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New York, USA
Off-shore winds turned currents into killers - Strong winds from the south and the remnants of an offshore tropical storm have joined forces to create deadly conditions at area beaches, where seven people are presumed to have drowned over the weekend. "There's all kinds of currents right now." Earlier in the week, Tropical Storm Cristobal came up from the coast of North Carolina and headed toward Canada. Although that storm stayed about 250 to 300 miles off the coast, it kicked up vicious waves that pounded New York-area beaches. "The waves have been running pretty high over the past several days. They're running as high as 8 feet." 2- to 3-foot swells are more common this time of year. At the same time, swimmers are also battling the strong southern winds, particularly at Long Island beaches, which face that direction.

Tsunami may soon hit Nigeria

Nigeria, Africa
An environmentalist has warned about the possibility of advanced flash flooding, otherwise known as tsunami, occurring in the country, stressing that the signs had started emerging. He added that the Federal Government should begin to take cognisance of the early signs of possible outbreak of tsunami, most especially in Lagos State, hence early preparations towards containing the natural disaster were necessary. The environmentalist, who was once the Chief Executive of Abia State Environmental Protection Agency, said the current mild flooding being experienced in Lagos with the increasing erosion of the ocean in the state was a sign that Nigeria was prone to the natural disaster. Though he did not give a specific time when it would break out in the country, he said the possibility was real, having been noted by both foreign and local experts, a reason he said early warning signs should not be ignored.

Deadly Tornados Confirmed In 4 N.H. Towns

New Hampshire, USA
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The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado hit Deerfield, where woman died on Thursday. The storm is New Hampshire's FIRST DEADLY TORNADO IN THE STATE'S HISTORY. In Barnstead, "the devastation is a track that runs across the whole town and is about the width of four car lanes, with complete breakdown lanes, and the area is basically flattened." The same storm system also dumped torrential rains in western Maine towns, causing outages that at one point knocked out virtually all of the eastern part of the state

Romanian Storm Havoc

A child and a man have been killed and more than 300 people evacuated in northeastern Romania after heavy rain led to widespread flooding. Homes were swept away, roads and bridges were damaged and there have been power outages. Villagers in Suceava county, the worst hit area, were climbing onto rooftops and up trees to save themselves from the swollen rivers. Two days of heavy rains have hit towns and villages in six counties, particularly in Iasi, Neamt and Suceava at the border with Ukraine. Meteorologists have already urged Romanians to expect temperatures this summer in excess of 40 degrees Celsius, together with freak storms and heavy rainfall long periods of hot, dry weather will generate. In 2005 and 2006, Romania was hit by exceptionally heavy rainfall and flooding.

Iqaluit sweats in record heat wave

Summer heat that is fairly typical in other parts of Canada is a RARE phenomenon in Iqaluit, which is in the middle of an Arctic heat wave.

Residents say daytime temperatures consistently above 20 C HAVE NEVER BEEN FELT BEFORE in the Baffin Island region, where the Nunavut capital is located. The mercury went up to a sizzling 26.8 C Monday, which Environment Canada said is THE WARMEST READING ON RECORD FOR THE CITY.

Tuesday's daytime high was 23.1 C. Normal temperatures for this time of year are 12 C during the day and 4 C at night. The soaring temperatures are due to high pressure systems in Ontario and Quebec, as well as wind blowing from the northwest. Unlike in the winter months, winds from the northwest blow in hot air in the summer. Environment Canada is expecting similar temperatures to continue into the weekend.

Hail, worms and floods hurt drought-prone Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Army worms, hail and floods are adding to the woes of Ethiopians reeling from high world food prices and a drought that has affected some 4.6 million people, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

Nearly 2,000 farmers in the southern regions of Welayeta and Gamo Gofa lost crops due to torrential rains, hailstorms and army worms, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its weekly report.

Heavy rains also badly affected nearly 24,000 people in Shashego early this month, it said.

OCHA added that malnutrition remained a major concern in northern Amhara, Oromyia and Somali regions.

Dangerous surf swells at beach

Florida, USA
David Savage takes advantage of larger-than-average waves, courtesy of Hurricane Dolly, Tuesday at Pensacola Beach. See more photos from the beach at (Ben Twingley/

Story: Dangerous surf swells at beach in Pensacola - Six people at a Perdido Key beach were rescued from perilous surf conditions churned up by Hurricane Dolly on Tuesday as the Category 1 storm headed for landfall on the U.S. - Mexico border. A benefit of the waves is the currents pushing jellyfish to the shores. Jellyfish have been a problem this year because some unseasonal winds pushed them into the Gulf at the end of April. The Gulf has had calm water since then, and until this week, there were no winds to move the jellyfish out.

