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Incoming El Niño Could Break All Previous Records

As already predicted in Unknown Country's Climate Watch, it appears that westerly winds sweeping across the Pacific ocean could produce the first El Niño weather system since 2009-2010. Forecasters warn that it could be one of the most dramatic on record.

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Has Global Warming Caused a State of Emergency in Florida?

A state of emergency has been declared in the state of Florida after a monster storm caused the worst floods in decades.

In some areas over 2 feet of water accumulated in 26 hours, flooding homes and leaving motorists stranded, and the death toll has risen to 35 people across seven states.Tornado warnings have also been posted for...
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The Why of This Brutal Winter

As predicted on Unknowncountry.com's Climate Watch last fall, this is proving to be a winter of extraordinary fury both in the United States and Europe. England is experiencing the worst flooding in 250 years, and winter records are being broken all across the United States. Meanwhile the Austral summer is entering the record books because of its...
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Unusual weather worldwide - Cyclone Cleopatra kills 16 people in Europe

The weird weather continues worldwide: Cyclone Cleopatra devastated the Italian island of Sardinia on Monday leaving at least 16 people dead and more still missing. Flash floods - in some areas up to 3 metres (10ft) high - swept away cars and bridges and surged into people's homes without warning.

The worst-hit area was Olbia in the...
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The Hurricane Season Disappears as Earth Unexpectedly Cools

Despite predicting an extremely active hurricane season for this year, climatologists have been astounded by a virtually unprecedented lack of hurricanes. So far this season, which began on June 1st and runs to November 30, a total of eight tropical storms have developed, and typically the first hurricanes have formed by 10th August each year,...
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US Expects 'Extremely Active' Hurricane Season as Critical Satellite Fails

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has warned that the 2013 hurricane season is expected to be 'extremely active.' This is in part because of unusually warm water temperatures that are already extending further north than normal. Last season's Superstorm Sandy remained powerful even as it extended into waters off...
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The Legacy of Sandy

The areas hit by Hurricane Sandy have mostly been rebuilt, but there is one dangerous problem still lurking there: MOLD. It's erupting in...
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The Real Cost of Superstorms

It's not just cleaning up the mess they leave behind, it's the fact that by blowing away houses, they diminish the tax base that supports local schools.

In the January 25th edition of the New York Times, Alison Leigh Cowan writes: "(Superstorm Sandy)damaged tens of billions of dollars' worth of real estate, especially in coastal...
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Sandy Wasn't the End--More Hurricanes and Tornadoes

After Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast of the US recently, everyone wondered what climate change would bring us next. The...
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8 to 10 Million Experience Sandy-Related Power Failures

Hurricane Sandy is weakening and moving faster than anticipated. A computer model developed by an engineer at The Johns Hopkins University is now predicting fewer power outages than initially expected. Seth Guikema is predicting that an overall cumulative total of 8...
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Seafood Saved Them

The ocean off the coast of New York once had a bivalve population of TRILLIONS that once protected the area from storm surges stabilized the shoreline from Washington to Boston.

The best place for oysters is in the margin between saltwater and...
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8 to 10 Million to Experience Sandy-Related Power Failures

Hurricane Sandy is weakening and moving faster than anticipated. A computer model developed by an engineer at The Johns Hopkins University is now predicting fewer power outages than initially expected. Seth Guikema is predicting that an overall cumulative total of 8 to 10 million people will lose power in the wake of the hurricane, based on the...

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UPDATE: Nuclear Plants on Alert, 6.5 Million without Power

6.5 million people in the Northeast US are without power, including all of Manhattan below 39th Street. Nuclear power plants in the region are on alert because of the danger that they may lose outside power supplies, or their water exchange systems may be flooded. The power plants rely on diesel generators for backup power. Outside power is...
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UPDATE: Northeast Prepares for Sandy as Tsumami Heads for Hawaii

A tsunami warning has been issued for Hawaii, and the warnings for US and Canadian coastal areas have been called off. Four to Seven foot wayve area expected to reach the Hawaii's north facing beaches today. The warning has been issued after a 7.1 earthquake struck an island off the coast of Canada.

At the same time, the northeastern...
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Here's an Irony: Cleaning the Air Causes More Hurricanes

Who would have believed it? Cleaning up pollution may lead to more hurricanes!

