Weather news and reports

Monday, January 24

  • Ottawa's cold snap breaks record   UPI / 6:05PM
    OTTOWA, Ontario, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Ottawa's cold spell smashed a weather record Monday when the thermometer plunged to a bone-chilling minus 19.5 F, Canada's weather office said.
  • Saturday, January 22

  • Harsh weather needs money, support network   UPI / 9:24PM
    WACO, Texas, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Adapting to harsh weather is a function of perception of risk, resources and the ability of people to think and act collectively, a U.S. researcher says.
  • Monday, January 17

  • Mudslides create havoc in Oregon   UPI / 8:34PM
    PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Mudslides caused by wind and rain shut down a number of roads in northern Oregon Monday, authorities said.
  • Rains hamper Brazil rescues; toll at 641   UPI / 8:44AM
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The death toll from floods and mudslides in Brazil reached 641 and heavy rains in the southeastern part of the country hindered rescue efforts, officials said.
  • Texas dealing with blizzard of pollen   UPI / 2:24AM
    SAN ANTONIO, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Much of the nation has been battling cold and snow, but people in South Texas are dealing with a massive blizzard of pollen, an allergist says.
  • Sunday, January 9

  • Atlanta socked by winter storm   UPI / 11:44PM
    ATLANTA, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Georgians were getting a dose of nasty winter weather Sunday night with forecasters calling for up to 5 inches of snow in some parts of the state.
  • Thursday, December 30

  • Seabirds blown ashore on Cape Cod   UPI / 2:34PM
    BOSTON, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- A storm blew a handful of small seafaring birds called dovekies ashore on Massachusetts' Cape Cod, where volunteers have rescued them, officials said.
  • Monday, December 27

  • Blizzard won't pre-empt B'way shows   UPI / 4:44PM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- The Broadway League says performances will not be canceled on the snow-socked Great White Way Monday night.
  • Wednesday, December 22

  • Pineapple Express blamed for S. Cal storms   UPI / 7:14PM
    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- The Pineapple Express is being blamed as the source of a string of storms that have battered the U.S. West Coast, weather authorities say.
  • Tuesday, December 21

  • Christmas canceled for 1M air travelers   UPI / 3:14AM
    LONDON, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Christmas was canceled for nearly a million air travelers as London Heathrow Airport said flights would be delayed or canceled through at least this weekend.
  • Friday, December 17

  • Freeze spares Fla. farmers   UPI / 5:14PM
    SARASOTA, Fla., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- South Florida farmers appear to have escaped disaster after a record-breaking December cold snap that saw nighttime temperatures in the 20s.
  • Heavy snow and bitter cold grip Britain   UPI / 9:05AM
    LONDON, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Heavy snow is snarling travel across Britain as the Christmas break begins, and heating oil prices are soaring in bitter cold, officials said Friday.
  • Thursday, December 9

  • Paris airport normal again after big snow   UPI / 5:04PM
    PARIS, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris returned to normal Thursday night but Germany's airports were still closed or disrupted from heavy snowfall, officials said.
  • Saturday, December 4

  • Drifting ship regains power off Alaska   UPI / 11:54AM
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- A stricken cargo ship with 20 aboard regained limited engine power after being adrift in the stormy waters off Alaska, the U.S. Coast Guard said Saturday.
  • Saturday, November 27

  • Hurricane season winds down with 19 names   UPI / 7:34PM
    MIAMI, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- By the time the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season ends, the National Hurricane Center in Miami will have named at least 19 storms.
  • Wednesday, November 24

  • Bad weather predicted for Black Friday   UPI / 2:54PM
    STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. retailers hoping for a blockbuster opening to the Christmas season are not getting much help from the weather gods.
  • Monday, November 1

  • Student killed in N.D. mishap remembered   UPI / 7:44PM
    BUFFALO GROVE, Ill., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- A 20-year-old college student accidentally killed while filming a Notre Dame football practice was remembered Monday near Chicago for his creativity.
  • Friday, October 29

  • Canadian 'ill wind' blows some energy good   UPI / 8:14PM
    OTTAWA, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- High winds in Ontario did some damage this week, but provincial officials say there also was some good news as they provided an energy bounty.
  • Sunday, October 24

  • Richard, now a hurricane, nears Belize   AP / 6:34PM
    Tropical Storm Richard became a hurricane Sunday and was gathering strength as it neared Belize, U.S. forecasters in Miami said.
  • Friday, October 22

  • U.S., Canada get early taste of winter   UPI / 3:44PM
    DETROIT, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Southeast Michigan got an early taste of winter as temperatures dropped into the upper 20s and low 30s, forecasters said.
  • Wednesday, October 20

  • Study: Fire-driven storms huge polluters   UPI / 6:24PM
    LANGLEY, Va., Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Massive pyrocumulonimbus storms, mixing smoke and fire with features of a violent thunderstorm, create huge amounts of atmospheric pollution, scientists say.
  • Tuesday, October 12

  • Hurricane Paula threatens Mexico   AP / 8:34AM
    The National Hurricane Center in Miami has issued a hurricane warning for the east coast of Mexico from Punta Gruesa northward that includes Cozumel.
  • Saturday, September 25

  • Military works post-hurricane Newfoundland   UPI / 2:44PM
    ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Canadian naval troops began deploying Saturday to help communities in southern Newfoundland battered this week by Hurricane Igor.
  • Thursday, September 16

  • Hurricane Karl to hit Mexico Friday   AP / 6:34PM
    Hurricane Karl continued to strengthen Thursday, leading the Mexican government to extend warnings and watches for the country's Gulf of Mexico coast.
  • Sunday, September 12

  • Igor attains hurricane status   AP / 2:34AM
    Igor, gathering strength out in the south Atlantic a long way from land, is now the fourth hurricane of the season, weather monitors say.
  • Friday, September 3

  • 2 surfers bitten by sharks in Florida   UPI / 1:44PM
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Two men were bitten by sharks Friday on the east coast of Florida, where surfers took advantage of waters roiled by Hurricane Earl, a beach guard said.
  • Thursday, September 2

  • Worst typhoon in a decade strikes S. Korea   UPI / 4:34PM
    SEOUL, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Three people were killed when Typhoon Kompasu, the seventh typhoon this year, hit South Korea Thursday, Korea Meteorological Administration officials said.
  • Sunday, August 29

  • Obama: 'New Orleans is coming back'   UPI / 4:24PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama, marking five years since Hurricane Katrina Sunday, told a crowd at Xavier University of Louisiana, "New Orleans is coming back."
  • Friday, August 27

  • Affluent got most help in Katrina disaster   UPI / 11:14AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Affluent whites benefited more than poor blacks from programs meant to help Gulf Coast residents recover from Hurricane Katrina, an official says.
  • Tuesday, August 24

  • Huge wall will protect New Orleans   UPI / 10:24AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- The city of New Orleans is well on its way to getting the protection system that Congress ordered after Hurricane Katrina, engineers say.
  • Monday, August 23

  • Frank moving toward Mexico   UPI / 1:05PM
    MIAMI, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Pacific Tropical Storm Frank was within 125 miles south of Puerto Angel, Mexico, Sunday evening, U.S. forecasters said.
  • Thursday, August 19

  • Wildfires rage through British Columbia   UPI / 11:24PM
    WILLIAMS LAKE, British Columbia, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Firefighters in British Columbia tried Thursday to stop the spread of savage, windswept wildfires that have burned more than 50,000 acres, authorities said.
  • Tuesday, August 17

  • NASA does test flight of hurricane lab   UPI / 9:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- NASA successfully flew its airborne hurricane research mission on a shakedown flight over the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday, the agency said.
  • Forecasters see active hurricane season   UPI / 5:14PM
    MIAMI, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- The "meanest" stretch of the hurricane season, from mid-August to early October, is here, and "now the game starts," says a weather expert.
  • Friday, August 13

  • 7 in 10 in New Orleans feel forgotten   UPI / 9:44PM
    MENLO PARK, Calif., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Five years after Hurricane Katrina, most in New Orleans say rebuilding is going well, but 70 percent say the nation has forgotten them, a survey indicates.
  • Tuesday, August 10

  • NASA will fly drone for hurricane study   UPI / 5:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- NASA scientists say an unmanned drone will help them discover the relationship between lightning and tropical storms to help in hurricane forecasting.
  • Red Cross technology to help in disasters   UPI / 12:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- American Red Cross officials say they have new technology to help the public during disasters -- right in time for the U.S. hurricane season.
  • Thursday, August 5

  • New forecast predicts very busy hurricane season   AP / 6:34PM
    MIAMI -- Batten down the hatches, hurricane season is about
  • S. America having bitter winter weather   UPI / 5:05PM
    BUENOS AIRES, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Unusually cold winter weather has hit Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Bolivia, causing "millions of dead fish" in Bolivian rivers, officials said.
  • Acitve hurricane season predicted   UPI / 12:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. National Weather Service says an active hurricane season is ahead for the Atlantic Basin, projecting eight to 12 hurricanes between now and October.
  • Tuesday, August 3

  • Oil spill stress tops that of Katrina   UPI / 2:04AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- About 30 percent of people in coastal Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and Alabama say they suffer psychological distress from the oil spill, a study found.
  • Thursday, July 29

  • Storm study could improve hurricane data   UPI / 8:44PM
    WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) -- Scientists say they'll venture to the Atlantic Ocean to answer a mystery about hurricanes -- why do storms become hurricanes while other harmlessly dissipate?
  • Wednesday, July 28

  • Helicopter crashes in sandstorm in Iraq   UPI / 8:44AM
    BAGHDAD, July 28 (UPI) -- Bad weather was blamed for the crash of an Iraqi military helicopter Wednesday in Karbala, that killed all five crew members aboard, officials said.
  • Heeding the lessons of Hurricane Katrina   UPI / 2:04AM
    WASHINGTON, July 28 (UPI) -- Insurance experts at a U.S. non-profit group advise homeowners to heed the lessons of the Gulf Coast encounter with Hurricane Katrina five years ago.
  • Monday, July 26

  • BP relief well prep work resumes in gulf   UPI / 12:14AM
    NEW ORLEANS, July 25 (UPI) -- The ship drilling the relief well at the BP blowout in the Gulf of Mexico was back on the scene Sunday preparing to resume operations.
  • Sunday, July 25

  • BP relief well drilling resumes in Gulf   UPI / 10:24PM
    NEW ORLEANS, July 25 (UPI) -- The ship drilling the relief well at the BP blowout in the Gulf of Mexico was back on the scene Sunday, but officials predicted more weather delays.
  • Saturday, July 24

  • Bonnie downgraded as it blows into gulf   UPI / 10:14AM
    MIAMI, July 24 (UPI) -- The remnants of Tropical Storm Bonnie continued to fade Saturday as it moved toward the Louisiana coast, the National Hurricane Center reported.
  • Friday, July 23

  • Gulf spill site cleared as storm threatens   UPI / 10:14PM
    VENICE, La., July 23 (UPI) -- A storm threat stalled relief-well work Friday and officials say they fear efforts to plug BP's wrecked Gulf of Mexico well could be delayed up to 10 days.
  • Thursday, July 22

  • Vessels prepare to leave oil rig area   UPI / 10:14PM
    NEW ORLEANS, July 22 (UPI) -- Many vessels in the area of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill are "preparing to move out of harm's way" as Tropical Storm Bonnie approaches, officials said Thursday.
  • Wednesday, July 21

  • White House opposes hazard insurance bill   UPI / 8:44PM
    WASHINGTON, July 21 (UPI) -- The White House is opposing a bill that would put the U.S. government in the business of windstorm insurance, saying it's best left to the private sector.
  • Wednesday, July 14

  • Dike blasted to release floodwaters   UPI / 9:14AM
    TONGCHENG, China, July 14 (UPI) -- An improvement in the weather allowed Chinese soldiers to blow up a leaking dike on a swollen branch of the Yangtze River Wednesday, an army official says.
  • Sunday, July 11

  • More rain, more floods in China   UPI / 10:14AM
    BEIJING, July 11 (UPI) -- Chinese officials say the death toll from this month's flooding in the southern and central parts of the country has topped 15.
  • Monday, July 5

  • Rough waters idle skimmers in gulf   UPI / 9:35AM
    VENICE, La., July 5 (UPI) -- Crews working in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill recovery operation said they hoped for a break from choppy seas that hampered cleanup and restoration efforts.
  • Thursday, July 1

  • Alex hampers oil cleanup efforts in gulf   UPI / 9:05PM
    VENICE, La., July 1 (UPI) -- Cleanup of the BP oil spill was disrupted as Alex, now a tropical storm, crossed the Gulf of Mexico hundreds of miles from the recovery effort, officials said.
  • Wednesday, June 30

  • White House: Plan long-term gulf recovery   UPI / 10:04PM
    WASHINGTON, June 30 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama wants U.S., state and local officials to cooperate in planning long-term recovery from the Gulf oil spill, the White House says.
  • Tuesday, June 29

  • Stormy weather halts oil cleanup efforts   UPI / 10:05PM
    NEW ORLEANS, June 29 (UPI) -- Oil spill skimming and booming operations off the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama and Florida were halted Tuesday because of Tropical Storm Alex, a BP spokesman said.
  • Monday, June 28

  • First tarballs wash ashore in Mississippi   UPI / 1:24PM
    PASCAGOULA, Miss., June 28 (UPI) -- Tarballs from the massive Gulf Coast oil spill have begun washing up on mainland shores in Mississippi, officials say.
  • Sunday, June 27

  • Tropical storm soaks Yucatan Penninsula   UPI / 9:54AM
    MIAMI, June 27 (UPI) -- Dangerous winds and rains were in store for the Yucatan Peninsula Sunday as Tropic Storm Alex moved inland, forecasters warned.
  • Wednesday, June 23

  • Bump leads to oil spill cap removal   UPI / 5:44PM
    VENICE, La., June 23 (UPI) -- The containment cap on BP's broken Gulf of Mexico oil well was removed Wednesday, allowing more crude to flow into the sea, the British company said.
  • Monday, June 21

  • Hurricane forecast becomes more extreme   UPI / 12:54PM
    STATE COLLEGE, Pa., June 21 (UPI) -- The 2010 hurricane season may be more intense than previously predicted and will probably impact the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, AccuWeather.com said Monday.
  • Saturday, June 19

  • Fierce storms batter Midwest, kill 1   UPI / 3:14PM
    CHICAGO, June 19 (UPI) -- The U.S. Midwest began cleaning up Saturday after fierce storms disrupted power to hundreds of thousands of customers and left a motorist dead, officials said.
  • Friday, June 18

  • Hurricane glass foils would-be robbery   UPI / 7:34PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., June 18 (UPI) -- Two alleged would-be bank robbers in Florida were foiled when the bricks they threw didn't bust the bank's glass windows and door, police say.
  • Thursday, June 17

  • 1,000-acre wildfire near Grand Canyon   UPI / 4:14PM
    WILLIAMS, Ariz., June 17 (UPI) -- Some 60 homes were evacuated Thursday and more than 250 firefighters deployed as a 1,000-acre wildfire burned near the Grand Canyon in Arizona, officials said.
  • Wednesday, June 16

  • Thunderstorms forecast around oil rig   UPI / 3:24PM
    VENICE, La., June 16 (UPI) -- Crews on board a BP drilling ship in the Gulf of Mexico were eying the skies nervously Thursday, with storms in the forecast.
  • Thursday, June 10

  • Flooding kills at least 1 in central Texas   UPI / 3:05PM
    NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas, June 10 (UPI) -- Drenching rain has sent rivers over their banks in central Texas, with at least one death blamed on flooding and many roads impassible, officials said Thursday.
  • Sunday, June 6

  • Midwest twisters kill 7, idle nuke plant   UPI / 8:34PM
    STREATOR, Ill., June 6 (UPI) -- Operators of a nuclear power plant in Michigan said they shut down early Sunday during a powerful storm system that produced tornadoes that killed five people.
  • Friday, June 4

  • BP timetable has no hurricane timeouts   UPI / 3:24PM
    NEW ORLEANS, June 4 (UPI) -- BP's plan to finish drilling two relief wells in the Gulf of Mexico in August does not include any time for hurricane shutdown, a company spokesman says.
  • Wednesday, June 2

  • Hurricane survival plans need to be made   UPI / 11:54PM
    WASHINGTON, June 2 (UPI) -- Caribbean and Central American families need hurricane survival plans in place now, a U.S. non-profit group advises.
  • 9 survive Yellowstone lightning strike   UPI / 10:34PM
    IDAHO FALLS, Idaho, June 2 (UPI) -- A Florida man, one of nine people shocked by a lightning bolt at Yellowstone National Park, was released from a hospital Wednesday, officials said.
  • Tuesday, June 1

  • Computer predicts active hurricane season   UPI / 5:14PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 1 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say a computer model predicts hurricanes with high accuracy, but it can't tell how the Gulf of Mexico oil spill will affect storms.
  • Hurricane winds can rupture undersea pipes   UPI / 2:54PM
    WASHINGTON, June 1 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they've determined undersea forces produced by strong hurricanes are powerful enough to rupture underwater oil pipelines.
  • Thursday, May 27

  • Extremely active hurricane season possible   AP / 1:34PM
    U.S. government meteorologists Thursday issued their 2010 Atlantic hurricane forecast calling for an "active to extremely active" season.
  • Extremely active hurricane season possible   UPI / 1:14PM
    WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) -- U.S. government meteorologists Thursday issued their 2010 Atlantic hurricane forecast calling for an "active to extremely active" season.
  • Hurricane season forecasts: Overactive to 'historic'   AP / 12:34PM
    May 27--With an almost frightening unanimity, hurricane experts agree that the 2010 season that begins next Tuesday will end up falling somewhere between overactive and "historic."
  • Obama expected to address oil rig safety   UPI / 7:44AM
    WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama is expected to announce Thursday a moratorium on new deepwater oil drilling permits will be extended for six months, the White House said.
  • Wednesday, May 26

  • Census: Gulf Coast population soars   UPI / 3:35PM
    WASHINGTON, May 26 (UPI) -- The population of the Gulf Coast grew 150 percent between 1960 and 2008, twice the national rate, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, May 11

  • AccuWeather: Bad hurricane season possible   UPI / 5:54PM
    STATE COLLEGE, Pa., May 11 (UPI) -- The upcoming hurricane season may be a very active period for the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coastlines, AccuWeather.com's chief hurricane forecaster says.
  • Thursday, May 6

  • Iceland volcano roars back to life   UPI / 10:54PM
    REYKJAVIK, Iceland, May 6 (UPI) -- Iceland's volcano roared back to life Thursday, shooting a plume of ash 4 1/2 miles high and appearing ready to blow again, Iceland's meteorology office said.
  • CMA fest proceeds going to flood relief   UPI / 8:24PM
    NASHVILLE, May 6 (UPI) -- The Country Music Association says it'll donate half the proceeds of its CMA Music Festival to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee for flood relief.
  • Wednesday, May 5

  • Flooding prompts temporary Opry move   UPI / 7:05PM
    NASHVILLE, May 5 (UPI) -- The show scheduled to take place at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House Tuesday night was moved to the nearby War Memorial Auditorium because of flooding.
  • Thursday, April 29

  • Historic tornado research project planned   UPI / 12:24PM
    BOULDER, Colo., April 29 (UPI) -- More than 100 scientists will soon spend six weeks on the road across the U.S. Great Plains in what's called the most ambitious tornado study in history.
  • Wednesday, April 21

  • Dry, cold weather link to prostate cancer   UPI / 10:54PM
    POCATELLO, Idaho, April 21 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers have linked cold, dry weather to increased incidence of prostate cancer.
  • Friday, April 16

  • Iceland volcano could erupt for months   UPI / 9:44AM
    MELBOURNE, April 16 (UPI) -- The Icelandic volcano closing airports across Europe could erupt for months, a geologist says.
  • Thursday, April 1

  • Parts of R.I. inundated by high water   UPI / 1:34AM
    WARWICK, R.I., April 1 (UPI) -- Rhode Island's Pawtuxet Valley has been contaminated by millions of gallons of raw sewage flowing into floodwaters, officials say.
  • Wednesday, March 24

  • Spring snowstorm hits Denver area   AP / 2:34PM
    Denver commuters struggled with snow, slush and rain
  • Wednesday, March 17

  • Fargo, N.D., tries to turn back river   UPI / 2:14PM
    FARGO, N.D., March 17 (UPI) -- Students in Fargo, N.D., reported for sandbagging duties Wednesday as residents worked to protect the flood-prone Fargo-Moorhead, Minn., area.
  • Friday, March 12

  • FEMA selling Katrina trailers   UPI / 5:05PM
    WASHINGTON, March 12 (UPI) -- Rep. Mike Ross Friday called for congressional hearings into the government sale of formaldehyde-tainted trailers used in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Sunday, March 7

  • Australian state endures major hail storms   UPI / 12:04PM
    MELBOURNE, March 7 (UPI) -- The Australian state of Victoria saw hail the size of golf balls Sunday as a second day of hail storms and heavy rain battered area homes, experts say.
  • Saturday, January 30

  • Weather drives Mongolian herders to cities   UPI / 9:24PM
    ULAN BATUR, Mongolia, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Mongolia's extreme cold and snow have killed more than 1 million livestock and forced herders to leave homes for shanties near Ulan Batur, an aid group said.
  • Friday, January 29

  • $12B in claims in Texas for Hurricane Ike   UPI / 1:04AM
    AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- About $12 billion in Texas insurance claims were made for damage from Hurricane Ike, an industry group said Thursday.
  • Thursday, January 28

  • Ecuador volcano spews ash across province   UPI / 11:54AM
    AMBATO, Ecuador, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Wind shifts brought volcanic ash to a wide area of central Ecuador, including a provincial capital, after a once-dormant volcano erupted, authorities said.
  • Tuesday, January 26

  • Airlifts in rain-soaked Machu Picchu begin   UPI / 11:14AM
    LIMA, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Peruvian authorities have begun airlifting the nearly 2,000 tourists and residents stranded by heavy rains near the mountain ruins of Machu Picchu.
  • Monday, January 25

  • Storms 'trash' Southern California beaches   UPI / 8:14PM
    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Southern California beaches are littered with trash and litter deposited by the recent series of heavy storms that moved through the state, officials said.
  • Saturday, January 23

  • Boy, 6, dies in flood in Arizona   UPI / 11:24PM
    PHOENIX, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- The body of a 6-year-old boy swept away by a flooded river was found Saturday as northern Arizonans began digging out from a winter storm.
  • Thursday, January 21

  • Blame El Nino for Ariz., Calif. weather   UPI / 12:34PM
    NORMAN, Okla., Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Heavy snow and rain falling in Arizona Thursday and flooding and mudslides that battered Southern California are a result of El Nino, meteorologists say.
  • Wednesday, January 13

  • Chill in Florida could cost plenty   UPI / 6:14PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- The chill that enveloped Florida in the past week could cost the state's vegetable farmers $100 million, an agricultural expert said.
  • Tuesday, January 12

  • 57 Muscovites die of cold since Jan 1   UPI / 4:35PM
    KRASNOGORSK, Russia, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Fifty-seven Russians have died of hypothermia since the beginning of the year, Moscow officials said Tuesday.
  • Gore: Biel doing awesome despite blizzard   UPI / 1:24PM
    ARUSHA, Tanzania, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Actress Jessica Biel is "doing awesome" despite Monday's blizzard on her expedition up Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro, fellow hiker Elizabeth Gore told People.com.
  • Friday, January 8

  • Britain running low on salt for roads   UPI / 8:34PM
    LONDON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Britain's snowy winter has reduced road salt stocks to dangerously low levels, prompting crews to stop de-icing some highway shoulders, officials say.
  • British businesses' gas supply curtailed   UPI / 12:24PM
    LONDON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- About 100 British businesses experienced gas rationing as the government tried to protect domestic power supplies because of an extended bout of cold weather.
  • Thursday, January 7

