Tag: Weather

Please Don’t Let Your Tiny Dog Blow Away in the Wind

It’s a big scary world out there. Particularly so for tiny dogs, who have to worry about things like getting snatched up by hawks and eaten by coyotes and sat on and squished by human butts. For them, the winter brings with it its own unique set of dangers, some of which can be easily […]

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Snow, Sleet and a Wintry Mix: Expect Messy Weather This Week

It’s going to be a messy week across much of the United States and parts of Canada. A snowstorm that already pummeled the Seattle area is moving through the Midwest and heading toward the Northeast, according to the National Weather Service. Farther south, moisture moving in from the Gulf of Mexico will result in heavy […]

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The Real State of the Union, in Charts

My fellow Americans, the state of our union is far weaker than it should be. The economy’s growth isn’t benefiting most families very much. Life expectancy has been falling. The planet is warming. The rest of the world is less enamored of America than it has been in the past. But I can offer you […]

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Colonists Brought Death, Disease and Climate Change to the Americas, Study Finds

When they arrived in the Americas centuries ago, European colonists brought pestilence and death. Their arrival was so devastating, in fact, that it may have contributed to a period of global cooling, according to a new study. The research, to be published in the March issue of the journal Quaternary Science Reviews, represents an ambitious […]

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‘Unprecedented’ Floods in Australia Force Hundreds to Evacuate

MELBOURNE, Australia — After weeks of unrelenting heat and bushfires across the continent, torrential rain and flooding in northern Australia have forced hundreds of residents to evacuate their homes in what weather officials describe as an “unprecedented” event. Since Jan. 26, there has been close to two feet of rain on average in the Townsville […]

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Weather Whiplash in the Midwest: From Deep Freeze to Melt, Bringing New Risks

CHICAGO — The bitter cold lifted in the Midwest on Friday, ending days of dangerously low temperatures and allowing a region that had all but vanished into hibernation to re-emerge. In many places, like Chicago, the temperatures climbed just above zero on Friday morning but after record-breaking double digit negatives, that felt surprisingly fine. Offices […]

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Homeless Find Refuge in the Subway as New York Copes With Deep Freeze

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] As commuters shuffled through the Lexington Avenue-53rd Street subway station on Thursday morning, Tyrone Cooper serenaded the bundled-up passengers with his usual renditions of popular tunes. But Mr. Cooper’s performance also came with a warning: “It’s too cold to […]

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University of Iowa Student Among the Dead After Midwestern Deep Freeze

CHICAGO — On Sunday evening, Gerald Belz, an 18-year-old freshman at the University of Iowa, was lingering at his parents’ house in Cedar Rapids, a half-hour from the campus in Iowa City. It had just started snowing. His father, Michael Belz, popped his head in Gerald’s bedroom. “I told him with the cold and everything, […]

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Very Good Human Gets Hotel Rooms for 70 Homeless During Chicago’s Storm

Photo of a homeless camp near the Dan Ryan Expressway by Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Image Chicago is currently being ravaged by some truly heinous and deadly winter weather. At least eight people in the Midwest have died from the polar vortex so far, with temperatures plunging below the negative 20s this week. And […]

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We Tried Five Polar-Weather Experiments. Here’s What Happened.

For the latest developments, read our cold weather live briefing. EVANSTON, Ill. — It was minus 15 degrees here on Wednesday afternoon, near the epicenter of the polar vortex, and school had been canceled for much of the week. “How are we going to survive?” one mother asked on a text thread Tuesday night. My […]

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Polar Vortex Live Updates: Extreme Cold Weather Hits Midwest

CHICAGO — A deep, brutal cold set in across the Midwest on Wednesday, sending temperatures plummeting to depths that stunned even Midwesterners, a group accustomed to shrugging off winter. The cold that seized the middle of the country was the sort that makes cars moan, that makes breathing hurt, that makes any bit of exposed […]

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Polar Vortex Live Updates: Extreme Cold Weather Grips Midwest

CHICAGO — A deep, brutal cold set in across the Midwest on Wednesday, sending temperatures plummeting to depths that stunned even Midwesterners, a group accustomed to shrugging off winter. The cold that the middle of the country woke up to on Wednesday was the sort that makes cars moan, that makes breathing hurt, that makes […]

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