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Southern Louisiana in a Severe Drought

[quote]NEW ORLEANS - Mother Nature has outdone herself with this cruel joke: Southern Louisiana, much of which was underwater not so long ago, is in the throes of a severe to extreme drought Hurricanes Katrina and Rita accounted for most of the rain the region has seen in more than a year, weather experts say Southeastern Louisiana is on pace for its driest January-though-April ever According to the Lincoln, Neb-based National Drought Mitigation Center, southern Louisiana is under co

Big Quake Rattles Distant Region of Russia

[quote]MOSCOW - A major earthquake hit a distant, sparsely populated region of Russia's Far East early Friday, causing unknown damage and possible casualties, an emergency official said The US Geological Survey and Japan's Meteorological Agency estimated the quake's magnitude at 77 The quake hit around 12:45 pm local time in Koryak region, nearly 4,350 miles east of Moscow and some 600 miles north of the largest city in the area, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, said Oleg Kotosanov,

Indonesian Volcano Spewing Smoke, Lava

[quote]MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia - The volcano that looms above his village is spewing smoke and lava, and scientists warn it could erupt anytime But like many people farming the fertile slopes of Mount Merapi, Ismail says there is no need to panic "Merapi is part of my life, as it is all of our lives around here," he said Tuesday, as the 9,700-foot mountain rumbled in the background "We know nature, and we are not worrying" Volcanologists watching Merapi, in the heart of densely p

Avalanche Hits Calif. Resort; 3 Injured {USA}

[quote]MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif - An avalanche struck a northern California ski resort Monday and a search was under way to determine if anyone was trapped Three minor injuries were reported after the avalanche at about 2 pm at Mammoth Mountain, 190 miles east of San Francisco, said Fire Chief Brent Harper More than 200 people were searching an area of a ski run at the resort, which has had record snowfall this season The Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center had posted a warning of "consid

Predicting Earthquakes Still Elusive

[quote]LOS ANGELES - The monster earthquake that turned San Francisco into smoky rubble a century ago also gave rise to seismology, but scientists still can't predict when the next Big One will pop Several mysteries must be unraveled before seismologists can forecast a potential killer shock with the precision that meteorologists have in pinpointing a hurricane's strength days beforehand At the heart of the problem are two fundamental questions: How does an earthquake begin What cau

Gulf Stream slow down, one year later

I am sure that many of you remember the article from last year that told us that the Gulf Stream, the ocean current that keeps Western Europe from being an ice cube, was slowing down due to the dilution of the ocean's salinity [url=http://wwwtimesonlinecouk/article/0,,2087-1602579,00html]Times online[/url] The idea is very alarming as hundreds of millions, if not billions of lives would be endangered What I find very interesting, though, is that it is now one year since the news

Tornadoes Sweep Through Tennessee, Kill 11 (USA)

[quote]NASHVILLE, Tenn - A line of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes marched across the South on Friday, peeling away roofs, overturning cars and killing at least 11 people in Tennessee, officials said It was the second wave of violent weather to hit the state in less than a week Last weekend, thunderstorms and tornadoes killed 24 people in the western part of the state and destroyed more than 1,000 homes and buildings The storms raked an area from northern Mississippi to northern V

Freak weather in Israel

It certinaly looks like the entire world is being affected Firstly Australia and now reports from Israel I wonder if there are many more unusual weather incidents that are just not reported http://wwwisraelnationalnewscom/newsphp3id=101520 A small tornado ripped across the western Galilee Tuesday evening Hail the size of golf balls also fell in the region Scores were hospitalized Freak stormy weather across Israel continues Nine foot waves were reported on the Red Sea in

Calif. Faces New Storms; Crews Secure Berm (USA)

[quote]VALLEY SPRINGS, Calif - Crews shored up an earthen berm at a private golf course community Wednesday after heavy rains caused part of it to give way, damaging about 15 homes "Thank God I didn't vacuum yesterday," joked Toni Redfern, pointing to a quarter inch of mud coating the carpet and walls of her home outside Valley Springs Redfern, who had planned to sign papers next week to sell the house, said a surging creek sent 2 feet of water into her house on Tuesday, forcing he

Austria Struggles to Control Floodwaters

[quote]VIENNA, Austria - Troops and firefighters joined the struggle to shore up dams in several northeast Austrian towns Wednesday, as floodwaters rose across the region Hundreds of homes have been flooded across Lower Austria province, northeast of Vienna, and more than 1,000 people have been evacuated amid fears that the water will burst through dam walls The threat of flooding eased, however, in the neighboring Czech Republic and Hungary, after days of rising water levels The f

Scientists Focus on Warming Disasters

[quote]WASHINGTON - A man stands on a railroad track as a train rumbles closer "Global warming" he says "Some say irreversible consequences are 30 years away Thirty years That won't affect me" He steps off the tracks — just in time But behind him is a little blonde-haired girl left in front of the roaring train The screen goes black A message appears: "There's still time" It's just an ad, part of a campaign from the advocacy group Environmental Defense, which hopes to c

Thunderstorms, Tornadoes Leave 27 Dead (USA)

[quote]NEWBERN, Tenn - Thunderstorms packing tornadoes and hail as big as softballs ripped through eight states, killing at least 27 people, injuring scores and destroying hundreds of homes in the South and Midwest Tennessee was hit hardest, with tornadoes striking five western counties Sunday and killing 23 people, including an infant and his grandparents and a family of four Most of the deaths were along a 25-mile path stretching from Newbern, about 80 miles northeast of Memphis, to

Flooding Hits Several Countries in Europe

[quote]PRAGUE, Czech Republic - Czech officials declared a state of emergency in seven flood-hit regions while rivers continued to rise in neighboring European countries on Monday, forcing evacuations in some areas The state of emergency affects seven of the Czech Republic's 14 regions, including the hard-hit Usti region in the north and the South Moravian region The situation in Prague, however, was stable, authorities said The flooding, which started last week, was caused by quickl

Polar icecaps melting faster than ever

Now Time magazine isn't prone to wowserism, but their latest article is looking positively hysterical Do you think they are trying to beat the information into some specific people http://wwwtimecom/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1176980,00html Polar Ice Caps Are Melting Faster Than Ever More And More Land Is Being Devastated By Drought Rising Waters Are Drowning Low-Lying Communities By Any Measure, Earth Is At The Tipping Point The climate is crashing, and global war

Three Earthquakes Level Iranian Villages

[quote]TEHRAN, Iran - Earthquakes and aftershocks rattled western Iran one after another, flattening villages and sending frightened homeowners into the streets By Friday morning 70 people were dead, 1,200 wounded, and thousands homeless The death toll would have been much higher, residents said, but police used loudspeakers to tell townspeople to sleep outside after a 47-magnitude quake struck Thursday evening Hours later, around 11 pm, a 51-magnitude quake struck Boroujerd a
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