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« Reply #210 on: December 03, 2012, 03:14:21 pm »

Same in the Phoenix area. Near record highs this week. I think Tuesday is suppose to be 82, when the temp average for this time is like 68.

We are at least having a run of higher temps, if not the planet in general is heating up.
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« Reply #211 on: December 05, 2012, 08:48:10 pm »

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20604423

12/5/12

Philippines: Typhoon Bopha death toll rises

Richard Gordon from the Red Cross: "Food, water and power are the priority"

The death toll from a powerful storm battering the southern Philippines has risen to about 200, as rescue teams arrive in affected areas.

At least 156 people are known to have died in Compostela Valley province alone when Typhoon Bopha struck eastern Mindanao, local officials told the BBC.

Rescuers have reached most areas, but have had difficulty getting to some isolated communities.

Many were evacuated ahead of the storm, now over the western island of Palawan.

The typhoon is expected to move out into the South China Sea on Thursday.

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« Reply #212 on: December 06, 2012, 07:37:49 pm »

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-78440-Freak-tornado-kills-3-in-New-Zealand

Freak tornado kills 3 in New Zealand

12/6/12

AUCKLAND: A freak tornado hit Auckland Thursday killing three people and causing "utter devastation" as wild weather ripped apart homes and caused flash flooding in New Zealand's largest city.

The storm, packing gusts of more than 110 kilometres (70 miles) per hour, struck suburban Hobsonville in the afternoon, toppling trees, ripping roofs from houses and sending debris flying.

Civil Defence said three people died and seven were hospitalised, with two of the fatalities believed to have been caused by a concrete slab that landed on the cabin of a truck and the other by a falling tree.

About 150 homes were badly damaged, many rendered uninhabitable, forcing residents into temporary accommodation at a nearby air force base.

Resident Suzanne McFadden said the storm roared through in "five minutes of utter devastation".

Police urged people to stay indoors as flash floods blocked roads and falling trees brought down power lines, blacking out about 1,300 homes.

The Metservice weather agency said the tornado was created by a series of intense thunderstorms that lashed the city through the day, largely dissipating by early evening, although there were fears the winds could pick up overnight.

Prime Minister John Key expressed condolences to the families of the dead and praised the efforts of emergency services, who swiftly sealed off an area of about one square kilometre (0.4 square miles) that was worst affected by the tornado.
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« Reply #213 on: December 08, 2012, 02:41:45 pm »

http://news.yahoo.com/storm-killed-600-threatens-philippines-again-154157672.html

Storm that killed 600 threatens Philippines again

12/8/12

NEW BATAAN, Philippines (AP) — A typhoon that had left the Philippines after killing nearly 600 people and leaving hundreds missing in the south has made a U-turn and is now threatening the country's northwest, officials said Saturday.
 
The weather bureau raised storm warnings over parts of the main northern island of Luzon after Typhoon Bopha veered northeast. There was a strong possibility the disastrous storm would make a second landfall Sunday, but it might also make a loop and remain in the South China Sea, forecasters said. In either case, it was moving close to shore and disaster officials warned of heavy rains and winds and possible landslides in the mountainous region.
 
Another calamity in the north would stretch recovery efforts thin. Most government resources, including army and police, are currently focused on the south, where Bopha hit Tuesday before moving west into the South China Sea.

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« Reply #214 on: December 11, 2012, 09:50:51 pm »

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/nvironment/tornado-in-yogyakarta-injures-dozen-damages-hundreds-of-houses/560500

12/8/12

Sleman, Yogyakarta. More than a dozen people have been injured and hundreds of houses left damaged after a tornado swept through the Yogyakarta district of Sleman on Friday.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman said on Saturday that the tornado — which had a radius of two kilometers at a speed of 60 kilometers per hour — lasted for 10 minutes and hit 10 villages in Sleman, with the Bromonila village in the subdistrict of Purwomartani reporting the most damages.

“Two people were seriously injured and have to undergo treatment now, and 12 others were lightly wounded,” BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo said in a statement published at bnpb.go.id.

Sutopo said 519 houses in total were damaged and dozens of cattle sheds and hundreds of trees also reportedly collapsed.

The district head of Sleman has declared the area an emergency situation until Dec. 11.

“The Sleman office of the BPNB has established an emergency station and a [makeshift] kitchen in Bromonila village,” said Sutopo, adding that people displaced from their houses had been evacuated to safe places.

The tornado also disrupted some flights to and from the Adisucipto International Airport in Yogyakarta. A Merpati Airlines plane from Bandung was forced to reroute to Surabaya and a Garuda Indonesia flight from Jakarta was forced to turn back.
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« Reply #215 on: December 15, 2012, 09:14:51 pm »

Category 3 Cyclone Evan leaves Samoa, heads for Fiji
 
By Dr. Jeff Masters


Published: 3:06 PM GMT on December 14, 2012

Category 3 Tropical Cyclone Evan is finally done pounding Samoa and American Samoa, after spending two days meandering over the islands. Evan made landfall on the north shore of Samoa near the capital of Apia on Thursday as a Category 1 cyclone with 90 mph winds, and intensified into a Category 3 storm with 115 mph winds after the eye wandered back offshore late Thursday. Media reports indicate that Evan has killed two and brought heavy damage to Samoa. "Power is off for the whole country... Tanugamanono power plant is completely destroyed and we might not have power for at least two weeks," the Disaster Management Office (DMO) said in a statement. Satellite loops show a well-organized storm with plenty of intense heavy thunderstorm activity. The storm will be a region with light wind shear of 10 - 15 knots and very warm ocean waters that extend to great depth, and could intensify into a Category 4 cyclone by Saturday, as it passes through the Wallis and Futuna Islands. On Sunday, Evan is expected to pass just north of Fiji. The GFS model shows that Fiji should experience heavy rains from Evan, but miss the core eyewall region with the strongest winds and highest storm surge. The storm will encounter decreasing ocean heat content on Monday, after it passes Fiji, and should weaken to a Category 1 cyclone. Evan is one of Samoa's most destructive tropical cyclones on record, as discussed by wunderground's weather historian, Christopher C. Burt. The most famous and deadliest tropical storm to strike Samoa (in modern records) was that of March 1889, which influenced the balance of Western imperial power in the Southern Pacific.

