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"Weather is ideally suited to the electronic age," wrote Bernard Mergen in his 2008 book "Weather Matters," which details all the ways weather affects Americans and makes a difference in their daily lives. It turns out Mergen, a professor emeritus of American studies, was on to something.
A nearly snowless winter hasn't hurt the bottom line of some Lehigh Valley businesses. Landscape and snow removal companies are shifting gears, stowing plows in the garage and putting staff to work on spring refurbishments. The lack of snow has also been a boon to city budgets.
A woman noticed something odd on Skyline Drive near Lehighton on Saturday afternoon - a cardboard box, with open flaps and small holes poked in the sides. She would have thought nothing of it, but then the box moved. Inside was a white and brown Pomeranian, shivering, scared and unable to climb out.
It's Winter Weather Awareness Week in Pennsylvania, a reminder of the cold dose of reality served to those left stranded on area roadways during an early-season snowstorm last November. Lehigh Valley residents are now preparing for winter's perils by stocking emergency supplies in their cars.
In 1996, the hit movie "Twister" dramatized an advanced alert system for tornadoes using the fictional "Dorothy," an instrument designed to be placed into the path of a tornado and pulled into its "suck zone."
Martin Tower in photos: Vince Sadonis had a chance to walk through and photograph the grounds and first floor of Martin Tower back in 2014. He never thought he'd get the chance to step foot in the abandoned relic of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation again. He was wrong.
The Phillies will open spring training in Clearwater this week with a coaching staff reconfigured in the offseason and enormous pressure on the front office - including president Andy MacPhail and general manager Matt Klentak ― to once again make the team a contender.
Competitors at all level of sport in the Lehigh Valley ― from youth players to coaches, and even professionals - are taking advantage of technology and machine learning like never before, including tracking devices, embedded electronics, and even "smart" soccer balls.
High-end tourism is booming in the Buddhist nation of Bhutan. Northwestern Lehigh grad Bryan Gensits went from the Lehigh Valley to the Himalayan Kingdom and now entices runners to come and traverse forests and rugged switchbacks through his company, Bhutan Marathon Tours.
The Quadzilla 15k, which runs off at Trexler Nature Preserve on Sunday, July 21, is in its ninth year of looking for the king or queen of the hills. It's considered the premier trail race for any local runner who wants a major challenge and is notorious for its hilly, rocky terrain.
Obstacle course racing? Trail running? These activities tend to evoke visceral reactions among potential participants, including those set to tackle Palmerton's upcoming Spartan Race. Training for such events often begins at Blue Mountain on the "Blue Burn" trail, where we met up with Justin Scholl.
The Lehigh Valley's running scene has exploded in recent years, with the annual Runner's World Half Marathon and Festival drawing thousands to Bethlehem's historic neighborhoods and the former Bethlehem Steel complex. From summer to fall, you can't go a weekend in the Lehigh Valley without a fun run, 5K or 10K taking place.
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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's childhood is set to be chronicled on a brand-new NBC sitcom, and the show is likely to heavily feature the roughly three years he spent growing in Bethlehem. The network has unveiled plans for an 11-episode comedy "Young Rock," due next season.
Here are some of the best Lehigh Valley Christmas lights displays of 2019, including one that made its debut four decades ago thanks to Eugene H. "Sparky" Ashner. It is aglow for likely the final time, a tribute to the World War II vet who died earlier this year.
Last year we continued his Christmastime tradition with the 12 Houses of Christmas, touring the valley's three main cities and their environs for the most ideally lit route. Now we add Halloween to the lineup, with the help of reader-submitted suggestions.
Lady Antebellum brought their old hits, a few new hits, and some other artists' hits to the Wind Creek Steel Stage at Musikfest on what turned out to be a beautiful, rain-free Sunday night in south Bethlehem.