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Skilling: New Year’s Day Snow Short of Record, but Still Impressive Totals

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Clearing is underway and sunshine has emerged Sunday after a New Year’s Day snowstorm dropped 3 or more inches of snow across Chicagoland.

Saturday January 1, 2022 marked only the 6th New Year’s Day since 1884 that 3 or more inches of snow has fallen on New Year’s Day here in Chicago.

The snow hit with strong winds with gusts clocked as high as 43 mph across the area Saturday. The storm laid down a swath of snow from the Rockies eastward across the Plains and Midwest.

Full forecast details and more at the WGN Weather Center blog

Though significant, the snow failed to establish a new New Year’s Day record. The still-standing record for most snow on a Jan 1 in the 137 years of official snow observations is 5″ which fell 104 years ago in 1918. Still, amounts at the airports here in the city came in at 4.2″ at Midway and 4.1″ at O’Hare–so we just missed the record.

Amounts from this weekend’s winter snowstorm from southeast Wisconsin south across the Greater Chicago area and northwest Indiana ranged from 1 to 8″–with the greatest number of reports across the Chicago area in the 3 to 5″ range–but as high as 6.5″ in Hoffman Estates and 5.5″ at Evanston and Waukegan.

A plot of snowfall reports filed with the National Weather Service (NWS)

Here’s a rundown of 24 hour snowfalls through 6am CST this (Sunday) morning:

8″ 4 NNW Kenosha, WI8″ Elmwood Park, WI6.6″ Racine, WI6.5″ 4.6NW Hoffman Estates6.5″ 1.6SE Hoffman Estates5.5″ Evanston5.5″ Waukegan5″ Oak Park5″ Rock Falls4.8″ Mt. Prospect4.8″ Bannockburn4.7″ Geneva4.5″ Twin Lakes, WI (Kenosha county)4.5″ Marengo4.5″ Rockford4.5″ Rogers Park-Chicago4.4″ Homewood4.3″ Lincolnwood4.2″ Midway Airport-Chicago4.1″ O’Hare4″ Wheaton4″ Gary4″ Oak Forest4″ Cedar Lake, IN4″ Peru4″ Riverwoods4″ Williams Bay, WI4″ Glen Ellyn3.9″ Belvidere3.9″ Capron3.9″ Kenosha3.8″ Chesterton, IN3.7″ North Aurora3.7″ Porter, IN3.6″ Winnebago3.6″ Burr Ridge3.5″ Cary3.5″ Harwood Heights3.5″ Loves Park3.5″ Barrington3.5″ Elmhurst3.4″ Streator3.4″ Forest Lake3.3″ Clarendon Hills3.2″Janesville, WI3.2″ Bridgeview3.2″ St. Charles3.1″ Carol Stream3.1″ Valparaiso, IN3″ Deerfield3″ Marseilles3″ Ogden Dunes, IN3″ Palatine3″ Franklin Park3″ Lockport3″ Pleasant Prairie, WI3″ St. John, IN2.8″ Lansing2.8″ NWS Romeoville2.8″ Mundelein2.8″ Cortland2.8″ LaSalle2.8″ Batavia2.7″ Downers Grove2.6″ Naperville2.5″ Carbon Hill2.5″ Oak Lawn2.5″ Demotte, IN2.5″ Kouts, IN2.5″ Lake Geneva, WI2.5″ Morton Grove2.4″ Peotone2.4″ Ottawa2.3″ Crest Hill2.3″ Joliet2.1″ Morris2.1″ Plainfield2″ Bolingbrook2″ Genoa City2″ Chicago Ridge2″ DeKalb1.3″ Mendota1″ Midlothian

Original Article: wgntv.com

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A First As the World Warms: New Forecasts Could Help Predict Marine Heat Waves

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Collisions Cause Major Traffic Backups in Bothell and Arlington

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Traffic in the Puget Sound region came to a stop Wednesday morning due to two separate incidents, one in Bothell and the other near Arlington. On southbound Interstate 405 in Bothell, a collision near Highway 527 closed the two right lanes, the Washington State Department of Transportation announced on Twitter. The resulting traffic backup is […]

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DISH Network to Pay $5.5M Settlement Over Alleged Hazardous Waste Disposal Violations

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OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Satellite TV provider DISH Network will pay $5.5 million to settle a lawsuit accusing it of illegally disposing of hazardous waste in Alameda County and elsewhere in the state.

DISH Network is alleged to have violated California environmental laws by sending hazardous waste to local landfills that are not equipped or authorized to receive the waste.

According to state Attorney General Rob Bonta, audits of DISH facilities in California found that DISH repeatedly disposed of hazardous waste since 2005 in violation of the Hazardous Waste Control Law and Unfair Competition Law.

“If you break the rules, we will hold you accountable,” said Bonta in a press release. “For years, DISH carelessly disposed of and sent hazardous waste to local landfills, ignoring the consequences for our communities and our environment. From there, hazardous chemical elements from electronic devices, batteries, aerosols, and more could seep into soil and contaminate our environment. Today’s settlement is critical. Large corporations like DISH have a responsibility to respect our environmental laws and do their part to protect our state’s precious resources.”

“My Office is committed to holding corporate polluters accountable for violations of state environmental laws,” said Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley in a statement. “Hazardous electronic waste is ubiquitous, and everyone must do their part to keep these items out of the landfill, especially large corporations who handle high volumes of electronic waste.”

As a provider of TV and video services to residential and business customers, DISH employees manage large volumes of electronic equipment, such as remote controls, transformers, and power adapters, various batteries, aerosol cans, and other items classified as hazardous waste.

The Colorado-based company will pay for penalties, costs, and supplemental environmental project to benefit the community while making significant changes to its operations and practices to come into compliance with state law.

Specifically, DISH must:

• Pay $5.5 million, including $3.32 million in civil penalties, $835,500 in litigation costs, and $845,000 for supplemental environmental projects. DISH must also spend $500,000 to implement enhanced environmental compliance measures to ensure proper management of hazardous waste at its California facilities.

• Hire an independent third-party auditor to perform environmental compliance audits at DISH’s 25 facilities across the state;

• Conduct regular inspections of facility trash dumpsters and roll-off containers to ensure the containers do not contain hazardous waste; and

• Provide training to employees to ensure compliance with California’s hazardous waste laws.

According to the attorney general’s and Alameda DA’s offices, the DISH settlement is the fifth case of a telecom industry giant addressing unlawful disposal and management of hazardous waste. The two offices have also successfully prosecuted AT&T, Comcast, DirecTV, and Cox Communications for similar environmental violations related to illegal disposals of large volumes of electronic waste from their cable and satellite video services.

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