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August 15, 2006

Texas drought losses top $4 billion; Worries, costs in Mo. mount as drought persists; Drought expected to cut Minn. crop yields; Drought could bring South Ga. economic disaster; Deadline for hurricane claims extended; Tropical storms Wukong, Sanomu gather strength, head for Japan; Caltech computer projects damage from massive quake; Brush fires join; More than 3,000 acres burned; Astronomers meet to define ‘planet’; NASA borrows ideas from Apollo program

Weather News: Texas drought losses top $4 billion

Worries, costs mount as drought persists

Drought expected to cut Minnesota crop yields

Drought could bring South Georgia economic disaster

Deadline for hurricane claims extended

Tropical storms Wukong, Sanomu gather strength, head for Japan

Caltech computer projects damage from massive earthquake

Brush fires join; More than 3,000 acres burned

Space News: Astronomers meet to define ‘planet’ | NASA borrows ideas from Apollo program

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August 14, 2006

Review: Weather Channel begins 10-day Katrina retrospective with impressive ‘Storm Stories’

As the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s devastating hit on New Orleans, Louisiana, and Mississippi approaches, The Weather Channel kicks off a 10-day look into the past and future with two hour-long “Storm Stories” specials beginning on Sunday, Aug. 20.

The first of two premieres, “The Hurricane Katrina Anniversary Special,” is perhaps the best Katrina special I’ve seen yet. Other shows have left me wanting a little more insight, information or emotion. This one has all three.

National Hurricane Center Director Max Mayfield and a New Orleans Times-Picayune reporter talk about the storm’s impact. Along with plenty of details are touching stories from those who are living through the storm.

Viewers will see a changed world through the eyes of members of the shrimping and fishing business, including a Biloxi, Miss., family and a fisherman rebuilding his home. Also featured is a married couple and owners of one of New Orleans’ most famous restaurants, Dooky Chase’s, which is now shut down and rebuilding.

The show begins with a concise, yet thorough, recap of Katrina’s lashing of the Gulf Coast. Locations and explanations of the levee breaks in New Orleans are demonstrated through useful animations, as are graphics illustrating how the levees are being rebuilt.

A recent episode of “It Could Happen Tomorrow” explained how the depleting coastal wetlands south of New Orleans is contributing to the city’s vulnerability to hurricanes, and a quick mention of this would have been a nice addition to the comprehensive “Storm Stories.”

The special, hosted by Weather Channel Meteorologist Jim Cantore, is an excellent way to remember what happened and provides an update on the incredible amount of work that lies ahead for the Gulf Coast.

The show airs Sunday Aug. 20 at 8 p.m. EDT on The Weather Channel. A second “Storm Stories,” titled “Post Mark Katrina,” airs the following Sunday in the same hour.

In special Katrina coverage that runs through Aug. 29, the network will feature live reports from meteorologists revisiting the Gulf Coast, and news segments including “Superdome: Then and Now” and the rebuilding of a flooded Ninth Ward home.

“It Could Happen Tomorrow: Katrina Lost Episode” will be rebroadcast on Aug. 27 at 9 p.m. EDT. My review from June is here.

Watch for a review of “Storm Stories: Post Mark Katrina” in the coming days.

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Typhoon death toll exceeds 200 in China; CD helps children cope with fears of hurricanes; One year later, residents, communities recovering from tornadoes; Park dedicated at site of Nov. tornado that killed 25; $1.2 million paid for a weather vane; Popular TV weather forecaster Bill Kuster dies; Opinion: It’s just the dewpoint dummy; What happens when lightning strikes an airplane

Typhoon Kills 200 In China: Typhoon death toll exceeds 200 in China

Other Weather News: CD helps children cope with fears of hurricanes

One year later, residents, communities recovering from tornadoes

Park dedicated at site of November tornado that killed 25

$1.2 million paid for a weather vane

Popular TV weather forecaster Bill Kuster dies

CapitalWeather opinion: It’s just the dewpoint dummy

What happens when lightning strikes an airplane?

