User: irge304 Topic: Extreme Weather
Category: Storms
Last updated: Dec 21 2014 03:51 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Pacific storm: Early holiday woe 21.12.2014 CNN: Top Stories
Another Pacific storm is expected to pound the West Coast this weekend and could unleash flash flooding, mudslides and debris flows, just a week after similar rains left widespread devastation.
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Major coral bleaching in Pacific may become worst die-off in 20 years, say experts 19.12.2014 Guardian: Environment

Warm sea temperatures are causing massive coral reef die-off across the Northern Pacific in what could be the start of an historic bleaching event around the world

Scientists warn extreme sea temperatures could cause a “historic” coral reef die-off around the world over the coming months, following a massive coral bleaching already underway in the North Pacific. Experts said the coral die-off could be the worst in nearly two decades.

Reports of severe bleaching have been accumulating in the inbox of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Coral Reef Watch programme since July.

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How Much More Rain Does California Need to End the Drought? 19.12.2014 Mother Jones
Over the past two weeks, California has gotten a deluge of rain, lifting its reservoir levels and hydrating the soil in a state that is in the midst of one of the worst droughts in history. The chart above shows the state's drought levels pre- and post-storm, and thankfully, there's a little less of the menacing "exceptional drought." In its weekly summary , the US Drought Monitor emphasized cautious optimism: A wet December (to date) has provided California a foothold for drought recovery, but 3 straight winters of subnormal precipitation will take time (possibly several consecutive wet winters) to fully recharge the reservoir levels and subsoil moisture back to normal. With several more months still left in the wet season, it is possible that additional storms similar to the ones that just occurred will continue to chip away at the long-term hydrological drought, and the addition of lower temperatures would help build the snow pack. "Cautious optimism, but still a long way to go" would be the very ...
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Dayton urges Minnesota lawmakers to swiftly approve flood-aid package upon 2015 session start 19.12.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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Dayton urges swift action on flood-aid package 19.12.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Minnesota's governor says he hopes an emergency bill will pass in the opening weeks of a legislative session that starts in early January.
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Even after storms, Calif. in drought 18.12.2014 CNN: Top Stories
About 11 trillion gallons of rain, or nearly 17 million Olympic swimming pools full.
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Latest storm dumps rain, causes mudslide on Southern California freeway that strands motorists 17.12.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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Thunder, lightning and intense rain as new storm hits L.A. 17.12.2014 LA Times: Opinion
A new storm barreled into Southern California early Wednesday morning, bringing thunder, lightning and periods of intense rain.
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Floods hit South Bay in first of 3 Southland storms forecast this week 17.12.2014 LA Times: Opinion
After rain soaked much of Southern California on Tuesday, bringing late-afternoon floods to parts of the South Bay, a more powerful storm was expected to roll in before dawn Wednesday, followed by a third later this week.
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Rain-soaked California preparing for potential flooding, mudslides from another storm 17.12.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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In California, Fire Plus Drought Plus Rain Add Up To Mud 17.12.2014 NPR News
Heavy rains are hitting drought-stricken California. But instead of sinking into the earth, the water is rushing away in areas burned by wildfire, raising the danger of mudslides.
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Taliban storm Pakistani school, killing 126 16.12.2014 Seattle Times: Nation & World
Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing 126 people, officials said, in the worst attack to hit the country in years.
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Taliban storm Pakistani school, killing 126 16.12.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing 126 people, officials said, in the worst attack to hit the country in years.
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Disasters prompt $1 billion contest 16.12.2014 CNN: Top Stories
From superstorms to floods, to historic heat waves and droughts, not a week goes by without a major disruption somewhere in our communities. Between 2011 and 2013, 48 states and two-thirds of American counties endured crises severe enough to be declared major disasters.
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Waterlogged Northern California hit with more heavy rain that causes landslide, road flooding 15.12.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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The white, powdery stuff hits La Plata County 15.12.2014 Durango Herald
Although Durango didn’t get much snow over the weekend, giant flakes of pearly white powder flew in surrounding areas, and the region’s slopes received a blanket of relief.The National Weather Service’s Jeff Colton said the heavy snow came from the remnants of the “Pineapple Express,” a storm of strong...
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Camarillo Springs mudslide victims dig out 15.12.2014 LA Times: Top News
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California cleans up as storm hits Southwest 14.12.2014 Seattle Times: Nation & World
Californians cleaned up Saturday from a major storm that soaked the drought-stricken state before moving east to drop rain on the Southwest.
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California cleans up as storm hits Southwest 14.12.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Californians cleaned up Saturday from a major storm that soaked the drought-stricken state before moving east to drop rain on the Southwest.
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Loans impacting grant money for Sandy victims 14.12.2014 AP National
NEW YORK (AP) -- When Superstorm Sandy left Denise Erickson's home with a collapsed foundation, a loan from the Small Business Administration looked like the best deal in town....
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