Category Archives: Weather

this day in the yesteryear: Hurricane Katrina Devastates US Gulf Coast (2005)


Hurricane Katrina Devastates US Gulf Coast (2005)

Hurricane Katrina made landfall along the Central Gulf Coast as a Category 3 storm. Its storm surge breached the levee system that protected New Orleans from Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River, flooding the city. Lack of food and water in the aftermath fueled criticism of the US government‘s recovery efforts, and many former residents established new lives elsewhere. Katrina caused an estimated $81 billion in damages. How many people died during the hurricane and subsequent flooding? More… Discuss

this pressed from The Independent and MPR: Magnitude 6.0 earthquake hits San Francisco Bay Area in biggest quake since 1989 – Americas – World – The Independent


 

Magnitude 6.0 earthquake hits San Francisco Bay Area in biggest quake since 1989 – Americas – World – The Independent

A photo provided by Lyall Davenport shows damage to a building in Napa, Calif., early Sunday.

Strong Quake Causes Injuries, Damage, Outages In Northern Calif.by Scott Neuman August 24, 2014 7:20 AM ET (the two way breaking news from MPR)

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July One of Hottest Months on Record


July One of Hottest Months on Record

The eastern US and central Asia had a significantly cooler-than-average July, but they were the only two regions on Earth that did. For the globe as a whole, it was the fourth-hottest month on record—surpassed only by the Julys of 1998, 2005, and 2010—and the 353rd consecutive month with an above average global temperature. The blistering July temperatures came hot on the heels of both the hottest May and hottest June ever recorded. More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Earthquake Devastates Port Royal, Jamaica (1692)


Earthquake Devastates Port Royal, Jamaica (1692)

In the 17th century, Port Royal was the capital of Jamaica and a popular destination for pirates to store and spend their treasure, earning the city a seedy reputation. On June 7, 1692, a devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the city, causing a large portion of it to sink into the Caribbean Sea. Between 1,000 and 3,000 people—a significant percentage of the city’s population—were killed in the disaster. What nickname have archaeologists since given the city? More… Discuss

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press this: U.S. Chamber, You Are Wrong | Regs Talk


 

U.S. Chamber, You Are Wrong | Regs Talk.

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Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels Could Make Crops Less Nutritious


Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels Could Make Crops Less Nutritious

Nutrient levels in staple food crops may fall as carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere continue to rise. Researchers grew wheat, rice, soybeans, corn, sorghum, and field peas in fields subjected to carbon dioxide concentrations anticipated on Earth by the middle of this century. In four out of the six crops, zinc and iron levels were found to be reduced. The wheat and rice also had a reduced protein content. Sorghum and corn alone were able to resist the effects of the elevated carbon dioxide levels. More… Discuss

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West Antarctic Ice Sheet Melt Past Point of No Return


West Antarctic Ice Sheet Melt Past Point of No Return

Experts say that a large section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet has reached a state of irreversible retreat. Its continued melting will raise sea levels as much as 4 ft (1.2 m) over the next few hundred years and could trigger a chain reaction of additional melting of nearby parts of the ice sheet, causing sea levels to rise even more. Even if we were to curb our greenhouse gas emissions, we could not now reverse or even halt the melt. The best we could hope for is to slow the ice loss. More… Discuss

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NEWS: DEATH TOLL RISES WITH SECOND DAY OF TORNADOES IN US



Death Toll Rises with Second Day of Tornadoes in US

Tornado Outbreak of April 25-28

Tornado Outbreak of April 25-28 (Photo credit: Navy Patrick)

At least 34 people have been killed in the southern and midwestern US in two consecutive days of ferocious tornado outbreaks. Twisters cut through at least half a dozen states, flattening homes and businesses in their paths. The storm outbreak began on Sunday, on the three-year anniversary of a historic US tornado outbreak that claimed more than 250 lives in Alabama. Those affected have begun sifting through the wreckage, but they must remain vigilant, as the severe weather is expected to last through Wednesday and could bring with it more deadly twistersMore… Discuss

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: THE ENIGMA TORNADO OUTBREAK (1884)


The Enigma Tornado Outbreak (1884)

One of the largest and severest tornado outbreaks in US history, the Enigma Outbreak of 1884 consisted of at least 50 and possibly more than 60 tornados that tore across 10 states over a 15-hour period. In addition to the question of exactly how many tornados touched down during the outbreak, there are the “enigmas” of precisely how many people died—estimates range from 178 to 1,200—and the extent of the property damage sustained. Best estimates place the figure at how many millions of dollars? More…Discuss

 

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Haïku – California Winter, By George-B (inspired by the 88 degrees Fahrenheit on the trail today)


Haïku – California Winter, By George-B

confusing winter
hides behind the few green leaves
of a slim palm tree. 

Desert Oasis with California Fan Palm Trees Stock Photo - 4272950

BBC News – School students play part in Philippines typhoon recovery


Mike WooldridgeBy Mike WooldridgeWorld Affairs correspondent

elementary school at Binon-An in Batad municipality, Iloilo province, Panay island
BBC News – School students play part in Philippines typhoon recovery.

WHAT WENT VIRAL: Official Coca-Cola “Big Game” Commercial 2014 – America Is Beautiful


WHAT WENT VIRAL:  

Published on Feb 2, 2014/ 5,689,830 VIEWS

The only thing more beautiful than this country are the people who live here. Watch the Official Coca-ColaBig Game” Commercial and discover why #AmericaIsBeautiful.

For more, visit our playlist: http://youtube.com/AmericaIsBeautiful

Follow our updates on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/cocacola

Read more about the creation of this ad, go behind the scenes, and meet each of the young singers here: http://CokeURL.com/txmdu
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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: THE NORTH SEA FLOOD (1953)


The North Sea Flood (1953)

When heavy winds struck the North Sea during the high spring tide in 1953, it created a severe flood that affected parts of the Netherlands, Belgium, and the UK. Belgium suffered significant property damage but little loss of life. The Netherlands, on the other hand, had 1,836 reported deaths, and the UK had more than 500, with nearly half of the victims perishing at sea. The flood remains one of the UK’s worst natural disasters. What has been done to prevent future disasters of this sort? More… Discuss

 

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In pictures: Niagara Falls freezes over on US side – Telegraph


In pictures: Niagara Falls freezes over on US side – Telegraph.

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▶ Audioboo / Hell has frozen over


▶ Audioboo / Hell has frozen over.

Arctic Blast 2014 – a gallery on Flickr: Arctic Blast 2014


Cedar Fire12Arctic Blast 2014 – a gallery on Flickr.

 

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