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August 12, 2006

Strong storms hit Central Alabama; Tropics strangely quiet as peak nears; Drought in Texas staggers farmers; Earthquake rocks Mexico; China army helps typhoon clear-up

Weather News: Strong storms hit Central Alabama

Tropics strangely quiet as peak nears

Drought in Texas staggers farmers

Quake Wire: Earthquake rocks Mexico

World Weather: China army helps typhoon clear-up

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August 11, 2006

Typhoon lashes southeast China, kills at least 83; Some damage reported as storms roll through S. Ind.; Storms produce heavy rain, funnel clouds in N.D.; Temp in Bartlesville, Okla. reaches 111; Quakes shaking up Garvin County, Okla.; Undersea 6.7 quake strikes off Vanuatu; Sign company to broadcast weather news; Aug. storm spawned 8 tornadoes in Ontario; This weekend’s Perseid meteor shower info

Typhoon Saomai Strikes China: Typhoon lashes southeast China, kills at least 83

Severe Storms: Some damage reported as storms roll through S. Indiana on Thursday

Storms produce heavy rain, funnel clouds in North Dakota

111 In NE Okla.: Temperature in Bartlesville, Oklahoma reaches 111 on Thursday

Quake Wire: Earthquakes shaking up Garvin County, Okla. | Undersea 6.7 quake strikes off Vanuatu

Other Weather News: Sign company to broadcast weather news

August storm spawned eight tornadoes in Ontario

Space News: This weekend’s Perseid meteor shower: Info and live feeds link

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August 10, 2006

Donations to Hurricane Katrina victims near $600 million; 32-year-old dies from heat stroke, Okla.’s record number of heat-related deaths at 21 this year; Storms sweep through parts of Miss.; Flooding costs hurt Albuquerque metro area; U.S. sends plane to check on Atlantic tropical wave; 1.3 million flee as super typhoon approaches China; Monsoon rains lead to 139 deaths in India, some 650,000 evacuated; Wildlife hit hard in worst drought for 100 years; Before ’04 tsunami, an earthquake so violent it even shook gravity; American space scientist James Van Allen dies; Moon as beach ball pic

Weather News: Donations to Hurricane Katrina victims near $600 million

32-year-old dies from heat stroke: Oklahoma’s record number of heat-related deaths now 21 this year, 19 since July 9.

Storms sweep through parts of Miss., some damages reported

Flooding costs hurt Albuquerque metro area

U.S. sends plane to check on Atlantic tropical wave

World Weather: 1.3 million flee as super typhoon approaches China | Latest news | Satellite loop

Monsoon rains lead to 139 deaths in India; some 650,000 evacuated

England/Wales Drought Update: Wildlife hit hard in worst drought for 100 years

Quake Wire: Before the ’04 tsunami, an earthquake so violent it even shook gravity

Space News: American space scientist James Van Allen dies

Moon as a beach ball picture posted at SpaceWeather.com

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August 9, 2006

FEMA gets more than 10,000 claims from Mass. flooding; 2 more heat-related deaths reported in Chicago; Heat blamed in 3 more KC deaths; Heat wave bakes S, SE; More rain possible in soggy El Paso; Twister hits NW Kansas town, injures 4 people; Audio, more details on NOAA’s updated hurricane outlook; 2 wildfires in Wash. state are likely to merge; Tropical Storm Maria skirts Tokyo; Flights cancelled; Tropical storm meanders toward Taiwan; Flooding kills at least 210 in eastern Ethiopia; Tropical storm kills 77 in China; Council praises volunteers for tornado response in Australia

NE Flooding Update: FEMA gets more than 10,000 claims from Mass. flooding

Heat Wave Deaths Update: Two more heat-related deaths reported in Chicago | Heat blamed in 3 more KC deaths