  • Gulf Stream study could aid oil, gas work   UPI / 4:34PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A study of a warm Gulf Stream current in the Gulf of Mexico could aid oil and gas offshore drilling activities in the gulf, a U.S. government agency says.
  • Tuesday, January 5

  • Florida cold snap threatens iguanas   UPI / 10:54AM
    MARGATE, Fla., Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Southern Florida's unusually cold weather likely will reduce the number of invasive iguanas considered a pest by many, officials said.
  • Monday, January 4

  • Canada's Maritimes dig out after storm   UPI / 1:34PM
    HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Canada's Maritime provinces were digging out Monday from a weekend storm described by meteorologists as a "weather bomb."
  • Sunday, January 3

  • Extreme cold disrupts Beijing   UPI / 10:24AM
    BEIJING, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Heavy snow and extreme cold disrupted life in Beijing Sunday with meteorologists saying even colder weather was on its way.
  • Saturday, January 2

  • Britain faces extreme winter   UPI / 4:34PM
    PERTH, Scotland, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- An unusually cold winter in Britain has been vexing road crews while delighting skiers with forecasters predicting the worst may be yet to come.
  • Tuesday, December 29

  • City gets hurricane aid six years later   UPI / 1:35PM
    CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Some $200,000 in hurricane aid will be paid by the Canadian government to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, six years after the storm, officials said.
  • Wednesday, December 23

  • Cold snap hits China, power and heat out   UPI / 8:34PM
    XI'AN, China, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Sub-zero temperatures and heavy snow in northwestern China have caused traffic jams, flight delays and power and heating outages, authorities say.
  • Tuesday, December 22

  • Crime, drugs rose after intense weather   UPI / 2:24PM
    WACO, Texas, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- People who believe storms today are more intense than they were years ago are more likely to prepare for bad weather, a Texas scientist said.
  • N.O. pastor pleads not guilty to extortion   UPI / 1:54PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- A former New Orleans water board official says he's not guilty of steering millions of dollars to himself and his brother.
  • Saturday, December 19

  • Bodies recovered from Japan's Mount Fuji   UPI / 7:44PM
    TOKYO, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Searchers in Japan recovered the bodies of two climbers on Mount Fuji after rescuing their climbing partner, a former Formula One racing driver, officials said.
  • Retailers: As snow falls, so do sales   UPI / 2:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The storm barreling up the East Coast Saturday will disrupt sales on what is usually the busiest day of the year for U.S. retailers, industry analysts say.
  • Tuesday, December 15

  • Three Russians missing in storm   UPI / 9:24AM
    SOCHI, Russia, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Rescuers said they were searching Tuesday for three men who vanished during a fierce storm in Sochi, Russia, the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
  • Thursday, December 10

  • Farmers in Midwest still getting corn in   UPI / 5:44PM
    CHICAGO, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Farmers in Midwestern states have had a tough year, with spring rain, low July temperatures and an early frost pushing harvests into December, officials said.
  • Busy 2010 hurricane season is forecast   UPI / 9:05AM
    FORT COLLINS, Colo., Dec. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. meteorologists say they expect an above-average number of Atlantic basin hurricanes to develop during next year's hurricane season.
  • Sunday, December 6

  • Winter storms plaguing parts of Canada   UPI / 1:34PM
    CALGARY, Alberta, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Many Canadians are facing travel problems and power outages due to winter storms and additional storms are on the way, meteorologists say.
  • Thursday, November 26

  • Southern Calif. brush fire contained   UPI / 7:54PM
    ANAHEIM HILLS, Calif., Nov. 26 (UPI) -- A wind-whipped Southern California brush fire was fully contained Thursday, but firefighters beefed up units because of the warm, dry weather forecast.
  • Sunday, November 22

  • Wet weather not helping Arizona drought   UPI / 6:44PM
    PHOENIX, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Wet weather patterns that ended droughts across much of the United States have skipped Arizona, worsening long-term conditions in that state, experts say.
  • Wednesday, November 11

  • Suit: Homeowners stiffed on Ike claims   UPI / 1:24AM
    HOUSTON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- A lawsuit filed by a homeowner says the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association underpaid claims for damages from Hurricane Ike.
  • Sunday, November 8

  • GOP Rep: Reform vote best for district   UPI / 3:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- The lone Republican U.S. House member who voted in favor of a healthcare reform measure says it was the best decision for his New Orleans district.
  • Saturday, November 7

  • Tropical Storm Ida threatens Yucutan   UPI / 11:54AM
    MIAMI, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Ida remained a tropical storm Saturday morning, but Mexican officials had the Yucatan Peninsula under a hurricane watch in case the storm strengthens.
  • Sunday, October 18

  • Hurricane Rick churns off Mexico   UPI / 11:24AM
    CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Hurricane Rick roared off the coast of Mexico Sunday with forecasters predicting the dangerous Category 5 storm would begin to weaken.
  • Hurricane Rick Churns Off Mexico   AP / 8:34AM
    Hurricane Rick roared off the coast of Mexico Sunday with forecasters predicting the dangerous Category 5 storm would begin to weaken.
  • Typhoon expected to hit Philippines   UPI / 1:54AM
    MANILA, Philippines, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- An Army battalion was mobilized as another typhoon headed toward the Philippines, military officials said Sunday.
  • Saturday, October 17

  • Hurricane Rick Strengthens, Stays Offshore   AP / 8:34AM
    Hurricane Rick, located southwest of Acapulco, Mexico, is now an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane, forecasters said Saturday.
  • Tuesday, October 13

  • Model predicts hurricane power outages   UPI / 1:34PM
    BALTIMORE, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. and South Korean scientists say they've created a statistical program that can predict potential power outages in advance of hurricanes and other storms.
  • Sunday, October 11

  • Winter slams Manitoba   UPI / 9:05PM
    WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Winter has arrived in Winnipeg, Manitoba, resulting inflight delays, icy roads and an unseasonable wind chill, police said.
  • Sunday, October 4

  • No damage reported in Philippines quake   UPI / 10:34AM
    COTABATO CITY, Philippines, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- No damage was reported Sunday from a 6.6-magnitude earthquake in the Moro Gulf off Mindanao in the Philippines, authorities said.
  • Friday, October 2

  • Killer bees, native bees can co-exist   UPI / 3:44PM
    PANAMA CITY, Panama, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Africanized "killer bees" may be less of a problem for native bees than weather changes, scientists in Panama say.
  • Thursday, October 1

  • Utah endures first snowstorm of season   UPI / 4:05PM
    SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Parts of northern Utah received the snowstorm of the season with some ski areas getting as much as eight inches of snow, a weather service official says.
  • Tuesday, September 29

  • September calmest storm month since 1997   UPI / 11:44AM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 29 (UPI) -- September has been the calmest month for tropical storms since 1997, largely because of the weather pattern known as El Nino, Florida meteorologists said.
  • Monday, September 28

  • Global warming may cause more hurricanes   UPI / 12:35PM
    MIAMI, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Scientists say the eastern Pacific El Nino, which can shield the United States from severe hurricane seasons, may be reduced in effectiveness by global warming.
  • Thursday, September 24

  • Sydney sweeps up after dust storm   UPI / 10:34PM
    SYDNEY, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Australia's largest city cleaned up after one massive dust storm Thursday as forecasters warned another one may be on the way.
  • Wednesday, September 23

  • Dust moves on after choking Sydney   UPI / 7:14PM
    SYDNEY, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- The worst dust storm since the 1940s hit Sydney and Brisbane and blew far up the Australian east coast Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, September 22

  • Hurricanes up in number, not strength   UPI / 12:24PM
    CLEMSON, S.C., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they've determined hurricanes and tropical storms are increasing in the Atlantic Ocean, but aren't getting stronger as others contend.
  • Tuesday, September 8

  • Army Corps whistle-blower's claims upheld   UPI / 2:24PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers whistle-blower's claims of faulty hydraulic pumps placed in New Orleans canals have merit, a federal investigator says.
  • Monday, August 24

  • Biden: Stimulus package aiding New Orleans   UPI / 1:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says the federal stimulus package is helping efforts to rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast years after Hurricane Katrina.
  • Sunday, August 23

  • Missing hurricane watchers are found   UPI / 10:54PM
    ACADIA, Maine, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- A 7-year-old girl died in Maine Sunday after she was knocked into the Atlantic Ocean by waves from Hurricane Bill, a U.S. parks official said.
  • Friday, August 21

  • N.J. surfers prepare for Bill's waves   UPI / 4:34PM
    SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Authorities and surfing aficionados in New Jersey say tall waves stirred by Hurricane Bill are expected to bring out the state's surfers.
  • Wednesday, August 19

  • Tornado Hits ELCA Convention; Sexuality Statement Passes: A Tornado Touched Down This Afternoon in the South Side of Downtown Minneapolis, Hitting Part of the Minneapolis Convention Center Where 2,000 Lutherans Hours Later Approved a New Social Statement on Human Sexuality.   AP / 9:34PM
    Aug. 19--While the Lutherans inside were debating a controversial new social statement on human sexuality, a tornado hit the outside of the Minneapolis Convention Center this afternoon. A short time later, the assembly passed by an exact and needed two-thirds majority a controversial new social statement on human sexuality.
  • Fla. hurricane options exchange opened   UPI / 1:05PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A Florida businessman says he has established an online hurricane options market for property owners to hedge against skyrocketing insurance costs.
  • Monday, August 17

  • Hurricane Bill Gets Stronger; Ana Fades Away   AP / 7:35PM
    Aug. 17--Hurricane Bill grew bigger and badder on Monday. Fortunately, South Florida appears to be facing a date only with the rainy remains of its much weaker sister, Ana.
  • Thursday, August 13

  • Pitt: Being mayor 'not what I do'   UPI / 5:24PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Actor Brad Pitt has been called Oscar nominee, Golden Globe winner, celebrity and dad, but he says don't call him a New Orleans mayoral candidate.
  • Hurricane seasons becoming more active   UPI / 12:24PM
    STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- New research suggests hurricane seasons in the United States are not only becoming more active, but the strength of the storms has also increased.
  • Dozens may still be trapped in mudslides   UPI / 7:14AM
    TAIPEI, Taiwan, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Taiwanese rescue teams pressed on Thursday in a desperate attempt to find those missing in the wake of mudslides triggered by Typhoon Morakot.
  • Wednesday, August 12

  • Wet summer may mean more hurricane damage   UPI / 4:14PM
    STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Aug. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. hurricane experts say this summer's unusually wet conditions might result in excess hurricane damage this year.
  • Monday, August 10

  • Mudslides spread havoc in typhoon's wake   UPI / 11:34PM
    BEIJING, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Mudslides struck China and Taiwan, raising the toll of dead and missing, as the two countries battled rains and floods from Typhoon Morakot, officials said.
  • Philippines assess damage from Morakot   UPI / 1:14PM
    MANILA, Philippines, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Damages to roads, bridges and crops from last week's Typhoon Morakot, which killed 21 people in the Philippines, totaled $750,000, officials said.
  • Saturday, August 8

  • Typhoon Morakot brings deluge to Taiwan   UPI / 8:44PM
    TAIPEI, Taiwan, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Typhoon Morakot dumped record rainfall on Taiwan as it passed over the island Saturday, causing flooding and mudslides.
  • Friday, August 7

  • Deadly Morakot lashes East Asia   UPI / 11:44PM
    TAIPEI, Taiwan, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- At least 10 people, including three French tourists, were killed as Typhoon Morakot swamped the northern Philippines, officials said Friday.
  • Thursday, August 6

  • Hurricane Felicia Weakens in Pacific   AP / 9:34PM
    Hurricane Felicia, almost 1,500 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii, is expected to weaken before it nears land, forecasters said Thursday afternoon.
  • NOAA downsizes hurricane season forecast   UPI / 4:05PM
    MIAMI, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The remainder of the Atlantic hurricane season is likely to be normal or quieter than usual, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.
  • Hurricane Forecasters Downgrade Predictions for 2009 Season   AP / 2:35PM
    Aug. 6--Remember 1992.
  • Monday, August 3

  • Cool July weather documented   UPI / 11:24PM
    STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Aug. 3 (UPI) -- A meteorologist in Pennsylvania has documented what many people in the U.S. Northeast and Midwest already sensed -- the weather in July was not very summerlike.
  • Thursday, July 30

  • Once fertile Iraq becoming a desert   UPI / 3:54PM
    BAGHDAD, July 30 (UPI) -- Iraq is on the brink of an environmental catastrophe thanks to decades of war, mismanagement and drought, environmentalists say.
  • Wednesday, July 29

  • Dry conditions close beaches   UPI / 4:54PM
    WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) -- A 10 percent decline in U.S. beach closing or advisory days was due to dry conditions, not ecological improvement, an environmental watchdog said Wednesday.
  • Monday, July 27

  • B.C. lightning storm sends 2 to hospital   UPI / 11:54AM
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, July 27 (UPI) -- Two people were hospitalized by lightning strikes during a weekend of scorching temperatures and wildfires in British Columbia, Canadian officials said.
  • Friday, July 24

  • Mississippi River Gulf Outlet work done   UPI / 4:14PM
    NEW ORLEANS, July 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it has completed blocking off the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet with 352,000 tons of rock.
  • Wednesday, July 15

  • Forecast sees more snow on East Coast   UPI / 2:24PM
    WASHINGTON, July 15 (UPI) -- Weather experts say the Eastern United States and Midwest can expect the cooler-than-usual summer to lead into a cold and snowy winter.
  • Gates seeks patent on hurricane 'tubs'   UPI / 1:35PM
    WASHINGTON, July 15 (UPI) -- Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates and some co-inventors have patents pending on sea-based "tubs" aimed at dampening hurricanes, records indicate.
  • Monday, July 13

  • Oak tree crushes Ga. house, spares boys   UPI / 12:14PM
    POWDER SPRINGS, Ga., July 13 (UPI) -- A large oak tree felled by a storm crushed a Powder Springs, Ga., home but spared two boys watching TV inside, the boys' mother said.
  • Tuesday, July 7

  • Ike's effects on waterways studied   UPI / 2:44PM
    GALVESTON, Texas, July 7 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists are studying Hurricane Ike's effect on Galveston, Texas, water pollution levels to determine whether fish-consumption rules are still needed.
  • Monday, July 6

  • Search for missing journalists hampered   UPI / 8:54AM
    YEKATERINBURG, Russia, July 6 (UPI) -- Search efforts for three Russian journalists whose boat sank in Siberia are being hampered by winds and heavy rains, officials said Monday.
  • Saturday, July 4

  • China: At least 13 killed in storms   UPI / 12:54PM
    BEIJING, July 4 (UPI) -- Heavy rainstorms in southern China have killed at least 13 people and displaced hundreds of thousands more, authorities said.
  • Wednesday, July 1

  • NASA video tracks 2008 hurricane season   UPI / 5:05PM
    WASHINGTON, July 1 (UPI) -- NASA scientists using satellite data say they've produced a downloadable video outlining last year's Atlantic tropical depressions, storms and hurricanes.
  • Climate change affects tornado activity   UPI / 4:44PM
    ATHENS, Ga., July 1 (UPI) -- A U.S. study suggests the climate change effect of dry autumns and winters may lead to fewer tornadoes developing during the spring season.
  • Saturday, June 27

  • Storms erode fragile Cape beaches   UPI / 4:34PM
    TRURO, Mass., June 27 (UPI) -- An unseasonable northeaster has dramatically reshaped Outer Cape Cod, erasing dunes and destroying fragile bird habitat, Massachusetts officials say.
  • Thursday, June 25

  • Wind blows baseball dugout roof onto coach   UPI / 9:04PM
    BURBANK, Ill., June 25 (UPI) -- Suburban Chicago high school baseball players and their parents rescued a coach who became pinned under a dugout roof that blew to the ground, witnesses said.
  • Saturday, June 20

  • Record rain closes Lake Michigan beaches   UPI / 2:24PM
    CHICAGO, June 20 (UPI) -- Beaches in Chicago closed Saturday after a record rainfall forced the discharge of untreated sewage water into Lake Michigan, city officials said.
  • Thursday, June 18

  • Professor gives hurricane building tips   UPI / 11:05AM
    NEWARK, N.J., June 18 (UPI) -- A U.S. architecture professor is offering building design and construction suggestions for structures located in hurricane-prone regions.
  • Monday, June 15

  • Retiree riding bike from L.A. to Boston   UPI / 12:54PM
    CHAMPAIGN, Ill., June 12 (UPI) -- An Illinois man is riding his bicycle from Los Angeles to Boston to raise money for the Central Illinois Alzheimer's Association.
  • Rain, cold damages Southeast Georgia crops   UPI / 10:44AM
    ATLANTA, June 15 (UPI) -- Heavy rain and unseasonable cold has damaged Southeast Georgia's blueberry, tobacco, peanut and cotton crops, farm officials said.
  • Sunday, June 14

  • Digital switchover saves man's life   UPI / 9:14PM
    MEMPHIS, June 14 (UPI) -- The switch from analog to digital television may have saved the life of a World War II veteran in Memphis when lightning knocked down a tree in his yard.
  • Friday, June 12

  • Retiree riding bike from L.A. to Boston   UPI / 12:44PM
    CHAMPAIGN, Ill., June 12 (UPI) -- An Illinois man is riding his bicycle from Los Angeles to Boston to raise money for the Central Illinois Alzheimer's Foundation.
  • Tuesday, June 9

  • Storms may dampen Va. primary turnout   UPI / 2:54PM
    RICHMOND, Va., June 9 (UPI) -- Thunderstorms may dampen voter turnout Tuesday in the Virginia Democratic primary in which a gubernatorial candidate will be chosen, election officials said.
  • Thursday, June 4

  • Fla. mulls empty homes as storm shelters   UPI / 4:24PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 4 (UPI) -- Homes that are vacant due to foreclosures are being considered for temporary hurricane housing, Florida's top disaster-management official said.
  • Tuesday, June 2

  • Katrina protesters seek housing, changes   UPI / 1:05PM
    WASHINGTON, June 2 (UPI) -- Gulf Coast activists protested Monday at Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Washington, demanding new housing for Hurricane Katrina survivors.
  • Satellite data to aid hurricane forecasts   UPI / 11:34AM
    PASADENA, Calif., June 2 (UPI) -- U.S. space agency says it will provide satellite data for storm forecasts during the 2009 Atlantic and eastern Pacific hurricane seasons.
  • Monday, June 1

  • Hurricane season begins with tropical wave   UPI / 2:14PM
    MIAMI, June 1 (UPI) -- The 2009 Atlantic hurricane season began Monday with a tropical wave reported over the Caribbean Sea and one tropical depression already spent.
  • Sunday, May 31

  • Abandonment feared in parts of New Orleans   UPI / 4:14PM
    NEW ORLEANS, May 31 (UPI) -- Community leaders in New Orleans report a growing fear that many poor neighborhoods flooded by Hurricane Katrina will never be rebuilt.
  • Thursday, May 28

  • New way of forecasting cyclones is created   UPI / 4:14PM
    PALMA, Spain, May 28 (UPI) -- Spanish scientists say they have developed a technique that improves the forecasting of Mediterranean cyclones by analyzing atmospheric sensitivity.
  • Saturday, May 23

  • More rain set for soggy Florida weekend   UPI / 11:54AM
    MELBOURNE, Fla., May 23 (UPI) -- Yet more rain for Florida's flood-weary Atlantic Coast is promising to turn the Memorial Day holiday into a bust, forecasters say.
  • Friday, May 22

  • Town has 'unwelcome visitor' -- a flood   UPI / 2:34AM
    LISMORE, Australia, May 22 (UPI) -- Officials in Lismore, an Australian town bisected by a river, said Friday they expect residents to take the worst flooding in 20 years in stride.
  • Tuesday, May 19

  • Six Vietnamese killed in lightning strikes   UPI / 9:14AM
    HANOI, Vietnam, May 19 (UPI) -- Six people were killed and seven injured when lightning struck Vietnamese farmers harvesting rice last weekend, officials said.
  • Thursday, May 14

  • Hurricane forecasters expect fewer storms   UPI / 3:14PM
    STATE COLLEGE, Pa., May 14 (UPI) -- U.S. private meteorologists say they expect fewer hurricanes this year, but warn the East Coast could still be at risk of a major storm landfall.
  • Wednesday, May 6

  • Engineer downplays role on doomed building   UPI / 1:15PM
    DALLAS, May 6 (UPI) -- The engineer listed as the designer of the Dallas Cowboys' indoor training structure, which collapsed, says he actually had little to do with the project.
  • Saturday, May 2

  • Relief needs still acute in Myanmar   UPI / 2:05PM
    YANGON, Myanmar, May 2 (UPI) -- A year after a deadly cyclone devastated Myanmar, hundreds of thousands of victims there still need help, U.N. relief officials say.
  • Better hurricane warning system touted   UPI / 12:24PM
    MIAMI, May 2 (UPI) -- The hurricane warning delivery system in Florida is mired in last-century technology and needs to be updated, a U.S. congressman says.
  • Builders can't be sued for wall collapse   UPI / 10:34AM
    NEW ORLEANS, May 2 (UPI) -- Contractors who built New Orleans' 17th Street Canal flood wall can't be held liable for its failure during Hurricane Katrina, a federal appeals court ruled.
  • Friday, May 1

  • Pitt's charity brings tourists to N.O.   UPI / 4:05PM
    NEW ORLEANS, May 1 (UPI) -- New Orleans' Hurricane Katrina-devastated Lower Ninth Ward has become a tourist attraction thanks to the charity of actor Brad Pitt, residents say.
  • Monday, April 27

  • Weather plays a role in swine flu outbreak   UPI / 2:35PM
    STATE COLLEGE, Pa., April 27 (UPI) -- With swine flu being reported in the United States, one might wonder whether weather has any part in spreading the flu -- and the answer is maybe
  • Wednesday, April 22

  • Windstorm destroys Indonesian homes   UPI / 10:05AM
    JAKARTA, April 22 (UPI) -- A powerful whirlwind accompanied by rain and hail damaged hundreds of homes in two Indonesian villages, local officials said.
  • Monday, April 20

  • Katrina flood lawsuit blames Army Corps   UPI / 2:44PM
    NEW ORLEANS, April 20 (UPI) -- A civil lawsuit blaming the Army Corps of Engineers for the massive flooding that inundated New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina began Monday, observers said.
  • Thursday, April 9

  • Man gets liver transplant despite blizzard   UPI / 3:35PM
    AURORA, Colo., April 9 (UPI) -- A 59-year-old man says he underwent a life-saving liver transplant in Aurora, Colo., thanks to the kindness of others during a heavy blizzard.
  • Friday, April 3

  • Satellite to improve hurricane forecasting   UPI / 2:24PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says a $499 million satellite is ready to help predict hurricanes and pinpoint distress signals.
  • Monday, March 30

  • Weather-weary Fargo-Moorhead eyes blizzard   UPI / 3:24PM
    FARGO, N.D., March 30 (UPI) -- Residents in the Fargo-Moorhead area of North Dakota and Minnesota watched as the Red River receded Monday, though still on the lookout for a blizzard.
  • Storm damages crops, homes in Vietnam   UPI / 9:44AM
    HANOI, Vietnam, March 30 (UPI) -- Authorities in Vietnam say a windstorm and unseasonably cold temperatures have damaged houses and destroyed crops in Nghe An province.
  • Friday, March 27

  • Hurricane stress linked to heart attacks   UPI / 6:14PM
    HOUSTON, March 27 (UPI) -- Researchers say chronic stress related to Hurricane Katrina has contributed to a significant increase in heart attacks in New Orleans.
  • Wednesday, March 18

  • Hurricane forecast calls for fewer storms   UPI / 9:24AM
    STATE COLLEGE, Pa., March 18 (UPI) -- One of the first 2009 Atlantic hurricane season forecasts is calling for fewer named storms than during recent years, as well as fewer U.S. landfalls.
  • Wednesday, March 11

  • Study finds causes of Atlanta tornado   UPI / 2:35PM
    ATLANTA, March 11 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say the only tornado to hit downtown Atlanta in recorded history may have formed because of previous rainfall in the drought-stricken area.
  • Monday, February 9

