February 19, 2015 |
Temperatures this week will remain several degrees above normal, torching the residual snow in a relentlessly balmy winter. In Anchorage, Alaska, that is. Around here, the overall upper-air pattern that has been draining frigid air out of Alaska is about to emphatically reinforce what has become a local February rarity - a prolonged cold spell that will include a shot at the first official zero reading in 21 years. "You stole our weather," Joe Wegman, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Anchorage, said Tuesday after the Philadelphia region experienced one of the gentler 4-inch snowfalls on record.
January 10, 2015 |
The bitter arctic chill that produced the region's coldest day since last January was blamed for at least one death Thursday, Philadelphia police said. An unidentified 64-year-old woman was found dead early Thursday in a Southwest Philadelphia house where the inside temperature had dropped to 10 degrees, and the cold evidently contributed to her death, Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives said. With temperatures fighting to get out of the teens, homeless-services providers were working hard to protect the region's most vulnerable residents from bone-chilling cold.
January 5, 2014 |
As shivering but curious passersby stopped to watch, holding up scarves to shield their faces from below-freezing winds, Kevin Gregory lifted a 10-pound Eagles helmet made of ice onto a clear, frozen podium. "Couldn't have asked for better weather - except for the sun," said Gregory, founder of Ice Concepts and the Eagles' unofficial go-to ice sculptor, on the 15-degree morning Friday. Gregory, 45, has been carving ice since 1994, most of that time with his business partner, Antonio Young.
April 21, 2013
Americo DiSantis talks about what makes a great meal in the Arctic and what's most important to take there with you. www.inquirer.com/disantis
February 19, 2013 |
More than 500 people from the region joined thousands of protesters Sunday in Washington, calling for strong action on climate change and a stop to the Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline would transport oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast. Opponents say it would worsen climate change by encouraging further development of the tar-sands oil resource. They spent several hours in the bitter cold and a strong wind cheering, waving signs, listening to speakers, and marching around the White House, although President Obama was in Florida for a golf game.
August 28, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Critical ice in the Arctic Ocean melted to record low levels this sweltering summer and that can make weather more extreme far away from the poles, scientists say. The National Snow and Ice Data Center reported Monday that the extent of Arctic sea ice shrank to 1.58 million square miles and is likely to melt more in the coming weeks. That breaks the old record of 1.61 million square miles set in 2007. The North Pole region is an ocean that mostly is crusted at the top with ice. In the winter, the frozen saltwater surface usually extends about 6 million square miles, shrinking in summer and growing back in the fall.
August 6, 2012 |
Moonbird A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 By Phillip Hoose Farrar Straus Giroux. 160 pp. $21.99 It was Feb. 20, 1995. The bird-banding team had caught so many birds that they ran out of the usual colored bands. Someone found black plastic in one of the trucks, and they fitted strips of it around the legs of the final birds, including one very special bird - a small shorebird that probably has become one of the most iconic birds known.
June 1, 2012 |
With the government on the brink of allowing the oil industry to explore in America's remote Arctic Ocean this summer, it is worth revisiting some of the lessons learned from the biggest oil spill in the nation's history, the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Stopping that spill took three months, even though it occurred in the relatively calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico near Coast Guard stations, cleanup equipment, and abundant shoreside support. Subsequently, I was asked to chair a panel of federal, state, industry, and environmental experts to review our nation's response.
April 22, 2012 |
It's a long and twisty trail that leads from Alexander the Great to Larry the Cable Guy, but the History Channel would gladly travel it again. The cable outlet launched on New Year's Day in 1995 with lofty aspirations befitting its name. It offered a library of documentaries about everything from the Precambrian Era to the Crusades to the Korean War. Ladies and gentlemen, we have discovered the cure for insomnia. The subject matter was too dry for TV's heightened narrative style.
April 20, 2012 |
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. - As with most veteran filmmakers and directors, Greg MacGillivray's imagination was lush with visions of how his new project might look. What he didn't picture when he started the new IMAX documentary To the Arctic was just how personal that project would get. For one thing, every member of his family of four - his wife Barbara, son Shaun, and daughter Meghan - participated behind the scenes. Eight years ago, Greg and Barbara cofounded the MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation, which aims to contribute to the conservation of natural and cultural resources through giant-screen films and companion educational programming.