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Climate Change Could Speed Up Storm Frequency
2012-02-14 12:59:47

According to new research by MIT, climate change could make events like last year's Hurricane Irene happen every three to 20 years, instead of once a century. The group simulated trends of thousands of storms under different climate conditions and found that today's "500-year floods" could occur once every 25 to 240 years. They said knowing the frequency of storm surges may help urban coastal planners design seawalls and other protective structures. “When you design your...

2012-01-10 08:00:00

In the midst of all the chaos, nationwide disaster restoration network Water Damage Local.com is dispatching flood cleanup service providers to homes affected by the storms. Houston, TX (PRWEB) January 10, 2012 In the wee hours of the morning yesterday, Jan. 9th, a massive storm system wreaked chaos along the southern part of the US. There were several areas affected by the storm, but Houston in particular was hit hard with torrential rains, hail, and even a tornado. Water Damage Local.com...

Image 1 - Japanese Devastation The Result Of Merging Waves
2011-12-06 09:57:05

[ Watch the Video ] Researchers from NASA and Ohio State University have discovered that the deadly tsunami generated from the March 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake that devastated northeastern Japan resulted from merging waves, causing the killer tsunami to double in intensity over ocean ridges, and then amplifying its power upon landfall. Data taken from NASA and European radar satellites captured at least two wave fronts during the events that day. The fronts merged to form a single, more...

2011-10-24 10:13:54

This week thousands of families lost their homes and crops as flood waters swept across Central America. In Thailand huge tracts of farmland were submerged as the country faced its worst flooding in 50 years. Across the globe agricultural production is at risk as catastrophic flooding becomes a world-wide problem. Prolonged flooding drastically reduces yields by cutting off the supply of oxygen crops need to survive. Now experts at The University of Nottingham, working in collaboration...

Luminous Grains Of Sand Help Determine Year Of Historic Storm Flood
2011-10-12 03:10:41

Scientists at TU Delft have successfully matched a layer of sediment from the dunes near Heemskerk to a severe storm flood that occurred in either 1775 or 1776. This type of information helps us gain more insight into past storm floods and predict future surges more accurately. The scientists´ findings have been published in the online edition of the scientific magazine Geology, and will be on the cover of the paper edition of November. Historic knowledge Our historic knowledge...


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Post Weather Report From August 2, 2012
2012-08-03 11:43:48

Four major events occurred yesterday, the first being the formation of Tropical Storm Ernesto, which is now located just east of the Windward Islands with winds near 45 knots. The second was the heat in the Southern Plains as many places saw temps over 100F with heat index values near 105-110 for the region. High temperatures are again one of the main story makers across the country. 100 degree temperatures continue to plague Texas and Oklahoma. Eleven out of the last 14 days in...

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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'