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Published: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 10:02 AM
— A winter storm set to hit the East Coast beginning Wednesday could break all-time record cold temperatures by the end of the week.
The term “bomb cyclone” has been trending on social media as the storm threatens to push frigid temperatures as far south as northern Florida.
The ominous name “bomb cyclone” comes from a process called explosive cyclogenesis, or bombogenesis, in which a weather system undergoes a rapid drop in pressure.
Bombogenesis occurs “when a midlatitude cyclone rapidly intensifies, dropping at least 24 millibars over 24 hours, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
A millibar measures atmospheric pressure. A drop in pressure in a system equals strengthening of the system.
Such weather systems in the northern hemisphere are centers of low pressure. When the pressure drops, the storms get stronger. When they drop in such a dramatic fashion over a short period of time, the results are equally dramatic.
Think of it as a winter hurricane.
Some forecast models put the potential pressure reading of the storm around 950 millibars at its peak. A category 3 hurricane has a minimum surface pressure of 964-945 millibars
What will happen when it hits?
The extreme weather will come in two parts. First, the winter storm will bring rain, sleet and snow to the eastern coast of the United States from northern Florida to Maine. Then a “polar vortex” will sweep south across the region dropping temperatures to record low levels, according to forecasters.
With the approaching weather system, a warning has been issued for winds up to 55 mph, near blizzard conditions in some areas and record-breaking low temperatures. The National Weather Service said areas in northern Florida and southeastern Georgia could see up to an inch of snow and ice on the roadways early Wednesday. The NWS said wind chills of minus 50 degrees could be seen in northern New York by Saturday morning.
A winter storm is forecast to bring the potential for a mix of freezing rain/sleet/snow from portions of northern FL to SC, and snowfall northward along portions of the Mid-Atlantic into northern New England. https://t.co/VyWINDk3xP for the latest on what to expect in your area— NWS (@NWS) January 2, 2018
The NWS national forecast Wednesday said:
Hearing the word "bombogenesis" and confused about it? Here's an explanation and how it relates to the upcoming East Coast storm. Stay tuned for forecast updates and read our key messages for this storm in our short range discussion:— NWS WPC (@NWSWPC) January 3, 2018
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 2:53 PM
CAMPBELLSBURG, Ind. — A 14-year-old Indiana boy was accidentally shot and killed by his older sister Sunday as they and their father prepared to go target shooting.
Rex William Pruett was shot at his father’s home in Campbellsburg, a small Indiana town located about 50 miles northwest of Louisville, Kentucky. Rex, a seventh-grader at Orleans Junior-Senior High School, died a short time after his father rushed him to a hospital.
“The father received a phone call and, while he was on the phone, the daughter, in what appeared to be unintentional, shot her brother with a .22-caliber revolver,” Indiana State Police spokesman Chad Dick told The Times-Mail in Bedford.
Officials at the boy’s school, where his sister is a ninth-grader, said that extra counselors were brought in Monday to help students cope with the tragedy. Police investigators waited to release the boy’s name until those measures were in place.
“The first-period teachers had a written statement to read about the incident and then, for any students that need additional help, we have counselors standing by,” Orleans Community Schools Superintendent Gary McClintic told the newspaper.
Chris Stevens, principal of the siblings’ school, showed a news crew from WAVE 3 News in Louisville Rex’s locker, which was adorned Monday with photos and letters from his classmates.
“This does remind you quite a bit of Rex,” Stevens told the station. “There were a lot of tears and a lot of smiles today.”
Stevens said that faculty members and administrators have made it clear to students that the shooting was accidental. When Rex’s sister returns to class, they will offer her their support, he said.
Family and friends also offered the girl their support on Facebook, where she described her younger brother as “such a sweet little boy.”
“Much love, Rexy, much love. We will all keep you in our hearts,” the girl wrote.
Stevens described the rural community as one in which guns are part of everyday life.
“In our elementary, at the sixth-grade level, we have a gun safety course that all of our students are allowed to go through,” Stevens told the news station.
McClintic, who said he taught Rex’s father when he was a teacher, described the boy’s family as a good one that had been involved with Orleans’ public schools for multiple generations.
“It’s hard on the community, just as much as it is on the school,” McClintic told The Times-Mail.
Johnny Henderson, pastor of Lost River Missionary Baptist Church in Claysville, said that Rex and his family attended services there the morning of the shooting.
“He was an outstanding young man,” Henderson said.
The pastor said the Pruett family needs support, not criticism over the shooting.
“They need support and people to pray for them for peace and comfort,” Henderson said. “They still have a hard time going forward. They still have a funeral to go to.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 5:39 PM
SPRINGBORO, Ohio — New Year’s resolutions can begin in any month of the year. August 2015 is when a success story started for Springboro resident Christina Littleton.
