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July was hottest month on record, US climate scientists say

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WASHINGTON -- July was the warmest month in the 140 years that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has kept a global temperature dataset, the U.S. government agency said Thursday.

The July average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 16.75 degrees Celsius (62.15 Fahrenheit), which was 0.95 Celsius (or 1.71 ...Read more

Powerful typhoon hits Japan and Taiwan, killing one

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TOKYO -- Typhoon Lekima battered southern Japan and Taiwan on Friday, killing one Taipei resident, with strong winds and heavy rains disrupting transport in the region.

This year's ninth typhoon caused the cancellation of 68 flights and 155 ferry services in Japan's Ryukyu Islands region, while at least four people were injured in Okinawa ...Read more

More hurricanes possible as NOAA updates forecast

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Hurricane season may produce more dangerous storms this year than originally predicted, federal forecasters said Thursday, as conditions become more favorable going into the peak of the season.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration increased its forecast for hurricane season to five to nine hurricanes, up ...Read more

Bad hurricane news in revised forecast

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The peak of hurricane season may produce more dangerous storms than originally predicted, federal hurricane forecasters said Thursday, as oceanic and atmospheric conditions become more favorable for the production of hurricanes.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration increased its forecast for hurricane ...Read more

Hurricane season will soon enter peak period: Latest forecast released

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The peak period for hurricane season will get off to a quiet start this month, with below-average storm activity expected over the next two weeks, according to a forecast released Monday.

Colorado State University said conditions in the Atlantic won't be favorable for tropical storms or hurricanes from Monday through Aug. 18, with various ...Read more

Chance of cyclone in far Atlantic increases to 50%; rain and flooding in South Florida forecast

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Two tropical disturbances are being monitored by the National Hurricane Center as of Wednesday morning, with one being given larger odds of becoming at least a tropical depression.

In an 8 a.m. tropical weather outlook, the Miami-based hurricane center said a tropical wave far out in the eastern Atlantic closer to ...Read more

Hurricane Center now tracking two tropical waves in Atlantic Ocean

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center are watching two tropical waves in the Atlantic Ocean.

The disturbance in the Caribbean that's path points toward Florida is not expected to develop significantly over the next few days, but the hurricane center said in its 8 a.m. advisory that "conditions could become ...Read more

Another tropical system is brewing in Gulf of Mexico

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a tropical disturbance in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico that has a 10% chance of developing over the next five days.

As of a forecast outlook issued by the National Hurricane Center at 2 p.m. Wednesday, it was a disorganized mass of clouds and showers.

A broad area of low ...Read more

Barry, now a tropical depression, soaks much of Louisiana while sparing New Orleans

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NEW ORLEANS -- Barry continued to soak Louisiana and Mississippi as it weakened to a tropical depression Sunday over Northwestern Louisiana. While the low-lying city of New Orleans appeared to have dodged a catastrophic deluge, the National Hurricane Center warned of tornadoes, gale-force winds and "dangerous, life-threatening flooding."

"I, ...Read more

Barry bears down on the Gulf Coast

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NEW ORLEANS -- This low-lying Louisiana city -- built on a crescent-shaped sliver of land surrounded by the mouth of the Mississippi River, Lake Pontchartrain and the Gulf of Mexico -- has long battled water.

But Tropical Storm Barry presents a somewhat unusual threat.

While tropical storms and hurricanes are a risk along the Gulf Coast ...Read more

How disaster warnings can get your attention

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WASHINGTON -- Gerardo Ramirez, a central Texas dairy worker, was near his home but taking an unusual route to a children's hospital in April when he drove his Volkswagen Jetta into a flooded section of road, not seeing in the pre-dawn dark that heavy rains had turned a tiny creek into a death trap. Ramirez survived, but his wife and two children...Read more

More than 100K without power; Pride Parade halted as storm reaches route

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CHICAGO -- The annual Chicago Pride Parade was halted due to a severe weather warning that left more than 100,000 people without power Sunday afternoon.

Commonwealth Edison spokesman John Schoen said 99,000 customers were without power as of 4 p.m. local time and 36,000 customers already had their service restored.

The parade officially was ...Read more

A new top killer emerges in hurricanes, and many blame climate change

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Ask anyone the most dangerous element of a hurricane, and they may mention wind. They may mention storm surge. But they're unlikely to name the biggest current killer: rain.

In the past three years, as the impact of climate change on hurricanes became more apparent, rain has pushed aside storm surge to emerge as the top...Read more

Heat waves could kill hundreds more in Seattle as planet warms, researchers say

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SEATTLE -- Hundreds of Seattleites are projected to die in severe heat waves as the globe warms.

How much humans limit greenhouse gas emissions will have a significant impact on just how many people perish, according to a new study published earlier last week in the journal Science Advances.

Researchers used climate-warming scenarios and heat-...Read more

First Hurricane Michael hammered the Panhandle. Now survivors fear fires, floods

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- When Rodney Andreasen first emerged from the wreckage of Hurricane Michael last October, the Jackson County emergency management director realized nearly everything he knew was gone.

The log cabin home he had intended to retire to was lost. The roads in his inland, rural county were choked with fallen trees. The roofing ...Read more

Key hurricane forecast increases number of storms expected

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A prominent hurricane forecast has upped its storm count slightly for the 2019 storm season as questions about the staying power of El Nino swirl.

The updated forecast from Colorado State University is calling for a near average season with 14 named storms, including six hurricanes and two major hurricanes of Category 3...Read more

Welcome to hurricane season. There's already a system developing in the Gulf

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MIAMI -- June 1 is the start of the 2019 hurricane season and nature is giving us notice to prepare already.

Because something is out there.

A broad area over the southern Bay of Campeche is being monitored by the National Hurricane Center.

Preseason Andrea took some of the thunder out of a low pressure system developing Saturday by becoming ...Read more

Monthlong deluge sets record for wettest May in Chicago history

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CHICAGO -- It's official: It's been the wettest month of May in recorded history in Chicago. And although the city will get a bit of a respite from the rain Friday, forecasters say this summer is expected to be colder and wetter than usual.

With 8.25 inches of precipitation measured at O'Hare International Airport from May 1 through 7 a.m. ...Read more

This month expected to be wettest May in Chicago since start of city records in 1870

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CHICAGO -- It's no surprise May has been a waterlogged mess in Chicago, with severe thunderstorm alerts almost daily and weeks of flooded streets and swollen rivers.

But if you're wondering if the area has actually received more rain than usual this month or whether your vitamin D-deprived brain is playing tricks on you, it's the former. The ...Read more

In wild run of weather, tornadoes set US record

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For 12 consecutive days, the government's Storm Prediction Center has logged reports of at least eight tornadoes daily, a destructive and impressive streak that constitutes a record -- at least for now.

"The fact that it's been persistent is unusual, but not unprecedented," said Bill Bunting, chief of the forecast operations branch at the storm...Read more

 

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