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 since Feb. 2003

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June 30, 2005

L.A. misses rain record by 0.93 of an inch; Thousands in dark after D.C.-area storms; Storms continue to pound N.D.; Minnesota under tornado warning; Lightning hits NWS facility; Manitoba flooding; Hurricane danger up, expected to continue; Bermuda to get Doppler radar; NASA examines origins of hurricanes; Bret kills 2; Researchers study tallest man-made tsunami; Columbia investigator OK with NASA; Planetary conjunction pic; New Old Faithful webcam; Webcam captures dog-napping of 12 puppies

Just Short: The 2004-05 rain season comes to an end tonight, and downtown L.A. missed the all-time record by a measly 0.93 of an inch. Full story

Stormy Weather: D.C.-area storms leave thousands in the dark

Storms continue to pound North Dakota | Minnesota under tornado warning Wednesday night | Lightning hits National Weather Service facility

Farmers in Manitoba are watching their crops wash away in barrage after hit by heavy rain. Story

Hurricane News: Hurricane danger up and expected to continueBermuda to get Doppler radar by AugustNASA examines origins of hurricanes

Bret weakens to tropical depression, leaves 2 dead

Researchers study tallest man-made tsunami

Space News: Columbia investigator OK with NASA

Check out this planetary conjunction photo from historic Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton, California

World Of Webcams: Watch Old Faithful erupt on new webcam. The cam link can be found in our Cheyenne, WY and Billings, MT pages

Webcam captures dog-napping of 12 puppies

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Wednesday: 1. Minneapolis/St. Paul 2. Indianapolis 3. Boston 4. Washington, D.C. 5. Orlando … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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June 29, 2005

Study: New National Weather Service radars are saving lives; Topical Storm Bret heads for Coast of Mexico; Eastern Montana hit with rain, hail, tornado Tuesday; Flooding hits Iowa, N.C.; Tornado pondered in Massachusetts; Google gives users 3-D maps of whole world; NASA chief optimistic about shuttle launch

Weather News: Study: New National Weather Service radars are saving lives

Tropical Storm Bret heads for the Coast of Mexico

Eastern Montana hit with rain, hail, tornado Tuesday

Flooding hits Iowa and North Carolina

Tornado pondered in Massachusetts

Google gives users 3-D maps of whole world

Space News: NASA chief optimistic about shuttle launch

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Tuesday: 1. Indianapolis 2. Columbus 3. Toronto 4. Detroit 5. Fort Wayne … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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June 28, 2005

N.D. storms cause high winds, flooding, road closings; The Weather Channel marks anniversary of 1995 Chicago heat wave; Utah fire update; Minister says one million people at risk in heat wave in Italy; S. Europe bakes; St. Louis gets Weather Plus; Magnitude-4.0 earthquake strikes about 70 miles east of L.A.; Video shows effects of Calif. quake; Panel says NASA doesn’t meet safety test

Weather News: N.D. storms cause high winds, flooding, road closings

The Weather Channel marks anniversary of 1995 Chicago heat wave

Utah fire update

Heat wave in Italy: Minister says one million people at risk

Heat wave alert: Southern Europe bakes

KSDK-TV 5 St. Louis latest to add Weather Plus. See the list of Web sites streaming Weather Plus live in the left column of our Super Sites page

Quake News: Magnitude-4.0 earthquake strikes about 70 miles east of Los Angeles … Get the latest quake data in the left column of this page, and more in the National/Int’l page

Video shows effects of Calif. quake

Space News: Panel says NASA doesn’t meet safety test

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Monday: 1. Minneapolis/St. Paul 2. Orlando 3. Indianapolis 4. New York City 5. Tampa … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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June 27, 2005

Flood, severe thunderstorm warnings across E. North Dakota, N. Minnesota; CapitalWeather begins forecast competition; Why does the moon look so big now?; Off Topic: Story of a bear, a man, a jug and a rope

Small early-Monday morning update:

Weather News: Flood/severe thunderstorm warnings across Eastern North Dakota, Northern Minnesota

The folks over at CapitalWeather have begun a forecast competition where they will feature a “guest” high temperature forecast and compare it with theirs before issuing a grade. First up, D.C.-TV 9’s Tony Pann.

