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It’s been 30 years since psychiatrists began using the term seasonal affective disorder. As we inch towards the shortest day of the year, a lack of light can lead to what is a debilitating seasonal depression for some people.

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, about five percent of Americans suffers from this winter depression and another 20 percent have a milder form of this ailment.  

Sarah Crisafulli

Officials in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties issued travel warnings yesterday as lake effect snow created potentially dangerous conditions.

But a few workers in Watertown were out in the storm. City bus driver Matthew Muñoz shoveled snow at the bus stop in front of the Woolworth building. He didn't seem phased.

"I think it's annoying," Muñoz said. "Typical Watertown weather. But I'm sure it'll go down, and then come back again and go down and come back again."

School delays for November 17

Nov 17, 2014
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Inclement weather is forcing some schools to issue delays this morning. This list will be updated as more information comes in.

Holland Patent Central: 2 hour delay

Sherburne-Earlville Central: 1 hour delay

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Temperatures may still be in the 80s, but Syracuse's common councilors are looking beyond shorts and sandal weather. The issues of people not shoveling snow from their sidewalks is once again on the agenda.

Last year, Councilor Bob Dougherty couldn’t get the votes to pass a law that would have ticketed property owners who didn’t clear snow off their sidewalks. So he’s spent the summer looking at what went wrong and devising a way to encourage homeowners to keep sidewalks clear when the inevitable Syracuse snow begins to fall.

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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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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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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.

School delays for Friday

Mar 28, 2014
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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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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.

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.

School delays for Thursday

Jan 30, 2014
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Several area schools are delaying the start of classes this morning due to the weather. This post will be updated frequently.

School delays for Tuesday

Jan 28, 2014
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Poor weather conditions around the area have caused some schools to close, delay opening or dismiss early this morning. Check back for updates. 

Downed trees from ice storm will be turned into energy

Jan 22, 2014
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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.

School delays for Thursday

Jan 9, 2014
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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

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.

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.

School closings and delays for Wednesday

Jan 8, 2014
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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

School closings and delays

Jan 2, 2014
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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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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.

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.

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.

Why so SAD?

Nov 17, 2013
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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.

Just One Move Road Trip

Nov 14, 2013

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.

Winter Bluebirds

Apr 2, 2013

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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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.

Researchers try to individualize light therapy

Nov 23, 2012

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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