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February 26, 2014 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA - The mountainous, blackening snow piles, record power outages, winter-strafed roadbeds, and legions of defeated trees. All argue for the singular ferocity of the winter of 2013-14. Dr. Theodore A. Christopher has witnessed something else, and if the weather community isn't ready to rank this season on the severity scale, he is. "This is the worst," said Christopher, the director of emergency medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he has worked for 30 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014
UNDOUBTEDLY, this has been my winter of discontent. As much as I hate to admit it, and in spite of my valiant efforts, I was TKO'd by winter weight gain. For years, I categorized winter weight-gain theories as old wives' tales or urban myths. Until this year, when I was overtaken by this monster who had an insatiable appetite - for chocolate, in particular, but also an unrelenting desire for Herr's potato chips and my favorite vegan peanut butter bars. If I was unsure before, I'm very clear about this now!
SPORTS
December 18, 1990 | By Mayer Brandschain, Special to The Inquirer
Bob Sheppard of Five Ponds Country Club and Brian Kelly of Plymouth Country Club birdied the last two holes to finish in a first-place tie at 9-under-par 62 with Gene Kazan of Medford Village Country Club and Dave Quinn of Burlington Country Club in a two-player scramble in the Five Ponds Winter Golf League yesterday at Five Ponds.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2014 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jane Valdes-Dapena's garden in Media got walloped this winter, the region's coldest, snowiest, and most miserable in 20 years. Her hydrangea canes are crispy and hollow, with just a few new leaves sprouting from the base. The shrub roses, typically robust in spring, are practically bare. And that big pot of rosemary, 10 years on the terrace? "Dead as a doornail," says Valdes-Dapena, development associate at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford and an experienced gardener.
NEWS
January 13, 2014 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
After two winters that were virtually holidays from ice, winter has returned with an expensive vengeance for the region's road departments. With the typical peak snow period still a few weeks away, the region already has had nearly a season's worth of snowfall - spiced with generous portions of ice - and the plowing and salting bills are piling up faster than the pothole complaints. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has spent more than two-thirds of its total seasonal snow-fighting budget, and the New Jersey Department has shelled out more than twice what it did during the entire winter of 2011-12.
NEWS
February 29, 2012 | By Anthony R. Wood and Edward Colimore, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
For John Davis, it was a dream winter - over by Halloween. That would have been just after a freak Oct. 29 storm of heavy, wet snow collapsed tree limbs, ripped down power lines and set Davis and his public-works colleagues throughout the region to worrying: Here we go again. But after back-to-back brutal winters, neither Davis - nor his peers nor the best minds of meteorology - imagined that storm would be the very worst of the "winter" of 2011-12. "Ordinarily you spend the winter plowing or getting ready for plowing," said Davis, public-works chief in Doylestown, Bucks County, where the tight streets and well-used sidewalks make snow removal an adventure.
NEWS
March 18, 2001 | By James Dulley FOR THE INQUIRER
Question: The ducts for our central air-conditioning run through the attic and the registers are in the ceiling. It seems that cold air comes out of them in the winter. Is the chilly breeze my imagination? Answer: It most likely is not your imagination. The air inside the air-conditioning ducts in your attic gets cold and becomes dense. Since it is heavier than the air inside your room, it drops down and you feel it. This can create a substantial energy loss and make you uncomfortable.
REAL_ESTATE
March 10, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
An easy winter for builders it's not, especially in the colder, snowier regions of the country. In January, housing starts fell 16 percent; permits for single-family homes, a gauge of future activity, gained just a bit. "Cold weather clearly put a chill on new home construction [in January], and this is also reflected in our latest builder confidence survey," said Kevin Kelly, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders and president of the Wilmington builder Leon N. Weiner & Associates Inc. Builders continue to face other troubles, too, Kelly said: rising materials prices and a lack of buildable lots and labor.
NEWS
October 4, 2012 | By Anthony R. Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Expect temperatures 6 degrees colder than last winter's, and a six-fold increase -- or more -- in snowfall. In short, if Accu-Weather's winter outlook turns out to be right, the coming season will be whole lot more like a typical winter than in 2011-12. In the forecast released this morning, an update and elaboration of an earlier outlook, the commercial weather service in State College, Pa., is calling for near-normal temperatures this winter, with above-normal snowfall. In addition, Accu-Weather believes Philadelphia will have an above-average number of days -- perhaps seven -- with snowfall of an inch or more, said long-range forecaster Paul Pastelok.
NEWS
February 17, 2014 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
After last week's megastorm that solidified the legacy of the winter of 2013-14, one meteorologist confidently pronounced: "The back of winter is broken. " If that, indeed, is the case, those who have been shoveling the thousands of pounds of this stuff or have spent days without heat or lights likely would agree that winter is getting precisely what it deserves. "It's been a long, cold winter," said Bruce Terry, senior forecaster at the government's National Weather Center, in College Park, Md. "If you like snow, it's a bonanza.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2014 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jane Valdes-Dapena's garden in Media got walloped this winter, the region's coldest, snowiest, and most miserable in 20 years. Her hydrangea canes are crispy and hollow, with just a few new leaves sprouting from the base. The shrub roses, typically robust in spring, are practically bare. And that big pot of rosemary, 10 years on the terrace? "Dead as a doornail," says Valdes-Dapena, development associate at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford and an experienced gardener.
