winter

January 30, 2012 - 11:51pm
The NewsHouse reporter plays a round with Central New York Disc Golf Association members.

They play in anything except rain. Rain makes for muddy shoes, and worse, muddy frisbees. I mean, discs.

“These are discs, not frisbees," said Eric Trippany, president of the Central New York Disc Golf Association. "Discs are heavier, smaller and flatter.”

To a pro, the distinction between disc and frisbee is as important as the difference between a footbag and a hacky sack: one is for kids; the other is for men.

January 27, 2012 - 1:57pm
Snowfall levels this year are nearly half of what they typically are.

Steve Bukolt walked to his business class on Thursday clad in a sweatshirt and jeans – unusual attire for the heart of January. 

The outside temperature was hovering around 41 degrees, and that was, surprisingly, a tad cooler than earlier in the week.

Bukolt, a senior accounting major and Buffalo native, said his walk to class has been pleasant so far this year.

“I live on Ackerman, so the commute has been better than in the past,” he said.

December 8, 2010 - 6:21pm
A Syracuse newcomer reflects on the snowfall that shows no signs of stopping.

New England weather is moody. Growing up in southwestern Connecticut, I saw times when it was warm in winter months and freezing cold in spring and summer.

Three years ago my family moved to Long Island, and in December 2009, there was a substantial blizzard where up to 26 inches of snow struck the ground, according to Newsday. It was unexpected, and it was a necessity to cozy up under blankets and have a nice cup of hot chocolate.

July 23, 2009 - 1:14pm
Every winter the Central New York Ice Racing Association takes to the lakes for some sideways speed.

To the uninitiated, simply driving a car on a lake--never mind racing--is an exercise in the willful suspension of disbelief.

On a January day, the temperature on Lake Honeoye was in the teens, and there was a stiff breeze coming off the lake. The ice measured 11 inches average thickness, one inch below the 12 inches required for an official event.   But several members of the Central New York Ice Racing Association members decided to take their chances and show up at the usual time to turn some laps.