Windy Monday, Historic Fall From Space, Stamp Prices Increase - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Windy Monday, Historic Fall From Space, Stamp Prices Increase

A windy Monday with a few showers. Later tonight we'll dry things out completely. Expect a colder Tuesday morning and as the wind turns out of the southwest, warmer air will move back in for the middle of the week. Out ahead of the next front rain will arrive early Thursday.

Felix Baumgartner jumped from more than 24-miles in the sky, falling for more than four minutes and reaching speeds of more than 700 miles per hour to become the first man to ever break the sound barrier outside of a vehicle.  Although the Austrian daredevil landed safely, he did have some concerns as he fell towards earth. "Starting spinning so violent. It spun me around in all different axes, you know, and I was always trying to figure out how to stop this," Baumgartner said. "I was putting one arm out, it didn't work, then putting the other arm out, but you're always late, because at that speed...When you travel at that speed, with that suit (and it's pressurized), you don't feel the air at all." During that time, Baumgartner was falling at a speed of more than 700 miles per hour - well past the speed of sound. The man known as "Fearless Felix" was overwhelmed with emotion when he was back on firm ground. "It's hard to realize what happened right now, because there's still so many emotions," he said. "I had tears in my eyes when I was coming back a couple of times, because you're sitting there and you thought about that moment so many times -- how it would feel and what it would look like -- and this is way bigger than I had anticipated."

A new year often means new prices from the US Postal Service. Starting in January, a first class forever stamp will cost you 46 cents. That's up a penny. Something that's new for next year is the global forever stamp.  For a $1.10, postal customers can mail a letter anywhere in the world. USPS officials also plan to raise the rates for Priority Mail services. The Postal Regulatory Commission will review the prices before they become effective on January 27.

Julia Tullos, WOIO Assignment Manager

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