More daylight in New England may take a bite out of crime

A commission in Massachusetts is considering a permanent switch from the Eastern Time Zone to the Atlantic Time Zone — a move that would preserve more evening daylight in the winter months, could lead to economic and health benefits, and may cut back on crime according to a Cornell University economist. Nicholas Sanders, an assistant […]

Researchers unlock genetic clues to help grapes survive winter

Months before northern vineyards burst into their lush summer peak, the delicate grape buds holding the nascent fruit in its tiny core must first withstand the freezing onslaught of winter. Understanding how grape buds respond to subzero temperatures is of paramount concern to vineyard managers in New York and other northerly grape-producing states. Horticulturists have […]

Eight ways to get ready for the next big winter storm

Winter Storm Stella, a nor’easter that blasted across the Northeast and Midwest, claimed several lives. At least some of those deaths were a result of physical exertion from snow removal. Keith Tidball, an expert in emergency response at Cornell University, recommends eight things to do immediately to prepare families for future storms, disasters and emergencies. […]

Tips to safely share the road with snow plows

David Orr, director and senior engineer at the Cornell Local Roads Program provides safe driving tips on how to safely navigate the roads with snow plows during winter weather. Orr says: “As snow hits New York State and the Northeast, there are a few things all motorists should remember. Whether an emergency has been declared […]

Stella snowstorm to slam NYC, may not be last time this winter

  Cities along the Northeast coast, including New York City, are preparing for more than a foot of snow and strong winds as Winter Storm Stella moves in. Mark Wysocki, a meteorologist who specializes in forecasting and weather analysis at the Northeast Regional Climate Center, expects blizzard conditions to arrive Tuesday morning, and says this […]

A look at the epic Blizzard of ’77, by the numbers

Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of the Blizzard of ’77. Jessica Spaccio, a climatologist with the NOAA-funded Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, looks back at what is considered one of the region’s snowiest seasons on record. Bio: http://www.eas.cornell.edu/people/research.cfm?netid=jlr98 Spaccio says: “On Jan. 28, winds were above 35 mph for nine consecutive hours and […]

Take It Outside: A cold weather stroll with President Garrett to promote healthy winter activities

WHAT: Winter walk with President Elizabeth Garrett WHEN:  Sunday, Nov. 15, 9:30 a.m. WHERE: Beebe Lake, starting and ending at Appel Commons MEDIA: The event is free and open to the public. Media members are asked to RSVP to Daryl Lovell in Cornell’s Media Relations Office at 607-254-4799 or dal296@cornell.edu. ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell President Elizabeth Garrett, Provost Mike […]

What will winter have in store?

Experts with the NOAA-funded Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC) at Cornell University will be available to discuss this year’s official national winter forecast. The outlook will be released at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15. Established in 1983, the NRCC works cooperatively with the National Climatic Data Center, the National Weather Service, state climate offices, and […]

National White Christmas predictions, see your chances

Jessica Spaccio, a climatologist with the NOAA-funded Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, crunched numbers from the past 50 years of weather observations – from 1964 through 2013 – to calculate the best places for snow on the ground come Christmas and a dry drive to those New Year’s Eve parties. From Alaska to […]

Storm to bring mixture of rain, sleet, snow to region

Jessica Spaccio, a climatologist with the NOAA-funded Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, reviews the forecast as a coastal storm approaches the region. Spaccio says: “A coastal storm is developing and is expected to bring accumulating snow to the Finger Lakes area. A winter storm watch is in effect from Tuesday afternoon through Thursday […]