Meteorology http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/24543/all en 2012 was hottest year on record in U.S., climate agency says http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/2012-was-hottest-year-record-us-climate-agency-says <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By James B. Kelleher</p> <p>CHICAGO, Jan 8 (Reuters) - The year 2012 was the warmest on record for the contiguous United States, beating the previous record by a full degree in temperature, a government climate agency said on Tuesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/2012-was-hottest-year-record-us-climate-agency-says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fahrenheit Measurement Meteorology Politics Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 22:30:20 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731880 at http://www.globalpost.com Nearby lightning may be linked to migraines: study http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130127/nearby-lightning-may-be-linked-migraines-study <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Jan 28 (Reuters) - Weather has long been considered one of many potential migraine triggers, but a U.S. study now links lightning, specifically, to the onset of the severe headaches that plague millions.</p> <p>Researchers. whose work appeared in the journal Cephalalgia. found that, based on headache logs and weather data for the two U.S. states of Ohio and Missouri, people were 28 percent more likely to experience a migraine on days when lightning struck within 40 kilometers (25 miles) of their home.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130127/nearby-lightning-may-be-linked-migraines-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Headaches Meteorology Migraine Thomson Reuters Mon, 28 Jan 2013 01:45:15 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5740309 at http://www.globalpost.com Madagascar cyclone kills five http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/madagascar-cyclone-kills-five <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Five people were killed as pounding rain and high winds from tropical cyclone Felleng battered Madagascar on Thursday, officials said. </p> <p>"Four people died after a house collapsed in Antananarivo and one person drowned in Maroantsetra," in the north, Raymond Randriatahina, an official with the national disaster management agency, told AFP. </p> <p>The category three tropical cyclone barrelled along the island's east coast, around 200 kilometres (125 miles) from land, bringing gusts that reached 250 kilometres (155 miles) an hour.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/madagascar-cyclone-kills-five" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Atmospheric sciences Disaster Fluid dynamics Meteorology AFP Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:00:54 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5741895 at http://www.globalpost.com Early warning saved the day for flood-prone Mozambique http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/early-warning-saved-the-day-flood-prone-mozambique <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Engulfed by a raging torrent of water last week, the town of Chokwe in southern Mozambique was all but destroyed for the second time in 13 years, but it emerged with a hugely lower death toll.</p> <p>As in 2000 when floods of biblical proportions claimed 800 lives, an underdeveloped network of dams and dykes allowed the swollen Limpopo River to burst its banks, submerging most of the province of Gaza, where Chokwe is located, under metres (feet) of water.</p> <p>But thanks to a decade-long effort to lessen the impact of natural disasters in Mozambique, most people escaped this time.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/early-warning-saved-the-day-flood-prone-mozambique" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Earth Meteorology Political geography AFP Sat, 02 Feb 2013 03:45:18 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5743799 at http://www.globalpost.com Six killed, three missing in Madagascar cyclone http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/six-killed-three-missing-madagascar-cyclone <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Six people have died and three are missing after tropical cyclone Felleng raged through Madagascar, the national disaster management agency said Saturday.</p> <p>"Felleng has gone, it's now 500 kilometres (300 miles) east of (southern) Fort Dauphin. We have accounted for six deaths, three people missing and about 800 people affected in the capital" Antananarivo, Raymond Randriatahina, the agency's executive secretary, told AFP by telephone.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/six-killed-three-missing-madagascar-cyclone" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Atmospheric sciences Disaster Fluid dynamics Meteorology AFP Sat, 02 Feb 2013 19:15:42 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5744165 at http://www.globalpost.com China's thick smog arrives in Japan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/chinas-thick-smog-arrives-japan <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The suffocating smog that blanketed swathes of China is now hitting parts of Japan, sparking warnings Monday of health fears for the young and the sick.</p> <p>The environment ministry's website has been overloaded as worried users log on to try to find out what is coming their way.</p> <p>"Access to our air-pollution monitoring system has been almost impossible since last week, and the telephone here has been constantly ringing because worried people keep asking us about the impact on health," said an environment ministry official.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/chinas-thick-smog-arrives-japan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Atmospheric sciences Meteorology Pollution Technology AFP Mon, 04 Feb 2013 08:45:56 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5745099 at http://www.globalpost.com Himalayan avalanche kills five in India http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/himalayan-avalanche-kills-five-india <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>An avalanche in a Himalayan region of northern India killed at least five villagers Wednesday when their houses were buried under heavy snow, officials said.</p> <p>The avalanche trapped eight people in the remote Kafnu village in the state of Himachal Pradesh but three of them were later rescued, they said.</p> <p>"The victims were in two houses. The other six houses in the village had been vacated earlier," said one of the officials, speaking anonymously as he was not authorised to talk to the press.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/himalayan-avalanche-kills-five-india" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Meteorology Physical geography Snow AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 10:00:50 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5747314 at http://www.globalpost.com Blizzard aims for US Northeast http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/blizzard-aims-us-northeast <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Predictions for a blizzard to hit New England widened Thursday to include New York, threatening commuter disruptions and power outages in America's most densely populated region.</p> <p>The National Weather Service predicted a "major winter storm" for Friday into Saturday and said New York City was in the mix for blizzard conditions, which combine sustained strong winds and snowfall.</p> <p>The storm was expected to pound Boston particularly hard, but forecasters said the system should blow through later Saturday, with milder temperatures to follow.