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2009-01-12 06:00:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Heavy seasonal rain and recent wildfire damage can make for a disastrous combination. Winter Rainy Season in the Northwestern United States brings intense winter storms and the majority of annual precipitation to the region. In addition, widespread wildfires this past year have burned more than 1.6 million acres of land in California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Wildfires leave the ground charred, barren and unable to absorb water. This...

2009-01-08 16:20:00

Flooding like that which devastated the North of England last year is set to become a common event across the UK in the next 75 years, new research has shown.A study by Dr Hayley Fowler, of Newcastle University, predicts that severe storms "“ the likes of which currently occur every five to 25 years across the UK "“ will become more common and more severe in a matter of decades.Looking at "Ëœextreme rainfall events' "“ where rain falls steadily and heavily for...

2009-01-08 11:15:00

When extremes of drought and flood come in rapid succession, the extent of damage to vegetation may depend in part on the sequence of those events, according to a new study published in The American Naturalist.The study, which focused on tree species common to the Everglades in Florida, found that seedlings maintained higher growth rates and were less likely to die when subjected to drought first then flood, rather than vice versa. The findings could have significant implications for...

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2008-11-21 11:10:11

Flash floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States, and because of their unpredictability they're the leading weather-related cause of death for Americans. They usually arrive with little or no warning, but a Tel Aviv University researcher is trying to predict where and when they will occur "• using lightning. Prof. Colin Price, coordinator of the international "Flash Project" and head of the Geophysics and Planetary Physics Department at Tel Aviv University, is...

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2008-11-11 10:15:00

Data from seafloor drilling in South China Sea establish new record Throughout history, the changing fortunes of human societies in Asia have been linked to variations in the precipitation resulting from seasonal monsoons. A new paper published online this week in the journal Nature Geoscience suggests that variations in monsoon climate over longer time scales also influenced the evolution of the Himalaya mountain chain, the world's highest. The climate over much of Asia is dominated by...

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2008-11-07 08:30:00

A new study suggests the demise of some of China's ruling dynasties may have been linked to changes in the strength of monsoon rains. Researchers uncovered the findings in a 1,800-year record of the Asian monsoon preserved in a stalagmite from a Chinese cave. A US-Chinese team found that weak and dry monsoon periods coincided with the demise of the Tang, Yuan and Ming imperial dynasties. Stalagmites told the history of strong and weak cycles in the monsoon - the rains that water crops to feed...

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2008-10-25 11:35:00

China's farmers and merchants should take advantage of new agricultural and business opportunities that could help mitigate some effects of the annual flooding behind the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River, according to an Ohio State University wetland expert. The level of water in the reservoir behind the dam will top off at 575 feet above sea level during the coming winter. The reservoir pool, covering abandoned cities, houses and farm fields formerly populated by an estimated 1.5...

2008-10-09 18:00:00

By Tony Henderson RECENT flooding has been part of the price for the way the landscape has been changed in the past, a North river scientist has said. "We are paying the price for not thinking about how our management of the land impacts negatively on the water environment," said Professor Stuart Lane, executive director of the Institute of Hazard and Risk at Durham University. Prof Lane said past measures, such as digging drainage grips in upland moors, had caused major problems....

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2008-10-09 09:53:35

An anticipated increased incidence of climate-related extreme rainfall events in the Great Lakes region may raise the public health risk for the 40 million people who depend on the lakes for their drinking water, according to a new study. In a report published Tuesday (Oct. 7, 2008) in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, a team of Wisconsin researchers reports that a trend toward extreme weather such as the monsoon-like rainfall events that occurred in many parts of the region this...

2008-10-08 18:00:16

A MORE joined-up approach to managing water is urgently needed in the face of the growing risk of flooding and drought, the National Trust warned yesterday. A report from the trust, which owns 650,000 acres in Wales, England and Northern Ireland, said land managers should be paid to manage land to protect against floods, deliver clean water supplies, help wildlife and store carbon - and not just to grow food. The trust's director general Fiona Reynolds said the country was living with a...


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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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