Trends and Policies

Apr

18
2014

Huge Antarctic Iceberg Drifts Out to Sea (Time-Lapse Video)

Natalie     Data, Records, Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Livescience.com reports that...

 

A huge iceberg that broke off of Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier is heading toward the Southern Ocean, satellite images show.

Between November 2013 and March 2014, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) — an instrument on NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites — tracked the massive iceberg as it drifted across Pine Island Bay in the Amundsen Sea. A time-lapse video also shows the motion of the ice island.

Read more at www.livescience.com


Apr

17
2014

Drunken Trees: Dramatic Signs of Climate Change

Natalie     Data, Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

News.nationalgeographic.com reports that...

Permafrost is permanently frozen ground. But climate change has caused much of that ground to melt at an unprecedented rate. The ground buckles and sinks, causing trees to list at extreme angles.

Read more at news.nationalgeographic.com


Apr

17
2014

Flood threat still hangs over New Brunswick communities

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Cbc.ca reports that...

Several New Brunswick communities are cleaning up a day after their homes and businesses were flooded, as high waters continue to threaten other areas along the province’s river system.

Read more at www.cbc.ca


Apr

16
2014

Winter will never end: Snow falls across NYC on Tax Day

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Nypost.com reports that...

A persistent rain and a mid-April cold snap conspired to drop a light dusting of snow on the city starting at about 11 p.m., according to Dan Pydynowski, senior meteorologist with AccuWeather.

The snow continued into early Wednesday, but Pydynowski assured weather-weary New Yorkers it was too warm for any significant accumulation.

Read more at nypost.com


Apr

16
2014

1 dead in Maine as heavy rain floods northern New England

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Seacoastonline.com reports that...

Heavy overnight flooding throughout northern New England caused at least one fatality, officials said Wednesday as they advised residents in all three states to avoid water-covered roadways and watch out for overflowing rivers.

Read more at www.seacoastonline.com


Apr

10
2014

Developing El Nino could usher in abundant rains for drought-stricken California

Natalie     Predictions, Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

News4jax.com reports that...

Meteorologists around the globe are closely monitoring the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) in the Pacific that is showing signs of warming up. Sea surface temperatures that are above +0.5°C is considered El Nino. Because of this, NOAA has issued an El Nino Watch. Below is the ECMWF model (Euro) showing eastern Pacific sea surface temperatures in region 3 (near South America) soaring by late summer.

Read more at www.news4jax.com


Apr

08
2014

Tornado confirmed in Spalding County; rain pushes Lake Lanier up 1+ feet

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Accessnorthga.com reports that...

National Weather Service officials say about 200 trees were either snapped or uprooted during an EF1 tornado in Spalding County – and the rains that fell in northeast Georgia Sunday night and Monday pushed the level of Lake Lanier up more than a foot.

Read more at www.accessnorthga.com


Apr

08
2014

Drought threatens to compound Syrian woes

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English.alarabiya.net reports that...

The warn-torn Syria is on the brink of another disaster as the World Food Program warned on Tuesday that the country was facing a drought that could put millions of people’s lives at risk, compounding the impact of years of war.

The drought threatens to cut wheat production in the country’s northwestern breadbasket to a record low of 1.7 million to 2 million metric tons, according to World Food Program (WFP) spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs.

Read more at english.alarabiya.net


Apr

02
2014

Sahara dust storm prompts ‘serious’ health warning for asthmatics

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Telegraph.co.uk reports that...

The Saharan dust storm could trigger a spike in asthma attacks and also lead to previously undiagnosed sufferers developing the condition, a leading expert has warned.

Dr Keith Prowse, Honorary Medical Adviser to the British Lung Foundation said Saharan dust is contributing to unusually high levels of air pollution, threatening the health of elderly and vulnerable people in the UK.

Read more at www.telegraph.co.uk


Mar

28
2014

Intense storm batters US and Canada

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Bbc.com reports that...

One of the strongest storms of the year pelted the northeast US and Canada with snow and wind gusts in some places reaching 185km/h. This latest storm was the most ferocious this year in terms of its central pressure, rapidly plummeting to 960 millibars and meteorologists described the storm as explosive. More bad weather is forecast with the risk of tornadoes over the weekend. BBC Weather’s Susan Powell has the story.

Read more at www.bbc.com