  • Hurricane debris to be removed from bay   UPI / 10:14AM
    GALVESTON, Texas, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Authorities in Texas say a record $39 million will be spent this year to clear Galveston Bay of massive amounts of debris left by Hurricane Ike.
  • Saturday, February 7

  • Ski rescue team reaches stranded SUVs   UPI / 1:44AM
    DUBLIN, Ireland, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A mountain rescue team on skis rescued four people stranded when their vehicles got stuck in heavy snow in the Wicklow Mountains in southeast Ireland.
  • Friday, February 6

  • Wintry weather wreaks havoc in Britain   UPI / 10:14PM
    LONDON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Heavy snow maintained its grip on Britain for a fifth day Friday, with poor conditions snarling travel and bringing down power lines.
  • Tuesday, February 3

  • Katrina homes may be contaminated   UPI / 10:05PM
    BATON ROUGE, La., Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Post-Hurricane Katrina flooded homes may contain harmful levels of contaminants, including mold, gases and aerosols, U.S. researchers said.
  • Monday, February 2

  • Fla. weather watchers praised for Fay data   UPI / 12:05PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Volunteer weather watchers in Florida who are part of a nationwide observation network did a great job monitoring Tropical Storm Fay, experts say.
  • Sunday, February 1

  • Troops dispensing supplies after Ky. storm   UPI / 2:05PM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- National Guard troops were visiting homes in Kentucky Sunday to offer supplies to those residents hit hardest by a recent ice storm, officials said.
  • Saturday, January 17

  • High winds lash Britain, Ireland   UPI / 6:05PM
    LONDON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- A storm brought winds of up to 100 mph Saturday to Britain and Ireland, bringing trees down and cutting power to thousands of homes.
  • Sunday, December 28

  • New Orleans storm surge fix proves vexing   UPI / 4:35PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is studying how to provide 100-year storm-surge protection to a portion of New Orleans, officials say.
  • Monday, December 15

  • Italian storm prompts flooding concerns   UPI / 12:44PM
    ROME, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Civil protection officials in Italy say they are concerned a major storm in the region Monday could prompt dangerous flooding.
  • Tuesday, December 9

  • U.S. resumes deportations to Haiti   UPI / 1:44PM
    MIAMI, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- A reprieve on deporting illegal Haitian immigrants back to their storm-ravaged country has ended, U.S. immigration authorities say.
  • Monday, December 8

  • Alaska cable guys await rescue on mountain   UPI / 6:24PM
    KODIAK, Alaska, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. Coast Guard said Monday that bad weather was preventing the rescue of a crew of Alaskan cable technicians stranded on a frigid mountain.
  • Tuesday, December 2

  • Tight credit hampers Ike recovery efforts   UPI / 9:05AM
    GALVESTON, Texas, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- A sour economy is hampering recovery efforts in Galveston, Texas, two months after Hurricane Ike caused 17 deaths and damaged most of its houses, observers say.
  • Sunday, November 23

  • Financial woes sock Ike recovery effort   UPI / 4:05PM
    HOUSTON, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- It's unlikely charitable contributions for Hurricane Ike relief will even come close to providing what's needed, U.S. organizers say.
  • Thursday, November 13

  • Suit alleges post-hurricane discrimination   UPI / 10:44AM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Two civil rights groups and five New Orleans homeowners filed a discrimination suit against Louisiana's hurricane rebuilding program.
  • Tuesday, November 11

  • Council critics blast N.O. recovery pace   UPI / 2:14PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Critics say signs erected by New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin touting future construction projects in the city belie the reality of slow progress.
  • Gale-force winds, rain lash Britain   UPI / 10:05AM
    CHELMSFORD, England, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Gale-force winds and heavy rains pelted parts of Britain, closing roadways and causing two deaths, and forecasters predicted more bad weather Tuesday.
  • Thursday, November 6

  • Nighttime tornadoes more likely to kill   UPI / 11:05AM
    DEKALB, Ill., Nov. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they've determined tornadoes occurring between midnight and dawn are 2 1/2 times more likely to kill than are daytime twisters.
  • Tuesday, November 4

  • Hurricane Ike's underwater damage studied   UPI / 2:54PM
    AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists who conducted a rapid response research mission after Hurricane Ike have concluded the hurricane significantly reshaped the seafloor.
  • Sunday, November 2

  • Aid ordered for rain-devastated Yemen   UPI / 10:44AM
    SAN'A, Yemen, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh has ordered emergency aid to parts of the country hit hard by heavy rains and flooding, officials said.
  • Thursday, October 30

  • Nice weather expected for Election Day   UPI / 7:54PM
    STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Weather should be nice for most of the United States on Election Day next Tuesday, meteorologists say.
  • Tuesday, October 28

  • Texas fuming at FEMA over Ike relief   UPI / 5:24PM
    AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Texas officials say the U.S. government needs to step up assistance to families still displaced by Hurricane Ike, particularly energy industry workers.
  • Tuesday, October 14

  • Deforestation blamed in Haiti disasters   UPI / 1:24PM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Deforestation and haphazard farming techniques have turned Haiti into an ecological disaster responsible for many storm-related deaths, officials say.
  • Monday, October 13

  • Study looks at likely hurricane changes   UPI / 11:54AM
    BOULDER, Colo., Oct. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they are attempting to determine the likely changes in hurricanes that might occur into the middle of the century.
  • Thursday, October 9

  • Cuban exiles irked by aid cutoff rule   UPI / 4:54PM
    HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Cuban exiles in Florida say they're frustrated Washington cut off their ability to aid relatives on the island struggling after Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.
  • Tuesday, October 7

  • Tropical Storm Marco hits Mexican coast   UPI / 11:34PM
    MIAMI, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Short-lived Tropical Storm Marco was reduced to a tropical depression hours after it came ashore Tuesday afternoon on the Gulf Coast of Mexico.
  • Midwest storm damage tops $675 million   UPI / 4:54PM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- The Ohio Insurance Institute estimates that last month's violent storms in the Ohio Valley caused more than $675 million in damage.
  • Sunday, October 5

  • Report: Ike costs Houston $6 billion   UPI / 5:14PM
    HOUSTON, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Power outages that kept parts of Houston in the dark for more than two weeks after Hurricane Ike could cost billions of dollars, a newspaper analysis shows.
  • Saturday, October 4

  • Death toll from Haiti storms reaches 800   UPI / 6:54AM
    PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- The death toll from four major storms hitting Haiti in August and September has reached 800 people, International Red Cross officials say.
  • Friday, October 3

  • Hurricane leaves dirty water behind   UPI / 1:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers said Hurricane Ike had a profound impact on Lake Michigan, more than 1,000 miles from where it made landfall.
  • Wednesday, October 1

  • Ike's environmental damage feared serious   UPI / 3:24PM
    HOUSTON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Ecologists said they fear Hurricane Ike did extensive damage to Gulf Coast beaches and wildlife habitat that could take years to repair.
  • Busy October hurricane period is forecast   UPI / 1:14PM
    FORT COLLINS, Colo., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. hurricane forecasters William Gray and Phil Klotzbach say their October forecast calls for three named storms, two of them becoming hurricanes.
  • Wetlands restoration: A false hope?   UPI / 1:14PM
    CULLOWHEE, N.C., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- A U.S. scientist says Louisiana Coastal residents counting on wetlands restoration to protect storm buffeted infrastructure are waging a losing battle.
  • Wednesday, September 24

  • Ike runs up Texas-size tab of up to $52B   UPI / 10:44AM
    HOUSTON, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Hurricane Ike caused between $27 billion and $52 billion in damages in Texas, government officials and insurers estimated.
  • Sunday, September 21

  • 'Cane storm surge data needs improvement   UPI / 6:14PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- The maps used to predict the critical rise of storm surge during recent hurricanes on the U.S. Gulf Coast contained different data, researchers say.
  • Saturday, September 20

  • Farm Aid to help those devastated by Ike   UPI / 6:44PM
    SOMERVILLE, Mass., Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Farm Aid President Willie Nelson said his organization is set to donate more than $30,000 to families in Texas and Louisiana hit hard by Hurricane Ike.
  • Friday, September 19

  • Aggies game forces evacuees to move   UPI / 7:14PM
    COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Hurricane Ike evacuees staying in College Station, Texas, hotels were being asked to vacate rooms pre-booked for Saturday's Texas A&M's home game.
  • Thursday, September 18

  • Ike's winds may hit Texas taxpayers   UPI / 2:44PM
    HOUSTON, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Taxpayers in Texas may have to pony up about half of the tab for wind damage caused by Hurricane Ike, state officials said.
  • Johnson Space Center to reopen Monday   UPI / 11:44AM
    HOUSTON, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency said its Johnson Space Center in Houston will reopen Monday after being closed Sept. 11 because of Hurricane Ike.
  • Tuesday, September 16

  • Texans hope to use Reliant Stadium Oct. 5   UPI / 8:44PM
    HOUSTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- The owner of the Houston Texans said Tuesday he hopes his NFL team's Oct. 5 game against Indianapolis can be played in storm-damaged Reliant Stadium.
  • Refinery damage not so bad, official says   UPI / 5:44PM
    GALVESTON, Texas, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Damage caused by Hurricane Ike to refineries off the Texas coast in the Gulf of Mexico isn't as bad as feared, a U.S. Department of Energy official said.
  • Ike may limit Texas beach construction   UPI / 2:54PM
    HOUSTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Some Texas officials say there will be second thoughts about rebuilding along the coastline where Hurricane Ike came ashore.
  • Gulf Coast refineries weathered Ike well   UPI / 12:35PM
    HOUSTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Energy analysts say gasoline production along the Texas Gulf Coast is coming back on line rapidly after weathering Hurricane Ike.
  • Monday, September 15

  • Ike blamed for at least 28 deaths   UPI / 10:05PM
    HOUSTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Officials blamed at least 28 deaths on Ike, the hurricane that cut a path of destruction across several states before breaking up in the nation's midsection.
  • Sunday, September 14

  • Scientists dismiss whale poop reports   UPI / 4:54PM
    HAMPTON, Va., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- A scientist says reports of so-called whale poop along Chesapeake Bay in Virginia were actually potato sponges washing ashore.
  • Saturday, September 13

  • No 'SNL' appearance for Obama   UPI / 1:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., says the presidential hopeful will not be able to appear on this weekend's "Saturday Night Live."
  • Continental HQ moves to Cold War bunker   UPI / 7:14AM
    CONROE, Texas, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Continental Airlines Saturday was weathering Hurricane Ike by moving its downtown Houston command center to an underground bunker, company sources say.
  • Friday, September 12

  • Ike poses threat to U.S. refineries   UPI / 6:05PM
    HOUSTON, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Hurricane Ike's trek toward the Houston area Friday poses the second hurricane threat in two weeks to the U.S. oil industry, analysts said.
  • Thursday, September 11

  • NASA: Ike affects ISS operations   UPI / 5:35PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says it has delayed the scheduled Friday arrival of a Russian cargo ship at the International Space Station because of Hurricane Ike.
  • ESA satellite keeps track of Ike   UPI / 4:34PM
    PARIS, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- The European Space Agency said its Earth observation satellite Envisat is being used to help track Hurricane Ike as it travels across the Gulf of Mexico.
  • NASA'S closes Johnson Space Center for Ike   UPI / 1:05PM
    HOUSTON, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency closed the Johnson Space Center at noon Thursday because of the threat posed by Hurricane Ike, which is expected to cross into Texas.
  • Wednesday, September 10

  • Canada may send team to help Haitians   UPI / 2:54PM
    OTTAWA, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Canada may send a disaster-response team to help Haitians left homeless by this season's hurricanes and tropical storms, a military official said Wednesday.
  • Hanna knocked out Fort Bragg water supply   UPI / 11:14AM
    FORT BRAGG, N.C., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has ordered a clampdown on water consumption at Fort Bragg in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Hanna's march through North Carolina.
  • Tuesday, September 9

  • Crude prices down as hurricane approaches   UPI / 8:34AM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Crude oil prices dropped to less than $105 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange as Gulf of Mexico oil employees watched a new hurricane threat.
  • Monday, September 8

  • Multiple hurricanes strain volunteer pool   UPI / 3:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. relief workers say they're worried about being able to line up enough medical and construction volunteers to cope with multiple hurricanes.
  • Study: Hurricanes are becoming stronger   UPI / 2:44PM
    MADISON, Wis., Sept. 8 (UPI) -- A study by U.S. scientists confirms the theory that global warming might be contributing to stronger hurricanes in the Atlantic during the past 30 years.
  • British officials to assess flood damage   UPI / 8:35AM
    MORPETH, England, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- British officials said Monday they would assess the damage from torrential weekend rains and widespread flooding that killed eight people.
  • Wednesday, September 3

  • Insurance analysts eye coming storms   UPI / 9:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Insurance analysts say claims filed as a result of Hurricane Gustav will be expensive with other costly storms still likely to hit the United States this fall.
  • Monday, September 1

  • Shortened RNC first session adjourns   UPI / 10:04PM
    ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 1 (UPI) -- The first day of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., ended the way it began Monday -- with a prayer for Hurricane Gustav victims.
  • Hanna a Hurricane Now, New Depression Forms   AP / 4:34PM
    Sep. 1--Hello, Hanna.
  • Canadian military plane helps Gustav evac   UPI / 8:54AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Scores of New Orleans hospital patients were airlifted to safety from Monday's landfall of Hurricane Gustav by a Canadian military team.
  • Louisiana delegates worry about home   UPI / 6:54AM
    ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Louisiana delegates at the Republican National Convention say they can't stop thinking of home and their families as Hurricane Gustav raced toward land.
  • Saturday, August 30

  • GOP: Convention will go on   UPI / 11:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Republican Party officials said Saturday the GOP convention will go on as scheduled in St. Paul, Minn., despite concern about effects of Hurricane Gustav.
  • Friday, August 29

  • Expert: How to curb hurricane anxiety   UPI / 3:14PM
    HOUSTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- For many, as the winds build for Tropical Storm Gustav, so do the fears and apprehension of a deadly hurricane, a Houston physician said.
  • Thursday, August 28

  • Report: RNC mulls convention delay   UPI / 7:24PM
    DENVER, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Republican officials may postpone the GOP convention if Tropical Storm Gustav makes landfall along the Gulf Coast this weekend, Fox News Channel said Thursday.
  • Tuesday, August 26

  • Oil Prices Climbing Amid Hurricane Watch   AP / 9:34PM
    Crude oil prices resumed their slow advance Tuesday as traders kept an eye on the weather in the Gulf of Mexico and Hurricane Gustav.
  • FEMA hurricane housing tab near $3 billion   UPI / 12:44PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Federal officials insist they are not going to provide long-term housing for people displaced by the 2005 hurricanes on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
  • Monday, August 25

  • Bad year for Britain's butterflies   UPI / 4:05PM
    LONDON, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Windy, rainy weather for two consecutive summers have made it a dreadful year for many species of British butterflies, a conservationist said.
  • Saturday, August 23

  • Florida county issues water safety warning   UPI / 2:54PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- State officials say no one should go swimming in waters off the coast of Broward County, Fla., following possible sewage and septic spills in the area.
  • Thursday, August 21

  • Kennedy Space Center reopening delayed   UPI / 9:54AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency's planned partial reopening of the Kennedy Space Center was delayed Thursday because of slow-moving Tropical Storm Fay.
  • Wednesday, August 20

  • Tropical Storm Fay may turn inland   UPI / 8:54PM
    MIAMI, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- The center of Tropical Storm Fay was back over water Wednesday evening, but U.S. forecasters said it may have plans for northern Florida
  • Surfer who hit wall in critical condition   UPI / 11:54AM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 20 (UPI) -- The kite surfer who slammed into a building because of Tropical Storm Fay remains in critical condition at a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., hospital.
  • Tuesday, August 19

  • Cause of quiet 2007 hurricane season found   UPI / 12:34PM
    GREENBELT, Md., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say hot, dry Sahara desert air blowing over the Atlantic Ocean contributed to the quieter-than-expected 2007 hurricane season.
  • Fay forces closing of Kennedy Space Center   UPI / 8:34AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. space agency officials closed the Kennedy Space Center Tuesday for 24 hours because of the threat posed by Tropical Storm Fay.
  • Monday, August 18

  • Haiti: Storm kills at least 50   UPI / 6:54PM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- At least 50 Haitians were killed Monday when their bus was swept away by a raging river swollen from Tropical Storm Fay, officials said.
  • Wednesday, August 13

  • Global warming: Fewer but stronger storms   UPI / 11:24AM
    MIAMI, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists, using a new method to evaluate hurricane formation, say they've discovered global warming might produce fewer, but stronger, hurricanes.
  • Thursday, August 7

  • Stranded dolphins returned to sea   UPI / 8:34PM
    GALVESTON, Texas, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Two bottlenose dolphins washed ashore when Tropical Storm Edouard hit Texas have been returned to the sea after a brief period of rehab.
  • Tuesday, August 5

  • Storms in Chicago, Wrigley 'evacuated'   UPI / 12:04AM
    CHICAGO, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Severe thunderstorms hit the Chicago area Monday night, accompanied by a tornado warning and a warning to fans at Wrigley Field to take cover, officials said.
  • Monday, August 4

  • Johnson Space Center closed due to Edouard   UPI / 3:34PM
    HOUSTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency said the Johnson Space Center in Houston will be closed through Tuesday because of the threat posed by Tropical Storm Edouard.
  • Friday, August 1

  • Ill, disabled need hurricane help   UPI / 8:54PM
    BOSTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher says provisions need to be made for the disabled and chronically ill in hurricane risk areas.
  • Wednesday, July 30

  • Peach pickers hit by lightning in S.C.   UPI / 3:14PM
    SPARTANBURG, S.C., July 30 (UPI) -- A group of peach pickers was hit by lightning as severe thunderstorms rolled across upland South Carolina.
  • Saturday, July 26

  • Chinese province prepares for flood   UPI / 3:44PM
    HEFEI, China, July 26 (UPI) -- Officials in eastern China's Anhui province are prepping for a potential massive flood of the Huaihe River following heavy rains this week.
  • Friday, July 25

  • Damage from Dolly may top $1 billion   UPI / 12:54PM
    BROWNSVILLE, Texas, July 25 (UPI) -- Estimates of damage in Texas from Hurricane Dolly could reach $1 billion, an insurance council said.
  • Thursday, July 24

  • Mint Cookie Blizzard has 1,000 calories   UPI / 4:34PM
    WASHINGTON, July 24 (UPI) -- The Thin Mint Cookie Blizzard at Dairy Queen provides a blizzard of calories, officials of a U.S. non-profit group said.
  • Wednesday, July 23

  • Oil prices lower as hurricane threat fades   UPI / 8:34AM
    NEW YORK, July 23 (UPI) -- The price of crude oil was off by more than $2 to $126.37 a barrel Wednesday on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
  • Monday, July 21

  • Weather, Iran push oil prices up   UPI / 9:34AM
    NEW YORK, July 21 (UPI) -- Crude oil trading began the week up Monday, trading $2.41 higher at $131.29 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
  • Saturday, July 19

  • Tornado nicks Minnesota   UPI / 9:34PM
    BECKER, Minn., July 19 (UPI) -- A line of thunderstorms, punctuated by a tornado that flattened a number of mature oak trees, swept through south central Minnesota Saturday.
  • Tuesday, July 15

  • N.J. lifeguards wary of ocean rip currents   UPI / 1:44PM
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., July 15 (UPI) -- Beach patrol officials said they were keeping watch Tuesday on ocean conditions along the New Jersey shore after strong rip currents killed three swimmers.
  • Thursday, July 10

  • Denver most prone to tornadoes   UPI / 1:54PM
    BOSTON, July 10 (UPI) -- The rural flatlands northeast of Denver is the U.S. area most prone to tornadoes, a hazard mapping firm said.
  • Monday, July 7

  • Katrina suit blames river shipping channel   UPI / 3:26PM
    NEW ORLEANS, July 7 (UPI) -- Attorneys for Hurricane Katrina victims said they hope to pierce the U.S. government's veil of immunity by arguing a shipping channel caused damages.
  • Hurricane Bertha Nears Category 2 Status   AP / 3:26PM
    Bertha, the first Atlantic hurricane of 2008, was approaching Category 2 strength Monday over the mid-Atlantic Ocean with winds near 90 mph.
  • New wave of China flooding kills 12   UPI / 3:26PM
    HUBEI, China, July 6 (UPI) -- A new round of heavy rains and flooding in China have left 12 dead and seven missing after similar flooding in June killed 252, government officials say.
  • Friday, July 4

  • Higher temps up FEMA trailer formaldehyde   UPI / 4:16AM
    ATLANTA, July 2 (UPI) -- Two studies of Katrina trailers say U.S. manufacturers should consider using construction materials that emit lower levels of formaldehyde.
  • Thursday, June 12

  • More rain predicted for flooded Midwest   UPI / 4:16AM
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, June 11 (UPI) -- Parts of the U.S. Midwest already saturated from flooding prepared for yet more rain Wednesday as forecasters warned severe weather was moving in.
  • Tuesday, June 10

  • Cold front interrupts eastern heat wave   UPI / 11:54PM
    NEW YORK, June 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. eastern seaboard got some relief from baking temperatures late Tuesday as a cold front moved in, bringing thunderstorms.
  • Sunday, June 8

  • Jury slaps insurer in Katrina award   UPI / 4:14PM
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, June 8 (UPI) -- Lawyers say they convinced a jury to pass a $21 million, Hurricane Katrina-related judgment against an Iowa insurance company found to have acted in bad faith.
  • Saturday, June 7

  • Storm damages Indiana U. football field   UPI / 9:54PM
    BLOOMINGTON, Ind., June 7 (UPI) -- A combination of high winds and heavy rain has damaged the Indiana University football field so badly that the artificial turf may need replacement.
  • Friday, June 6

  • Myanmar press criticizes foreign media   UPI / 4:04PM
    YANGON, Myanmar, June 6 (UPI) -- Myanmar's state-run media have accused international media of embellishing reports about the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis to harm the country's image.
  • Wednesday, June 4

  • Officials: Hurricane preparedness a must   UPI / 11:24PM
    MIAMI, June 4 (UPI) -- City of Miami officials are urging residents to make plans to stay safe in emergencies as the hurricane season begins.
  • U.S. task force to leave Myanmar waters   UPI / 1:04PM
    WASHINGTON, June 4 (UPI) -- A U.S. Navy flotilla that has been standing by off Myanmar since a devastating cyclone last month is leaving without dropping off any aid.
  • Friday, May 23

  • Crude oil price gains on hurricane worries   UPI / 8:14AM
    NEW YORK, May 23 (UPI) -- Crude oil prices rose to nearly $133 a barrel Friday in electronic trading in New York as the dollar weakened and hurricane predictions added to supply worries.
  • Wednesday, May 14

  • Road Home recovery program faces logjam   UPI / 9:32PM
    NEW ORLEANS, May 14 (UPI) -- Some Hurricane Katrina victims say their private insurance settlements for damaged homes are being held up by delays in a separate state grant program.
  • Saturday, May 10

  • Myanmar exports rice despite food needs   UPI / 2:10PM
    THILAWA, Myanmar, May 10 (UPI) -- Rice exports were flowing through Myanmar's main port even as its military regime was restricting outside aid to cyclone victims, a report said Saturday.
  • Myanmar referendum goes on despite cyclone   UPI / 12:21PM
    YANGON, Myanmar, May 10 (UPI) -- Even as the country lay devastated from a cyclone, Myanmar's military government went ahead Saturday with a referendum on a new national constitution.
  • Tuesday, May 6

  • Cyclone in Myanmar kills at least 15,000   UPI / 3:00AM
    YANGON, Myanmar, May 5 (UPI) -- The death toll from the cyclone that slashed through Myanmar has soared to more than 15,000 people, official sources said late Monday.
  • Tuesday, April 22

