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2020 ties 2016 as hottest year on record

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Global warming pushed temperatures to near-record levels in 2020, in effect tying 2016 as the hottest year on record, according to data released Thursday by U.S. science agencies.

Last year’s average global surface temperature was 2.2 degrees Fahrenheit above the late 19th century average, according to NASA. It was the fifth consecutive year...Read more

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New York man trapped in car for 10 hours after being buried by snowplow

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An upstate New York man spent 10 hours trapped in his car after a snowplow buried his vehicle under four feet of snow, authorities said.

Police received several 911 calls Thursday about a driver who went off the road along State Route 17C and needed help in Owego, a town in western New York just a few miles from the Pennsylvania border, ...Read more

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Governor encourages New Yorkers to stay off roads as upstate buried under several feet of snow

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ALBANY, N.Y. — There were 600 car crashes and two people died as a major winter snow storm swept through New York overnight, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.

States of emergency were declared in 18 counties across the Empire State as significant amounts of snow buried upstate cities from Binghamton to Albany.

Cuomo, who posted a photo of ...Read more

NYC preps for nor’easter forecast to bring a foot of snow; avoid travel, mayor urges

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NEW YORK — New York City’s government agencies — already hamstrung by the pandemic — will be put to the test on Wednesday as the five boroughs are expected to be blanketed with 8 to 12 inches of snow on Wednesday and Thursday.

A nor’easter with the phonetically appropriate name Winter Storm Gail is on pace to hit the city around 2 p.m...Read more

Wind, dry conditions increase risk for wildfires, power shutoffs for N. California

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Winds are forecast to come to Northern California late Sunday and ramp up on Monday. The gusts, combined with droughtlike dry conditions, have prompted Pacific Gas & Electric to order shutoffs for thousands of Californians for a "public safety power shutoff," for the sixth time this year.

A low-pressure zone is expected ...Read more

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Record hurricane season tallies more than $60 billion in damage, report finds

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season shattered records across the board of meteorology, but one record it didn't break was the cost of damages.

Regardless, the outlier year is still responsible for a whopping total estimated between $60 billion to $65 billion in damages to the United States, according to an AccuWeather report.

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Florida to feel 'coldest temperatures of the season.' Frozen iguanas possible

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MIAMI — South Florida's temperatures will drop into the 50s Monday night, just in time to say goodbye to hurricane season and hello to December. The cold front is expected to bring the "coldest temperatures of the season" this week, according to the National Weather Service.

You also "can't rule out an isolated falling iguana or two," the ...Read more

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2020: Strangest year of Atlantic hurricane seasons comes to an end

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Like pretty much everything this year, the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season was an abnormality not ever seen before by meteorologists and hurricane specialists.

As the official final day of hurricane season — Nov. 30 — arrives, forecasters have tallied 30 named storms, the most ever recorded; the next closest with 28 systems of tropical storm...Read more

2020's 'insane' hurricane season is officially over. Is it a sign of things to come?

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MIAMI — It was clear way back in mid-September, when the National Hurricane Center had already exhausted its regular list of names and turned to the Greek alphabet, that 2020 would be a hurricane season for the record books.

It definitely was that. The season, which formally ends every Nov. 30, produced a stunning 30 named storms — breaking...Read more

Hurricane center increases odds of development for system in Atlantic

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ORLANDO, Fla. — One system in the Atlantic Ocean with potential to form into a tropical or subtropical depression or storm was under close watch by the National Hurricane Center on Sunday, as the end of hurricane season grew closer.

As of 1 p.m., the nontropical low pressure system was becoming more organized in the far east Atlantic and ...Read more

Hurricane center monitors 2 systems in Atlantic

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Two systems in the Atlantic Ocean with potential to form into a tropical or subtropical depressions or storms are under close watch by the National Hurricane Center on Saturday, as the end of hurricane season grows closer.

As of 7 p.m., one nontropical low pressure system was located about 700 miles east-southeast of Bermuda ...Read more

Tropical disturbance reemerges northeast of the Caribbean Sea

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With a just a little more than a week left in hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center is once again monitoring an area of low pressure that has resurfaced in the Atlantic basin.

The disturbance, located to the northeast of the Caribbean on Sunday, has a 20% chance of developing in the next five days, likely somewhere between the Bahamas...Read more

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At least 22 dead in Central America after Hurricane Iota as rescue crews work through flooding and debris

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Hurricane Iota's death toll in the Central America region on Wednesday rose to 22, including two children, as survivors and rescuers continue to wade through murky waters and catastrophic debris.

Five people died in Honduras and six in Nicaragua, Gonzalo Atxaerandio, the Central America disaster and crisis coordinator for the Red Cross who is ...Read more

2 disturbances could soon form in the Atlantic, forecasters say

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Two disturbances in the Tropics are being monitored, both have a low chance of developing over the next five days, but neither is a threat to Florida.

With a few more weeks left in hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center is monitoring two areas for potential development in the Atlantic basin.

A tropical ...Read more

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Editorial: Double hurricanes could make the Central America migration crisis even worse

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It's unclear at this point exactly how much death and damage have been inflicted in Nicaragua and Honduras by Hurricane Iota, the second major storm to strike the region in as many weeks. But it will be considerable — winds raging at 155 mph stripped roofs from buildings and blew other structures apart as rain drenched land already sodden from...Read more

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Hurricane Iota pounds Nicaragua and Honduras, and nearly wipes out a Colombian island

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Hurricane Iota, the strongest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic basin this late in the year, crashed into Central America late Monday night as a Category 4, delivering massive devastation to the indigenous city of Puerto Cabezas and surrounding towns in northeastern Nicaragua. It also barreled through a small Colombian archipelago along the ...Read more

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Hurricane Iota tears through Nicaragua, weakens to Category 1

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Hurricane Iota fell to Category 1 strength after tearing into Nicaragua Monday night with Category 4 gusts, bringing with it dangerous flood waters and catastrophic winds to an already storm-beaten area. The National Hurricane Center is tracking Iota's progress while simultaneously monitoring a low pressure system with odds of becoming the 31st ...Read more

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Hurricane Iota makes landfall in Nicaragua as a record-breaking Category 5 storm

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Central America braced for its second major hurricane in as many weeks as Hurricane Iota, now a record-setting Category 5 storm, roared ashore in Nicaragua Monday night.

The storm made landfall in nearly exactly the same place as Eta, a Category 4 hurricane that battered the area two weeks ago. Iota is forecast to bring catastrophic winds, life...Read more

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Hurricane Iota shoots up to Category 5 storm before Central American landfall

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Hurricane Iota shot up to a Category 5 dangerous storm Monday morning shortly before its expected to bring catastrophic winds to Central America.

The 30th named storm of the 2020 season was about 40 miles west of Isla de Providencia, Columbia and moving at 9 mph with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center...Read more

Hurricane Iota forecast to become a dangerous Category 4 storm

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Hurricane Iota continued to expand and strengthen over the Caribbean Sea, and is forecast to be at Category 4 strength within 48 hours or so, ahead of its landfall in northeastern Central America, the National Hurricane Center said.

Iota had increased in intensity from a tropical storm to a hurricane at Category 1 ...Read more