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Super Typhoon Soudelor vaulted to Category 5 status on Monday, making it Earth’s sixth Category 5 storm of the year and the strongest one to date in 2015. At 8:00 pm EST Monday, Soudelor’s sustained winds were estimated at 180 mph.
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Another heat wave has engulfed much of the U.S. Pacific Northwest the past few days with Seattle, Washington now having observed twelve 90°+ temperatures so far this summer, an all-time record (9 such days in 1958 was the previous) and also July has been their warmest month ever observed. For some of the cities in the Northwest this has been the warmest June-July period ever measured and, barring a very cool August, will end up being the warmest climatological summer on record (June-August). Here are some details.
At this point, just about everyone has heard that a strong El Niño is underway. El Niño is simply warmer-than-normal sea surface temperatures (SSTs) in the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean that occurs about every three to seven years, on average.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Portlight Strategies (Portlight) announced an agreement that will increase preparedness awareness for people with disabilities in the event of natural or man-made disasters. The agreement aligns with FEMA’s commitment to inclusive emergency management by partnering with disability organizations and community leaders who serve the whole community at the local level.
A low pressure will develop off the Southeast coast and move northeastward along the stalled front off the eastern seaboard. Precipitation will develop and expand across much of the Northeast by early morning Wednesday. Marginal cold air will limit the heaviest snow accumulations across inland locations along the foothills of the Appalachians. Most areas east of there will face slushy accumulations of less than three inches in addition to some rain.
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