Space News: Found on Drudge: Why does the moon look so big now?

Off Topic: Story of a bear, a man, a jug and a rope [Thanks Steve Swanson]

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Sunday: 1. Boston 2. Milwaukee 3. Atlanta 4. Chicago 5. Minneapolis/St. Paul … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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June 26, 2005

Low pressure area off N.C. Coast; Farmer known as Weather Prophet; In-depth Santorum Bill article; Heat wave continues in Detroit, Cleveland; Forecast for Billy Graham’s final appearance at N.Y. Crusade; Power’s back on to 51,000 hit by blackout in Chicago; 2 million evacuated as China flood toll rises to 567; Heat wave kills more than 400 in Pakistan over 2 months; Music festival flood; Bird forces Hamptons to cancel fireworks; Fireworks likely when NASA blows up comet; Witness show in SW; Another quake hits N. Calif.

Weather News: That low pressure area is now moving north off the coast of North Carolina. It has wind gusts up to 35 mph, but is not expected to strengthen. Special statement from the National Weather Service. Get plenty of live weather and webcam images for eastern N.C.

Farmer grew claim to fame as ‘Weather Prophet’

CapitalWeather.com links to an in-depth Information Week article about the Santorum Bill. Reining In The National Weather Service

Heat Wave continues in Detroit and Cleveland

NYC weather forecast for Billy Graham’s final appearance at N.Y. Crusade … More weather info and webcams are in our NYC page

Power’s back on to 51,000 hit by blackout in Chicago

World Weather: 2 million evacuated as China flood toll rises to 567

Heat wave has killed more than 400 in Pakistan over past two months

Music festival flood

Weird News: Bird forces Hamptons to cancel July 4 fireworks

Space News: Fireworks likely when NASA blows up cometWitness the Fourth of July comet collision, that is if you live in a southwestern swath of the Western Hemisphere.

Quake Update: Magnitude 4.8 earthquake hits Northern California just before noon Sunday. Story and preliminary data from USGS. Here is a map and the location:

7 km (4 miles) NNW (348°) from Tahoe Vista, CA
9 km (5 miles) NNW (334°) from Kings Beach, CA
12 km (8 miles) ESE (107°) from Truckee, CA
32 km (20 miles) SW (221°) from Reno, NV
147 km (92 miles) NE (55°) from Sacramento, CA

Live data on the most recent quakes is in the left column of this page. Additional quake resources, including maps, are in our National/International page

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Saturday: 1. Milwaukee 2. Jacksonville 3. Chicago 4. Orlando 5. Toronto … and on Friday: 1. St. Louis 2. Minneapolis/St. Paul 3. Orlando 4. Tampa 5. Vancouver … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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June 24, 2005

Hottest day in years for Chicago; Muggy, cloudy Detroit fireworks forecast; Hot weekend in Boston; South Carolina readies for active hurricane season, may have to deal with subtropical storm; New tornado alley in California’s Central Valley?; Saskatchewan residents flee flooding; Scientists: 10 percent chance

Weather News: Hottest day in years for Chicago, while the weather for the 47th Annual Target Fireworks in downtown Detroit Wednesday night is expected to be “muggy and cloudy.” Also, a hot weekend is in store for the Boston area

Check out the current temperatures map from Weather.com

South Carolina readies for active hurricane season … Meanwhile, a subtropical storm may be headed their way this weekend

A new tornado alley in California’s Central Valley?

In Canada: Saskatchewan residents flee flooding

Quake News: Scientists: 10 percent chance of 8.0 earthquake in central U.S. by 2055

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Thursday: 1. Phoenix 2. Orlando3. Miami 4. Tampa 5. West Palm Beach … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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June 23, 2005

Poll finds most Floridians ready for hurricanes; Allstate seeks 28 percent rate increase from Florida homeowners; S. Florida man cleared in hurricane fraud case; Tropical Storm Beatriz churns in Eastern Pacific; Storms follow heatwave in U.K.; Heat arrives in Motor City; Moonrise, Cape Sounion, Greece Picture; Mercury, Venus and Saturn crowd together

