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User: irge304 Topic: Extreme Weather
Category: Tornados
Last updated: Oct 11 2018 16:53 IST RSS 2.0
 
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The fire that devastated a Sierra town created a pyrocumulus cloud. What does that mean? 20.11.2020 LA Times: Environment

Like other destructive wildfires this season, the Mountain View fire was plume-dominated. What's the science behind such clouds?

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Letters to the Editor: Gavin Newsom tried to talk some sense into Trump. Why even bother? 16.9.2020 LA Times: Opinion

'Mr. President, why are you here? Is to help or just take up our time?'

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Hurricane Laura: Coastal Louisiana a hot mess as storm’s leftovers move east 28.8.2020 Headlines: All Headlines
The remnants of Hurricane Laura unleashed heavy rain and twisters hundreds of miles inland from a path of death and mangled buildings along the Gulf Coast, and forecasters warn of new dangers as the tropical weather blows toward the Eastern Seaboard this weekend.
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As a heat wave bakes California, are more record temperatures, fires, 'firenadoes' and other extremes to come? 18.8.2020 LA Times: Environment

As one of the worst heat waves in years continues to broil California, millions are experiencing the havoc that ensues with the type of extreme weather that is growing more frequent with climate change.

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‘It almost sounded like a hurricane’: Derecho weather events in the Chicago area since 1965 11.8.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
What is a derecho? This type of weather event is a widespread summer storm capable of traveling thousands of miles with hurricane-force winds of up to 100 mph. A Spanish word, derecho (deh-ray’-cho) is the term used for “straight ahead,” which refers to the straight-line wind direction (as opposed to rotary, tornadic winds) of these storms. Derecho winds can appear as a concave or bowed shape on weather radar. Here are the details of nine derecho events since 1965.
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Damaged homes, injuries, power outages reported as storm whips through Lake County 11.8.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Storm causes damage, injuries, flooding in Lake County.
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Risk of severe thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon, 90s and humid for the weekend 15.7.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
The National Weather Service says there is an "elevated thunderstorm risk" for the Chicago area Wednesday afternoon, with damaging winds, heavy downpours and large hail in some places.
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Denver weather: Metro area slated for hot and sunny forecast on Monday 29.6.2020 Denver Post: News: Local
Break out those sunglasses, it's going to be a hot one.
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Denver weather: Hot, sunny weather Sunday with possible afternoon thunderstorms 28.6.2020 Denver Post: News: Local
Temperatures will hit a high of about 93 degrees, according to the National Weather Service at Boulder, with a 20 percent chance of storms after 2 p.m. and again after 9 p.m.
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Amber Alert issued for missing 12-year-old boy from Aurora 28.6.2020 Denver Post: Local
Authorities have issued an Amber Alert of a missing 12-year-old boy out of Aurora.
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Denver weather: Recapping the wild weather along the Front Range Friday 27.6.2020 Denver Post: Local
After a slow start to the severe weather season along the Front Range, Friday featured more than a little bit of everything: flooding, large hail and even tornado warnings. More storms could be in the forecast for Saturday as well, though this weekend isn't expected to be as eventful as Friday.
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Friday morning rain, thunderstorms prelude to possible severe weather later in day, including high winds, hail, possible tornadoes 26.6.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Thunderstorms moving through the Chicago area Friday morning could just be a prelude to more severe thunderstorms later in the day, according to forecasters.
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Colorado weather: Large hail, tornadoes possible along Front Range this afternoon 26.6.2020 Denver Post: News: Local
Today's Front Range thunderstorms could be stronger than usual.
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Tornadoes caught on camera across two counties in Wales 17.6.2020 BBC: Front Page
Eyewitnesses filmed a twister near Brecon and then another 40 miles away in Ceredigion.
45-minute storm’s high winds topple tree, utility poles, challenge Gary wastewater plant as it sets record of 160 million gallons 11.6.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
“Our wastewater plant, which was built in 1935, hit a new record today with a peak flow of 160 million gallons; the last records were (during the May storms), when we had 157 million gallons and then 158 gallons the next night. Never in recorded history have we seen those numbers here.”
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Hurricanes season? With Cristobal on the way, 16 times remnants of Atlantic storms passed through Illinois 9.6.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
The remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal could bring rain and wind gusts up to 45 mph to the Chicago area Tuesday afternoon and into Wednesday. Though Illinois is just about as far northwest that tropical storm remnants from the Atlantic Basin have traveled, Chicago has experienced heavy rain and flooding, strong winds and an occasional tornado from hurricane remnants at least 16 times since 1886.
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Sunny skies, temps in the 80s follow severe weather and flash flooding on Saturday 24.5.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Sunday is forecast to be the warmest day of the year so far, with humid conditions and highs generally reaching the mid-80s.
After sunny Saturday morning, holiday weekend in Chicago area, rest of northern Illinois could see severe thunderstorms, even tornadoes 23.5.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
It will be a sometimes stormy holiday weekend in the Chicago area, with a chance of more flooding and even a few possible tornadoes.
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Coronavirus: What does it mean for natural disaster response? 21.5.2020 BBC News - US & Canada
How are emergency services preparing for natural disasters amid the coronavirus pandemic?
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Heavy rain continues Sunday, flash flooding possible 17.5.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Heavy rain is expected Sunday afternoon, particularly in the southern portion of the Chicago metro area.
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