  • 70 below recorded in northwest China   UPI / 11:30AM
    BEIJING, April 22 (UPI) -- A cold front that killed thousands of livestock swept through northwest China, bringing sandstorms, snow and bitter cold to the region.
  • Saturday, April 19

  • 1st typhoon of year hits China   UPI / 3:01PM
    HONG KONG, April 19 (UPI) -- China evacuated thousands of people from low-lying areas, and ferry service between Hong Kong and Macao was suspended as the first typhoon of the year hit.
  • Thursday, April 17

  • Changing jet streams may alter storm paths   UPI / 2:40PM
    STANFORD, Calif., April 17 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say changes in the Earth's jet streams, possibly caused by global warming, might affect storm paths and intensity, including hurricanes.
  • Thursday, April 10

  • Very active 2008 hurricane season forecast   UPI / 10:50AM
    FORT COLLINS, Colo., April 10 (UPI) -- U.S. hurricane experts William Gray and Philip Klotzbach say they expect a busy 2008 Atlantic hurricane season, with as many as 15 named storms.
  • Wednesday, April 9

  • Weather Around the U.S.A.   The Associated Press / 3:40PM
  • Tuesday, April 8

  • Hurricane victims in peril of foreclosure   UPI / 10:56AM
    NEW ORLEANS, April 8 (UPI) -- Foreclosure problems are beginning to spread through the storm-ravaged areas of Louisiana and Mississippi, housing advocacy groups said.
  • Friday, April 4

  • Hurricane expert says warming not a factor   UPI / 6:40PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., April 4 (UPI) -- A leading U.S. hurricane researcher said the increase in hurricane activity has very little to do with global warming.
  • Hurricane Victims Added to Housing Bill   AP / 12:10PM
    WASHINGTON - The Senate on Friday supported tax breaks to ailing Rust Belt manufacturers and Gulf Coast residents receiving grants to rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Sunday, March 30

  • Senate urged not to add wind coverage   UPI / 8:36PM
    WASHINGTON, March 30 (UPI) -- A coalition of insurers and consumer groups is mounting a campaign to oppose a bill expanding a U.S. insurance program to include coverage for wind damage.
  • Miners drowned by flooding in Tanzania   UPI / 1:50AM
    ARUSHA, Tanzania, March 30 (UPI) -- Flooding in mines in Tanzania has killed at least 75 men, and possibly more, government officials said.
  • Saturday, March 29

  • Cold weather may delay Wisconsin crops   UPI / 1:41PM
    LODI, Wis., March 29 (UPI) -- A persistent winter and ongoing cold spring temperatures may cause a significant delay in the planting of new crops this year in Wisconsin.
  • Monday, March 17

  • Downtown Atlanta a mess after tornado   UPI / 2:26PM
    ATLANTA, March 17 (UPI) -- Closed streets and out-of-order traffic lights greeted workers in downtown Atlanta Monday as the city got back to business following Friday night's tornado.
  • Thursday, March 13

  • 'Dense' blizzard blasts Newfoundland   UPI / 9:20AM
    ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland, March 13 (UPI) -- Eastern Newfoundland was hit Thursday by a blizzard so intense meteorologists said radar couldn't penetrate it, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., reported.
  • Tuesday, March 4

  • Possible tornado hits Army post   UPI / 6:30PM
    HATTIESBURG, Miss., March 4 (UPI) -- A possible tornado at an Army post in Mississippi injured 14 members of the Arkansas National Guard.
  • Friday, February 29

  • Hurricane hunters get equipment boost   UPI / 5:50PM
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 29 (UPI) -- The National Hurricane Center said the U.S. hurricane hunter air fleet is now equipped with a specialized surface wind instrument.
  • Monday, February 25

  • La. court to hear 2005 hurricane cases   UPI / 3:10PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- The Louisiana Supreme Court scheduled two hurricane-related cases that could affect thousands of insurance claims related to storms Katrina and Rita.
  • Friday, February 22

  • Snowstorm Snarls Travel in Northeast   AP / 12:10PM
    NEW YORK - A winter storm blanketed much of the Northeast on Friday, delaying flights at the region's major airports and causing havoc during the morning commute.
  • Friday, February 15

  • Dust has role in hurricane development   UPI / 10:10PM
    MADISON, Wis., Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Dust storms over West Africa may play a major role in the strength and number of hurricanes over the Atlantic, U.S. scientists said Friday.
  • Waterspout astounds New Zealand residents   UPI / 7:30PM
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- New Zealand authorities said a waterspout that formed off the Kapiti coast did not damage any property, but slowed traffic as drivers looked on in awe.
  • Surprise snowstorm hits So. California   UPI / 6:20PM
    SAN DIEGO, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- A section of Interstate 8, a highway that almost touches the Mexican border, remained closed Friday after a surprise winter storm hit Southern California.
  • Monday, February 11

  • Study: Mid-South new tornado alley   UPI / 2:36PM
    DEKALB, Ill., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- A U.S. meteorologist said while the Great Plains has a higher number of tornadoes, most tornado fatalities occur in the nation's mid-South region.
  • Tuesday, February 5

  • Voters may have to weather weather   UPI / 3:46PM
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Weather forecasts threatened several of the 24 Super Tuesday states, with forecasters predicting dangerous tornadoes erupting from Arkansas to Ohio.
  • Saturday, February 2

  • China mobilizes against ice, snow   UPI / 8:00AM
    BEIJING, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Soldiers fired machine guns at ice-laden power lines and rolled tanks over ice-covered roads to combat the effects of frigid weather in southern China.
  • Friday, February 1

  • Employment Drops in a Pink Slip Blizzard   AP / 5:10PM
    WASHINGTON - In a shower of pink slips, U.S. employers cut jobs last month for the first time in more than four years, the starkest signal yet that the economy is grinding to a halt if it hasn't already toppled into recession.
  • Snowstorm Blankets Midwest, Heads East   AP / 5:10PM
    CHICAGO - Heavy, wet snow made for treacherous roads and delayed commutes Friday as a winter storm lumbered eastward after blanketing the nation's midsection. "If you don't have to be out here, don't," Ty Wilson, a very wet Chicago bicycle messenger, said as he stopped along a slushy street between deliveries.
  • Snowstorm Blankets Midwest, Heads East   AP / 8:26AM
    CHICAGO - A huge storm that stretched from Texas to the Great Lakes blanketed the nation's midsection with snow, tying up air travel and making roads treacherous, and headed for the Northeast on Friday.
  • Friday, January 25

  • National Hurricane Center director named   UPI / 9:40PM
    MIAMI, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The Miami-based National Hurricane Center Friday named a new director, former Acting Deputy Director Bill Read, the Palm Beach (Fla.) Post reported.
  • Wednesday, January 23

  • Claim: global warming decreases hurricanes   UPI / 9:40PM
    MIAMI, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Two Florida experts made controversial claims that global warming reduces hurricanes in the United States, it was reported Wednesday.
  • Sunday, January 20

  • High winds blast parts of Sweden   UPI / 10:25AM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- About 5,000 Swedes were without power Sunday but weather officials said the latest storm system was less potent than expected.
  • Monday, January 7

  • Army sued for quadrillions over Katrina   UPI / 8:00PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Various interests in Louisiana impacted by Hurricane Katrina filed claims against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for damages surpassing the federal budget.
  • Wednesday, January 2

  • New Year's Snowstorm Smothers Midwest   AP / 4:10AM
    DETROIT - A Midwestern storm that dropped up to 16 inches of snow on New Year's Day snarled traffic on highways and runways and extended the winter vacation at dozens of schools.
  • Tuesday, January 1

  • New Year's Snowstorm Hits Mich. Hard   AP / 9:10PM
    DETROIT - A fast-moving New Year's Day storm dumped more than a foot of snow on southeastern Michigan, a record blast that made driving hazardous, snarled the flight home for holiday travelers and threatened to do the same in New England.
  • Monday, December 31

  • Skier rescued after night in blizzard   UPI / 5:10PM
    SEATTLE, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- A man who was stranded by a blizzard while skiing at Olympic National Park in Washington survived the night by building a cave out of snow.
  • Winds may stir up Rose Bowl Parade   UPI / 4:00PM
    PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Southern California's Rose Parade and Rose Bowl may be interrupted by heavy winds and rain Tuesday.
  • Sunday, December 30

  • Four killed in plane crash in Indonesia   UPI / 8:20AM
    JAKARTA, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- An Indonesian military plane crashed in bad weather into the sea off Aceh province Sunday, killing four officers.
  • Sunday, December 23

  • Snowstorm Blamed for 11 Deaths, Outages   AP / 11:11PM
    MILWAUKEE - Highways were hazardous for holiday travelers Sunday and thousands of homes and businesses had no electricity in the Midwest as a storm blustered through the region with heavy snow and howling wind.
  • Snowstorm Blamed for 10 Deaths, Outages   AP / 9:24PM
    MILWAUKEE - Highways were hazardous for holiday travelers Sunday and thousands of homes and businesses had no electricity in the Midwest as a storm blustered through the region with heavy snow and howling wind.
  • Saturday, December 22

  • 2 Dead As Blinding Snowstorm Hits Plains   AP / 9:10PM
    AMARILLO, Texas - A blinding snowstorm blew across the Plains on Saturday, causing at least two deaths and dozens of injuries in numerous multi-car pileups and forcing authorities to close portions of several major highways.
  • Saturday, December 15

  • Plains Gets Break From Snowstorm Threat   AP / 10:25AM
    OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma residents were mostly spared a threatened second wintry blast on Saturday, as crews were still working to restore power to homes and businesses blacked out by last weekend's storm.
  • Friday, December 14

  • Sahara dust cooling North Atlantic   UPI / 7:10PM
    GREENBELT, Md., Dec. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say dust from the Sahara Desert was responsible for one-third of the drop in North Atlantic sea surface temperatures between 2005 and 2006.
  • Saturday, December 8

  • S. California canyon residents return home   UPI / 11:26AM
    SAN DIEGO, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Southern California avoided mudslides in burn areas as a rainstorm knocked out power to more than 15,000 homes and businesses.
  • Friday, November 30

  • Storm names can boost insurance costs   UPI / 1:25AM
    HOUSTON, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Some meteorologists say the National Hurricane Center is giving out more storm names, which can mean higher costs for homeowners.
  • Tuesday, November 27

  • Forecasters: Hurricane Season Was Mild   AP / 11:10AM
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The 2007 Atlantic hurricane season was less active than forecasters thought it would be, with six hurricanes developing instead of the nine predicted, a top weather researcher said Tuesday.
  • Monday, November 26

  • Study: Past hurricane counts are accurate   UPI / 12:51PM
    STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Nov. 26 (UPI) -- A U.S. study suggested the estimate of the number of Atlantic tropical storms occurring before the advent of aircraft and satellites is fundamentally accurate.
  • Tuesday, November 20

  • Weather means bad news for travelers   UPI / 5:00PM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Experts say weather-related airline delays in Chicago, New York and Philadelphia are expected to worsen and spread during Thanksgiving week.
  • Thursday, November 15

  • Russian oil spill headed for sea   UPI / 1:20PM
    MOSCOW, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Russian weather experts said Thursday that oil spilled from a tanker four days ago may soon reach the Azov Sea.
  • Tuesday, November 13

  • 20 sailors still missing in Black Sea   UPI / 4:15PM
    MOSCOW, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Searchers scoured the Black Sea Tuesday looking for 20 sailors missing in the wake of a violent weekend gale that scuttled at least three ships.
  • Sunday, November 4

  • FEMA agrees to fund Katrina debris removal   UPI / 3:50PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to fund the removal of debris throughout southern Louisiana caused by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Sunday, October 28

  • California firefighters gain more ground   UPI / 11:21PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Fire officials in Southern California declared two wildfires contained Sunday, as cool weather and low wind provided more help to their operations.
  • FEMA storm preparedness plans under wraps   UPI / 12:21AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency refuses to release "gap analyses" on preparations for major storms on the U.S. coasts.
  • Saturday, October 27

  • Tornado smacks Australian town   UPI / 6:30PM
    SYDNEY, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- A tornado, rare for Down Under, hit the east coast of Australia, doing millions of dollars in damage.
  • Friday, October 26

  • Winds expected to fan California flames   UPI / 12:20PM
    SAN DIEGO, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- More light to moderate Santa Ana winds are forecast for wildfire-swept southern California along with a dry air mass, meteorologists reported Friday.
  • Sunday, October 21

  • Southern California wildfires spread   UPI / 9:40PM
    MALIBU, Calif., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- At least one person was killed and several landmarks were destroyed Sunday, when Santa Ana winds whipped more than a dozen brush fires in Southern California.
  • Tuesday, October 16

  • Homeowners lost coverage due to big storms   UPI / 11:52AM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Some 3 million U.S. homeowners in states that do not get hurricanes have lost home insurance due to hurricanes in other parts of the country, officials say.
  • Wednesday, October 10

  • Local leaders wary of Miss. land plan   UPI / 7:20PM
    BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss., Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Mississippi officials and business leaders are urging the U.S. government to use caution in implementing a plan to buy land in danger of hurricane damage.
  • Monday, October 8

  • Unmanned drones aid hurricane researchers   UPI / 12:00PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Researchers with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday they hope to utilize new tools to analyze the strength of hurricanes.
  • Friday, October 5

  • Deadly typhoon hits Vietnam   UPI / 7:40PM
    HANOI, Vietnam, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Rain continued to inundate northern Vietnam after Typhoon Lekima passed through, causing devastating flooding.
  • Wednesday, October 3

  • Two more hurricanes forecast for U.S.   UPI / 10:30AM
    FORT COLLINS, D.C., Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Colorado State University hurricane forecasters predicted there will be two more hurricanes before the end of November, when the Atlantic storm season ends.
  • Tuesday, October 2

  • Audit: Possible Katrina insurance fraud   UPI / 7:20PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Louisiana's insurer of last resort, which did not pay Hurricane Katrina claims, spent $1 million in public money on travel and entertainment, an audit found.
  • Monday, October 1

  • Solar hurricane detaches comet tail   UPI / 2:01PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- A National Aeronautics and Space Administration satellite has captured the first images of a collision between a comet and a solar hurricane.
  • Saturday, September 29

  • Hurricane Lorenzo Kills 4 in Mexico   AP / 1:11AM
    SAN RAFAEL, Mexico - Hurricane Lorenzo hit Mexico's central Gulf coast on Friday, flinging roofs and billboards through the air and causing landslides. At least four people died.
  • Thursday, September 27

  • Lorenzo Becomes Hurricane Off Mexico   AP / 10:10PM
    VERACRUZ, Mexico - Lorenzo strengthened into a hurricane off
  • Sunday, September 23

  • Storm floods Southern California   UPI / 3:20PM
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A freak Southern California storm trapped dozens of cars in lava-like mud and delayed an LA Angels of Anaheim game for the first time.
  • Friday, September 21

  • Oil drops, but still in record territory   UPI / 6:00PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Crude oil price closed slightly lower Friday after a record run of more than a week.
  • Thursday, September 13

  • Humberto downgraded; blamed for one death   UPI / 9:10PM
    HIGH ISLAND, Texas, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Hurricane Humberto, which gained strength quickly in the Gulf of Mexico, lost it quickly Thursday as it moved from Texas to Louisiana.
  • Hurricane Humberto Slams Ashore in Texas   AP / 6:25AM
    HOUSTON - Hurricane Humberto crashed ashore along Southeast Texas early Thursday, bringing heavy rains and maximum sustained winds of up to 80 mph as it made its way to Louisiana, the National Weather Service said.
  • Wednesday, September 12

  • Tropical Storm Humberto eyes Texas   UPI / 3:30PM
    GALVASTON, Texas, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Tropical Depression 9 in the Gulf of Mexico was upgraded Wednesday to Tropical Storm Humberto and is expected to land along the Texas coast, forecasters said.
  • Monday, September 10

  • NASA works on hurricane strength monitors   UPI / 12:20PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is helping to develop a network of sensors to monitor hurricane strength over the northern Pacific Ocean.
  • Engineers prep NOLA for next big one   UPI / 12:00AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Levee construction in New Orleans has reached a fever pitch as the Army Corps of Engineers undertakes one of the most massive projects in its history.
  • Friday, September 7

  • Honduras says trees slowed hurricane   UPI / 3:51PM
    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Honduran President Manuel Zelaya credited the country's forests and mangrove swamps with sapping some of Hurricane Felix's strength.
  • Typhoon kills two in Tokyo area   UPI / 6:35AM
    TOKYO, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- At least two people were killed early Friday as Typhoon Fitow made landfall near Tokyo, disrupting the city's extensive transportation system, a report said.
  • Thursday, September 6

  • Oil prices top $77 a barrel then drop back   UPI / 5:41PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. crude-oil futures passed the $77 mark Thursday but eased to a 57-cent gain for a closing price of $76.30 a barrel at the New York Mercantile Exchange.
  • Tuesday, September 4

  • U.N. sends aid to Felix-affected countries   UPI / 9:10PM
    MANAGUA, Nicaragua, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- The United Nations said it is sending aid to Nicaragua and other Central American countries expected to sustain damage from Hurricane Felix.
  • U.S. crude tops $75 on hurricane fears   UPI / 4:40PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. oil prices closed at more than $75 a barrel on fears the hurricane season would be tough, even if Hurricane Felix spared Gulf of Mexico oil facilities.
  • ISS crew watches Hurricane Felix   UPI / 2:50PM
    HOUSTON, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- The Expedition 15 crew aboard the International Space Station made several observations of Hurricane Felix during the weekend.
  • Category 5 Hurricane Felix Slams Ashore   AP / 11:10AM
    LA CEIBA, Honduras - Hurricane Felix roared ashore early Tuesday as a fearsome Category 5 storm - the first time in recorded history that two top-scale storms have made landfall in the same season. The storm hit near the swampy Nicaragua-Honduras border, whipping metal rooftops through the air like razors and forcing thousands to flee coastal swampland.
  • Felix Could Become Category 5 Hurricane   AP / 6:24AM
    SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras - Forecasters said Tuesday that Hurricane Felix could strengthen into a Category 5 monster just as it makes landfall near the Nicaragua-Honduras border, home to thousands of stranded Miskito Indians.
  • Monday, September 3

  • Oil Prices Jump on Hurricane Concerns   AP / 2:10PM
    VIENNA, Austria - Oil futures rose Monday as traders tracked potentially destructive storms that could hit the Gulf of Mexico region.
  • Felix Becomes Category 5 Hurricane   AP / 12:10PM
    ORANJESTAD, Aruba - Hurricane Felix rapidly strengthened into a dangerous Category 5 storm and churned on Monday toward Central America, where forecasters said it could arrive as a "potentially catastrophic" storm. Tourists jammed the airports seeking flights out.
  • Felix Becomes Category 5 Hurricane   AP / 1:14AM
    ORANJESTAD, Aruba - Hurricane Felix strengthened into a dangerous Category 5 storm Sunday and churned its way into the open waters of the Caribbean Sea after toppling trees and flooding some homes on a cluster of Dutch islands.
  • 2 years on, tension over bridge blockade   UPI / 12:54AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- A divisive controversy persists, two years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, regarding the blockade on the Crescent City Bridge.
  • Wednesday, August 29

  • Bush: New Orleans not forgotten   UPI / 1:10PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush observed a moment of silence on the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and said the White House has not forgotten New Orleans.
  • Monday, August 27

  • New hurricane model has early success   UPI / 5:00PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Meteorologists said it is too early to say the U.S. government's hurricane forecasting model is as good as scientists had hoped but early tests have been good.
  • Obama: Free FEMA from Homeland Security   UPI / 1:40PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, a 2008 Democratic presidential contender, says the main federal agency for responding to disasters should be independent.
  • Sunday, August 26

  • Pitt, Jolie hold Katrina fundraiser   UPI / 8:21PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Hollywood couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie held a celebrity dinner party in New York to benefit Hurricane Katrina victims.
  • Thursday, August 23

  • Hurricane Dean losses estimated at $1.5B   UPI / 12:11AM
    NEWARK, Calif., Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Hurricane Dean losses are likely to range from $750 million to $1.5 billion, a California catastrophic-risk modeling and consulting business said.
  • Wednesday, August 22

  • Hurricane Makes 2nd Landfall in Mexico   AP / 7:10PM
    TECOLUTLA, Mexico - A sprawling Hurricane Dean slammed into Mexico for the second time in as many days Wednesday and quickly stretched across to the Pacific Ocean, then weakened as it drenched the central mountains with rain that flooded houses along the coast.
  • Hurricane Dean Hits Mexico   AP / 3:24PM
    TECOLUTLA, Mexico - Hurricane Dean struck the Mexican mainland Wednesday for a second time after battering oil platforms in the Gulf and forcing thousands to flee.
  • Tuesday, August 21

  • Hurricane Dean Races to Mexico's Gulf   AP / 3:10PM
    FELIPE CARRILLO PUERTO, Mexico - Hurricane Dean slammed into the Caribbean coast of Mexico on Tuesday as a roaring Category 5 hurricane, the most intense Atlantic storm to make landfall in two decades. It lashed remote Mayan villages as it raced across the Yucatan Peninsula to the heart of Mexico's oil industry.
  • A better housing material is developed   UPI / 10:34AM
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists are developing a housing material designed to better withstand damage from high winds, debris and water than traditional building materials.
  • Eye of Hurricane Dean Hits Mexico Coast   AP / 7:25AM
    TULUM, Mexico - Hurricane Dean plowed into the Caribbean coast of Mexico on Tuesday as a roaring Category 5 hurricane, heading for the ancient ruins and modern oil installations of the Yucatan Peninsula.
  • Monday, August 20

  • New Orleans home starts lagging   UPI / 10:24AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Federal bureaucracy is a significant reason for New Orleans lagging behind many similar-sized cities in building new houses, it was reported.
  • Oil prices fall on hurricane forecast   UPI / 8:40AM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Oil prices fell to nearly $71 a barrel in New York Monday after forecasters said Hurricane Dean would likely miss key Gulf of Mexico oil and gas facilities.
  • Sunday, August 19

  • Hurricane Dean Pummels Jamaica   AP / 6:24PM
    KINGSTON, Jamaica - Hurricane Dean pummeled Jamaica with gusting winds and torrential rains Sunday after the prime minister made a last-minute plea for residents to abandon their homes and head for shelter. Many residents ignored the call, however, while tourists holed up in resorts with hurricane-proof walls.
  • Saturday, August 18

  • Endeavour may head home early   UPI / 8:40PM
    HOUSTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- The countdown started Saturday to see which would reach the United States first -- the space shuttle Endeavour or Hurricane Dean.
  • Texas Watches As Hurricane Dean Nears   AP / 8:24PM
    GALVESTON, Texas - Chuck Lee and Butch Courtwright leaned against a pickup truck and gazed across the rolling surf as sunbathers basked on the beach Saturday. Hundreds of miles away, Hurricane Dean gathered strength as it churned across the Caribbean, its destination still unclear.
  • Hurricane Dean Hits Caribbean   AP / 5:11PM
    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Alarmed tourists jammed Caribbean airports for flights out of Hurricane Dean's path Saturday as the monster storm began sweeping past the Dominican Republic and Haiti and threatened to engulf Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.
  • Hurricane Dean Gains Caribbean Strength   AP / 12:10PM
    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Jamaica opened shelters nationwide on Saturday and Cuba declared a "state of alert" as the Caribbean's warm waters fueled a strengthening Hurricane Dean, with forecasters predicting the storm could grow to a powerful Category 5.
  • Soggy Texas Braces for Hurricane Dean   AP / 7:12AM
    SAN ANTONIO - Texans battled rain and flooding from the remnants of Tropical Storm Erin as Gulf Coast residents cast a wary eye toward powerful Hurricane Dean, which strengthened as it made its way through the Caribbean.
  • Texas Closely Watching Hurricane Dean   AP / 12:10AM
    SAN ANTONIO - Rescuers searched Friday for people swept away in flash floods caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Erin, as wary residents across the Gulf Coast watched Hurricane Dean charging through the Caribbean.
  • Friday, August 17

