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Global Cooling or Global Warming - Which Is It and How Can We Know?

There is huge disagreement in the scientific community about global warming. Researchers on either side have no trouble finding data to support their chosen theory. Recent climatic events highlight the importance of not over interpreting short-term data - temperature fluctuations either up or down. The environmental alarmists who have been overstating connections between extreme weather conditions and a man-made warming trend are on the opposite side of other researchers who are sounding the warning bell about global cooling. Both sides of the issue must be careful to avoid distortion of facts to support beliefs.

The key to interpretation is long-term trends. To focus on a few years or months of climatic data and present any evidence of either cooling or warming as been called a waste of time and perhaps even a harmful distraction.


US: Florida man killed by bees

For the first time killer bees are being blamed for a man's death in Florida.

State officials say a 51-year-old man was swarmed by bees on Wednesday.

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Unusual Earthquake Swarm Off Oregon Coast Puzzles Scientists

Scientists at Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center have recorded more than 600 earthquakes in the last 10 days off the central Oregon coast in an area not typically known for a high degree of seismic activity.

This earthquake "swarm" is unique, according to OSU marine geologist Robert Dziak, because it is occurring within the middle of the Juan de Fuca plate - away from the major, regional tectonic boundaries.

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U.S.:Lake Champlain surpasses flood stage

Burlington, Vermont - The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for communities along Lake Champlain.

With continued snow melt and rain, the lake surpassed flood stage today.

Minor flooding is anticipated.

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Storm rips Kuwait, 3 killed

Kuwait Friday was hit by a sandstorm that blew at 56 km/hr from the East and the Southeast of Kuwait, causing showers at a couple of places in the country, says Musaed Al-Hammad, Head of Mirzam Observatory. He was talking to the Arab Times soon after studying the recordings of the weather conditions from his observatory. The visibility during the storm in the desert was zero, about a kilometer in the city and 4 km in Wafra. The unexpected storm uprooted trees, damaged minor structures in different parts of Kuwait and flooded the Gulf Road. All shipping movement at Kuwaiti ports was stopped. The Sharq area was also flooded.

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U.S.: Engineers Opens Dam Spillway to Relieve Flood Water in Arkansas

Little Rock - Engineers cracked open spillways Saturday at Bull Shoals Lake, allowing excess water brimming near the rim of the dam to rush down the White River to communities already flooded by weeks of rain.

Meanwhile, two people drowned Friday in Yell County when their pickup truck left water-covered Arkansas 28 and sank over the top of its cab in floodwaters next to the highway, the sheriff's office said.

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New York's Black River expected to hit flood level

Black River
The Black River is running high and fast, as seen from the fishing access point in Glen Park Friday. The U.S. Geological Survey has issued a flood watch through Sunday.

Less than four inches from cresting its banks, the Black River is expected to exceed its 10-foot flood stage tonight or early Sunday morning.

"Those living near the Black River should be prepared to take action should flooding develop," a U.S. Geological Survey release circulated Friday states.


U.S.: Wisconsin Region's waterways near flood stages

Officials are keeping an eye on water levels as heavy rains have pummeled Northeastern Wisconsin over the last two days.

There was no flooding in the Green Bay area, but National Weather Service officials said they were watching the situation carefully, particularly Duck Creek in Howard. A flood warning was issued for the Oconto River in Oconto County, where river levels were at 9.1 feet, slightly above the flood stage of 9 feet.

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U.S.: Vermont Flood worries rising

Brattleboro, Vermont -- Rain and warm temperatures expected this weekend, combined with continuing snowmelt, are raising water levels and flood worries in southern Vermont.

The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., issued a flood watch Friday for southern Vermont, in effect through this afternoon. A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. Forecasters are expecting between a half inch to an inch of rain Friday and today, which may cause some rivers minor flooding. Rain is also in the forecast for Sunday and Monday.

Mark Bosma, a spokesman for Vermont Emergency Management, said if there was flooding it is likely to be minor, but it is impossible to know for certain.

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U.S.: Texas Storm caused about $25 million in damage

The early-morning storm that pounded North Texas on Thursday caused about $25 million in damage in Johnson County where a tornado skipped along a 4-mile stretch west of Lillian, officials said Friday.

Six homes and two businesses were destroyed, 22 homes were significantly damaged, and 18 had minor damage, emergency management coordinator Gerald Mohr said.