NEWS
April 20, 2014 | By Andrew Parent, Inquirer Staff Writer
When she decided to join her middle school's track team in seventh grade, Dasia Pressley did it only for the social benefit. "Getting into a sport is the best way to meet friends," Pressley said. "I definitely wasn't one of the faster girls then. " In fact, Neshaminy coach Margie Taylor had not heard of the young sprinter before her graduation to the high-school ranks. "Sometimes, if they have a good runner, the middle-school coaches will contact me and let me know she's coming up," Taylor said.
BUSINESS
April 19, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Airlines will begin reporting first-quarter earnings next week, and despite a rough winter most expect strong profits this spring and beyond. The harsh weather forced newly merged US Airways and American Airlines to scrub more than 34,000 flights in the first three months of this year, whacking quarterly revenue by $115 million and lowering operating profit by about $60 million. American Airlines Group Inc., formed by the December merger of AMR Corp. and US Airways, revised its operating margin forecast to 5 percent to 7 percent for last quarter, down from a late January expectation of 6 percent to 8 percent.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Ahh - the warm spring breezes have arrived. It's time to slip into that new pair of open-toe wedges. Not so fast, sisters. Typical winters are tough enough on our feet, but this year's record-breaking frigid temps extended the ped-unfriendly, wool-sock-and-snow-boot season for two additional months. That was rough. And now our feet are, too. "It was a bad, dry winter," sighed Lisa Eberly Kasmen, owner of Heaven & Earth Salon in Lafayette Hill. "People didn't want to leave the house, let alone walk around post-pedicure in flip-flops.
NEWS
April 4, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
"WINTER Soldier" has fun with Captain America's status as the squarest Avenger - in this sequel, we learn he hasn't kissed a girl in half a century. Of course, Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) was cryogenically frozen much of that time, but even when he thawed out, his heart belonged to his World War II sweetheart, his "best girl," though he might have to recalibrate his fantasy stats now that his "best girl" is an old lady in a nursing home and he's spending time with Scarlett Johansson, a/k/a Black Widow, a/k/a Natasha, a/k/a cinema's leading unitard wearer, and available.
REAL_ESTATE
March 30, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
It was an Easter Sunday in the late 1990s that happened to fall in April, a couple weeks after the old start of daylight saving time. The day was dark and cloudy, and it began snowing heavily about 7 p.m. "That's the good thing about daylight savings time," my wife said, looking out the living room window. "There's now enough light to see the snow falling. " It had been a bad winter that year - though not as bad as the one that officially just ended. Coming off two very mild winters made this winter worse, especially for real estate agents and builders.
NEWS
March 24, 2014 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
Although the arrival of the vernal equinox has been confirmed, the S word has managed to creep into the forecasts for this week. And it isn't spring. "Let's hope they are wrong," said Tomasz Anisko, curator of plants at Chester County's Longwood Gardens, noting that the region's blooms and blossoms are up to two weeks behind. Some, like camelias and wintersweet, may be lost for the season. "I've been ready for spring for some time," Anisko said. Snow is possible Tuesday, forecasters said, but even if it doesn't appear again before winter concedes to the realities of the calendar, a standard for persistent torment already has been established.
NEWS
March 24, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
ONLY ABOUT once every 30 years does Philadelphia see the kind of winter just past, with 19 separate snowfalls and extreme temperature fluctuations. And that's why the city is on track to fill the most potholes in its history, city officials say. Readers may have noticed the "Crater Philly" graphic that ran in the Daily News for weeks, with many writing in to share their tumultuous tales of breaks in the blacktop, with their cars taking the beating. Typical is this plea from Stacey Scanlan: "Please urgently fix the potholes on City Ave. from just before [St. Joseph's]
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2014 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tops on Carol Natale's to-do list this spring is something you might not expect. But without it, cleaning up the garden at her Northeast Philadelphia rowhouse could be a painful affair. "Lay in some ibuprofen," said Natale, who keeps her chiropractor's number handy at this time of year, too. After months of winter idleness, those first few days of raking and pruning - around now until April, when the soil has lost its sludgelike feel - can be brutal. Especially this year.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014
UNDOUBTEDLY, this has been my winter of discontent. As much as I hate to admit it, and in spite of my valiant efforts, I was TKO'd by winter weight gain. For years, I categorized winter weight-gain theories as old wives' tales or urban myths. Until this year, when I was overtaken by this monster who had an insatiable appetite - for chocolate, in particular, but also an unrelenting desire for Herr's potato chips and my favorite vegan peanut butter bars. If I was unsure before, I'm very clear about this now!
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