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Cold-weather tips and facts


This is from a “Noon Years Eve” celebration Wednesday

We’re all freezing here in Central PA, and everyone’s looking for ways to stay warm.

So yesterday, I set out to learn some fun tips and trivia about the cold – and I was pretty interested in what I discovered. I learned a lot about the cold and how we all react to it.

So I want to share that with you so that you don’t end up freezing your buns off this weekend.

  • Pets should be kept indoors when possible and dogs should be kept on a leash at all times, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Dogs lose their scent ability in snow and ice and are more likely to become lost in such conditions. 
  • Each year, snow shoveling leads to approximately 100 deaths and 11,500 injuries, according to a study by the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Ohio State University College of Medicine. Researchers recommend talking to your physician before shoveling if you are concerned and making sure to use an ergonomically designed snow shovel if shoveling is your only option.
  • It’s illegal in Pennsylvania to “warm up” your car by leaving it unattended while the engine runs. According to the Pennsylvania vehicle code, Chapter 37, Section 3701: “No person driving or in charge of a motor vehicle shall permit the vehicle to stand unattended without placing the gear shift lever in a position which under the circumstances impedes the movement of the vehicle, stopping the engine, locking the ignition in vehicles so equipped, removing the key from the ignition and, when standing upon any grade, turning the front wheels to the curb or side of the highway and effectively setting the brake.”
  • Eating “warm, high-calorie foods such as hot pasta dishes” helps keep you warm during cold periods, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration.
  • The lowest temperature ever recorded in Pennsylvania was minus 42 degrees, recorded Jan. 5, 1904, in Smethport, McKean County, according to the U.S. National Climatic Data Center.
  • If you’re a runner or jogger, the Mayo Clinic said it’s fine to continue with your exercise regiment, recommending layering and making sure to keep your arms, fingers, legs and toes warm. But, the clinic warns, “Exercising when it’s cold and raining can make you more vulnerable to the cold. If you get soaked, you may not be able to keep your core body temperature high enough, and layering won’t help if your clothes are wet.”
  • The American Red Cross recommends leaving the thermostat untouched during these periods of below- normal temperatures, saying that while the heating bill may increase, it could save you a more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.

Snowflake season

Most times, it’s hard to see the individual snowflakes amidst the snow pile. Snowflakes never seemed like individual things of beauty, but rather just part of a larger, mushy mess.

But not this year so far. This year, it seems like the snow has gone from huge piles of mushy white snow to fluffy, individual flakes.

I’m serious.  Take a look, ignoring the reflection:

photoI can actually see the individual patterns and lattice work that goes into each crystal.

I have to admit, despite my hatred of snow that’s it’s very refreshing. It makes it a little nicer to start your day off seeing it.

We got about 1.5 inches yesterday in the area, not too much, but enough to be messy and a pain.

Do you have any snow photos? Send them in – awislock@dailyitem.com!

Snow madness in the Valley!

It’s winer-mixing here in the Valley. A fine mix of snow and rain is coating many roads and surfaces, leaving the first significant snowfall we’ve seen here.

We’ve previously just had a dusting, though that was bad enough, in my opinion.

Anyway, everyone’s celebrating and/or complaining, depending on their point of view.

Here’s some scenes from around the area this morning:

This isn’t from PA, but I couldn’t resist:

— RTV6 Indianapolis (@rtv6) November 26, 2013

First snow of the year, ughhhh.

photoWell I woke up to a very unpleasant surprise today:  snow.

I don’t like snow. It’s cold, it requires a lot of maintenance and it’s messy. And it’s already started.

I don’t think I can take four months of this, people!

Anyway, the Valley got it’s first dusting last night, and it was coating cars (including mine, at right). Yards were also displaying a fine layer of the white stuff.

This really signals the end of fall and pumpkins and mums and the beginning of winter and cold and snow, because once you bring out the ice scraper, it’s a slippery slope to shoveling your own parking space out of snow mounds and putting a lawn chair in its place to ensure no one takes your spot.

These are the things that we in the northeast think about, people in warmer climates.

Other people were taking to social media to talk about their snow experience this morning. Here’s some more snow tweets from across the region:


And someone after my own heart:

Snow progression

Here’s my attempt at some time lapse phtoography.

It shows the progression of the snow storm outside our office window on Market Street. I took photos beginning at 1 p.m. at about every half hour.

(Note: I had an early photo showing barely there snow, but accidentally deleted it – whoops!)

Anyway, enjoy – and send me your snow photos!

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Snow days!

It’s supposed to snow big here in the Valley today, so make sure to send me your snow pictures – I’ll post them here!

As I’ve previously discussed, I’m not a huge fan of snow – but I’m excited to see what it looks like across the area when the two to four inches hits us this afternoon.

And apparently a lot of people in the area are big fans of snow:


Keep checking at  dailyitem.com for updates on snow conditions and any road closings, and I’ll let you know what I’m seeing out and about tomorrow.



If I have one complaint about winter it’s the snow.  The stuff that turns the streets of Central PA into a nightmare for drivers and ruins your new pants and shoe.

[Note, “snow” is not to be confused with my sister’s adorable cockapoo, “Snowball.”]

And it looks like we’re already into snow season – oh joy.

But if there’s one thing I do love about snow – it’s that it makes for some cute pictures.

There’s nothing better than taking pictures in front of a snowy field all bundled up or more beautiful than seeing a barn and farm covered under a layer of white.

I’ll definitely be posting my favorite snow scenes from around the Valley here – and please send me your snow photos – I’ll post them here so we can compare vantage points.

So bundle up and break out the smartphone – winter has arrived in Pennsylvania!