Polar vortex http://wemu.org en Issues of the Environment: Expect More Snow And Frigid Temperatures To Come http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-expect-more-snow-and-frigid-temperatures-come <div>Had enough of the cold and snow already? It has been the snowiest January in this area in history. Add in the polar vortex and frigid temperatures, and it's been a somewhat trying winter. Why is it happening, and will it continue to happen in winters to come?&nbsp;</div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/132042908&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This week on <em>Issues of the Environment</em>&nbsp;our&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">guest is &nbsp;<a href="http://www.emich.edu/iess/faculty.php">Dr. Tom </a></span><a href="http://www.emich.edu/iess/faculty.php">Kovacs,</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Associate Professor of Meteorology at Eastern Michigan University.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Kovaks teaches courses on the effects of climate change on weather and will discuss the consequences for our county.</span></div><div> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:35:15 +0000 David Fair 40834 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Expect More Snow And Frigid Temperatures To Come Food Gatherers Grapple with the Cold, Too http://wemu.org/post/food-gatherers-grapple-cold-too <p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia;">Non-profit organizations like Food Gatherers are feeling the impact of the frigid temperatures, snow, and ice.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia;">Eileen Spring is the Executive Director of Food Gathers. She says this has been the most challenging winter she can remember.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia;"><strong style="line-height: 21px;">SEE ALSO:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://wemu.org/post/snap-benefits-decrease-food-gatherers-ramp-holiday-season" style="color: rgb(24, 95, 159); font-family: arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px; background-color: rgb(255, 253, 220);" target="_blank">As SNAP Benefits Decrease, Food Gatherers Ramp up for the Holiday Season</a></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia;">Spring says warmer weather will not only be a welcome sight, but will make a big difference in getting food to those who need it.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia;">She anyone who is interested in getting involved with Food Gatherers or any of the organizations they work with can visit&nbsp; <span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 102, 33);">www.<b>foodgatherers</b>.org/</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia;">&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 00:24:03 +0000 Bob Eccles 40796 at http://wemu.org Food Gatherers Grapple with the Cold, Too 18 Warming Centers in Washtenaw County Help Keep Homeless Warm http://wemu.org/post/18-warming-centers-washtenaw-county-help-keep-homeless-warm <p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia;">18 warming centers have been established throughout Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti to give the homeless a place to come in out of the cold.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia;">Executive Director of the <a href="http://www.annarborshelter.org">Shelter Association of Washtenaw County</a>, Ellen&nbsp;<span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 1.5;">Schulmeister</span>&nbsp;says shelter is available to anyone who needs it, and&nbsp;the Delonis Center is operating under relaxed amnesty standards through Wednesday.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia;">Those in need of shelter can also stay during the day if needed.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia;">Shelters will remain open to the public through Wednesday, although specific hours of operation vary from one location to another.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia;"><strong style="font-size: 1.143em; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', Verdana, Lucida, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">If you nee<span class="highlightedSearchTerm" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 170);">d</span>&nbsp;housing or shelter call 734.961.1999</strong></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia;"><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">— Bob Eccles&nbsp;is a reporter and the host of 89.1 WEMU's&nbsp;<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">All Things Considered</strong>. Contact him at 734.487.3363, email him&nbsp;<a href="mailto:reccles@emich.edu" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">reccles@emich.edu</a>,&nbsp;or follow him on Twitter&nbsp;<a href="http://twitter.com/BobEcclesWEMU" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">@BobEcclesWEMU</a></em> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 00:21:55 +0000 Bob Eccles 40795 at http://wemu.org 18 Warming Centers in Washtenaw County Help Keep Homeless Warm University of MIchigan Cancels Classes for first time since 1978 http://wemu.org/post/university-michigan-cancels-classes-first-time-1978 <div>The University of Michigan Tuesday <a href="http://umich.edu/announcement/2014-01-28/">canceled classes</a> for the first time in 36 years.