User: irge304 Topic: Extreme Weather
Category: Storms
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Trump approves Washington storms disaster declaration 23.4.2017 Seattle Times: Local

The action, in response to a request from Gov. Jay Inslee, makes federal funding available to state, local and tribal governments as well as certain nonprofits.
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The United States may be about to inflict a massive hardship on Haiti 23.4.2017 Washington Post: Editorials
Sending 50,000 Haitians back to the hemisphere’s poorest nation would be cruel and risky.
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Trump declares disaster over northern Utah's February flooding 22.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
President Donald Trump on Friday declared that “a major disaster exists” in northern Utah after the region was socked by severe winter storms and flooding in February. The state will receive federal assistance to go toward road repairs, Trump announced, after February storms led to flooding in Box Elder and Cache counties. The federal funding won’t be allocated to homes that were damaged by flooding. And because the majority of the families with damaged homes don’t have flood insurance, busines...
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Trump declares disaster in northern Utah 22.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
President Donald Trump on Friday declared that “a major disaster exists” in Northern Utah after the region was hit by severe winter storms and flooding in February. The recovery efforts in the area will receive federal assistance, Trump announced, after February storms led to flooding in Box Elder and Cache counties. Winter storms dropped nearly two inches of precipitation on the region between Feb. 7 and Feb. 27, and high temperatures added three inches from snowmelt, according to the Nationa... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Trump signs disaster declaration for 11 Idaho counties 22.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Boise, Idaho • President Donald Trump has signed a disaster declaration for 11 counties in southern Idaho. The declaration signed Friday means federal funds will be available to help communities rebuild damaged infrastructure following winter storms and flooding from Feb. 5 to March 3. Officials say Bingham, Cassia, Elmore, Franklin, Gooding, Jefferson, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Twin Falls and Washington counties sustained damage that exceeded $30 million. Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter says he’s grat...
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Utah forecast: Spring rain, some snow, blowing into region through midweek 18.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Preceded by thunderstorms, torrents of valley rain and mountain snow flurries, northern and central Utah braced for a wet weather cycle that will extend through the region’s midweek. The National Weather Service noted that winds of 15-25 mph will blow the precipitation throughout the Wasatch Front over the next couple days. That could bring some localized flooding, especially ponding on low-lying valley roadways. Such weather is a study in perspective. The poet T.S. Elliot wrote that, ”April is ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
The 1997 Red River Flood: What happened? 18.4.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The flood damage in Grand Forks was unprecedented but climate researchers say some of the contributing factors weren't that unusual.
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Severe weather awareness week 17.4.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
We’ve already seen our first tornadoes of the year in Minnesota, on March 6. The 3 tornadoes that day set a new record for the earliest tornadoes ever observed in Minnesota. Thankfully, the March 6 tornadoes didn’t cause any fatalities. Severe weather awareness week As we move into the warmer days of spring, we see more frequent thunderstorms.…
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Sunny and breezy Sunday; red flag warning western Minn. 16.4.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Our Friday and Saturday rainfall total at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was 1.30 inches. I’m going to have to rummage through my garage and find my lawnmower this week! Rochester recorded a Friday-Saturday rainfall total of .52″, St. Cloud received .33″, but Duluth saw only .01″. Mild temps Our average high temp is 58 degrees…
Big Sur usually can’t keep people away. Right now, it’s practically deserted. 14.4.2017 Washington Post
Heavy rains in California cut off part of the main highway, bringing sudden isolation, frustration and bliss to residents of the scenic stretch of coast.
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Here's what a new Highway 1 bridge in Big Sur will look like, and it may open in September 13.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Remember that Highway 1 bridge that sank into the hillside in Big Sur? Caltrans announced Wednesday that a $24-million replacement bridge could be open to the public as soon as September.

The Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, a few miles south of Big Sur Station, failed and shut down Highway 1 to all traffic...

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Here's Why Water in the West Goes from Drought to Deluge 13.4.2017 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Fat flakes of snow tumbled from the sky and collected on Frank Gehrke's shoulders as he stood high in the Sierra Nevada on March 30, measuring the winter's frozen bounty. Gehrke, head snow surveyor at the California Department of Water Resources, plunged a hollow metal pole into the snow, then weighed its contents. His measurements showed that the snow was nearly 8 feet deep at Phillips Station, south of Lake Tahoe, and the amount of water held within it was 183 percent of the long-term average for this time of year. Overall, the Sierra snowpack was 164 percent of the historical average. That's a stark contrast to the record low April 1 reading two years ago, when the statewide snowpack was just 5 percent of average. "This is an extremely good year from the snowpack standpoint," Gehrke said in a statement. This year's abundant snow, he added, is providing "great reservoir ...
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From extreme drought to record rain: Why California's drought-to-deluge cycle is getting worse 12.4.2017 LA Times: Environment

California’s climate has long been dominated by cycles of intense dry conditions followed by heavy rain and snow.

But never before in recorded history has the state seen such an extreme drought-to-deluge swing.

Experts and state water officials say California is seeing more of these intense weather...

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‘I’M A GONER’: El Faro’s last hours as ship sails into storm 12.4.2017 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Danielle Randolph squinted through rain-splattered windows as the sea freighter lunged upward sharply, then fell into the trough of a 30-foot-tall wave. The skies were black. The second mate stood on the navigation bridge high above the El Faro’s main deck, which spread out before her like an aircraft carrier stacked […]
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'I'M A GONER': El Faro's last hours as ship sails into storm 12.4.2017 AP Business
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Danielle Randolph squinted through rain-splattered windows as the sea freighter lunged upward sharply, then fell into the trough of a 30-foot-tall wave. The skies were black. The second mate stood on the navigation bridge high above the El Faro&apos;s main deck, which spread out before her like an aircraft carrier stacked high with red, white and blue cargo containers....
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Rising waters imperil a world of progress in southern China delta 9.4.2017 Seattle Times: Local

The rising South China Sea and the overstressed Pearl River network lie about 3 feet or so below much of this new multitrillion-dollar development — and they are poised to drown decades of progress, scrambling global supply chains and raising prices on goods.
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Stretch of Topanga Canyon Boulevard closed this weekend 8.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary

A stretch of Topanga Canyon Boulevard will be closed Saturday and Sunday, as workers try to stabilize roadside slopes that were weakened by winter storms.

All lanes of a 3½-mile segment of the road, also known as State Route 27, will be closed between Pacific Coast Highway and Grand View Drive...

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Recent storm makes Northern California's rain season the second wettest ever recorded 8.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary

A late-season atmospheric river has pushed Northern California’s water year (Oct. 1 to Sept. 30) to the second wettest ever recorded, the National Weather Service said Friday.

The storm has dumped rain from the Bay Area north to Shasta and east to Susanville along the Sierra Nevada, where months...

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Utah forecast: High winds, flooding risks promise wild, wet weekend 7.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Warm weather interspersed with valley rains and mountain snow prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Flood Watch for the northern Utah’s Cache County and the Wasatch Mountains. The advisory includes the communities of Logan, Smithfield, Huntsville, Park City, Heber City, Woodruff, and Randolph, beginning Friday night and extending through Saturday night. The south fork of the Ogden River above Pineview Reservoir and the Little Bear River above Hyrum Reservoir were of special concern. M... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Carolinas bracing for next round of severe weather 6.4.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Forecasters at the National Weather Service warned residents of the Carolinas to keep weather radios and cell phones handy as a second round of severe weather threatened to interrupt their sleep in the early hours Thursday. The weather service said the devices would be needed to awaken people to the possibility […]
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