Poll finds most Floridians ready for hurricanes

Allstate seeks 28 percent rate increase from Florida homeowners

S. Florida man cleared in hurricane fraud case

Tropical Storm Beatriz churns in Eastern Pacific

Storms follow heatwave in U.K.Heat arrives in Motor City

Space News: Amazing Astronomy Picture of the Day … Moonrise, Cape Sounion, Greece

Mercury, Venus and Saturn crowd together

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Wednesday: 1. New York City 2. Miami 3. Orlando 4. Vancouver 5. Las Vegas … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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June 22, 2005

Strong storms move into NYC-area; High wind in E. Washington, flooding in SW Colorado; Tornadoes, hail hit southern Alberta; NOAA scientists working to improve severe weather forecasts; Rain equals more mosquitoes in Florida; Earthquakes hit part of Kentucky; World’s first solar sail spacecraft crashes

Strong storms move into NYC-area: Watches/warnings map | Storm tracks | NWS radar. Many additional weather, plus live webcam, images are in our NYC page

High wind in E. Washington, flooding in SW Colorado

Tornadoes, hail hit southern Alberta

NOAA scientists working to improve severe weather forecasts

Rain=more mosquitoes in Florida

Earthquakes hit part of Kentucky: Magnitudes 3.9 and 3.0

Space News: World’s first solar sail spacecraft crashes back to Earth when its booster rocket fails. Full story

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Tuesday (and a sweep for the two Canadian cities): 1. Toronto 2. Vancouver 3. Detroit 4. Orlando 5. Tampa … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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June 21, 2005

Storm with 100 mph winds in N. Dakota downs bar, trees; Storms topple trees in Minnesota, damage Central Iowa homes; Astronomical high tides in San Diego; Weather causes flight delays at Miami International Airport; Florida’s number 1 weather killer is lightning; Weather.com partners with MLB.com; Summer solstice today; Launch set for first spacecraft propelled by sunlight

Storm with 100 mph winds in N. Dakota downs bar, trees, while storms topple trees in Minnesota, and damage Central Iowa homes

From San Diego: Astronomical high tides

Weather causes flight delays at Miami International Airport

Florida’s number 1 weather killer is lightning

Weather.com partners with MLB.com

Space News: Summer solstice today

Launch set for first spacecraft propelled by sunlight

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Monday: 1. Minneapolis/St. Paul 2. Miami 3. Duluth 4. Denver 5. Orlando … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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June 20, 2005

Florida storms trap man in his car; Some parts of Florida see 2 inches of rain, possibility of more; Tornado touches down, storms leave hundreds without power in S. Manitoba; Flooding follows U.K. storms; NWS plans to start issuing rip current warnings for lakes Michigan, Huron; Cincinnati latest to get NBC’s Weather Plus; Another moderate aftershock off California coast Sunday

Florida storms trap man in his car

Some parts of Florida see 2 inches of rain, and possibility of more Monday

Tornado touches down, storms leave hundreds without power in S. Manitoba. Story

Flooding follows U.K. storms

Back to the U.S.: The National Weather Service plans to start issuing rip current warnings for lakes Michigan and Huron: Details

Latest city to get NBC’s Weather Plus: Cincinnati, via WLWT-TV 5 … When the station’s weather page begins live streaming (the 11th that I know of online), I’ll add it to the list near the top left column of our Super Sites page

Another moderate aftershock off California coast Sunday

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Sunday: 1. Orlando 2. Portland 3. Charlotte 4. Miami 5. West Palm Beach … and Saturday 1. Miami 2. New Orleans 3. West Palm Beach 4. Orlando 5. Boston … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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June 18, 2005

Weekend weather outlook; Pictures of tornado and rainbow, noctilucent cloud, galaxies; Okla. storms kill 1, leave 42,500 without power; Flooding hits Canada’s southern Prairies; NASA hurricane researchers to discuss tropical systems mission; Hurricane center watches system east of Fla.; Thursday’s quake upped to 6.7; Report: What’s happening to millions donated for tsunami survivors?; Russian cargo ship set to dock at space station

Weekend Weather: Weekend weather outlook from WeatherBug Backyard Club Blog

Pictures Aplenty: Check out this amazing tornado/rainbow picture taken in Kansas, and complete gallery … and then this noctilucent cloud picture taken in the Netherlands, and the Noctilucent Cloud Gallery. Finally, the Visitors’ Galaxy Gallery

