winter

6:03am

Mon April 7, 2014
Energy

National Grid says supply costs, cold temperatures impacted winter electric rate spikes

Ken Daly, president of National Grid NY, speaks during an energy symposium in East Syracuse Friday.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

For some people living in central and northern New York, this past winter wasn’t just cold and snowy, it was expensive too. The higher electric rates many customers were saddled with even prompted Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) to call for a federal investigation last week into whether or not consumers were being unfairly overcharged.

While at the 10th Annual Symposium on Energy in East Syracuse Ken Daly, president of National Grid New York, said that he shares the pain that many consumers felt when they received their bills during the coldest parts of the season.

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6:44am

Tue April 1, 2014
The Upstate Economy

Winter tourism industry has hot season, even with bitter cold

Apostolos Flickr

While most of upstate New York is waiting for sunshine and warm temperatures instead of more cold and snow, the region's winter tourism industry is singing a different tune.

One of those spots is the Greek Peak Mountain Resort in Cortland, where co-partners Marc Stemerman and John Meier say business has spiked compared to last year.

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6:30am

Mon March 31, 2014
Sports

Opening day for baseball in New York... as soon as the snow melts

The Baldwinsville High School baseball team has been forced by cold weather to practice indoors all spring.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

It's the first full day of the Major League Baseball season. And it's also the first day of the high school baseball season in New York.

Opening day should elicit familiar sights and sounds, like the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd. Not the sound of a shovel scraping ice, but that's what is more familiar as central New York baseball teams get ready to play.

This stubbornly cold spring is delaying the start of baseball season and keeping teams indoors.

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6:36am

Fri March 28, 2014
School Delays

School delays for Friday

Jason Kuffer Flickr

Rain is falling across much of the region this morning, but a wintry mix is affecting areas to the north and east of Syracuse, causing a few school delays. Continue to check back for updates.

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7:39am

Thu February 27, 2014
Politics and Government

Fine dead, Syracuse looks for another sidewalk shoveling answer

People shovel snow along East Fayette St. following a February snowstorm. (file photo)
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Since Syracuse lawmakers handily defeated the idea of fining property owners who don’t clear snow from their sidewalks, they’ve begun discussing a bigger picture solution for snow-filled walkways.

Some Syracuse city councilors sat down Wednesday with public works, school district and parks department officials. They also talked to heads of community groups that organize sidewalk shoveling teams in the winter.

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12:30pm

Thu February 13, 2014
-Nature of Things

The Invasion Of Snowy Owls

In this broadcast, The Invasion of Snowy Owls, John Weeks sits down with his friend Jerry Smith at Rice Creek discussing the snowy owls in the area. Weeks talks about how the snowy owls appear every few years when the population is up and they usually nest on the arctic tundra. He also mentions that the owls are large and white but sometimes they appear with black spots on them. In this broadcast, Weeks and Smith discuss where the best place is to see the owls and information about them.

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5:50am

Thu January 30, 2014
Regional Coverage

School delays for Thursday

Jason Kuffer Flickr

Several area schools are delaying the start of classes this morning due to the weather. This post will be updated frequently.

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7:37am

Tue January 28, 2014
School Closings

School delays for Tuesday

ecksunderscore Flickr

Poor weather conditions around the area have caused some schools to close, delay opening or dismiss early this morning. Check back for updates. 

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7:46pm

Wed January 22, 2014
Energy

Downed trees from ice storm will be turned into energy

Kids play amid downed tree limbs in Watertown after last month's ice storm.
Joanna Richards WRVO

All the power lines have been fixed after last month’s ice storm, and the crystal coatings have melted off the trees, but there’s still a persistent sign of the damage: lots of downed limbs.

Yards in the northern half of Jefferson County are full of tangled branches, sunk in the snow. Extricating them is going to be a long process, but there’s a plan in the works to give them a new life as fuel.

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7:31am

Thu January 9, 2014
Regional Coverage

School delays for Thursday

Jason Kuffer Flickr

There are several delays this morning, as schools are still recovering from this week's heavy snowfall.

Bellevillle-Henderson Central: Two Hour Delay; no a.m. Pre-K

Copenhagen Central: Two Hour Delay; no a.m. Pre-K, no a.m. BOCES

Dryden Central: Middle and High Schools ONLY are Closed

Fort Drum: Two Hour Delay

South Jefferson Central: Two Hour Delay

7:25am

Thu January 9, 2014
Regional Coverage

Schumer calls for more federal heating aid for New Yorkers

Residents in Adams move snow following storms that hit the area earlier this week.
Erin Gardner

With New Yorkers dealing with an extremely cold start to the new year, Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for more federal heating aid to be made available.

Schools and businesses throughout northern New York were closed Tuesday and Wednesday, after storms dropped nearly three feet of snow in Watertown and the surrounding towns. The heavy snowfall was accompanied by wind chill temperatures that approached -30 degrees.

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10:36pm

Wed January 8, 2014
Regional Coverage

Community cared for many travelers during massive snowfall

A roomful of strangers at Jennifer Gaffney's home in Adams have fun getting to know each other. Gaffney took in five stranded motorists after the overflowing fire department put out a call for help from local residents.
Credit Jennifer Gaffney

Travelers got back on the road yesterday afternoon after Interstate 81 reopened following the massive snowfall. Many spent an unexpected night in the north country – some in hotels, some in fire halls, some in the homes of strangers. The experience might have been a lousy advertisement for the climate here, but natives seemed to be at their best as Good Samaritans during the storm.

