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Watch California’s powerful, relentless winds stoke the state’s fires

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Terrifying footage shows Southern California fires nipping at a highway

More harrowing footage of the California wildfires shows just how close the fires in the southern part of the state keep creeping to large urban areas.  The new video from ABC7 show the Peak Fire burning right up to the edge of a busy Highway 118 in Ventura County, forcing passing motorists to drive in...CONTINUE READING
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The air quality in India is horrendously bad right now. Here’s why.

Apocalyptically horrendous air has descended upon India’s sprawling capital territory, Delhi.  According to November 4 measurements taken by the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, the Air Quality Index (AQI) hit 534. For perspective, the scale only goes up to 500, wherein levels are described as “Hazardous.” “534 is higher than your highest value — which...CONTINUE READING
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Watch a wildfire spark to life in high-tech Weather Channel video

The Weather Channel wants to put you in the middle of a wildfire.  The channel, known for realistic depictions of storm surges during hurricanes, is now mimicking the extremes of a wildfire thanks to some high-tech graphics. A new Weather Channel video shows meteorologist Stephanie Abrams walking viewers through the stages of a wildfire, from...CONTINUE READING
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Climate change could threaten the world’s beer supply. Do you care about global warming now?

Some 10,000 years ago, after the frigid Ice Age ended, humans tamed the nutritious grain, barley.  It blossomed in a fertile realm of early civilization spanning contemporary states like Israel, Palestine, Jordan and beyond. Then 5,000 years later, peoples in the Zagros Mountains of modern-day Iran learned to brew barley beer. Today, farmers globally harvest...CONTINUE READING
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Before-and-after satellite photos reveal devastation left by Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael — the fourth Category 4 storm to pummel the United States in 14 months — snapped pine trees like toothpicks, washed neighborhoods into the sea, and shredded the hangars off an Air Force base.  Before the storm’s 155 mph winds struck the Florida Panhandle on Oct. 10, storm scientists predicted Michael would be...CONTINUE READING
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Photos show widespread destruction in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael made landfall in the Florida panhandle as a Category 4 storm on Wednesday, causing widespread and sometimes catastrophic damage.  So far, two people have died as a result of the storm. SEE ALSO: Watch from the cockpit as storm hunters enter Hurricane Michael’s eye As Michael, now a tropical storm, moves toward the...CONTINUE READING
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Watch as Florida man experiences eerie calm inside Hurricane Michael’s eye

When the steep-walled eye of Hurricane Michael passed over Stefan Melendez Wednesday afternoon, he stepped into the temporarily tranquil Florida environment and saw blue skies above. Melendez captured the footage during a Facebook Live video, soon after Category 4 Hurricane Michael — packing 155 mph winds — became the third-strongest cyclone to make landfall in...CONTINUE READING
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Things in the middle of the Arctic are getting really strange

In the deep middle of the remote Arctic Ocean, things are amiss. With the passage of summer, the ice — diminished by the warm season — is expected to regrow as frigid temperatures envelope the Arctic.  But, this year, it’s not.  Specifically, sea ice in the Central Arctic basin — a massive region of ocean...CONTINUE READING
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Watch from the cockpit as storm hunters enter Hurricane Michael’s eye

U.S. Air Force pilots spent the cloudy night crossing through the violent winds of Hurricane Michael.  On their sixth pass, the pilots entered the storm’s eye during daylight, capturing footage of the 150-mph hour storm’s steep eyewalls.  Hurricane Michael is making history Wednesday as the first Category 4 storm ever to hit the Florida Panhandle,...CONTINUE READING
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