Tag Archives: Winter

Major Storm Unleashes Ice, Snow And Frigid Temperatures Across Much Of The U.S.

The powerful storm is bringing record-low temperatures, widespread power outages and hazardous conditions to a swath of the country the National Weather Service calls “unprecedented and expansive.”

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The polar vortex is about to split in two. But what does that actually mean?

The polar vortex might mean cold weather—but it's not clear how much snow or ice that might mean.Jaymantri/Pexels
The polar vortex might mean cold weather—but it’s not clear how much snow or ice that might mean.Jaymantri/Pexels

The science behind the polar vortex is incredibly complicated, and we’ve only recently begun to understand how changes at our planet’s poles impact weather at more moderate latitudes.

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Posters of the Winter Season | Picture This: Library of Congress Prints & Photos

The following is a guest post by Jan Grenci, Reference Specialist for Posters, Prints and Photographs Division.

Winter is one of my favorite seasons, what with the snow, and the cookies, and the caroling. There are a number of posters in the collections of the Prints and Photographs Division that illustrate some of the things that make winter the most wonderful time of the year.

Posters of the Winter Season. A blog post at “Picture This: Library of Congress Prints & Photos” on 2017-12-06.

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What to Know About This Year’s Overlapping Christmas and Hanukkah Holidays | TIME

 Sean Gallup—Getty Images A giant, gas-lit menorah stands in front of a Christmas tree shortly after members of the local Jewish community lit the menorah on the night before the first day of Hannukah on Dec. 4, 2007 in Berlin, Germany.
Sean Gallup—Getty Images. A giant, gas-lit menorah stands in front of a Christmas tree shortly after members of the local Jewish community lit the menorah on the night before the first day of Hannukah on Dec. 4, 2007 in Berlin, Germany.

“The last time that this exact Christmas-Hanukkah overlap happened was in 1978, and next time it will happen will be in 2027.”

Source: What to Know About This Year’s Overlapping Christmas and Hanukkah Holidays | TIME

Everything You Need to Know About the Winter Solstice

“The trumpet of a prophecy! O Wind,
If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?”

Source: https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/ode-west-wind
Ode to the West Wind, Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1792 – 1822


 Egypt's Karnak Temple was built in alignment with the solstice, in order to focus light on a shrine to the sun god. Photograph by Kenneth Garrett, National Geographic Creative
Egypt’s Karnak Temple was built in alignment with the solstice, in order to focus light on a shrine to the sun god. Photograph by Kenneth Garrett, National Geographic Creative

From astronomy to religion, the year’s shortest day brings enduring mysteries.

Source: Everything You Need to Know About the Winter Solstice