Heavy snow disrupts flights, train services in central Hokkaido

Dec 10, 2016

Heavy snow disrupts flights, train services in central Hokkaido

Heavy snow hit central Hokkaido on Saturday, disrupting flight and train services throughout the region. At New Chitose Airport, southeast of the capital Sapporo, 241 flights were canceled, according to the airport operator. A total of 135 train runs, including those connecting Sapporo Station ...

Dec 4, 2016

More companies paying to pinpoint big-data weather forecasts

A growing number of construction companies, farmers and railways are benefitting from area-specific weather forecasts based on supercomputer analyses of so-called big data. Contractors are using the “pinpoint” forecasts to minimize delays at construction sites caused by bad weather, something they could never accurately ...

Overheated Arctic sign of climate change 'vicious circle'

Nov 25, 2016

Overheated Arctic sign of climate change 'vicious circle'

Freakishly high temperatures in the Arctic have been reinforced by a “vicious circle” of climate change, scientists said Thursday. Air above the polar ice cap has been 9 to 12 degrees Celsius above average during the last four weeks, according to the Danish Meteorological ...

Tokyo area gets first November dusting of snow in 54 years

Nov 24, 2016

Tokyo area gets first November dusting of snow in 54 years

Snow fell in Tokyo and elsewhere in eastern Japan on Thursday, the first snowfall to hit the Japanese capital in November in 54 years, disrupting traffic and causing electricity usage to spike due to heating demand. Injuries were also reported in Tokyo and surrounding ...

U.S. sends most advanced weather satellite ever built into space

Nov 20, 2016

U.S. sends most advanced weather satellite ever built into space

The most advanced weather satellite ever built rocketed into space Saturday night, part of an $11 billion effort to revolutionize forecasting and save lives. This new GOES-R spacecraft will track U.S. weather as never before: hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, volcanic ash clouds, wildfires, lightning storms, ...

Earth on pace to see hottest year on record

Nov 18, 2016

Earth on pace to see hottest year on record

While last month merely tied for the world’s third warmest October in history, 2016 is still on track to be the hottest year on record, federal meteorologists said Thursday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that the globe averaged 58.4 degrees (14.7 Celsius), ...

Oct 28, 2016

Taiwanese man detained over huge carrot hoard

A Taiwanese man has been detained for hoarding 300 tons of carrots in what authorities say was a bid to manipulate prices. Investigators in the southern city of Kaohsiung have been probing fruit and vegetable prices, which have remained high since back-to-back typhoons battered ...

Oct 22, 2016

Over 50,000 in Typhoon Haima's path evacuated in southern China

Typhoon Haima forced the evacuations of more than 50,000 people in southern China after hammering the northern Philippines with ferocious wind and rain, triggering flooding, landslides and power outages and killing at least 13 people. No deaths were immediately reported Saturday in China from ...

Super typhoon kills at least eight in Philippines

Oct 20, 2016

Super typhoon kills at least eight in Philippines

One of the most powerful typhoons to ever hit the Philippines killed at least eight people on Thursday as ferocious gales and landslides destroyed tens of thousands of homes. Super Typhoon Haima struck late on Wednesday night with winds similar to those of catastrophic ...

Typhoon kills at least four in Philippines

Oct 20, 2016

Typhoon kills at least four in Philippines

One of the most powerful typhoons to ever hit the Philippines killed at least four people as it destroyed houses, tore roofs off schools and uprooted giant trees on Thursday. Typhoon Haima struck late on Wednesday with winds similar to those of the catastrophic ...