Weather events

Jul

19
2014

Typhoon Rammasun heads for Vietnam

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Bbc.com reports that...

A powerful typhoon is heading towards Vietnam after causing widespread flooding and damage in parts of southern China.

In the Philippines, a clean-up is under way after Rammusan made landfall there on Tuesday.

More than 60 people were killed.

Richard Forrest reports.

Read more at www.bbc.com


Jul

17
2014

As Sea Ice Shrinks, Can Polar Bears Survive on Land?

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News.nationalgeographic.com reports that...

Linda J. Gormezano, an ecologist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, isn’t a polar bear chef. But she has been figuring out what polar bears might have to eat to survive increasingly long ice-free seasons in the western part of Canada’s Hudson Bay area (map).

Her calculations, presented this week at the North American Congress for Conservation Biology in Missoula, Montana, suggest that the predators may be able to survive for six months on land-based foods, and, because of climate change, they may have to.

Other scientists have warned that a lack of sea ice due to warming temperatures in the Arctic—and declining seal prey populations—could drive this population extinct by 2020.

Read more at news.nationalgeographic.com


Jul

17
2014

Typhoon kills 38 in Philippines, millions without power

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Bbc.com reports that...

A powerful storm that battered the central Philippines has killed 38 people and left millions without power.

Ten more people were injured by Typhoon Rammasun and another eight remain missing, according to authorities.

The typhoon swept through the country on Tuesday night before making a shift away from Manila on Wednesday.

More than 530,000 people took refuge in evacuation centres. Many of those who died were killed while outdoors by falling trees and flying debris.

Millions living in provinces southeast of the capital still have no power, according to news agencies.

Officials have managed to restore power to only half of Luzon, which has 17 million people.

Read more at www.bbc.com


Jul

15
2014

2014 So Far: Coolest in U.S. Since 1993; Wettest June Since 1989, Says NOAA

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Weather.com reports that...

The first half of 2014 was the coldest January-to-June period in the Lower 48 states in 21 years, according to the federal government’s quarterly State of the Climate Report, released Tuesday by NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center.

June 2014 was the sixth wettest June on record for the contiguous U.S. (Lower 48 states), the wettest since 1989.

Read more at www.weather.com


Jul

12
2014

Caught on camera: How a deadly landslide destroyed a city in Japan

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Daily.bhaskar.com reports that...

The tropical storm ‘Neoguri’, which has made it way to Honshu island, is destructing Japan intensely. At least three people lost their life in the landslide and heavy rainfalls triggered by the typhoon, while 50 other are injured.

Read more at daily.bhaskar.com


Jul

11
2014

Polar vortex to hit US with midsummer cold blast

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Nypost.com reports that...

It’s the revenge of the polar vortex!

A frigid cold air system will be moving through the eastern United States next week, leading to intense weather conditions reminiscent of last year’s dreaded polar vortex.

The approaching weather system is expected to bring overwhelmingly below-average temperatures to parts of the northern and northeastern US next week, beginning Monday or Tuesday, according to the Washington Post.

Read more at nypost.com


Jul

10
2014

Drought now covers almost 35% of U.S., and is predicted to grow

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Boingboing.net reports that...

According to a weekly update at the U.S. Drought Portal (drought.gov!), “moderate” to “exceptional” drought now covers 34.3% of the contiguous United States.

In California, a full 36.5% of the state is now in that most severe “exceptional” drought stage for the second week in a row. These conditions are not expected to improve any time soon.

Read more at boingboing.net


Jul

10
2014

On Thin Ice: Inuit Way of Life Vanishing in Arctic

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Nbcnews.com reports that...

NBC’s Ann Curry reports from Greenland, providing a rare glimpse of Inuit hunters facing a rapidly changing way of life in the Arctic.

Read more at www.nbcnews.com


Jul

09
2014

Tornadoes, Severe Thunderstorms Rip Through Northeast, Mid-Atlantic: 5 Dead, Thousands Without Power

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Weather.com reports that...

At least five people, including one child, were killed and several people were injured as a line of severe storms from Ohio to New York ripped through the Northeast on Tuesday. The storms spawned several tornadoes, felled trees and left hundreds of thousands without power.

Read more at www.weather.com


Jul

09
2014

Tropical Storm Neoguri Strikes Japan: Major Flood Threat Persists Despite Weakening, 30 Injured

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Weather.com reports that...

Tropical Storm Neoguri, previously the strongest typhoon so far in the 2014 Western Pacific season, is now making its final push toward southern and central Japan after raking Okinawa with torrential rain and hurricane-force winds.

Read more at www.weather.com