Report: Winter Texans are coming back, and they’ve already spent $1B
Welcome Home RGV partnered with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Data and Information Systems Center to compile the report. The report showed that this season Winter Texans and visiting family and friends contributed an estimated $1.2 billion in expenditures to the local economy. The report broke down those numbers as $825.3 million spent by winter visitors and $360.9 million “was spent by their guests for food, travel, entertainment, lodging, etc.,” according to the report. “The winter Texans of today are a lot younger than they’ve ever been. Even though the 2021-22 Winter Texan season has come to an end, Collier said the Valley is now entering the “converted Texan” season, a term given to Winter Texans who decided to remain in the Valley permanently.myrgv.com
In ‘Against the Ice,’ Actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Is Not in King’s Landing Anymore
The Netflix film tells the true story of an early 20th-century explorer and his engineer fighting to survive in the Arctic. We talked to the ‘Game of Thrones’ star about what it was like filming on location in Greenland and Iceland in extreme conditions.outsideonline.com
Olympians worry as 'Winter' disappears from Winter Games
Ski racers settling into the start gate for Alpine World Cup events in the Rocky Mountains in early December squinted through sunshine that carried the temperature toward 50 degrees and glanced down at a course covered with pristine — and manufactured — snow. If they looked up and across the way, beyond the finish line, they saw adjacent hills that were brown and barren as can be, with nary a trace of powder or any indication that this was a setting for athletes who would be heading to the Beijing Olympics that begin Feb. 4. It is a troubling reality and — given their own reliance on the production of snow, continent-hopping flights powered by diesel fuel and other environment-unfriendly offshoots of their careers — hard-to-reconcile push-and-pull for many of those who will be competing in Alpine skiing or freestyle skiing or snowboarding or Nordic combined events or other outdoor sports that helped put the disappearing “Winter” in Winter Games.news.yahoo.com
British white supremacist, initially sentenced to read Austen and Dickens, imprisoned on two-year bid
Ben John, who had been described as an extremist with neo-Nazi sympathies by British police, was originally told to read grea works of English literature before his sentence was overturned.washingtonpost.com
Beat winter break boredom with free DIY activities
Looking for a way to beat the hit and keep your kids engaged during the Winter holiday break? There are some thing you can do without breaking the bank that can keep them entertained for hours. Spin Master is a leading global children’s entertainment company best known for award-winning brands PAW Patrol, Bakugan, Kinetic Sand, Air Hogs, Rubik’s Cube and GUND, and is the toy licensee for other popular properties.
Big California storm dumps snow, drenches parched regions
Winter arrived early in Northern California with wind, rain and snow that was expected to intensify Monday as forecasters warned that mountain passes will probably be closed to traffic and areas burned by wildfires could face rockslides and mudslides following an especially warm and dry fall across the U.S. West. The multiday storm, a powerful “atmospheric river” weather system that is sucking up moisture from the Pacific Ocean, raised the threat of flooding and was expected to dump more than 8 feet (2.4 meters) of snow on the highest peaks in California and Nevada and drench other parts of the two states before it moves on midweek, forecasters said. “This is a pretty widespread event,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Anna Wanless in Sacramento. “Most of California, if not all, will see some sort of rain and snow.”news.yahoo.com
Astonishing early winter heat grips U.S., Canada and shatters records
A widespread and intense heatwave is roasting large portions of the U.S. and Canada, shattering daily and monthly temperature records. Why it matters: Winter is the fastest-warming season across the U.S., and the lingering warmth is shortening the snow season in places like Colorado and Montana, where mountain snowpack is a critical source of water during the summer months. Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.The big picture: On Wednesday, British Columbianews.yahoo.com
Austin family sues city and CPD, accusing cops of mistakenly barging into home and pointing guns at 2 young girls, dad, grandfather
A family who lives in the South Austin neighborhood says Chicago police barged into their home in August 2019 without a warrant and in search of a vague description of a Black man with a gun. Instead, a civil lawsuit the family’s attorney filed in federal civil court Tuesday claims the officers pointed their guns at the family and their two young girls, traumatizing them and violating their Fourth Amendment rights.chicagotribune.com
Despite 20% of generators failing during Winter Storm Uri, city officials proclaim ‘infrastructure performed well’
Natural disasters, whether it’s a vicious hurricane or a crippling winter storm, they force municipalities and agencies into management mode. While managing the unpredictable is challenging, the approach is straightforward.