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« Reply #216 on: December 18, 2012, 08:49:08 pm »

12/16/12

Tourists Flee, Residents Prepare As 'Monster' Cyclone Bears Down On Fiji

Fijian authorities scrambled to evacuate tourists and residents in low-lying areas Sunday as a monster cyclone threatened the Pacific nation with "catastrophic damage" after causing devastation in Samoa.
 
At least four people were killed when Cyclone Evan slammed into Samoa and the toll was expected to rise with a search launched for eight men missing on three fishing boats.
 
Only one survivor has been found, said the New Zealand Rescue Co-ordination Centre, which is overseeing the search.
 
After crossing Samoa, Evan intensified as it ploughed through the Pacific and forecasters said destructive winds could reach nearly 300 kilometres per hour (186 miles per hour) by the time it hits Fiji early Monday.
 
Government officials fear it could be as devastating as Cyclone Kina, which killed 23 people and left thousands homeless in 1993.
 
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/tourists-flee-residents-prepare-as-monster-cyclone-bears-down-on-fiji-2012-12#ixzz2FSimUv00
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« Reply #217 on: December 19, 2012, 11:32:47 am »

270km/h winds as Cyclone Evan smashes Fiji

12/18/12

Fiji was battered by ferocious 270km/h winds overnight, which uprooted trees and homes, ripped roofs off buildings and caused widespread power and water outages.

More than 8000 people took refuge in evacuation centres, according to the Fiji Ministry of Information's Facebook page, and airlines suspended flights in and out of the country.

Tourists sat tight in boarded-up hotels as Fiji entered darkness and the worst of the storm.

With winds stirring up massive swells, two ships ran aground near the entrance to Suva Harbour, The New Zealand Herald reported.



Read more: http://www.news.com.au/travel/news/damage-fears-as-evan-heads-to-fiji/story-e6frfq80-1226537837294#ixzz2FWJOsifr
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The first major snowstorm of the season began a slow crawl across the Midwest on Thursday, creating treacherous, sometimes deadly driving conditions and threatening to disrupt some of the nation's busiest airports before the holiday weekend.
 
Heavy snow and strong winds combined for blizzard conditions in areas from Kansas to Wisconsin — and guaranteed a white Christmas in some places — after the storm blanketed the Rocky Mountains earlier in the week.
 
Iowa and Nebraska took a heavy hit from the storm, with nearly a foot of snow in Des Moines and 8.6 inches in Omaha, Neb.
 
Thomas Shubert, a clerk at a store in Gretna near Omaha, said his brother drove him to work in his 4-by-4 truck but that some of his neighbors weren't so fortunate.
 
"I saw some people in my neighborhood trying to get out. They made it a few feet, and that was about it," Shubert said. "I haven't seen many cars on the road. There are a few brave souls out, but mostly trucks and plows."
 
The heavy, wet snow made some unplowed streets in Des Moines nearly impossible to navigate in anything other than a four-wheel drive vehicle. Even streets that had been plowed remained snow-packed and slippery. Jackknifed semitrailers were reported on sections of Interstates 80 and 35 east and north of the city, with portions of the roads closed until the accidents could be cleared.
 
While the snow had tapered off by sunrise in Des Moines, transportation officials warned drivers to stay off highways until midnight. Strong winds were creating whiteout conditions. The airport at Creston, Iowa, recorded the highest winds, with a gust of 53 mph, said Kevin Skow, a National Weather Service meteorologist in the city.
 
Strong wind contributed to tens of thousands of power outages in Arkansas, Iowa and Nebraska. While snow pulled down most lines in Iowa, others were felled by big gusts, said Justin Foss, a spokesman for Alliant Energy, which had 13,000 customers without power in central Iowa.
 
"The roads have been so bad our crews have not been able to respond to them," said Justin Foss, a spokesman for Alliant Energy, which had 13,000 customers without power in central Iowa. "We have giant four-wheel-drive trucks with chains on them so when we can't get there it's pretty rough."
 
Along with Alliant, MidAmerican Energy reported power out to more than 36,000 customers in Iowa, most in the Des Moines area. The Omaha Public Power District said more than 36,000 customers in eastern Nebraska lost power. Entergy Arkansas reported more than 41,000 customers without power, most as a result of thunderstorms and strong wind.
 
Meteorologist Scott Dergan said the snow cover would drag temperatures much lower in Nebraska and Iowa.
 
"We're talking single digits," Dergan said. "We may even see some sub-zero temperatures in Nebraska. This cold weather will stick around for several days, maybe until the day after Christmas. So we're definitely going to have a white Christmas."
 
Before the storm, several cities in the Midwest had broken records for the number of consecutive days without measurable snow.
 
Chicago commuters began Thursday with heavy fog and cold, driving rain, and forecasters said snow would hit the Midwestern metropolis by mid-afternoon. Officials at O'Hare International Airport reported some flight delays and more than 90 cancellations. United Airlines said it would waive change fees for travelers who have to change their plans for travel through O'Hare because of the storm.
 
The weather service warned of poor visibility due to driving snow in much of the region and told drivers to stay off roads in some areas. Transportation officials shut down parts of Interstate 29 in Missouri and Interstate 80 in Nebraska remained closed due to blowing snow.
 
In southeastern Wisconsin, where a blizzard warning was in effect and winds of up to 45 mph were expected to create whiteout conditions, sheriff's officials said slick conditions led to at least two fatalities late Wednesday when a driver lost control of his car in Rock County, about 90 miles northwest of Chicago. In southeastern Utah, a woman who tried to walk for help after her car became stuck in snow died Tuesday night. Search and rescue crews on snowmobiles found her buried in the snow just a few miles from her car.
 
The owner of the Norske Nook restaurant and bakery in Osseo, a town in west-central Wisconsin that woke up to at least 10 inches of snow, said "blizzardy" conditions were not unusual for the area and that the weather would not upset her business.
 
