First day of Winter, much colder temperatures are on the way
The first day of Winter brings a wet start to your Wednesday. For some it’s a soggy start under cloudy skies with less than seasonal temperatures today. Breezy at times with a spotty chance of showers through the day, this evening. Warmer with showers continuing Thursday before turning much colder this weekend.
In ‘Against the Ice,’ Actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Is Not in King’s Landing Anymore
The Netflix film tells the true story of an early 20th-century explorer and his engineer fighting to survive in the Arctic. We talked to the ‘Game of Thrones’ star about what it was like filming on location in Greenland and Iceland in extreme conditions.outsideonline.com
Olympians worry as 'Winter' disappears from Winter Games
Ski racers settling into the start gate for Alpine World Cup events in the Rocky Mountains in early December squinted through sunshine that carried the temperature toward 50 degrees and glanced down at a course covered with pristine — and manufactured — snow. If they looked up and across the way, beyond the finish line, they saw adjacent hills that were brown and barren as can be, with nary a trace of powder or any indication that this was a setting for athletes who would be heading to the Beijing Olympics that begin Feb. 4. It is a troubling reality and — given their own reliance on the production of snow, continent-hopping flights powered by diesel fuel and other environment-unfriendly offshoots of their careers — hard-to-reconcile push-and-pull for many of those who will be competing in Alpine skiing or freestyle skiing or snowboarding or Nordic combined events or other outdoor sports that helped put the disappearing “Winter” in Winter Games.news.yahoo.com
British white supremacist, initially sentenced to read Austen and Dickens, imprisoned on two-year bid
Ben John, who had been described as an extremist with neo-Nazi sympathies by British police, was originally told to read grea works of English literature before his sentence was overturned.washingtonpost.com
Big California storm dumps snow, drenches parched regions
Winter arrived early in Northern California with wind, rain and snow that was expected to intensify Monday as forecasters warned that mountain passes will probably be closed to traffic and areas burned by wildfires could face rockslides and mudslides following an especially warm and dry fall across the U.S. West. The multiday storm, a powerful “atmospheric river” weather system that is sucking up moisture from the Pacific Ocean, raised the threat of flooding and was expected to dump more than 8 feet (2.4 meters) of snow on the highest peaks in California and Nevada and drench other parts of the two states before it moves on midweek, forecasters said. “This is a pretty widespread event,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Anna Wanless in Sacramento. “Most of California, if not all, will see some sort of rain and snow.”news.yahoo.com
Astonishing early winter heat grips U.S., Canada and shatters records
A widespread and intense heatwave is roasting large portions of the U.S. and Canada, shattering daily and monthly temperature records. Why it matters: Winter is the fastest-warming season across the U.S., and the lingering warmth is shortening the snow season in places like Colorado and Montana, where mountain snowpack is a critical source of water during the summer months. Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.The big picture: On Wednesday, British Columbianews.yahoo.com
Austin family sues city and CPD, accusing cops of mistakenly barging into home and pointing guns at 2 young girls, dad, grandfather
A family who lives in the South Austin neighborhood says Chicago police barged into their home in August 2019 without a warrant and in search of a vague description of a Black man with a gun. Instead, a civil lawsuit the family’s attorney filed in federal civil court Tuesday claims the officers pointed their guns at the family and their two young girls, traumatizing them and violating their Fourth Amendment rights.chicagotribune.com
Ready for a complete flop in the heat?
Some isolated showers may develop now through 6 pm mainly across our southern zones south of I-10. Another batch of rain targets southern Georgia tonight after 10pm. Heavier rain will miss JAX but light showers are possible toward dawn with the passage of a cold front. Highs only reach the lower to mid 60s in Georgia and upper 60s to lower 70s from Jax and points south. It will feel like winter Thursday night as lows drop to the upper 30s and lower 40s.
