Killer 'Lucifer' heat wave stifles large swath of Europe

Aug 6, 2017

Killer 'Lucifer' heat wave stifles large swath of Europe

No wonder it has been dubbed "Lucifer." A relentless heat wave that gripped parts of Europe this week has sent temperatures soaring to record highs for several days, causing at least two deaths and prompting authorities to issue severe weather warnings. "It is just too much," ...

Extreme weather seen killing 152,000 Europeans a year by 2100

Aug 5, 2017

Extreme weather seen killing 152,000 Europeans a year by 2100

Europe's death toll from weather disasters could rise 50-fold by the end of this century, with extreme heat alone killing more than 150,000 people a year by 2100 if nothing is done to curb the effects of climate change, scientists said on Friday. In a ...

Sweltering U.S. Northwest sets multiple heat records

Aug 3, 2017

Sweltering U.S. Northwest sets multiple heat records

Residents of the U.S. Pacific Northwest were enduring sweltering heat on Wednesday as temperatures smashed records and hit triple digits in a region better known for rain and mild weather. Portland had a high of 103 degrees Fahrenheit (39 Celsius) on Wednesday, meteorologists said, well ...

Wildfires send children fleeing from California summer camps

Jul 9, 2017

Wildfires send children fleeing from California summer camps

A pair of Santa Barbara County wildfires quickly spread Saturday, threatening hundreds of homes and forcing evacuations at a popular lakeside campground and a summer camp where flames temporarily trapped children and counselors, a fire official said. The fire that started in the early afternoon ...

Heat wave scorches Europe from London to Siberia

Jun 22, 2017

Heat wave scorches Europe from London to Siberia

Europe sizzled in a continent-wide heat wave on Wednesday, with London bracing for Britain's hottest June day since 1976 as Portugal battled to stamp out deadly forest fires. More than 1,000 firefighters were still fighting to control the flames that broke out in central Portugal ...

Australia battles 50 fires in heat wave; blackout feared

Feb 11, 2017

Australia battles 50 fires in heat wave; blackout feared

Australian emergency services were bracing against "potentially catastrophic" fire conditions on Saturday as firefighters battled nearly 50 blazes in the state of New South Wales, sweltering in a heat wave sweeping the country's east coast. Weather officials fear temperatures could hit 48 degrees Celsius (118.4 ...

Sep 5, 2016

Sizzling summer led to temperature, rainfall records across Japan

Japan sizzled under higher than average temperatures between June and August, with Okinawa Prefecture posting a record high, the Meteorological Agency said. Okinawa saw temperatures climb 1.1 degrees higher than average this summer to their highest since record-keeping began in 1946. The average logged at ...

Trump sides with California farmers, says 'there is no drought'

/ May 28, 2016

Trump sides with California farmers, says 'there is no drought'

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told California voters Friday that he can solve their water crisis, declaring, "There is no drought." Speaking at a rally in Fresno, California, Trump accused state officials of denying water to Central Valley farmers so they can send it ...

/ May 19, 2016

Earth breaks 12th straight monthly heat record

Earth's heat is stuck on high. Thanks to a combination of global warming and El Nino, the planet shattered monthly heat records for an unprecedented 12th straight month as April smashed the old record by 0.3 degree Celsius, according to U.S. scientists. The National Oceanic and ...