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

NOAA ranks snowstorm as fourth-worst for Northeast since 1950

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BALTIMORE -- Last weekend's snowstorm was the fourth-biggest to strike the Northeast since 1950, dumping more than 30 inches of snow on 1.5 million people and affecting nearly 103 million people in all, according to government meteorologists.

The storm was rated as "crippling," the second-highest category on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...Read more

Pregnant Pa. teen dies after shoveling snow

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PHILADELPHIA -- A pregnant teenager died Saturday morning of a suspected heart attack after shoveling snow at her Pottstown, Pa., home.

Briahna Gerloff, 18, was eight months pregnant and suffered from several heart defects, according to Pottstown police. Gerloff's soon-to-be born daughter, Kayliana, also died.

Gerloff's younger brother, Stosh,...Read more

Blizzard moves off East Coast; cleanup to take days

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NEW YORK -- One of the fiercest blizzards to strike the eastern United States in decades moved offshore Sunday morning, leaving a trail of record snowfalls in major cities and heavy flooding up and down the coast.

Now mayors and governors will try to figure out how to remove heavy snow so businesses can reopen, children can go back to school ...Read more

Huge snowstorm cripples East Coast

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NEW YORK -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo imposed a travel ban on the nation's largest city Saturday as a fast-moving storm dumped more than a foot of snow in Washington and stranded motorists for hours on icy interstate highways in Pennsylvania and Kentucky as it climbed up the East Coast.

All roads, as well as bridges and tunnels in and out of ...Read more

Steady rain and snow make a dent in the drought, but there's still a long way to go

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LAKE OROVILLE, Calif. -- Ever since climate experts first predicted El Nino last year, California officials have been tamping down expectations that this winter's rains would bring significant drought relief.

Four years of drought have just been too severe, they said, and it was uncertain that the rains would fall where they were needed most: ...Read more

Historic blizzard bearing down on nation's capital, other Eastern cities

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WASHINGTON -- The nation's capital began shutting down for business Friday in advance of a blizzard carrying thunder, high winds and potentially record-breaking snowfalls.

"We see this as a major storm," said Mayor Muriel Bowser during a Friday morning news conference at the District of Columbia's emergency operation center. "It has life-and-...Read more

NOAA and NASA: 2015 was the hottest year on record

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Last year was Earth's hottest year on record, according to new data released Wednesday.

For the last 12 months the average surface temperature across the globe was 58.47 Fahrenheit, a 0.23-degree increase from 2014's record-breaking average temperature of 58.24, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA reported.

That is 1....Read more

January hurricane forms in Atlantic, first in 78 years

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A rare January hurricane formed Thursday in the Atlantic, the first one to form in that month in 78 years.

Hurricane Alex, with maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour, is projected to head almost straight north, a track that would pose no threat to the United States. At 11 a.m. Thursday, the storm was about 1,100 miles off the coast of ...Read more

Tijuana flooding exposes city's infrastructure needs

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TIJUANA, Mexico -- The Aguilar family hoped to celebrate Three Kings Day on Wednesday evening, with a sweet, crown-shaped "rosca" pastry and cups of hot chocolate. But fierce rain that pounded their hillside neighborhood swiftly put an end to those plans, sending a brew of mud and water pouring into their modest house.

"There was so much water,...Read more

2015 second hottest year on record in US

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2015 was the second hottest year for America on record, surpassed only by 2012, according to preliminary numbers released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Last year was also the third wettest for the contiguous U.S. since record-keeping began 121 years ago. Here's a look at some of NOAA's most eye-grabbing weather...Read more

Monster waves batter California coast as latest El Nino storm passes through

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Southern California was soaked on Thursday with another storm driven by El Nino, sending powerful waves crashing against oceanfront Malibu homes and delaying power restoration for thousands of mountain dwellers in the Big Bear area.

The storm prompted the National Weather Service to issue a strong surf warning for beaches across the California ...Read more

New El Nino storm slams into Southern California

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LOS ANGELES--Another El Nino-fueled storm moved into Southern California on Wednesday, bringing a heightened risk of flooding and mudslides.

A flash flood warning was issued for the Ventura County coast around Solimar Beach and mudslides forced partial closure of the 101 Freeway at the State Beaches off ramp. Video from the Ventura County ...Read more

A steady conveyor belt of El Nino storms is what has officials concerned

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LOS ANGELES--To understand the power and potential dangers of El Nino, look at satellite images of the Pacific Ocean on Sunday.

At least four storms were brewing -- the farthest still getting going in Asia -- and all aimed at California.

It's this pattern, a series of back-to-back-to-back storms seemingly arriving on a conveyor belt, that ...Read more

First of El Nino storms expected to hit LA area this week

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LOS ANGELES--The new year's first serious bout of wet weather driven by El Nino is forecast to hit Southern California this week, as several winter storms dump up to 6 inches of rain -- double the normal total for the month of January -- in and around Los Angeles.

The storms, which according to the National Weather Service will begin Sunday ...Read more

Meramec River swamps flood records and major highways

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ST. LOUIS -- The bulging Meramec River broke flood records Thursday as it overwhelmed a second interstate highway and stranded thousands of commuters who, on most days, barely give a thought to the meandering stream.

For several hours, the only way between Jefferson and St. Louis counties by vehicle was over the Telegraph Road bridge at Arnold....Read more

Devastating floods in St. Louis area reach historic levels

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ST. LOUIS--The mercurial Meramec River, a scenic waterway that doubles as a massive rain ditch, surged into hundreds of homes and across major highways Wednesday as it smashed or tested flood records that had stood for three decades.

Firefighters rescued dozens of residents and motorists in Pacific, Eureka, Valley Park and Arnold as the Meramec...Read more

Tiny town of Kaskaskia, Ill., hoping to fare better in this flood than it did in 1973, 1993

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NEAR KASKASKIA, Ill. -- Illinois' first capital is in danger of drowning -- again.

The muddy river rose and rose Wednesday as officials worried about what would happen next. Some feared the hell-bent Mississippi could encroach on Kaskaskia, although levees remained structurally sound throughout the day.

One ominous sign has already warned of ...Read more

Midwest: Floodwaters rise, residents flee, last-ditch emergency steps considered

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PACIFIC, Mo. -- A historic December flood continued to send rivers sweeping out of their banks and into hundreds of homes and businesses across Oklahoma, Illinois and Missouri on Wednesday as some residents braced for the waters to get higher and the risk even greater.

"Unusual doesn't begin to describe it -- it's huge," said Mark Fuchs, a ...Read more

Flooding spreads through the St. Louis region

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ST. LOUIS -- Widespread flooding has shut down dozens of businesses, pushed sewage into the Meramec River, forced evacuation from hundreds of homes and is to close a section of Interstate 44 early Wednesday.

It's been more than 20 years since such extensive flooding has hit the St. Louis region. And while the record downpours over the weekend ...Read more