| Jan 26, 2014
| 4:00 PM
Lake Michigan appeared frozen solid along the North Shore in the winter of 1899. The lake's frozen appearance masked the fact that ice thickness ranged from as deep as three feet to razor thin. The lake's waves pulsed under those who ventured on the ice...
| Mar 9, 2014
Chicago's third-coldest winter has contributed to the deaths of 26 people so far, nearly 50 percent more fatalities than the entire season's average in recent years, according to numbers provided by the Cook County medical examiner's office.
| Jan 29, 2014
As we battle subzero temperatures here in Chicago, it's clear that there are the two distinct groups of humans:
One group knows how to dress for Chicago in January. And the other group? They shall be known as the Wanton Scarfists.
You can spot the...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 6:06 PM
Pages from a winter diary:
Dec. 8: Snow!
Is there any more joyful sight than big flakes falling from the sky in the weeks before Christmas? Walking the dog is like stepping into a Currier & Ives lithograph, with carriage horses trotting through the...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 12:11 PM
They are called snow rollers and they look like something out of a Stephen King travel guide to the Arctic Circle -- weird, cylindrical snow formations created in the middle of nowhere without the benefit of human touch.
And the sight of them provides...
| Feb 20, 2014
Letters to the editor from Bartlett, Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Hinsdale, Lyons and Elmhurst.
With college tuition numbers reaching stratospheric heights for young adults, a question for these institutions of higher learning needs to be...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 11:11 AM
A frigid weather system called the polar vortex gripped much of the Midwest on Monday as temperatures dropped to near-record, subzero lows, canceling school classes, grounding thousands of airline flights and prompting authorities to urge residents to...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 6:28 PM
I went out early Tuesday to have a look at the "polar vortex," the latest forecasting catch phrase to emanate from the people who bring us the weather.
The first time I heard it was last week, and it reminded me of that "Saturday Night Live" skit in...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 1:50 PM
As a born and raised Rochestarian, trust me when I say, I know snow.
With Rochester being a 15-minute drive away from Lake Ontario, an hour east of Buffalo and less than two hours from Canada, I've had my fair share of encounters with snow and all its...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 10:26 AM
It is bright and bone-chillingly cold out this Tuesday afternoon as a section of the polar vortex tickles the Hampton Roads region. Daily Press reporters and photographers have posted photos of people enduring the cold, but my colleague Mike Holtzclaw...
| Jan 5, 2014
| 6:53 PM
A dangerous cold front was expected to bring the Chicago area to a crawl Monday, with a flurry of school closings, flight and train cancellations and calls for the public to avoid temperatures expected to drop to at least 10 below zero.
| Jan 4, 2014
| 2:51 PM
The new year is here, and 2014 promises to be annoying on many levels. There will be much hot air about the mid-term elections, the Florida governor's race and who will run for president in 2016. The Super Bowl might be played in a blizzard, and the...