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Race Day Weather

Posted: November 2, 2011 in Uncategorized
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 History of NYC Marathon Weather:

Average maximum: 62ºF/17ºC                 

Average low: 47ºF/8ºC

I’m so happy the NYC Marathon was not last weekend in the snow storm!  🙂 Mostly because, I’ve done that before…  it was 1999 Denver, Colorado and I ran my first marathon in the snow (for the record, we finished the run in temperatures near 50 and full sun = Denver Weather at it’s Best.)  Anyway, the weather for the marathon in NYC this weekend Nov. 6th, 2011 looks to be a tad cool, but next to ideal for a marathon this time of year.  Below is the forecast…keep in mind there’s nothing wrong wishing for pleasant weather but the conditions also gives you a chance to battle the elements… if this were to turn out to be the coldest marathon in NYC marathon history — just think of the bragging rights!  Jut ask someone who’s run the race, they may not remember every mile but they remember the weather!!  My co-workers who have run the race have great recollections of the extrmes they’ve endured (Diane Williams – last year’s Chilly Race and Bill Evan making it through torrential downpours in 1995… the weather becomes part of your race memory!)


Start Temperature: 41    Max Temperature: 56  

Winds:  NW 10-15 mph      Sky Conditions:   Sunny

The coldest morning low in New York City’s Central Park on the morning of the marathon over the past 20 years was 34 degrees on Nov. 5, 1995.  The warmest afternoon high in New York City’s Central Park on the day of the New York City Marathon over the past 20 years was 73 degrees F on Nov. 4, 1990.

With waves of runners beginning between 8:30 a.m. and 10:40 a.m., temperatures will hover around 40 degrees. However, it will feel even colder as a breezy, northwest wind during the race.

Heat has actually been more of a concern than the cold.  Hot temperatures were the reason the race date was changed.  It’s now run in early November instead of its initial date in October. That move was prompted by the 1984 race, in which the temperature reached 79 degrees and the race had its first fatality, a French runner who died of a heart attack.

Here’s some of the most dramatic weather moments in New York City Marathon history according to articles documented in the NYTimes:

1984  Also called “the disaster of 1984” by race founder Fred Lebow because of the death of 51 year old Jacques Bussereau who collapsed 14 miles into the race and died. Dozens more were treated at area hospitals for heat-related conditions. The humidity ranged from 96 percent at the start to 65 percent in the afternoon.  Of the 16,315 people who started that race, 14,590 of them crossed the finish line.  Orlando Pizzolato of Italy won the men’s race in 2 hours 14 minutes 53 seconds, which was six minutes slower than the winning time in 1983. Grete Waitz of Norway won her sixth women’s title, two minutes slower than the previous year.

1994 It was not nearly as hot as 1984, but the 68-degree temperature coupled with high humidity was so bad that 2 runners died of heart attacks becoming the second and third deaths in the race’s history.

1995 A year after one of the hottest races, New York followed with a brutally cold, wet and windy day for one of the coldest ever NYC Marathons.  The temperature reached only 40 degrees, although it was colder at the start when the wind chill factor was 18 degrees, with a mix of rain and snow and winds blowing at 20-30 miles per hour with some gusts to 58 mph. Oddly enough, the same runners who won the hot 1994 race repeated as champions in 1995.

Here are some cool links to wild marathon weather preparations!

What to Wear in Marathon Weather

Doc Advice to Running in Cold

Event Alert Systems for some races  

Diane’s Blog to NYCM2010


Who Gets You to the START

Posted: November 2, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.
–Booker T. Washington

I’ll be running the race with my training partner Curt Nuncio. I met Curt in Denver in 1999, at the time we worked at a local tv station, trained on Cherry Creek path and ran both the Colroado Marathon together and Chicago Marathon too (another co-worker and my husband joined us for that race,) and then we both moved on to different TV jobs in different cities. Fast forward 10 years and we’re both working in NYC again… and NYC Marathon will be our race reunion!

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Curt’s faster than me. Probably way faster but in marathon training, very little is fast so it works out. Curt’s a great training partner. He’s got stories to share, he’s a good listener, he can also run in silence. He will skip a workout if we want to postpone or go the extra mile if we need to do it. When you think about it… most people have a hard time doing the same thing for four hours… let alone doing the same thing with the same person for four hours! So, finding the right training partner is critical unless you are willing to train alone! Plus, if you like your partner, you’ll look forward to training.

