Winter Weather http://wemu.org en Mixed Impacts Due To Record Ice Remaining On Great Lakes http://wemu.org/post/mixed-impacts-due-record-ice-remaining-great-lakes <div>Ice still covers over 20 percent of the Great Lakes surface, following a winter that nearly saw records set for the total amount of ice coverage. &nbsp;As one would expect Lake Superior leads the way with about 41 percent ice coverage, but even Lake Huron was still one-quarter ice covered this week.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p></p><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><p> Fri, 02 May 2014 16:15:52 +0000 Andrew Cluley 45267 at http://wemu.org Mixed Impacts Due To Record Ice Remaining On Great Lakes Ann Arbor's Main Street BIZ Could Expand, Result In More Sidewalks Cleared Of Snow http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbors-main-street-biz-could-expand-result-more-sidewalks-cleared-snow <p>Despite all of the snow this winter, the sidewalks along Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor remained easily passable for pedestrians.&nbsp; That’s thanks in large part to the <strong><a href="http://www.annarbormainstreetbiz.com/" target="_blank">Main Street Business Improvement Zone</a></strong>, an effort where property owners have voluntarily agreed to pay more taxes for a variety of services.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Ed Shaffran is President of <strong><a href="http://shaffran.com/" target="_blank">The Shaffran Companies</a></strong> and chairman of the Main Street BIZ.&nbsp; He says next month property owners on some neighboring streets will vote to see if the BIZ will expand.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:10:30 +0000 Andrew Cluley 44228 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor's Main Street BIZ Could Expand, Result In More Sidewalks Cleared Of Snow SnowBuddy Proposal to Clear Snow from Sidewalks in Ann Arbor Neighborhood http://wemu.org/post/snowbuddy-proposal-clear-snow-sidewalks-ann-arbor-neighborhood <p>At least one Ann Arbor neighborhood may change the way snow and ice is removed from sidewalks next winter.&nbsp; Ann Arbor businessman Paul Tinkerhess and others are working on the SnowBuddy concept to have a small tractor plow all of the sidewalks in the Water H<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ill neighborhood. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:02:12 +0000 Andrew Cluley 42791 at http://wemu.org SnowBuddy Proposal to Clear Snow from Sidewalks in Ann Arbor Neighborhood After the Snow, Quiet Afternoon in Ann Arbor http://wemu.org/post/after-snow-quiet-afternoon-ann-arbor <p>Downtown Ann Arbor is now basked in sunshine, and the sidewalks are cleared, but that doesn’t mean people are venturing out just yet.&nbsp; Main Street remains a little quieter than normal Wednesday afternoon, following another snowstorm. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 22:53:11 +0000 Andrew Cluley 42748 at http://wemu.org After the Snow, Quiet Afternoon in Ann Arbor Snow makes for a Busy Morning for Motorists, AAA Michigan http://wemu.org/post/snow-makes-busy-morning-motorists-aaa-michigan <p>Our snowy morning commute made for a slow drive for motorists, and a busy time for AAA Michigan.</p><p></p><p>AAA Michigan spokesperson Nancy Cain said the auto club had assisted close to 2,300 motorists as of 4pm Wednesday, and was still pretty busy.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cain said she expected that as the weather cleared up things would slow down a bit.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:08:02 +0000 Bob Eccles 42735 at http://wemu.org Snow makes for a Busy Morning for Motorists, AAA Michigan Ypsilanti Residents Taking Snow in Stride http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-residents-taking-snow-stride <p>While this latest winter storm found Ypsilanti residents out shoveling snow this morning, they seemed to be trying to find the positive side.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Jennifer Hackett was clearing snow on South Huron Street. She said the snow fell on a day when she didn't have to make her usual drive into Detroit's northern suburbs, so she was happy for that.</p><p></p><p>Along Harriet Street, Anthony Scott&nbsp; was shoveling a driveway and sidewalk for a little extra cash.&nbsp; He said this has been an excellent winter for making money shoveling snow.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:47:27 +0000 Bob Eccles 42717 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Residents Taking Snow in Stride Great Lakes Unlikely to Set Ice Record, Ice Not Expected to Have Lasting Impact on Weather http://wemu.org/post/great-lakes-unlikely-set-ice-record-ice-not-expected-have-lasting-impact-weather <p>The Great Lakes pushed within a couple of points from setting a new record for the percent of frozen surface.&nbsp; The 95 percent frozen mark set a record in 1979, now appears to be safe, and a University of Michigan scientist doesn’t believe there will be lasting weather impacts from the large amounts of ice, either.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:47:07 +0000 Andrew Cluley & Laura Heffner 42681 at http://wemu.org Great Lakes Unlikely to Set Ice Record, Ice Not Expected to Have Lasting Impact on Weather Concerns Over Main Breaks Continues With Cold Weather http://wemu.org/post/concerns-over-main-breaks-continues-cold-weather <div>The bitter cold is back for another round in Southeast Michigan, raising concerns about more water pipe breaks. Ann Arbor has seen a high number of water main breaks this winter already.</div><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:57:48 +0000 Andrew Cluley & Laura Heffner 42168 at http://wemu.org Bitter Temperatures Pose Potential Health Concerns http://wemu.org/post/bitter-temperatures-pose-potential-health-concerns <p>The bitter cold weather is expected to last through the weekend causing health concerns.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:53:39 +0000 Andrew Cluley 42167 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Officials Asking Residents to Clear Sidewalks, Drains During Warmer Weather http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-officials-asking-residents-clear-sidewalks-drains-during-warmer-weather <p>Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje calls on residents to take advantage of the warmer weather and clean off their sidewalks.&nbsp; Hieftje admits the amount of snow, and the freezing rain a few walks ago caused a mess, but many people rely on walking to get to jobs and other important appointments.</p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:56:20 +0000 Andrew Cluley 41776 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Likely Buying More Road Salt to Get Through This Winter http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-likely-buying-more-road-salt-get-through-winter <div>Communities across the nation are facing shortages of road salt thanks to this year's harsh winter weather. &nbsp;Ann Arbor isn't in as bad a situation as many communities but the city is looking at buying more salt.</div><p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 22:00:41 +0000 Andrew Cluley 41678 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Road Commission spends 20 percent of its Budget on Storm Cleanup http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-road-commission-spends-20-percent-its-budget-storm-cleanup <p>The Washtenaw County Road Commission spent $565,000 - one fifth of its budget - to clear snow and maintain roads during the severe weather earlier this month.</p><p>Nearly 3000 tons of salt and sand were dumped onto roads, and plow crews and other road personnel worked non-stop for five days to make sure the roads remained clear.</p><p>Washtenaw County Road Commission DIrector of Operation Jim Harmon says costs generated so far this season will not affect services going forward. He says the cost of cleaning up from a storm of that size is not unusual.<br />&nbsp;</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 20:42:35 +0000 Bob Eccles 40509 at http://wemu.org