  • Hurricane Dean Gains Power in Caribbean   AP / 8:10PM
    CASTRIES, St. Lucia - Hurricane Dean roared into the eastern Caribbean on Friday, tearing away roofs, flooding streets and causing at least three deaths on small islands as the powerful storm headed on a collision course with Jamaica and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
  • Oil, Gas Up on Hurricane Worries   AP / 6:11PM
    NEW YORK - Energy futures rose Friday, rebounding from a big drop a day earlier as some new forecasts said Hurricane Dean will turn into the central Gulf of Mexico and threaten oil and gas installations.
  • Hurricane Dean Gains Power in Caribbean   AP / 5:10PM
    CASTRIES, St. Lucia - Hurricane Dean roared into the eastern Caribbean on Friday, tearing away roofs, flooding streets and causing at least three deaths on small islands as the powerful storm headed on a collision course with Jamaica and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
  • Hurricane Dean Tears Through Caribbean   AP / 2:10PM
    CASTRIES, St. Lucia - Hurricane Dean tore through the eastern Caribbean islands of St. Lucia and Martinique on Friday, ripping the roofs from a hospital and homes, knocking out power, and flooding buildings and roads with rain and seawater. A 62-year-old man drowned, in the storm's first death.
  • Hurricane Dean Tears Through Caribbean   AP / 11:10AM
    CASTRIES, St. Lucia - Hurricane Dean tore through the eastern Caribbean islands of St. Lucia and Martinique on Friday, ripping roofs from buildings, downing trees and knocking out power.
  • Thursday, August 16

  • Oil loses $2.33 to close at $71   UPI / 5:52PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Crude-oil futures fell $2.33 to $71 a barrel at the New York Mercantile Exchange Thursday.
  • Tuesday, August 14

  • Tropical Storm Dean barrels westward   UPI / 8:11PM
    MIAMI, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Tropical Storm Dean raced across the Atlantic on Tuesday, heading for the Lesser Antilles.
  • New Orleans still on trumpeter's mind   UPI / 9:34AM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- The music on Terence Blanchard's new album strikes close to home for the New Orleans trumpeter -- it was inspired by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Hurricane Flossie Storms Toward Hawaii   AP / 12:24AM
    HONOLULU - Hurricane Flossie weakened to a Category 3 storm Monday with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph as it roared toward Hawaii, but it was expected to pass less than 100 miles from the islands.
  • Monday, August 13

  • Hurricane Flossie Headed Toward Hawaii   AP / 1:23AM
    HONOLULU - Hurricane Flossie packed 135 mph wind as it spun closer to Hawaii on Sunday, but forecasters predicted the Category 4 storm would weaken before passing by the islands later this week.
  • Thursday, August 2

  • Katrina making way into novels   UPI / 8:11PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Lawlessness left in Hurricane Katrina's wake has found its way into the pages of several novels over the two years since the storm struck Louisiana.
  • Atlantic storms pre-satellite estimated   UPI / 9:54AM
    STONY BROOK, N.Y., Aug. 2 (UPI) -- A U.S. study using pre-satellite records suggests the number of Atlantic hurricane tracks might have changed just slightly during recent decades.
  • Tuesday, July 31

  • Tropical Storm Expected to Weaken   AP / 5:10PM
    MIAMI (AP) -- Tropical Storm Chantal, the third named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, was expected to weaken as it moved across the ocean on Tuesday but could still carry heavy rain to Canada, forecasters said.
  • Monday, July 30

  • Hurricane frequency, climate change linked   UPI / 11:20AM
    BOULDER, Colo., July 30 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say about twice as many Atlantic hurricanes now form each year than did a century ago in a change possibly linked with global warming.
  • 69 Trapped Chinese Miners Alive   AP / 11:10AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Nearly 70 miners trapped for more than 24 hours in a flooded coal mine in central China were still alive Monday, and rescuers were trying to send them supplies through a long ventilation pipe, state media said.
  • Sunday, July 29

  • Tropical Storm Usagi Forms in Pacific   AP / 4:40AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- A tropical storm formed about 620 miles southeast of Tokyo on Sunday and approached a remote Japanese island chain, Japan's Meteorological Agency reported.
  • Saturday, July 28

  • Body ID'd as missing sewer worker   UPI / 12:04AM
    ST. PAUL, Minn., July 27 (UPI) -- A body found in the Mississippi River late Friday was identified as that of one of two missing Minnesota sewer workers, officials said.
  • Friday, July 27

  • Rescuers Search for Minn. Sewer Workers   AP / 7:44PM
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Searchers in boats continued looking Friday for two workers who were feared dead after getting caught by a surge of water in the underground sewer system here and possibly swept into the Mississippi River.
  • Tuesday, July 24

  • Poll: Coastal Residents Won't Evacuate   AP / 8:11AM
    MIAMI - About one in three people living in Southern coastal areas said they would ignore hurricane evacuation orders if a storm threatened their community, up from about one in four last year, a poll released Tuesday shows.
  • Sunday, July 22

  • Record Storms Kill 152 in China   AP / 4:30AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Record rainfall this week triggered floods, landslides and mud flows that killed 152 people in China and forced the evacuation of hundreds of thousands, state media reported Sunday.
  • Saturday, July 21

  • Tropical Depression Bypasses Hawaii   AP / 12:50PM
    HONOLULU (AP) -- A tropical depression moved past Hawaii's Big Island early Saturday, bringing a few inches of rain to the parched island but no major problems.
  • Tropical Depression Nears Hawaii   AP / 12:00AM
    HONOLULU (AP) -- A tropical depression was expected to bring flooding, strong winds and high waves when it churns past Hawaii's Big Island late Friday, weather officials said.
  • Friday, July 20

  • Storm Kills at Least 50 in Pakistan   AP / 1:50PM
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- Lightning and heavy rain caused landslides that destroyed homes in two villages in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing at least 50 people, officials said.
  • U.S. Hurricane Center facing major changes   UPI / 12:10PM
    WASHINGTON, July 20 (UPI) -- A federal team that investigated the National Hurricane Center's operational status informed the U.S. Congress this week that major changes are needed.
  • Pa. Mom Charged Over Baby Left in Storm   AP / 11:20AM
    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A 1-year-old girl was found strapped in a car seat, rain-soaked and covered with leaves and dirt, after her mother left her for about 10 hours with the sun roof open as a violent storm raged, police said.
  • Thursday, July 19

  • Scientists: Flood made Britain an island   UPI / 7:41PM
    CANTERBURY, England, July 19 (UPI) -- Britain became an island after a massive flood opened the English Channel and split it from Europe hundreds of thousands of years ago, scientists said.
  • Tuesday, July 17

  • Fla. Bolstering Hurricane Fund Up to $7B   AP / 4:00PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida's Hurricane Catastrophe Fund will seek to borrow several billion dollars so it can quickly pay claims if a large hurricane hits the state this year.
  • Monday, July 16

  • Study expands tropical cyclone knowledge   UPI / 12:40PM
    TOLEDO, Spain, July 16 (UPI) -- A Spanish-led study has linked climate change to the newly observed development of unusual tropical cyclones over the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Post-Katrina, Gulf gambling going strong   UPI / 1:40AM
    BILOXI, Miss., July 16 (UPI) -- Cities affected by Hurricane Katrina are struggling to return to normal, but casinos in the Gulf region are going stronger than ever.
  • Sunday, July 15

  • Hurricane Katrina Ice Going Down Drain   AP / 8:10AM
    GLOUCESTER, Mass. - After nearly two years, thousands of truck miles and $12.5 million in storage costs, a cold relic of the flawed Hurricane Katrina relief effort is going down the drain.
  • Typhoon Misses Tokyo, Loses Strength   AP / 6:43AM
    TOKYO - A typhoon expected to hit Tokyo missed the capital and moved toward northeastern Japan on Sunday after leaving five people dead and forcing tens of thousands to evacuate.
  • Saturday, July 14

  • Hail damages Nebraska towns, crops   UPI / 11:20AM
    NORTH PLATTE, Neb., July 14 (UPI) -- A severe hail storm flattened crops and damaged buildings around North Platte, Neb., Friday night.
  • Ship Sinks in Typhoon; 9 Dead or Missing   AP / 5:00AM
    HONOLULU (AP) -- The first bodies from the sinking of a 420-foot ship that ran into Typhoon Man-yi were recovered, while three more survivors were found, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Nine crew members were dead or missing.
  • 3 Rescued From Pacific Ocean Shipwreck   AP / 2:20AM
    HONOLULU (AP) -- The first bodies from the sinking of a 420-foot ship that ran into Typhoon Man-yi were recovered while three more survivors were found, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Nine crew members were dead or missing.
  • Friday, July 13

  • Powerful Typhoon Hits Southern Japan   AP / 2:50AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- A powerful typhoon pounded Japan's southern Okinawa island chain Friday, cutting power to tens of thousands of households and grounding hundreds of flights.
  • Wednesday, July 11

  • Hurricane center refocuses on weather   UPI / 7:10PM
    MIAMI, July 11 (UPI) -- Employees of the National Hurricane Center in Miami said they are finally returning their focus to predicting weather after a storm of over an ousted director.
  • Residents Return to Oil-Saturated Homes   AP / 5:40PM
    COFFEYVILLE, Kan. (AP) -- Nearly two weeks after a flood forced residents from their homes, they returned Wednesday to find oil dripping from window screens and saturating carpets and furniture.
  • Monday, July 9

  • Hurricane Center Chief Reassigned   AP / 10:03PM
    MIAMI - The director of the National Hurricane Center went on leave Monday, government officials said, four days after many of the center's employees called for his removal because of his comments about an aging weather satellite.
  • Hurricane Center Chief Reassigned   AP / 7:50PM
    MIAMI - The director of the National Hurricane Center went on leave Monday, government officials said, four days after many of the center's employees called for his removal because of his comments about an aging weather satellite.
  • Saturday, July 7

  • Texas braces for more rain   UPI / 1:43AM
    DALLAS, July 7 (UPI) -- Floodwaters have begun to recede in some U.S. Plains states, but a large part of Texas faces further flooding and at least another day of heavy rains.
  • Friday, July 6

  • Staff Revolt Shakes Hurricane Center   AP / 4:33PM
    MIAMI (AP) -- When there is tension at the National Hurricane Center, it's usually because a powerful storm is bearing down on Miami, New Orleans or another U.S. city. But the turmoil these days is focused on demands from many staffers that the center's new director be ousted.
  • Thursday, July 5

  • National Hurricane Center Staff Mutinies   AP / 11:40PM
    MIAMI (AP) -- Nearly half the National Hurricane Center's employees urged the federal government to replace their boss Thursday, saying they need to return their focus to protecting people from dangerous tropical weather.
  • Children swept from boats in squall   UPI / 2:50PM
    DUBLIN, Ireland, July 5 (UPI) -- The Irish Coast Guard said everyone was rescued after a sudden storm capsized 91 small sailing boats during a junior regatta Thursday.
  • Wednesday, July 4

  • Tornado Kills 14, Hurts 146 in China   AP / 4:50AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- A tornado ripped through two provinces in eastern China, killing 14 people, state media reported Wednesday.
  • Sunday, July 1

  • Floods cut off much of Pakistan   UPI / 12:21AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 30 (UPI) -- An estimated 1 million people are stranded in Pakistan by flooding.
  • Friday, June 29

  • Weather Extremes Wither LA, Drown Texas   AP / 8:00PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Barring a surprise arrival of the kind of gully washers Texas is getting these days, Los Angeles' driest year in 130 years of record-keeping will go into the books this weekend.
  • Monday, June 25

  • Scientists to study Texas hurricanes   UPI / 1:30PM
    HOUSTON, June 25 (UPI) -- Rice University has become Texas' first hurricane and tropical storm research center dedicated to predicting and planning for such disasters.
  • Sunday, June 24

  • New hurricane official condemns NOAA plans   UPI / 3:10PM
    MIAMI, June 24 (UPI) -- The new head of the U.S. National Hurricane Center has criticized the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for its current forecasting efforts.
  • Friday, June 22

  • Heat Wave Blamed for Deaths in Europe   AP / 10:20PM
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Southeastern Europe baked under soaring temperatures Friday, with nearly 30 deaths across the region blamed on the year's first major heat wave. Electricity supplies, particularly in Greece and Albania, were strained as air conditioning use spiked.
  • Thursday, June 21

  • Hurricane forecasters shift focus inland   UPI / 11:51AM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., June 21 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists, in addition to predicting where hurricanes will make landfall, are focusing on where storms cause the most deaths, which is often well inland.
  • Army releases New Orleans storm risks   UPI / 8:44AM
    NEW ORLEANS, June 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released data showing how much flooding, damage and death can be expected in coastal Louisiana in future hurricanes.
  • Wednesday, June 20

  • Scientists consider hurricane-safe homes   UPI / 12:40PM
    NEWARK, N.J., June 20 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists said recent work by engineers and other researchers might lead to the development of homes that can withstand extreme winds.
  • Sunday, June 17

  • Arizona monsoons unpredictable   UPI / 7:31PM
    PHOENIX, June 17 (UPI) -- The Arizona monsoon season produces up to a third of the region's annual rainfall but it is tough for forecasters to predict.
  • Thursday, June 14

  • La. Deputy Killed in Funeral Procession   AP / 2:00AM
    COVINGTON, La. (AP) -- A pine tree falling in a thunderstorm crushed a cruiser carrying two sheriff's deputies Wednesday, killing one and injuring the other, during a funeral procession for another deputy, authorities said.
  • Wednesday, June 13

  • Aging U.S. weather satellite faltering   UPI / 3:31PM
    MIAMI, June 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. QuikSCAT weather satellite that Miami hurricane forecasters rely on has outlived its 5-year life expectancy and is beginning to falter.
  • Tuesday, June 12

  • Hurricane Satellite Could Fail Anytime   AP / 10:10PM
    MIAMI - An aging weather satellite crucial to accurate predictions on the intensity and path of hurricanes could fail at any moment and plans to launch a replacement have been pushed back seven years to 2016.
  • Friday, June 8

  • Levee repairs stretch into hurricane time   UPI / 10:13PM
    NEW ORLEANS, June 8 (UPI) -- The Army Corps of Engineers says legal disputes delayed levee repairs in East Jefferson Parish west of New Orleans and repairs may not be finished by Aug. 1.
  • Severe Storms Pound Upper Midwest   AP / 12:50AM
    WAUSAU, Wis. -- Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes tore through the Upper Midwest on Thursday, damaging homes and a resort, producing baseball-size hail and dropping more than 6 inches of rain in some areas.
  • Thursday, June 7

  • Cyclone hits Iran   UPI / 6:41PM
    TEHRAN, June 7 (UPI) -- Three people in Iran were killed in what was reportedly the worst cyclone to hit the Arabian Peninsula decades.
  • Tuesday, June 5

  • Oil slides below $66 as cyclone weakens   UPI / 5:10PM
    NEW YORK, June 5 (UPI) -- Oil prices slid below $66 a barrel Tuesday as a cyclone weakened off the coast of Oman without hurting the country's oil exports.
  • Monday, June 4

  • Louisiana to fund part of Katrina recovery   UPI / 12:00AM
    BATON ROUGE, La., June 3 (UPI) -- Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco plans to allocate $600 million to $700 million in state funds to help cover a shortfall in a hurricane rebuilding program.
  • Sunday, June 3

  • Rain postpones the latest Nextel race   UPI / 6:00PM
    DOVER, Del., June 3 (UPI) -- Heavy rains spurred by tropical depression Barry Sunday forced a cancellation of the Nextel Cup's Autism Speaks 400 at Dover, Del.
  • Saturday, June 2

  • Eastern Iowa Towns Clean Up From Twister   AP / 6:30PM
    DES MOINES, Iowa - Dozens of residents on Saturday picked through the shredded remains of homes leveled by a tornado that twisted through three eastern Iowa communities a night earlier.
  • Storm Weakens to a Tropical Depression   AP / 12:50PM
    MIAMI (AP) -- Tropical Storm Barry weakened into a tropical depression as it moved through Tampa Bay on Saturday, though its rains brought some relief to the drought-parched region.
  • Friday, June 1

  • Tropical Storm Barbara Regains Strength   AP / 12:40PM
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The second named storm of the eastern Pacific hurricane season grew back to tropical storm force on Friday and it was expected to hit the coast of Mexico or Guatemala over the weekend.
  • Thursday, May 31

  • AP Finds 5 Vulnerable Hurricane Areas   The Associated Press / 8:50PM
    Just because Katrina was the perfect storm, a catastrophic combo of the wrong hurricane in the wrong place at the wrong time, doesn't mean that history can't repeat itself, leaving another city obliterated by another tempest. It can.
  • Poll: Coast Not Ready for Hurricanes   AP / 6:30PM
    MIAMI (AP) -- Many people along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts still lack a hurricane survival plan and don't feel vulnerable to storms, despite Katrina's dramatic damage and pleas from emergency officials for residents to prepare before the season starts, according to a poll released Thursday.
  • AP Finds 5 Vulnerable Hurricane Areas   The Associated Press / 5:10PM
    Just because Katrina was the perfect storm, a catastrophic combo of the wrong hurricane in the wrong place at the wrong time, doesn't mean that history can't repeat itself, leaving another city obliterated by another tempest. It can.
  • Tornado Survivors Prepare to Graduate   AP / 3:30PM
    ENTERPRISE, Ala. (AP) -- Folding chairs stood on a freshly cleared football field Thursday as a high school wrecked by a tornado prepared for graduation ceremonies, with seats set aside in memory of two seniors who died in the storm.
  • Tropical Storm Barbara Weakens in Mexico   AP / 3:24PM
    MEXICO CITY - Tropical Storm Barbara weakened off the southwestern Pacific coast of Mexico on Thursday and forecasters said the storm was unlikely to become a hurricane.
  • AP Pinpoints 5 Vulnerable Hurricane Areas   The Associated Press / 2:10PM
    Just because Katrina was the perfect storm - a catastrophic combo of the wrong hurricane in the wrong place at the wrong time - doesn't mean that history can't repeat itself, leaving another city obliterated by another tempest. It can.
  • 9 Atlantic Hurricanes Forecast for 2007   AP / 10:30AM
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- With the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season a few hours away, researcher William Gray released his newest forecast Thursday still showing an expectation for 17 named storms and nine hurricanes, five of them intense.
  • Energy Department makes hurricane plans   UPI / 10:10AM
    WASHINGTON, May 31 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Energy has updated emergency response plans that would be implemented in the event of a hurricane striking the United States.
  • Tropical Storm Barbara Forms Off Mexico   AP / 12:30AM
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Tropical Storm Barbara formed off the southwestern coast of Mexico on Wednesday and could strengthen to a hurricane over the next several days, forecasters predicted.
  • Wednesday, May 30

  • Storm Anxiety Swirling in Caribbean   AP / 4:10PM
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Caribbean islanders still get night sweats recalling the dark hours in 2005 when Hurricane Wilma's shrieking gales and drenching rain unearthed caskets from cemeteries, tossing corpses onto porches and roofs in the Bahamas.
  • Tuesday, May 29

  • Diaries Add Insight on Johnstown Flood   AP / 8:30AM
    JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- To the Rev. David J. Beale, it looked like an avalanche: an enormous wall of water thundering down the mountain into the valley community, carrying debris, livestock, train cars and human beings.
  • Sunday, May 27

  • Back-To-Back Disasters Show Cell Gaps   AP / 6:40PM
    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- The response by emergency workers following a tornado that ripped through Greensburg recently shared at least one thing with the reaction to a massive ice storm in January that downed power lines for days in the same region.
  • Thursday, May 24

  • 21 Dead in China Flooding   AP / 11:20PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Heavy rainstorms in southwest China triggered flash floods and mudslides that killed 21 people and left 11 missing, state media said Friday.
  • Rain Puts Parts of Kansas Under Water   AP / 11:40AM
    HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) -- Torrential rainfall hit parts of the Plains and Midwest, flooding towns in Kansas Thursday, toppling trees and power lines and pelting the countryside with hail.
  • Longest Atlantic hurricane record created   UPI / 10:20AM
    WOODS HOLE, Mass., May 24 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists said the frequency of intense Atlantic hurricanes appears closely linked with specific long-term ocean and meteorological conditions.
  • Wednesday, May 23

  • U.S. 2007 hurricane risks analyzed   UPI / 2:00PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., May 23 (UPI) -- One day after an active hurricane season was forecast, another study suggested high hurricane risks for Florida and North Carolina coastal areas.
  • Tuesday, May 22

  • Owners Reclaim 2 Dogs Lost After Katrina   AP / 4:50PM
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A custody dispute over two dogs lost in Hurricane Katrina ended Tuesday when the Florida women who adopted them after the storm agreed to give them back.
  • Busy Atlantic hurricane season forecast   UPI / 12:41PM
    SILVER SPRINGS, Md., May 22 (UPI) -- U.S. meteorologists expect the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season to be above normal levels, urging people in hurricane-prone areas to begin emergency planning.
  • Monday, May 21

  • Leveled Kan. Town Evacuated Again   AP / 8:40PM
    GREENSBURG, Kan. (AP) -- Residents and workers cleaning up since this town was nearly flattened by a tornado this month were asked to evacuate Monday as severe wind, rain and hail were forecast to move into the area.
  • Saturday, May 19

  • Corps: Close Channel Blamed for Flooding   AP / 8:50PM
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Army Corps of Engineers said Saturday it wants to build a $50 million earthen dam to plug a ship channel blamed for much of the flooding from Hurricane Katrina.
  • Thursday, May 17

  • Storm Leaves Outages, Mess in NYC Area   AP / 3:30PM
    CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. (AP) -- Powerful thunderstorms knocked out power, delayed trains and left neighborhoods in three states littered with tree branches. Several schools in New York City's northern suburbs were closed Thursday because of the damage.
  • Hurricane Chief: NOAA Wasted Millions   AP / 3:00PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The federal government is spending millions of dollars on a publicity campaign while its hurricane forecasters are struggling with budget cuts, the National Hurricane Center's director said Thursday.
  • Wednesday, May 16

  • Notre Dame Basilica Spire Falls in Storm   AP / 11:00AM
    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- A powerful storm toppled a small spire from the University of Notre Dame's Basilica of the Sacred Heart and left more than 16,000 people without power Wednesday.
  • NASA finds new 'fuel' source in hurricanes   UPI / 10:40AM
    GREENBELT, Md., May 16 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists said research is providing clues about how the seemingly subtle movement of air within a hurricane's eye provides energy.
  • Monday, May 14

  • Everyone should prepare for a tornado   UPI / 3:20PM
    ST. LOUIS, May 14 (UPI) -- After the recent devastation in Greensburg, Kan., it's more important than ever for Americans to prepare for a twister, no matter where they live.
  • Sunday, May 13

  • Residents Worship in Tornado-Torn Town   AP / 5:10PM
    GREENSBURG, Kan. - Church leaders on Sunday told more than 3,000 residents, volunteers and disaster workers gathered in this tornado-ravaged community they should not fear the future because God was with them.
  • Saturday, May 12

  • Florida, Georgia, beset by wildfires   UPI / 7:20PM
    TAMPA, Fla., May 12 (UPI) -- Thick smoke from a wildfire spanning the Georgia-Florida border forced the closing of portions of two Interstate highways Saturday.
  • Andrea battered Florida beaches   UPI / 4:20PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., May 12 (UPI) -- Subtropical Storm Andrea mercilessly trashed the eastern Florida shore, doing millions of dollars of erosion damage before the hurricane season even started.
  • Friday, May 11

  • Fewer New 'Katrinas' After Hurricane   AP / 5:10PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- As baby names go, Katrina isn't in vogue these days. But she hasn't disappeared either.
  • Thursday, May 10

  • First of 9 Kan. Tornado Victims Buried   AP / 11:50PM
    GREENSBURG, Kan. - The cleanup and recovery stopped briefly Thursday as the first funeral procession for one of the nine residents killed during a massive tornado made its way to a cemetery.
  • Wednesday, May 9

