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By McClatchy-Tribune | September 10, 2006
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The global weather bully El Nino is waking up but might not have enough strength for another several weeks to swat the life out of hurricanes. "By then the hurricane season is pretty much over with," said Vernon Kousky, a research meteorologist at the national Climate Prediction Center in Maryland. But that's not the only reason to watch out for the birth of an El Nino. The weather pattern generally brings wetter, cooler winters to the Southeast, meaning powerful thunderstorms could afflict Florida this fall, winter and spring.
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By James Dannenberg and James Dannenberg,[Special to the Sun ] | September 10, 2006
KAILUA, OAHU, HAWAII // Taking the rise, I am struck by the scene unfolding to my right: the Pacific Ocean -- today flat and aquamarine a mile to the sheltering reef -- seems welded without a seam to the morning sky. It glistens in sunlight as it washes onto the sand, which stretches in turn more than two miles in a graceful palm-fringed arc from Kailua Beach Park to the crocodilian promontory of the Kaneohe Marine Corps Base, now peaceful, but the target...
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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,sun reporter | September 6, 2006
Two months of exceptionally hot and dry summer weather have come splashing to an end in just five days. September has already dumped more rain on Baltimore than all of July and August combined. More than 1.78 inches fell yesterday at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, gurgling down the hatch as a chaser to the 3.63 inches that fell during two days of rain from the remnants of Tropical Storm Ernesto last week. By Thursday, moderate drought conditions had developed in much of the state.
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By ROBERT CROSS and ROBERT CROSS,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | June 18, 2006
PORTLAND, ORE. // We gathered here to begin contemplating rivers -- the Columbia and Snake, mostly, with glances toward Grand Ronde, Yakima, Willamette and a few more. The Columbia and Snake sorely tested the Lewis and Clark expedition during its 1804-1806 westward mission. The explorers had to contend with rocks, rapids, treacherous gorges and dangerous waterfalls on their way from the St. Louis area to the Pacific Ocean. The Columbia River ends in the Pacific after churning 1,214 miles.
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By FRANK D. ROYLANCE and FRANK D. ROYLANCE,SUN REPORTER | March 31, 2006
Without significant rainfall before midnight tonight, this month will skid into the books as the driest March since record-keeping for Baltimore began in 1871. And any rain that does fall probably won't reverse the "moderate" drought conditions declared this week across Southern Maryland and the lower Eastern Shore. The dry weather has already put some winter grain crops behind schedule, and parched fields could force farmers to delay spring planting, agriculture officials said. But the situation is not critical yet. In fact, "It's been kinda nice this spring, compared to a lot of springs," when farm machinery gets stuck in muddy fields, said Jim Lewis, the extension agent for Caroline County.
FEATURES
January 31, 2006
Jan. 31 1944: During World War II, U.S. forces began invading Kwajalein Atoll and other parts of the Japanese-held Marshall Islands. 1956: The creator of Winnie-the-Pooh, author A.A. Milne, died at age 74. 2000: An Alaska Airlines jet plummeted into the Pacific Ocean, killing all 88 people aboard.
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By TOM DUNKEL and TOM DUNKEL,SUN REPORTER | October 14, 2005
Dolphins served as attendants to the Greek god Poseidon. In days of yore, sailors regarded them as a sign of fair weather and good fortune. Peter Attia, therefore, felt reassured when a large pod tagged along with him for several hours early Tuesday morning during his attempt to swim from Catalina Island to the California coast, America's answer to the illustrious English Channel marathon. At the time, about three hours into the swim, he was fighting choppy seas and nausea. "They were as close as four feet away," recalls Attia, a 32-year-old surgical resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,SUN STAFF | September 4, 2005
What is it about New Orleans? Why does it loom so large on the American psyche, take up such a huge chunk of our collective imagination? It's not that big. Its population of 484,000 puts it at 31st among American cities. Its metropolitan area of 1.3 million is dwarfed by many others whose destruction at the hands of a natural disaster would certainly be mourned but not with the intensity of feeling that the nation is feeling now. The breaches in the levees of New Orleans seemed to have landed a blow to our national solar plexus.
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By Chris Dixon and Chris Dixon,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | June 12, 2005
South of Oregon and far north of the Golden Gate, the Pacific coastal road retreats inland, bypassing 120 miles of wild, rugged shoreline aptly called the Lost Coast. In this isolated pocket of gargantuan redwoods, surf-pounded mountains and hidden valleys, there's scant access to road-trip staples like cell-phone connections and four-lane asphalt. But brave the bumps and guardrail-free switchbacks of the lonely Lost Coast roads, and you'll drive into a wild, majestic California little changed from the time when today's 2,000-year-old redwoods were just seedlings.
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