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Weather alerts must reach everyone, local emergency chief tells Congress

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WASHINGTON -- The top emergency official of Manatee County, Fla., told Congress on Wednesday that the nation's weather forecasting system must capitalize on new technology to make sure even hard-to-reach residents are alerted to impending danger.

Don Hermey, the county's emergency management director, testified that the National Weather Service...Read more

Photo of tornado victim found 35 miles from home

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About 25 years before she died, Geri Schultz got her picture taken with her husband, Clem.

The photo, which Clem Schultz said was taken for a church directory, sat on a shelf in the couple's Fairdale home in north central Illinois, near their bedroom window.

"That was one of the last things I saw before that tornado touched down," the 84-year-...Read more

Seattle scientists link warm-water blob to severe weather patterns

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SEATTLE--A gargantuan blob of warm water that's been parked off the West Coast for 18 months is part of a larger pattern that helps explain California's drought, Washington's snow-starved ski resorts and record blizzards in New England, according to new analyses by Seattle scientists.

The researchers aren't convinced global warming is to blame,...Read more

Volatile, unpredictable, rare storm killed two

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CHICAGO--The day after tornadoes scoured parts of seven counties in north central Illinois, killing two women in a small town that was destroyed, National Weather Service meteorologists sought to explain exactly what happened.

What they found underscored the frightening volatility and unpredictability of such violent storms.

The most powerful ...Read more

Initial forecast: Quiet storm season with only 3 hurricanes

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The upcoming hurricane season could be one of the quietest in decades with only seven named storms, including three hurricanes, one major.

That's the initial forecast of Phil Klotzbach and William Gray of Colorado State University, released on Friday. They say the emergence of El Nino and cooler Atlantic waters should ...Read more

Two deaths now confirmed from tornadoes in Illinois

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Rescue crews sifted through blocks of splintered homes as residents picked up the pieces of their lives Friday morning after at least two tornadoes tore through north central Illinois on Thursday evening, flattening a farming town and leaving at least two people dead.

"We can rebuild," said Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle, whose own home ...Read more

Two dead after storms, flooding in Kentucky

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Two women died in Kentucky following flash floods, torrential rains and thunderstorms that swept through the Bluegrass State and caused more than 160 rescues in Louisville.

One woman died Friday after her car was swept off a highway during a flash flood around 10 a.m., Kentucky State Police said. Her car was pushed off the road and into a ...Read more

Record-breaking heat wave broils Southern California

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LOS ANGELES -- Record-breaking heat is expected to broil Southern California this weekend and has already affected Sunday's Los Angeles Marathon.

High-temperature records were broken across the region Friday. New records for the date were set in downtown Los Angeles (90), Long Beach (91), Camarillo (92), Santa Ana (96), San Diego (89) and Santa...Read more

Tropical Cyclone Pam rips through Pacific isles

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SYDNEY -- Tropical Cyclone Pam was ripping its way through the South Pacific on Saturday, with initial reports of more than 44 deaths on the island of Vanuatu, media quoted aid workers saying.

Pam intensified to a Category 5 system early Friday as it swept into Vanuatu, with winds of up to approximately 210 mph recorded in the capital Port Vila...Read more

NOAA: El Nino is 'too little, too late' for California drought

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LOS ANGELES--El Nino is here, but don't expect the Pacific Ocean circulation phenomenon to do much for the drought afflicting California and the western U.S., forecasters said Thursday.

"Unfortunately, this El Nino is likely too little, too late and too weak to provide much relief for drought-stricken California, as California's rainy season is...Read more

El Nino arrives for first time in 5 years, NOAA says

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The climate phenomenon called El Nino has arrived for the first time in five years, and with it could come a decrease in the upcoming season's risk of hurricanes.

El Nino is a rise in the temperature of the central Pacific Ocean, a phenomenon with global impact, influencing rainfall, snow, seasonal temperatures and ...Read more

Hundreds of motorists trapped on snowy Kentucky roads in massive storm

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Hundreds of vehicles were stranded on two Kentucky highways as a massive snow and ice storm stretching from Texas to the East Coast wreaked havoc on many states Thursday, canceling flights, closing down Washington, D.C., and promising record low temperatures in many cities overnight.

Nearly 2 feet of snow has been dumped on Kentucky since ...Read more

Hail coats Southern California beach as storm brings lightning, flood warnings

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LOS ANGELES -- A winter storm brought hail to parts of Southern California on Monday, and dangerous lightning extended from Hermosa Beach to the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Meanwhile, a flash flood warning was issued for parts of Orange County where a fire last year scorched the Silverado Canyon hillside and left mountain homes vulnerable to ...Read more

Dallas-Fort Worth airport iced in; 800 flights canceled

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Icy conditions forced the cancellation Saturday of 800 flights in and out of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Many of the cancellations were American Airlines flights. American has its largest hub at the airport.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for the area Saturday, cautioning drivers to be careful of ...Read more

Freakish weather on both coasts: Two parts of a whole

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Hunkering down for the winter storm battering much of the East Coast, Atlanta canceled school on Wednesday, as Boston topped 100 inches of snow for the season. Lake Superior, now 95 percent covered with ice, resembles a super-sized skating rink.

The plight of East Coasters may seem distant to Californians fretting over the ...Read more

Boston snow crisis: It could be weeks before city is fully functioning

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BOSTON -- The UPS driver looked down Beacon Hill at the midday traffic jam as he explained how the city was shrinking.

Four lane roads have been condensed into two lanes; two lanes roads are squeezed into one. Forget about the narrow streets that give Boston its historic charm. They're impassable. And the cobblestone sidewalks? They're hemmed ...Read more

Storm warnings grip 17 states; federal offices in D.C. will be shut

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Not content just to hit New England with blizzard after blizzard, Mother Nature is expected to unleash heavy snow and uncharacteristically bitter cold on the Midwest, the South and the East this week.

The governors of Virginia and North Carolina declared states of emergency Monday as a winter storm, lumbering their direction, dumped almost a ...Read more

Storm warnings grip 17 states, record lows expected

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Not content just to torture New England with blizzard after blizzard, Mother Nature is expected to unleash heavy snow and uncharacteristically bitter cold on the Midwest, the South and the East this week.

The governors of Virginia and North Carolina declared states of emergency Monday as a winter storm, lumbering their direction, dumped almost ...Read more

Rain in Northern California brings pain, but not a lot of gain against drought

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A river of rain lashed parts of Northern California on Friday, flooding roads, leaving thousands of customers without power and forcing area airports to cancel hundreds of flights. To which the Bay Area soggily sighed, "Welcome! May we have more, please?"

Friday afternoon, an enormous rainbow appeared briefly in the skies ...Read more

Blizzard batters Chicago, dropping more than a foot of snow

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A blizzard dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of the Midwest, forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights into and out of Chicago on Monday and cutting off power to thousands.

Winter storm warnings stretched all the way to Maine, but Chicago took a direct hit.

The snowstorm is charting a course toward New England, parts of which may ...Read more