Antarctica’s land height explains the continent’s slower rate of warming – UPI.com

A new study suggests the Antarctica’s high elevations explain its slower rate of warming.

“On average, warming for the entire Antarctic continent has been much slower than Arctic warming so far,” Marc Salzmann, a researcher at the University of Leipzig’s Institute for Meteorology in Germany, said in a news release. “Moreover, climate models suggest that, by the end of this century, Antarctica will have warmed less compared to the Arctic.”

Source: Antarctica’s land height explains the continent’s slower rate of warming – UPI.com

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At least 14 reportedly killed after storms swept South, Midwest – NY Daily News

The storm system also dumped a rare late-season blizzard in western Kansas.

Two deaths were reported in Missouri, including a woman who drowned after rushing water swept away a car. One of two deaths in Mississippi included a 7-year-old who died by electric shock and a 2-year-old girl in Tennessee who was hit by a soccer goal post hurled by heavy winds.

Source: At least 14 reportedly killed after storms swept South, Midwest – NY Daily News

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California Sea Level Could Rise 10 Feet By End Of This Century | The Huffington Post

Airports, roads, towns and homes could be swamped, a state report says.

A California government council is warning that climate change could cause ocean waters off the coast to rise far higher than previously anticipated ― an increase in sea-level by as much as 10 feet by the end of the century.

This worst-case scenario would destroy airports in Oakland and San Francisco, and would swamp roadways, low-lying bridges, railroad tracks, farmland, beaches and some towns. As many as 42,000 homes would be completely submerged, warns the report released this month by a California Ocean Protection Council advisory team. The council adopted an updated report with higher sea-level estimates on Wednesday.

Source: California Sea Level Could Rise 10 Feet By End Of This Century | The Huffington Post

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Climate Tied to Alcohol-Related Liver Disease

Is alcoholic cirrhosis a product of cold, gray weather?

The findings support the “not uncommon notion that people drink to stay warm” and lay themselves open to all the consequences of alcohol use, Neil Shah MD, of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. said at the International Liver Congress, the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL).

Source: Climate Tied to Alcohol-Related Liver Disease

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Nearly 3 Dozen Tornadoes Sweep South Causing Damage in 11 States

Here’s the latest on the severe weather outbreak impacting the South.

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Nearly 3 dozen tornadoes touched down during a severe weather outbreak that swept the South.

A dozen buildings were damaged by a possible tornado in Johnston, South Carolina.

Five city workers had to be rescued after getting caught in floodwaters in Atlanta.

Several tornadoes were reported Wednesday in Georgia and Alabama.

An EF2 tornado caused damage to several structures Tuesday night in Goodman, Missouri.

Source: Nearly 3 Dozen Tornadoes Sweep South Causing Damage in 11 States

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Evacuations, Water Rescues Reported In Mississippi As Storms Lash the South; Tornadoes Kill 2 in Louisiana

Here’s the latest on this deadly weather event.

Flash flooding from severe storms hitting the South early Monday has prompted evacuations and water rescues in Mississippi, a day after storms produced a tornado that killed two in Louisiana.

About 30 people were evacuated early Monday after flash flooding inundated homes in Rankin, Mississippi, reports the National Weather Service. Water rescues were also underway at the Laurel Park Apartments in Rankin.

There have been multiple reports of flash flooding across parts of Mississippi into Louisiana.

Several school districts in Alabama will be closed or dismiss students early Monday as the state prepares for the likelihood of damaging storms. WKRG.com reported schools in Clarke and Washington counties, as well as the city of Thomasville, will be closed Monday.

Numerous other school districts will send students home early Monday, according to WTVY.com.

Source: Evacuations, Water Rescues Reported In Mississippi As Storms Lash the South; Tornadoes Kill 2 in Louisiana

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The Latest: Texas trooper: Tornado touches down; no damage | Fox News

A Texas state trooper has reported seeing a tornado touch down near Center Point, Texas, about 55 miles (89 kilometers) northwest of San Antonio, Texas.

National Weather Service meteorologist Yvette Benavides with the Austin/San Antonio office says the trooper reported seeing the tornado touchdown about 8 a.m. Sunday. Benavides says there were no reports of major or structural damage from the unconfirmed tornado.

The weather service offices in Austin/San Antonio and Fort Worth had received reports of minor wind damage to trees, up to quarter-sized hail and minor flooding in south central Texas areas.

Source: The Latest: Texas trooper: Tornado touches down; no damage | Fox News

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How much snow are we getting? Here’s what you need to know. – The Boston Globe

To say this storm is difficult to forecast is certainly an understatement.

A developing storm in the Ohio Valley will move to the coast Friday night and bring significant precipitation to the region.

But we can all agree on one thing: This storm will bring raw and wet weather that could last from Friday afternoon through Saturday evening.

What’s making this forecast so confounding is predicting the temperature profile.

Source: How much snow are we getting? Here’s what you need to know. – The Boston Globe

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California’s replenished snowpack brings relief — and worries – CNN.com

After years of drought, this winter finally brought relief to California as storm after storm walloped the state, leaving it drenched with rain at lower elevations and covered in snow in the mountains. Could flooding from that melting snow be far behind?

While there certainly was a seasonal downside — including flooding and concerns that a dam might fail at Lake Oroville — residents are heartened by the highest snowpack level since 2011.

