Monday, May 6, 2013
Check out today's pollen forecast for Southampton.
Springtime has arrived and pollen is in the air. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the Greater Philadelphia area ranks #25 in the country in a list of "allergy capitals." Locally, it's the Red Cedar, Hackberry, Elm, Willow and Poplar trees—to name few—causing those itchy eyes and snuffly nose. Thanks to the effects of climate change, experts say the pollen count this season will be higher than ever before. Now you can check the daily allergy forecast as easily as the weather forecast. The Allergy Alert tool from Pollen.com above shows which pollen allergens are high in Southampton today. Please note that an advertisement cycles into the tool.
Friday, April 26, 2013
The National Weather Service is calling for beautiful spring weather this weekend.
It looks like spring is finally in the air, as the National Weather Service calls for clear, sunny skies and mild temps for this weekend. Here's a look at the NWS' detailed weekend forecast for Southampton:
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The courts have been reopened for the season.
The tennis courts at Tamanend Park have reopened for the season.
Friday, March 29, 2013
Join in the fun at the church's eighth annual community egg hunt Saturday afternoon.
Here comes Peter Cottontail... but why?
Easter is here, and for most part, that means family togetherness, colored eggs and chocolate bunnies. For others, it means calling off the self-imposed impediments of Lent. Easter is celebrated in several different ways in dozens of countries around the world. But where did it start? Who named it Easter? And who got the bunny involved? Read on to find out the answers to those important questions and more! 1. Easter is a celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. OK, you probably did know that one. Easter is two days after Good Friday, the Christian holiday commemorating Jesus’ crucifixion. Three days later, he is said to have resurrected. The early Christians threw a party, which today is known as Easter. Easter also marks the end of Lent, the …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
A very zen moment on the streets of Southampton.
Friday, March 22, 2013
The National Weather Service says clear skies are in the forecast until late Sunday, when snow showers could be headed our way.
Here's a look at the National Weather Service weekend forecast for Southampton:
Friday, March 8, 2013
Clocks should "spring forward" one hour early Sunday morning.
By now, most people in Southampton have noticed that daylight is beginning a little earlier each morning. That means that both spring and Daylight Saving Time are near. In 2013, the big shift will take place on Sunday. On that date, most of the U.S. will 'spring' clocks forward at 2 a.m. This means that while you'll lose an hour of sleep, you'll gain an extra hour of daylight at the end of the day. And when does it end? This year, DST will last until Nov. 3. In addition to your clocks, the folks at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission - and most fire departments - are reminding everyone that this is also a good time to change batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
Friday, February 1, 2013
With the recent cold snap, the prospect of Punxsutawney Phil predicting six more weeks of winter on Feb. 2 is especially daunting.
Groundhog Day is on Saturday, Feb. 2 and the recent Arctic temperatures are giving the day a bit more resonance than usual. On Groundhog Day, the groundhog comes out of its burrow and checks for his shadow to determine how soon spring will arrive. According to the myth, if a groundhog sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter; if he does not, spring is right around the corner. Last year, Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter while Staten Island Chuck called for an early spring. Groundhog Day and other similar legends are based on the beliefs of Europeans, but the true origins of the holiday are lost in time. The day originated from the Germans, Scots and early Christian Europeans. Groundhog Day …
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Lucy literally mothers her plants to death.
I love unusual flowers, which was evidenced in my column a few weeks ago, "Spring Planting." But that wasn’t the rest of the story. In my best Homer Simpson voice, here’s part “doh.” As a flower freak, I love all flowers, so I buy petunias, begonias, impatiens, you name it. But I also search for unusual plants, or unusual colors. Because I live in the boonies, I usually find them online. And most often, in the form of seeds unless you want to pay a hefty shipping charge. The problem is, I haven’t had much luck growing anything from seeds. But since when has failure stopped me from trying just about anything? My first foray into sowing seeds came in the form of nasturtiums. Nasturtiums are edible flowers that have a mild peppery taste and …