Other Weather News: Heat wave bakes South, Southeast

More rain possible in soggy El Paso; high heat returns

Twister hits NW Kansas town, injures 4 people

Audio, more details on NOAA’s updated hurricane outlook

Two wildfires in Washington state are likely to merge

World Weather: Tropical Storm Maria skirts Tokyo; Flights cancelled | Tropical storm meanders toward Taiwan | Very latest typhoon stories

Flooding kills at least 210 in eastern Ethiopia

Tropical storm kills 77 in China

Council praises volunteers for tornado response in Australia

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August 8, 2006

U.S. has its 2nd hottest July on record; NOAA predicts less hurricanes; Flooded El Paso area update; Heat claims 2 more Oklahomans; Ariz. weather: flood, clean, repeat; Much-needed rain showers Paris, Texas, area; It’s shocking, but lightning helps lawns; Evacuation warning as highest tide for 25 years is predicted; Satellite data may predict earthquakes, tsunamis

July ’06 state temp ranks, courtesy NOAA

2nd Hottest July On Record: U.S. has its 2nd hottest July on record: Drought conditions worsen

NOAA Hurricane Update: NOAA forecasters slightly lower hurricane season predictions

Other Weather News: Hutchison takes aerial visit of flooded El Paso area

Heat claims 2 more Oklahomans

Arizona weather: flood, clean, repeat

Much-needed rain showers Paris, Texas, area

It’s shocking, but lightning helps lawns

World Weather: Evacuation warning as highest tide for 25 years is predicted

Quake Wire: Satellite data may predict earthquakes, tsunamis

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August 7, 2006

Storm swamps El Paso; Flooding hits N.M.; Manitoba tornado called worst in 70 years; Tornado hits Minn.; 2 more heat-related deaths confirmed in Chicago, total of 23; Bloomberg: NY will investigate 22 heat-related deaths; Philly heat wave-related death toll doubles to 18; Chris falls apart, new tropical activity in far Atlantic appears; New AccuWeather Web site design; Hundreds feared dead in Ethiopian flooding; Storm death toll rises to 57 in S. China; Tornado hits Western Australia; After 10 years, few believe life on Mars; NASA plan for moon rocket includes foam; Minn. woman scheduled to be aboard Atlantis space shuttle; Erupting solar prominence, observatory sky pics; No weekend update, outage

Severe Storms: Rain subsides after storm swamps El Paso

Flooding hits central, southern New Mexico

Manitoba tornado on Saturday called worst in 70 years

Minnesota tornado destroys store, pool

Heat Wave Deaths Update: Two more heat-related deaths confirmed in Chicago bringing total to 23 | Bloomberg: New York will investigate 22 or more heat-related deaths | Philly heat wave-related death toll doubles to 18

Tropics: Chris falls apart and new tropical activity in far Atlantic appears

New Accu: CapitalWeather.com mentions the new AccuWeather Web site design, along with an unchanged hurricane forecast

World Weather: Hundreds feared dead in Ethiopian flooding | Storm death toll rises to 57 in south China | Tornado hits Western Australia (Thanks, Jon Kelly)

Space News: After 10 years, few believe life on Mars

NASA plan for moon rocket includes foam

Minnesota woman scheduled to be aboard Atlantis space shuttle

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Erupting solar prominence from SOHO and Cerro Tololo Observatory sky

No Weekend Update, Outage: Usually, I throw up a late Friday or Saturday entry, but not this past weekend… You may have also noticed that the RSS feeds and, at times, the “permalinks” to posts were down. All is resolved thanks to an expert Web host staff. I had a good weekend though, thanks to my family, and the XM 80s channel’s marathon of “The American Top 40” with Casey Kasem!