"It's our policy to stay open for the customers," said Jean Zingshiem. "In case someone is stranded they'll have somewhere to go."
 
Bill Riggins of Madison said he wouldn't let a little blizzard stop him from riding his bike into work on the University of Wisconsin campus, about five miles from his house. Riggins said his metal-studded snow tires did the trick for the early morning commute at 4:45 a.m.
 
"I honestly think it would have been more trouble to drive," Riggins said. The ride, which normally takes about 25 minutes, took 40 in the snow. As conditions worsen during the day, Riggins said he expected the ride home to take about an hour.
 
On the southern edge of the storm system, high winds damaged homes and downed trees in central Arkansas, the weather service said. A powerful storm peeled the roofs off buildings and toppled trucks in Mobile, Ala., but injured no one. Tornado warnings remained in effect in parts of Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama early Thursday.
 
Hundreds of schools across the Midwest canceled classes Thursday because of heavy overnight snow. Government offices in Iowa and Nebraska were closed.
 
The moisture was welcome to farmers in the drought-parched region, but Meteorologist Kris Sanders said the storm wouldn't make much of a dent. In Kansas, for example, some areas are more than 12 inches below normal precipitation for the year.
 
"It's not going to have a big effect, maybe only a half-inch of liquid precipitation. It's not helping us out much," Sanders said.
 
Sanders said another storm similar to the current one could bring additional snow on Christmas or the day after.
 
Blake Landau, a cook serving eggs, roast beef sandwiches and chili to hungry snow plow drivers at Newton's Paradise Cafe in downtown Waterloo, Iowa, said he has always liked it when it snows on his birthday. He turned 27 on Thursday.
 
"It's kind of one of those things where it's leading up to Christmas time," Landau said. "We don't know when we get our first snowfall, and I hope we get it by my birthday. It's nice to have a nice snowy Christmas."

http://weather.yahoo.com/midwest-hit-first-major-snowstorm-season-082923409.html
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« Reply #219 on: December 26, 2012, 07:06:05 pm »

http://news.yahoo.com/us-storms-toll-6-dead-system-heads-east-190415482--finance.html

US storm's toll up to 6 dead; system heads east

12/26/12

CINCINNATI (AP) — A powerful winter storm system pounded the nation's midsection Wednesday and headed toward the Northeast, where people braced for the high winds and heavy snow that disrupted holiday travel, knocked out power to thousands of homes and were blamed in at least six deaths.
 
Hundreds of flights were canceled or delayed, scores of motorists got stuck on icy roads or slid off into drifts, and blizzard warnings were issued across Indiana and Ohio amid snowy gusts of 30 mph that blanketed roads and windshields, at times causing whiteout conditions.
 
"The way I've been describing it is as a low-end blizzard, but that's sort of like saying a small Tyrannosaurus rex," said John Kwiatkowski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis. He said the storm's winds were just high enough to classify the storm as a blizzard, making it one of the strongest snowstorms in years to strike central and southern Indiana.
 
"It's ugly out," said Elizabeth Brinker, 26, in downtown Indianapolis as she hurried to her car after the law firm where she works sent employees home Wednesday morning.
 
Some 40 vehicles got bogged down trying to make it up a slick hill in central Indiana, and four state snowplows slid off slick roads near Vincennes as snow fell at the rate of 3 inches within an hour in some spots.
 
Two passengers in a car on a sleet-slickened Arkansas highway were killed Wednesday in a head-on collision, and two people, including a 76-year-old Milwaukee woman, were killed Tuesday on Oklahoma highways. Deaths from wind-toppled trees were reported in Texas and Louisiana. The system that spawned nearly three dozen tornadoes across Gulf Coast states on Tuesday was headed to New England and the Eastern Seaboard.
 
National Guardsmen were called out to help cope with the storm in Indiana and Arkansas.
 
In Arkansas, Humvees transported medical workers and patients in areas with 10 inches of snow. Gov. Mike Beebe sent out National Guard teams after the storm left 192,000 customers without power Wednesday morning. The largest utility, Entergy Arkansas, said some people could be without power for as long as a week because of snapped poles and wires after ice coated power lines ahead of 10 inches of snowfall.
 
Other states to the east also had widely scattered outages and treacherous roads.
 
Traffic crawled at 25 mph on Interstate 81 in Maryland, where authorities reported scores of accidents.
 
"We're going to go down south and get below it (the storm)," said a determined Richard Power, traveling from home in Levittown, N.Y., to Louisville, Ky., in a minivan with his wife, two children and their beagle, Lucky. He said they were well on their way until they hit snow near Harrisburg, Pa., then 15 mph traffic on Interstate 81 at Hagerstown, Md. "We're going to go as far as we can go. .... If it doesn't get better, we're going to just get a hotel."
 
About two dozen counties in Indiana and Ohio issued snow emergency travel alerts, urging people to go out on the roads only if necessary.
 
"People need not to travel," said Rachel Trevino, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service bureau in Paducah, Ky. "They need to just go where they're going to be there and stay there."
 
Jennifer Miller, 58, was taking a bus Wednesday from Cincinnati to visit family in Columbus.
 
"I wish this had come yesterday and was gone today," she said, struggling with a rolling suitcase and three smaller bags on a slushy sidewalk near the station. "I'm glad I don't have to drive in this."
 
More than 900 flights were canceled by midday, according to FlightAware.com.
 
Snow was blamed for scores of vehicle accidents as far east as Maryland. As the storm moved east, New England state highway departments were treating roads and getting ready to mobilize with snowfall forecasts of a foot or more.
 
"People are picking up salt and a lot of shovels today," said Andy Greenwood, an assistant manager at Aubuchon Hardware in Keene, N.H.
 
In Manchester, N.H., public works officials said plow trucks were ready, as were a variety of emergency notification systems including blinking strobe lights at major intersections, and email, text and social media alerts.
 
Early indications were that day-after-Christmas mall traffic was down, too, with people holding off in the storm-affected areas on returning that ugly sweater or other unwanted gifts.
 
