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Warm, cold, cold, warm. Make up your mind already!

It’s safe to say that’s what a whole lot of people are thinking across the country, as they don fall jackets one day, winter coats the next. Winter, it seems, has become a little moody, and no one is feeling the brunt of its mood swings more than ski resorts.

“Rising Temperatures Threaten Fundamental Change for Ski Slopes,” reported yesterday’s New York Times. “Study Shows Warming’s Threat to Skiing,” said The Aspen Times, just a few days earlier. And this equally sobering take from Bloomberg: “Ski Areas Face $1 Billion Risk From Warming Climate, Groups Say.”

But Wait, There’s Hope!

Before you reach for your Xanax, take a deep breath and repeat: “There’s still hope for fun on the slopes this year.”

Sure, we’re all feeling a little nervous, especially with still-fresh memories of last year’s unseasonably warm winter — the fourth warmest on record since 1896 — that caused half of the nation’s ski areas to open late and nearly as many to close early. This year is seeing more unpredictable temperature shifts in areas from Mount Sunapee in Vermont, where warmer temps have turned some usually snow white trails dirt brown, to several ski resorts in Colorado that have been forced to push back their opening dates.

A Pro Colorado Skier’s Opinion

Lou Dawson — no, not a climate guy, but he is the first person to ski all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks — seems pretty optimistic about the whole thing. From what we can tell over at Lou’s popular Wild Snow blog, he’s got strong opinions on how ski resorts can withstand climate change.

Here’s what Lou’s saying: “If ski resorts want to deal with global warming and continue skiing as we know it, they need to figure out where we can ski as the climate warms, and build or extend ski areas into those zones.”

Snowiest Ski Resorts — Where Are They?

So where are those “zones”? Leave it to our friends over at weathertrends360 to gather the goods. Recently, these weather gurus compiled their list of the world’s snowiest ski resorts, with their selection based upon long-term weather trends forecasts.

And the slopes with the most guaranteed powder? Places such as Alta, UT, make weathertrends360’s list – and as the NYT confirmed this week, this famed ski area, now in its 75th year, is seeing trails with a base depth of 48 inches. (Translation: Anything above 15 inches is sufficient for skiing.)

What other ski resorts made the list? For the full forecast, check out the World’s Snowiest Ski Resorts.

Host of Travel Channel’s Paranormal Paparazzi, Aaron Sagers shares his first-hand account of Hurricane Sandy‘s devastating hit on New York City.

Zombies come to mind. When the lights went out and the world seemed to shut down, as it did in my neighborhood near the East River in lower Manhattan, I automatically began thinking about the dozens of zombie flicks I grew up watching. But The Walking Dead this is not; instead, the source of my troubles is a Frankenstorm named Sandy.

Travel Channel’s Paranormal Paparazzi host, Aaron Sagers braves Hurricane Sandy in New York City.

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably already know that the Eastern Seaboard of the US is still reeling from the wrath of Hurricane Sandy, now downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone. Powerful wind gusts, up to 80 mph, have left more than 7 million people without power. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of evacuees have been rushed to emergency shelters; to help with disaster relief, consider a donation to the American Red Cross.

And unfortunately travelers haven’t been able to escape Sandy’s stormy grip. Airports in NYC and Philadelphia remain closed, and more than 13,000 flights were cancelled at airports in some states near the Great Lakes, where heavy snow is expected. And according to The New York Times, flooding in some areas has forced subways from Boston to Washington, DC, to shut down.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that we’ve put together a few helpful tips just in case you’re stranded or you need to reschedule your travel plans. Cut through the clutter and get your travels back on track with our hurricane safety tips — what travelers should do before, during and after stormy weather strikes.

Looking for more travel tips and warm weather getaways?

