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Malaysia jet search intensifies on new debris sighting

Ships and planes from several nations swarmed over the southern Indian Ocean on Monday as mounting evidence of floating debris energised the search for Malaysia's missing passenger jet. But the challenge of recovering the elusive and still-unidentified flotsam took on added urgency as a tropical cyclone loomed to the north, threatening to worsen already rough conditions that have thwarted spotters.

Spring snowstorm not unusual for Maritime provinces: Environment Canada

HALIFAX - Although the calendar says it's spring, Atlantic Canada is not getting a reprieve from the winter weather. In fact, a major snowstorm expected to hit Wednesday could be one of the strongest of the season, Environment Canada said on Sunday. Meteorologist Jean-Marc Couturier said it's not unusual for the region to get a blast of winter in springtime. He said it's still "prime time" for storms to develop over the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, and this one could be significant.

El Niño seen bringing much-needed rain to Chile

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - After five years of drought in central Chile, there is a good chance that the El Niño weather pattern could bring much-needed rains during the Southern Hemisphere's winter, the national meteorological service said on Thursday. In recent years, power producers in the world's top copper producer have been forced to rely on more-expensive fossil fuels as the lack of rain has dented hydroelectric generation.

US home sales dipped in Feb. to 19-month low because of cold weather, high prices

WASHINGTON - Sales of U.S. existing homes slipped in February, the sixth decline in seven months as severe winter weather, rising prices and a tight supply of homes discouraged buyers. The National Association of Realtors says sales declined 0.4 per cent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.6 million. That was the lowest pace since July 2012. Freezing temperatures and snowstorms likely kept many buyers from visiting open houses. And higher mortgage rates have weighed on sales since last fall.

Ice coverage, snow pack means spring ending not in sight for tale of two winters

TORONTO - The calendar may say it's spring, but Canadians hoping to feel the effects of a new season will either have to head west or hold their breath. British Columbia has been basking in balmy breezes and savouring sunny skies for the past several weeks while the rest of the country shivers its way through the coldest winter Environment Canada has documented in 35 years. Unfortunately, with ice still blanketing the Great Lakes and snow piled high over much of the country, weather watchers predict the shivering will continue for weeks to come.

El Nino weather pattern will likely hit Peru next month - government

LIMA (Reuters) - The feared El Nino weather pattern will likely hit Peru with a "weak to moderate" intensity starting in April, affecting the fishmeal industry on the country's northern coast, the government said on Wednesday. The prediction, by Peru's official El Nino commission, comes on top of forecasts from around the world that the climate phenomena will probably strike this year.

Expert urges people to check avalanche forecasts after eight deaths in one week

REVELSTOKE, B.C. - An avalanche expert says the deaths of eight people this month in the mountains of British Columbia and Alberta is especially heartbreaking because there is so much information available warning of the danger. The people who have died since March 8 range from snowmobilers, backcountry skiers, hikers and snowshoers to a father and son who were buried while tobogganing within sight of the Chateau Lake Louise luxury hotel.

Winter storm blasts U.S. mid-Atlantic days before spring

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A late winter storm landed a final punch on the U.S. mid-Atlantic states on Monday, dumping more than a foot of snow in some places, shutting schools and federal offices and cancelling flights. Traditional green worn on St. Patrick's Day was hidden under the winter coats of children enjoying one more sledding day and of road crews manning plows ahead of the official start of spring on Thursday.

Winter takes a parting shot at US northeast

The unusually grim winter in the US northeast showed no sign of relenting Monday, after Washington DC and nearby states were blanketed by some of the heaviest snows of the season. Just three days before the arrival of spring, the US capital was hit by about a half-foot (more than 15 centimeters) of snow, which once again shut down schools and federal and local government. Air transit tracker flightaware.com said that around 550 flights had been canceled and another 600 delayed.

Winter takes a parting shot at US northeast

The unusually grim winter in the US northeast showed no sign of relenting Monday, after Washington DC and nearby states were blanketed by some of the heaviest snows of the season. Just three days before the arrival of spring, the US capital was hit by about a half-foot (more than 15 centimeters) of snow, which once again shut down schools and federal and local government. Air transit tracker flightaware.com said that around 550 flights had been canceled and another 600 delayed.
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