| 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...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Snow in Connecticut is as common as the head cold.
Amid our sizable inventory of snowstorms, however, there are a shovelful that stand out for reasons as diverse as their intensity, size, duration, timing, early or late arrival, even their political...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 1:04 PM
Fifty years ago this month I joined Uncle Sam's Army.
In December of 1963, weeks shy of my 19th birthday, I came to the decision that it was time to take a bold step. I needed to grow up.
I figured the best way to do that was to join the military....
| Jan 27, 2014
| 12:52 PM
Oak Park and River Forest's elementary public school districts have announced classes will be canceled Tuesday amid dangerous weather conditions.
Oak Park Elementary School District 97, Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 and River Forest...
| 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...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 2:30 PM
Christmas makes old men of us all, particularly the women, who grow grumpy and put-upon because most of the holiday prep falls to them. Christmas is a glorious celebration till it gets its claws into you. If you're not too careful, you grow cynical over...
| 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 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 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...