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August 4, 2006

Heat wave disrupts power, claims 27 lives in East; Heat breaks record in D.C.; Tropical Storm Chris weakens in Caribbean; Hurricane forecast better after revision; More rain likely for drenched El Paso and other parts of Texas; Stormy day, with more on the way in Tucson area; Storms and tornadoes leave 150,000 in Ontario without power; Caught on tape: Minnesota twister; Weather Channel films program on drought; Study: Earth changed after Sumatra quake; Space station crew complete spacewalk

Eastern Heat Wave’s Final Day: Heat wave disrupts power, claims 27 lives

Heat breaks record in D.C.

(101 degrees on Thurs.)

More from CapitalWeather.com

Chris Weakens: Tropical Storm Chris weakens in Caribbean

Hurricane Forecast Revised: Hurricane forecast better after revision

Severe Storms: More rain likely for drenched El Paso and other parts of Texas

Stormy day, with more on the way in Tucson area

Storms and tornadoes leave 150,000 in Ontario without power

Caught on tape: Minnesota twister

Drought: Weather Channel films program on drought

Quake Wire: Study: Earth changed after Sumatra quake

Space News: Space station crew complete spacewalk

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August 3, 2006

Heat bakes New York, Northeast; Mass. swelters as temps brush 100; Record high of 101 in Norfolk; Summer nights heating up, scientists say; Tucson’s 89 degree low sets city’s warmest low temperature record for July; Tropical Storm Chris shifts westward; Worst of hurricane season yet to come; New Orleans warily eyes Chris; Rain hits parts of Minn., but not extreme drought areas; Light quake hits San Francisco Bay Area; S. Africans shiver through harsh winter; Shuttle Atlantis heads to launch pad

Temps Approach 100 For Second Day: Heat bakes New York, hangs on in East

Massachusetts swelters as temperatures brush 100 | Northern New England bakes | High of 101 in Norfolk sets record for the day

Wed. actual highs: NYC La Guardia, 101 … Thurs. forecast high: 99
D.C., 99 … Thurs. forecast high: 100
Boston, 98 … Thurs. forecast high: 91
Philly, 98 … Thurs. forecast high: 99
NYC Central Park, 97 … Thurs. forecast high: 99

Heat Wave Resources: U.S. current temps, temps color map, and watches/warnings; Weather/webcams | D.C. coverage from CapitalWeather.com

Summer nights heating up, scientists say | Tucson’s 89 degree low sets city’s warmest low temperature record for July

Tropical Storm Chris Heads For Gulf: Tropical Storm Chris shifts westward: Track places Chris in middle of Gulf of Mexico by early next week

Tropical Storm Chris
National Hurricane Center Data


5p AST Thu. Update:
(Latest Advisory | Discussion)
Max. sustained winds:
Near 40 mph (Probabilities)
Min. central pressure:
1011 mb or 29.85 inches
Position:
20.7 N 68.2 W
Located:
195 miles ESE of Grand Turk Isl.
Moving:
WNW near 10 mph (Forecast track map – 3 day | 5 day)
24 hour forecast: May weaken to depression (Forecast)
Complete Resources List: Includes satellite images, hurricane track models, streaming video links, and more
Latest From National Hurricane Center:

No current storm in NHC Atlantic Wallet 3
No current storm in NHC AT3 as of Mon, 01 Jun 2020 04:36:49 GMT

Worst of hurricane season yet to come | New Orleans warily eyes Tropical Storm Chris

Rain In Minn.: Rain hits parts of Minnesota, but not extreme drought areas

Quake Wire: Light earthquake hits San Francisco Bay Area

World Weather: Need to cool off? S. Africans shiver through harsh winter

Space News: Shuttle Atlantis heads to launch pad

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August 2, 2006

Eastern U.S. swelters in heat wave; N.Y. dims lights; Chicago evacuates hundreds; NYC may reach 115 degree heat index; Tropical Storm Chris may become Atlantic season’s first hurricane; Rain, flooding force evacuations in El Paso; Officials clean up after windy storm plows through S.L., Utah counties

Heat On In East: Eastern U.S. swelters in heat wave | Big cities swelter as big heat goes east: N.Y. dims lights; Chicago evacuates hundreds of folks

