Historic Flooding Swamps Louisiana: More Than 20,000 Rescued From Cars and Homes
An unusually wet tropical storm, fed by above average sea surface temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico, has dumped record amounts of rain in Louisiana since Friday, flooding homes, killing at least six and forcing 20,000 people to flee the rapidly rising waters.
During storms that normally occur only once every 500 years, five cities received rainfall totaling more than two feet while nine river gauges reported record flooding. Gov. John Bel Edwards called the situation "truly historic" and President Obama issued a disaster declaration for the state.
The torrential rainfall, which has moved on to Texas, fits with the observed increase in extreme rainfall events linked to climate change. As the world warms, storms are able to feed on warmer ocean water and the air is able to hold and dump more water.
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Commentary: Pacific Standard, Eric Holthaus column
Background: Climate Signals
The 740 foot MV Solomon Trader was stranded on a reef near Rennell Island, home to the largest raised coral atoll in the world and a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site, AFP reported. The bulk carrier has not been salvaged in the two weeks since it was stranded because of Cyclone Oma, Solomon Islands National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) director Loti Yates told Radio New Zealand early Monday morning.
Grand Canyon Visitors Were Exposed to Unsafe Radiation From Buckets of Uranium for Nearly Two Decades
That's because, until last year, three five-gallon paint buckets filled with uranium ore were stored in the building, according to a Feb. 4 email sent out to all National Park Service employees by Grand Canyon safety, health and wellness manager Elston "Swede" Stephenson.
By Lynn Freehill-Maye
Rachel Schutz hated watching the kids play outside, and not because she was a curmudgeon. As director of an after-school program in a Latino neighborhood near Portland, Oregon, she likes the outdoors, the piney tang that hangs in the damp air.
Today, the U.S. celebrates Presidents' Day, a day to commemorate the leadership and legacy of the so-far only men who have governed the country since its founding.