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June 2018
June 2018

Hot, humid weather on Tuesday is expected to bring thunderstorms and a risk of flash floods from Texas to the southeastern United States, after damaging overnight storms in the Northeast region of the country, the National Weather Service said.
Most states don't know how much they are spending on disaster preparedness and relief, a Pew study shows.
<p>Bystanders have rescued a 70-year-old man from his submerged car after flash flooding swamped a northern Illinois city.</p>
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<p>Multiple days of frequent, heavy downpours are in store for eastern Texas this week, heightening the risk of flooding and travel disruptions across the region.</p>
Hundreds of thousands of homes in the United States could face persistent flooding as climate change pushes sea levels higher, according to a new report. Sea level rise is expected to be one of the most tangible effects of a changing climate, as accumulating greenhouse gases fuel a steady rise in global temperatures that in turn raise the level of oceans - threatening low-lying and coastal areas. A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists quantified the risk by comparing areas already known to be at high flood risk against data from the real estate website Zillow. The result: more than 300,000 homes lining America’s lengthy coastlines could face chronic flooding by 2045, which would mean 30-year mortgages issued to home-buyers today could be placing them in at-risk properties. Those structures house some 550,000 people. Even before homes are entirely submerged, the report found, plummeting property values could lead homeowners to abandon properties and potentially entire neighbourhoods that have become effectively uninhabitable, “with potential reverberations throughout the national economy”. “With the inevitability of ever-higher seas, these are not devaluations from which damaged real estate markets will recover”, the report warned. But the report’s authors warn that many real estate markets do not take into account the looming cataclysm, leading more people to purchase property that could face regularly flooding. In addition to the homes at risk of inundation, the report found that some 14,000 commercial properties with a collective value of $18.5 billion lie in the danger zone. Extending the analysis to 2100, the likely consequences become even more dire: some 4.7 million people could live in homes that are vulnerable to rising waters, with Florida, New York and New Jersey holding the greatest numbers. Eight young Floridians file lawsuit against the state of Florida over climate change Officials must respond with policies that seek to limit greenhouse gas emissions and help coastal communities prepare for increased flooding, the report urges. “At the local level, coastal communities must no longer allow construction that cannot accommodate sea level rise”, South Miami mayor Philip Stoddard told the report’s authors. But Michael Berman, an expert on housing and flood risk who has advised the federal government on housing policy, warned that policymakers have been slow to recognise the threat. “Short-term thinking and a simple view of the world tends to prevail in our culture, including our business and political cultures,” Mr Berman said. “There is almost nothing being done by policymakers in many vulnerable parts of the United States in the flood risk arena.”
New York is predicted to hit highs of between 92 and 95 degrees today - although the 'Real Feel' temperatures wil be more like a sweltering 106. The last time the mercury hit 95 was in 1929.
Residents in western Japan were cleaning up debris Monday after a powerful earthquake hit the area around Osaka, the country's second-largest city of commerce, killing three people and injuring hundreds while knocking over walls and setting...
Some areas in Michigan had a flood emergency Sunday. More rain is in the forecast, along with possible severe weather.
<p>A dangerous combo of high temperatures and high humidity has triggered excessive heat advisories and warnings in Chicago and St. Louis this Fathers' Day weekend as forecasters warn of blistering heat in northern tier states spreading to the East Coast by next week.</p>
We were warned.On June 23, 1988, a sultry day in Washington, James Hansen told Congress and the world that global warming wasn't approaching — it had already arrived. The testimony of the top NASA scientist, said Rice University historian Douglas Brinkley, was "the opening salvo of the age of climate change."
<p>The central United States will be the focal point for flooding downpours and locally severe thunderstorms through Tuesday.</p>
Lava now covers 5,914 acres or an area of 9.24 square miles, according to Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.
A Chinese city was pelted with giant hailstones and sea creatures during a freak storm. Remarkable images of shrimp and starfish on the windscreens of cars were shared by Chinese social media users during the downpour in the eastern city of Qingdao. The bizarre event led to some Twitter users describing the phenomenon as “seafood rain” after images emerged on Tuesday. Watermelons were destroyed by hailstone impacts (Asiawire) Pictures were also posted of huge hailstones, some the size of golf balls, causing extensive damage to buildings and vehicles. The storm also led to some more humorous images being passed around online, including a photograph supposedly of an octopus on a car windscreen, which has since been revealed as fake. 中国青島で暴雨が来襲した結果飛んできたものが海鮮だった!さすが青島🤣嘘みたいなホントの話 — まぬかマイニング⛏@china (@manukatsunakan) 14 June 2018 While the shower of sea creatures may have been caused by the storm sucking animals out of the ocean and dropping them onto the street, there are other theories. Some have speculated that the images may have been the result of seafood being blown from stalls at a nearby market into the road. Instances of sea life being sucked out of the water during extreme weather conditions and dumped onto land are rare, but not unheard of. At least four such events have been recorded in Mexico, the United States, Sri Lanka and Iran within the past two years. Qingdao has been battered by the storm this week, causing flooding and damage to infrastructure across the city. The Qingdao National Meteorological Station registered winds in the city blowing at 34.8 metres per second, a gale force 12 hurricane on the Beaufort scale.
<p>With the issuance of an El Niño Watch, many may be wondering what implications that can have on the weather that affects the United States.</p>
Meteorologists across the country push for climate change awareness in their reports.
The best photos from this week in weather.
Those who lived through past eruptions of the Hawaii volcano now spewing lava that's wiped out whole neighborhoods remember the despair of losing everything but also the chance for a new start.&nbsp;
The awesome power of volcanos, seen from space
<p>Firefighters battling several unrelenting wildfires in the U.S. southwest will face windy and dry conditions on Friday before possibly getting a reprieve over the weekend when widespread showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast.</p>
Strong winds from Tropical Storm Bud are lashing the southern end of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula, home to the popular beach resorts of Los Cabos.&nbsp;
The fire now covers more than 11,000 acres of land.
Climate troublemaker El Niño is forecast for this coming fall and winter, the Climate Prediction Center announced Thursday. The agency said there's a 65% chance it will form this coming winter, prompting it to issue an El Niño watch.
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