  • New Orleans levees still incomplete   UPI / 6:00PM
    NEW ORLEANS, May 9 (UPI) -- Engineering officials have warned that with hurricane season mere weeks away, New Orleans' levee system is still incomplete and could pose a potential threat.
  • Atlantic's First Named Storm Forms Early   AP / 4:23PM
    MIAMI - The first named storm of the year formed Wednesday off the southeastern U.S. coast, more than three weeks before the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season, forecasters said.
  • Kan. Residents Weigh Whether to Rebuild   AP / 11:40AM
    GREENSBURG, Kan. (AP) -- For five years, Omero Carrillo worked on his old home, studying period decor, painting and refinishing floors, only to see the tornado that leveled most of this town reduce it to rubble in a moment.
  • Tuesday, May 8

  • Police Officer Dies of Tornado Injuries   AP / 5:30PM
    GREENSBURG, Kan. - A police officer who was critically injured in the tornado that tore apart Greensburg was removed from life support early Tuesday, a few hours after his daughter was married at his bedside.
  • Guard shortages slow tornado recovery   UPI / 9:40AM
    WICHITA, Kan., May 8 (UPI) -- The clean-up of the devastation left by a tornado in Greensburg, Kan., has been hampered by shortages of National Guard equipment, state officials said.
  • Monday, May 7

  • 2 More Bodies Found in Kan. Town's Ruins   AP / 3:30PM
    GREENSBURG, Kan. - Rescue teams searching the rubble that was once Greensburg found two more victims and a survivor, raising the death toll from a powerful tornado that largely obliterated the small community to at least 10, authorities said Monday.
  • Saturday, May 5

  • Huge Twister Kills at Least 9 in Kansas   AP / 9:50PM
    GREENSBURG, Kan. - Emergency crews called off the search for more victims of a tornado that killed eight people and devastated this southwest Kansas town Friday as fresh rounds of severe weather threatened the area Saturday evening.
  • Huge Twister Kills at Least 9 in Kansas   AP / 7:50PM
    GREENSBURG, Kan. - Rescuers raced Saturday through the wreckage from a giant tornado that killed at least eight people and left little standing in this southwest Kansas town beyond the local pub. Forecasters issued a fresh tornado warning Saturday evening in the region, where Friday's weather was blamed for nine deaths, a figure authorities feared could rise.
  • Search for Tornado Victims May Take Days   AP / 3:10PM
    GREENSBURG, Kan. (AP) -- Most of this southwest Kansas town was destroyed by a tornado, part of a violent storm system blamed for at least nine deaths, officials said Saturday amid warnings of more severe weather.
  • Tornadoes Reported in Kan., Ill., Okla.   AP / 4:31AM
    GREENSBURG, Kan. - Rescuers searched early Saturday for people believed trapped in a partially collapsed hospital after a massive tornado roared across this southwest Kansas community.
  • Tornadoes Touch Down in Kansas, Illinois   AP / 2:50AM
    GREENSBURG, Kan. - Tornadoes roared across parts of southwest Kansas late Friday, injuring several people, smashing barns and grain bins and pulling up trees.
  • Thursday, May 3

  • La. Recovery Program Is Running Short   AP / 4:41PM
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Louisiana's $7.5 billion program to buy out homeowners or help them rebuild is going broke, the governor is warning in another crisis in the long-mired effort to rescue neighborhoods smashed by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
  • Hurricane sediment may hold health threats   UPI / 10:34AM
    MIAMI, May 3 (UPI) -- U.S. urban sediments collected after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita contained high levels of contaminants that might threaten human health.
  • Wednesday, May 2

  • Scientist doubts warming-hurricane link   UPI / 7:20PM
    MIAMI, May 2 (UPI) -- Chris Landsea, a scientist at the National Hurricane Center in Florida, says there is no link between global warming and the frequency of hurricanes.
  • Tuesday, May 1

  • Insurer settles with 34 Katrina homeowners   UPI / 7:50PM
    OXFORD, Miss., May 1 (UPI) -- MetLife Inc. has settled with 34 Mississippi policyholders over Hurricane Katrina damage to their homes, a lawyer for the policyholders said Tuesday.
  • Thursday, April 26

  • Hurricane Aid Extended to March 2009   AP / 6:00PM
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- In an acknowledgment that the hurricane-shattered Gulf Coast is in a housing crisis and strained by a slow recovery, the Bush administration said Thursday that it intends to house storm survivors into 2009.
  • Wednesday, April 25

  • Tornado Search Ends With Toll at 10   AP / 8:40PM
    EAGLE PASS, Texas (AP) -- All residents were accounted for Wednesday after crews scoured the mangled remains of houses and trailer homes in the wake of tornadoes that killed at least 10 people in this border community and its Mexican neighbor. The storm killed two other people in Louisiana and Arkansas.
  • Searchers Toil After Twisters Kill 10   AP / 5:30PM
    EAGLE PASS, Texas - Dozens of search and rescue crews scoured the mangled remains of houses and trailer homes Wednesday for more victims of tornadoes that killed at least 10 people in this border community and its Mexican neighbor. An 11th victim died in Louisiana.
  • 10 Die As Storms Hit Texas-Mexico Border   AP / 5:10PM
    EAGLE PASS, Texas - Search teams worked their way through wreckage-strewn neighborhoods along the Texas-Mexico border Wednesday after a tornado killed at least 10 people, destroyed two schools and damaged hundreds of homes.
  • Sunday, April 22

  • Tornado Wrecks Neb. Homes, Several Hurt   AP / 2:30AM
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- A tornado ripped up farmsteads in western Nebraska and injured several people as thunderstorms rippled across the Plains.
  • Friday, April 20

  • Tips on buying homeowners' insurance   UPI / 6:30PM
    MONTGOMERY, Ala., April 20 (UPI) -- With U.S. homeowners' insurance rates up nearly 50 percent in five years, it's important to shop around for the most cost-effective policy, experts say.
  • Wednesday, April 18

  • Climate model suggests weaker hurricanes   UPI / 12:05PM
    MIAMI, April 18 (UPI) -- A U.S. climate model simulation suggests anticipated increased wind shear over the tropical Atlantic Ocean might inhibit hurricane development.
  • Monday, April 16

  • Record Storm Pummels East Coast   AP / 9:52PM
    CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. (AP) -- A menacing spring storm punished the Northeast for a second straight day Monday, dumping more than 8 inches of rain on Central Park and sending refrigerators and pickup trucks floating down rivers in one of the region's worst storms in recent memory.
  • U.S. storm victims get 2-day tax extension   UPI / 8:22PM
    WASHINGTON, April 16 (UPI) -- People hit by a rare spring nor'easter that struck the U.S. Northeast have two more days to file their tax returns, the Internal Revenue Service said Monday.
  • Storm Pummels East Coast With Rain, Wind   AP / 2:42PM
    CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. (AP) -- Hundreds of people were evacuated from flooded homes Monday and refrigerators and trucks floated downstream as a fierce nor'easter drenched the Northeast with record rainfall, knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses.
  • Sunday, April 15

  • 10th Anniversary of Grand Forks Flood   AP / 6:10PM
    GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) -- Heavy rain and snow still make people nervous along the Red River of the North, which devastated North Dakota's third-largest city 10 years ago and forced thousands to flee in one of the costliest and largest U.S. flood evacuations before Hurricane Katrina.
  • Storm Cancels Flights, Threatens Floods   AP / 3:30PM
    NEW YORK - A powerful nor'easter pounded the East with wind and pouring rain Sunday, grounding airlines and threatening to create some of the worst coastal flooding in 14 years.
  • Saturday, April 14

  • Northeast Prepares for Major Storm   AP / 9:00PM
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The Northeast braced for a hard-blowing nor'easter Saturday that could bring severe coastal flooding, power outages and more than a foot of snow in some places.
  • Florida Jazz and Blues Fest delayed   UPI / 7:20PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., April 14 (UPI) -- Florida's Riviera Beach Jazz and Blues Festival got off to a late start because wind blew down part of a roof and most of the lighting on a temporary stage.
  • Flash Floods in Thailand Kill 21   AP / 12:11PM
    BANGKOK, Thailand - Flash floods swept over two waterfalls Saturday on a southern Thai mountain popular with picknickers and swimmers, killing at least 21 people as the country celebrated its traditional New Year, officials said.
  • Thursday, April 12

  • Another Spring Snowstorm Blasts Midwest   AP / 7:10AM
    CHICAGO - Residents of the upper Midwest wearily braced for more snow on Thursday, a day after a spring storm grounded hundreds of flights, postponed a baseball game and coated roads with ice, leaving six people dead.
  • Tuesday, April 10

  • Hurricanes, tsunamis cause similar damage   UPI / 2:32PM
    PRINCETON, N.J., April 10 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say two of the worst natural disasters in recent years -- Hurricane Katrina and the Indian Ocean tsunami -- inflicted similar damage.
  • Wednesday, April 4

  • FEMA Chief Promises Readiness for 2007   AP / 7:21PM
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency returned Wednesday to the scene of the agency's much-ridiculed performance after Hurricane Katrina and promised that it has transformed into a premier disaster response engine.
  • Severe Storms Rake Tenn., Ky., Ark.   AP / 3:20PM
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Violent thunderstorms battered a three-state region with hail as big as softballs and wind that damaged several homes and caused power outages.
  • Severe Storms Rake Tenn., Ky., Ark.   AP / 10:50AM
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Violent thunderstorms battered a three-state region with hail as big as softballs and wind that damaged several homes and caused power outages.
  • Judge finds no right to travel   UPI / 12:20AM
    NEW ORLEANS, April 3 (UPI) -- A federal judge has dismissed a claim that local police violated the right to travel of New Orleans residents trying to get out after Hurricane Katrina.
  • Tuesday, April 3

  • 'Very Active' Hurricane Season Predicted   AP / 8:46PM
    DENVER - A top researcher predicted a "very active" 2007 Atlantic hurricane season Tuesday, with at least nine hurricanes and a good chance one will hit the U.S. coast. The forecast by William Gray predicts 17 named storms this year, five of them major hurricanes. The probability of a major storm making landfall on the U.S. coast this year is 74 percent, compared with the average of 52 percent over the past century, he said.
  • Forecast calls for active hurricane season   UPI / 4:21PM
    FORT COLLINS, Colo., April 3 (UPI) -- U.S. hurricane experts are forecasting a very active hurricane season, calling for 17 named storms in the Atlantic basin between June 1 and Nov. 30.
  • Study ties hurricanes to Sahara   UPI / 12:36PM
    WASHINGTON, April 3 (UPI) -- A U.S. government study suggests that the relatively tame 2006 hurricane season may have been tied to activity in Africa's Sahara desert.
  • 'Very Active' Hurricane Season Predicted   AP / 11:01AM
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The 2007 Atlantic hurricane season should be "very active," with 17 named storms, a top storms forecaster said Tuesday.
  • Saturday, March 31

  • Have Tornado Alley's borders moved?   UPI / 7:02PM
    FORT WORTH, Texas, March 31 (UPI) -- Meteorologists say in recent years the high risk of being hit by a twister appears to have shifted out of Tornado Alley -- Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska.
  • Thursday, March 29

  • Tornado Swarm Kills 4 People in 3 States   AP / 6:33PM
    HOLLY, Colo. (AP) -- A massive spring storm spawned dozens of tornadoes from the Rockies to the Plains, killing at least four people in three states, including a woman who was flung into a tree by a twister as wide as two football fields.
  • Tornado Swarm Kills 4 in 3 States   AP / 2:02PM
    OKLAHOMA CITY - A tornado as wide as two football fields carved a devastating path through an eastern Colorado town as a massive spring storm swept from the Rockies into the Plains, killing at least four people in three states, authorities said Thursday.
  • Tornado Swarm Kills 3 in 2 States   AP / 12:40PM
    OKLAHOMA CITY - A tornado as wide as two football fields carved a devastating path through an eastern Colorado town as a massive spring storm swept from the Rockies into the Plains, killing at least three people in two states.
  • Tornado Swarm Kills 3 in 2 States   AP / 11:01AM
    OKLAHOMA CITY - An early spring storm swept across the Plains early Thursday, spinning off tornadoes that killed an Oklahoma couple in a home that was blown to pieces and a Colorado woman whose small town was nearly destroyed.
  • Strong Storm Brings Tornadoes to Plains   AP / 10:15AM
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - An early spring storm lashed the Rockies and Plains, dumping snow and spinning off tornadoes that killed an Oklahoma couple whose home was blown to pieces.
  • Wednesday, March 28

  • Wild Weather Strikes Southern California   AP / 8:31AM
    LOS ANGELES - A quick wintry blast brought fierce winds and cold temperatures to normally mild Southern California, but did little to quench the parched region.
  • Wild Weather Strikes Southern California   AP / 5:13AM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Volatile weather swept through Southern California on Tuesday, delivering downpours, hail, snow, and fierce winds that capsized boats and toppled power lines and trees. Nearly 185,000 customers lost power.
  • Wild Weather in Southern California   AP / 1:50AM
    LOS ANGELES - Volatile weather swept through Southern California on Tuesday, delivering downpours, hail, snow, and fierce winds that capsized boats and toppled power lines and trees. Nearly 160,000 customers lost power.
  • Tuesday, March 27

  • Sewage Flood in Northern Gaza Kills 5   AP / 7:35PM
    UMM NASER, Gaza Strip - An earth embankment around a sewage reservoir collapsed Tuesday, spewing a river of waste and mud that killed five people and forced residents to flee from a village in the northern Gaza Strip, officials said.
  • N.M. Woman Dies of Tornado Injuries   AP / 2:36PM
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A 90-year-old woman whose mobile home was flattened when tornadoes swept through the state over the weekend died of her injuries Tuesday, becoming the storm's only known fatality.
  • Saturday, March 24

  • N.M. Tornadoes Destroy Homes   AP / 1:01PM
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- At least 13 tornadoes swept along the New Mexico-Texas state line, destroying homes and other buildings and injuring several people, two of them critically, authorities said.
  • Friday, March 23

  • Judge denies class-action Katrina claim   UPI / 3:04PM
    GULFPORT, Miss., March 23 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Gulfport, Miss., denied class-action status in a Hurricane Katrina damage lawsuit against State Farm insurance company.
  • Heavy snow blocks southern Bulgaria   UPI / 11:30AM
    SOFIA, Bulgaria, March 23 (UPI) -- A blizzard swept southern Bulgaria Friday cutting power lines, blocking roads and leaving thousands of tourists stranded, Sofia media said.
  • Wednesday, March 21

  • Prehistoric hurricane activity is studied   UPI / 3:51PM
    BATON ROUGE, La., March 21 (UPI) -- A U.S.-led study of prehistoric hurricane activity suggests the chance of a category 4 or 5 storm hitting a Gulf of Mexico location is 0.3 percent a year.
  • Hurricane-battered La. gov to step down   UPI / 1:53AM
    BATON ROUGE, La., March 21 (UPI) -- Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, whose reputation was scarred by her handling of Hurricane Katrina, announced Tuesday she will not run for re-election.
  • Sunday, March 18

  • Web Site to Pool European Weather Data   AP / 3:20AM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- It looks like a color-coded terror alert scale -- and meteorologically speaking, that's exactly what it is.
  • Saturday, March 17

  • Cleanup Continues After Northeast Storm   AP / 12:33PM
    NEW YORK - Cleanup crews were out early Saturday clearing snow and ice from Manhattan streets for the city's St. Patrick's Day parade, a day after a heavy storm buffeted the East Coast and caused the cancellation of more than 1,400 flights.
  • Thursday, March 15

  • Portable generators pose threat outside   UPI / 6:00PM
    MADISON, Wis., March 15 (UPI) -- Portable gasoline generators used during power outages and after hurricanes can pose a major safety risk for even the most careful U.S. consumer.
  • Tornado Damages Buildings in Ohio   AP / 9:30AM
    ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) -- Flood warnings were issued across the state Thursday following a day of severe storms, which spawned a small tornado that ripped siding from an office supply store, flattened residential garages and forced some schools to cancel classes because of a power outage.
  • Wednesday, March 14

  • Ala. Students Back After Deadly Tornado   AP / 7:10PM
    ENTERPRISE, Ala. - Some had to come in wheelchairs or on crutches, but Enterprise High students resumed classes Wednesday at a temporary site, nearly two weeks after a tornado ripped apart their school and killed eight classmates.
  • Tuesday, March 13

  • Ice-Jammed River Threatens Flooding Vt.   AP / 3:20PM
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- National Guard members filled sand bags and a crane wielding a steel beam pounded away Tuesday at the ice-jammed Winooski River as the capital city maintained a tense watch on the river, fearing a repeat of a 1992 flood that devastated downtown.
  • Friday, March 9

  • China coast hit by storm surge   UPI / 11:10PM
    WEIHAI CITY, China, March 9 (UPI) -- A strong storm surge in northeast China killed at least three people and did millions of dollars in damage to crops, the government said Friday.
  • Thursday, March 8

  • Hurricanes Katrina and Rita studied   UPI / 9:11AM
    MIAMI, March 8 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists are studying data from three Doppler radar-equipped planes that flew simultaneously through hurricanes Katrina, Rita and other 2005 storms.
  • Tuesday, March 6

  • Bitter Cold, Blowing Snow Hit Northeast   AP / 2:12PM
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Fierce wind and biting cold kept youngsters home from school Tuesday in upstate New York and authorities warned against perilous driving conditions already blamed for at least five deaths.
  • Ala. Students Killed in Tornado Buried   AP / 4:31AM
    FORT RUCKER, Ala. (AP) -- As bandaged, bruised teenagers wiped at tears, Michael Bowen was remembered for his upbeat, sturdy character and faith during the memorial service for the first of eight students killed when a tornado tore apart Enterprise High School.
  • Monday, March 5

  • Funerals Held for Ala. Tornado Victims   AP / 10:10PM
    FORT RUCKER, Ala. (AP) -- Bandaged and bruised teenagers wiped at tears Monday as a southeast Alabama community began burying the eight students killed when a tornado tore apart their high school.
  • Sunday, March 4

  • Prayers in Tornado-Stricken Ala. Town   AP / 9:30PM
    ENTERPRISE, Ala. (AP) -- Residents of this city devastated by a tornado that killed eight high school students paused from recovery efforts Sunday to mourn at church services, where some lined up to hug and offer words of encouragement for the school superintendent.
  • Saturday, March 3

  • Ala. Students Recall Day Classmates Died   AP / 8:10PM
    ENTERPRISE, Ala. (AP) -- In the science wing at Enterprise High School, Marisa Younanian huddled for hours with her classmates in the protection of an interior hallway as tornado sirens wailed throughout town. They joked and thought about how hungry they were.
  • Bush offers encouragement in Alabama   UPI / 2:30PM
    ENTERPRISE, Ala., March 3 (UPI) -- President Bush said Saturday he is confident Enterprise, Ala., would rebuild after the tornado that killed eight students at the local high school.
  • City's Katrina Claims Go Beyond Basics   AP / 1:10PM
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Only $1 billion of the $77 billion the city is seeking from the Army Corps of Engineers is for infrastructure damages it says it suffered because of levee breaches during Hurricane Katrina. The rest is for such things as the city's tarnished image and tourist industry losses.
  • 1,700 Rescued From Floods in Mozambique   AP / 4:40AM
    MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) -- Mozambican marines rescued more than 1,700 people, including 900 children, from flooding in central Mozambique, officials said.
  • Friday, March 2

  • New Orleans files claim against engineers   UPI / 7:00AM
    NEW ORLEANS, March 2 (UPI) -- The city of New Orleans has joined tens of thousands of people filing claims against the Army Corps of Engineers related to damage caused by flooding in 2005.
  • Thursday, March 1

  • Tornadoes Kill 18 in 'Bama; 15 at School   AP / 8:40PM
    ENTERPRISE, Ala. (AP) -- Apparent tornadoes ripped through Alabama and killed at least 18 people Thursday, including 15 at a high school where students became pinned under debris when a roof collapsed, state officials said.
  • Tornadoes Kill 18 in Alabama; Mo. Girl   AP / 8:10PM
    ENTERPRISE, Ala. (AP) -- Apparent tornadoes killed at least 18 people in Alabama on Thursday, including fifteen at a high school where students were trapped under a collapsed roof, state officials said. State Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Yasamie Richardson said some fatalities "are in relation to the high school but whether they are all students or some students and teachers we're not sure."
  • Tornado Hits Alabama School, Kills 8   AP / 6:10PM
    ENTERPRISE, Ala. (AP) -- Apparent tornadoes killed at least 13 people in Alabama on Thursday, including eight at a high school where students were trapped under a collapsed roof, state officials said.
  • Tornado Kills 7-Year-Old in Missouri   AP / 5:20PM
    CAULFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A tornado struck southern Missouri, killing a 7-year-old girl and damaging homes and businesses Thursday, and another apparent twister injured dozens at an Alabama high school, authorities said.
  • Eyewalls May Predict Hurricane Changes   AP / 3:30PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Watching for changes in the inner eyewall of a hurricane may help forecasters overcome one of their most perplexing challenges: predicting sudden strengthening or weakening.
  • Wednesday, February 28

  • Snow Leads to Large Crash in Colo.   AP / 11:50PM
    DENVER (AP) -- Potent winter storms caused dozens of vehicle crashes with injuries in Colorado and Washington state Wednesday, prompting the closure of two major highways in both states.
  • Global warming, hurricane intensity linked   UPI / 4:17PM
    MADISON, Wis., Feb. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. atmospheric scientists say they've found new evidence to support the theory that global warming produces stronger Atlantic Ocean hurricanes.
  • Site to Offer Truly Local Weather Maps   AP / 10:40AM
    ATLANTA (AP) -- Something seems to be missing from online weather maps.
  • Tuesday, February 27

  • The Wind Is Wild on N.H. Mountaintop   AP / 5:27PM
    MOUNT WASHINGTON, N.H. (AP) -- It's a curious fact to know about yourself -- how much wind you can withstand before you get knocked off your feet.
  • Monday, February 26

  • Oil rises over Iran concerns, snowstorm   UPI / 9:19AM
    NEW YORK, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- New York crude oil futures were more than $61 a barrel Monday on concerns over Iran's nuclear program as a snowstorm hit the U.S. Northeast.
  • Saturday, February 24

  • 7 Deaths Blamed on Winter Storm in Wis.   AP / 8:30PM
    DENVER (AP) -- A large, fast-moving snowstorm that closed sections of major highways on the Plains on Saturday was blamed for seven traffic deaths, while strong winds in Arkansas cut a 5-mile-long swath of damage, destroying buildings and leaving several people injured.
  • Fla. tornado victims to get $12.1M in aid   UPI / 5:21PM
    TAVARES, Fla., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Victims of the deadly tornadoes that struck Central Florida three weeks ago will receive more than $12.1 million in state and federal aid soon.
  • Monday, February 19

  • Lawyer: Settlement Near Over Hurricane   AP / 5:20PM
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Louisiana's state-run insurer is nearing a mass settlement with homeowners that would be the first deal of its kind in the state since hurricanes Rita and Katrina led to thousands of lawsuits, an attorney for the homeowners said Monday.
  • Thursday, February 15

  • Drivers Stuck for Full Day on Pa. Road   AP / 10:30PM
    HAMBURG, Pa. - National Guardsmen in Humvees ferried food, fuel and baby supplies Thursday to hundreds of motorists stranded on a 50-mile stretch of highway for nearly a day by a monster storm blamed for 15 deaths.
  • JetBlue Apologizes for Stranding Fliers   AP / 7:30PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Hundreds of passengers who were stranded on parked JetBlue planes for up to 10 1/2 hours could have been evacuated sooner if the airline had not waited to ask airport officials for help, the company founder said Thursday.
  • NYC Fliers Stranded on Planes for Hours   AP / 4:50PM
    NEW YORK - JetBlue Airways Corp. tried to calm a maelstrom of criticism Thursday, after passengers were left waiting on planes at a New York airport for as long as 11 hours during a snow and ice storm.
  • Snow may have brought down garage deck   UPI / 3:20PM
    POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y., Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Part of the upper deck of a parking garage at a New York state shopping mall collapsed Thursday morning, apparently from the weight of tons of piled-up snow.
  • Wednesday, February 14

