polar vortex

The frozen mist from Niagara Falls coats the landscape around Prospect Point at Niagara Falls State Park, Jan. 7, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Niagara Gazette, James Neiss)

Niagara Falls sparkles after windy deep freeze

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Niagara Falls hasn’t frozen over, but it has become an icy spectacle, thanks to a blast of arctic wind and cold that blew around and froze the mist on surfaces […]

01/10/2014

In this Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 photo, a person struggles to cross a street in blowing and falling snow as the Gateway Arch appears in the distance, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Scientists say Americans are becoming weather wimps

WASHINGTON (AP) — We’ve become weather wimps. As the world warms, the United States is getting fewer bitter cold spells like the one that gripped much of the nation this week. So when a deep […]

01/09/2014

In an image made with a fisheye lens, Marguerite Johnston uncovers her car in Grosse Pointe, Mich., Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Arctic air eases its grip on much of the US

ATLANTA (AP) — The arctic blast is easing its grip on much of the U.S., giving way to warmer, but still very chilly temperatures in many places. Winds are expected to calm Wednesday and the […]

01/08/2014

In this Dec. 6, 2012 photo provided by the U.S. Department of Defense, soldiers assigned to 6th Engineer Battalion utilize snow shoes during Arctic Light Individual Training on the Bulldog Trail in sub-zero conditions at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.  ALIT is the United States Army Alaska's Cold Weather Indoctrination program. It gives all soldiers, regardless of their job, the foundation to successfully work, train, and go to war in some of the harshest environments in the world. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Justin Connaher)

Alaskans offer 5 tips on surviving below-zero temps

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaskans know a thing or two about handling day-to-day activities in freezing temperatures, where below-zero rarely means staying inside. While people in the Lower 48 are shivering in Alaska-like temperatures this […]

01/07/2014

Pizza deliveryman Taras Sushko walks through the ice-crusted door of Nicco's Pizza in Coraopolis, Pa., on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Jesse Washington)

In one frozen town, cigarettes worth freezing for

CORAOPOLIS, Pa. (AP) — Certain essentials must be taken care of, no matter what. As a record freeze hit this small town outside Pittsburgh early Tuesday, basic needs came down to football, lottery tickets and […]

01/07/2014

A JetBlue airplane taxis to park at a gate at Logan Airport, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

JetBlue, Southwest halt some flights amid freeze

JetBlue Airways stopped all scheduled flights to and from New York and Boston on Monday, and Southwest ground to a halt in Chicago as airlines dealt with a blast of freezing temperatures that caused massive […]

01/06/2014

In an image made with a fisheye lens, Marguerite Johnston uncovers her car in Grosse Pointe, Mich., Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

5 things to know about the record-breaking freeze

CHICAGO (AP) — Much of the country grappled Monday with a historic freeze that shuttered schools and businesses at the start of the first full work week of 2014. Flights, trains and bus transportation were […]

01/06/2014

A Crestwood motorist tries to get his car moving along Watson Road in St. Louis as heavy snow falls on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen)

‘Polar vortex’ pushes subzero temps into Midwest

CHICAGO (AP) — A whirlpool of frigid, dense air known as a “polar vortex” descended Monday into much of the U.S., pummeling parts of the country with a dangerous cold that could break decades-old records […]

01/06/2014