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Two years after deadly tornadoes, some Mayfield families are still waiting for housing

MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) — Ashley Prince and her family have been chasing "normal" for years now. Two years ago, the tornado that whipped through Mayfield peeled the roof off their rental property "like a band-aid." She and her fiance Dylan watched from...

 

Oklahoma rattled by shallow 5.1 magnitude earthquake

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — A 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook an area near Oklahoma City late Friday, followed by smaller quakes during the next several hours, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. No injuries were reported and damage appeared to be...

 

Dial it up to Category 6? As warming stokes storms, some want a bigger hurricane category

A handful of super powerful tropical storms in the last decade and the prospect of more to come has a couple of experts proposing a new category of whopper hurricanes: Category 6. Studies have shown that the strongest tropical storms are getting...

 

Ice storms, January downpours, heavy snow, no snow: Diagnosing 'warming winter syndrome'

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) One of the most robust measures of Earth's changing climate is that winter is warming more quickly than other...

 

Nevada high court ruling upholds state authority to make key groundwater decisions

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's top water official has authority to decide how underground supplies are allocated, the state Supreme Court said this week, in a ruling that could kill a long-stalled proposal to build a sprawling master-planned city north...

 

Brutally cold weather reaching deep into lower United States

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Arctic weather brought more misery to much of the U.S. on Saturday, especially for people unaccustomed to such bitter cold in places like Memphis, Tennessee, where residents were urged to boil water and some had no water at...

 

Earthquakes over magnitude 4 among smaller temblors recorded near Oklahoma City suburbs

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — At least six earthquakes that include two greater than magnitude 4 have been recorded near an Oklahoma City suburb, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The preliminary magnitudes of the earthquakes near Edmond include a...

 

A weekend of ferocious winter weather could see low-temperature records set in the US heartland

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Icy winter weather blanketed the U.S. on Saturday as a wave of Arctic storms threatened to break low-temperature records in the heartland, spread cold and snow from coast to coast and cast a chill over everything from football...

 

Sprawling storm wallops US with tornado reports, damage and heavy snow, closing roads and schools

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A sprawling storm hit the South with tornado warnings and high winds that blew roofs off homes, flipped over campers and tossed about furniture in Florida on Tuesday. Another storm brought cities across the Midwest to a...

 

Earth shattered global heat record in '23 and it's flirting with warming limit, European agency says

Earth last year shattered global annual heat records, flirted with the world's agreed-upon warming threshold and showed more signs of a feverish planet, the European climate agency said Tuesday. The European climate agency Copernicus said the year...

 

A strong winter storm bears down on a large swath of the US midsection

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A "highly impactful" winter storm is expected to dump as much as a foot of snow Monday across the country's midsection, where blizzard and winter storm warnings are in effect. The storm has the potential to bring 8 to 12 inches...

 

Ice storms and blizzards pummel the central US a day after Christmas

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — From an ice storm in North Dakota that sealed windows shut to blizzard conditions in Colorado causing hundreds of airport delays and cancellations, a winter storm pummeled much of the central United States on Tuesday, the day...

 

OSU introduces Oklahoma Hydronet to improve water management

Oklahoma State University researchers have partnered with other state and federal entities to improve the management of water resources across the state. "We're trying to create a world-class water mo...

 

A US pine species thrives when burnt. Southerners are rekindling a 'fire culture' to boost its range

WEST END, N.C. (AP) — Jesse Wimberley burns the woods with neighbors. Using new tools to revive an old communal tradition, they set fire to wiregrasses and forest debris with a drip torch, corralling embers with leaf blowers. Wimberley, 65,...

 

Two Nashville churches, wrecked by tornadoes years apart, lean on each other in storms' wake

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After a March 2020 tornado destroyed the Rev. Jacques Boyd's Nashville church, his friend, the Rev. Vincent Johnson, lent him space to worship in. Nearly four years later, Boyd has offered to return the favor for the exact...

 

Severe Weather Disproportionately Impacts Oklahoma's Native Communities, Study Shows

NORMAN, Okla., Nov. 29, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- As the climate, demographics and land usage continue to change, tribal communities in Oklahoma are increasingly at risk of severe weather. A recent study published in the journal Weather, Climate, and...

 

Don't forget fall cleanup in the garden

With the arrival of colder weather, gardeners should spend some time tidying up their garden spaces in the offseason. What stays in the garden and what goes? Casey Hentges, Oklahoma State University Extension specialist and host of OSU Agriculture...

 

Climate change is hurting coral worldwide. But these reefs off the Texas coast are thriving

OFF THE COAST OF GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Divers descending into azure waters far off the Texas coast dip below a horizon dotted with oil and gas platforms into an otherworldly landscape of undersea mountains crusted with yellow, orange and pink...

 

Quail numbers remain well below historic averages

Hunters taking to the field this season will likely find areas of good quail numbers where habitat and weather conditions were most favorable. Hunting will not be what it was at the last observed peak in production in 2016, but hunters can expect to...

 

Red hot October almost guarantees 2023 will be the hottest year on record

This October was the hottest on record globally, 1.7 degrees Celsius (3.1 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than the pre-industrial average for the month — and the fifth straight month with such a mark in what will now almost certainly be the warmest...

 

Board updating 50-year plan to ensure Oklahomans have access to water

Oklahoma officials are seeking input from residents about their top water concerns as a state board begins to craft a plan to ensure enough water is available for the next 50 years. The Oklahoma Water Resources Board, which is tasked with predicting...

 

Poultry companies ask judge to dismiss ruling that they polluted an Oklahoma watershed

A group of poultry producers, including the world's largest, have asked a federal judge to dismiss his ruling that they polluted an Oklahoma watershed. Arkansas-based Tyson Foods, Minnesota-based Cargill Inc. and the others say in a motion filed Thur...

 

Two hours of terror and now years of devastation for Acapulco's poor in Hurricane Otis aftermath

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Estela Sandoval Díaz was huddled in her tiny concrete bathroom, sure these were the final moments of her life, when Hurricane Otis ripped off her tin roof. With it went clothing, savings, furniture, photos and 33 years of t...

 

Forecasters were caught off guard by Otis' growth. But warming means more hurricanes like it

Hurricane Otis unexpectedly turned from mild to monster in record time, and scientists are struggling to figure out what happened. Usually reliable computer models and the forecasters who use them didn't see Otis' explosive intensification coming as...

 

Families hunt for loved ones not heard from since Hurricane Otis pummeled Acapulco

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Desperate families made missing posters Friday and joined online groups to look for loved ones out of touch since Hurricane Otis devastated the Mexican Pacific coast city of Acapulco. Officials said they were moving in...

 

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