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/blizzard-aims-us-northeast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Atmospheric sciences Meteorology Weather AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 22:15:48 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5749437 at http://www.globalpost.com Possibly 'historic' blizzard aims at US Northeast http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/possibly-historic-blizzard-aims-at-us-northeast <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A possibly "historic" storm took aim at New England with heavy snow and blizzard conditions forecast for New York and along the densely populated northeast coast.</p> <p>The National Weather Service predicted a "major winter storm" for Friday into Saturday and said New York City was in the mix for blizzard conditions, which combine sustained strong winds and snowfall.</p> <p>"Two weather systems from the polar and subtropical jet streams will combine to produce a major and potentially historic winter storm," the NWS said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/possibly-historic-blizzard-aims-at-us-northeast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Atmospheric sciences Meteorology Weather AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 02:17:17 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5749575 at http://www.globalpost.com Possibly 'historic' blizzard aims at US Northeast http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/possibly-historic-blizzard-aims-at-us-northeast <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A possibly "historic" storm bore down on the northeastern United States Friday, with heavy snow, blizzard conditions and freezing temperatures forecast from New York through Maine as well as densely populated inland areas.</p> <p>The National Weather Service predicted a "major winter storm" for Friday into Saturday and said New York City was in the mix for blizzard conditions, which will combine sustained strong winds and snowfall.</p> <p>"Two weather systems from the polar and subtropical jet streams will combine to produce a major and potentially historic winter storm," the NWS said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/possibly-historic-blizzard-aims-at-us-northeast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Atmospheric sciences Business Labor Law Meteorology Weather AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 06:00:34 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5749685 at http://www.globalpost.com Mega blizzard aims at US Northeast http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/mega-blizzard-aims-at-us-northeast <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A major snowstorm bore down on the northeastern United States Friday, with heavy snow, blizzard conditions and freezing temperatures forecast from New York through Maine as well as densely populated inland areas.</p> <p>The National Weather Service predicted a "major winter storm" for Friday into Saturday and said New York City was in for blizzard conditions, including sustained strong winds and snowfall.</p> <p>"Two weather systems from the polar and subtropical jet streams will combine to produce a major and potentially historic winter storm," the NWS said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/mega-blizzard-aims-at-us-northeast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Atmospheric sciences Business Labor Law Meteorology Weather AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 10:46:31 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5749874 at http://www.globalpost.com Biggest snowstorm of winter targets US northeast http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/biggest-snowstorm-winter-targets-us-northeast <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The first flurries fell Friday over New England in what was forecasted to be an intense snow storm with white-out conditions, fierce winds and significant travel snarl-ups over the next 24 hours.</p> <p>The National Weather Service predicted "a major winter storm with blizzard conditions" along most of the region's coastline, including the New York area.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/biggest-snowstorm-winter-targets-us-northeast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Atmospheric sciences Business Entertainment Labor Law Meteorology Weather AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 15:31:31 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5750202 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 8-Blizzard blankets U.S. Northeast; five-state emergency http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130208/update-4-blizzard-begins-wallop-northeastern-us <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Two feet of snow expected in Boston, driving ban</p> <p>* About 5,000 flights canceled</p> <p>* More than 300,000 power outages across New England</p> <p>* Fresh flood risk to areas recovering from Sandy</p> <p>By Scott Malone and Edith Honan</p> <p>BOSTON/NEW YORK, Feb 8 (Reuters) - A blizzard slammed into the northeastern United States on Friday, snarling traffic, disrupting thousands of flights and prompting five governors to declare states of emergency in the face of a fearsome snowstorm.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130208/update-4-blizzard-begins-wallop-northeastern-us" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Atmospheric sciences Business Disaster Entertainment Labor Law Meteorology Natural disasters Technology Weather Thomson Reuters Fri, 08 Feb 2013 18:45:18 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5750439 at http://www.globalpost.com Massachusetts bans driving in snowstorm http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/massachusetts-bans-driving-snowstorm <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on Friday temporarily banned all non-emergency traffic on roads ahead of a major blizzard forecasted to blanket the US northeast. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse and Priyanka Boghani </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BOSTON &mdash; Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on Friday temporarily banned all non-emergency traffic on roads ahead of a major blizzard forecasted to blanket the US northeast.</p> <p>&quot;I have now signed an executive order banning vehicle traffic effective at 4:00 pm (2100 GMT) today. There are a number of exemptions for that for emergency workers and the like. Please exercise caution and use common sense,&quot; he said at his emergency center in Framingham.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/massachusetts-bans-driving-snowstorm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Atmospheric sciences Meteorology Weather AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 19:00:00 +0000 Agence France-Presse and Priyanka Boghani 5750454 at http://www.globalpost.com Massachusetts bans driving in snowstorm http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/massachusetts-bans-driving-snowstorm-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on Friday temporarily banned all non-emergency traffic on roads ahead of a major blizzard forecasted to blanket the US northeast. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse and Priyanka Boghani </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BOSTON &mdash; Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on Friday temporarily banned all non-emergency traffic on roads ahead of a major blizzard forecasted to blanket the US northeast.</p> <p>&quot;I have now signed an executive order banning vehicle traffic effective at 4:00 pm (2100 GMT) today. There are a number of exemptions for that for emergency workers and the like. Please exercise caution and use common sense,&quot; he said at his emergency center in Framingham.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/massachusetts-bans-driving-snowstorm-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Atmospheric sciences Meteorology Weather AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 19:30:00 +0000 Agence France-Presse and Priyanka Boghani 5750478 at http://www.globalpost.com