Philadelphia building transformed into beautiful, ice-encased fortress after fire

Philadelphia building transformed into beautiful, ice-encased fortress after fire

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A Philadelphia-area business that burned on Saturday morning is now an ice castle after brutally cold temperatures froze the water used to battle the blaze

Joe’s Auto Body in Frankford caught fire around 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning, growing into a six-alarm fire that spread to half the block due to high winds. Besides the gusts, the extremely cold temps — from the upper teens to the low 20s — made fighting the fire a challenge for first responders. Three people, including a firefighter, were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries Read more…

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All the groundhogs say it will be an early spring

All the groundhogs say it will be an early spring

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Okay, campers, rise and shine and feel free to leave your booties at home because it’s not going to be cold for much longer.

This morning, the famous weather-predicting groundhog Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, thereby predicting an early spring season, according to local news station WKYC.

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The prediction is somewhat historic, as Phil has only failed to see his shadow 18 times since 1887.

Phil isn’t the only one, eitherStaten Island’s weather groundhog, Chuck, also failed to see his shadow

Since 1988, Punxsutawney Phil’s predictions have been correct 13 times and incorrect 15 times. Read more…

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21 ways to entertain your kids during bad weather

21 ways to entertain your kids during bad weather

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As a child snow days are exciting — the possibility of TV, pajamas all day, cookies, no school

But as a parent, the prospect can be a little more grim — messes, yelling, everyone eating your cookies and a 10-hour loop of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. It makes you have newfound respect for Ma Ingalls, who had four kids in a dugout with no iPads and no pizza delivery.

Here is a list of things to do with your kids (mostly) indoors, to weather any storm.

1. Make a house out of a cardboard box. Even if you only have small boxes, markers, paper, scissors and glue can transform them into robots, dollhouses or boats.

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How to prepare for the major snowstorm expected to thrash the East Coast this weekend

How to prepare for the major snowstorm expected to thrash the East Coast this weekend

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A major, potentially life-threatening winter storm could bring feet of snow to millions of people living along the east coast of the United States starting Friday.

Forecasters have issued a blizzard warning for Washington, D.C., and blizzard watches for New York City, Philadelphia and other cities along a swath of the coast. It’s also possible that the storm could cause coastal flooding and bring power outages to some areas along its path, possibly leaving people without power for hours or days

According to the National Weather Service, the storm could bring “heavy snow and blowing snow that will cause dangerous conditions and will be a threat to life and property” in D.C. Read more…

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December was the UK's wettest and warmest month on record

December was the UK’s wettest and warmest month on record

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LONDON — December was the wettest month of any calendar month on record in the UK, according to new statistics released by the Met Office on Tuesday. In addition, December came in as the warmest such month on record, with the monthly average “closer to those normally experienced during April or May,” the Met Office said.

The update won’t come as a big surprise to the thousands of home and business owners impacted by flooding in December, which the Prime Minister David Cameron has called “unprecedented.”

Persistent rainfall throughout the month from storms Desmond, Eva and Frank saturated the ground, swelling rivers to record levels in northern England, Scotland and Wales. Severe rain warnings were still in place on Tuesday for parts of the UK, with forecasters expecting an active North Atlantic storm track to stay in place for at least the next one to two weeks Read more…

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