No, this polar vortex doesn't disprove global warming

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DETROIT -- It's a question on many blue lips this week, as the Midwest braced for below-zero temperatures for its daily high on Wednesday: How can global warming be true when it's so cold?

Even President Donald Trump, in a tweet late Tuesday, seemed to question the coexistence of climate change and an arctic chill over much of the U.S.

"In the...Read more

Chicago grinds to a halt as polar vortex cold snap begins: 'Today's about as cold as it can get in Chicago'

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CHICAGO – Faced with a solemn responsibility Wednesday morning, Peter Thomas did not flinch. He arose, as always, at 3:45 a.m., when the temperature was already well south of zero, and made it to the Elmhurst train station in time to open his coffee shop, Pilot Pete's, for commuters catching the first Metra of the day.

"People today need ...Read more

Wednesday's polar vortex could bring boom or bust for ride-share and taxi drivers

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CHICAGO -- Bad weather usually brings ride-share and taxi cab drivers out in droves. But Wednesday's polar vortex has created a minor winter mystery: Will or won't those drivers brave the streets?

Earlier in the week, when several inches of snow fell on the city, some drivers said they made a killing, steadily making fares that were double, ...Read more

'If you don't have to be outside, don't': Chicago braces for brutal temperatures

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CHICAGO -- Chicago is bracing for bitter cold nearing record-low temperatures this week.

One of the coldest air masses in years will drop temperatures to around 23 below zero by Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service, with a daytime high of about minus 14 on Wednesday and another plunge to minus 25 overnight.

The lowest ...Read more

Polar bears at the zoo will love the arctic weather, but other Chicago animals could face fight for survival

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CHICAGO -- The brutal cold expected to descend upon Chicago this week could be deadly for many animals that live outdoors, but experts say it's likely that the populations of everything from stray cats to stink bugs will escape lasting damage.

That's because animals have strategies to endure all manner of harsh weather, even cold that might ...Read more

The death toll from Hurricane Florence has risen again, 4 months after the storm

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The official death toll from Hurricane Florence in North Carolina rose to 43 last week, with the addition of a 55-year-old man from Carteret County who died of a heart attack in September while cleaning up after the storm.

The number of storm-related deaths stood at 41 at the beginning of November. It was increased to 42 later ...Read more

Chicago's record for coldest temperature ever could fall as polar vortex has city 'in the crosshairs'

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CHICAGO -- One of the coldest air masses in years will envelop the Midwest and the Northeast this week bringing potentially life-threatening low temperatures to the Chicago area that will feel even harsher in tandem with strong winds.

In Chicago, the coldest temperatures of the year will arrive midweek. After seeing a high around 34 on Monday ...Read more

Powerful winter storm prompts evacuations in burn areas across Southern California

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LOS ANGELES -- The latest in a series of back-to-back winter storms that have hammered Southern California since last weekend is expected to wrap up Thursday, but not before striking the region with one final punch of strong rain that triggered flood warnings and mandatory evacuations in some burn areas.

The National Weather Service issued ...Read more

New storm triggers evacuations, closes schools as communities prepare for possibility of debris flows

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LOS ANGELES -- Malibu schools are closed and residents in some communities will be forced to evacuate beginning Tuesday morning as Southern California prepares for another day of heavy rain, heightening the threat of mud and debris flows in areas scarred by recent wildfires.

Malibu City Manager Reva Feldman said at Monday night's City Council ...Read more

Pacific Coast Highway, Grapevine closed as rain and snow douse Southern California

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LOS ANGELES -- A storm over Southern California dumped rain and snow on the area Monday, heightening the threat of mud and debris flows in areas scarred by recent wildfires, and closing a stretch of Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu and the Grapevine section of the 5 Freeway.

The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for western Los ...Read more

Hurricane Florence wrecked these birds' homes. Foresters helped them rebuild

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Hurricane Florence, one of the costliest storms ever to hit the U.S., damaged or destroyed tens of thousands of homes when it made landfall in September. Not all of them belonged to humans.

Days of wind and torrential rain snapped or toppled trees throughout the Croatan National Forest and on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, ...Read more

Residents fear losing Capistrano Beach as storms chip away at their 'piece of paradise'

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DANA POINT, Calif. -- Walking along a battered stretch of her beloved beach, Sandie Iverson ticked off the destruction from recent storms. The boardwalk and a seawall collapsed. Palm trees were ripped from their roots.

As winter rains alight on Southern California, Iverson couldn't help but wonder what fresh calamity would befall small but ...Read more

Heavy rain sends debris flow onto Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, prompts flash flood warning

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LOS ANGELES -- Heavy rain that pounded Los Angeles and the surrounding areas early Thursday caused debris to flow onto Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu and prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning for Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Pacific Coast Highway is closed from Busch Drive to the Ventura County line after ...Read more