Retail stocks to watch after February's larger-than-expected sales decline
The SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT) closed down 2% on Tuesday, reflecting the decline. Winter appeared to be a contributor, but with an approaching economic reopening, stimulus and spring weather, retail may bounce back, TradingAnalysis.com founder Todd Gordon told CNBC's "Trading Nation" on Tuesday. "It was set from a high-water mark from the prior reading," he said of February's larger-than-expected drop. Gina Sanchez, founder and CEO of Chantico Global, said analysts always expected higher retail growth in the spring than the winter. When it came to the reopening, Sanchez was focused on stocks of companies offering various consumer services.cnbc.com
Public Utility Commission of Texas holds open meeting addressing top-of-mind topics like water and electricity
The Public Utility Commission of Texas, or P.U.C., held a meeting Wednesday with a number of items on their agenda pertaining to the failure of the Texas Power Grid. However, before the meeting kicked off, P.U.C. Commissioner Arthur C. D’Andrea stated the agency’s commitment to serving Texas. Agenda Item 16 stated they would discuss the investigation into the winter storm fiasco. However, no details of any investigation were revealed, although, officials did discuss the plausibility of an audit of energy used and prices paid by consumers.
Time to switch power providers? Why waiting until after the Texas electricity crisis could be costly
Not because it will get anyone’s lights on faster, but because residents and business owners could be out a lot of money if some electricity providers start to fold in the days ahead. CenterPoint said customers without power should be prepared to have no power for several more days. - These conditions in the electric industry mean we will likely start to see some retail electric providers (These are the companies you pay for electricity.) That is what the retail electric providers pay to get it. Some electric providers are telling customers to please leave... even offering $100 off their last electric bills to encourage customers to go somewhere else.
Boil water notice: This is what people are saying as water service issues persist across Texas
HOUSTON – Some cities have issued boil water notices and others have had to shut off water service across the Houston area. For some people, this is in addition to power outages, leaving many with lots to say on social media. Here are some of the things people are saying on social media about the ongoing situation. a being able to complete basic hygienic activities without the use of water. #texaswinterstorm #TexasWeather #boilwater pic.twitter.com/jZEIiq22VC — haydenj (@haydenj1228) February 17, 2021#Texas #BoilWater noticeHopefully the power will be on so you can have safe water to drink.#WaterIsLife https://t.co/3ff4ZuZPTy — JenniferC (@JenniferCWA) February 17, 2021
PHOTOS: Texans face an ice storm that’s left millions of people without power
A major winter storm affected the entire state. Texas Tribune photographers around the state headed out to record this winter storm. Credit: Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas TribuneSouth Austin after a severe snow storm dropped temperatures in the single digits. The severe snow storm blanketed roads and dropped temperatures into the single digits across various parts of Austin and Texas. Credit: Evan L'Roy/The Texas TribuneA road covered in snow in McKinney after a winter storm that affected the entire state.
Electricity off? Here are 8 ways to stay warm if your power is out
HOUSTON – If you’re realizing the power is out and you want to do all you can to stay warm, here are some ways you could use to avoid the cold. Layers, layers, layersDon’t just put a coat on. Get in your car (But NOT in your garage)If you’re cold and nothing seems to work inside your home, get in your car and idle it in your driveway. FireplacesNatural gas fireplaces and wood fireplaces are a good option for keeping a few of your main rooms warm without power. Be sure to make sure your flue is open so gas and smoke can escape from your home through your home’s chimney.