We're not sure how this might effect tornadoes, but recent research suggests that cleaning up air pollution from factories in North America and Europe could have...
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Pollution May Cause Hurricanes

Pollution affects the ocean in many different ways. One of these is that it causes hurricanes. A recent increase in the intensity of tropical cyclones in the Arabian Sea may be a side effect of increasing air pollution over the Indian sub-continent.

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Record Storm Pummels US, Gigantic Cyclone Aims for Australia

First it was drought, then it was massive floods--now Australia faces a hurricane that is estimated to be twice the size of hurricane...
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Watch That Wind

Summer is hurricane season, which seems far away right now. But it never hurts to be prepared, because hurricanes do more than devastate the landscape--they're bad for pregnant women and their unborn children as...
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How to Predict Hurricanes

There seem to be more destructive hurricanes every year. Atlantic hurricane activity gets stronger and weaker over a cycle of several decades, and we've been in the active part of that cycle for the last 15 years. Scientists now say they have found a way to forecast hurricanes in the Atlantic--not just for the upcoming year, but for several years...
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How Hurricanes Get Big

What creates a Katrina? - Hurricane season is starting up again, and scientists are launching a major field project next month in the tropical Atlantic Ocean to solve a central mystery of hurricanes: Why do certain clusters of tropical thunderstorms grow into the often-deadly storms while many others dissipate? The results...

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Record Number of Hurricanes Predicted

How will this affect the oil spill? - If we know what's coming, we can be prepared: A group of Florida scientists who have developed a computer model for predicting hurricanes with unprecedented accuracy are forecasting an unusually active season coming our way this year.

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Why Hurricanes Don't Hit CA

It's well known that when hurricanes hit land, there's a risk that tornadoes may form in the area. Tornadoes that occur from hurricanes moving inland from the Gulf Coast are increasing in frequency, reflecting an increase in size and frequency among large hurricanes that make landfall from the Gulf of Mexico. We hear news about hurricanes...

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Strong Storms Hit US as Bill Becomes 'Extremely Dangerous'

Don't say we didn't warn you: Powerful storms crossed the central and northeastern US as Hurricane Bill became an 'extremely dangerous' storm in the South Atlantic. So far this year, the US tornado season has been relatively mild, but it threatened to increase in intensity today as powerful storms struck from Colorado to New York.New York's...

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More Hurricanes Coming

Here's why - Hurricanes in the Atlantic are now more frequent than at any time in the last thousand years. The frequency of intense hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean over the last 1,500 years has been closely linked to long-term changes in the El Nino and global warming, both of which affect sea surface temperature.

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New Kind of Hurricane This Season

Thanks to new kind of El Nino - El Nino years typically result in fewer hurricanes forming in the Atlantic Ocean. But a new study suggests that the form of El Nino may be changing potentially causing not only a greater number of hurricanes than in average years, but also a greater chance of hurricanes making landfall.

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Global Warming Link to Hurricanes Confirmed

and why Gustav wasn't as bad as Katrina - The theory that global warming may be contributing to stronger hurricanes in the Atlantic over the past 30 years is bolstered by a new study.

Using global satellite data, researchers James B. Elsner, James P. Kossin and Thomas H. Jagger found that the strongest tropical cyclones...

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Global Warming Means Fewer Hurricanes

?but that ones that DO occur will be more powerful - A surprising study shows that in the future, when the world is warmer, there will be fewer hurricanes like the terrible cyclone that devastated Myanmar?NOT more. This is because earth is heating up with such unexpected speed that the heat is reaching the stratosphere far...

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Hurricanes Coming Back, Big Time

Hurricane season is returning soon, and researchers at the University of Colorado have predicted that there will be four major hurricanes this season. The predictions do not suggest where they might make landfall, but it is expected to be an intense season because of the effect of Pacific cooling caused by the active La Nina formation in the...

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Do Hurricanes Cause Tornadoes?

Devastating Hurricane Dean, which tore through Jamaica and the Carribean, is now heading for the Yucatan in Mexico. It may be upgraded to a Category 5, with winds of 155 mph or more. New research shows that hurricanes that hit islands and coastal areas can also lead to tornadoes that strike inland, such as the strange tornado that recently...

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Huge Typhoon Hit Philippines

UPDATE - Supertyphoon Cimaron, called "Paeng" in the Philippines,with sustained winds of 120 mph struck the island ofLuzon on Sunday. The Philippines are struck by 20 Typhoons ayear, but Cimaron was the most powerful storm to hit the areasince 1998. The Philippines is the new home of Coast to Coast radio host Art Bell who co-...

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