February 9, 1986 |
If you were born in California, you may appreciate my fondness for winter--just about the only thing we don't get enough of in our golden state. For me, our endless summer becomes more like a siege by this time of year. When the weatherman says that it's going to be another great weekend, I groan, wishing for the contrast of rain or cold before spring and sunshine are upon us. But the weather does its best not to cooperate with my wishes.
May 27, 2013 |
It's the season when triple digits are about to become a regular occurrence, yet a certain Las Vegas attraction, Minus5 , is promising “365 more days of winter.” That's actually true given the temperature at both locations - the Monte Carlo and the Shoppes at Mandalay Place - is kept at a constant minus-5 degrees Celsius. That's 23 degrees Fahrenheit, which ensures that the blocks of ice from which everything is carved - the walls, bars and elaborate sculptures - remain frozen.
October 9, 2013 |
With a flurry of late season snow, the sale of snow sports equipment and clothing rebounded slightly last winter compared with the abysmal season the previous year. The sale of ski and snowboarding equipment and clothing reached $3.4 billion in the 2012-13 season, up 3% compared with the previous season, according to the latest report from the SnowSports Industry Assn., a trade group for ski, snowboard and apparel retailers and manufacturers. The numbers represent a slight improvement from the 2011-12 season when participation in snow sports dropped 6% over the previous year because of extremely limited snowfall.
January 9, 2012 |
In the gray light of each cold dawn, the parents of 10-month-old Shoaib hold their own breath as they listen for the rasp of his, waiting to see whether their coughing, feverish little boy has survived another night. Winter's chill has settled over the Afghan capital, and with it, privation is sharpening, especially among the city's poor. Nighttime temperatures regularly fall into the teens, or even lower. The season's first snow is on the ground, the open sewage ditches are crusted over with ice, and in shantytowns such as the one where Shoaib's family lives, survival turns on a series of cruelly simple calculations.
November 20, 2012 |
Recent storms dropped 2 inches of rain on Yosemite National Park , bringing snow to elevations above 8,000 feet and reviving one of the park's best-loved features: its waterfalls. Yosemite and Bridal Veil falls , which thunder in spring when swelled with runoff from winter snow pack, dried up in mid-October. It has been one of the driest years on record for Yosemite and the driest winter since 2007, according to a news release. "After such a dry period, seeing the waterfalls flowing again is spectacular," Park Superintendent Don Neubacher said in a statement.
July 23, 2013 |
After watching bobsledders, ski jumpers and snowboarders, spectators at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, will be able to take a thrill ride of their own at a theme park next to the Olympic village. The $300-million Sochi Adventure Park is to open in late 2013, just ahead of the Games, and continue as a year-round theme park after the Olympics end in February. Organizers envision repurposing the sporting venues, theme park, hotels, apartments and retail shops into a resort destination after the Olympics.