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6:11am

Wed January 8, 2014
Regional Coverage

School closings and delays for Wednesday

ecksunderscore Flickr

There are several closings and delays this morning, as schools report bitterly cold wind chill temperatures and lake effect snow. Check back for more cancelations.

Auburn City Schools: One Hour Delay

Beaver River Central: Closed

Belleville-Henderson Central: Closed

Canastota Central: Two Hour Delay

Carthage Central: Closed

Cazenovia Central: Two Hour Delay

Chittenango Central: Two Hour Delay

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5:48am

Thu January 2, 2014
Regional Coverage

School closings and delays

ecksunderscore Flickr

A winter storm moving through central and northern New York, combined with brisk winds and bitterly cold temperatures, is causing some school delays and closings this morning.

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8:34am

Sat December 7, 2013
Energy

Passive house takes on upstate winter

Model of a passive house.
Some rights reserved by Tonu Mauring

Think of a large thermos, large enough to put a family in. That’s a passive house. Passive houses are buildings that rely on their construction, insulation, and the environment to heat them in winter and cool them in summer.

They’re popular in Europe, but there are only a handful of them in the U.S. and one of them belongs to a family in upstate New York, who are getting ready to take on their first winter in their passive home.

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3:23pm

Wed December 4, 2013
-Nature of Things

How Some Insects Pass in the Winter

This is an archived broadcast from October 28, 1988. John Weeks talks about where insects go in the winter and he talks about how he use to teach a class in CNY and every year he would explain to the students where the insects go in the winter. He talks a lot about butterflies and some other insects hibernating.

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4:05pm

Wed November 20, 2013
-Nature of Things

How Some Insects Pass The Winter

In this, broadcast from 1988, John Weeks talks about how insects act during the winter. He mentions that some insects hibernate during the winter while other insects do not. He talks about the different bugs and then he tells a story about when he used to occasionally teach in Central New York and talked about some things that he asked his students. Weeks goes into detail about some of the insects especially the caterpillar.

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7:00pm

Sun November 17, 2013
Health

Why so SAD?

Marcel Flickr

Winter in central and northern New York isn’t always as picturesque as some may wish it to be. Daylight is usually gone before the work day is over, flurries have the potential to make any drive difficult, and gray skies often seem like they’re never going away. It’s normal to feel off when the days get shorter, but what happens when these feelings manifest into something much more serious on a yearly basis?

This week on Take Care, Dr. Kelly Rohan discusses the causes and treatments of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Rohan is an expert in SAD and acting director of clinical training in the Department of Psychology at the University of Vermont.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Rohan.

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4:00pm

Thu November 14, 2013
-Nature of Things

Just One Move Road Trip

John Weeks discusses the change in a duck’s body from season to season. He recognizes the differentiations between female ducks and male ducks. He observes ducks playing in a pond before these ponds freeze due to the cold weather. He observes other animals that will be in hiding very soon as winter is approaching rapidly.

This episode of Nature of Things was originally aired November 21st, 1991.

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11:00am

Tue April 2, 2013
-Nature of Things

Winter Bluebirds

John Weeks discusses bluebirds and other thrushes that may remain in the area during the winter months as long as a food source is available.

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11:00am

Tue March 26, 2013
-Nature of Things

What the Blizzard of '93 Told Me

John Weeks describes his explorations following the Great Blizzard of '93. March of 2013 marks the 20 year anniversary of the Storm of the Century.

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8:25am

Fri March 22, 2013
-Nature of Things

The Saga of the Disappearing Snowbanks

Snowbanks perform many functions, but it is a liberating event when they show signs of disappearing. John Weeks discusses everything that is coming to life within snowbanks and everything that is left behind after the final ones melt.

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8:25am

Fri February 22, 2013
-Nature of Things

Winter Wonders Under This Snow

Much of nature is covered by snow each winter. John Weeks dispels the rumor that the winter landscape without snow is baron and uninteresting.

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1:32pm

Tue December 18, 2012
Recreation

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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5:31pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Health

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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4:04pm

Fri November 23, 2012
Science

Researchers try to individualize light therapy

As upstate New York heads into some of the darkest days of the calendar year, researchers at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy are trying to shed some light on our individual cycle of sleeping and waking known as the circadian rhythm.

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8:25am

Fri October 26, 2012
-Nature of Things

Little Climates and the First Forest

John Weeks discusses the first widespread freeze of the year, and the gorgeous day that proceeded it. He also explains the significance of microclimates and their undetected presence nearly everywhere we turn.

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9:47am

Mon October 22, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Expect a higher heating bill this winter

Paul Hudson Flickr

A return to normal winter weather means New Yorkers can expect to see a rise in their heating bills. Those using natural gas to heat their homes will see higher bills despite a 12 percent drop in pricing.

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11:00am

Tue September 25, 2012
-Nature of Things

Mysteries of Sight, Sound and Other Senses

From birds using celestial navigation, to salmon using chemical sensors to "smell" their way home, John Weeks discusses the migration phenomenon of various species. Weeks notes that many migration patterns hold mysteries that are still unexplained.

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9:19am

Wed September 12, 2012
-Nature of Things

What Autumn Contributes to My Enjoyment Of Winter

As the equinox approaches, Weeks explains the rules of winter ecology and the basic rules of supply and demand as they apply to the critters gathering food in preparation for the winter months. He also describes how, for him, enjoyment of winter depends upon bounty of the growing season which proceeded it.

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