  • Snowstorm Closes Schools, Snarls Travel   AP / 9:00PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Blowing snow and sleet glazed windshields and roads across the Northeast and the Midwest on Wednesday, messing up Valentine's Day flower deliveries and wrecking couples' plans for romantic dinners.
  • Midwest Storm Hits Northeast As Blizzard   AP / 1:30PM
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Sleet stung the faces of pedestrians and snow and ice coated windshields Wednesday as the Valentine's Day blizzard shut down schools and air travel and turned streets and highways into dangerous skating rinks.
  • Katrina Victims Pummeled by Tornado   AP / 11:10AM
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Storm-weary Curtis Jefferson is homeless. Again.
  • After Midwest Pounded, N.Y. Braces Snow   AP / 7:01AM
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Snow-laden western New York braced for another wintery onslaught Wednesday as storms closed schools, menaced motorists and knocked out power in communities from the Midwest to the Northeast.
  • Tuesday, February 13

  • Tornado Hits New Orleans Area; 1 Dead   AP / 9:10PM
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Eighteen months after Hurricane Katrina, Stella Chambers' modest red-brick house had finally been repaired, and she was waiting for one last utility hookup to move back in. But the 85-year-old woman never made it.
  • Tornado Hits New Orleans Area; 1 Dead   AP / 4:20PM
    NEW ORLEANS - Eighteen months after Hurricane Katrina, Stella Chambers' modest red-brick house had finally been repaired, and she was waiting for one last utility hookup to move back in. But the 85-year-old woman never made it.
  • 1 Dead As Storms Rip Up New Orleans Area   AP / 2:12PM
    NEW ORLEANS - A powerful storm rolled FEMA trailers and tore apart businesses early Tuesday, heaping more misery on neighborhoods still trying to recover from Hurricane Katrina. An 85-year-old woman who had nearly finished remodeling her hurricane-damaged home died in the destruction.
  • Monday, February 12

  • Snow Isn't Over 'Til It's Over   AP / 2:10PM
    REDFIELD, N.Y. - The snow squalls that have buried Redfield and its neighbors up to their stop signs finally tapered off Monday, but forecasters warned that another storm system was on the way.
  • Tuesday, February 6

  • Deep Freeze Grips Midwest, Northeast   AP / 7:30PM
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. - After an unusually warm December and a mostly snow-free January, winter returned with a vengeance Tuesday to the Upper Midwest and Northeast, dumping heavy snow on parts of New York and keeping temperatures well below zero in many cities.
  • Deep Freeze Grips Midwest, Northeast   AP / 4:10PM
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. - After an unusually warm December and a mostly snow-free January, winter returned with a vengeance Tuesday to the upper Midwest and Northeast, dumping heavy snow on parts of New York and keeping temperatures well below zero in many cities.
  • Deep Freeze Continues With Deep Snow   AP / 1:31PM
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Thousands of youngsters got a second day off from school Tuesday in the midst of a bitter cold snap that combined with heavy snow several feet deep along the Great Lakes.
  • Cold Weather Life or Death for Some   AP / 6:40AM
    MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) -- Homeless people packed shelters, students got a day off from school, and drivers had to take their time as millions of people bundled up to meet subzero temperatures tied to at least six deaths.
  • FEMA Wants Over $300M in Katrina Aid Back   AP / 3:59AM
    NEW ORLEANS - In the neighborhood President Bush visited right after Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. government gave $84.5 million to more than 10,000 households. But Census figures show fewer than 8,000 homes existed there at the time.
  • Monday, February 5

  • Bitter Cold Grips Northern States   The Associated Press / 10:00AM
    From Minnesota to New York, some schoolchildren are getting an extra long weekend because of the bitter chill that has spread over the eastern half of the country.
  • Sunday, February 4

  • Harsh Cold Expected to Linger in Midwest   AP / 3:40AM
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Despite the bitter cold gripping the Midwest, Mike Thamm of Duluth prepared to walk outside clad only in a swimsuit and dive into frigid water for charity.
  • Friday, February 2

  • 19 Dead in Central Fla. Storms   AP / 8:20PM
    LADY LAKE, Fla. (AP) -- Disaster crews with dogs went from one pile of debris to another in a search for bodies Friday after powerful storms, including at least one tornado, smashed hundreds of homes across central Florida and killed 19 people or more.
  • Even Reinforced Building Was Vulnerable   AP / 5:10PM
    LADY LAKE, Fla. (AP) -- Parishioners walked over the splintered remains of the Lady Lake Church of God on Friday, rescuing torn Bibles from the jumble of broken pews, altar and glass left behind by a tornado.
  • 19 Die As Storms Sweep Through Florida   AP / 4:30PM
    LADY LAKE, Fla. (AP) -- Storms carrying the state's deadliest tornado in a decade cut a path across central Florida early Friday, killing at least 19 people, damaging hundreds of homes and littering fields with clothes, furniture and splintered lumber.
  • 14 Dead in Central Fla. Storms   AP / 3:40PM
    LADY LAKE, Fla. (AP) -- Disaster crews with dogs went from one pile of debris to another in a search for bodies Friday after powerful storms, including at least one tornado, smashed hundreds of homes across central Florida and killed 14 people or more.
  • Severe Thunderstorms Kill 14 in Florida   AP / 10:40AM
    LADY LAKE, Fla. (AP) -- Severe thunderstorms and at least one tornado tore through central Florida early Friday, killing at least 14 people, destroying mobile homes and a church and lifting a tractor-trailer into the air, authorities said.
  • Wednesday, January 31

  • La. crawfish back on the boil after Rita   UPI / 12:50AM
    BREAUX BRIDGE, La., Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Crawfish in southern Louisiana appear to have recovered their numbers from the pounding the Gulf Coast took from Hurricane Rita.
  • Monday, January 29

  • Weather-predicting devices may soon fail   UPI / 1:59AM
    MIAMI, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- A new study has found that crucial U.S. weather and environmental satellites are aging, and their replacements are costly and behind schedule.
  • Wednesday, January 24

  • State Farm to pay millions for Katrina   UPI / 9:52AM
    BLOOMINGTON, Ill., Jan. 24 (UPI) -- State Farm Insurance has agreed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to owners of Mississippi Gulf Coast homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Germany's forests devastated by storm   UPI / 1:20AM
    BERLIN, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- German forestry officials say last week's deadly storm has devastated the country's forests.
  • Tuesday, January 23

  • Florida lowers home insurance rates   UPI / 10:50AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Floridians will save an average of more than 20 percent on private homeowners insurance with the Legislature's approval of measures to cut home insurance rates.
  • Sunday, January 21

  • Russian sub may be raised from depths   UPI / 7:41PM
    LONDON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- A British salvage team has been enlisted to examine a sunken Russian nuclear submarine in hopes of raising it from the ocean floor.
  • Saturday, January 20

  • Feds extend hurricane housing relief   UPI / 6:39PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. government will extend housing aid through August for 130,000 Gulf Coast residents still displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
  • Cali cold damages hit $500 million   UPI / 11:49AM
    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Crop losses and other damages caused by the recent California cold snap could add up to an estimated $500 million in damages.
  • Friday, January 19

  • Most insurance losses in U.S. heartland   UPI / 5:51PM
    JERSEY CITY, N.J., Jan. 19 (UPI) -- The biggest U.S. property-casualty losses in 2006 were in the country's midsection, far from the coasts socked by hurricanes the year before, a survey says.
  • Virus Exploits Interest in Europe Storm   AP / 2:39PM
    HELSINKI, Finland (AP) -- Spammers are exploiting the public's interest in this week's European storm to spread a computer virus that sends junk e-mail, computer security experts said Friday.
  • Hurricane-Force Winds Hit Northern U.K.   AP / 4:39AM
    LONDON - Hurricane-force winds and heavy downpours hammered northern Europe on Thursday, killing 27 people and disrupting travel for tens of thousands - including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, whose plane circled for 15 minutes before landing amid winds gusting to 77 mph.
  • Thursday, January 18

  • Travel in Europe Disrupted by Wild Storm   AP / 2:50PM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- Hurricane-force winds and rain lashed northern Europe on Thursday, disrupting air, rail and sea travel for thousands, toppling trees and construction cranes, and killing 11 people, including a 2-year-old boy crushed by a collapsed wall in London.
  • Tree linked to Swedish botanist falls   UPI / 1:00PM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- A tree linked in folklore with Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus has fallen victim to the severe storms that have swept across southern Sweden.
  • NASA: No 2007 hurricane forecast yet   UPI / 1:00PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Some experts had forecast an above average number of hurricanes last year, but that didn't happen -- and now NASA scientists believe they know why.
  • Wednesday, January 17

  • Asian monsoons might become more intense   UPI / 4:30PM
    CAMBRIDGE, England, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- British scientists have found an unexpected link between Asian monsoons and an oscillating pattern of Indian Ocean sea surface temperatures.
  • Tuesday, January 16

  • California citrus takes major freeze loss   UPI / 9:10AM
    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Record freezing temperatures have ruined as much as 70 percent of California's $1.1 billion citrus crop, state agriculture officials report.
  • Monday, January 15

  • Record cold wave ices California citrus   UPI / 8:50AM
    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- A dry, biting and destructive cold front slammed Southern California's billion-dollar citrus industry with staggering losses, farmers and experts say.
  • Sunday, January 14

  • Once-adrift cargo ship safely docks   UPI / 5:10PM
    LONDON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- The Vindu, a 4,500-ton cargo ship once adrift in the North Sea during a heavy storm, was safely towed to port Sunday in the British city of Hull.
  • California unprepared for chilly temps   UPI / 12:00PM
    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- An Arctic front burst into southern California, bringing record low temperatures and surprising farmers and others who depend on the weather.
  • Friday, January 12

  • 1 Dead, 8 Missing in Stormy Britain Seas   AP / 6:40PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Severe gales and heavy rains powered by an Atlantic storm have left at least one person dead and eight missing, sunk two fishing trawlers and disrupted travel across Britain and Ireland, meteorological officials said Friday.
  • Thursday, January 11

  • Snow Latest Weather Woes for Seattle   AP / 12:00PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- A cold snap swept through Seattle and surrounding areas Thursday on the heels of the season's second snowstorm, closing schools for more than 350,000 students, snarling traffic and causing at least one traffic-related death.
  • Sunday, January 7

  • Warm Weather Leads to Fuel Oil Savings   AP / 4:00PM
    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- That sound New Englanders are hearing in their basements -- the sound of silence as their oil-burning furnaces sit idle -- is saving them money as heating oil consumption drops with this season's warm temperatures.
  • Friday, January 5

  • Homeowners Snap Up Flood Insurance   AP / 6:00PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sales of federal flood insurance rose sharply across the country last year as homeowners saw the devastation from Hurricane Katrina and realized that typical policies didn't cover many losses.
  • 2 Killed by Reported Tornado in La.   AP / 11:10AM
    NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) -- Powerful storms that killed at least two people and ripped apart mobile homes in Louisiana headed into Alabama on Friday, where tornado watches were posted across the state.
  • Floods strand farms in Western Australia   UPI / 8:20AM
    PERTH, Australia, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Floodwaters from a 7-inch downpour in Western Australia damaged homes in towns and stranded farmers on their Outback properties.
  • Monday, January 1

  • Scientists say 2007 could be warmest year   UPI / 8:31PM
    LONDON, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- A British climate expert said 2007 could be the hottest year ever recorded because of a combination of global warming and El Nino.
  • Sunday, December 31

  • Army Corps' levee analysis may be flawed   UPI / 3:30PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The Army Corps of Engineers, having admitted to design flaws in the New Orleans levees, now is trying to predict how the city would fare in the next hurricane.
  • Saturday, December 30

  • U.S. Navy probes sailor deaths off Britain   UPI / 3:40PM
    PLYMOUTH, England, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy Saturday investigated the death of two Virginia-based sailors who fell overboard from a submarine in a 75 mph storm off the British coast.
  • Storm Lingers, Brings Blizzard to Plains   AP / 12:20PM
    DENVER (AP) -- National Guard troops in tracked vehicles crawled through 10-foot snowdrifts and whiteout conditions Saturday in eastern Colorado, rescuing motorists trapped by the region's second holiday season blizzard.
  • Storm Lingers, Brings Blizzard to Plains   AP / 6:50AM
    DENVER - A winter storm that grounded scores of flights and hampered holiday travel eased its grip on the Denver area but moved Saturday into eastern Colorado, piling snowdrifts 8 feet high and freezing road travel.
  • Friday, December 29

  • Denver Gets Blitzed by Another Snowstorm   AP / 11:20PM
    DENVER (AP) -- Denver's second big snowstorm of the holidays grounded scores of flights Friday during one of the busiest travel periods of the year and blanketed streets that never got plowed the last time.
  • Denver Gets Blitzed by Another Snowstorm   AP / 6:11PM
    DENVER - Denver's second big snowstorm of the holidays grounded scores of flights Friday during one of the busiest travel periods of the year and blanketed streets that never got plowed the last time.
  • Thursday, December 28

  • Colo. Snowstorm Threatens Airport Again   AP / 8:10PM
    DENVER - New Year's travelers jammed the Denver airport Thursday, trying to get out of town ahead of a snowstorm that threatened to close runways and gum up the nation's busy holiday travel season for the second time in a week.
  • Indonesian Flood Survivors Receive Aid   AP / 3:50AM
    BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) -- Authorities deployed boats and helicopters on Thursday to shift aid to survivors of floods and landslides in northwestern Indonesia that have killed at least 109 and displaced more than 400,000.
  • Colorado Braces for Another Snowstorm   AP / 3:09AM
    DENVER - Still recovering from last week's blizzard, Colorado cities braced Wednesday for another storm that could bring more than a foot of snow and high winds to the state and cause planes to be grounded at Denver International Airport again.
  • Tuesday, December 26

  • Stranded Travelers Gone, but Not Luggage   AP / 8:30PM
    DENVER (AP) -- The stranded travelers were gone from Denver's airport by Tuesday, but the stranded suitcases were not.
  • Monday, December 25

  • Snow, rain dampens Aussie bush fires   UPI / 7:58PM
    MELBOURNE, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Snow and rain on Christmas Day has eased the bush fire threat in three states in Australia.
  • Indonesia Rushes Aid to Flooded Island   AP / 12:20AM
    BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia rushed tents, food and other emergency aid to flood-ravaged parts of Sumatra island on Monday, and the United Nations pledged $2 million for survivors.
  • Sunday, December 24

  • Post Offices Tries to Catch Up Storm   AP / 5:30PM
    DENVER (AP) -- An army of 1,500 mail carriers fanned out across Colorado and Wyoming on Christmas Eve, making rare Sunday deliveries in a bid to get hundreds of thousands of blizzard-delayed packages to their destinations on time.
  • Storm Cuts Power to Thousands in Wis.   AP / 1:39AM
    MILWAUKEE - A winter storm dumped 7 inches of wet, heavy snow on central Wisconsin, leaving thousands of people without electricity and disrupting holiday preparations.
  • Thursday, December 21

  • Rains Flood New Orleans Streets   AP / 9:10PM
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Heavy rain swamped New Orleans' streets Thursday, forcing some schools to close early and backing up traffic as pumping stations struggled to keep up.
  • Colorado Blizzard Strands Thousands   AP / 7:10PM
    DENVER - Nearly 5,000 travelers who mistakenly thought they were beating the Christmas rush struggled to find a hotel room or faced another night on the hard floor at Denver's snowbound airport Thursday after a blizzard paralyzed the city.
  • Blizzard Delays Flames-Avalanche Game   AP / 4:10PM
    DENVER - The Colorado Avalanche postponed Thursday night's game against the Calgary Flames, citing fan safety amid the worst snowstorm to hit Colorado in three years.
  • Insurance report says '06 quiet year   UPI / 3:50PM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- After years of record losses, insurers say they apparently got off lightly on natural and manmade catastrophes in 2006, a report says.
  • Colorado Blizzard Strands Thousands   AP / 2:10PM
    DENVER - Stranded travelers lined up at ticket counters at snowbound Denver International Airport on Thursday, hoping to get out of town amid a powerful snowstorm that paralyzed Colorado's biggest cities with up to 2 feet of snow.
  • Wednesday, December 20

  • Blizzard Warning in Colo., N.M. Digs Out   AP / 7:10PM
    DENVER - A major snowstorm blew across Colorado toward the Plains on Wednesday, dumping more than a foot of snow in some places and grounding hundreds of flights full of holiday travelers. Authorities shut down major highways in parts of four states.
  • Tuesday, December 19

  • New Orleans Still Awaiting Hurricane Aid   AP / 11:20PM
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Louisiana has distributed less than $2 billion in federal aid to communities hit by Hurricane Katrina, drawing complaints from some New Orleans officials that the state is slowing their recovery.
  • Sunday, December 17

  • Power outage causes carbon monoxide threat   UPI / 11:10PM
    SEATTLE, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Last week's windstorm in the U.S. Northwest left 400,000 utility customers without power, making some more vulnerable to carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Saturday, December 16

  • No trace yet of missing climbers   UPI / 11:11PM
    GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore., Dec. 16 (UPI) -- A large search Saturday found no trace on Oregon's Mount Hood found no sign of three missing climbers.
  • Northwest Storm Leaves 1M in the Dark   AP / 1:09AM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- The worst windstorm in more than a decade tore through the Pacific Northwest, leaving more than a million people without power Friday and killing at least six.
  • Friday, December 15

  • Northwest Storm Leaves Thousands in Dark   AP / 7:51PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- The worst windstorm in more than a decade tore through the Pacific Northwest, leaving more than a million people without power Friday and killing at least four.
  • 4 Dead As Storm Batters Northwest   AP / 4:10PM
    SEATTLE - Howling windstorms and heavy rains caused at least four deaths, closed bridges and highways and cut power to about 1.5 million homes and businesses in Washington and Oregon, authorities said Friday.
  • El Nino may, or may not, soak California   UPI / 12:30PM
    SACRAMENTO, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- El Nino, the periodic warming of Pacific waters, puzzles meteorologists who said they don't know whether it will bring needed rain to Southern California.
  • Storm Cuts Power in Northwest; 3 Dead   AP / 2:40AM
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A powerful storm socked the Pacific Northwest with heavy rain and wind gusts close to 100 mph Thursday, flooding streets, toppling trees and cutting power to thousands. Three deaths were blamed on the storm.
  • Wednesday, December 13

  • Typhoon relief trucks collapse bridge   UPI / 7:39PM
    GUINOBATAN, Philippines, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- A caravan of nearly 200 trucks carrying relief supplies to typhoon victims in the Philippines caused a bridge to collapse Wednesday, officials said.
  • Blizzard slows rescue of 3 on Mount Hood   UPI / 10:00AM
    GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore., Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Blizzard conditions Wednesday were frustrating rescuers trying to reach three mountain climbers lost near the peak of Oregon's 11,239-foot Mount Hood.
  • Monday, December 11

  • El Nino could last beyond spring   UPI / 12:50PM
    BOULDER, Colo., Dec. 11 (UPI) -- A University of Colorado weather expert has warned the El Nino weather pattern over the Pacific Ocean could survive past the upcoming spring.
  • Friday, December 8

  • Expert Predicts 14 Named Storms in 2007   AP / 12:50PM
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- The 2007 Atlantic hurricane season should have above-average activity, with three major hurricanes and a good chance at least one of them will make landfall, a top hurricane researcher said Friday.
  • Forecaster Sees High Hurricane Activity   AP / 10:50AM
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- The 2007 Atlantic hurricane season should have above-average activity, a top hurricane researcher said Friday.
  • Thursday, December 7

  • Tornado Damages Northwest London   AP / 10:20AM
    LONDON (AP) -- A tornado Thursday ripped off a section of a wall of a northwest London house, damaged several nearby homes and injured at least six people, authorities said.
  • Tuesday, December 5

  • More than 1,000 feared dead in Philippines   UPI / 1:38AM
    LEGAZPI, Philippines, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- More than 1,000 people are likely to have died in mudslides triggered by a super-typhoon that struck the Philippines last week.
  • Monday, December 4

  • Cold Staggers St. Louis Amid Blackout   AP / 7:20PM
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- People slept among strangers and browsed a little longer in lighted bookstores during their search for warm surroundings Monday, the fifth day of a blackout caused by a winter storm.
  • Chill Still Felt in Missouri, Illinois   AP / 11:50AM
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Tawana Jean Cooper and her family escaped their frigid suburban home for the warmth of an urban Red Cross center after roads were cleared of ice, downed power lines and broken tree limbs left by a devastating Midwest ice and snow storm.
  • Sunday, December 3

  • Fraction of Katrina families reach aid cap   UPI / 4:00PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Fewer than 4,700 families will reach a $26,200 cap on disaster assistance following hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the U.S. government says.
  • Midwest, Northeast Clean Up After Storm   AP / 1:39PM
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Some crews repaired downed power lines, others swept debris from train tracks and National Guardsmen went door-to-door checking on residents after the Midwest's first big snowstorm of the season.
  • Weather Around the U.S.A. [Nov 30]   The Associated Press / 1:50AM
  • Saturday, December 2

  • Midwest, Northeast Recover From Storm   AP / 10:20PM
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Utility crews worked overtime Saturday to restore electrical service to thousands of customers still blacked out by the Midwest's first big snowstorm of the season.
  • Midwest, Northeast Recover From Storm   AP / 6:00PM
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Utility crews worked overtime Saturday to restore electrical service to thousands of customers still blacked out by the Midwest's first big snowstorm of the season.
  • Winter Storm Causes Major Power Failures   AP / 12:10AM
    ST. LOUIS - The season's first big wintry storm blustered across the Midwest on Friday and closed in on the Northeast, leaving hundreds of thousands without electricity, stranding airline passengers and collapsing the roof of a nursing home with its wet, heavy snow.
  • Friday, December 1

  • Snow, Ice, Freezing Rain Drill Midwest   AP / 3:10PM
    CHICAGO - The season's first major snowstorm marched across the Plains and Midwest on Friday, slopping up highways, shuttering schools and knocking out power to more than 2 million homes and businesses.
  • Typhoon Durian Kills 198 in Philippines   AP / 6:50AM
    MANILA, Philippines - The fourth major typhoon to hit the Philippines in four months killed 198 people and left 260 others missing, officials said Friday.
  • Typhoon Durian Kills 109 in Philippines   AP / 1:49AM
    MANILA, Philippines - Typhoon Durian tore through the eastern Philippines on Thursday with winds of up to 139 mph, killing at least 109 people and cutting off power to thousands of homes, officials said.
  • Thursday, November 30

  • Powerful Typhoon Kills 55 in Philippines   AP / 11:50PM
    MANILA, Philippines - Typhoon Durian tore through the eastern Philippines on Thursday with winds of up to 139 mph, killing at least 55 people and cutting off power to thousands of homes, officials said.
  • Snow, Freezing Rain Moves Into Midwest   AP / 11:10PM
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The first major snowstorm of the season blew across the Plains and Midwest on Thursday, grounding hundreds of flights, closing schools, glazing highways and threatening to dump up to a foot of snow on communities that had basked in balmy weather only days earlier.
  • Snow, Freezing Rain Moves Into Midwest   AP / 6:31PM
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The first major snowstorm of the season blew across the Plains and Midwest on Thursday, grounding hundreds of flights, closing schools, glazing highways and threatening to dump up to a foot of snow on communities that had basked in balmy weather only days earlier.
  • Typhoon Durian Tears Through Philippines   AP / 12:30PM
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Typhoon Durian tore through the eastern Philippines on Thursday with winds of up to 139 mph, blowing away small houses, uprooting trees and cutting off power to thousands of homes, officials said.
  • Wednesday, November 29

  • Snowy Northwest Facing a New Snowstorm   AP / 4:40PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- A new storm headed into Washington state Wednesday as the region shivered in the aftermath of unusually heavy rain and snow that caused traffic nightmares and power outages.
  • Tuesday, November 28

