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Martha Foley's back yard during the '98 ice storm
Martha Foley's back yard during the '98 ice storm

Looking back at the ice storm of '98: Utility workers take a breakfast break

We shouldn't be seeing another ice storm of '98...but that doesn't mean Thursday's ice hasn't put it on people's minds.

NCPR's documentary "Ice Storm '98: A retrospective" pulled together some of the most memorable moments from the station's coverage of the storm--including when utilities brought power crews in from all over the east.

Those crews worked doggedly to restore electricity to approximately-100,000 people. But they also had to eat--and in this piece from the documentary, Ellen Rocco checked in with some of them as they ate breakfast at a diner in Canton:  Go to full article
Donald Watt, Whitehorse, Yukon, with his sculpture.
Donald Watt, Whitehorse, Yukon, with his sculpture.

Heard Up North: The ice sculptors circuit

Ottawa is entering its final weekend of Winterlude. The skateway and ice slides will be closed due to warm temperatures on Thursday and Friday. Organizers are hoping to preserve the ice - and the fun - for the last weekend.
The festivities always include gawking at the masterful snow sculptures around the city. The sculptors come from all over, many following a circuit of winter festivals that take them across the globe.

David Sommerstein caught up with one globetrotting ice sculptor at Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau for today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
The 1961 World Figure Skating Team on the night of their flight to Europe.
The 1961 World Figure Skating Team on the night of their flight to Europe.

Remembering a plane crash, champion skaters, family

Fifty years ago today, a tragic jetliner crash in Belgium killed the entire U.S. Figure Skating World Team. Three of the victims had North Country connections: Coach Daniel Ryan and his ice dancers Larry Pierce and Diane Sherbloom trained in Canton and Lake Placid. Last month, Daniel Ryan, and the rest of the 1961 team, were inducted into the Figure Skating Hall of Fame in Greensboro, North Carolina. A new movie, Rise, which premieres around the country on Thursday, pays tribute to the 1961 team and the world of figure skating. Todd Moe talks with Terry Ryan Sullivan about her father's legacy and the new film.  Go to full article
9 inches of good ice by December 30, 2010.
9 inches of good ice by December 30, 2010.

Preview: "Skate the Lake" on Big Rideau Lake

Marco Smits grew up skating outdoors in the Netherlands before he married a Canadian and settled in the rural lake country of Portland, Ontario.

Smits thought the area's excellent natural ice should do more than just hold up ice fishing huts. So, back in 2004, he inspired a bunch of hearty volunteers to clear a one kilometer oval track and launch a noteworthy community sporting event.

The 7th International Big Rideau Lake Speed Skating Marathon - affectionately nicknamed 'Skate the Lake' - is back for 2011, after taking a breather over the Vancouver Olympics.

This Saturday, January 29, skaters of all ages and abilities will descend on tiny Portland for 5, 10 or 25 kilometer events.

Ottawa correspondent Lucy Martin caught up with Smits by phone to hear how this year's preparations are coming along.  Go to full article

DEC offers ice safety tips

With winter in full swing, officials with the state Department of Environmental Conservation are reminding outdoor enthusiasts to be cautious on lakes and rivers.

Hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, and snowmobiling on frozen lakes and ponds are among the many winter delights enjoyed by residents and visitors of the Adirondack Park. Chris Morris offers some tips on how to be safe on the ice this winter.  Go to full article

New book explores all things ice

Saranac Lake writer Caperton Tissot says ice has had an enormous impact on life in the Adirondacks. The unavoidable winter element is the subject of her new book, Adirondack Ice: A Cultural and Natural History. It traces the evolution of the influence of ice on everything from industries, transportation, recreation, accidents and the 1998 Ice Storm. Caperton Tissot told Todd Moe that her fascination with ice began with its beauty when she volunteered to help with the Ice Palace in Saranac Lake during the annual Winter Carnival.  Go to full article
Increased erosion in Shishmaref is caused by sea level rise, more intense storms, and permafrost melting. Photo taken by the Shishmaref Relocation Coalition.
Increased erosion in Shishmaref is caused by sea level rise, more intense storms, and permafrost melting. Photo taken by the Shishmaref Relocation Coalition.

Climate change changing the seasons for Native Alaskans

Yesterday, we reported that Arctic sea ice is melting faster than scientists (already alarmed at its disappearance) had expected. The National Snow and Ice Data Center says the rate has accelerated to 11.7% per decade.

That is far too fast for Native Americans who live along the Artic ice, on permafrost that's also thawing rapidly. Environmental biologist Jon Rosales teaches at St. Lawrence University. He spent this past spring getting a first hand look at effects of climate change in northern Alaska. He visited three villages on the Seward Peninsula, the part of Alaska that reaches west toward Siberia. It is our end of what used to be the land bridge between the two continents. He told Martha Foley that even in late spring, he says, the snow was horizontal. But, still, everything is too warm.  Go to full article

Sea ice melting faster than expected

A NASA study finds that Arctic ice is melting faster than expected. Mark Brush reports.  Go to full article
Polar bears on sea ice in the Arctic Ocean. Photo courtesy of Jessica K Robertson, USGS
Polar bears on sea ice in the Arctic Ocean. Photo courtesy of Jessica K Robertson, USGS

The polar bear?s future

Studies from NASA and many other U-S agencies report the Arctic ice is melting at a rapid rate. Scientists say it's the most visible and dramatic evidence of global warming. One of the symbols of climate change in the Arctic is the polar bear. Lester Graham talked with the senior polar bear scientist with the U-S Geological Survey, Steven Amstrup, about the future of the bear.  Go to full article

Ice climbers rescued from high peaks

A group of ice climbers were rescued Sunday by DEC forest rangers yesterday after spending the night on the side of one of the Adirondack high peaks. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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