Retail stocks to watch after February's larger-than-expected sales decline
The SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT) closed down 2% on Tuesday, reflecting the decline. Winter appeared to be a contributor, but with an approaching economic reopening, stimulus and spring weather, retail may bounce back, TradingAnalysis.com founder Todd Gordon told CNBC's "Trading Nation" on Tuesday. "It was set from a high-water mark from the prior reading," he said of February's larger-than-expected drop. Gina Sanchez, founder and CEO of Chantico Global, said analysts always expected higher retail growth in the spring than the winter. When it came to the reopening, Sanchez was focused on stocks of companies offering various consumer services.cnbc.com
Should you prune your dead leaves now or wait?
Another freeze/frost event is on the way and if plants are not protected, you could see leaf damage with areas of brown and wilted leaves. Instead, pick up the leaves on the ground and wait until our temperatures begin to warm. But what if your plants aren’t looking their best, what with the dead and brown leaves? But trimming those poor cordylines with wilted leaves and drooping stems now could cause bigger problems as the next cold front moves in. AdJust wait out a couple more weeks of cold fronts before you start pruning and trimming.
Exercising outdoors? Baby, it’s cold outside
Dr. Sunil Joshi with the Duval County Medical Society is glad to see people are still exercising. “Your mental and physical health during this pandemic, and now with colder weather, is very, very important,” Dr. Joshi said. Dr. Joshi says because viruses do better with less humidity, they tend to spread more quickly during winter months. “When you’re waking up in the morning and it’s 29 degrees, this is not the best time of day to be exercising,” Dr. Joshi said. “Almost like wearing a mask,” Dr. Joshi said.
Space heater checklist: Gathering safely in the warmth of your home
Jacksonville Fire-Rescue Department shared a video of flames and heavy smoke pouring out of a New Town Home. JFRD believes the blaze was sparked by a space heater. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, between 2008 and 2010 there were nearly 1,200 fires caused by portable electric heaters each year. The CPSC says the following safety guidelines should always be followed when using space heaters:Never leave the heater on while unattended or while you’re sleeping. Make sure the heater is placed on a stable, level surface where it cannot be knocked over.
Jewish family's painting looted by Nazis in 1933 is returned
The painting, discovered in an upstate New York museum, was part of a cache of art seized by the Nazis from the Mosse family in Berlin in 1933. (AP Photo/Michael Hill)ALBANY, N.Y. – A painting of two young, 19th-century skaters that was looted by Nazis from a Jewish family in 1933 and recently discovered at a small museum in upstate New York was returned Thursday after 87 years. “The Mosse family lost nearly everything because they were Jews. Hoffmann heads the Mosse Art Research Initiative, a university-based collaboration involving Mosse heirs and German public cultural institutions. Federal authorities were contacted as Mosse Art Restitution Project manager J. Eric Bartko was working to get the painting returned from the museum.
Arctic blast to bring week of below freezing temps to eastern US
The next five to seven days generally are going to bring unseasonably low temperatures to the eastern two-thirds of the US, with a first chilly round hitting Friday and a second, colder Arctic blast coming later. Friday's cold snap could bring below-freezing temperatures to some places. Wind gusts in Boston are reaching 25 to 35 mph and will bring wind chills into the 20s as well, the NWS said. "The Great Lakes are no longer ice covered, so here comes the Lake Effect snow again," the National Weather Service said. Temperatures are expected to rebound a bit in the East over the weekend, but colder air will be coming.
Wacky weather makes for a Winter like none before
The weather the past few weeks has not produced what most would call normal conditions. Balmy temperatures in the Northeast, heavy flooding out West, and deadly twisters in the South and Midwest have many Americans wondering why Spring-like conditions are turning up in December. Mark Strassmann has a report on the cause of this strange weather.cbsnews.com
11/11: Wintry blast continues battering U.S.; A soldier's fight to end suicide among veterans
11/11: Wintry blast continues battering U.S.; A soldier's fight to end suicide among veterans Winter weather is wreaking havoc on America's heartland. As WCCO's Jamie Yuccas reports, it's expected to send temperatures below freezing in every state except Hawaii and Florida; And, every day, 22 veterans commit suicide -- more than 8,000 per year. Mark Strassmann talks with Lt. Justin Fitch, a soldier battling colon cancer and spending what time he has left to keep other soldiers alive.cbsnews.com