2nd oldest US wildlife refuge in jeopardy

Louisiana, USA
Pounded by hurricanes, washed by waves, 2nd oldest US wildlife refuge in jeopardy - The Chandeleur and Breton islands, a chain of barrier islands southeast of New Orleans, have been battered by hurricanes in the past four years and they took a pounding from Hurricane Katrina, which reduced the islands by one-half of their pre-storm size. "Circumstances are now at a turning point. We can either let things continue to deteriorate or we can expand restoration efforts." What was once a continuous strip of land in 1915, where beaches were backed up by high dunes and shrubbery made up of black mangrove and groundsel bush, is now a patchwork of low-lying sand bars rising just above the sea. The islands are important nesting grounds for a variety of birds. But the fate of the islands may be beyond whatever humans can do.

Mysterious insect baffles experts

Experts have been baffled by the presence of an unidentified insect in parts of London. The tiny red and black bug first appeared in the Natural History Museum's Wildlife Garden in March 2007. Since then it has become the most common insect in the garden. The bug appears to be harmless, but there is potential for it to spread throughout the UK. The insect was spotted on the seeds of some of the plane trees that grow in the museum's grounds. Despite containing more than 28 million insect specimens, the museum failed to find an exact match for the new bug. Experts said it closely resembles the rare species Arocatus roeselii that is usually found in central Europe. But the roeselii bugs are brighter red than this new bug and they are usually associated with alder trees. The National Museum in Prague discovered an exact match to the mystery insect but experts there have also failed to determine exactly what it is. "It seems strange that so many of these bugs should suddenly appear."

Glacial Waves Causing Mahem

A giant wave resulting from ice that melted and dropped from a glacier swept five Danish tourists into the icy Kangerluarsuk Fjord on Greenland's west coast Sunday, killing two. The tragedy occurred while the group of 15 tourists from a boat stood on a plateau at the glacier to take pictures. 'Witnesses said that there was suddenly a loud sound like a helicopter and a
huge wave came pouring in on them.'

Experts expect more glacial waves -
Increasing temperatures in the Arctic mean that glacial waves like the one that killed two Danish tourists in Uummannaq, Greenland,
this weekend will become much more common, according to ice experts. The phenomenon, known as jokulhlaup, occurs when lakes formed by glacial melt water burst through the ice. A similar phenomenon took place in the Kangerlussuaq area last August. No one was killed, but the event resulted in a large lake being completely drained in 12 hours, spreading large chunks of ice on roads. Jokulhalup occur without warning and typically take place in parts of glaciers where melt water has gathered on top of glaciers, or where glacial lakes have formed. If the floods occur near populated areas, they can shatter bridges, roads and buildings. They can also have a dramatic effect on the terrain and wildlife in unpopulated areas. In a related story, the tourism industry says it will investigate reasons for Sunday's glacial wave in order to ensure that similar accidents do not occur in the future. The national tourism and business council hoped to determine whether this was an isolated incident. 'We need to know if we should warn people against coming too close to glaciers unless you are with an expert.' Image: A glacial lake as it appeared after it was drained by a glacial wave last August

Winelands awash after 7-day deluge

South Africa
UNDER WATER: Colleen Klaasen, 11, of Arbeidsgenot farm in Vredendal walks through the flooded vineyards Pictures: ESA ALEXANDER

Story: Winelands awash after 7-day deluge last week - As floods hit, families lose everything in mad scramble for higher ground. Seven days of heavy rains lashed the Western Cape, claiming the life of one man and leaving 38,000 people in desperate need of blankets, food and shelter. The cold, severe weather caused traffic chaos, blocked roads, flooded homes and cut-off towns and farms, where food and supplies could only be flown in by helicopter. Boats were used to rescue communities surrounded by lakes of water. The damage to roads, bridges and buildings is expected to run into millions of rands, the final tally still to be determined once the waters subside.

Flooding proves disastrous in Ambos Nogales.

Arizona, USA
The Monsoons geared up to full strength this weekend causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to Ambos Nogales. One local storm watcher even captured a photograph of a funnel or tornado cloud from her Nogales, Arizona, home about one mile from the border. Officials in Nogales declared a state of emergency and have petitioned the state for relief. Near the close of business and in the wake of Saturday’s rains, shopkeepers along the first two blocks of Morley Avenue were barraged by runoff. The water gushed from across the line through the pedestrian port of entry where border walls acted as a dam. The border walls held back storm runoff that burst through the concrete and asphalt ceiling of the wash tunnel on Calle Elias, just 60 feet south of the pedestrian port of entry. Up to five feet of water pooled on the Mexican side of the border where several vehicles that were parked in the area floated and converged at the base of a nearby hill. “It looked like a bomb fell.” Officials believe the collapse of the wash ceiling was due to immense pressure after most of the wash tributaries flowed to capacity and into the waterway known as Arroyo Los Nogales which is the Mexican extension of the Nogales Wash. CPB officers rescued three individuals from the flood channel underneath the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry just west of Morley Avenue. A sinkhole developed just 30 feet away from the inspection station. “This kind of flooding had not occurred since 1924 when my grandfather first got here.”

