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Storm caused the worst flooding Houston has seen in 15 years

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HOUSTON -- A storm that hit Houston this week caused the city's worst flooding in 15 years and left five people dead, officials said.

More than a thousand residents of apartment complexes in the northern Greenspoint area had to flee rising floodwaters that engulfed nearby streets, floating to safety with their children in rafts fashioned from ...Read more

Odds of La Nina increase for next winter, bringing concerns the drought may drag on

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In what may be an ominous sign for the end of the drought, the El Nino that brought Northern California its wettest winter in five years is continuing to weaken and appears to be giving way to its atmospheric sibling -- La Nina.

The shift in Pacific Ocean temperatures could mean a drier-than-normal winter is ahead, especially in already parched...Read more

Scientists predict average hurricane season, with 12 named storms

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The year's hurricane season will be near-average, with the formation of 12 named storms, including five hurricanes making landfall along the U.S. coastline or in the Caribbean, according to a prediction released Thursday.

The chances of one major storm, with sustained winds of 111 mph or higher, striking somewhere in ...Read more

Series of rainstorms put flooding in play in LA area

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LOS ANGELES--A storm that moved into Southern California this weekend is expected to peter out Sunday, but another should arrive on Monday, forecasters said.

"These aren't huge storms ... but it'll be just enough to bring out the weeds that we love," said Bonnie Bartling, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service's Oxnard office.

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Forecasters harness enthusiasm of amateur spotters for weather intel

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Tricia Clarke stood on a Lakeway hilltop, winds threatening to snatch the ball cap from her head, and pointed across miles of rolling, scrub-covered limestone countryside, past the distant blue line of Lake Travis, to a spot nearly 55 miles away.

That's where one of the region's main Doppler radars sits at Fort Hood. Another, ...Read more

Meteorologists union warns of more flight delays in Chicago because of cutbacks

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CHICAGO -- The National Weather Service has scaled back a pilot program designed to reduce weather-related delays at Chicago, New York and Atlanta airports, and the union representing meteorologists is warning that delays will rise at O'Hare and Midway airports as a result.

The National Weather Service Employees Organization said the program, ...Read more

Calendar says winter, but it's hot and dry: Has El Nino abandoned LA?

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LOS ANGELES -- By this point in the winter, Southern California was supposed to be dealing with rains and flooding, not brush fires and beach weather.

Yet temperatures have soared this week, breaking records in downtown Los Angeles and other locations across California, with even hotter conditions expected Tuesday.

For all the talk of monster ...Read more