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By Michael Hill The Associated Press

Snow science: Crystal clues to climate change, watersheds

HIGHMOUNT, N.Y. — Capturing snowflakes isn’t as easy as sticking out your tongue.

At least not when you’re trying to capture them for scientific study, which involves isolating the tiniest of crystals on a metal card printed with grid lines and quickly placing them under a microscope to be photographed.

Replica of Spirit of St. Louis soars 88 years after Charles Lindbergh’s trans-Atlantic flight

RHINEBECK, N.Y. Charles Lindbergh would instantly recognize the plane with “Spirit of St. Louis” painted on its nose rumbling above treetops in New York’s Hudson Valley. There’s a 9-cylinder engine similar to the one used in his historic flight, an identical cockpit under a 46-foot wing and a look-alike of his wicker pilot’s seat.