PHOTOS: Kids of all ages enjoy the extreme winter weather across Southeast Texas
HOUSTON – See just some of the photos people have shared of themselves enjoying the winter weather across Southeast Texas. A viewer-submitted photo as shared on Feb. 15, 2021. (Copyright 2021 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.) A viewer-submitted photo as shared on Feb. 15, 2021. (Copyright 2021 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.)
This is what the winter storm looks like across Texas
Two people play in the snow in San Antonio, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021. Snow and ice blanketed large swaths of the U.S. on Sunday, prompting canceled flights, making driving perilous and reaching into areas as far south as Texas’ Gulf Coast, where snow and sleet were expected overnight. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)(Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
How counties in Houston area are preparing roads ahead of winter storm
HOUSTON – The Texas Department of Transportation says they will start pre-treating roads, highways, and overpasses across the Houston area in the next 24 hours. They are waiting for roads to dry before starting the treatment process. “The more prepared our citizens can be the better off we are going to be,” said Meghan Arthur, a public information officer for Montgomery County. “We are expecting to see ice on ground level roadways as well,” said Emily Black, who is with the Texas Department of Transportation. The weather has already caused problems in Montgomery County.
Houston-area forecast: Spring is out, winter is back in
After almost breaking a record Thursday afternoon with temperatures hitting 80 degrees in Houston, winter is back. The weather is now cloudy, chilly, and damp. Jackets and umbrellas are a must as scattered showers and chilly temperatures will last all of Friday. Expect seasonable weather for Super Bowl Weekend. The long-range forecast features a cold front next week that could bring in a cold winter blast for next week.
Houston-area forecast: Jackets For A Winter Chill
Cooler air is spilling into Southeast Texas and temperatures are dipping to the coldest we’ve seen in a few weeks! After waking up to temperatures in the mid 30s to low 40s, Thursday afternoon will be chilly in the upper 50s to low 60s. A cold front could trigger a few light rain showers Saturday afternoon and evening but no significant rain is expected. Temperatures ahead of the front will be warm in the 70s Saturday afternoon and cooler behind the front in the 60s Sunday afternoon. Overall weekend weather looks pleasant and features more sunshine compared to last weekend.
Houston dermatologist shares 3 skincare myths to avoid this winter
HOUSTON – If better skin is your goal for 2021, dermatologist Dr. Sherry Ingraham shares the top skincare myths you should avoid. MYTH#1: YOU DON’T HAVE TO USE SUNSCREEN IN THE WINTERThis is not true, sunscreen in the winter is a MUST! To avoid “AWT,” or after washing tightness, wash your face only once daily, and in the evening when possible. PRODUCTS: CERAVE FACIAL CLEANSER OR MICELLAR WATERMYTH#3: ACNE IS CAUSED BY DIRT OR A DIRTY FACENO!! Washing more is not necessarily better, and can irritate dry winter skin.
TxDOT says efforts already underway to combat wintry weather expected this weekend
HOUSTON – KPRC 2′s Andy Cerota spoke with a TxDOT representative Danny Perez about the wintry weather expected this weekend, as well as efforts to mitigate its effect throughout the Houston area. Perez said a substance called brine -- made of salt and water -- is currently being spread on some area roadways ahead of the weekend weather. Crews are wrapping up pre-treating for the potential for wintry weather this weekend in the Northwest portion of Harris County. This treatment is being done as a precaution in case the area is impacted by wintry weather this weekend. pic.twitter.com/M2aC016ccs — TxDOT- HOU District (@TxDOTHouston) January 8, 2021To watch his full interview, check back to this story for the video.
Houston-area forecast: Sweater weather this weekend
HOUSTON – Cold air has settled into Southeast Texas and will be sticking around for a while. We are in the beginning of the longest stretch of cold weather that has hit Houston so far this season. As we head into late Sunday, temperatures will start to drop and wintry precipitation will be getting close to Southeast Texas! Sunday NightAccumulations will be insignificant in Southeast Texas but snow will accumulate north and northwest of our area. Weekend Travel WeatherAfter Sunday’s rain/snow mix event, the rest of the ten day forecast shows a cooler than normal start with plenty of sunshine for the week ahead.
