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Business and Economy
2:24 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

A Story Of Snow And Inequality

With all the snow in the Northeast, many have grappled with how to get to and from work. Some, more than others. In this photo, a woman carries a toddler in Boston, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 12:59 pm

Boston-area journalist Barbara Howard recently wrote an essay for Cognoscenti, the ideas and opinion page for WBUR in Boston, about an experience she had driving home from work at 1 a.m. after the latest blizzard. She stopped to pick up a young mom holding a sleeping toddler at a bus stop. She tells Here & Now’s Robin Young about that encounter, snow and inequality.

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Business and Economy
2:22 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Hourly Workers Bear Brunt of Snowstorms

Alma Az, 43, walks through the snow in Cambridge, as she makes her way to work in Copley Square Monday. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 12:58 pm

Winter weather has caused all sorts of problems in Massachusetts – school closings, suspension of public transportation and lost revenue for stores.

A study from the American Highway Users Alliance estimates transportation delays and closings in the past few weeks cost Massachusetts about $265 million a day. About two-thirds of that is lost income for hourly workers.

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Weather and Climate
4:56 am
Mon January 5, 2015

2014 Weather In Review

Norman Forecast Office
Credit Norman Forecast Office / National Weather Service

Winter was noticeably absent through much of December, a deceptively warm month that ended more than 2 degrees above normal to rank as the 38th warmest since records began in 1895.

The season finally lived up to its name during the month's final week, however, with a swath of 3-5 inches of snow along the I-44 corridor in southwestern Oklahoma, along with another icy plunge to ring in the New Year. New Year's Eve was celebrated with patches of freezing drizzle, snow, sleet and below-zero wind chills.

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Weather and Climate
5:01 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

Update: Winter Weather in Oklahoma

Monday Wintery Weather Impact
National Weather Service

The snow has ended for northern OK and is expected to end this evening across parts of central and southern OK, and western north TX. However, despite the snow ending, slick roadways, bridges, overpasses, and sidewalks will remain likely overnight into at least Monday morning. So take it easy, slow down, and allow extra time to get to your destination tonight into tomorrow, including during the morning commute.

Wind chills will also remain cold overnight into Monday morning with values ranging from around zero into the low teens.

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Weather and Climate
9:35 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Weather And Road Conditions For Sunday

Sunday Forecast Snow Conditions
National Weather Service

Snow bands will develop behind a strong cold front and spread south today and this evening. Snow accumulations of 1-4 inches will be possible over much of the northern half of Oklahoma, with the heaviest amounts across parts of northern OK. A few places may receive more than 4 inches. The snow will create slick spots on roads, bridges, overpasses and sidewalks. REMEMBER: Exact locations of snowfall amounts can and will likely vary or change.

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Weather and Climate
8:48 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Colder Temperatures Coming

NWS Forecast for November 8-14, 2014
Norman Forecast Office National Weather Service

After a mild weekend, much colder temperatures appear on tap for next week according to the Norman Forecast Office of the National Weather Service.

The initial cold front will move through late Monday, with much colder air flowing into Oklahoma/north Texas on Tuesday and Wednesday. High temperatures in the 30s and 40s appear possible by Wednesday and Thursday, with lows in the 20s.

No precipitation is expected in Oklahoma through Wednesday, with an icreasing chance of snow Thursday and Friday.

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Business and Economy
3:51 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

How Can Businesses Climate-Proof Themselves?

Pictured is a wind test demonstration by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, that subjected two full-scale houses to thunderstorm and straight-line wind conditions common in the Midwest. The homes are essentially the same, except that the house on the right was built to the IBHS FORTIFIED for Safer Living® standard for Midwest construction. (Scott Iskowitz/Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety)

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 2:51 pm

According to the Insurance Information Institute, three of the top six years for catastrophic insurance losses — topping $142 billion — have taken place since 2005, and scientists agree that climate change has played a major role.

Hurricanes like Katrina and Sandy come to mind, as do myriads of fires, droughts and floods. The costs are huge and businesses are not waiting for Congress to take action — they’re doing everything they can to become climate resistant, if not climate-proof.

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Weather and Climate
12:02 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

Storms Possible Sunday Evening into Monday

Oklahoma weather forecast for Sunday and Monday.
Credit National Weather Service

The Norman office of the National Weather Service reports that it will be windy across Oklahoma till at least 7pm.  Thunderstorms are likely this evening, beginning after 5pm in western Oklahoma, and continuing eastward into Monday as a cold front moves across the region. Severe weather is possible starting early evening and continuing into the early Monday morning hours. The potential for severe storms will diminish Monday morning but could increase again Monday afternoon and evening. Large hail and damaging straight-line winds will be the main concerns.

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Severe Storms
3:46 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Large Hail, Damaging Winds Possible This Weekend In Western, Central Oklahoma

Credit Norman Forecast Office / National Weather Service

Western and Central Oklahoma could see a round of severe weather over the weekend. There's a threat of showers and thunderstorms Saturday west of a line extending from Altus to Alva.

But National Weather Service senior forecaster Michael Scotten says there's a higher chance for that weather to move southeast through Central Oklahoma on Sunday.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
11:15 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Six Ways To Prepare For Oklahoma’s Tornado Season

Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

There’s little doubt Oklahomans will be more sensitive and more concerned than usual as the spring storm season approaches after the devastating events of May 2013. Dozens of people died as three violent tornadoes tore across Pottawatomie, Canadian and Cleveland counties within a two-week span.

Since September, KGOU has been working to prepare for severe weather in 2014 with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. On March 12, we hosted a panel discussion about tornado preparedness and storm safety at the Moore Public Library, just a few hundred yards from where the May 20 twister crossed Interstate 35.

We learned six things you need to know to prepare for the 2014 tornado season:

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