Saturday, February 2, 2013
Phil was famous long before Bill Murray and the movie came along, so how did this tradition get started? Plus, vote for your favorite scene from Groundhog Day.
Groundhog Day is today, Feb. 2 this year, and with the up and down weather of the past week, guessing Punxsutawney Phil's prediction this year is especially daunting. According to the myth, if a groundhog sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter; if he does not, spring is right around the corner. Last year, Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter while Staten Island Chuck called for an early spring. Groundhog Day and other similar legends are based on the beliefs of Europeans, but the true origins of the holiday are lost in time. The day originated from the Germans, Scots and early Christian Europeans. It is celebrated every year on Feb. 2. On this day, a groundhog comes out of its burrow and …
Monday, January 28, 2013
The National Weather Service forecasts snow showers after the balmy weather.
In the wonderful, wacky world of weather, check this out—the National Weather Service forecasts temperatures will reach highs around 57 degrees on Tuesday and Wednesday. This comes on the heels of snow, sleet and freezing rain Monday morning. But don't think spring has sprung yet. The weather service predicts a chance of snow showers for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here's the National Weather Service forecast for Sewickley: Monday night: A chance of showers. Areas of fog. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 42. Southwest wind 10 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. New precipitation amounts between a 10th and quarter of an inch possible. Tuesday: A chance of showers. Areas of fog before 8 a.m. Otherwise, mostly …
Friday, December 28, 2012
Got bored kids? Here are some ideas to help keep your kids happy over winter break and beyond.
Here are 10 fun ways to keep kids from toddlers to teens entertained and off screens during the holiday break and into the winter. TELL US: What do you plan on doing with your kids during winter break? Share in the comments below.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Heavy morning precipitation makes it a white day after Christmas.
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- Harry Funk
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Sewickley-area residents found themselves digging out of the snow on Wednesday. Accumulation in the Sewickley Valley area fell short of the 4 to 8 inches predicted, but heavy midmorning precipitation left plenty of motorists wishing they’d stayed at home. Meanwhile, others were celebrating a white day after Christmas. “I love the snow,” said Sarah Elste, 16, of Sewickley, citing her enjoyment of skiing. “Snow’s my favorite, even if it did come a day late.” She and fellow family members—sisters Lydia, 13, and Clare, 8, along with mother, Amy—ive a couple of blocks from Starbucks on Beaver Street. “We were shoveling snow all day and thought we should walk down to get some hot chocolate,” Amy said as the group relaxed inside the store late …
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Winds are expected to increase this afternoon with the strongest occurring shortly after sunset.
The National Weather Service in Moon has issued a wind advisory for several Pennsylvania counties, including Allegheny, Beaver and Butler. The advisory remains in effect until 1 a.m. Wednesday. A wind advisory means wind gusts greater than 45 mph are expected. Southwest winds are expected to reach 15 to 25 mph this evening with gusts of as much as 50 mph. Winds are expected to slowly decrease through the evening. The impact could result in scattered trees, power line damage and some minor property damage, the weather service said. Strong winds can make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles. PennDOT advises drivers to be caution. According to weather forecasters, a low pressure moving from the Midwest into southern …
Monday, January 2, 2012
National Weather Service warns of blowing snow, limited visibility and snow-covered roads.
Hazardous travel conditions are expected Monday night through Tuesday afternoon as snow covers local roads and blowing snow limits visibility, according to a winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service in Moon Township. Blowing snow, an accumulation of 2 to 4 inches, wind gusts and temperatures in the 20-degree range are expected, the weather service stated. "Wind gusts up to 30 mph will cause some blowing and drifting of snow, which will add to travel difficulties," the weather service's website stated. "The wind direction overnight will become more optimal for heavier snow bands to develop and in turn push these bands further south." The advisory is in effect until 4 p.m. Tuesday and covers Allegheny, Beaver, …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Enjoy that blue sky and golden autumn light today, because November's bluster is coming to blow some winter our way. Forecasters say a change is coming, but there are other indications, too.
Enjoying the perfect weather? Soak it in now, because things are about to change, with cold rain moving into the area soon. Forecasters are telling us that winter’s coming, but there are other, perhaps more subtle signs around us. The trees are giving up the last of their leaves, and leaf removal crews are working hard to wrangle them from the lawns and sidewalks. The drill-y humming of leaf blowers makes the neighborhoods sound like a dentist’s office. The jack o’lanterns that grinned so proudly are being kicked to the curb, their faces going soft and wrinkly. And that bag of Halloween candy? By now it’s empty, with just a few stray Smarties or candy corn kernels lazing at the bottom. Christmas decorations are another sure sign that snow …
Monday, November 7, 2011
With Daylight Saving Time over, here are tips for those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Monday, November 7, 2011
Now that Daylight Saving Time has ended, the days are getting shorter and the reduction in natural daylight makes many feel glum. For those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, the symptoms of depression are more acute at this time of year. According to the American Lighting Association, there are some things homeowners can do to counteract the effects of SAD. Consumers might have seen light boxes promoted as a solution, however, using a light box is not a do-it-yourself project. “It’s easy to use the light boxes improperly,” said Terry McGowan, director of engineering and technology for the ALA. “Light therapy—just like any other drug or treatment regimen—should be prescribed by a physician. Part of that light prescription will …
Friday, November 4, 2011
State police also remind residents to check their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
As if the snow in late October weren’t evidence enough, winter is on its way. It’s time again to turn back the clocks. Daylight saving time ends this weekend. On the plus side, we get an extra hour of sleep. On the downside, well, it’s cold and now it gets dark earlier. State police also remind residents this is a great time to check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. “Installing and maintaining smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home is one of the most effective things you can do to keep your family safe,” said Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner Ed Mann said. “It’s a small investment of time and money that really does save lives.” Working smoke alarms cut in half the risk of dying in a home fire, state police said…
Saturday, October 29, 2011
More than 2,200 trucks are ready to roll to keep roads passable in winter weather.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
With snow and colder temperatures appearing in some local forecasts, PennDOT’s final winter preparations are being made, and more than 2,200 trucks and 5,400 operators will be ready to tackle winter’s worst. “Overall, PennDOT plows nearly 40,000 miles of roadways, about the same number of miles maintained by New York, New Jersey and all the New England states combined, making ours the largest system in a major snow-belt,” State Transportation Secretary Barry J. Schoch said. “With this huge number of miles, our primary goal must be to keep roads passable, not necessarily completely free of ice and snow.” Interstates and expressways are PennDOT’s primary focus during storms, and equipment may be redirected to these routes during significant …