Weather News: Oklahoma storms kill utility worker, leave 42,500 without power

Flooding hits Canada’s southern Prairies

NASA hurricane researchers to discuss “Tropical Cloud Systems and Processes” mission to Costa Rica in July. Details

From Friday: Hurricane center watches system east of Florida

Thursday’s Quake Upped To 6.7: That earthquake off the coast of Northern California Thursday night was upped from magnitude 6.6 to 6.7 by the USGS. As always, the quake wire is in the left column of this page, and I’ve added some new resources to the quake section in the National/International page

Report: What’s happening to the millions donated for tsunami survivors?: Many thousands are still forced to live in temporary camps in Sri Lanka thanks to official incompetence and bureaucracy

Space News: Russian cargo ship set to dock at space station

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Friday: 1. Dallas/Fort Worth 2. Oklahoma City 3. Orlando 4. New Orleans 5. Vancouver … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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June 17, 2005

Another strong earthquake — Magnitude 6.6 — hits just off California Coast late Thursday; 4.9-magnitude earthquake shakes Los Angeles-area; Scientists debate whether global warming will make hurricanes stronger; NOAA deploys 7 new hurricane buoys; Trial told FEMA check mailed before verification; Strong storms hit Central Florida, Oklahoma; Storms blamed for deadly 4-hour power outage affecting 150,000 Texas homes; AccuWeather’s first full-time employee on Santorum bill

Another Strong Earthquake — Magnitude 6.6 — Hits Just Off California Coast: Magnitude 6.6 hits late Thursday. This is the fourth moderate to major earthquake to affect California since Sunday. USGS report and location mapLive quake wire (also located in the left column of this page).

Distances: 194 km (121 miles) W (277°) from Ferndale, CA
198 km (123 miles) W (272°) from Humboldt Hill, CA
198 km (123 miles) WNW (285°) from Petrolia, CA
201 km (125 miles) W (270°) from Eureka, CA
487 km (303 miles) NW (314°) from San Francisco City Hall, CA

L.A.-Area Quake: First posted: June 16, 2005 @ 5:29 pm EDT

Moderate earthquake shakes Southern California; magnitude dropped from 5.3 to 4.9 (Video inside story) | MSNBC coverageUSGS preliminary data and location map. There are no reports of major damage or injuries… More resources are in our National/International page.

Weather News: Scientists debate whether global warming will make hurricanes stronger

NOAA deploys 7 new hurricane buoys

Hurricane trial told FEMA check mailed before verification

Strong storms hit Central Florida

Severe Storms: Thunderstorms with hail and wind gusts up to 60 mph moved through Central Oklahoma Thursday night. National Weather Service warnings/watches map and radar. Also: storm radar summary maps from Wundergound and Intellicast. Other radars and webcam images

Texas Power Outage Update: Storms blamed for deadly 4-hour power outage affecting 150,000 homes

AccuWeather’s first full-time employee on the controversial National Weather Service bill from Sen. Rick Santorum

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Thursday: 1. Oklahoma City 2. Orlando 3. New York City 4. Toronto 5. Los Angeles … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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June 16, 2005

More than 100,000 homes across at least seven Texas counties lose power after transmission failure; Storms cut power to Penn., W. Va. residents; Report: NOAA’s weather and hazard alert radio failed during tsunami warning; Study: Increasing dust storms in Asia affecting Canadians’ health; NASA returns Discovery to launch pad for first mission since Columbia; Happy 10th Birthday to APoD!; Aurora watch today

What Happened? More than 100,000 homes across at least seven Texas counties lost power Wednesday night after a transmission failure at a Montgomery County power plant. Officials are looking for a cause. Story

Storms Tuesday night cut power to 20,000 western Pennsylvania and West Virginia

Report from Washington State: NOAA’s weather and hazard alert radio failed during Tuesday night’s tsunami warning on the West Coast. Details

Study: Increasing dust storms in Asia affecting Canadians’ health

Space News: NASA returns the space shuttle Discovery to the launch pad for the first mission since the Columbia disaster. Full story

