In the dog days of winter, it’s a feat to maintain any semblance of the sanity that you take for granted the other three seasons. Although on December 21st, you may convince yourself that this year will be different, by the end of January, you’ll most likely be flipping off snowmen and telling anyone who will listen how long it takes you to thaw out your extremities. And don’t even get us started on how greasy your hair will become once you stop washing it because it’s “too damn cold.” Insanity brought on sub-zero temperatures is its own special brand of crazy. Here’s what you should expect: Keep reading »
This polar vortex is making people do all kinds of things that are totally out of character. Britney Spears is sharing insightful reflections about show business. “The Bachelor” contestants are trying to turn down roses. I’ve been wearing Uggs in public. Escaped convicts are turning themselves in because they’re envious of the heat in prison.
Well, at least one escaped convict did just that: Robert Vick of Hartford, Kentucky. Vick chose the worst possible week to escape from a minimum security prison in Lexington, and after attempting to rough it outdoors for two days as temperatures plummeted, Vick finally had enough. He walked into a motel and asked the clerk to call the police and ask them to please, for the love of God, bring him back to his warm jail cell. Police were more than happy to comply with Vick’s request, and today he’s nice and toasty again, albeit behind bars and with a much longer sentence ahead of him. I might normally file this in the “dumb criminal” category, but as I sit here typing this with a knit beanie and a scarf on, my only response is: I feel you, bro, and if your cell is any warmer than my office, make room, because I’m about to come join you. [People]
When Washington-based photographer Angela Kelly saw that the local temperatures were dropping to just 14 degrees last week, she had an idea. She grabbed her camera, her seven-year-old son, and a bunch of soapy water, and went outside to blow bubbles. What happened next was amazing. The smaller bubbles would freeze mid-air and then shatter to the ground. The larger bubbles froze more slowly, allowing Kelly to capture a bunch of incredible shots.
“We noted how they would freeze completely before the sun rose but that once the sun was in view they would defrost along the tops or cease freezing altogether,” Kelly told KOMO News. “We also noted how they would begin to deflate and implode in on themselves making them look like alien shapes or in some cases shatter completely leaving them to look like a cracked egg.”
Check out a few more shots after the jump and the rest at the link. [KOMONews.com] [All photos by Angela Kelly] Keep reading »
The Nor’easter threatening the already-battered Atlantic Coast is weakening, but New York and New Jersey are still ordering evacuations ahead of the storm, which is already pelting Washington with ice and stirring seas as high as 7.5 feet off New York. In New York City, parks and beaches have been closed, construction halted, and 770 flights canceled; those in nursing homes and low-lying waterfront areas have been ordered to evacuate in New York and New Jersey. FEMA is ready to respond if necessary, Reuters reports. Read more…
Fact: dressing oneself gets more and more difficult as the year progresses. While as little clothing as possible is always a safe bet for those middle months, come October every single outfit must be chosen with the day’s forecast in mind … and we know full well that a numerical temperature and, like, an icon of a cloud does absolutely nothing for the situation at hand. What we really want it to tell us is: how many layers should we wear? Is it a wool tights day, or a jeans day? Do we need a scarf? Gloves? A hat? There are just so many variables, and there’s obviously a demand for this type of service (right?). I was just about ready to create the solution myself. Keep reading »
Honestly, I was just kind of looking for an excuse to use the word inclement — one of my favorites — and this study seemed like the perfect vehicle. But also, it contains important findings about inclement weather and how it makes people horny. Research done by Trojan found that about 70 percent of Americans had done it during a tornado, thunderstorm or hurricane. You know what that means, kids. Along with the candles, bottled water and canned beans, you’d best be adding some [Trojan] condoms to your emergency survival kit because you’ll need to be prepared to entertain yourself while locked in the storm cellar. If only I had someone, besides my television, to keep me company during Hurricane Irene. Oh well, there will be other storms in my future I suppose. [CBS Tampa]
My tropical storm has a first name, it’s F-A-B-I-O! But really you guys, the latest weather system ravaging its way across the Pacific is named Fabio. So far the storm doesn’t pose a threat to any land besides a tiny island, so you don’t have to feel weird about any sexual feelings this swirling mass of wind and rain might be bringing up for you. Apparently “Fabio” has been on the World Meteorological Organization’s list of storm names since 1982, when it replaced “Fico,” the name of a particularly devastating hurricane. According to The Weather Channel, 1982′s Hurricane Fabio “followed a path similar to the one expected for this year’s Fabio, staying well offshore. Afterward, Fabio returned every six years. Storms named Fabio brought locally heavy rainfall to Hawaii as remnant lows in 1988, 1994, and 2006, while the 2000 version of Fabio was a tropical storm that affected no land.”
As much as I like to think the storm-naming meteorologists had a thing for bodice rippers, the Weather Channel points out, “Fabio’s first appearance on the cover of a romance novel was for Hearts Aflame in 1987…So it would appear that ‘Fabio’ the storm came before ‘Fabio’ the model and actor.” [The Weather Channel]
Tomorrow, it’s supposed to be 106 degrees in New York City, so I can really relate to this apocalyptic weather report. This weekend might be rough, but it’s nothing compared to what’ll happen once Godzilla comes up off the coast. What a heat wave! [YouTube]
Last week, before his appearance on “Bachelor Pad” last night or the news that he’s teaming up with Donald Trump for a reality series that sounds like far too wholesome (concept: Bret helps people “overcome their problems”), Bret Michaels had another TV gig. On the Weather Channel. Apparently, he did a little storm chasing for the network, showing footage taken out of his tour bus window. “This is Bret Michaels. I am on tour and heading into one of the most insane storms I’ve ever seen,” he says. “You’ve got to see this lightning, check it out. Woah. The wind’s gotta be blowing at least 40 mph. All kinds of insane lightning strikes. This is awesome. Scary, but cool.” He also took footage from his private plane as they flew over Omaha. “The only thing you’re seeing is rooftops of some of these buildings. Bridges gone,” he said. “A lot of good people here, including my sisters, they’ve been hit hard by the flooding. So let’s hope for the best.” Indeed. Maybe he and Donald can make that their first stop? [Hollywood Reporter] Keep reading »
Spring, please don’t be a tease. The groundhog said you were just around the corner, so, I beg of you, don’t dilly-dally there for too long — we’re ready and waiting for all your bountiful gifts. Allow us to sing your praises! Here are the 21 reasons we’re super psyched for spring; add your own in the comments — maybe all the love will encourage spring to get here quicker? Keep reading »