Surprise deluge flooded the Phoenix area -
Power was being restored Monday to parts of the Phoenix area, which were hit by an unexpected downpour and high winds, causing flash flooding. The flooding was triggered by more than 2 inches of rain that fell in a short period Sunday. It is UNUSUAL to see such high winds combined with rain in July, such wet microbursts are more common to Arizona in August.

Catastrophic Drought Affecting Food Producing Regions of the World

Government officials in Australia have warned that its main food-producing region – the Murray-Darling river system – may be facing permanent change because of climate change.

Continuing drought conditions are causing concerns as are forecasts that indicate the coming year will be a “shocker” in terms of rainfall.

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Rough Winters Changing the Lifestyle of Mongolian Nomads

The lifestyle of today's Mongolian horseman - and other nomadic herdsmen - is under threat. A succession of climactic disasters in the last 10 years has forced 500,000 of them abandon a nomadic lifestyle that has remained almost unchanged for centuries and to look instead for a new life in the cities.

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Winds wreak havoc

The wind kicked up something fierce Thursday afternoon and kept Emergency Services, B.C. Hydro and Greater Vernon Services crews busy as trees came down around town knocking out power and generally making a mess of things. Cory Bialecki/Morning Star

A freak wind storm blew through most of the Okanagan Valley’s cities and towns on Wednesday. The storm was caused by a massive cold front that dropped temperatures in the area by 8 C in less than a half-hour mixed with intense thunderstorms to produce winds of strong proportions. The storm crashed down power lines, pulled up trees and tore off branches as it ripped through the valley.

Shark found in Australian pool

SYDNEY (AFP) A shark was found in a swimming pool at one of Sydney's most popular beaches Friday, apparently swept into the baths by a FREAK WAVE. The one-metre (3.3 foot) shark turned up in a rock pool situated next to the open ocean at Cronulla beach. "It was quite calm, just swimming happily up and down at one end of the pool. It's funny, though, because we have swimmers who come here at 6am every morning to do laps. It's still dark then and they mustn't have even noticed it was there." The shark must have been swept into the pool overnight by a large wave. "It's the first time we've had a shark in the pool. We've had seals sunbaking there before, and get dolphin at the beach all the time, but I've never heard of a shark getting caught in a pool before."

Mount Shasta glaciers growing, despite warming

California, USA
Image: The Hotlum glacier is seen on the northeast face of Mt. Shasta, Thursday, June 19, 2008. While global warming is causing the retreat in glaciers in the Sierra Nevada, Cascades and the Rocky Mountains, the seven glaciers on Mt. Shasta are growing. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Story: Mount Shasta glaciers growing, despite warming - Global warming is shrinking glaciers all over the world, but the seven tongues of ice creeping down Mount Shasta's flanks are a RARE exception: They are the only long-established glaciers in the continental U.S. that are growing. Mount Shasta is actually benefiting from changing weather patterns over the Pacific Ocean. A warming Pacific Ocean means more moist air. On the mountain, precipitation falls as snow, adding to the glaciers enough to overcome a 1.8 degree Fahrenheit rise in temperature in the last century. By comparison, the glaciers in the Sierra Nevada, more than 500 miles south of Mount Shasta, are exposed to warmer summer temperatures and are retreating. Climate change has cut the number of glaciers at Montana's Glacier National Park from 150 to 26 since 1850, and some scientists project there will be none left within a generation. The storied snows at Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro might disappear by 2015. Although Mount Shasta's glaciers are growing, researchers say the 4.7 billion cubic feet of ice on its flanks could be gone by 2100. For the glaciers to remain their current size, Shasta would have to receive 20 percent more snowfall for every 1.8-degree Fahrenheit increase in temperature. Even without global warming, another threat to Shasta's glaciers could come far more quickly: a volcanic eruption could melt them, creating mud flows that could bury the surrounding small communities. Over the last 4,000 years, Shasta has erupted about every 250 to 300 years, and did so most recently about 200 years ago.

Coral Reefs Are Declining

Coral reefs — a key element in ocean ecosystems that provide not only coastline protection but billions of dollars in benefits from tourism, as well as ingredients used in cutting-edge medicines — are increasingly threatened from the effects of global warming and other hazards, according to a new U.S. government report.