"I can't feel my feet, and the ice is hurting when it hits my face," said Tracy Flint, a Columbus, Ohio, hairstylist who was trudging to work across a shopping center lot where only a handful of cars were parked. "But it could be worse."
 
Behind the storm, Mississippi's governor declared states of emergency in eight counties with more than 25 people reported injured and 70 homes left damaged.
 
Cindy Williams, 56, stood near a home in McNeill, Miss., where the front was collapsed into a pile of wood and brick, with a balcony and porch ripped apart. Large Oak trees were uprooted and winds sheared off nearby treetops in a nearby grove. But she was focused on that all the family members from her husband to their grandchildren had escaped harm.
 
"We are so thankful," she said. "God took care of us."
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http://abcnews.go.com/US/nasty-winter-storms-spawn-tornadoes-blizzards/story?id=18063172#.UNt1D-S_CSq
Grinchy Weather: Nasty Winter Storms Spawn Tornadoes, Blizzards


By LAUREN EFFRON (@LEffron831)

Dec. 25, 2012

A nasty Christmastime storm system spawned blizzard conditions in some states and at least 15 reported tornadoes in the South, damaging homes, taking out power lines and dangerously snarling holiday travel.
 
Severe weather swept across the United States during the Christmas holiday, bringing tornadoes and intense thunderstorms to the Gulf Coast, while dumping heavy snow and freezing rain on the Southern Plains.
 
At least 15 tornadoes were reported today from Texas to Alabama, putting this storm system potentially on track to be one of the largest Christmas day tornado outbreaks on record.
 
One large tornado was reported in Mobile, Ala., where there are about 19,000 customers without power and 23,429 statewide, according to Alabama Power. Kerry Burns, a Mobile resident originally from Boston, said the storm "sounded like a freight train."
 
Some buildings in the area, including some churches and a local high school, were reportedly damaged. Ray Uballe, another Mobile resident, said his dad was shaken up.
 
"He was in his apartment," Uballe said. "He said it sounded like an airplane and then the door flung open and then there was just debris flying."
 
Douglas Mark Nix, president of the Infirmary Health System, said one of their Mobile hospitals lost power and sustained damage. There were no early reports of injuries to staff or patients.
 
"We are operating now on generator power," he said. "We do not have substantial damage but we do have a number of windows out and we have some ceiling tiles down, throughout the facility at the main hospital.
 
"We can run for at least two weeks but I saw power crews out all over the city so I fully expect power to be restored within the next day or so," Nix added.
 
At least eight states were issued blizzard warnings today, as the storms made highways dangerously slick heading into one of the busiest travel days of the year.
 
Oklahoma got about 7 inches of snow all over the state making for treacherous road conditions. ABC News affiliate KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City said the weather was being blamed for a 21-vehicle wreck on Interstate 40, but no one was seriously injured.
 
Ice accumulation in Arkansas bent trees and power lines, leaving at least 50,000 customers across the state without power. About 10 inches of snow fell on Fayetteville, Ark.
 
The storms, which first wreaked havoc on the West Coast before moving east, are being blamed for at least one death in Texas.
 
Investigators in the Houston area told ABC state KTRK-TV in Houston that a young man was trying to move a downed tree that was blocking the roadway when another one snapped and fell on top of him. He was later pronounced dead at a hopsital.
 
The last time a number of tornadoes hit the Gulf Coast area around Christmas Day was in 2009, when 22 tornadoes struck on Christmas Eve morning, National Weather Service spokesman Chris Vaccaro told ABC News over email.
 
The deadliest Christmastime tornado outbreak on record was Dec. 24 to 26, 1982, when 29 tornadoes in Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi killed three people and injured 32.
 
The last killer tornado around Christmas, Vaccaro said, was a Christmas Eve EF4 in Tennessee in 1988, which killed one person and injured seven. EF4 tornadoes can produce winds up to 200 mph.
 
No official word yet on the strength of the string of tornadoes reported today.

While some were preparing for a Christmas feast, others were hunkered down.

More than 180 flights nationwide were canceled by midday, according to the flight tracker FlightAware.com. More than half were canceled by American Airlines and its regional affiliate, American Eagle.
 
The storm system is expected to continue east into Georgia and the Carolinas Wednesday and could potentially spawn more tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.
 
ABC News' Matt Gutman, Max Golembo and ABC News Radio contributed to this report.
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« Reply #221 on: December 26, 2012, 09:52:15 pm »

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/White_Christmas_for_Moscow_while_south_Europe_sweats_999.html

White Christmas for Moscow while south Europe sweats

12/24/12

From deadly cold in Russia, floods in Britain and balmy conditions that have residents in southwest France rummaging for their bathing suits, the weather has gone haywire across Europe in the days leading up to Christmas.

The mercury in Moscow has fallen to minus 25 degrees Celsius (minus 13 degrees Fahrenheit) -- unseasonably cold in a country where such chills don't normally arrive until January or February.

The cold has claimed 90 lives in Russia since mid-December and 83 in Ukraine, with eastern Eurasia in the grips of an unusually icy month that has seen temperatures drop to as low as minus 50 degrees C in eastern Siberia.

Another 57 people have died from the cold in Poland this month, and officials say the icy front is probably "the most severe of the last 70 years," according to Regis Crepet, a forecaster with Meteo-Consult.

While the former Eastern bloc shivers and Britain fights severe flooding after heavy rains, holiday-makers and residents in the south of France and in Italy have dug out their shorts and swimwear to welcome an unexpected blast of beach weather.

Temperatures on Sunday climbed to 24.3 degrees C in Biarritz on the Atlantic coast, nearly 12 degrees hotter than the seasonal average, and nudging the 1983 record of 24.4 degrees C.

"These are remarkable temperatures that we do not see every year," French weather forecaster Patrick Galois said.

In Catania on Italy's Sicily coast, beach temperatures on Christmas day are forecast to climb as high as 22 degrees C in some places, while in Austria, the small village of Brand at an altitude of more than 1,000 metres (3,200 feet), noted a December 24 record of 17.7 degrees C.

Tim Palmer, professor of climate physics at Oxford University, told AFP the weather extremes are explained by the northern hemisphere "jet stream", a ribbon of air that speeds around the planet high up in the atmosphere.