What to know about Tonight’s Great Conjunction
Welcome to Winter as the solstice occurred at 4:02am this morning and just in time for the world to witness the Great Conjunction this evening of Saturn and Jupiter! Where and When to LookWith a clear evening forecast and temperatures right around 60°, we are in for a treat. When it gets dark, simply look southwest, below the moon, and you’ll see the two planets appear almost as one. They “set” at 8:30pm so make sure to look before then and, if you use binoculars or a telescope you’ll even be able to pick out Jupiter’s moons and Saturn’s rings! Enjoy and feel free to send any great pics my way via email or post on Click2pins!
What to know about the Tuesday Nor’Easter
Our high temperatures this week don’t make it above 60° until Friday and lows hover around 40° each morning! Here’s the synoptic map and you can see that low:Next System coming across TexasThe low moves across and picks up Gulf moisture becoming a Nor’Easter heading to the Mid-Atlantic. New American model runs indicate 6-12 inches of snow from Pennsylvania to New England. What does a Nor’Easter have to do with us? A new system moves through Saturday and yet another may be visiting around Christmas.
Jewish family’s painting looted by Nazis in 1933 is returned
The painting, discovered in an upstate New York museum, was part of a cache of art seized by the Nazis from the Mosse family in Berlin in 1933. (AP Photo/Michael Hill)(AP) – A painting of two young, 19th-century skaters that was looted by Nazis from a Jewish family in 1933 and recently discovered at a small museum in upstate New York was returned Thursday after 87 years. “The Mosse family lost nearly everything because they were Jews. Hoffmann heads the Mosse Art Research Initiative, a university-based collaboration involving Mosse heirs and German public cultural institutions. Federal authorities were contacted as Mosse Art Restitution Project manager J. Eric Bartko was working to get the painting returned from the museum.
Arctic blast to bring week of below freezing temps to eastern US
The next five to seven days generally are going to bring unseasonably low temperatures to the eastern two-thirds of the US, with a first chilly round hitting Friday and a second, colder Arctic blast coming later. Friday's cold snap could bring below-freezing temperatures to some places. Wind gusts in Boston are reaching 25 to 35 mph and will bring wind chills into the 20s as well, the NWS said. "The Great Lakes are no longer ice covered, so here comes the Lake Effect snow again," the National Weather Service said. Temperatures are expected to rebound a bit in the East over the weekend, but colder air will be coming.
Try these 5 things to make a beautiful Fall garden in Houston
HOUSTON - Cooler temperatures are a sign it's time to get outside and spruce up your garden. You can plant greens every two to three weeks to harvest greens from October thru April. Fall is the peak time to plant herbs of all kindsHerbs love the cooler, less humid climate of fall and winter. Plant winter annuals NOWMany annuals that don't love our heat & humidity will perform beautifully all winter here. Plan your 2020 garden NOWGather seed catalogs, a planting calendar, Bob Randall's Houston Gardening Book.
Wacky weather makes for a Winter like none before
The weather the past few weeks has not produced what most would call normal conditions. Balmy temperatures in the Northeast, heavy flooding out West, and deadly twisters in the South and Midwest have many Americans wondering why Spring-like conditions are turning up in December. Mark Strassmann has a report on the cause of this strange weather.cbsnews.com
11/11: Wintry blast continues battering U.S.; A soldier's fight to end suicide among veterans
11/11: Wintry blast continues battering U.S.; A soldier's fight to end suicide among veterans Winter weather is wreaking havoc on America's heartland. As WCCO's Jamie Yuccas reports, it's expected to send temperatures below freezing in every state except Hawaii and Florida; And, every day, 22 veterans commit suicide -- more than 8,000 per year. Mark Strassmann talks with Lt. Justin Fitch, a soldier battling colon cancer and spending what time he has left to keep other soldiers alive.cbsnews.com