The report estimates that nearly half of the coral reefs in areas from the Caribbean to the Pacific "are not in good condition and are continuing steadily on a long-term decline."

Midwest Floods Wreck Havoc on Crops

Midwest USA
Mosquitoes and a muskrat may not be part of biblical flooding prophecies, but in the United States Midwest region, these two creatures are yet another sign of the rain-soaked times. After heavy spring precipitation, multiple rivers throughout the central United States overflowed, causing flooding in several states in early June.

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Worst-ever weather weekend for Transit

New Zealand
Snow, hail, rain and gale-force winds firing from all directions dealt Transit NZ its MOST DIFFICULT WINTER WEATHER EVER in the central region last weekend. They just couldn't second-guess anything. "Well, it snowed in one direction, then rained from another, and hail, ice and wind roared through as well. We just didn't know which way the weather was going to hit us. It was all very complicated and VERY UNUSUAL." Keeping the roads open was of prime importance, ..."but not that easy when you're unsure what to expect and where it's coming from". The storms of 2004 and July 2006 had been bad enough, "but at least we knew which direction they were coming in from. Not like last weekend, when weather came from all sides and very complex. One minute it was snowing, then 30 minutes in came the rain from another direction. It was very weird."

Volcano erupts in Hawaii

Kilauea volcano has been spewing lava in greater quantities than have ever been seen before, scientists have warned

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Many Preparing for 2012 apocalypse

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, June 23 (UPI) -- Thousands of people in the Netherlands say they expect the world to end in 2012, and many say they are taking precautions to prepare for the apocalypse.

The Dutch-language de Volkskrant newspaper said it spoke to thousands of believers in the impending end of civilization, and while theories on the supposed catastrophe varied, most tied the 2012 date to the end of the Mayan calendar, Radio Netherlands reported Monday.


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There is a Devil in the clouds

Here is a report dated 2004 concerning Global Warming. Four years later, look where we are at. Anticlimax? Far from it! In fact the problem has escalated and Climate Change is running rampant across the globe. Read the article from Newsweek and draw your own conclusions.

U.S. Officials Stymied in Salmonella Search

With the number of people sickened in the nationwide salmonella outbreak now standing at 869, with 107 hospitalizations, U.S. officials acknowledged Tuesday that they were no closer to identifying the source of the contaminant.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also announced it was expanding its investigation to include food items normally served with tomatoes. While tomatoes are still the leading suspected source of the bacterial infections in the two-month-old outbreak, officials said they can't rule out other food items associated with tomatoes. But, they declined to say what those other foods might be.

Freak storm wrecks Elephant Butte marina

New Mexico, USA
Repairs were under way Monday at an Elephant Butte Lake marina that was hit by a wind storm. No injuries were reported in the storm that hit about 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The storm tore the wave breakers — a string of huge tires that protect the marina — loose from their anchors. Docks also separated from the anchors that hold them in place. "The marina received quite a bit of damage. We're just putting the marina back together." The storm lasted a few hours and wasn't accompanied by rain. "I HAVEN'T SEEN WINDS LIKE THIS IN THE LAST 15 YEARS. It kind of came straight down the Rio Grande corridor; it wasn't a thunderstorm." At least one boat sank and others were damaged. Weather equipment at the marina recorded wind speeds up to 74 miles per hour before electricity was shut off at the site.

Cozad Witnesses Weather Phenomenon

Nebraska, USA

Cozad residents woke this morning to a weather phenomenon as a heat burst rolled through town. Temperatures rose 20 degrees in a matter of minutes while winds reached speeds of 75 miles per hour.

Many had no idea what was happening. Mike Steinwart, Cozad Street Department, said it came quickly. "No warning, not even a whistle, I thought it was a tornado. The way people explained. I thought it was a tornado, but they say it was a heat burst."

Trees were thrown into houses and cars but no injuries were reported.


Freak Weather Has Australians Confused

NEARLY SUMMER? ... Emily Alcock, of Sandy Bay, left, and Genevieve Elliott, of Taroona, enjoyed a bit of a splash at Sandy Bay Beach yesterday at temperatures hit 18C.

Story: Last week it snowed, Sunday people wore shorts and by the end of the week it will snow again. A series of "vigorous" cold fronts will create a similar weather pattern by Wednesday. Hobart enjoyed a beautiful day of sunshine, with the temperature creeping up to a summer-like 18.1C. Out of all the capital cities in Australia, only Darwin, Sydney and Brisbane were warmer than Hobart. Sunday's warmth was an aberration. "It is REALLY UNUSUAL weather - the average for June is 11.1C and we are way above that." Last week, an icy blast closed roads, contributed to crashes, caused power blackouts and brought mountain snow.

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