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Winter seemingly came early this time around. It stayed late and it sure hit hard. With apologies, perhaps that was our fault. You see, the spouse and I enjoy cross country skiing. Every year we earnestly pray for snow. Hey! Success! As one...
The arrival of red-breasted robins is generally taken as a sign of spring, something many will be eager to welcome this year. But here’s more for the “I-did-not-know-that” file: some robins stick around, all year. Even in a...
Bias alert: I like winter. Maybe that’s because I’m not from these parts and haven’t had time to get sick of it yet. But I love the beauty, the way it changes all the time, all the winter sports, cosy sitting beside a crackling...
Sorry for the pessimistic headline, but this item is just plain gloomy. The already-precipitous decline of migratory monarch butterflies just got worse. As reported this past week by the New York Times, the most current measurement of the...
From the “no foolin’!” file, this today: As it’s currently colder than a witch’s teat in the North Country, and has been on and off since the end of last year, the social service agencies that administer the federal...
News stories tagged with "weather"
May 25, 2006 — Emergency officials are still monitoring two dams on the Great Chazy River in Clinton County. After a week of heavy rain, a six-foot hole opened in the cement dam at Miner Lake, in the Town of Altona. Brian Mann spoke yesterday afternoon with Eric day, head of the county Office of Emergency Services. Go to full article
May 24, 2006 — Officials in the Clinton County town of Altona are working to contain a growing hole in the dam at Miner Lake. With the Great Chazy River swollen by heavy rains, a six-foot-wide gap has opened in the barrier. As Brian Mann reports, officials are also watching a second dam further downstream. Go to full article
by Todd Moe
May 24, 2006 — A couple living on the north shore of Raquette Lake will be keeping an eye on the weather this year. Jackie and Jordan Hornstein recently attended a severe weather watch workshop by the National Weather Service. The NWS relies on volunteers to help track the weather in remote parts of the North Country. Todd Moe spoke with Jackie Hornstein about the region's weather -- from lake effect snow to "Black Fly" season. Go to full article
May 05, 2006 — It's the eternal struggle of every homeowner in the North Country. How to keep the fast-growing thicket of weeds and brush from taking over the yard? Burn bans have made the task especially daunting this spring. The ban's been lifted, for now. People are burning grass and clearing brush. Here's today's Heard Up North. Go to full article
Apr 26, 2006 — It was a chilly, rainy 45 degrees yesterday afternoon in DeKalb. That didn't stop three St. Lawrence University students from using the rope swing on the Oswegatchie River near Coopers Falls. Zach Turner, Kevin Daly, and Wade McDonald are today's Heard Up North. Go to full article
Apr 11, 2006 — The debate over global warming and climate change has, for the most part, ended. It's for real. Last week's cover of Time Magazine screamed "Be worried, be very worried". Environmental writer Bill McKibben has been saying that since the late 1980s, when his book The End of Nature sounded one of the earliest alarms about global warming. McKibben's also a practiced student of North Country ecology. He lives part-time in the southern Adirondack town of Johnsburg. McKibben sat down with David Sommerstein to envision what the North Country might be like in a warmer world. He says it's already happening. Go to full article
Apr 07, 2006 — Spend time around a dairy farm, and you'll learn a lot about the farmer who owns it. Some barnyards are muddy and chaotic, others immaculate and organized. Some farmers get obsessed with grazing, or breeding perfect heifers, or using bugs to fight disease on their fields. Some love big tractors, others hate 'em. David Sommerstein's doing a year of stories on everyday dairy farming with Bob Andrews, who farms near Gouverneur. Bob's a manager. Go to full article
Apr 05, 2006 — It's Spring Break week in parts of the North Country. That means hundreds of people have fled south, looking for sunshine and warm weather. Those of us left behind are slogging through another winter storm. Brian Mann took a stroll through slushy Saranac Lake and sends today's Heard Up North. Go to full article
Mar 30, 2006 — Local fire squads and New York state forest rangers across the North Country have responded to more than a hundred grass and forest fires this spring. Light rain, combined with a thin snow pack and high winds have left many areas tinder dry. Fire experts say most of the wildfires have been triggered by burn barrels or by people setting fire to chaff in their fields. A ban on open burning went into effect yesterday in St. Lawrence County. Fire officials in the rest of the region are strongly discouraging people from setting open flames. Brian Mann has details. Go to full article