By Taylor Kate Brown Published 4:00 am PST, Friday, November 30, 2018 Photo: Scott Strazzante / The Chronicle The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints burns during Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif.. on Thursday, November 8, 2018. Buy this photo The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints burns during Camp... The fire may be out in Paradise, but problems are far from over. Not only did the Camp Fire destroy lives and homes, reporter Kurtis Alexander writes, it’s harmed the state’s fight against climate change. And now, flooding caused by heavy rainfall is prompting evacuations around the Butte County town. The Camp Fire released as much greenhouse gas as all of California’s cars and trucks produce in a week, according to state estimates. That’s relatively small when it comes to worldwide emissions. But last year, the cumulative greenhouse gases released by California fires were … [Read more...] about Bay Briefing: How wildfires are undermining California’s climate progress
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HAIL and thunder is set to batter parts of Britain today as the torrential weather continues - before an 'Indian Summer' hits later in the week. Forecasters say most of the country is at risk of showers while heavy rain and blustery winds will lash the south and west throughout Monday. But temperatures will be pretty mild for the time of year and we could even see highs of 18C across the south east of England on Wednesday, the beginning of a week-long 'Indian Summer' - according to the Mirror. Warming of eastern Pacific sea-surface temperatures - known as El Nino - will cause the rise in temperature this month. This could be the warmest mid-November in 177 years if temperatures beat 17.7C recorded in Cwmbargoed, Glamorgan, Wales in 1841. Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “Remembrance Sunday had a high chance of showers, with Monday also showery. “But high pressure builds with dry and fine conditions for many southern and eastern areas on Wednesday, … [Read more...] about Thunderstorms and hail to batter UK today before ‘Indian Summer’ this week – see how YOU are affected with our weather forecast maps
Eva Ruth Moravec and Frances Stead Sellers, The Washington Post Published 5:53 pm PDT, Wednesday, October 24, 2018 AUSTIN, Texas - The rains started innocently enough - a refreshing break from a summerlong drought that had parched the landscape and sent residents of this water-loving city for relief, swimming and boating in its spectacular man-made lakes. But what has happened is more insidious: The season has become one of the wettest autumns on record, causing five deaths in the Central Texas region and tainting an entire city's water supply. This city of 1 million people took the unprecedented step this week of asking residents to boil drinking water for three minutes to kill any bacteria, the culmination of a series of floods that have deposited large amounts of sediment from the soil, as well as oil and other pollutants into its water system, overwhelming its water-treatment plants. The warning intensified Tuesday, when the contamination triggered a state-mandated … [Read more...] about Floods are ravaging Central Texas and tainting its water
AT 9.15am on Friday, October 21, 1966, a disaster struck a small Welsh mining community which would devastate the village for a generation. Aberfan, the name of the village, is now synonymous with tragedy after 116 children and 28 adults lost their lives as they were crushed or drowned in coal slurry. More than 150,000 tonnes of thick black coal, shale and water engulfed the village, wiping out most of the pupils at Pantglas Junior School. The incident was a national tragedy which prompted visits from the Queen and the Prime Minister along with donations from around the world. How did it happen? The disaster unfolded after millions of cubic metres of excavated mining debris from the Merthyr Vale Colliery came thundering down the hillside. The waste material had been piled high on the side of Mynydd Merthyr - above the village of Aberfan - for years even though there were numerous underground springs below. At 9.15am on a foggy October 21, 20ft of material from Tip Number Seven became … [Read more...] about What was the Aberfan disaster, when did happen and how many people were killed?
AFTER the chilly days of winter, spring brings sunshine and hopes of new life. But when does it actually start? Here's our guide. When is the first day of spring in 2019? How you define the start of spring depends on whether you follow the astronomical or meteorological seasons. Traditionally spring begins at the vernal equinox - which next year falls on March 20. Summer does not officially start until the solstice on June 21. Weathermen follow the meteorological calendar, which defines the seasons differently. It says spring starts on the same date every year - March 1 - and runs until May 31. How is the equinox date decided and why does it change each year? There are two equinoxes each year, around March 20-21 and September 22-23. They are when day and night are approximately 12 hours each everywhere on Earth. The word comes from the Latin for equal night. After the spring or vernal equinox, days are longer than nights in the northern hemisphere, and vice versa in the … [Read more...] about When is the first day of spring in 2019, how is the equinox date decided and does it change each year?