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WEATHER

JAPAN
Mar 22, 2014
Avalanche kills skier in Nagano as snow breaks record in Hokkaido
An avalanche struck three skiers Friday morning near the Hakuba valley ski resort in the village of Otari, Nagano Prefecture, killing one of them, as a snow storm in the north brought record snowfall to Hokkaido.
EDITORIALS
Mar 12, 2014
Reducing PM2.5 pollutants
Recent spikes in the concentration of so-called PM2.5 air pollutants over wide areas of Japan once again raise alarms over the potential health risks from the small particles.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 14, 2014
Latest snowstorm in Japan claims two lives, injures over 550
The second major storm in a week dumps heavy snow along the Pacific coast of Japan on Friday, causing the deaths of two people and injuries to more than 550 and extensive disruptions to air, railway and road traffic.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 14, 2014
Widespread snow takes heavy toll on transport
Snow snarled transportation in Tokyo and many other parts of the country Friday as the Meteorological Agency projected a heavy accumulation for the second weekend in a row.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 9, 2014
Water shortages leaving world high and dry
On Jan. 17, scientists downloaded fresh data from a pair of NASA satellites and distributed the findings among the small group of researchers who track the world's water reserves. At the University of California, Irvine, hydrologist James Famiglietti looked over the data from the gravity-sensing Grace satellites with a rising sense of dread.
WORLD
Feb 9, 2014
A glance at the world's major drought hot spots
1. California: The state's water resources are at critically low levels and a drought emergency has been declared. The health department says 17 rural areas are dangerously parched.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 20, 2014
JAXA-NASA observatory to improve ability to analyze global precipitation
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on Friday revealed the details of a global precipitation observatory that will be put into orbit next month.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 20, 2014
Temperatures hit season low on 'daikan' plunge
As Japan marked the coldest day on the calendar Monday, the mercury fell to its lowest point this winter in many places across the archipelago, the Meteorological Agency said.
LIFE / Language / THE BUZZ
Jan 11, 2014
What the heck is that word I keep hearing?
A polar vortex (kyokūzu/極渦) is a persistent, large-scale cyclone located near either of a planet's geographical poles. The extreme arctic blasts that wreaked havoc across the United States last week were caused by a counterclockwise-rotating pool of cold, dense air. The frigid air, piled up at the North Pole, was pushed south, making it as far as the Gulf Coast.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE FOREIGN ELEMENT
Dec 16, 2013
Kyojima: Tokyo's epicenter of disaster risk?
Kyojima in eastern Tokyo is a perfect storm of natural-disaster risk, but while the metropolitan government is trying to get old people out, young people are moving in.
ENVIRONMENT
Dec 15, 2013
Could felling trees help cool the planet?
It is an article of faith that preserving trees is critical to cooling our warming planet.
WORLD
Dec 2, 2013
Weak hurricane season puzzles researchers
It was a hurricane season almost without hurricanes. There were just two, Humberto and Ingrid, and both were relatively wimpy, Category 1 storms. That made the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, which ended Saturday, the least active in more than 30 years — for reasons that remain puzzling.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / ANALYSIS
Nov 17, 2013
Disaster-prone Philippines slow to address issues
In one of the world's most naturally deadly countries, catastrophes can originate almost anywhere. Flash floods race down mountainsides. A zigzag of tectonic plates collide below. Typhoons build in warm ocean waters and then tear westward.
JAPAN
Oct 14, 2013
Strong typhoon may approach mainland on Wednesday
A strong typhoon was moving in waters south of the Japanese archipelago Monday and expected to come close to Japan's main island of Honshu within two days, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
JAPAN
Oct 6, 2013
Kyushu may face visit from Typhoon Danas on Tuesday
Danas, the 24th typhoon of the year, might threaten Kyushu as early as Tuesday, the Meteorological Agency warns.
EDITORIALS
Sep 21, 2013
Watching the weather
Japan's abnormal weather this summer, including tornadoes, demands that the Meteorological Agency be ready to issue more public warnings than has been customary.
Japan Times
JAPAN / EXPLAINER
Sep 5, 2013
Data show twisters form over Kanto in September
Damage to people and property by tornadoes made headlines over the past week, with the latest in Tochigi Prefecture injuring three people while destroying houses and other buildings.
JAPAN
Sep 2, 2013
Summer heat killed 87 in 2013
Record-high temperatures this summer caused at least 87 deaths from heat-related maladies and record-breaking downpours that triggered landslides across the country.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 22, 2013
Cloud-seeding brings rain to Tama
For the first time in 12 years, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government attempts on a trial basis to artificially produce rain to cope with lower-than-average water levels in a Tama River reservoir.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jul 3, 2013
Size, intensity of wildfires in U.S. increasing
Volatile weather patterns marked by shortened winters, stifling heat waves and prolonged droughts. New housing developments encroaching on fire-prone lands. Shrinking budgets for fire prevention measures.

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