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The Groundhog Has Spoken

Punxsutawney Phil sees no shadow, predicts early spring

(Newser) - It's Groundhog Day, and Punxsutawney Phil already has issued his winter forecast: an early spring. At the annual tradition in Pennsylvania's Gobbler's Knob, the groundhog emerged from his cage (which looks like a tree trunk) and saw no shadow, according to the emcee of the Groundhog Club.... More »

Soak Up Sunlight: It's the Year's Shortest Day

The winter solstice is here

(Newser) - Mondays always feel longer, but that's not the only reason today may be dragging. Yes, it's the winter solstice, meaning Northern Hemisphere residents will be tilted as far from the sun as they will be all year—so it's also the shortest day and the longest night,... More »

Why You Should Do Like the Norwegians This Winter

They beat the blues by actually enjoying the season: study

(Newser) - Starting to feel the winter blahs creep in? A new study offers a tip that could get you back to your usual cheery self: Do like the Norwegians. Stanford PhD student Kari Leibowitz spent almost a year in Tromsø, Norway—200 miles north of the Arctic Circle, where the sun... More »

Migrants' New Peril: Winter Is Coming

Border closings in Balkans will only make the situation worse

(Newser) - Governments across the Balkans are scrambling to locate empty buildings, while aid workers are boosting their stashes of coats, blankets, and tents in anticipation of a backlog of migrants who may soon be facing a treacherous winter as they work their way toward friendly Western European countries, the New York ... More »

What This Year's El Nino Will Mean for Winter

It will be wetter than normal in the South, drier near the Great Lakes

(Newser) - The NOAA's winter forecast has arrived, and thanks to a well-known Pacific Ocean phenomenon, parts of the country can expect to be doused in plenty of chilly precipitation. "A strong El Nino is in place and should exert a strong influence over our weather this winter," Mike... More »

Farmer's Almanac Has Some Bad News

It's going to be another rough winter all over, says the forecast

(Newser) - Just when you thought you had gotten over last winter, be warned: The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts it will be super cold with a slew of snow for much of the country, even in places that don't usually see too much of it, like the Pacific Northwest. Look... More »

Firefighting Effort Leaves Ice-Coated Building

Philadelphia blaze erupts on chilling winter morning

(Newser) - Firefighters working to extinguish a blaze in Philadelphia amid bone-chilling temperatures have left behind a building coated in icicles. The fire department says the blaze was reported just before 4am today in a three-story building that houses the Locust Medical Center. It was 3 degrees with a wind chill of... More »

LA's Warm Streak Ends at 375 Days

It didn't hit 60 degrees for first time in more than a year

(Newser) - It was 48-below in Daniel, Wyoming, before sunrise today, it snowed in Vegas , and the average temperature in the Lower 48 states was 14 degrees, making for the coldest December morning in 16 years, reports the Washington Post . But in the everything's-relative department, the Los Angeles Times points out... More »

No, Not Every Snowflake Is Unique

Chemistry teacher builds graphic that shows 35 different types

(Newser) - When there's a lot of snow out there, you can either make a snowman, a snow angel, or just X-ray the snowflakes. And if you do the latter, you can figure out how many different designs snowflakes take. Chemistry teacher and blogger Andy Brunning has created this graphic , which... More »

You Don't Need to Warm Up Your Car in Winter

And it's costing us $5.9B per year

(Newser) - Warming up the car before hitting the road is a pervasive winter ritual, but it's a pointless exercise for most modern vehicles, the Washington Post reports. What's more, a 2009 study found that idling of all types accounts for 1.6% of the country's greenhouse gas emissions—... More »

This Winter's Latest Gift: 'Frost Quakes'

Conditions for loud fissures are perfect this year

(Newser) - Chuck Herron heard the loud thud, then another, and another. It sounded like someone was dropping big snowballs on the roof of his home. As his neighbors in tiny Paris, Mo., huddled around televisions Sunday for the Super Bowl, many were startled by similar strange noises. Some even saw flashes... More »

Guess Who Saw His Shadow?

6 more weeks of this. Thanks, Punxsutawney Phil

(Newser) - The handlers for groundhog Punxsutawney Phil say he's forecasting six more weeks of what already has felt like a brutally long and cold winter. Pennsylvania's famed groundhog emerged from his lair in front of thousands of fans around daybreak today. Legend has it that if the furry rodent... More »

Groundhog Day: Phil Predicts Early Spring

Punxsutawney Phil doesn't see his shadow

(Newser) - It's Groundhog Day, and Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring. The Pennsylvanian did not see his shadow in Gobbler's Knob this morning, according to the "Inner Circle" that runs the ceremony. No word yet from rivals Staten Island Chuck in New York, General Beauregard Lee in Atlanta,... More »

'Dead of Winter' Arrives for US

Harsh temperatures set in across nation

(Newser) - If it finally feels like winter has arrived, well, that's because it has. We are, in fact, in the "dead of winter" now, NPR reports. But at least you're not in Langdon, North Dakota, where it felt like minus-51 degrees Fahrenheit yesterday thanks to wind chill. The... More »

Epic Cold Snap Hits So-Cal

Orange County, San Diego freezing, and flooding could be next

(Newser) - California was going from cold to colder today, as a chill expected to bring the biggest mercury dips in years descended on much of the state. The Grapevine section of Interstate 5, the key artery linking southern and northern California, was shut down last night, thanks to a heavy snowfall... More »

Denver Hit With Early Snow

After an unseasonably warm blast of heat

(Newser) - Two days ago, it was above 80 degrees in Denver. When residents woke up today, it was snowing. The swing from high to low temperatures accentuates the weirdness of such an early snowfall; in an average year, Denver's first snowfall would still be two weeks in the future, KWGN... More »

Uh-Oh, This Winter Might Be Nasty

Study blames melting Arctic ice

(Newser) - Get your winter coats ready. Thanks to melting Arctic ice , this year's hot summer could be matched by a harsh winter, reports Business Insider , picking up on a study in Nature . Sea ice levels in the late summer appear to be linked to the distribution of high and low... More »

South Africa Sees Rarity: Snow

Nation in midst of winter cold snap

(Newser) - People slowly came outside despite the cold wind today across South Africa, pointed their mobile phone cameras to the sky, and opened their mouths to taste a rare snowfall that fell on much of the country. The snow began this morning, part of an extreme cold snap now biting into... More »

Man Stuck in Snowbound Car 'for Months'

Swedes rescue starving man in forest

(Newser) - Snowmobilers on a forest road in Sweden thought they had come across a car wreck—until they dug down to a window and saw an emaciated man starving inside, BBC reports. Now he's in a hospital, and reports say he was snowbound in the car without food for two... More »

Death Toll Rises in European Cold Snap

Europeans grapple with worst winter in years

(Newser) - While much of the US basks in unseasonably warmish weather, Europe continues to be locked in a deep freeze that's getting even colder. More than 100 people have died in Ukraine, Italy is suffering its coldest winter in 27 years, and conditions are so severe in Serbia that thousands... More »

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