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Neighbors
10:18 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Shovel On: Clearing Sidewalks Doesn't Increase Liability In 'Slip and Fall' Cases, Say Attorneys

An unshoveled walk does not protect against liability and could be a violation of local ordinances.
Credit Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon

Despite a persistent myth that seems to surface every time it snows, homeowners don’t increase their liability in "slip and fall" cases because they cleared the snow and ice from their sidewalks, say local attorneys.

Snow and ice are considered a normal hazard of living -- and clearing off your sidewalk is the right thing to do, said Stephen Ringkamp of the Hullverson Law Firm.

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Historic snowfall
6:42 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Data Check: How Sunday's Snowfall Compares To The Past

It's not often St. Louis sees nearly a foot of snow in a 24-hour period, but it has happened a handful of times since records have been kept. The National Weather Service reported 10.8 inches Sunday at Lambert Airport.

The record — unofficial because of some missing data — is 20.4 inches between March 30 and 31 back in 1890. And just last year, we saw 12.7 inches between March 24 and 25. Here's how the most recent storm compares with the top ten 24-hour snowfalls in St. Louis history:

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Weather
4:30 pm
Sat January 4, 2014

Officials Urge Caution During Cold Weather

The Gateway Arch is barely visible from Busch Stadium during a snowstorm on Jan. 5, 2014.
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated at 5:50 p.m. Monday with information from latest city briefing

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Coldest day in decades?
4:00 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Data Check: Comparing St. Louis Temps To Previous Lows

Credit Flickr/Juliancolton2

Updated January 7, 2014 with century record graphs.

The National Weather Service says the temperature reached 8 degrees below zero Monday,  this cold snap marks first time Lambert Airport has recorded a negative air temperature since 1999.

Here's a visualization of daily minimum temperatures in St. Louis for the past 30 years. Scroll down over the calendar to see later years, and hover over an individual day to see the minimum temperature recorded that day at Lambert Airport.

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Other News
2:37 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

This Summer's First Heat-Related Death Reported In St. Louis County

(via Flickr/Christian Haugen)

Updated at 4:15 p.m.

A 65-year-old Ferguson woman is the first confirmed death from heat-related causes this summer. Her body was found yesterday in her home, where the air conditioning was not working. Her name has not yet been released. 

During the current heat wave, nine people have been treated with heat-related symptoms in St. Louis County, including one patient who was hospitalized.  Six people have been treated with heat-related symptoms in St. Louis City. 

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Science
12:09 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Everybody Say 'Freeze!' Video Shows Descent Of Cold Front On U.S.

(via YouTube/NOAA)

Don't worry, no mittens, coats or hats are required to read this post.

The deep freeze much of the country has experienced this past week (along with some areas in the rest of the world) is visualized by the NOAA in this new video. It's like seeing your breath on a freezing day, but on a massive scale:

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Winter weather
4:05 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Winter Weather Advisory Issued For St. Louis Area

A winter weather advisory is in effect for the St. Louis region from 9:00 a.m. this morning until 6:00 a.m. New Year's Day. (slprnews)

The St. Louis area may have missed out on a white Christmas – but a white New Year’s Eve looks likely.
 
National Weather Service meteorologist Butch Dye says a storm system will bring an inch or two of rain and snow to the area. A winter weather advisory will be in effect from 9:00 this morning until 6:00 a.m. New Year’s Day.

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Cold weather help
6:38 am
Wed December 26, 2012

United Way Offers Services For Cold Weather

Credit Flickr/AMagill

With the cold weather moving through the St. Louis area, the United Way of St. Louis is urging people to take advantage of its free help line.

United Way spokeswoman Carrie Zukoski  says people in need of temporary shelter from the cold, a warm meal, or even a place to stay should call 2-1-1 for help.

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Stormwater fee
3:53 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

State Supreme Court To Hear St. Louis Stormwater Case

Credit Andrew Wamboldt/KOMU News - via Flickr

The Missouri Supreme Court will decide whether the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District can charge for stormwater service based on how much water a property absorbs.  

The decision extends a nearly four-year-old legal battle over the agency’s so-called "impervious fee." Two lower courts have ruled that it was not a fee at all, but a tax – and therefore had to be approved by voters under the Hancock Amednment.

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Stormwater service
6:38 am
Thu September 6, 2012

When it comes to stormwater service, MSD is facing a perfect 'storm' of problems

Water whipping around the bend in Fishpot Creek carved this 25-foot cliff behind houses on Pepperdine Ct.
(photo courtesy of Ron Cox)

The remnants of Hurricane Isaac ended a summer-long dry spell. But for some customers of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, it meant flooded backyards and basements.

For decades, MSD funded its stormwater service with a patchwork of different taxes, which allowed the agency to meet its regulatory requirements. But repairs were a different story.

Some parts of the region were flush with cash for capital projects. It took others months or years to accumulate enough funds for even basic repairs.

Earlier this year, a state appeals court struck down a potential solution - a fee based on how much water a property could absorb. An appeal to the state Supreme Court is pending.

For now, MSD has gone back to its old taxing districts - allowing the lingering problems to get worse.

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