Over the years, my training partners have included a wide variety of situations:
my hair dresser transformed to best friend and Warrior Dash partner,
my neighbor who had never run before/mother of 4/pediatric nurse who now has run several marathons,
a TV news anchor who lives thousands of miles away + we have never lived in the same city = we have run at least 2.5 marathons together and we ran together the morning of her wedding,

The point is this. I would not get to the finish line without training. But getting to the start line is always because I have the right training partner. I also think that the quote about “it’s the journey, not the destination,” was from somebody with a really cool training partner!  Love you all!

“It’s rude to count people as you pass them. Out loud.” -Adidas

Running into Memories

Posted: October 19, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Besides the first time I held my children, some of my greatest life moments have happened while running!  Meeting friends, seeing new places and of course, crossing finish lines… so when I train it seems I can’t help running into memories… thought I’d write a few down….
I think about my days running cross country where we would countdown until Friday where we would run to the Dairy Queen after practice.

I remember my high school coach running along side me during races cheering me on to the finish.  I remember doing my first triathlon with Olympian Amy Van Dyken when we were working for the same TV station in Denver.

I remember racing (use this term loosely!) Mary Decker Slaney on leg 12 of the Hood to Coast TWO years in a row!

I remember Media Team for relays and charity races. I think about some of my best friends in the world turning out summer after summer for my favorite race Miles to Fight Melanoma.

I love the memory of Deirdre and Maree helping me finish my 1st New York marathon and the phone call I made right after I finished the race.

I think about people I spent running 185 miles with… but havent’ seen since.

I think about the mornings my Dad woke me up before school growing up…it was still dark outside as we ran up and down the hill on Pawnee Drive visualizing the runners I’d pass in my next race.

There’s a country song, every mile a memory and it reminds me that the race is the destination… but the training is the real treat as it provides the road to reflection where I think about memories that have been made and the one’s that are waiting at the next race.  Looking forward to ING New York Marathon 2011


Meteorlogist Amy Freeze

Write it on Your Heart

Posted: February 18, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Today is so beautiful… I’m happy and grateful. Thoughts on what I’ve done while at Fox Chicago News:

-First Female Chief Meteorologist In Chicago
-Unveiled the First DualPol Radar in the Midwest
-Made Fox Chicago the city’s First NOAA Storm Ready Supporter TV Station
-Hosted the First Ever Weather Education Days at the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Wolves Hockey
-Visited 25,000 School Children in the Chicago area over 4 years
-Most Accurate Forecast in Chi from 2007-2011
-Emmy Winner for “Surviving Severe Weather”
-Chief Presenter for Shedd Aquarium’s First Ever “Listen to Our Lakes” with my Storm Water Alert Program
-Official Forecasts for Soldier Field and the Chicago Bears
-Countless opportunities to work with charities and people who make a difference in Chicagoland

But honestly, my professional accomplishments pale in comparison to the love, friendship, relationships, moments I have shared with co-workers and friends. Thank you. -af

Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.

Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.

This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bears Weather… Phil Wants to Know

Posted: January 24, 2011 in Uncategorized
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It’s not 100-proof, but few things in weather are without chance and probability…. So “Bears Weather?” Is there such a thing and what could it possibly mean? When talking about Bears football, it seems the colder the weather, the better the odds of victory. I’m not saying that colder weather would have helped us win… but then again Today the Wind Chills were ABOVE Zero… Honestly, just looking at any winning stats at this point feels better than losing in the cold… 😦 See Below

November 13, 2005 Bears vs. 49ers Bears 17 49ers 9 Nathan Vasher returns a 108 yard missed field goal as winds blew as high as 38 mph.

December 23, 2007 Bears vs. Packers Bears 35 Packers 7 Cold and winds with a low temperature of 14 degrees, winds gusting as high as 48 mph. Brett Farve says it’s the coldest game he’s ever played… “I’ve been playing 17 years and that was the worst conditions I’ve ever played in,” Bone chilling windy and snow! Farve threw two interceptions. Alex Brown picked him off on the first possession of the third quarter, setting up a touchdown. Urlacher ran one back 85 yards early in the fourth. The Bears also blocked two punts by Jon Ryan. December 1983 Bears Game Bears and Pakcers faces off with Bears winning 23-21. The second coldest game on record at 5 degrees.

