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  • Cameron Best skies from his house across the street to Worden’s Market for a beer Friday morning as much of downtown Missoula, Mont. was deserted due to a snowstorm.

    Avalanche levels Montana houseFeb 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Cheryl McMillan, who lives near the house that was destroyed, told the Missoulian she heard a roar, but didn’t know what it was at first.“Then, when we looked again, we saw that their whole house was kind of no longer there, at least the top floor,” she said.

     
  • The bell tower at First Congregational Church in downtown Riverside, Calif. is silhouetted Saturday against cloudy skies.

    Storm continues to hammer CaliforniaFeb 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Southern California has so far been spared major damage from the powerful Pacific storm, but forecasters warn that intense rain will occur even as it begins to move east.A burst of heavy showers before dawn Saturday impacted wildfire-scarred mountainsides above foothill suburbs east of Los Angeles, causing another round of mud and debris flows in the city of Glendora.

     
  • A man Thursday places sandbags at the top of a street lined with K-rail and sandbags in Glendora, Calif., as the city and residents prepare for possible flooding. Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for 1,000 homes in two foothill suburbs east of Los Angeles in advance of a powerful storm. The cities of Glendora and Azusa issued the orders at midday Thursday for homes that could be endangered by debris flows from nearly 2,000 acres of steep mountain slopes burned by a wildfire last month. For days, both cities have been making extensive preparations including sandbagging. California received widespread rain Wednesday and early Thursday from the first of two back-to-back storms. The more powerful second storm is due overnight.

    Big storm brings new worries to CaliforniaFeb 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    The first wave of a powerful Pacific storm spread rain and snow early Friday through much of California, where communities endangered by a wildfire just weeks ago now faced the threat of mud and debris flows. The barren mountain slopes looming above neighborhoods in the foothill cities of Glendora and Azusa east of Los Angeles were still holding after the first bout of rain, said police Lt. Matt Williams.

     
  • Lorenzo Tatone, left, talks to an Azusa, Calif., police officer who is advising him of a mandatory evacuation of a street considered especially at risk as the city makes preparations for possible flooding Thursday. Tatone says he plans to stay but his daughter and grandchild are leaving. Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for 1,000 homes in Glendora and Azusa, two foothill suburbs east of Los Angeles, in advance of a powerful storm.

    California cities order evacuations ahead of stormFeb 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    California got some badly needed precipitation Thursday from a fast-moving storm that forecasters said would be followed by heavier rains and snow and the possibility of flooding and mud flows into communities near areas scarred by wildfires. Nevertheless, that’s still pretty good news for California which has been in a severe drought. However, that same storm heads next for the Midwest and East Coast.

     
  • A new winter “misery index” confirms what many Americans in the Midwest and East know in their all-too-chilled bones and snow-covered driveways: This has been one of the harshest winters of a lifetime. Detroit has been hardest hit, but Chicago, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and Moline are also in the midst of their third most extreme winters in more than 60 years, according to a winter extremity index created by a National Weather Service meteorologist.

    New index confirms it: This winter is miserableFeb 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    A new winter “misery index” confirms what many Americans in the Midwest and East know in their all-too-chilled bones and snow-covered driveways: This has been one of the harshest winters of a lifetime. Detroit has been hardest hit, but Chicago, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and Moline are also in the midst of their third most extreme winters in more than 60 years, according to a winter extremity index created by a National Weather Service meteorologist.

     
  • Drivers head north on Route 83 near Mundelein Thursday where water is overtaking the road.

    Flood warnings, wind advisory remain for suburbsFeb 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Flights to and from O’Hare International Airport resumed last night after they were halted because of the fog, and more than an inch of rain fell there, setting a record for Feb. 20. Then a high wind warning was replaced by a wind advisory, which lasts until 3 p.m. today. Also remaining today are flood warnings near rivers, including the east branch of the DuPage River at Bolingbrook.

     
  • Snow drifts over Route 176 just west of Island Lake Friday morning. Blowing and drifting snow is making many country roads icy.

    Wind to remain through 3 p.m. today, NWS predictsFeb 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Swirling winds caused some minor damages overnight, but officials from the National Weather Service said the winds will only linger until about 3 p.m. this afternoon, which could cause some hazardous commutes Friday. Officials from the National Weather Service said a low pressure system will continue into this evening, causing winds to remain gusty for all of Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana into this afternoon.

     
  • Armed with the used Montgomery Ward snowblower his wife found at a garage sale in 1985, Jim Sieburg plows a path for an elderly widow in his Des Plaines neighborhood. Sieburg, who celebrates his 57th birthday today, has been lending a hand to neighbors for decades.

    Des Plaines man takes care of all his neighbors' snowFeb 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Every neighborhood seems to have one: that kind soul who mans a snowblower to help out the elderly, sick, widowed and even healthy, fit people with snow shovels. Doing good deeds is not something he sets out to do, says Jim Sieburg, who started clearing the snow after every storm for one neighbor whose husband was sick. He used to clear another widow's drive, until she died. “I just went and did hers because she lived alone.”

     
  • Warmer temperatures mean melting snow and ice — a possible flooding.

    5 ways to keep your house from floodingFeb 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    The mountains of snow keep shrinking and the puddles keep growing. With heavy rain forecast Thursday, flooding is serious concern for suburban homeowners. Experts say a few preventive steps can help homeowners minimize the chance of water damage. Here's what you can do to try to prevent it.

