A powerful storm system that swept in across the west coastof the United States on Thursday left 5 deaths in its wakeas it crossed the Midwest. It is now strengthening andthreatens the Northeast with some very heavy weather.Another, similar system is building off the Pacific coastand could pack an equal punch next week.

So far, April of 2007 has been the coldest in 113 years,meaning that conditions are right for extreme weather eventsin the United States, as unusually cold arctic air collideswith unusually warm air from the Gulf of Mexico and theAtlantic, which is being drawn up along advancing frontalboundaries.
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From an unprecedented locust swarm in southern Mexico tofearsome hailstorms in Australia to one of the deadliestwinters in United States and European histories, worldweather continues in a state of extreme violence.

The most recent outbreak of tornadoes in the southeasternUnited States generated an unusual “major severe weatheroutbreak” from the US Storm Prediction Center. The stormsmoved across ground at the extraordinary speed of fiftymiles an hour, leaving widespread destruction and at leasttwenty people dead. This is the third major tornadicoutbreak in the US this winter. The previous two outbreakswere on December 25 and February 2, both in Florida. TheFebruary 2 event also killed at least 20 people.
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As predicted by global warming models, Europe continues tobear the brunt of unusually ferocious seasonal storms. Thelatest devastation took place over the past 48 hours when awinter storm generated sustained winds of over a hundredmiles an hour in many areas, leading to extensive damage andat least fifteen deaths, mostly in road accidents associatedwith the extreme weather.

In Bavaria, wind gusts in excess of 112mph were recorded,and heavy snow fell on lower Saxony. Road traffic wasseriously disrupted, and there were incidents of heavytrucks being blown over by wind gusts, including fire trucksattempting to respond to emergency calls.
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A gigantic cloud 26,000 feet high turned day into night overLiaoning Province in northeastern China on November 12. Thecloud, which appeared around noon, kept parts of theprovince in total darkness for up to half an hour.

The cloud was accompanied by fierce lightning, but no wind,hail or rain was reported. The phenomenon emerged when twoweather fronts converged, but it was highly unusual becauseit reduced visibility to near zero in the absence ofartificial lighting.

Subsequently, temperatures in the area have plummeted.
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