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Firenado captured on video at Beaver Creek Fire

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 3:57pm MDT

Thus far, Colorado has been fortunate with relatively few large wildfires. The one notable exception is the Beaver Creek Fire where a firefighter recently captured video of a ‘firenado.’ Also called a fire whirl, a firenado occurs when the rising heat from the blaze meets whirling winds.  The effect and appearance is much like a […]

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Satellite imagery shows devastating Canadian wildfire

Friday, May 6th, 2016 5:37am MDT

A fast-moving wildfire burning near Fort McMurray, Alberta has prompted the evacuation of all 88,000 residents of the city.  Since the fire started Sunday, at least 1,600 structures have been destroyed. NASA’s Earth Observatory trained one of its satellites on the area – see below.  Read more about the blaze here. Wildfire Spreads in Fort McMurray […]

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CSU forecasters predict near-normal 2016 hurricane season

Thursday, April 14th, 2016 1:23pm MDT

The Tropical Meteorology Project at Colorado State University has released its initial forecast for the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season.  Forecasters are expecting a relatively typical season in terms of the number of storms and their relative strengths. Headed by Dr. Phil Klotzbach, the team predicts a total of 13 named storms.  Of those, six are […]

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Several dead as US south and east lashed by storms and tornadoes

Thursday, February 25th, 2016 9:53am MDT

The US southeast and mid-Atlantic region have been lashed by violent thunderstorms and tornadoes that killed several people. The states of Louisiana, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia were among the worst hit. In Convent, Louisiana, a tornado ravaged a caravan park, killing two people and injuring about 30 others. The town of […]

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Magnitude-6.4 Earthquake Rattles China

Thursday, January 21st, 2016 1:37am MDT

A magnitude-6.4 earthquake rattled a remote region in northwestern China early Thursday, the Associated Press (AP) reported. The quake damaged a few dozen homes but no casualties were reported. China’s official Xinhua News Agency said that the epicenter of the quake was in an unpopulated area, about 20 miles from Menyuan county in Qinghai province. […]

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Hurricane Alex becomes first January hurricane since 1938

Thursday, January 14th, 2016 9:28am MDT

From the National Hurricane Center: Remarkably, Alex has undergone the transformation into a hurricane. It’s the first hurricane to form in the month of January since 1938, and the first hurricane to be present in this month since Alice of 1955. (Alice formed in late December 1954 and carried over into January 1955.) Alex’s maximum […]

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Hurricane Pali sets Pacific record

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016 4:25am MDT

If you were looking for a location which defined the term ‘the middle of nowhere’, Johnston Atoll would have a strong claim. This uninhabited island lies 1,390 kilometres southwest of the Hawaiian Islands, themselves lying in a remote part of the Pacific. Johnston Atoll is mentioned here because it is the closest island to what […]

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Obama: Mississippi Flooding an Official Disaster

Monday, January 4th, 2016 6:41pm MDT

President Barack Obama declared on Monday afternoon that the flooding and tornadoes that hit Mississippi in late December constitute an official major disaster. The declaration frees up federal dollars to go toward aiding five particularly storm-struck areas in the state: Benton, Coahoma, Marshall, Quitman and Tippah counties. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant expressed gratitude to Obama […]

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Mississippi River is About to Have a Record Flood

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015 6:21am MDT

The Mississippi River is flooding in a big way right now, at the wrong time of year, and is forecasted to match or break 22-year-old crest records over the next few days. Meteorologists are calling it “insane.” Over the next three to four days, the Mississippi is predicted to reach a crest height of 49.7 […]

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Texas tornado’s winds topped 200 mph; 11 dead in storms

Sunday, December 27th, 2015 6:33pm MDT

A tornado that blew through Garland, Texas, killing eight people Saturday night has been classified as an EF4, with winds up to 200 mph. It was one of two confirmed tornadoes that tore through North Texas in a storm that killed 11 people, including an infant. The National Weather Service confirmed that the tornado that […]

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