ZHENGZHOU, China — The mayor of this flooded city arrived at the tunnel at midnight. Muddy water poured across the road as workers drained the six-lane-wide underpass. Dozens of onlookers gathered, hoping to glimpse what lay beneath the water. Police shooed them away.
Chen Yuanqiu lived nearby. He had witnessed the flood and knew that during ...Read more
SEATTLE — Naturalist Jeff Brown bounded up a ladder, cradling a baby hawk into his torso as if it were a delicate football.
Brown, who helps rehabilitate wildlife for the PAWS Wildlife Center, stopped about 10 rungs up on this July morning, leaned his weight against a towering maple and slowly stretched out his hand.
The hawk's talons curled...Read more
Reading the news over the past month — or maybe just stepping outside — you could get the sense that something has gone wrong with the weather. One heat wave after another has struck the West Coast, which, as a result, is now on fire. Western Europe has been deluged by rain, killing hundreds. Across Asia, from Japan to Turkey, temperature ...Read more
ORLANDO, Fla. — A well-defined low-pressure system over Central Florida’s east coast might develop into a tropical depression later Sunday or by early Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The system, which was located about 150 miles east of Daytona Beach on Sunday afternoon, is producing disorganized showers and ...Read more
ARMADA, Mich. — Severe weather and a possible tornado brought destruction to the village of Armada Saturday night. Members of the Macomb County community have been there rebuilding since.
Community members came to the area most impacted — a few blocks off the town's Main Street — to help clean the streets and yards of their neighbors. ...Read more
TULELAKE, Calif. — It’s a strange place to find fish, deep in the high desert, where drought-baked earth butts against scrubby mountains.
But water spews from the hot springs on Ron Barnes’ land near the California-Oregon border, pure and perfect for rearing c’waam and koptu, two kinds of endangered suckerfish sacred to Native American ...Read more
BEIJING — Torrents of murky brown water gushed past the train window, flowing fast through the subway tunnel. Inside, passengers stood on top of seats, clutching their phones overhead as the muddy tide rose past their chests. Some gasped for air. Others sent desperate last messages to family members, telling them their bank card passcodes and ...Read more
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — After a furious start to hurricane season, an eerie calm reigns over the tropics.
No storms have appeared in the Atlantic since Tropical Storm Elsa struck northwest Florida two weeks ago. And nothing is expected for another week or more, as a global climate system causes air to sink over the Atlantic, suppressing the ...Read more
LOS ANGELES — Amid record-breaking temperatures and raging wildfires, California’s energy operator has issued another Flex Alert in an effort to stabilize the state’s electric grid.
Over the weekend, a fast-moving wildfire in Oregon knocked out some transmission lines that carry electricity into California, reducing power supplies by as ...Read more
Anthony Wainscott has known his share of hardship, living the last two years on the streets of California's Antelope Valley. But his personal misery index reached a new plateau during a weekend of record-setting heat.
“It’s extra hot. It’s abnormally hot,” said Wainscott, crouched in the meager shade of a palm tree on the edge of a ...Read more
LOS ANGELES — A blistering heat wave set new record high temperatures across California on Saturday — including 120 degrees in Palm Springs — and authorities urged people to conserve electricity as the extreme conditions continue to tax the state’s power grid.
State energy officials announced a Flex Alert, asking residents to conserve ...Read more
An intense heat wave brought dangerous conditions to inland and desert regions of Southern California on Saturday.
State energy officials announced a Flex Alert, asking residents to conserve power and set air conditioners to 78 degrees or higher from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday because of wildfire threats.
By noon Saturday, inland valleys from ...Read more
LOS ANGELES – Potentially record-breaking temperatures are on their way to wide swaths of Southern California — a scorcher scientists say is clearly tied to climate change and could be lethal for those unprepared.
"Heat waves are killers," said retired oceanographer and climatologist William Patzert, noting that more and more people in the ...Read more
LOS ANGELES – The California Independent System Operator, which runs the electric grid for most of California, has issued a new flex alert for Friday, asking residents to conserve electricity as a heat wave sweeps the state.
Officials are calling on residents to cut back on their energy use from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. in order to ease the strain on...Read more
SEATTLE — At least 78 heat-related deaths have been confirmed by the Washington State Department of Health after the extreme heat wave that scorched the Pacific Northwest in late June.
The department said most of the deaths occurred in King and Pierce counties. King County has reported at least 15 confirmed deaths, according to information ...Read more
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Tropical Storm Elsa is dumping “torrential rains” over the Carolinas as it moves through the region Thursday.
Elsa was located 45 miles west of Florence, South Carolina, and 150 miles southwest of Raleigh, North Carolina, as of 8 a.m. Thursday. The storm was moving northeast at 18 mph with maximum sustained winds of 40 ...Read more
In the Florida Keys, police work can sometimes involve coming to the rescue of a hard-shelled pal out crawling around in the rain.
Key West officers helped steer a stranded loggerhead sea turtle back to the ocean on Tuesday morning as Tropical Storm Elsa was sending high winds and rain to the island.
“Police duties vary widely!” the ...Read more
MIAMI – A western shift and wind shear appear to have spared the Tampa Bay area more significant impacts from Elsa, which weakened back to a tropical storm shortly before passing the region.
With only a few hours to go until its expected landfall in the Cedar Key area, Tropical Storm Elsa was a disorganized rainmaker.
As of the 8 a.m. ...Read more
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Elsa is expected to hit the west coast of Florida somewhere north of Sarasota — possibly in the Tampa Bay area — on Wednesday, potentially at hurricane strength, forecasters said.
Tropical Storm Elsa’s winds were at 70 mph as of 2 p.m. ET Tuesday, just shy of the 74 mph minimum threshold for hurricane status.
LOS ANGELES — After a broiling July 4 holiday weekend, temperatures are expected to keep climbing across Southern California.
The heat is expected to build throughout the week, with highs soaring into the triple digits in some parts this weekend.
The National Weather Service predicts excessive heat will be possible Friday through Sunday, ...Read more
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