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August 17, 2004

British Floods Leave 15 Missing; Charley Tough On Elderly; China Typhoon Toll: 147; NZ Storm; Mojave Desert Flooding Kills 2; Global Warming, Hotter Calif.?; Flightless Bird Species?; 33 Moons, 133 Perseids; Nevada Drought Worsens; Weather.com Record Page Views From Charley, TWC In Stores Soon; Sprint TV Launches; Univ. Prof. Wants Online Telescope; John The Baptist Cave Find?

Floods hit England: 15 missing in British floods | Cars Swept Away, Buildings Collapsed | Images Slideshow (opens in new window) | Latest British flooding stories. Some webcam images from Britain may be available in the top right column of the National/International page (“World” section).

Charley aftermath: Charley tough on retirees. To help — Red Cross numbers: 866-438-4636 (toll-free): Hurricane victims can register with the Red Cross for food, clothing and shelter; and for financial contributions to disaster relief in Florida: 800-435-7669 (toll-free). Money — instead of food, clothing or other materials — is the best form of assistance, according to the Red Cross.

Update: Hurricane Charley Deaths Rise to 19; Florida Rebuilds | Nearly 800,000 in Florida Without Power | Latest stories

Much more on Charley in yesterday’s entry …

Other weather news: China raises its official death toll from Typhoon Rananim to at least 147. The most powerful storm to hit the area in seven years hit the southeastern coast Thursday and Friday.

Winter storm hits New Zealand

Flash flood in Death Valley National Park kills at least 2. The park is in the Mojave Desert, about 300 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

Global warming could cause dramatically hotter summers to California, study says.

Filipino and British wildlife researchers say they’ve stumbled upon what appears to be a new species of flightless bird. Details

Saturn’s new tally of known moons: 33

See 133 Perseid meteors at once. Composite of 133 Perseid meteors captured by a video allsky camera between UT 04:41 and 12:18. The Moon and Venus are seen rising at the left. From SpaceWeather.com Perseid Meteor Gallery

Nevada drought deepens

Just as I’d suspected, I wasn’t the only one who saw record page views here on Friday the 13th: Weather.com sets record during Charley … And soon, TWC can be found beyond the ‘Net and TV set: Weather instruments with [popular] The Weather Channel® brand will soon be appearing on store shelves at national retail chains. Press release

Sprint formally launches Sprint TV today for cell phone, wireless Web users. Details

A University of Kentucky professor is pushing to set up a telescope in Australia that students could use via the Internet. Story

Archaeologists think they’ve found a cave where John the Baptist baptized many of his followers

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