Source: California’s replenished snowpack brings relief — and worries – CNN.com

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Australians cling to roofs as floodwaters swamp towns

Flooding rivers swamped towns along Australia’s east coast on Friday forcing tens of thousands of people to be evacuated as fast-flowing waters cut roads and destroyed bridges after the remnants of a powerful cyclone swept through the region. The disaster zone from ex-Cyclone Debbie stretched 1,000 kms

Source: Australians cling to roofs as floodwaters swamp towns

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Thousands flee as Cyclone Debbie bears down on Australia | Reuters

Thousands of Australians abandoned their homes as a powerful cyclone bore down on coastal towns in Queensland on Monday, while others ignored authorities’ advice to evacuate with winds forecast to reach up to 300 km per hour (185 mph).

Cyclone Debbie is a forecast to strengthen to a Category four storm before it makes landfall in the northeast state early on Tuesday, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said.

State Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk warned it would be the most powerful storm to hit the country since Cyclone Yasi in 2011, which destroyed homes, shredded crops and devastated island resorts.

Source: Thousands flee as Cyclone Debbie bears down on Australia | Reuters

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Tragedy, drama as storms sweep through Southeast – CBS News

ATLANTA – Severe storms that moved across the Southeast Tuesday into Tuesdsay night left at least one person dead and tens of thousands of homes and businesses without power, reports CBS Atlanta affiliate WGCL-TV.

A man was killed when a tree fell on his house in Jackson County, northeast of Atlanta. But another was freed after a fallen tree pinned him to his mattress in Hall County, Georgia, also northeast of Atlanta.

Source: Tragedy, drama as storms sweep through Southeast – CBS News

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Let’s learn from the past: St. Patrick’s Day Flood of 1936 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Post-Gazette.com – On St. Patrick’s Day in 1936, 81 years ago, an unlucky downpour resulted in one of our region’s worst natural disasters. Nearly two inches of rain fell on March 16, which added to the 63 inches of snow that came throughout the winter. Warm temperatures melted the snow, swelling creek beds along the upper Allegheny and Monongahela rivers. On St. Patrick’s Day, the rising rivers reached the North Side and washed into the streets of Downtown, wiping out historic businesses within hours.

Source: Let’s learn from the past: St. Patrick’s Day Flood of 1936 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Pennsylvania snowstorm: Wolf puts National Guard, lower highway speed limits in place

Gov. Tom Wolf signed a proclamation of disaster emergency before a snowstorm that will hit Pennsylvania from Monday evening through late Tuesday. PennDOT and the turnpike will restrict speed limits on interstate highways.

Empty trailers, towed trailers, buses, RVs and motorcycles are banned from those roadways until Tuesday evening. Wolf also says approximately 700 National Guard members are being deployed, along with more than 2,000 snow plows.

He’s signed a disaster emergency proclamation.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from 8 p.m. Monday to 10 p.m. Tuesday from Philadelphia to the Pocono Mountains.

Source: Pennsylvania snowstorm: Wolf puts National Guard, lower highway speed limits in place

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Snow and sleet blanketing D.C. area, heavy at times through the night

Roads deteriorate through the night, with difficult travel conditions into the morning.

* Winter storm warning for areas along and west of Interstate 95 in D.C. area, including the District, 7 p.m. Monday to 2 p.m. Tuesday | Winter weather advisory in Stafford, Charles, Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties |  School closures and delays | Washington Post roof view *

Snow and mixed precipitation, heavy at times, will fall overnight. With temperatures falling near and below freezing in many areas, roads are likely to turn slick as the night wears on and into the Tuesday morning commute.

Source: Snow and sleet blanketing D.C. area, heavy at times through the night

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Out West, the snow is so deep that scientists don’t have any tools to measure it

Sierra Nevada wrapping up a historic winter and that’s huge news for Nevada, California.

RENO, Nev. — One sure sign the Sierra Nevada is experiencing a historic winter is the snowpack is getting too deep for devices scientists use to measure it.

It’s a problem that cropped up Wednesday when researchers sought to confirm snow depth at a data site on Slide Mountain at Mount Rose Ski Tahoe near Reno.

“We’re not even close,” hydrologist Jeff Anderson said after jamming an aluminum tube more than 16 feet into the snowpack hoping to reach the ground below.

Source: Out West, the snow is so deep that scientists don’t have any tools to measure it

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1 dead as tornado hits Ottawa during repeated rounds of severe storms – Chicago Tribune

One person was confirmed dead in Ottawa in north-central Illinois after a tornado touched down there, part of a weather system that produced severe weather across the northern part of the state Tuessday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Source: 1 dead as tornado hits Ottawa during repeated rounds of severe storms – Chicago Tribune

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Weekend to feature heavy rain and winds across the West | Fox News

major storm system is expected to start impacting the western, central and southern United States late Friday and continue through next week, the National Weather Service said.

Source: Weekend to feature heavy rain and winds across the West | Fox News

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Major 8.2 magnitude quake strikes southwest of Indonesia

A powerful and shallow earthquake of magnitude 7.9 struck off the west coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Wednesday.

Source: Major 8.2 magnitude quake strikes southwest of Indonesia

Indonesia Issues Tsunami Warning After Big Quake Strikes

A powerful and shallow 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Wednesday, officials said.

The U.S. Geological Service said the temblor was centered “in the ocean” at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).

Indonesia issued a tsunami warning following the event, according to Reuters.

Source: NBC News

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