The stream is akin to a length of rope "that you wiggle a bit", said Palmer -- its undulations differing from year to year.

This winter the jet stream is particularly wavy, pulling cold air in over Russia from the far north, and bringing hotter air up from the south over France and its neighbours.

"The question: Is the waviness and the unusual configuration of the jet stream the result of climate change? We don't know. The models are probably not quite good enough to tell us," said Palmer, though there was "some evidence" this may be the case.

"It is quite possible that carbon dioxide (being pumped into the atmosphere by human activity) is having the effect of making this jet stream waviness more intense," said the weather expert, but cautioned against apportioning premature blame for what may simply be localised weather glitches.
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« Reply #222 on: December 26, 2012, 09:58:31 pm »

It was raining and thundering pretty badly the last 2 days in Southwest Louisiana where I was at. And when I came back this evening, saw snow/ice covered on the sides of the roads and around my neighborhood.

This year really complex crazy weather!
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« Reply #223 on: December 27, 2012, 04:01:14 pm »

http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/27/us/winter-weather/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

Powerful storm still causing miserable conditions
By CNN Staff
 
updated 3:27 PM EST, Thu December 27, 2012

CNN) -- The powerful winter storm that moved across the United States this week, dropping record-breaking snow and spinning dangerous tornadoes on Christmas, isn't over yet.
 
It's dumping more snow on the Northeast on Thursday and leaving behind bitterly cold weather, especially in the South.
 
While the Northeast is used to dealing with heavy snow in late December, some parts of the country haven't seen this kind of weather in decades.
 
"This storm not only dumped snow in Southern areas that typically don't see such heavy snow -- especially in late December -- it did so in a short amount of time," CNN meteorologist Bonnie Schneider said. "The low was intense enough, along with other contributing factors, to bring blizzard conditions."

Residents of Little Rock, Arkansas, awoke to a frosty 20-degree morning after Tuesday's record-breaking 9 inches of snow -- the highest Christmas snowfall in 86 years. To navigate the treacherous roads, the Arkansas National Guard deployed four-wheel-drive ambulances to help those needing medical attention in the state's hardest-hit counties.
 
The heavy snow and ice overwhelmed trees across Arkansas, where forests cover half the land.
 
"It was very quiet and still outside, except for the crashing of trees in the nearby forest as they succumbed to the weight of a quarter-inch of ice and 10 inches of snow," said Lanny Sutton, who lives in the town of Cabot, outside of Little Rock. "The snow is beginning to melt. It's coming off the trees now. We have three trees in the yard with at least two or three limbs broken off each one."
 
Since it swept across the country this week, the storm has killed seven people, including two children in Arkansas and an 81-year-old Alabama man. He died Thursday as the results of injuries he suffered when a tree fell on his house in Georgiana on Christmas, an official with the Alabama Emergency Management Agency said.
 
As the storm moves across the Northeast, it will deliver plenty of snow in northern New England through Friday, including upstate New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. As much as 2 feet of snow is possible in central Maine, leading to hazardous roads, forecasters said.
 
In addition, "strong winds will cause blowing snow to create potentially even taller snow drifts," Schneider said. "Travelers across New England need to pay close attention to changing weather conditions and low visibility."
 
The storm has left thousands of passengers stranded after flight cancellations.
 
Winter storm strands travelers
 
Here's the damage that the winter storm has brought so far:
 
Traffic nightmares
 
The storm triggered multi-car pileups and other traffic nightmares across in the Midwest. In Ohio, nursing student Carrie Winger saw the aftermath of a fatal wreck in Cincinnati on Wednesday, which left one woman dead. She said she shared a photo of the crash site with CNN iReport to warn other drivers to slow down.

"We saw folks driving too fast and too close repeatedly the entire trip today," Winger said. "As soon as we passed this, people were speeding again. They apparently did not realize they had just passed a very immediate and very close encounter of a fatality. It could have been them."
 
Even drivers in the Northeast had a tough time navigating the icy conditions. Jim DeMarino said a normally four-hour drive from Pittsburgh to northern Virginia took eight hours Wednesday, the day after Christmas.
 
DeMarino, who lives in Alexandria, Virginia, submitted photos of what he called a "tricky drive" along highways that were "scattered with abandoned, crashed, and disabled vehicles."
 
Tornadoes in Alabama, Mississippi
 
The same weather system that dumped heavy snow in the Midwest and Northeast spawned as many as 30 tornadoes on Christmas -- some with wind speeds over 100 miles per hour -- across the Southeast.
 
Several of Tuesday's powerful twisters struck Alabama. In Mobile County, David Saraceno spotted something ominous as he sped down Interstate 165 on Tuesday. He was traveling with his wife and 1-year-old daughter to visit family when he saw a tornado on the side of the road. His wife videotaped it.
 
"It looked like it was about two miles away from us," Saraceno said. "I put the pedal to the floor to try and get out of harm's way, but it seemed to be getting closer and closer."
 
Panicked, Saraceno got off the interstate near the town of Chickasaw, drove in a different direction and then turned around to go home. He couldn't go see family in that weather.
 
"We drove right back into a path of destruction," he said. "It appeared that the tornado turned and came over the interstate about three minutes away from where we would have been if I did not get off the interstate. We saw a roof that must have blown off a house. Cars were pulled to the side of the road. There was a lady whose windows were shattered. It was too close for comfort."
 
Winter wonderland in Dallas
 
For others, the winter storm system brought a rare white Christmas.
 
In Dallas, some residents had to change from short sleeves to winter coats Tuesday, as temperatures plummeted from the 60s to the low 20s in one day.
 
"We knew it was going to be a White Christmas in Dallas this year as per the weather advisory, but were not aware it will turn out to be so beautiful & FREEZING cold," Shail Bhatt said.
 
It's not often that Dallas gets more snow than Chicago, but that's what happened this week. "Sometimes we wear shorts on Christmas in Texas," said Chris Purcell, who told CNN there's still plenty of snow on the ground. "We built a snowman and went (sledding) and had a snowball fight ... all the basics."alabama
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http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2012/12/25/weather-goes-haywire-over-europe-scientists-baffled-by-erratic-swings-of-jet-stream/

"jet stream" from NASA site...



