North Dakota residents exhausted from multiple floods
The Red River crested in Fargo, N.D., 16 feet above flood stage. "Four floods in the last five years. That's extremely unusual," Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker said. Last year was the only season since 2009 without a flood because there was a drought... Read more
4.1 earthquake shakes St Lucia
St Lucia was jolted by an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.1 late Tuesday night, the Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies (UWI) reported Wednesday... Read more
Drought-stricken Panama orders power rationing
The Secretary of Energy, Vicente Prescott, explains that if the dams of Fortuna in Chiriquí and Bayanoa do not get any water soon, they will have to schedule power outages in the next days..... Read more
Tornado spike in 2011 attributed to climate change. So what to make of this year’s tornado drought?
Tornado expert Harold Brooks notes that during the 12-month period from May 2012-April 2013 there were just 197 tornadoes rated EF1 or stronger. This is, Brooks says, apparently a record low for U.S. tornadoes in a 12-month period... Read more
The USA in the past 12 months has seen the fewest number of tornadoes since at least 1954, and the death tolls from the dangerous storms have dropped dramatically since 2011.... Read more
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UK budget airline to test volcanic ash cloud detection technology aimed at avoiding air chaos
A U.K. budget airline will create an artificial volcanic ash cloud over Europe this summer to test ash detection technology. The experiment aims to avoid the kind of chaos that paralyzed air traffic during eruptions three years ago..... Read more