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Carolyn Yerdon deep in the white stuff, shared with NCPR via Facebook
Carolyn Yerdon deep in the white stuff, shared with NCPR via Facebook

Winter Storm: Schools, I-81 remain closed, Thruway reopens

Update 3:00 pm: The last portions of Rt. 81 between Watertown and North Syracuse are reopening as crews clear entrances and exits his afternoon.

A blizzard warning for western New York has expired, but many schools from Buffalo to the North Country remain closed because of arctic conditions.

A 50-mile section of Interstate 81 north of Syracuse has been closed again as lake-effect storms continue to cause treacherous driving conditions. I-81 from Watertown to the Canadian border is open again after being shut down when the weather worsened on Tuesday.

The Thruway in western New York has reopened after being closed since Monday by a blizzard that's winding down after dumping nearly 20 inches of snow on the region.  Go to full article
Saranac Lake police are looking for Paul McKay, seen here in August 2013.<br />Photo: provided
Saranac Lake police are looking for Paul McKay, seen here in August 2013.
Photo: provided

Police seek Australian missing from Saranac Lake

Police in the Saranac Lake area are asking for the public's help in their search for a missing Australian man. 31 year-old Paul McKay was last seen leaving a Saranac Lake hotel on Dec. 31.

He suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and had left all his belongings to his father.  Go to full article
Jupiter and the four Galilean moons. From left: Europa, Jupiter, Io, Ganymede, Callisto. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jpstanley/497884413/">Jeremy Stanley</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Jupiter and the four Galilean moons. From left: Europa, Jupiter, Io, Ganymede, Callisto. Photo: Jeremy Stanley, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

News of the cosmos: perihelion, Jupiter's moons and more

In the deep, deep of winter, we've lost our view of Venus, but we're gaining daylight. St. Lawrence University astronomer Aileen O'Donoghue reminds Martha Foley of the good news about spring: as ever after the Solstice, the new season is technically on the way.

And she notes some of the highlights of the January night sky. It's a great time to take a look for Jupiter in the east in the early evening. And with good binoculars, she says, you can see the four moons Galilieo found in January, 1610.  Go to full article
New York State Thruway containers of 'beet juice' and beet juice and brine water mix. Photo by Jenna Flanagan, Innovation Trail
New York State Thruway containers of 'beet juice' and beet juice and brine water mix. Photo by Jenna Flanagan, Innovation Trail

Just add beet juice for ice-free highways

It's not used everywhere, but it is catching on. The New York State Thruway Authority is one of several state authorities relying on a mixture of beet 'juice' and salt water to help keep highways ice-free.

Plowing can only do so much and too often a slick, hard pack of snow and ice can cover streets making them dangerous to drive.

So how do you get around that? Beet juice!  Go to full article
New Year's frost.  Photo:  Todd Moe
New Year's frost. Photo: Todd Moe

What's that noise? Could be a cryoseism

If you've heard a loud boom, cracking sound, or bump in the night recently, it may be what's called a cryoseism. Scientists say they occur when water builds up in soil and expands. When the pressure gets too great, the rock and soil collapse, creating the noise. Sometimes it can be startling.

Potsdam geologist Frank Revetta says these so called "frost quakes" are not uncommon, and may be happening more often because of recent precipitation and bitter cold temperatures.  Go to full article
Algonquin Park Wolves. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jdbsound/3968088234/">JDB Photos</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Algonquin Park Wolves. Photo: JDB Photos, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Howling for wolves

During the holidays we're listening back to some of our favorite stories from 2013. This morning we go back to late summer, and up to Algonquin Provincial Park, where for the past fifty years, people from all around the world have made the journey to hear wolves howl. The Eastern Timber Wolf lived across the eastern United States before humans virtually erased it from the landscape. But in some parts of Canada, the Eastern Wolf is alive and well. Reporter Natasha Haverty sent this postcard.

(Note: While August is the best time to hear wolves at the park, the rangers told us that now is the best time to see them, when the trees are bare and the contrast in the landscape is stronger.)  Go to full article
Snowy Owl.  Photo:  Larry Master
Snowy Owl. Photo: Larry Master

More arctic wanderers heading south

More Snowy Owls have been sighted around the Northeast and Great Lakes states this winter. Kevin McGowan, a biologist at the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology, says the recent Snowy Owl irruption is the largest seen in decades, and the large, white owls are expected to stick around through early spring. He spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article
Governor Andrew Cuomo, at the Valley Snow Travelers snowmobile club groomer barn in Lowville, Lewis County. Photo: Joanna Richards
Governor Andrew Cuomo, at the Valley Snow Travelers snowmobile club groomer barn in Lowville, Lewis County. Photo: Joanna Richards

Governor announces $4.5 million to boost winter tourism upstate

Governor Andrew Cuomo visited a newly expanded snowmobiler lounge in Lowville Monday to unveil a new ad campaign to promote winter tourism upstate. Cuomo says there's new energy in the north country, thanks to increasing economic investment. He credits the efforts of both the region and his administration in making that happen.  Go to full article
Christmas Cactus in bloom. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/skynoir/4160484800">Sky Noir</a>, Creative Commons, some roghts reserved
Christmas Cactus in bloom. Photo: Sky Noir, Creative Commons, some roghts reserved

Keeping holiday greenery happy

Did you get a plant as a gift for the holidays? Horticulturist Amy Ivy has some winter indoor plant care tips for poinsettias, Christmas cactus, cyclamens, and ideas for recycling the Christmas tree.  Go to full article
Toronto, ON. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/msvg/5336969301/">Michael Gil</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Toronto, ON. Photo: Michael Gil, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

61,000 still without power in Ontario

Approximately 61,000 customers are still without power in Ontario, six days after the ice storm caused massive outages across the province.

In Toronto, about 48,000 customers are waiting for their power to be restored.  Go to full article

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