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« Reply #225 on: December 28, 2012, 02:19:33 pm »

http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/28/us/winter-weather/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Snow covers 65% of lower 48; more coming
By CNN Staff
 
updated 12:04 PM EST, Fri December 28, 2012

(CNN) -- Snow covers most of the lower 48 states following a week of wicked weather, but forecasters warned on Friday that it's not over yet.
 
Freezing rain threatened parts of Texas, Missouri and Tennessee and a fresh snow storm is expected to push into the Ohio Valley.
 
Residents of Oklahoma and Arkansas are "likely to see ice accumulate on top of snow and that could compromise power lines," said CNN meteorologist Bonnie Schneider. "Keep that in mind for those of you traveling on Interstate 40 specifically."
 
Snow covers 65% of the ground in the lower 48 states, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. For comparison, last winter's top snow coverage for the lower 48 was nearly 48%.
 
"That was in February at the peak of winter and we're still in December," Schneider said
.

The powerful winter storm that dumped all that snow has moved out over the Atlantic, but not before depositing from 10 to 17 inches of snow across parts of Maine, according to the National Weather Service.
 
Nationwide, storm-related incidents have been blamed for the deaths of 10 people, including two children in Arkansas and an 81-year-old Alabama man. He died Thursday of injuries suffered when a tree fell on his house in Georgiana.
 
Snowfall totals of a foot or more were common throughout the Northeast: 21 inches fell in Woodford, Vermont; 17.4 inches in Addison, New York; and 15 inches in Ashfield, Massachusetts.
 
Caleb Clark, a CNN iReporter in Brattleboro in southern Vermont, called it a 'classic snowstorm.' "
 
"(It is) a nice and fluffy New England snow, not too dangerous and you could walk around without mittens," he said.
 
For travelers, major airports reported relatively few weather-related problems after a week that included thousands of flight delays and cancellations.
 
Friday's storm in the South is expected to move into the Northeast on Saturday.
 
Two to four inches of snow could fall from southern Illinois to New Jersey. New York City will see a couple inches of snow on Saturday. Areas of Connecticut to eastern Massachusetts could see higher snow amounts by Saturday night depending on the storm's track.
 
Winter storm strands travelers
 
Here's the damage that the winter storm has wrought so far:
 
Traffic nightmares
 
On the roads on Thursday, the storm triggered multi-vehicle pileups and other traffic nightmares across the Midwest.
 
Even drivers in the Northeast had a tough time navigating the icy conditions. Jim DeMarino said a normally four-hour drive from Pittsburgh to northern Virginia took eight hours.
 
DeMarino, who lives in Alexandria, Virginia, submitted photos of what he called a "tricky drive" along highways that were "scattered with abandoned, crashed and disabled vehicles."
 
Dozens of tornadoes

The same weather system that dumped heavy snow in the Midwest and Northeast spawned as many as 30 tornadoes on Christmas, some with wind speeds of more than 100 mph, across the Southeast.
 
Several of Tuesday's powerful twisters struck Alabama. In Mobile County, David Saraceno spotted something ominous as he sped down Interstate 165 on Tuesday. He was traveling with his wife and 1-year-old daughter to visit family when he saw a tornado on the side of the road. His wife videotaped it.
 
"It looked like it was about two miles away from us," Saraceno said. "I put the pedal to the floor to try and get out of harm's way, but it seemed to be getting closer and closer."
 
Panicked, Saraceno got off the interstate near the town of Chickasaw, drove in a different direction and turned around to go home.
 
Winter wonderland in Dallas
 
For others, the winter storm system brought a rare white Christmas.
 
In Dallas, some residents had to change from short sleeves to winter coats on Tuesday, as temperatures plummeted from the 60s to the low 20s in one day.
 
"We knew it was going to be a white Christmas in Dallas this year as per the weather advisory, but were not aware it will turn out to be so beautiful and freezing cold," Shail Bhatt said.
 
It's not often that Dallas gets more snow than Chicago, but that's what happened this week
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« Reply #226 on: December 29, 2012, 05:00:08 pm »

Philippine storm death toll rises to 11
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Manila (AFP) Dec 28, 2012

The death toll from a tropical storm that hit the central Philippines on Christmas Day has risen to 11 with thousands more forced out of their homes by landslides and flooding, officials said Friday.

Tropical Storm Wukong has caused new destruction just weeks after Typhoon Bopha hit the south of the country, flattening whole communities and killing more than 1,000 people.

Most of Wukong's victims died from drowning, while three died when a tree fell onto their home, according to the official disaster monitoring council, which added that two people remained missing.

It said that more than 13,000 people were in evacuation centres due to flooding and landslides caused by the latest storm, which affected the islands of Samar, Leyte Cebu and Panay.

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« Reply #227 on: January 06, 2013, 09:54:14 pm »

Temperatures in China hit 28-year low

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/05/16369310-temperatures-in-china-hit-28-year-low?lite

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Temperatures in China have plunged to their lowest in almost three decades, cold enough to freeze coastal waters and trap 1,000 ships in ice, official media said at the weekend.

Since late November the country has shivered at an average of minus 3.8 degrees Celsius (25 degrees Fahrenheit), 1.3 degrees colder than the previous average, and the chilliest in 28 years, state news agency Xinhua said on Saturday, citing the China Meteorological Administration.

Bitter cold has even frozen the sea in Laizhou Bay on the coast of Shandong province in the east, stranding nearly 1,000 ships, the China Daily newspaper reported.

Zheng Dong, chief meteorologist at the Yantai Marine Environment Monitoring Center under the State Oceanic Administration, told the paper that the area under ice in Laizhou Bay was 291 square km this week.

Transport around the country has been severely disrupted.

More than 140 flights from the state capital airport in central Hunan province were delayed, while heavy snowfall forced the closure of some sections of the Beijing-Hong Kong-Macau Expressway, the China Daily said.

