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Cities affect weather thousands of kilometers away: study

Heat from large cities alters local streams of high-altitude winds, potentially affecting weather in locations thousands of kilometres (miles) away, researchers said on Sunday. The findings could explain a long-running puzzle in climate change — why some regions in the northern hemisphere are strangely experiencing warmer winters than computer models…

News blooper: Weather replaced with anchor chowing down

A weather reporter for Fox 4 had to deal with some technical difficulties when his weather graphics were replaced with a news anchor having a snack. Watch video, uploaded to YouTube, below:…

NASA: Huge solar flare may disrupt power and communications

WASHINGTON — An unusual solar flare observed by a NASA space observatory on Tuesday could cause some disruptions to satellite communications and power on Earth over the next day or so, officials said. The potent blast from the Sun unleashed a firestorm of radiation on a level not witnessed since…

Rare tornadoes hit Massachusetts, 4 dead

NEW YORK (AFP) – Massachusetts was under a state of emergency after at least two tornadoes hit the northeastern US state late Wednesday, leaving four people dead, officials said. Governor Deval Patrick declared the state of emergency “in response to the impacts of the tornadic activity and severe weather,” his…

Rebels battle for control of Libyan oil town

AJDABIYA, Libya (AFP) – Libyan rebels were on Friday battling Moamer Kadhafi’s forces around the oil town of Brega, as the West backed off from arming the rag-tag fighters and pushed for a political solution instead. An AFP correspondent citing rebel commanders said fighting had erupted around Brega, about 800…

Winter storm dumps snow on US Midwest, Northwest

CHICAGO — Heavy snowfall blanketed parts of the US Midwest on Monday, prompting hundreds of cancelled flights and icy conditions for road travelers, officials warned, with the northeast bracing for the system as it rolled towards the Atlantic. Blizzard warnings were issued for parts of the Dakotas and the north…

Space weather could wreak havoc in gadget-driven world

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A geomagnetic space storm sparked by a solar eruption like the one that flared toward Earth Tuesday is bound to strike again and could wreak havoc across the gadget-happy modern world, experts say. Contemporary society is increasingly vulnerable to space weather because of our dependence on satellite…

Space weather could wreak havoc in gagdet-driven world

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Earth just dodged a solar bullet. But it won’t be the last. Experts say a geomagnetic storm, sparked by a massive solar eruption similar to the one that flared toward the Earth on Tuesday, is bound to strike again, and the next one could wreak more…

China’s drought may have serious global impact

BEIJING – Wide swathes of northern China are suffering through their worst drought in 60 years — a dry spell that could have a serious economic impact worldwide if it continues much longer, experts say. Some areas have gone 120 days without any significant rainfall, leaving more than five million…

Epic winter storm hits central US

CHICAGO – The central United States was caught in the grip of a historic winter storm Wednesday, buried by drifting snow and sleet that ground air and road travel to a halt. The storm — one of the largest winter storms since the 1950s, according to NASA — stretched for…

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