</div><div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>School officials based the decision on the extremely low temperatures forecast, and the danger they pose to students traveling across campus to attend classes.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>University of &nbsp;Michigan spokesperson Rick Fitzgerald says other parts of the university, such as the Health System, remained open.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The cancelation of classes was a departure from&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigans's</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;controversial decision earlier this month to remain open during a similar cold spell.</span></div><div> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 00:18:48 +0000 Bob Eccles 40794 at http://wemu.org University of MIchigan Cancels Classes for first time since 1978 SCHOOL CLOSINGS: Washtenaw County and Surrounding Counties - Tuesday, January 28th http://wemu.org/post/school-closings-washtenaw-county-and-surrounding-counties-tuesday-january-28th-0 <p>Sub-zero temperatures and&nbsp; frigid wind chills have once again forced school districts throughout the region to cancel classes on Tuesday, January 28th.</p><p>A complete listing for Washtenaw, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Oakland and Wayne Counties is available to you here.</p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.wemu.org/listen-live-0" target="_blank"><strong>Listen to 89.1 WEMU</strong> </a>for <em>latest developments</em> throughout the evening.</p><p><strong>SEE ALSO:</strong></p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 23:54:34 +0000 Patrik Holubik 40741 at http://wemu.org SCHOOL CLOSINGS: Washtenaw County and Surrounding Counties - Tuesday, January 28th Ann Arbor Responds to Severe Winter Storm http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-responds-severe-winter-storm <p><a href="http://www.annarborshelter.org/"><strong>A number of shelter and warming centers are open across Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti to help the homeless community deal with the frigid temperatures.&nbsp;</strong></a></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ann Arbor City Council Monday night received an update on the community's response to the winter storm.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 08:55:52 +0000 Andrew Cluley 39893 at http://wemu.org Other Weather-Related Closings, Cancellations and Announcements For January 7 http://wemu.org/post/other-weather-related-closings-cancellations-and-announcements-january-7 <p><a href="http://wemu.org/post/school-closings-check-school-closures-washtenaw-county-tuesday-january-7?nopop=1"><strong>In additional to the long list of school closings</strong></a>, there are other institutions and business closings their doors today.</p><p>The Ann Arbor Hands on Museum</p><p>The University of Michigan Credit Union</p><p>Eastern Michigan University Financial</p><p>Recycle Ann Arbor's Drop-Off Station on Ellsworth Road</p><p>Recycle Ann Arbor's Re-Use Center <em><strong>will </strong></em>be open but will <em><strong>not </strong></em>be accepting donations.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 06:41:51 +0000 David Fair 39888 at http://wemu.org Other Weather-Related Closings, Cancellations and Announcements For January 7 Cancellations and Announcements for January 6th http://wemu.org/post/cancellations-and-announcements-january-6th <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/128176148&amp;color=00ff50&amp;auto_play=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe>All Non-Essential Washtenaw<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County Government Operations and Buildings are closed.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pittsfield Township Government offices are closed.</span></p><p>Ypsilanti Township government offices and the 14-B District court are closed. People with scheduled court appearances should contact the court on Tuesday.</p><p>The 15th District Court in Ann Arbor is closed and those scheduled to appear at Court today will be contacted by Court representatives to reschedule.</p><p>The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education meeting scheduled for tonight has been canceled.</p><p>The Ann Arbor Housing Commission is closed</p><p>The Ann Arbor and the Monroe Social Security Administration offices are closed&nbsp;</p><p>The Ann Arbor Hands on Museum is closed.</p><p>Garbage and recycling will be delayed by a day for Pittsfield Township residents.</p><p>The Ann Arbor District Library will open at noon today.</p><p>Saint Joseph Mercy Health System is urging all patients who have non-urgent appointments at any of our hospitals and outpatient care centers to stay home. Contact your care provider to cancel your appointment and reschedule for a later date. The Michigan Heart offices are closed through noon today. Radiation Oncology for outpatient services are closed for the day. Most other offices as well as St. Joe's emergency departments will remain open.</p><p>The U of M Health System says it will keep all of its hospitals and outpatient care centers open.</p><p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 15:52:49 +0000 David Fair 39861 at http://wemu.org Cancellations and Announcements for January 6th