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Late Snow Falls In Western North Dakota

It's May 26th, Memorial Day weekend. Normally, there'd be kids playing on this playground right about now, but instead it's windy, cold, and there's snow on the ground.

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Spring Snowfall Sets Calgary City Record

Homes were left without power, downed trees damaged dozens of cars and school was cancelled for thousands of kids as a blast of record snow slammed many parts of southern Alberta yesterday.

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Snow Headed For Britain?

BRITAIN looks set to be hit by Bank Holiday SNOW today.

Heavy rain is forecast for almost everywhere, but areas as far apart as northern Scotland and East Anglia could turn white.


Giant Squid Return to Southern California Waters

They live hundreds of feet below the sea. A formidable predator that can rip its prey to pieces.

The giant Humboldt squid have returned to the waters of Southern California, and they're bigger and more plentiful than ever.

Fishermen are thankful, but biologists are worried.

"I have nearly a thousand dives with these animals and I have been either tested or full out attacked about 80 percent of the time," Scott Cassell said.

Cassell has been studying the Humboldt squid for the past 13 years.

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Floods in Siberia and Far East force 3,000 from homes

Flooding in Siberian and Far East regions have forced more than 3000 people to leave their homes, a local emergency service spokesman said Monday.

"Thirteen residential areas in Siberia and the Far East are still affected by flooding - 1,116 homes with a population of almost 4,000 residents, and 3,167 people have been evacuated," the spokesman said.

In one village in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), almost 900 houses had been flooded forcing over 2,500 people to leave their homes.


Moscow breaks 120-year temperature record

Monday has become the hottest May 28th in the 120-year history of temperature record-keeping in Moscow, the city's meteorological service said.

With thermometers near bursting at 32.2 degrees Celsius (89.7 degrees Fahrenheit) and the record shattered by about 2:00 p.m. Moscow time (10:00 a.m. GMT), the service said that temperatures will continue to rise and will reach at least 34 degrees Celsius (91.4 degrees Fahrenheit) by late afternoon.

Unseasonably hot May weather has already seen last year's energy consumption for this time of year surpassed by about 8% in Moscow and 12% in St. Petersburg, a spokeswoman for the UES electricity monopoly said.


Negev resident traps leopard who crept into his home

Negev resident Arthur Dimosh trapped a Leopard Sunday night after the feline had crept into his bedroom in Sde Boker while chasing a cat.

Dimosh awoke from the barking of his dog, to find himself face to face with a leopard. He immediately leapt on the animal, grabbed him by the neck and asked his wife to call the Nature and Parks Authority (NPA).

Officials from the NPA arrived shortly after and managed to get the leopard into a cage by first transferring him into a trash bin.


Oceanic Storms Create Oases In The Watery Desert

For two decades, scientists have puzzled over why vast blooms of microscopic plant life grow in the middle of otherwise barren mid-ocean regions. Now a research team led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has shown that episodic, swirling current systems known as eddies act to pump nutrients up from the deep ocean to fuel such blooms.

©Dennis McGillicuddy, WHOI, and the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research
Data from satellite altimeters, which measure sea surface heights, show depressions (blue) and bumps (red) that mark cold- and warm-water eddies in the ocean on June 17, 2005.


Kansas gets a break from drought

For the first time in five years, Kansas is embarking on the summer growing and recreational season without a single county under a drought watch.

The good news is hard-earned. Snowfalls exceeding 5 feet paralyzed western Kansas for weeks last winter, closed roads and stranded hungry cattle. Springtime brought floods that displaced hundreds of people.


Melting ice forces sinking Alaska village to seek lifeline

The sturdy little Cessnas land whenever the fog lifts, delivering children's bicycles, boxes of bullets, outboard motors, and cans of dried oats. And then, with a rumble down a gravel strip, the planes are gone, the outside world recedes, and this sub arctic outpost steels itself once again to face the frontier of climate change.

"I don't want to live in permafrost no more," said Frank Tommy, 47, standing beside gutted geese and seal meat drying on a wooden rack outside his mother's house. "It's too muddy. Everything is crooked around here."

The earth beneath much of Alaska is not what it used to be. The permanently frozen subsoil, known as permafrost, upon which Newtok and so many other Native Alaskan villages rest, is melting, yielding to warming air temperatures and a warming ocean. Sea ice that would normally protect coastal villages is forming later in the year, allowing fall storms to pound away at the shoreline.