The Bears coldest game by temperature is a tie — one was played December 27, 2008 at Soldier Field where game time kick off temperature was 2 degrees. The other coldest game ever was played at Wrigley Field December 16, 1951 against the Chicago Cardinals with the mercury at just 2 degrees.

The game with the most extreme wind chill was -15 windchill on Dec. 18, 1983, Bears Won!

January 21, 2007  And even when it snows!!!! Bears vs. Saints  Bears 39 Saints 14 The weather is cold and breezy with falling snow. Highs were in the 20s with the wind chill in the teens. About an inch of snow fell.   And no one will soon forget the “lake result” snow and cold during the 2010 New England “snow globe” where the Bears were victorious earning a playoff game!

10 coldest home games in franchise history, the Bears are only 8-2.

Bears Weather

History of 10 inch or greater Snow storms in Chicago


Since snow records began in 1886 in Chicago, there have been 41 winter storms that produced 10 inches or more of snow. A 10 inch snow occurs about once every 3 years. A 15 inch snow occurs only once about every 19 years. The closest back to back 10 inch snows were March 25-26 and April 1-2, 1970 (6 days apart). The longest period of time without a 10 inch snow or greater was February 12, 1981 to January 1, 1999 (almost 18 years). The earliest 10 inch snow was November 25-26, 1895 and the latest 10 inch snow was April 1-2, 1970. The most recent 10 inch snow was January 21-23, 2005.

Chicago’s 10 biggest Snowstorms:

1.23.0 inches Jan 26-27, 1967
2.21.6 inches Jan 1-3, 1999
3.19.2 inches Mar 25-26, 1930
4.18.8 inches Jan 13-14, 1979
5.16.2 inches Mar 7-8, 1931
6.15.0 inches Dec 17-20, 1929
7.14.9 inches Jan 30, 1939
8.14.9 inches Jan 6-7, 1918
9.14.3 inches Mar 25-26, 1970
10.14.0 inches Jan 18-20, 1886
Snowfall of 10 Inches or More for the Calendar Day January 2, 1999 18.6 inches December 12, 1903 11.3 inches
January 13, 1979 16.5 inches February 18, 2000 11.1 inches
January 26, 1967 16.4 inches February 3, 1896 11.0 inches
January 30, 1939 14.9 inches December 20, 1960 11.0 inches
January 6, 1918 14.4 inches December 10, 1934 10.9 inches
March 25, 1930 13.6 inches March 7, 1931 10.9 inches
March 2, 1954 11.5 inches February 3, 1901 10.8 inches
February 18, 1908 11.5 inches December 23, 1961 10.2 inches
February 28, 1900 11.3 inches December 27, 1894 10.1 inches
Deember 14, 1951 10.0 inches

Snowfall of 10 Inches or More – Storm Total January 21-23, 2005 11.2 inches
January 30-31, 2002 12.0 inches
February 18, 2000 11.1 inches
January 1-3, 1999 21.6 inches
February 10-11, 1981 11.2 inches
January 13-14, 1979 18.8 inches
February 6-7, 1978 10.3 inches
January 25-27, 1978 12.4 inches
January 9-10, 1977 10.9 inches
April 1-2, 1970 10.7 inches
March 25-26, 1970 14.3 inches
December 22-23, 1969 11.3 inches
January 26-27, 1967 23.0 inches
February 23-25, 1965 11.5 inches
December 22-23, 1961 11.7 inches
December 19-20, 1960 12.5 inches
March 2-3, 1954 11.8 inches
December 14, 1951 10.0 inches
December 5-8, 1950 13.3 inches
December 10-11, 1944 10.9 inches
January 30, 1939 14.9 inches
December 9-10, 1934 11.3 inches
February 6-7, 1933 12.7 inches
March 7-8, 1931 16.2 inches
March 25-26, 1930 19.2 inches
December 17-20, 1929 15.0 inches
March 30-31, 1926 12.6 inches
January 6-7, 1918 14.9 inches
January 12-14, 1910 10.2 inches
February 18-19, 1908 12.8 inches
December 12-13, 1903 11.6 inches
February 3-5, 1901 12.7 inches
February 28, 1900 11.3 inches
March 23-24, 1897 10.0 inches
February 12-13, 1896 12.0 inches
February 3-4, 1896 12.5 inches
November 25-26, 1895 12.0 inches
February 6-7, 1895 13.4 inches
December 27, 1894 10.1 inches
February 12-14, 1894 11.0 inches
January 18-20, 1886 14.0 inches