Even in Alaska, minus 59 exacts toll, chills state of mind

Jan 20, 2017

Even in Alaska, minus 59 exacts toll, chills state of mind

Cynthia Erickson woke up early, hoping her four furnaces were working. She owns a grocery store and the building that houses the post office in the village of Tanana, Alaska, which ranked as the coldest place in the state Wednesday. The official temperature at ...

Climate science bedeviled by 'tipping points'

| Jan 19, 2017

Climate science bedeviled by 'tipping points'

Of the many things that keep climate scientists awake at night, tipping points may be the scariest. To start with, these thresholds for deep, sometimes catastrophic change in the complex web of Earth’s natural forces, caused by man-made global warming, are largely invisible. You ...

Jan 18, 2017

China forbids locally issued smog alerts

China is suspending local meteorological bureaus from issuing smog alerts, media reported Wednesday, raising suspicions the government is attempting to suppress information about the country’s air pollution as public anger over the issue grows. The Meteorological Administration notified local bureaus Tuesday to “immediately stop ...

Serbia sends icebreakers out onto frozen Danube, fears flooding

Jan 18, 2017

Serbia sends icebreakers out onto frozen Danube, fears flooding

Serbia deployed three icebreakers on Tuesday to smash ice blocks jamming parts of the Danube River and prevent damage to bridges and ships moored along the waterway. Serbia’s only icebreaker and two more vessels that arrived from neighboring Hungary plowed through the thick ice ...

Jan 16, 2017

Ice storms wreak havoc across Great Plains

A third wave of sleet and drizzle glazed swaths of the central U.S. on Sunday, extending icy weather that some meteorologists began acknowledging fell short of dire forecasts. Much of the region remained under an ice storm warning on the eve of the Martin ...

Heavy snowfall blankets much of country

Jan 15, 2017

Heavy snowfall blankets much of country

A wide swath of the Sea of Japan coast was hit by heavy snow Sunday as a strong wintery air mass gripped much of the Japanese archipelago, snarling traffic and hampering the unified university entrance exams. The Meteorological Agency warned that the snow would ...

Europe: heavy snow brings more misery, deaths, travel delays

Jan 11, 2017

Europe: heavy snow brings more misery, deaths, travel delays

Authorities dug out stranded residents as heavy snow blanketed Eastern Europe Wednesday as people struggled with travel delays, power outages and sub-zero temperatures. Homeless people and migrants were among those most at risk. The recent cold snap has now been blamed for at least ...

New storm hits U.S. West as South, New England slow to thaw

Jan 9, 2017

New storm hits U.S. West as South, New England slow to thaw

A winter storm that spread ice and snow from Mississippi to Maine is leaving behind cold so bitter that businesses and schools are closing in the South because the region still hasn’t thawed. Four deaths have blamed on the storm, which dropped more than ...