Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Meteorology

In this Sept. 6, 2016 file photo, a youth takes a drink on a hill overlooking the city after a long hot day in Madrid, Spain. (AP Photo/Paul White, File)

BY SETH BORENSTEIN WASHINGTON (AP) — Even without an El Nino warming the world’s waters, Earth in February sizzled to its second hottest temperature on record, behind only last year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calculated that February 2017 ...
In this Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005 file photo, a funnel cloud is seen over the Pacific Ocean off Venice Beach in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Kim, File)

BY CHRISTOPHER WEBER LOS ANGELES (AP) — The latest storm to wallop Northern California whipped up a small tornado that downed trees and fences near Sacramento. Here’s what you need to know about twisters in California, which occur regularly but ...
In this Aug. 12, 2016 file photo, visitors from Korea shield themselves from the early morning sun as they tour the Capitol in Washington, with temperatures lingering in upper 90s. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

BY SETH BORENSTEIN WASHINGTON (AP) — With steamy nights, sticky days and torrential downpours, last year went down as one of the warmest and wildest weather years on record in the United States. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced ...
A couple looks out at the Russian River as it flows through a beach park Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, in Monte Rio, California. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

BY JOHN ANTCZAK LOS ANGELES (AP) — They’re called “atmospheric rivers” and they can dump massive quantities of Pacific Ocean water on California, carrying it through the air from as far away as Hawaii. Here’s a look at the weather ...
In this Nov. 30, 2016, photo, Gregg Jefferey, left, and his son Tyler help a family friend clean up their business at Rosalie Plaza after a possible tornado ripped through the town in Rosalie, Atlanta. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

BY SETH BORENSTEIN WASHINGTON (AP) — The most extreme tornado outbreaks are mysteriously spawning many more twisters than they did decades ago, a new study claimed. The once-every-five-years-or-so outbreak that might have involved 12 tornadoes 50 years ago now has ...

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Six people have died and five remained on life support after a rare condition known as thunderstorm asthma struck Australia’s second-largest city, officials said on Sunday. The sixth victim died in a hospital on Saturday night ...
Image Source: United States Drought Monitor — A Screen capture showing a map from the United States Drought Monitor date Nov. 15, 2016.

BY MICHAEL CASEY CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The long-running drought in much of the Northeastern United States is expected to persist through the winter. The U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday shows dry conditions continuing through February throughout New England ...
In this April 28, 2015, file photo, a Sierra Nevada lake in California is surrounded by barren ridges, usually covered in snow that time of year, during an aerial survey of the snowpack done by the California Department of Water Resources. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

BY NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The western United States set records for low winter snowpack levels in 2015, and a new report blames high temperatures rather than low precipitation levels, according to a new study. Greenhouse gases ...
In this Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 photo, Professor Chris Thorncroft, chairman of the Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences Department at the University at Albany and co- principal investigator for the New York State Mesonet, poses in the Mesonet operations center at the university in Albany, New York

BY MICHAEL HILL ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Counting every raindrop or measuring every gust of wind is impossible, but New York is getting closer with a uniquely extensive statewide system of automated weather stations that should paint a dramatically clearer ...
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