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Western Oneida County Added to Severe Thunderstorm Warning

The line of strong thunderstorms affecting Central New York this afternoon has now pushed into Western Oneida County.  The storm has produced golf-ball sized hail near Syracuse and is forecasted to reach these communities in Oneida County:

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Strong Storms Threaten Syracuse, Madison County

A strong line of thunderstorms has developed in the northern Finger Lakes this afternoon and has now crossed the Onondaga County line and bearing down on Syracuse.  The National Weather Service in

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Lightning Strikes New York’s Empire State Building Three Times [VIDEOS]

There was a major thunderstorm that raged through New York City on Tuesday night. The rain came pouring down and the thunder slammed loudly throughout the night.

A lot of dogs were hiding under beds, children were scared, and adults were pretending not to be. The storm was so crazy that New York's most famous landmark, The Empire State Building, was struck by lightning at least three times -- and even cooler than that, it was caught on video!

Watch it happen, along with nine more lightning-strike videos of famous buildings after the jump.

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New Japan Tsunami Footage Posted to YouTube [VIDEO]

New raw footage of the tsunami struck the Japanese port city of Kesennuma has just hit YouTube and it's gone viral becoming the most viewed video today.  It's amazing to see the water wash ashore taking everything in its path like they are toys

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photo by Mark Richards
photo by Mark Richards
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Mark Richards On Spring Break

Miss me? I miss you, and I miss the arrival of Spring. I'm waiting for nicer weather so I can get the rest on my projects done around the house.

So far I've got the blinds up, the screens up, the hot tub clean and Dylan & I visited Chuck Cheese!

He's a good shot at basket ball!

But the most time consuming project is our messy yard.

Mother nature dumped a whole lot of debris over the winter; branches, pine needles, twigs, pine-cones and more.

It took a day to rake it up and another to haul it out front. Now the yard is presentable and ready for outdoor activity, but, what's that? More snow! ugggg!

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A Snowy Driveway in Syracuse, Winter 2011 (Peter Naughton/via Facebook)
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Syracuse Named Top 5 Worst Weather City in America

The Weather Channel has named their top 5 Worst Weather Cities for the 2010-2011 season.  The Weather Channel cites the following putting Syracuse in contention:

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NASA Perigee Moon
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Luna Goes Loco-This Weekend Brings A Super Moon

An unusual astronomical phenomenon occurs this weekend.  It's called a Super Moon.  The moon will pass as close as possible to Earth Saturday night.  That closeness, coupled with the moon being full, will make the moon appear 14 percent larger than normal.  

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Massive Earthquake, Tsunami Strike Japan; Effects Expected Around the Globe (image)
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UPDATE: Massive Earthquake, Tsunami Strike Japan; Effects Rippling Around the Globe

Hundreds have been found or are presumed dead after a massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami tore through Japan's northeast coast. Some are already declaring the 8.9 magnitude quake the largest ever recorded and after-effects are expected to hit the west coast of the US, the Phillippines, Indonesia and other vulnerable spots. The Internet has sped into action, using Twitter to report updates and Google's crisis response page to report missing persons.

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Soggy Backyard
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Where You Fooled Into Thinking Spring Was Here?

Looking outside Sunday morning before our foot and more of snow, you could have imagined that spring was just a few more days away.  This photo was taken in my backyard in West Utica:  lots of lawn and a saturated ground thanks to all the melted snow

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Snow Covered Car in West Utica
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SNOW-M-G: March Maelstrom

What a last winter wollop we recieved Sunday and overnight Monday from Mother Nature.  More than a foot of snow  has fallen across the Mohawk Valley of Central New York since the first flakes moved in from the west midday on Sunday

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photo by Mark Richards
photo by Mark Richards
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Just 16 Days Until Spring

Building Frosty with my son Dylan & mommy is one of my fondest memories of  Winter, but let's face it, enough already! I'm ready for Spring, how about you?

The Spring solstice or vernal equinox is the day in Spring when daytime and nighttime are of equal length. This tends to happen around March 21st of each year. This year Spring arrives on Sunday March 20th, in just 16 days!

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Snow Still Possible In The North Country Today

The Lake Effect Snow Warning has been cancelled for Southern Oneida County and the similar advisory has been lifted for Madison County.

But the Lake Effect Snow Warning is still in effect for Northern Oneida County for heavy snow in locations west of Route 26

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