Although athletic and thin during her younger years, her father’s passing from pancreatic cancer in 1999 left her reeling emotionally. She gained a lot of weight, met her husband, Jason, got married, got pregnant, and gained more weight.
“The summer of 2015 I was having too much fun, and eating too much. In August I looked at myself in the mirror and thought, ‘Who is this person?’” said Littleton, who weighed 284 pounds at that point. “I was determined that I was going to do this, so I took a picture of myself.”
The wedding photographer had been going to Weight Watchers on and off before, but this time she stuck with her weekly meetings at the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Springboro. One and a half years later, she was down 115 pounds. It took her almost eight months to lose that last 10 pounds. The 5-foot-6-inch woman is now a fit and toned 159.
“Your main goal is to go in and lose weight. But there are things that you gain,” said Littleton, whose daughter, Ava, will be 11 next month. “Going through the journey I’ve learned to change my mindset. Before, I would secretly pick myself apart in the mirror. I didn’t want Ava to see that.”
She’d been very active when she was younger, with tennis, softball and running.
“So now I’m back to that side of me; being competitive. Developing more confidence in myself and taking more risks in my personal and professional life,” said Littleton, 40. “I completed a half-marathon in Nashville last year.”
She is teaching one weekly spin class, which will soon become two at the Coffman YMCA. In honor of her father, she participates in the 5K PanCan Run (fighting to end pancreatic cancer) in Kettering every year. She also runs on the treadmill.
The weight loss has an added bonus of giving her more energy to last through those long days with her camera equipment.
“I would be on my feet for hours; 12 hours from start to finish to photograph a wedding. I remember taking 800 milligrams of Motrin, and then again in the middle of the day just to get through it,” Littleton said. “And now I work out before a wedding.”
One of the reasons she has succeeded this time is her husband, who has always been supportive.
“There are so many programs out there, and just find one that works for you. Just create new habits,” Littleton said. “Instead of reaching for a bag of chips, you reach for an apple instead. You need to re-train your brain in the way you eat.”
In addition to her running and spin classes, she varies her workout sessions. She lifts weights, powers through a TRX core-based workout and does PiYo, a fast-paced yoga.
Lauren MacDonald, the instructor of the Weight Watcher’s group that Littleton has been attending, has a story of her own. She lost 110 pounds on the program, reaching her goal in 2012. She had some good words to say about her star pupil.
“She has done a amazing job. She’s stuck with it. A lot of people come and go, but she’s very motivational and inspirational to others,” said MacDonald, a Miamisburg resident who also works as a teacher.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 11:49 AM
LOS ANGELES — Parents at a Los Angeles elementary school are furious amid allegations that a physical education teacher stripped naked and chased a group of students around the school playground.
CBS Los Angeles reported that a construction worker passing by Carthay Center Elementary School on Friday captured the aftermath of the incident. The video, obtained by the news station, shows the unidentified teacher standing on the playground and putting his pants back on.
Parents who spoke to the CBS affiliate were livid.
“He was supposed to be helping them learn PE, run around and have fun,” one parent said. “But he undressed and started chasing the kids while he was naked. Then the kids ducked and dodged, ran into some of the classrooms and got safe haven that way.”
“All of the kids saw his private parts,” another parent said. “Very embarrassing, very upset.”
Officials with the Los Angeles Unified School District notified parents of the incident with a letter and a robocall, CBS reported.
“An individual began behaving in an unusual way, prompting us to contact law enforcement,” the letter stated. “As a safety precaution, our school went on a brief lockdown while officers responded and took the individual into custody.”
District officials declined to comment further, but they did confirm that the man, a contract worker, had permission to be on the school campus, the news station said. Mental health counselors were made available to the students who witnessed the incident.
School resource officers are investigating the man’s actions, CBS said.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 1:31 PM
— The woman who many believe empowered housewives to leave their kitchens and enter the workplace left empty when men went to fight in World War II has died.
Naomi Parker Fraley was discovered in 2015 to have been the inspiration for the “Rosie the Riveter” poster tha decades earlier had become the symbol in which women realized “We Can Do It.”
Fraley was a factory worker at Alameda Naval Station when a photographer asked to take her photo. With her hair in a bandana, just like the poster, Fraley is believed to be the starting point for the artist’s representation of women taking over what had been a men’s world, CNN reported.
Fraley was only 20 years old and was working with her 18-year-old sister at the time of the war, KATU reported.
She realized it was her photo that helped started the movement during a convention of women WWII factory workers. Her photo was labeled as the poster’s inspiration. Originally the photo was identified as that of Geraldine Hoff Doyle, but years of research confirmed in 2015 it was Fraley in the photo instead, CNN reported.
The man who made the identification, Dr. James Kimble, said of Fraley, “She didn't’ think she did anything special. A lot of women did what she did. She just wanted her picture corrected,” CNN reported.
Fraley died in Longview, Washington, Saturday, the BBC reported. She was 96.