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2009-05-08 10:28:49

Monsoon is a global system, and many arrays of evidence indicate that it drives long-term cyclicity of the carbon reservoir in the global ocean. The new view is introduced in a substantial paper in Issue 7 (April 2009) of Chinese Science Bulletin. For over 300 years, monsoon has been considered as a gigantic land-sea breeze of regional scale, but now it is considered as a global system over all continents but Antarctica. This new development in modern climatology, however, has not yet been...

2009-04-30 05:00:00

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., April 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc. (FLASH), unveiled a new addition to their StormStruck: A Tale of Two Homes experience located in INNOVENTIONS at Epcot. A new "flood wall" exhibit discusses important facts about flooding including ways for homeowners to prepare for flood and protect themselves from costly flood damage. "You can't talk about severe weather without talking about floods," said Leslie...

2009-04-29 10:54:02

A persistent school of thought in recent years has held that so-called "chevrons," large U- or V-shaped formations found in some of the world's coastal areas, are evidence of megatsunamis caused by asteroids or comets slamming into the ocean. University of Washington geologist and tsunami expert Jody Bourgeois has a simple response: Nonsense. The term "chevron" was introduced to describe large dunes shaped something like the stripes you might see on a soldier's uniform that are hundreds of...

2009-04-24 15:30:00

The recipe for New Orleans to prevent a catastrophic storm like Hurricane Katrina is not bigger and sturdier levees, according to a new report. The report marks the fifth to recommend new changes to the Interagency Performance Evaluation Task Force (IPET), formed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to examine the levee failures during Hurricane Katrina, which resulted in the deaths of about 1,500 people and caused $80 billion in damages. "The risks of inundation and flooding never can be...

2009-04-14 12:27:00

SEATTLE, April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Torrent Technologies, Inc. (Torrent) announced today that Rural Community Insurance Company (RCIC), a Wells Fargo Company and subsidiary of Rural Community Insurance Services (RCIS), has selected Torrent to provide technology solutions and back office services supporting their recent entrance into the National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP) "Write Your Own" (WYO) Program. "We were excited to learn of RCIC's desire to enter the WYO Program and even more...

2009-04-01 17:01:45

British mathematicians say they've created a formula that can be used to predict tsunamis and how destructive the tsunamis might become. Scientists at Newcastle University, led by Professor Robin Johnson, studied the 2004 tsunami that devastated coastal communities in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand when an ocean earthquake triggered a long surface wave that resulted in six massive consecutive wave fronts. The third wave, the largest, reached a height of more than 65 feet and, among...

2009-04-01 10:03:00

AMSTERDAM, April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- ARCADIS (EURONEXT: ARCAD), the international design, consulting, engineering and management services company, today announced that it has provided an idea of what a storm surge barrier aimed at protecting the New York and New Jersey Metropolitan Region from severe coastal flooding might look like. The barrier is situated in the Verrazano Narrows, connecting the Upper New York Bay with the Atlantic Ocean. The ideas were disclosed in a presentation as part...

2009-03-27 13:40:00

Fargo Residents Urged to Register with Safe and Well WASHINGTON, March 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Red Cross is sending more disaster workers into North Dakota and Minnesota today to staff shelters that will be needed in the event of evacuations should the Red River top levees as it rises to record heights. Projections are that the Red River could crest at 43 feet Saturday, more than 20 feet above flood stage, and the National Weather Service reports water levels could remain...

2009-03-26 16:33:00

FARGO, N.D., March 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- HESCO Bastion USA technical representatives and National Guard personnel are working around the clock installing HESCO Concertainer Flood Barriers as the Red River continues to rise, threatening dozens of communities in and around the City of Fargo. Installed in one-tenth of the time it takes to construct traditional sandbag levees, HESCO Bastion USA's innovative Concertainer barriers are an efficient, effective, and proven tool in...

2009-03-23 14:26:00

Trailers Filled With Cots, Blankets, Meals Begin Arriving in Fargo WASHINGTON, March 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As residents of the Red River valley prepare for potentially record flooding, the American Red Cross is moving into position to provide help where needed. More than 24,000 prepackaged meals are expected to arrive today, along with thousands of cots, blankets and toiletry kits. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090108/RedCrossLOGO) These supplies are expected to...

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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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