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Jun 22, 2014 — California-based troubadour Tom Freund sings of skateboarding kids, impending doom and Happy Days lunch boxes on his new album, Two Moons. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to him about the record.
May 23, 2014 — Castro would take over the Department of Housing and Urban Development at a time when the nation's housing market has been treading water.
May 22, 2014 — Three to six hurricanes are expected to form during the six-month season that begins June 1. That's below average, but NOAA officials emphasized a single storm can make for a bad year.
May 22, 2014 — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expects a relatively quiet Atlantic hurricane season, with three to six hurricanes developing between June 1 and the end of November. Forecasters say they expect El Nino conditions to develop in the coming months, which should produce winds in the Atlantic that discourage hurricane formation.
May 22, 2014 — A White House official said Thursday that the president will tap Castro to become housing secretary and Shaun Donovan, his current housing chief, to run the budget office.
May 21, 2014 — Hoboken, N.J., has experienced several major floods since Hurricane Sandy. Mayor Dawn Zimmer says her city isn't waiting to prepare for the effects of climate change.
May 17, 2014 — Huck Finn and his friend Jim float down the Mississippi through the Jim Crow South and Hurricane Katrina in a new book called The Boy in His Winter. NPR's Scott Simon talks with author Norman Lock.
Apr 25, 2014 — A new study says the worst floods in the city are both higher and 20 times more common than they were 170 years ago. But climate change is only part of the reason.
Mar 27, 2014 — A law firm hired by the Republican governor's office says its investigation found no evidence Christie knew beforehand about N.J. lane closures that may have been aimed at hurting a Democratic mayor.
Still from "Sandy hits Lake George," from Youtube via <a href="">Katie Quirk</a>. Watch video embedded below
Still from "Sandy hits Lake George," from Youtube via Katie Quirk. Watch video embedded below

On Lake George, a storm but no superstorm

Emergency declarations have been canceled across the North Country now that Hurricane Sandy (now Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy) tracked away from our region. What might have been a head-on disaster turned into a minor storm for most of the North Country.

In Lake George, Sandy's winds stirred up some dramatic vistas, but did no damage and caused no injuries.  Go to full article
Broken tree limbs on a Toronto, ON street, after high winds from Hurricane Sandy hit downtown on Monday night. Photo <a href="">Joseph Morris</a>, CC <a href="">some rights reserved</a>

As Sandy weakens Ontario expects moderate wind and rain

Hurricane Sandy came ashore along the U.S. coast as a dangerous, powerful storm.

But by the time it is expected to cross into Canada later Wednesday, the much weaker system might only bring a few days of rain.  Go to full article
Hurricane Sandy approaching the Eastern seabord. Photo: NASA GOES Project

Extreme weather, with a new climate backdrop

Sandy is no longer a hurricane, and many of our preparations here in the North Country are looking more like a massive fire drill at this point, but the remains of the storm were still expanding yesterday, promising to bring rain and wind along a route headed for the Great Lakes.

Martha Foley talked with climate scientist Dr. Curt Stager of Paul Smith's College about what this gigantic, complicated storm, just over a year since Tropical Storm Irene, says about regional weather patterns, and global climate.  Go to full article
Captain Robin Walbridge, at the helm of the Bounty, while docked in Ogdensburg in 2010.  Photo:  Todd Moe

HMS Bounty captain, believed lost at sea, recalled sailing the St. Lawrence

The winds and waves of Hurricane Sandy this week took down an 18th century replica sailing ship used in three Hollywood films. On Monday, the Coast Guard rescued 14 of the...  Go to full article
Shelves empty of lamp oil, Monday at Evans and White Hardware in Potsdam. Photo: Natasha Haverty

For North Country, storm prep a well-practiced routine

Whipping winds from Hurricane Sandy haven't caused much damage so far in St. Lawrence County. Emergency officials say things were relatively calm overnight. A few calls have...  Go to full article
A Canadian power line crew from K-Line Construction in New Brunswick gets pre-storm instructions from National Grid officials at a temporary staging area in Saranac Lake.  In anticipation of Hurricane Sandy, the crew was diverted to the Adirondacks by National Grid while en-route to their original destination in Massachusetts.<br />Photo: Mark Kurtz

Hurricane Sandy: After all the prep, what's the damage?

As of Tuesday morning, National Grid was reporting more than 18,000 customers without power in the North Country and central New York region, most of those in Schenectady,...  Go to full article
Low water near Oak Point on the St. Lawrence River. Photo: Bill Merna, from NCPR Photo of the Day archives

Low water levels come in handy for Sandy

One potential consequence of Sandy that emergency personnel haven't been worried about is widespread flooding from the region's largest bodies of water. That's because Lake...  Go to full article
Workers at Harbor's End Marina on Lake Ontario in Henderson, Jefferson County, hoist a boat out of the water, in preparation for dry winter storage. Photo: Joanna Richards

Jefferson County prepares for high winds, waves, power outages

As the wind began picking up Monday afternoon in Jefferson County, residents and officials were preparing for the high winds and water along shorelines expected from...  Go to full article
Jay town supervisor Randy Douglas (L) and Governor Andrew Cuomo, meeting with emergency responders on Sunday. Photo: Brian Mann

Gov. Cuomo briefs New Yorkers on Sandy preparations

Governor Cuomo says pre-storm preparations are finished, and he and state officials are now actively monitoring the situation as Hurricane Sandy approaches.  Go to full article
Map of Tropical Storm Force Wind Speed Probabilities. Image: <a href="">National Weather Service</a>

Wind a major worry as upstate NY prepares for Sandy

Winds will be the main concern for much of upstate New York as Hurricane Sandy blows through the region tonight. The winds will be twice as strong as a typical winter...  Go to full article

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