     
  • A Vernon Hills Public Works snowplow clears Deerpath Road before rush hour traffic Monday. Snow fell throughout the day in Lake County.

    Monday’s snow creates a mess; floods next?Feb 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Snow Monday created a slow, messy commute home and delays for travelers as the additional snowfall earned this winter the title of fifth snowiest in recent history, meteorologists said. A snowfall that dumped another 5 to 7 inches throughout the area tapered off before 9 p.m., said meteorologist Eric Lenning with the National Weather Service. The service reported 5.6 inches in Geneva, 6.2 in Bartlett, 5.5 in Buffalo Grove, 4.6 in Oak Brook, 3.9 in Cary, 6.2 in Elburn and 5.2 in Lisle.

     
  • Emanuel Comfort, 17, rides his bike Saturday in the snowfall on South George Street in York, Pa.

    Another blast of snow makes its way into NortheastFeb 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    At its peak, the storm will dump snow at the rate of 3 inches per hour, said meteorologist William Babcock.The weekend snowstorm comes on the heels of another storm that brought snow and ice to the East Coast, caused at least 25 deaths and left hundreds of thousands without power. Parts of New York and Vermont ended up with more than 2 feet of snow.

     
  •  Sandbags form a levee protecting the front doors of homes in Gloucester, southwest England, as the region reacts to an increased flood threat alert Friday.

    Princes help with flood relief as new storm looms over U.K.Feb 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Princes William and Harry helped flood protection efforts on the River Thames west of London as a new storm hit the U.K. with drenching rains, threatening to prolong the risk of inundations for another week.

     
  •  A chair sits exposed Friday on the cracked-dry bed of the Almaden Reservoir in San Jose, Calif.

    Drought-rattled California welcomes weekend storm Feb 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    The storm deposited a foot of snow of on the top of Lake Tahoe ski resorts that have relied on man-made snow for much of the season, and elevations above 7,500 feet were expected to get another foot or two by Sunday, said Holly Osborne, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Sacramento.

     
  •  Linesman work to restore electrical power Friday in Downingtown, Pa.

    Utility crews chip away at eastern power outages Feb 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Utility companies reported about 280,000 customers without power in Pennsylvania — most of them in the five-county Philadelphia area. In Maryland, service has been restored to all but about 16,000 homes and businesses.

     
  • Having spent so many happy moments with her husband, Bill, in their 75-degree greenhouse, 85-year-old widow Penny Bailey will take those memories with her as she moves into senior housing. But she has to decide which of the hundreds of plants will come with her.

    Rolling Meadows woman to leave greenhouse where joy blossomed Feb 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    No matter how cold it gets this winter, Penny Bailey escapes to her 75-degree paradise in Rolling Meadows. Now widowed and about to move into a senior living facility, she is selecting a few plants from her greenhouse to move with her. “I really enjoy caring for them,” Penny says. “It's like children. You can't have a favorite. Every plant has a story.”

     
  •  Rich Carlson of Des Plaines said he was riding, and mostly pushing, his bike on a 6-mile trip for exercise on Golf Road on Thursday in Des Plaines.

    Another day, another set of winter delays Feb 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Some flights at O'Hare and Midway are cancelled but many more are delayed as today's snowstorm winds down. But blowing snow continues to make car travel hazardous, with most of the state's highways are snow and ice covered, IDOT reports. Metra commuters, meanwhile, experienced morning delays of up to an hour.

     
  • With sweat dripping off his nose, Igor Mikhno, 32, of Wheeling takes in the 210-degree heat of Chicago’s Sweatlodge old-world sauna.

    Sweatlodge’s ethnic melting pot offers escape from winter Feb 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    The polar vortex still has its grip on us, but one suburban man really knows how to thaw out by hitting the sweatlodge. “It’s kind of Russian tradition to go to sauna and go to cold water,” Wheeling resident Igor Mikhno, 32, says in his heavy Russian accent befitting the guy who came in from the cold. “I used to do this with my father in Belarus.”

     
  •  Woodstock Willie, being held up for the crowd on the Woodstock Square by animal wrangler Mark Szafran, gave a disappointing forecast Sunday morning. Willie saw his shadow, meaning six more weeks of winter.

    Six more weeks of winter, grumpy groundhog says Feb 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Woodstock Willie was in a grumpy mood early Sunday morning, screeching, squirming and generally resisting efforts to be pulled from his hole to make his famous annual forecast. His reluctance to appear, as it turns out, was with good reason. Willie saw his shadow when he came out, meaning six more weeks of winter.

     
  • Man stole cars left during Atlanta storm, police say Feb 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    A 34-year-old man is accused of using a tow truck to take cars that were abandoned in Atlanta during the winter storm and traffic jam. Police said Louis Mitchell Jr. was arrested Thursday and charged with auto theft, forgery and other offenses. It’s not clear whether he has an attorney.

     
  •  Villagers watch Saturday as Mount Sinabung releases pyroclastic flows during an eruption in Namantaran, North Sumatra, Indonesia.

    Indonesia volcano erupts again, kills at least 16Feb 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Among the dead on Mount Sinabung were a local television journalist and four high-school students and their teacher who were visiting the mountain to see the eruptions up close, said National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. At least three other people were injured, and authorities feared the death toll would rise.

     
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