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Travel 911 Hurricane Strategy

If you live in the Northeast, then you’re familiar with the warnings lately to batten down the hatches and stock up on toilet paper. The perfect storm is coming our way as Sandy makes her way north after wreaking havoc on the Caribbean, a winter storm is gathering speed from the west and a cold front is streaming down from Canada — all converging to create a possibly-historic weather event. READ MORE

New Orleans During Hurricane Isaac
Photography by Getty Images

 

Hurricane Isaac may have just weakened to tropical storm status, but Louisiana residents continue to brace themselves as the water flows over the levees in Plaquemine Parish, and high winds and rain water continue to barrel down on the city and its surrounding areas.

CNNMoney is already reporting that the storm could cost $1.5 billion in damage, and there are currently 725,000 people without power across Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas. READ MORE

Having to prepare for a hurricane, endure losing your luggage or drive through a snow storm are just a few examples of potential emergencies that may throw a proverbial wrench in your travel plans. Luckily, Travel Channel’s new web series, Travel 911, is here to offer precautionary advice to travelers. Our travel expert, Rob Pralgo, offers suggestions on how to handle many of the travel emergencies that we hope you never have to experience, including what to do if you have a painful jellyfish sting, how to choose the best sun screen and how to avoid a shark attack.

In addition to practical advice, Travel 911’s camping webisode has helpful tips on what you should pack on your next camping trip, and what you should do if you have a face-to-face encounter with a bear. It’s advice that’s relevant in light of a recent string of bear attacks.

In Fairbanks, AK, a bear dragged 21-year-old Julia Strafford 20 feet before letting her go, according to the Seattle Times. She survived, but 49-year-old Richard White wasn’t as lucky. The photographer was mauled and killed by a grizzly bear in Denali National Park, according to Fox News.

We hope this web series will help travelers plan ahead and take better precautions when traveling. Oh, and what about preparing for Hurricane Isaac? READ MORE

Roughly 50,000 people are expected to make their way to Tampa, FL, next week for the Republican National Convention, so we asked the meteorologists at weathertrends360 for a rundown of what GOP-ers can expect when they arrive in the Sunshine State.

As you may have heard, it isn’t going to be very sunny. From the looks of the forecast, we’ve got just one, simple packing tip: Bring your rain gear. READ MORE

If you’re headed to London for the 2012 Olympic Games, you better free up some space in your suitcase for a pair of rain boots (Wellingtons, if you want to blend in with the Brits), because the forecast calls for rain.

Concerned about all the uber-lucky travelers headed to this year’s Olympics (ok, fine, maybe we’re just jealous), we checked in with our friends at weathertrends360 to see what all you spectators and athletes could expect from the notoriously-rainy city. According to the weathertrends360 meteorologists, London is expected to have the second-wettest weather in over 20 years during the opening weekend of the 2012 games. It might be a gloomy start weather-wise, but we’re predicting that a little rain won’t put a damper on the much-anticipated opening weekend. READ MORE

A storm rolled through New York City yesterday afternoon with black skies and unexpected hail, but through the power of social media, NYC was able to see what was coming before they could even Google “weather.”

Courtesy of @dhanijones / d0057 on Instagram

 

From the vantage point of an airplane window, former NFL linebacker and Travel Channel host, Dhani Jones, Instagram-ed the storm and posted it to his Twitter feed, starting a storm of his own. While our Travel Channel offices in New York and DC were pummeled by the thunder, we were too excited about our old friend’s social media frenzy to even notice.

Find some of Dhani’s Travel Channel videos here and follow him on Twitter to see what he’s up to now.

Can you believe tomorrow is the Fourth of July already? It’s not too late to make your holiday plans. From Boston to San Francisco, we rounded up the best fireworks the Fourth has to offer. And to make your planning even easier, we even found out which cities will have the best and the worst weather for pyrotechnics. Get out your picnic blankets – it’s time to get patriotic!

Check to see if the weather is going to ruin your fireworks with our friends at WeatherTrends360.com.

Get in the mood with photos of the best fireworks displays in the nation.

Impress your friends when you show them where the best viewing spots are for fireworks  around the country.

Where will you be catching the fireworks this year? Let us know in the comments!

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