Clever video shows how a beautifully intricate snowflake gets formed

Here's a clever video that shows the "formation" of a snowflake. It's actually footage of a snowflake melting but it's played in reverse so it seems like we're seeing the birth of a snowflake. But even though it uses that bit of trickery, it's such a beautiful process to see. I wish we could see it in real life. » 12/08/14 10:55pm 12/08/14 10:55pm

How Long Will I Be Stuck in This Airport? A Thanksgiving Travel Forecast

If you're one of the tens of thousands of people who are trapped in one of the United States' many fine airports on this Thanksgiving Eve, you may find yourself wondering when the hell you're going to get out of here and on to your destination. Here's a quick forecast for your (eventual) departure. » 11/26/14 4:57pm 11/26/14 4:57pm

Lake Effect Snow: How Nature's Greatest Snow Machine Works

The above photo, taken from a plane above Buffalo yesterday by photographer Jeff Suhr, shows the brutal lake effect snow storm in effect over Western New York right now. Some areas are expecting up to six feet of snow by the end of the week. These snowstorms are among the most intense in the world, and the processes… » 11/19/14 8:28am 11/19/14 8:28am

This Will Be the Warmest Puffy Parka Short of Everest-Level Gear

At a Columbia Sportswear event in Denver earlier this month, the company gave a sneak-peek at what it's claiming is the warmest puffy jacket on the planet that doesn't make you look like a parade balloon. It probably still can't compare to what's needed to tackle an Everest ascent, but for the rest of us it could make… » 11/17/14 2:00pm 11/17/14 2:00pm

The Arctic is such a gorgeously pure wonderland

Labor Day is near so summer is just about wrapped up which means the idea of cold and winter is just beginning to percolate. And the best part about winter is thinking about it. When you can remember the memories of holidays and taste the hot chocolate and not feel a single drop in temperature because it's not here… » 8/29/14 9:36pm 8/29/14 9:36pm

Why Fire Hydrants Don’t Freeze and Burst During Winter

The fire hydrant that we know today traces its origins back to fire plugs. Water mains that transported fresh water in a city or town used to be made of hollowed out logs buried beneath the streets. Whenever there was a fire and firefighters needed water, they dug up the cobblestone street and drilled a hole into the… » 8/12/14 5:40am 8/12/14 5:40am

Why Minneapolis Is One of America's Best Winter Biking Cities

After two days of sleet and snow, Minneapolis' Midtown Greenway looks like a wrong turn on Ice Road Truckers. Outside the Freewheel Midtown Bike Center, bundled-up fat-bike riders trace circular routes back and forth in front of the building, their barely visible eyes squinting with purpose into the gray air. » 5/08/14 10:40am 5/08/14 10:40am

NASA image and data demonstrates how hard winter has been

In case there was any doubt about it, NASA has confirmed that "ice cover this spring is significantly above normal." And with "significantly" they actually mean "are you freaking kidding me?" When the Aqua satellite passed over Lake Superior on April 20, the lake was 63.5 percent ice covered. Last year it was at 3.6 » 4/24/14 11:14am 4/24/14 11:14am

This Alaskan Frog Can Survive Getting Frozen and Thawed

While human cryogenics is still in its pie-in-the-sky, butt-of-the-joke phase, a frog that lives in Alaska's subzero temperatures can pull off a surprisingly similar feat. Scientists have now documented the wood frog surviving through its longest and coldest states ever. This frog could someday hold the key to… » 4/24/14 9:20am 4/24/14 9:20am

Learning the Lost Art of Ice Harvesting in Maine

In 1805, a twenty-three year-old Bostonian named Frederic Tudor launched a new industry: the international frozen-water trade. Over the next fifty years, he and the men he worked with developed specialized ice-harvesting tools, a global network of thermally engineered ice houses, and a business model that cleverly… » 3/13/14 3:40pm 3/13/14 3:40pm