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Tropical Storm Threatens West Florida

MIAMI - Tropical Storm Barry formed in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday _ the first day of hurricane season _ and the National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm warning for a stretch of Florida's western coast.

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NASA Chief Draws Incredulity With Global Warming Remarks

NASA Administrator Michael Griffin faces a storm of ridicule after saying on National Public Radio that humans shouldn't try to solve the global warming problem. Griffin also told NPR that NASA isn't officially authorized to take any action to impact climate change in one way on another.


Small earthquake shakes California-Mexico border

A small earthquake rattled a desert town near the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday, although there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The magnitude-3.9 temblor struck at 7:08 p.m. and was centered eight miles southwest of Ocotillo, about 10 miles north of the border, according to a preliminary report from the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Georgia, Oostanaula River has lowest May flow in 115 years

This year, the U.S. Geological Survey recorded the lowest May streamflow in 115 years for the Oostanaula River at the Resaca gauge.

Rivers across the state are experiencing moderate to se-vere hydrologic drought. In addition to the Oostanaula re-cord, this was the lowest May streamflow recorded in 110 years for the Oconee River at the Milledgeville gauge, and 98 years for the Flint River at the Albany gauge. Streamflow was the lowest recorded for 50 years for any month for the Su-wannee River at Fargo.

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75 percent of North Carolina suffering from drought

Climate figures show more than three-quarters of the state is suffering from drought conditions, and several western counties are rated as extremely dry.

The U-S Drought Monitor says the seven westernmost counties -- Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain -- face the worst conditions. It also says all counties west of Interstate 26 face severe drought conditions.

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Alabama, Two-thirds of state now under extreme drought

The U.S. Drought Monitor report has updated the drought survey for Alabama and two-thirds of the state is now under extreme drought. That represents about 60 percent of the state and is 4 percent more than last week.

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Australia second warmest May on record

The second-warmest May on record, coupled with above-average rainfalls in the Murray-Darling Basin, have led climatologists to speculate that a drought-breaking La Nina event is still on its way.

An almost complete lack of cold southerlies, rather than extreme heat, had led to May being warm by day and night across almost the whole country, according to the National Climate Centre's Blair Trewin.

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Storm Barbara May Become Hurricane, Threaten Mexico

Tropical Storm Barbara may strengthen over the next two days to become the first hurricane of the eastern Pacific season as it moves toward southeastern Mexico, U.S. and Mexican forecasters said.


Idaho avoids bee problems

Idaho's commercial honeybee operations have so far avoided a mysterious phenomenon in which the insects suddenly abandon their colonies, which is good news for the state's apple and onion crops that rely on the bees for pollination.


Strong earthquake hits eastern Russia

A strong earthquake hit Russia's far-eastern Kamchatka Peninsula on Thursday morning local time, with a magnitude of 6.4, the U.S. Geological Survey said on its Web site on Wednesday.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.