Monthly archives: January 2009

Jan

26
2009

Ice shelf hangs by a thread

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-01.21.09- An Antarctic ice shelf is on the brink of collapse with just a sliver of ice holding it in place, the latest victim of global warming that is altering maps of the frozen continent. Read more


Jan

26
2009

UAE mountain covered in rare snow

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-01.25.09- A blanket of snow has covered a mountain in a part of the United Arab Emirates, a rare phenomenon for the desert Gulf country, according to local media report. Read more


Jan

26
2009

Strongest storm for a decade lashes France

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-01.24.09- An active Atlantic low pressure system swept through western France bringing torrential rain and wind gusts of up to 107mph (172km/h). Although this type of active low pressure system is fairly common in winter, Saturday�s storm is being described as the most damaging since the devastating storm of December 1999 that killed 88 people. Read more


Jan

26
2009

Worsening drought in Argentina

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-01.25.09- Many parts of Argentina have been experiencing a very dry spell, which is being described by the National Meteorological Service as the most severe drought in a generation. Drought conditions are fairly new to Argentina, which usually receives plentiful rainfall for much of the year. Therefore, few strategies are in place to deal with the ongoing drought. Read more


Jan

26
2009

Heat continues across Southern Australia

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-01.26.09- The heat wave continues across southern Australia this week, with temperatures set to remain in the 40�s (104F). Melbourne has been reeling under the unseasonable heat, taking its toll on the competitors of the Australian Tennis Open which is being held there. Read more


Jan

26
2009

Three killed in Scotland avalanche

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-01.24.09- Three people died Saturday and a fourth was injured by an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands, a police spokeswoman said. Rescuers from the Royal Air Force were sent to assist the climbers, but blizzards hampered their efforts, and rescue teams with search dogs had to be dropped on the mountain to continue on foot. Read more


Jan

26
2009

Four boys killed in roof collapse as storms batter Spain, France

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-01.24.09- Four boys were killed Saturday when hurricane-force winds caused a roof to collapse at a sports center outside Barcelona, Spain, authorities said. The winds would signify a Category 2 hurricane, which has wind speeds that range from 96 to 110 mph, according to the Saffir-Simpson scale. Read more


Jan

26
2009

Historic drought grips Argentina

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-01.23.09- Skeletons of livestock are piling up in the scorching sun of the Southern Hemisphere’s summer as the worst drought in a generation turns much of Argentina’s breadbasket into a dust bowl. Wheat fields that once supplied flour for pasta-loving Argentines now resemble deserts, and spiny thistles are all that survive on cattle ranches in southern Buenos Aires province. Read more


Jan

26
2009

Dry, windy conditions in Texas keep fires burning

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-01.25.09- High wind and dry weather Saturday allowed wildfires to continue burning across Texas, where fires have destroyed six houses, killed a man and blackened about 6,200 acres of grassland. Read more


Jan

23
2009

Deep freeze chills Florida

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-01.22.09- Freezing temperatures hit south Florida for the first time Wednesday night since January 2003, said Amy Godsey, deputy state meteorologist. Read more