RECALLS CONTINUE AS 2007 WINDS DOWN
It's another week and another batch of product recalls for consumers. 2007 has been the year for consumers to be aware of what they're buying and what they might already have in their home. The most recent products and reasons for the recall are as follows:
Electric Toasters, showcased on QVC, reported to be a fire hazard, as the toaster can short circuit.
AtHome America Candles due to possible fire hazard, as the whole candle can ignite.
Gamenamics Inc. Air-Powered Hockey Tables due to reported burn hazard, as the table can melt.
Hairstyling Irons by Farouk Systems Inc. due to reported fire and burn hazards, as the iron can short circuit.
Fitness Quest Eclipse Elliptical Trainers due to the machine reportedly falling and causing an injury.
For more information on these recalls, and more, visit www.recalls.gov.
COULD WE HAVE SNOW FOR CHRISTMAS?
With the cold wintry weather already making an appearance over the past couple of weeks, what's the chance we could see snow on Christmas morning? Well, out of the past 114 years in the St. Louis area, there have only been 22 Christmas mornings with one inch or more of snow on the ground.
According to the National Weather Service, the greatest snowfall on record for Christmas was in 1913 with 9 inches reported on the ground. With a trace or more of snowfall occurring roughly 38 times on record, the last measurable amount of snowfall reported on the ground was 5.8 inches in 2002.
The coldest Christmas on record was in 1983 with temperatures of 13 degrees below zero. During that month of December, from the 21st through the 26th there were 112 straight hours of wind chills below zero, including 35 straight hours of wind chills 30 degrees or more below zero.
The warmest Christmas on record was in 1889 with temperatures reaching 71 degrees. With this past history, the local area has only about a 19% chance of enjoying a good blanket of snow on the ground Christmas morning.