Winter Weather en Watch: Pittsburghers Sound Off On One Tough Winter <p>Harsh winters can be a fact of life here in Pittsburgh. This one was different, though — at least it felt that way.</p><p>Plunging temps. Frozen pipes. Endless snow. Don't forget the cavernous potholes and worrisome reports of dwindling road salt supplies.</p><p>As spring approaches (it's coming, we promise), we recently gave Pittsburghers the chance share their thoughts on these past months of wintry misery:</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:39:38 +0000 Ryan Loew 25982 at Watch: Pittsburghers Sound Off On One Tough Winter The Good & The Bad for Businesses in the Winter <p>With the abundance of cold weather, there has been no shortage of news stories about the climate, energy issues and snow-related complications.</p><p>But in addition to an increase in coverage by media outlets, many businesses that <a href="">sell winter items</a> and services are seeing a big boom in revenue. While others may see a decrease in earnings as a result of the unsettling weather.</p><p>Business contributor Rebecca Harris divides the good from the bad and shares the implications of a long winter.</p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:49:14 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24604 at The Good & The Bad for Businesses in the Winter You Think The Winter Has You Down, Try Being an Insurance Agent <p></p><p>If you walk down any street these days you are likely to hear a Pittsburgher proclaiming, “I am so ready for this winter to be over.”&nbsp; Snowfall and low temperature records have been set throughout the northeast and Pittsburgh has been averaging well below normal when it comes to thermometer readings and well above when it comes to snow.</p><p>All that has led to higher-than-normal insurance claims and Pennsylvania’s largest homeowner’s and auto insurance provider, State Farm, has been feeling the pinch.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 19:19:46 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 24599 at You Think The Winter Has You Down, Try Being an Insurance Agent Region's Low Salt Stores Stretched With Higher Temps <p><strong>UPDATE: 1:19 p.m.</strong></p><p>When Pittsburgh City Council gathered Tuesday it offered a wide range of opinions on how the Public Works Department handled the most recent storm.&nbsp; Councilwoman Darlene Harris came down on the critical side.</p><p>“This morning on the way to work, I came down what you would call an emergency route, to find a bus sideways on the street, cars stuck everywhere sideways, with a salt truck sitting there with only sand on it,” said Harris.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 12:37:25 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 24581 at Region's Low Salt Stores Stretched With Higher Temps The Pitfalls of Predicting Weather a Season in Advance <p></p><p>From the earliest years of our nation’s history there have been two books published each year to guide gardeners, cooks, housekeepers and farmer’s on a range of topics, including seasonal weather.</p><p>The <a href="">Farmer’s Almanac</a> and the <a href="">Old Farmer’s Almanac</a> include long range predictions of weather in the United States. This year, both books predicted a colder than normal winter for our area. But what about the rest of the country? How accurate are the famed Almanacs, which use centuries-old<a href=""> secret formulas</a> for predicting seasonal weather? Sat, 01 Feb 2014 01:05:19 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23720 at The Pitfalls of Predicting Weather a Season in Advance Weather Likely to Impact the Spectacle of Super Bowl XLVIII, But Not the Game <p>This Sunday, <a href="">Super Bowl XLVIII</a> pairs the AFC champion, the Denver Broncos with the NFC champion, the Seattle Seahawks.</p><p>For the first time, the big game is being played in the cold weather of a northern city, outdoors. This means there may be some snow, and temperatures are likely hover around freezing. How is the weather likely to change the game? Fri, 31 Jan 2014 23:27:21 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23718 at Weather Likely to Impact the Spectacle of Super Bowl XLVIII, But Not the Game Why the Wacky Weather? The Polar Vortex Explained <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From mild, rainy, and in the 40's Sunday, to an all-time record low of -9 Tuesday to 50 degree temperatures by end of the week. Pittsburgh is experiencing unprecedented temperature fluctuations and weather patterns. The question is what’s going on with this wacky weather. </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">John Radzilowicz</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, science expert and director of professional development at </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">ASSET-STEM</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, believes he has the answer.</span> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 19:48:58 +0000 Nick Frost 22534 at Why the Wacky Weather? The Polar Vortex Explained PWSA Gearing Up for Weather-Induced Water Main Breaks <p>Crews at the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority are gearing up for a busy week as the deep freeze sets in and is followed by a quick thaw.</p><p>“Any extreme change in temperature causes the ground to shift, and when that occurs, the lines break,” said PWSA spokeswoman Melissa Rubin. “We have an old system, we have a lot of pipe that’s 80 years old, a hundred years old. Some of them are old cast iron pipes, and they break when the ground shifts.”</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 18:26:26 +0000 Liz Reid 22458 at AAA Sees Spike in Calls During Deep Freeze <p>AAA East Central, which serves Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and New York, said they have already fielded nearly three times as many requests for assistance as they would on a typical winter day.</p><p>Bevi Powell, senior vice president for AAA East Central, said between midnight and 9 a.m. on Tuesday, the motor club federation has already serviced 1,650 requests for roadside assistance, and that most of those calls have been due to dead batteries.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 18:09:20 +0000 Liz Reid 22457 at Sub-Zero Temps Cause Disruptions, But No Major Problems in Pittsburgh Region <p>As the cold descended on the region overnight Monday, the number of warming centers open throughout Allegheny County grew.</p><p>Centers in Carnegie, Clairton, Munhall, Oakdale, Shaler, West Deer, and West Mifflin were open all night.&nbsp; Several <a href="">other location</a> in the county and five in the City of Pittsburgh were to open Tuesday morning.</p><p>Temperatures dipped as low as nine degrees below zero over night and are expected to clime to just seven above throughout the day.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 12:59:19 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 22442 at As Severe Cold Descends on Southwest PA, How to Keep You and Your Pets Safe <p>Wind chill temperatures are expected to dip to more than 30 below zero in southwestern Pennsylvania Monday night and Tuesday morning, which means exposed skin could freeze in less than 5 minutes.<br /> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 19:11:05 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 22397 at Emergency Responders Prepare for Deep Freeze <p>As the region begins to experience low temperatures not seen for nearly two decades, city and county officials are preparing for the worst.</p><p>Allegheny County has joined up with city officials to staff the Emergency Operations Center.</p><p>The Associated Press reports temperatures will continue to fall throughout the day and will not stop until hitting an expected low of nine below zero. Wind gusts of up to 30 miles an hour will result in wind chills of 31 below zero.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 17:14:52 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 22396 at