NYC may see 102, heat index up to 115; Philly, 102; Boston and D.C., 100: Current conditions in NYC; Boston; D.C.; Philly

Heat Wave Resources: U.S. current temps, temps color map, and watches/warnings; Weather/webcams

Tropical Storm Chris May Become First 2006 Hurricane In Atlantic: Tropical storm may become Atlantic season’s first hurricane

T.S. Chris strengthens, brushes past islands in eastern Caribbeans

See the box in last night’s entry below, or go directly to our Hurricane Resources Page for the latest on Chris

Other Weather News: Rain, flooding force evacuations in El Paso

Officials clean up after windy storm plows through S.L., Utah counties

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August 1, 2006

NYC may reach 105, heat index of 119; Boston 101 on Wed. as East Coast preps for record heat; Heat warnings hit Midwest, Plains cities; Toronto heat; Tropical Storm Chris forms near Leeward Islands; NOAA encouraging all to prepare for hurricanes; Forecaster sees fewer Atlantic hurricanes; FEMA director might watch Katrina film; Flooding north of Tucson leads to home collapse; Rains flood El Paso homes; UK, Calif. to strike global warming deal; Wind-driven wildfires send W. states scrambling; Feds call reinforcements for wildfires; Space shuttle move to launch pad delayed; Differences spotted in Jupiter’s red spots; Inflatable Genesis satellite flyby alerts

Extreme Heat Moves East: New York, Boston broil as heat wave hits East Coast: Temperatures may top 100 degrees, heat index in 110’s; Record 100 degrees reported Tuesday at LaGuardia Airport. It’s still hot in the Midwest: Chicago hit 99 on Tuesday.

105, Heat Index Of 119 In NYC; 101 In Boston’s Wednesday Forecast: NYC: 105, heat index of 119Story from WNBC; Boston: 101; Philly: 102; D.C.: 100

Heat Wave Resources: U.S. current temps, temps color map, and watches/warnings; Weather/webcams | D.C. coverage from CapitalWeather.com

Heat Warnings On Monday: Midwest, Plains hit by blowtorch heat: Heat warnings issued for Chicago, Cincinnati, Dayton, Ohio, and Tulsa, Okla. on Monday

Extreme heat alert issued as Toronto sizzles

Tropical Storm Chris Forms: Tropical Depression Three forms near Leeward Islands Monday night: National Hurricane Center updates and forecast/track, which puts it near South Florida by late Sunday and possibly into the Gulf of Mexico.

Tropical Storm Chris
National Hurricane Center Data


5p AST Wed. Update:
(Latest Advisory | Discussion)
Max. sustained winds:
Near 60 mph (Probabilities)
Min. central pressure:
1005 mb or 29.68 inches
Position:
19.9 N 64.3 W
Located:
115 miles NNE of St. Thomas
Moving:
WNW near 10 mph (Forecast track map – 3 day | 5 day)
24 hour forecast: Some strengthening (Forecast)
Complete Resources List: Includes satellite images, hurricane track models, streaming video links, and more
Latest From National Hurricane Center:

No current storm in NHC Atlantic Wallet 3
No current storm in NHC AT3 as of Mon, 01 Jun 2020 04:36:49 GMT

NOAA: Prepare For Hurricanes: NOAA encouraging everyone to prepare for hurricanes: Comments from Max Mayfield, director of the NOAA National Hurricane Center inside

Tropical News: Forecaster WSI sees fewer Atlantic hurricanes | FEMA director might watch Katrina film

Severe Weather: Flooding north of Tucson leads to home collapse

Rains flood homes in El Paso, Texas, region, stall traffic

Other Weather News: UK, Calif. to strike global warming deal

Wind-driven wildfires send Western states scrambling | Feds call reinforcements for wildfires

Space News: Space shuttle move to launch pad delayed

Differences spotted in Jupiter’s red spots

Inflatable Genesis satellite movie and flyby alerts

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