Happy Birthday to APoD! Astronomy Picture of the Day turns 10

SpaceWeather.com issues aurora watch for today

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Wednesday: 1. Toronto 2. Orlando 3. Houston 4. Vancouver 5. Indianapolis … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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June 15, 2005

Tsunami warning for West Coast canceled after major quake hits off N. California Coast: Preliminary Magnitude 7.0; Climate change issues for Senate; Poll: Many say weather forecasts hazy; Tornado damage totals $3.6 million in Wisconsin subdivision; Crews work to fix mudslide-closed highway; Breezes help Long Islanders deal with heat; Tornadoes touch down in SW Ontario; Rain chaos in Montreal; WXnation Blog now WXnation Wire

First posted: June 14, 2005 @ 11:29 pm EDT

Tsunami Warning Follows Major Quake Off N. California: AP Story posted at MSNBC (Quake struck at 7:50 p.m. PDT; No reports of damage) | AP Story: Residents evacuated from low-lying areas of Crescent City, CA | E-mail sent warning of possible tsunami | USGS Info: Preliminary Magnitude 7.0; located 85 miles NW of Eureka, CA | Live quake wire (Also located in the left column of this page) | Tsunami warning canceled for West Coast | Latest bulletins | Quake map | Zoomed in.

NOTES: The USGS Web site’s preliminary data lists the center of the quake at:

146 km (91 miles) WSW (252°) from Crescent City, CA
147 km (91 miles) WNW (282°) from Trinidad, CA
149 km (93 miles) WSW (252°) from Bertsch-Oceanview, CA
485 km (302 miles) NW (311°) from Sacramento, CA

Other News: CapitalWeather.com has compiled a comprehensive list of articles on climate change issues as the Senate takes up the energy bill this week

Forecast Hazy: Poll: Many say they don’t trust weather forecasts: 40-percent say they have made recent plans based on an incorrect weather forecast

Tornado damage totals $3.6 million in Wisconsin subdivision

Crews work round-the-clock to fix mudslide-closed NY highway

Breezes help Long Islanders deal with heat

Tornadoes touch down in southwestern Ontario | Heavy rain causes chaos in Montreal

Welcome To The Wire: The WXnation Blog is now WXnation Wire. Why? The reasons are three-fold: 1) Most of the posts here consist of current weather and space news links I find interesting (and hope you do too), so weather/space news “wire” seems to be more fitting than “blog.” 2) “WX” was an abbreviation for “weather” used in telegraphy, in which communication and information was transmitted through telegraph wires. Aside from wireless devices, the communication and information in this blog is accessed through some type of much more efficient wire. 3) It’s short … and, just like blog, it’s four letters, but now there’s alliteration!

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Tuesday (Storms move Toronto up from #13 to #5 for the month): 1. Toronto 2. Dallas/Fort Worth 3. Detroit 4. Indianapolis 5. Cincinnati … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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June 14, 2005

After ’04 hurricanes, TV stations pump dollars into technology, staffing, set designs; Hurricane season brings insurance to the forefront; Hurricane babies are here!; Storms returning to Indy, Illionis, Oklahoma/Texas; Real-time weather in an ad; 8 dead in Chile M7.9 earthquake; New planet discovered orbiting star; New lightning image in WXnation logo

Weather News: After ’04 hurricanes, TV stations pump dollars into technology, staffing, set designs. Story

Hurricane season brings insurance to the forefront

The hurricane babies are here!

Storms return to Indy, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and S. Oklahoma/N. TexasSunday night storms down power lines, cause damage: More than 1,000 lose power in OKC-area … National watches/warnings map

Real-time weather… in an ad

Quake News: 8 dead in Chile Magnitude 7.9 earthquake. A live list of the most recent earthquakes is in the left column of this page, and more quake resources are in our National/International page.

Space News: New planet discovered orbiting star

New Lightning Image In WXnation Logo: The recent lightning strike over the far north Fort Worth/Keller, Texas, area, which was taken with a digital camera in video mode earlier this month is now featured in the WXnation logo in the top left. The image, which shows four frames of the strike upon initial loading, replaces an old image I snapped in April 2004. See the original WXnation logos in this post

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Monday: 1. Minneapolis 2. Toronto 3. St. Louis 4. Dallas/Fort Worth 5. Indianapolis … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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