Temperatures in the northeast fell even further, reaching a 43-year low of minus 15.3 degrees Celsius (4 degrees Fahrenheit), about 3.7 degrees below the previous recorded average.

One truck driver in southeastern Jiangxi province, caught in a 5 km (3.1 miles) queue caused by a pileup that happened after heavy snowfall, told China Daily the snow and extreme cold had caught him unawares.

"I didn't expect such a situation, so I've brought no warm coats or food. All I can do now is wait," trucker Yao Xuefeng told the paper.
 
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http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=382538&CategoryId=14093

BUENOS AIRES – A blistering heat wave, power outages and a fuel shortage added up Tuesday to a second day of hellish conditions in Greater Buenos Aires, home to about a quarter of Argentina’s 40 million people.

Amid a plethora of recommendations by the authorities on how to deal with the soaring temperatures, which on Tuesday were expected to reach 36 C (97 F), people took refuge in any shade they could find to get out of the blazing heat of the Argentine summer.

The National Meteorological Service renewed this Tuesday a high alert for the Argentine capital and its surrounding areas due to the high temperatures, which created scenes the total opposite of those seen these days in snowbound Europe and the United States.

The city of Buenos Aires (with its 2.8 million inhabitants) has a summer average of 90 deaths per day but, for example, during the heat wave at the beginning of 2001 it went up to 250 deaths in a single day,” the weather service warned on its Web site.

“Given that high temperatures will continue throughout the week, we ask the population to avoid as much as possible exposing themselves to sun rays and to drink a lot of water,” Argentine Health Minister Juan Manzur said, urging people to seek medical attention if they develop such symptoms as high fever, drowsiness, fainting or a racing pulse.

Added to the suffocating heat, the climatic phenomenon La Niña has spread drought across vast areas of the Buenos Aires and La Pampa provinces, the richest agricultural region of a country that is one of the world’s top grain exporters.

Sources in the farming sector believe that the lack of rain could continue until March, with the consequent loss of soybean and corn crops
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The heat wave also set a “historic record” in consumption of electricity, according to the public utilities involved, to the point that in numerous Buenos Aires neighborhoods and urban districts there were power outages in the last few days that sparked bitter protests.

The Association for the Defense of User and Consumer Rights warned that 40 percent of the customers of Edenor, Edesur and Edelap, the distributors of electric energy in Greater Buenos Aires, suffered blackouts or diminished power.

But the utilities said there were only a few isolated cases of power outages in an area of some 600 square kilometers (230 square miles).

Dozens of traffic lights in the capital were not working, so the city government asked drivers and pedestrians to use “extreme caution” in proceeding through the streets, which in many cases were blocked by the now-customary marches protesting any number of offenses and inconveniences.

The sun blazed like molten metal on downtown Buenos Aires, where the starting point was being prepared for the Dakar rally scheduled for Saturday, while pickets of the poor and unemployed blocked one of the expressways into the city.

Automobile traffic also appeared threatened by the fuel shortage, reflected in long lines of cars at the gasoline pumps.

“There’s no gas anywhere. If I don’t fill up now I can’t work today,” a taxi driver lamented on a local radio station, saying that he was out “hunting” for gasoline.

The fuel shortage is due to the increased demand of consumers traveling to other parts of the country to spend the year-end holidays and summer vacations, as well as the ordinary delays in distribution due to the Christmas festivities. EFE
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Polar bear killed by HEATWAVE: Argentine animal dies after becoming 'nervous and irritated' amid scorching heat and noise from Christmas Eve fireworks
'Winner' died of hyperthermia at Buenos Aires Zoo after overheating in high summer temperatures
 Polar bear was also thought to have been frightened by noise from Christmas Eve fireworks
 Animal was one of the most popular attractions at the Argentinian Zoo

12/27/12

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« Reply #230 on: January 07, 2013, 10:51:15 pm »

Wildfires rage across Australia amid searing heat

1/7/13

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SYDNEY (AP) — Firefighters battled scores of wildfires raging across southeast Australia on Tuesday with officials evacuating national parks and warning that blistering temperatures and high winds had led to "catastrophic" fire conditions in some areas.
 
Thousands of firefighters were on standby across the nation's most populous state of New South Wales, where fire authorities said wildfire conditions were at catastrophic threat levels — the most severe rating available — in parts of the state. All state forests and national parks were closed as a precaution and total fire bans were in place with temperatures expected to reach 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) in some areas.
 
"We are shaping up for one of the worst fire danger days on record," New South Wales Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said. "You don't get conditions worse than this. We are at the catastrophic level and clearly in those areas leaving early is your safest option."
 
No deaths had been reported, although officials in Tasmania were still trying to find around 100 residents who have been missing since a fire tore through the small town of Dunalley, east of the state capital of Hobart, last week, destroying around 90 homes. On Tuesday, police said no bodies were found during preliminary checks of the ruined houses.
 
Wildfires have razed 20,000 hectares (50,000 acres) of forests and farmland across southern Tasmania since Friday.
 
More than 100 fires were blazing across New South Wales on Tuesday, though only a handful of homes were under threat as of early afternoon. Officials were bracing for winds up to 80 kilometers per hour (50 miles per hour) later in the day that could fan the flames in unpredictable directions.
 
One volunteer firefighter suffered severe burns to his hands and face while fighting a grass fire near Gundaroo village, about 220 kilometers (138 miles) southwest of Sydney, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service said Monday. He was flown to a hospital in Sydney for treatment.
 
Wildfires are common during the Australian summer. In February 2009, hundreds of fires across Victoria state killed 173 people and destroyed more than 2,000 homes.
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Here in Oz-

Wildfires rage across Australia amid searing heat

Firefighters battled scores of wildfires raging across southeast Australia on Tuesday with officials evacuating national parks and warning that blistering temperatures and high winds had led to "catastrophic" fire conditions in some areas.

