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NSW Australia: Mass evacuations as flood waters peak

About 6,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes in the NSW Hunter Valley amid fears that flood waters could swamp the town of Maitland.

Police were on Sunday night warning local residents to get out as the Hunter River began to reach its peak, although some locals were resisting efforts to have them leave.

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Twelve killed, 40,000 trapped in Iran flash floods

Flash floods caused by cyclone Gonu have killed 12 people, injured nine, and trapped 40,000 others in southeastern Iran, news reports said Saturday.

"Based on the latest information gathered, 12 people were killed as the result of floods in Hormozgan and Sistan-Baluchestan provinces," the head of Iran's emergency services, Farzad Panahi, was quoted as saying by the semi official Mehr news agency.

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543 houses remain flooded in Yakutia's village

Floods in Yakutia's village of Ytyk-Kyuel recede, but 543 houses remain flooded, an official of the republic's Emergencies Ministry department told Itar-Tass on Sunday.

The level of water in the Yakutian Tatta River decreased by 8 centimetres.

"Blasting works of June 8 deepened and enlarged the riverbed for floods to ease," the source said.

On May 18, around 895 houses, administrative buildings and power supply lines were flooded. Floods destroyed bridges and dams. Rescue workers evacuated 3,000 local residents.

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Australia storm death toll rises to 9 as storm continues

At least nine people have been killed by heavy storms that are continuing to lash eastern Australia, officials say.

Gale-force winds and rising flood waters have forced the evacuation of thousands of people in New South Wales.

More than 130,000 homes remain without electricity around Newcastle and in Sydney.

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A helicopter lowers salvage equipment to the 'Pasha Bulker' which ran aground in wild seas near Newcastle. Rescue workers are urging thousands of people to evacuate their homes after deadly storms lashed Australia's east coast.

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Millions suffer as storms in China kill at least 23

Rain storms and floods have killed at least 23 people across southern China in recent days and made thousands homeless, Xinhua news agency said on Saturday.

"Millions of people are suffering," it said.

Storms killed seven people and left four missing in the southern province of Guizhou on Friday and Saturday. Nearly 20,000 hectares (77 sq miles) of cropland were flooded and 3,000 houses destroyed, Xinhua said.

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Midwest residents clean up storm damage

Cleanup crews assembled Friday to salvage remnants of a northern Wisconsin resort demolished by one of at least five tornadoes that swept across the state.

Severe thunderstorms spawned tornadoes, produced baseball-size hail and dropped more than 6 inches of rain Thursday across the Upper Midwest, killing a swimmer in Illinois. In Wisconsin, at least two people went to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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Get used to wild weather - Connecticut

"It's been a year of extremes," said Mel Goldstein, former head of the meteorology department at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury and a forecaster on WTNH-New Haven. "It's been wacky weather."

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CCD revisited: Beekeepers Worry About Impact Of Mysterious Bee Aliment

MADISON, Wis. -- A mysterious ailment killing honeybees nationwide might be hitting Wisconsin bees harder than first suspected.

Colony Collapse Disorder has made headlines recently because bee pollination is needed for a third of all U.S. food crops.

Comment: For more information on Bee disappearances read the comprehensive SOTT editorial, To Bee or not to Be.


Salty oceans provide early warning for climate change

Monitoring the saltiness of the ocean water could provide an early indicator of climate change. Significant increases or decreases in salt in key areas could forewarn of climate change in 10 to 20 years time. Presenting their findings at a recent European Science Foundation (ESF) conference, scientists predicted that the waters of the southern hemisphere oceans around South Africa and New Zealand are the places to watch.

Palaeoclimate data shows that the ocean's currents (like the Gulf Stream and its North Atlantic deep water partner) are capable of shifting gears very suddenly, but until now it wasn't clear how this occurred. Using a combination of modern observations, numerical models and palaeoclimate data scientists are increasingly realising that salt is the key.

Their results reveal that a build up of salty water can stimulate deep water circulation, while a diluting of the waters is linked to sluggish flow. "Salt plays a far more important role that we first thought," says Professor Rainer Zahn, a palaeoclimatologist at the Autonomous University of Barcelona in Spain.

Salt increases the density of water. Once a pocket of water becomes salty enough it sinks, drawing in additional water from surrounding areas, and initiates an ocean circulation loop called thermohaline overturning.

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142 MPH Winds Scream Over Denver

If you didn't sleep well Wednesday night, especially in the northwest Denver metro area, blame Mother Nature.

A powerful area of low pressure passing to the north of Colorado produced hurricane-force winds in and near the foothills west of Denver.


Sustained winds of 50 to 70 mph hammered the northwest Denver metro area late Wednesday and early Thursday, with numerous gusts between 80 and 90 mph.