What the Hell Is Going On, Weather Edition: Arctic Front Expected This Afternoon

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In which we feel how this dog looks.
What in God's name are we supposed to do with this weather? I ask you. This morning, we were all waffling over whether it was safe to change out of our Hoth-weight coats and back into something built for merely freezing temperatures. That gamble paid off: it was in the upper 30s to low 40s this morning in most parts of the city and it was great. For once, we all made it to work with our fingers, toes and nose-tips intact. Didn't even have to break out the desk liquor when we got here.

But say goodbye once again to those nose-tips, because according to the National Weather Service, an Arctic front is moving in fast this afternoon, bringing with it possible gusty winds of up to 45 miles per hour. Seriously. Seriously. Which one of you pissed off the Weather Gods?

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Brooklynites, You're Going To Have To Ice-Skate Somewhere Else This Winter

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The Central Park ice-skating rink: a place of many clumsy collapses for me.
Come winter, New Yorkers love to ice-skate. They also love to hibernate for three months and watch Woody Allen movies (for whatever the reason, his flicks comfortably settle when it's freezing outside). However, I do not like to ice-skate - I tried my unbalanced luck at the rink in Central Park a few winters back and had bruises on my lower body for weeks after. Also, I am a resident of Kings County so, as it seems, I will not even have the ability to participate in the painful merriment anyway, thanks to yesterday's news.

The Brooklyn Paper reported that two ice-skating rink projects in the works have been put on hold for the upcoming cold season and nearby residents will have to wait another year to hit the ice. Unless you're willing to head all the way to Coney Island or Floyd Bennet Field near Sheepshead Bay, of course. And there's always Central Park for the real holiday go-getters.

The aforementioned projects would have been an renovation of the Prospect Park Wollman rink and the transformation of the McCarren Park Pool into a winter wonderland. Thinking back to what went down (a couple of times) over the summer, is the latter a good idea? 

Imagine those brawls... but on ice.

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Swedish Man Lives After Being Stuck in His Car for Months

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New Yorkers lucked out this year with a pretty low-key winter. After last year's horrible mess of a season, mother nature gifted us with a mostly snowless couple of months so far. But you know who got absolutely rocked with snow? Sweden. So much so, that a man was recently discovered "hibernating" in his car. He had been locked inside of the vehicle since the 19th of December and survived with no food at all.

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It's Groundhog Day! It's Groundhog Day! It's...

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Yes, it is Groundhog Day again, which means that across the country, many small rodents are delivering their verdicts on whether we will have six more weeks of "winter."

The most famous groundhog authority, Punxsutawney Phil, has seen his shadow and is reporting that we will indeed have six more weeks of winter, while here in New York, the local groundhog Staten Island Chuck is predicting an early spring.

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Snow Day! What Are You Going to Do With Your Time?

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Sledding in Prospect Park.
You are probably aware that snow has come to New York City. Considering you can't yet spend your snow days watching the city's online map that will track when salt spreaders or plows went down city streets (if you're intrigued you can watch Mayor Bloomberg discuss the tool at this morning's press conference), you have to find some other ways to occupy your time. We're aware of your predicament, and we'd like to help with some suggestions of things to do.

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Cruise Ship Runs Aground In Italy; Imam Sentenced in JFK Terror Plot; Bloomberg Bets Cheesecake On Giants Game

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A cruise ship ran aground off the coast of Italy near the island Giglio Friday night, killing three and leaving 69 missing. The ship "hit an obstacle" that tore a 160 foot gash in the ship, according to a coast guard official. Occurring around dinner time, one woman said she heard a "scraping noise" while watching a magic show with her husband. Survivors reported disorganization and chaos as the evacuation effort got underway. "Have you seen 'Titanic?' That's exactly what it was," one woman said. The ship, which photos show turned on its side, carried about 3,200 passengers and 1,000 crew members. [CNN, WP]


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Mnemonic Devices to Help You Remember Daylight Savings is Ending

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As we exclusively reported yesterday, daylight savings is ending late tonight (technically tomorrow morning) at 2 a.m.. On the plus side, you will get one more hour of sleep. Unfortunately, this will be at the expense of a full season's worth of sunlight, vitamin D, and your sanity. Nonetheless, if you don't set your clocks back an hour, ACORN will come after you and send you to one of President Obama's dreaded Time Education Camps. How to remember this vital information?

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Daylight Savings Ending (This Weekend!) Is Good for You, Claim Certain People

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Your sunrises and sunsets, today through Tuesday.
It's that time of year again, the time that we are plunged into terrible darkness by 4 in the afternoon and the hours wile on, interminable and chilly, like vampire hands. Or, whatever, it's the end of daylight savings! No biggie! And apparently, say some people in the sleep business, this "fall back" crap is actually good for you, even if you have to pull out your SAD lamp and sleep on it.

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Summer, We're Over You: 8 Reasons to Look Forward to Winter

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Yeah, you wish.
Listen, we (that is, Jen) loves summer. But maybe not everyone does. And because it's our dear intern Esther's last day, we're letting her sound off on the subject. Let the summer-hating commence!

It's August, and it has been for two weeks now. Summer is almost over. We made you a seasonal bucket list. Internships (including mine at Runnin' Scared!) are ending, back-to-school ads are airing (Old Navy, calm down), and we're all getting a little fatigued. As our days of complaining about how hot it is grow fewer, we find ourselves beginning to wistfully dream of those days when there's a chill in the air.

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