Thousands of firefighters were on standby across the nation's most populous state of New South Wales, where fire authorities said wildfire conditions were at catastrophic threat levels — the most severe rating available — in parts of the state. All state forests and national parks were closed as a precaution and total fire bans were in place with temperatures expected to reach 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) in some areas.


http://www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/2013/jan/07/wildfires-rage-across-australia-amid-searing-heat/

Firefighters are focusing on emergency situations in nine areas of NSW, Victoria and Tasmania as hot, dry and windy conditions envelop southeastern Australia.

With 140 fires burning across NSW, the worst-hit area was in the state's south where temperatures hit the low 40s and winds of up to 90km/h swept through the southern ranges.


http://au.news.yahoo.com/latest/a/-/latest/15781418/tas-nsw-vic-battle-bushfires/


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« Reply #232 on: January 08, 2013, 05:29:37 am »

Whoops, BornAgain2, I didn't see that you had posted that already....

It's sooo tragic for all those lives, homes and animals lost!!!!  Cry Cry Cry
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« Reply #233 on: January 08, 2013, 09:22:23 am »

Whoops, BornAgain2, I didn't see that you had posted that already....

It's sooo tragic for all those lives, homes and animals lost!!!!  Cry Cry Cry

No worries... Wink

Here in the United States, it was just last summer when there were alot of fires like this due to the scorching weather. It's been like this in recent years now.
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« Reply #234 on: January 08, 2013, 10:20:32 am »

Thousands stranded as fires devastate Tasmania

1/5/13

At least 100 properties have been destroyed and thousands of people have been left stranded by bushfires that are continuing to rage out of control in Tasmania.

Towns on the devastated Tasman Peninsula in the state's south-east are cut off and only accessible via sea.

Meanwhile, a fire emergency warning has been issued between Inala Road at Forcett and the Tasman Peninsula.

The Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) says the out-of-control blaze has spread south of Murdunna and has active fire edges back to Forcett and Dodges Ferry.

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NOAA: 2012 was warmest year ever for US, second most 'extreme'

If you found yourself bundling up in scarves, hats, and long underwear less than usual last year, you weren't alone: 2012 was the warmest year on record in the contiguous United States, according to scientists with The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The average temperature for 2012 was 55.3 degrees Fahrenheit, 3.2 degrees above normal and a full degree higher than the previous warmest year recorded -- 1998 -- NOAA said in its report Tuesday. All 48 states in the contiguous U.S. had above-average annual temperatures last year, including 19 that broke annual records, from Connecticut through Utah.

“We’re taking quite a large step,” said Jake Crouch, a climate scientist from the NOAA National Climatic Data Center, which has recorded temperatures in the contiguous U.S. for the past 118 years.

It was also a historic year for "extreme" weather, scientists with the federal agency said. With 11 disasters that surpassed $1 billion in losses, including Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Isaac, and tornadoes across the Great Plains, Texas, and the Southeast and Ohio Valley, NOAA said 2012 was second only to 1998 in the agency's "extreme" weather index.

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« Reply #236 on: January 08, 2013, 03:36:52 pm »

^^

Yeah, despite the cold temperatures here, at the same time, it just felt pretty warm for some reason, and not the usual cold/freezing weather we get every year.

This cold, winter season just felt weird for some reason.
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« Reply #237 on: January 08, 2013, 03:39:19 pm »

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1/8/13

Australia’s weather is so hot, new colors added to weather map



The forecast in Australia: Hot, hot, hot—and getting hotter.
 
As a record-breaking heatwave hovers over many regions and territories (which are in their summer months now), the continent’s Bureau of Meteorology has added two new colors to the weather map to reflect the rising mercury.
 
The map currently shows the weather in orange tones at the top, which indicate temperatures 40 to 48 degrees Celsius. But forecasts are predicting off-the-charts weather. As a result, pink and purple will now cover temperatures over 50 degrees Celsius—should it climb that high.
 
For those rusty on the temperature conversion, that is a sweat-inducing 122 degrees Fahrenheit. (The record-setting temperature of 50.7 set in 1960 has, thankfully, still not been broken.)
 
"The forecast coming from the bureau's model is showing temperatures in excess of 50 degrees," said David Jones, head of the bureau's climate monitoring and prediction unit.
 
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, a "dome of heat" over Australia is contributing to the record-breaking weather, which has gone on for six straight days with average maximum temps above 39 degrees Celcius (102 Fahrenheit). The trend seems likely to continue.
 
Adding to the misery, the searing heat is also fueling wildfires that continue to rage in southeastern Australia.
 
"You don't get conditions worse than this," Shane Fitzsimmons, New South Wales Rural Fire Service commissioner, told the Associated Press.
 
Australia isn’t the only place battling record high temperatures. Last year, the United States had its warmest year on record.
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NOAA: 2012 was warmest year ever for US, second most 'extreme'

If you found yourself bundling up in scarves, hats, and long underwear less than usual last year, you weren't alone: 2012 was the warmest year on record in the contiguous United States, according to scientists with The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The average temperature for 2012 was 55.3 degrees Fahrenheit, 3.2 degrees above normal and a full degree higher than the previous warmest year recorded -- 1998 -- NOAA said in its report Tuesday. All 48 states in the contiguous U.S. had above-average annual temperatures last year, including 19 that broke annual records, from Connecticut through Utah.

“We’re taking quite a large step,” said Jake Crouch, a climate scientist from the NOAA National Climatic Data Center, which has recorded temperatures in the contiguous U.S. for the past 118 years.

It was also a historic year for "extreme" weather, scientists with the federal agency said. With 11 disasters that surpassed $1 billion in losses, including Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Isaac, and tornadoes across the Great Plains, Texas, and the Southeast and Ohio Valley, NOAA said 2012 was second only to 1998 in the agency's "extreme" weather index.

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Britain faces coldest winter for 100 years as Big Freeze follows floods with wind so strong it blows water upwards

    Temperatures to plummet to minus 3°C this week and could fall as low as 20°C in December
    Fears that snow blizzards could close roads and shut down rail networks as winter takes hold
    But torrential rain which has deluged country and swamped St Asaph in North Wales will finally ease


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« Reply #239 on: January 09, 2013, 04:34:04 am »

Okay, do I need my parka or my flip flops? Will somebody make up their minds?  Roll Eyes
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