Dec 28, 2014

Floods, mudslides in Sri Lanka leave 24 dead, eight missing

Twenty-four people have been killed and eight others are missing due to floods and mudslides caused by incessant rain in Sri Lanka over the past week, officials said Sunday. About 106,000 people have lost their homes or evacuated to safer locations, the Disaster Management ...

Snow and ice sweep across Europe, stranding motorists

Dec 28, 2014

Snow and ice sweep across Europe, stranding motorists

Snow and icy weather swept through parts of Europe on Saturday, stranding drivers overnight and leaving thousands of homes without power in Britain. Snow also covered parts of Switzerland and southwestern Germany, and more than 20 cm of snow has fallen in higher parts ...

Blizzard gives Hawaii summits a White Christmas

Dec 26, 2014

Blizzard gives Hawaii summits a White Christmas

Some people in Hawaii are dreaming of a White Christmas. A blizzard warning is in effect for the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on the Big Island of Hawaii. The National Weather Service says up to 7 inches (18 cm) of snow ...

Tornadoes kill four people, cause major damage in Mississippi

Dec 25, 2014

Tornadoes kill four people, cause major damage in Mississippi

Tornadoes unleashed by thunderstorms along the U.S. Gulf Coast ripped through southeastern Mississippi on Tuesday, killing four people, injuring many others and causing extensive damage, authorities said. One of the heaviest-hit areas was a commercial district along a Highway 98 bypass in the town ...

Birds can sense a coming storm and flee: study

Dec 19, 2014

Birds can sense a coming storm and flee: study

Birds appear to be able to sense a coming storm and fly away before it hits, according to research out Thursday on golden-winged warblers in the United States. These tiny, delicate birds somehow knew that a massive storm system — including tornadoes and high ...

Gales and blizzards leave one dead, disrupt travel

Dec 17, 2014

Gales and blizzards leave one dead, disrupt travel

Snow, strong winds and high waves hit wide areas of Japan on Wednesday. One motorist was killed, and a number of airplane passengers were injured in heavy turbulence. Trains and flights were severely disrupted, particularly in Hokkaido and Tohoku as a low-pressure system developed ...

Nation urged to brace for strong winter storm

Dec 16, 2014

Nation urged to brace for strong winter storm

The Meteorological Agency forecast heavy snow and strong winds nationwide from Tuesday to Wednesday and warned of avalanches, stormy conditions and high waves, as well as disruptions to transport systems. The agency’s Sapporo branch, in particular, on Monday called for readiness in Hokkaido, which ...

Clouds fill Grand Canyon in rare weather event

Dec 13, 2014

Clouds fill Grand Canyon in rare weather event

A rare weather phenomenon called a total cloud inversion at the Grand Canyon had visitors looking out on a sea of clouds just below the rim. Cory Mottice of the National Weather Service says the weather event happens only once every several years, though ...