei says this is especially important in upstate New York, where heating a home can cost hundreds of dollars each year.

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Fri January 4, 2013

2012 heat causes temperature records to fall

Twenty-three of 35 major Northeast cities set temperature records in 2012.
jovelstefan via Flickr

As far as weather measurements go, Syracuse crushed its old record for the warmest year ever recorded. Central New Yorkers dealt with the warmest temperatures in more than 80 years during 2012.

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Tue December 18, 2012

Rain and warm temps keep area ski resorts closed

Last night's rainfall was not a welcome sound for Peter Harris, owner of Song Mountain in Tully.

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Mon December 10, 2012
Regional Coverage

More deer & cars colliding in Madison County

NorthPro40 Flickr

There's been a dramatic increase in the number of car deer collisions in Madison County this year, and authorities there are urging motorists to keep an eye out for the animals.

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Thu November 29, 2012

Scientists predict flu outbreaks with weather forecasting techniques

Experts say vaccinations are the best way to prevent the flu. But now weather data has helped scientists predict the peak timing of flu outbreaks more than seven weeks before they happened.
Credit USACE Europe District / via Flickr

Someday your local weatherman may also be able predict the latest flu outbreak. That's according to a new study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Thu November 29, 2012
Regional Coverage

Are central & northern NY prepared for a storm like Sandy?

As life starts to get back to normal in the parts of New York and New Jersey that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy, other areas of the country are asking themselves if they could have weathered that kind of storm.

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Sun November 18, 2012

Study finds global warming likely to be on hotter side of projections

Greg Thompson, USFWS Flickr

The death and devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy and the Nor’easter that followed it, has brought the issue of climate change to the forefront. According to a new study published in the journal Science, we can expect global warming to be on the high side of current projections.

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Tue November 6, 2012
Regional Coverage

Cuomo says predicted Nor'Easter could be worrisome

Governor Andrew Cuomo says there is concern that the Nor’Easter predicted to hit New York later this week could cause more harm to already storm-damaged areas.

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Mon November 5, 2012
Hurricane Sandy

Sandy's aftermath in Breezy Point

In our latest Innovation Trail report for New York NOW, we traveled to one of the places hit the hardest by Sandy, the beachfront community of Breezy Point in Queens.

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Tue October 30, 2012

Wind as loud as a train causes only minor damage to Little Sodus Bay

Lenny Hadcock of Fair Haven was collecting and piling the smaller branches from a large tree that fell in his yard from Sandy's winds.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Bob and Allyson Malo were out Tuesday morning walking around their street along Little Sodus Bay in Cayuga County checking their neighbor's cottages for damage.

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Tue October 30, 2012

Sandy blows out the lights on upstate New York

Lenny Hadcock of Fair Haven says it will take him a couple of days to clean up the tree that fell in his yard at his home along Little Sodus Bay.
Credit Ryan Delaney / WRVO

Below is WRVO News' coverage of reaction and response to Superstorm Sandy's impact on our region.

Updated, 6:02 p.m.:

After much preparation, high wind warning, and school closures, Syracuse escaped the brunt of Hurricane Sandy Monday evening, WRVO's Durrie Lawrence reports this evening.

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