  • New Orleans makes post-Katrina film debut   UPI / 7:41PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- With the film "Deja Vu," New Orleans has made its first appearance on film since the Louisiana city was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Monday, November 27

  • Packers Lead Seahawks in Rare Snowstorm   AP / 10:12PM
    SEATTLE - Brett Favre shook off an arm injury to make his 252nd consecutive start at quarterback Monday night, guiding the Green Bay Packers in a slick and steady snow to a 7-3 first quarter lead over the Seattle Seahawks.
  • Hurricane Ivan's impact is analyzed   UPI / 9:30AM
    TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists have issued a detailed report on 2004's Hurricane Ivan -- one of four strong hurricanes to hit Florida within one month that year.
  • Saturday, November 25

  • Bush thanks U.S. troops for sacrifices   UPI / 10:21AM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- President Bush Saturday remembered U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and those still recovering from Katrina and other Gulf Coast hurricanes.
  • Friday, November 24

  • Hurricane help may mean more taxes   UPI / 6:20PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Some Louisiana hurricane victims are finding that the U.S. government's Road Home grants to rebuild homes may have a catch -- the grants could be taxed.
  • Friday, November 17

  • El Nino Stymied Hurricane Forecasts   AP / 11:50AM
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- A late El Nino this year confounded hurricane forecasters' predictions for the Atlantic storm season, which turned out to be much quieter than normal, hurricane expert William Gray's team said Friday.
  • Thursday, November 16

  • Storm Knocks Out Power in Wash. State   AP / 12:11PM
    SUMNER, Wash. - Tens of thousands of people remained without power Thursday morning after rainstorms again battered coastal Washington, just a week after warm-weather storms caused flooding that killed two people and damaged hundreds of homes.
  • Tuesday, November 14

  • Blizzard hits Colorado Rockies   UPI / 5:00PM
    DENVER, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- A blizzard hit the Rocky Mountains west of Denver, closing Interstate 70 Tuesday and dumping more than a foot of snow on Vail and Aspen.
  • Tropical Storm Sergio Forms Off Mexico   AP / 4:30PM
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Tropical Storm Sergio formed off the Pacific coast of Mexico on Tuesday, and it was expected to become a hurricane later in the week as it draws closer to land.
  • Saturday, November 11

  • Heavy Snow Blankets Iowa, Minnesota   AP / 2:10AM
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Heavy snow blanketed parts of Iowa and Minnesota on Friday, closing and delaying some schools.
  • Thursday, November 9

  • NASA looks at a monster storm on Saturn   UPI / 3:11PM
    PASADENA, Calif., Nov. 9 (UPI) -- NASA says its Cassini spacecraft has found a hurricane-like storm at Saturn's South Pole, nearly 5,000 miles across -- or two-thirds Earth's diameter.
  • Tuesday, November 7

  • Tornado in Japan Kills 9, Injures 25   AP / 1:20PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's deadliest tornado on record tore through a remote northern town on Tuesday, killing nine people and injuring 25, police said.
  • Tornado kills nine in Japan   UPI / 8:41AM
    TOKYO, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- A tornado struck the town of Saroma in Japan's northern Hokkaido prefecture, killing nine people near a tunnel construction site.
  • Australia's worst drought in 1,000 years   UPI / 5:40AM
    CANBERRA, Australia, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Australia is experiencing drought conditions expected only once every 1,000 years, the country's leaders were told.
  • Saturday, November 4

  • Allstate seeks premium hike in La.   UPI / 11:58PM
    BATON ROUGE, La., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Allstate Insurance Co. wants to increase premiums for homeowner's insurance in Louisiana and to raise deductibles for windstorm coverage.
  • Wednesday, November 1

  • Freighter Sinks in Baltic Sea Storm   AP / 8:50PM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- A Swedish freighter capsized and sank in a storm on the Baltic Sea on Wednesday, forcing its 14-member crew to jump overboard to save themselves. Rescue officials said helicopters plucked all but one man from the high waves and chilly waters.
  • Sunday, October 29

  • Storm Blacks Out Parts of Northeast   AP / 8:48PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Thousands of homes and businesses had no electricity Sunday from Maryland to Maine as a storm system blasted the region with winds gusting to more than 50 mph, knocking over trees and a construction crane. The storm was blamed for at least two deaths.
  • Strong Typhoon Rips Northern Philippines   AP / 9:10AM
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- One of the strongest typhoons to hit the storm-prone Philippines in years battered the mountainous north late Sunday as the country braced for a possible disaster. "Let us all pray," President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said in a message on nationwide radio as she ordered schools and government offices shut in the affected area and temporarily banned bus trips there to prevent casualties.
  • Typhoon Roars Toward Phillippines   AP / 5:00AM
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Officials ordered people to leave coastal and mountainside areas Sunday as a powerful typhoon blew toward the northern Philippines.
  • Saturday, October 28

  • Tornado Causes Damage in Fla. Town   AP / 4:10PM
    APALACHICOLA, Fla. - This seaside town was without power Saturday after a tornado tore through the area, damaging several buildings and leaving two people with minor injuries, authorities said.
  • Hope fades for finding shipwrecked crew   UPI / 11:50AM
    ABERDEEN, Scotland, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A Scottish fishing boat disappeared in the North Sea during a violent storm and all four men aboard were feared dead, it was reported Saturday.
  • Friday, October 27

  • Tropical Storm Paul Floods Mexico   AP / 12:40AM
    SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico (AP) -- The remnants of Tropical Storm Paul made landfall on Mexico's mainland Thursday, triggering floods that caused mostly superficial damage to 5,000 houses, officials said.
  • Thursday, October 26

  • NASA studies the world's thunderstorms   UPI / 9:40PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- NASA satellite data show the region east of the Andes Mountains in Argentina experiences the Earth's most intense thunderstorms.
  • Colorado Hit With Heavy Snow   AP / 5:19PM
    DENVER (AP) -- The biggest October snowstorm to hit Colorado in several years dumped up to 20 inches Thursday, grounding flights, closing highways, knocking out electricity -- and jump-starting the ski season.
  • Blizzard Warning Issued for Colorado   AP / 1:59PM
    DENVER (AP) -- A powerful snowstorm dumped 18 inches of snow in parts of the Colorado mountains and spread eastward Thursday, snarling traffic and shutting down dozens of school districts.
  • Tuesday, October 24

  • Hurricane Paul Weakens to Tropical Storm   AP / 9:50PM
    SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico (AP) -- Hurricane Paul weakened to a tropical storm Tuesday as it headed toward the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, whipping up high surf that left one person dead and another missing in the resort region.
  • Hurricane Paul Threatens Baja California   AP / 7:29AM
    SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico - The season's third hurricane to threaten this popular resort city swirled toward the tip of the Baja California peninsula, and emergency workers went on standby to evacuate thousands of residents.
  • Monday, October 23

  • Hurricane Paul Becomes Category 3 Storm   AP / 11:39AM
    MEXICO CITY - Hurricane Paul strengthened to a Category 3 storm Monday off Mexico's western coast and churned toward the southern tip of Baja California, forecasters said.
  • Hurricane Paul Becomes Category 2 Storm   AP / 11:39AM
    MEXICO CITY - Hurricane Paul strengthened to a Category 2 storm Monday off Mexico's western coast and churned toward the southern tip of Baja California, forecasters said.
  • Hurricane Paul Becomes Category 2 Storm   AP / 6:10AM
    MEXICO CITY - Hurricane Paul strengthened to a Category 2 storm off Mexico's western coast on Monday and was threatening southern Baja California, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said.
  • Wednesday, October 18

  • Critical wildfire warning in S. California   UPI / 5:20PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Parts of Southern California experienced critical fire conditions Wednesday as warm, dry Santa Ana winds made the area a potential tinderbox, officials said.
  • 'Katrina Clinic' gives disaster lessons   UPI / 1:09PM
    HOUSTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The "Katrina Clinic" at the Astrodome/Reliant Center Complex in Houston provided lessons for U.S. cities planning a medical response to disaster.
  • Saturday, October 14

  • Buffalo Hit With Early Snowstorm; 3 Die   AP / 12:12AM
    BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Buffalo area lay all but paralyzed Friday after a record-breaking early snowstorm whited-out the brilliant colors of fall, burying pumpkins and apples and catching this city world-famous for its wintry weather flat-flooted.
  • Friday, October 13

  • Cheney makes quick trip to New Orleans   UPI / 7:21PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney made a flying visit to New Orleans and praised the work of the Army Corps of Engineers on city levees.
  • Deadly Snowstorm Clobbers Western N.Y.   AP / 5:20PM
    BUFFALO, N.Y. - Buffalo lay all but paralyzed Friday after a record-breaking early snowstorm whited out the brilliant colors of fall, buried pumpkins and apples and caught this city famous for its wintry weather flat-flooted. At least three deaths were blamed on the storm.
  • Hurricane study eyes home construction   UPI / 12:40PM
    MIAMI, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- A 1950s-era house and two V-8 engines may help Florida scientists learn which construction materials and methods better withstand hurricane winds.
  • Thursday, October 12

  • Lott raps insurance industry over Katrina   UPI / 10:30AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., hit hard by Hurricane Katrina, said he was "outraged" at some insurers' response to storm claims.
  • Tuesday, October 10

  • Study: Dust might dampen hurricane fury   UPI / 12:50PM
    MADISON, Wis., Oct. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say dust rising from the Sahara Desert and blowing off western Africa might affect Atlantic hurricane frequency and strength.
  • Lake Okeechobee at risk in hurricanes   UPI / 10:20AM
    MIAMI, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Scientists say New Orleans is most vulnerable to hurricane storm surge-caused loss of life and property damage of all U.S. East Coast and Gulf Coast areas.
  • Monday, October 9

  • Hurricane Dennis storm surge explained   UPI / 4:41PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they've determined why a 10-foot storm surge from Hurricane Dennis last year was about 4 feet higher than forecast.
  • Thursday, October 5

  • NASA data confirms El Nino has returned   UPI / 12:49PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- NASA satellite data indicates El Nino has returned to the tropical Pacific Ocean, although in a relatively weak condition that may not persist.
  • Wednesday, October 4

  • Accused FEMA bilker said unfit for trial   UPI / 8:51PM
    GALVESTON, Texas, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- A Galveston, Texas, man accused of bilking at least $232,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been found incompetent to stand trial.
  • Remainder of hurricane season downgraded   UPI / 12:40PM
    FORT COLLINS, Colo., Oct. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. forecasters have again downgraded their predictions, saying the rest of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season will present below average activity.
  • Tuesday, October 3

  • Hurricane Rita Bus Owner Guilty   AP / 9:10PM
    McALLEN, Texas - The owner of the bus that exploded and killed 23 people during the Hurricane Rita evacuation was acquitted Tuesday of one safety violation charge but was convicted on two lesser counts.
  • Forecast Team Predicts 1 More Hurricane   AP / 11:10AM
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Hurricane expert William Gray downgraded his forecast for the 2006 Atlantic storm season again Tuesday, predicting one more hurricane, two more named storms but no intense hurricanes.
  • Tropical Storm Isaac heads for Arctic   UPI / 1:50AM
    ST. JOHNS, Newfoundland, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Tropical Storm Isaac bypassed Newfoundland, Canada, as it raced toward the Arctic Monday.
  • Sunday, October 1

  • Isaac's winds may affect Newfoundland   UPI / 8:50PM
    MIAMI, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- A tropical storm watch remained in effect for southeastern Newfoundland in Canada Sunday as Hurricane Isaac moved north in the Atlantic, forecasters said.
  • Saturday, September 30

  • Isaac moves north in Atlantic   UPI / 12:00AM
    MIAMI, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Tropical Storm Isaac continued to move northwards in the Atlantic towards Canada's Maritime Provinces.
  • Friday, September 29

  • Tropical Storm Isaac little threat to land   UPI / 12:01AM
    MIAMI, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The ninth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season is expected to stay far from land, hurricane forecasters in Florida said.
  • Wednesday, September 27

  • New hurricane classification scale created   UPI / 9:10PM
    KENT, Ohio, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists are proposing a new hurricane classification scale that measures what the big storms do when they hit land.
  • Tuesday, September 26

  • White House Said to Bar Hurricane Report   AP / 5:10PM
    WASHINGTON - The Bush administration has blocked release of a report that suggests global warming is contributing to the frequency and strength of hurricanes, the journal Nature reported Tuesday.
  • NASA scientists study hurricane waves   UPI / 3:29PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- NASA scientists are using newly developed scanning radar to measure changing hurricane wave heights to better understand Earth's dynamic climate.
  • Sunday, September 24

  • Helene Weakens, No Longer a Hurricane   AP / 11:10AM
    MIAMI - Helene weakened and was no longer a hurricane Sunday as it continued churning in the open Atlantic, forecasters said.
  • Wednesday, September 20

  • Scientists trace U.S. hurricane activity   UPI / 1:40PM
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they've discovered the chemical signature of nearly every hurricane to strike southern Georgia during the past 220 years.
  • Hurricanes Helene, Gordon losing steam   UPI / 12:39AM
    MIAMI, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Hurricane Gordon was downgraded to a Category 1 storm Tuesday as it neared Portugal's Azores Islands.
  • Monday, September 18

  • Minn. tornado struck with no warning   UPI / 11:40PM
    MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Officials say a tornado that cut a destructive swathe through a town near Minneapolis touched down so quickly there were no warning sirens.
  • Saturday, September 16

  • Hurricane Hits Mexico's Pacific Coast   AP / 5:10PM
    CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico - Powerful Hurricane Lane slammed into a sparsely populated stretch of Mexico's Pacific coast south of the city of Culiacan on Saturday after battering the resort of Mazatlan with strong winds and rain.
  • Hurricane Victims Can Evacuate in Style   AP / 1:10PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - There are the hurricane evacuation images everyone has come to conjure - stranded victims, snaking traffic and helicopters dispatched to rooftops. And then there is HelpJet.
  • Hurricane Lane Becomes Category 3   AP / 7:29AM
    CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico - Hurricane Lane strengthened to a dangerous Category 3 on Saturday, with forecasters saying it could get stronger still before hitting Mexico's Pacific coast later in the day.
  • Hurricane Lane Roars Toward Baja   AP / 2:10AM
    CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico - Tropical Storm Lane became a Category 2 hurricane Friday as it roared toward the tip of the Baja California Peninsula, lashing Mexico's Pacific coast, flooding port cities and causing a landslide that killed a 7-year-old boy.
  • Gordon drifts and weakens   UPI / 12:10AM
    MIAMI, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Hurricane Gordon became weaker Friday as it drifted over the Atlantic hundreds of miles east of Bermuda.
  • Friday, September 15

  • Hurricane Gordon Stronger; Helene Forms   AP / 12:10AM
    MIAMI - Tropical Storm Helene intensified and Hurricane Gordon maintained its strength Thursday, but neither storm in the open Atlantic was expected to threaten to land, forecasters said.
  • Thursday, September 14

  • El Nino develops in the tropical Pacific   UPI / 12:09PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say El Nino conditions have developed in the tropical Pacific Ocean and will affect weather patterns into 2007.
  • Wednesday, September 13

  • Gordon becomes hurricane   UPI / 12:22AM
    MIAMI, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- As Hurricane Florence morphed into a large extra-tropical cyclone in the North Atlantic, Tropical Storm Gordon gained hurricane strength Tuesday.
  • Tuesday, September 12

  • Warmer oceans produce stronger hurricanes   UPI / 10:22AM
    BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 12 (UPI) -- A study by 19 U.S. and European scientists finds greenhouse gases, not natural cycles, are causing warmer oceans that produce more powerful hurricanes.
  • Monday, September 11

  • Bermuda battered by Hurricane Florence   UPI / 10:41PM
    MIAMI, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- A tropical storm warning remained in effect for Bermuda Monday evening as Hurricane Florence sped north away from the island.
  • Sunday, September 10

  • Hurricane Florence Heads for Bermuda   AP / 2:10PM
    HAMILTON, Bermuda - Florence intensified into the second hurricane of the Atlantic season Sunday as it headed for Bermuda, where residents installed storm shutters and hauled their yachts onto beaches.
  • Florence on track for Bermuda   UPI / 12:10AM
    MIAMI, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Tropical Storm Florence, though hundreds of miles from land, lashed distant shores with dangerous surf Saturday.
  • Saturday, September 9

  • Suit planned over slain Katrina pets   UPI / 3:10PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Owners forced to abandon dogs and cats -- allegedly shot later by Louisiana sheriff's deputies during Hurricane Katrina -- intend to sue, a report says.
  • Gutting enforced in New Orleans properties   UPI / 1:18AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Gutting and cleanup notices have been posted on thousands of buildings in New Orleans that have not been gutted since Hurricane Katrina.
  • Tuesday, September 5

  • Hurricane Leftovers Cause Minor Flooding   AP / 10:11AM
    SAN JACINTO, Calif. - Flash flooding triggered mudslides that trapped vehicles in Southern California as the fading remnants of Hurricane John dumped rain on parts of the Southwest.
  • Sunday, September 3

  • Hurricane John Weakens to Tropical Storm   AP / 2:11AM
    CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico - John weakened to a tropical storm Saturday just hours after it hit land as a hurricane in the southern part of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, ripping the roofs from shacks, knocking out power and sending billboards flying.
  • Friday, September 1

  • Experts Lower Hurricane Forecast to 5   AP / 1:10PM
    DENVER - Hurricane forecaster William Gray downgraded his expectations for the 2006 Atlantic storm season Friday, calling for a slightly below-average year, with only five hurricanes instead of the seven previously forecast.
  • Thursday, August 31

  • Scientists study hurricane origins   UPI / 7:20PM
    ZINDER, Niger, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- U.S. and French scientists have launched balloons from an airport in Zinder, Niger, containing instruments to analyze conditions that create hurricanes.
  • Hurricane Watch Issued for Carolinas   AP / 12:10PM
    WILMINGTON, N.C. - Forecasters issued a hurricane watch for the North and South Carolina coasts Thursday as Tropical Storm Ernesto gained strength over the Atlantic.
  • Hurricane John Blasts Mexican Coast   AP / 1:10AM
    PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico - Hurricane John lashed tourist resorts with heavy winds and rain Wednesday as the dangerous storm marched up Mexico's Pacific coast, and forecasters predicted its center would brush close to land before nicking the tip of Baja California and heading out to sea.
  • Wednesday, August 30

  • Hurricane John Strengthens to Category 4   AP / 12:10PM
    PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico - Hurricane John strengthened into a dangerous, Category 4 storm Wednesday and forecasters predicted its center would come closer to land during its march up Mexico's Pacific coast, where its outer bands already were lashing tourist resorts with heavy winds and rain.
  • Typhoon spurs evacuation to Hawaii   UPI / 12:00PM
    HONOLULU, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force has evacuated 200 people from its Pacific base on Wake Island as a super typhoon bound for Asia bears down.
  • Many suffer mentally post-Katrina   UPI / 10:20AM
    BOSTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- One-quarter of those who lived in Louisiana and Mississippi experienced extreme psychological adversity during and after Hurricane Katrina, a survey finds.
  • Tuesday, August 29

  • Bush gets no bounce from terror arrests   UPI / 10:10PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- A new Harris Poll finds no evidence of a bounce for U.S. President Bush from the arrests in Britain of a group suspected of plotting to blow up passenger jets.
  • Space shuttle ordered back to launch pad   UPI / 5:09PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- NASA managers changed their minds Tuesday and sent Space Shuttle Atlantis back to its Florida launch pad nearly 5 hours after ordering it to a hanger.
  • Ernesto has Florida residents scrambling   UPI / 1:10PM
    MIAMI, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- People throughout Florida scrambled Tuesday to prepare for the arrival of Tropical Storm, or possibly Hurricane Ernesto.
  • Katrina memories fresh in New Orleans   UPI / 7:30AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- One year after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, the city missing 190,000 workers put on a brave face Tuesday.
  • Monday, August 28

  • Ernesto forces shuttle launch delay   UPI / 4:10PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- NASA has indefinitely postponed the Florida launch of U.S. space shuttle Atlantis because of Tropical Storm Ernesto.
  • Hurricane Watch for Parts of Florida   AP / 10:29AM
    KEY WEST, Fla. - The National Hurricane Center posted a hurricane watch on Monday for the southern tip of the Florida Peninsula, including the Keys and the Miami area, as Tropical Storm Ernesto drew closer and threatened to strengthen.
  • Southern Fla. Coasts on Hurricane Watch   AP / 7:29AM
    MIAMI - Forecasters from the National Hurricane Center extended a hurricane watch for the southern tip of Florida's peninsula as Tropical Storm Ernesto grew closer Monday.
  • Sunday, August 27

  • Ernesto weakens for now, aims for Florida   UPI / 7:30PM
    MIAMI, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Ernesto was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm Sunday, but U.S. weather forecasters warned it could strengthen and snap back.
  • Barbour: Mississippi ready if storm hits   UPI / 4:01PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says if Hurricane Ernesto heads for his state he could order the evacuation of up to 100,000 people, beginning Tuesday.
  • Hurricane Ernesto Bears Down on Haiti   AP / 3:10PM
    LES CAYES, Haiti - Ernesto became the first hurricane of the Atlantic season Sunday, lashing Haiti's southern coast with heavy rain and threatening to strengthen as it headed toward the Gulf of Mexico, where it could menace a wide swath of coastline including New Orleans.
  • Hurricane Prompts Keys Evacuation Order   AP / 3:10PM
    KEY WEST, Fla. - Visitors were ordered to leave the Florida Keys on Sunday because of the possibility that Hurricane Ernesto would threaten the island chain, emergency officials said.
  • Brown says White House wanted him to lie   UPI / 2:30PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The ousted head of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency says the White House wanted him to lie about the response to Hurricane Katrina.
  • Director says FEMA is ready for Ernesto   UPI / 2:11PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency says FEMA is ready to deal with a new natural disaster, even if Hurricane Ernesto hits Florida.
  • New Hurricane Worries La. After Katrina   AP / 7:27AM
    NEW ORLEANS - What was to have been a weekend of remembrance of Hurricane Katrina's destruction became a weekend of worry as Ernesto strengthened to a hurricane in the Caribbean.
  • Ernesto threatens Cuba, Jamaica   UPI / 12:21AM
    MIAMI, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Tropical Storm Ernesto picked up a little strength and threatened the Caribbean region late Saturday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said.
  • Saturday, August 26

  • Head of hurricane center to step down   UPI / 7:30PM
    MIAMI, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Max Mayfield, director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, has decided to step down and take some time off after two of the busiest seasons ever.
  • Engineers fear levees won't hold up   UPI / 6:50PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- The head of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Saturday New Orleans' levee system might not hold up to a sizable hurricane, despite a year of repairs.
  • Landrieu wants commitment to preparedness   UPI / 11:17AM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., has called for a new commitment by the United States to improve emergency preparedness.
  • Bush promises to fix Katrina-exposed flaws   UPI / 10:27AM
    KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush promised to correct flaws uncovered by the problems all levels of government faced in the aftermath of Hurricane Katina.
  • Friday, August 25

  • Thousands still wait on Katrina insurance   UPI / 11:40AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- In storm-scarred New Orleans, a year after Hurricane Katrina and the flood, thousands reportedly still wait to get paid for property damage.
  • Thursday, August 24

  • Time to make a storm food plan   UPI / 2:10PM
    ST. LOUIS, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Researchers at Saint Louis University Medical Center suggest that the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is a good time to make a storm food plan.
  • Wednesday, August 23

  • Poll sees global warming link to Katrina   UPI / 12:40AM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- A Washington pollster says the majority of U.S. residents are connecting intense weather events like Hurricane Katrina and heat waves to global warming.
  • Tuesday, August 22

  • NASA develops a hurricane drone   UPI / 12:00PM
    KEY WEST, Fla., Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Development of a hurricane drone is to be announced this week by NASA and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  • Sunday, August 20

  • Global warming, 'cane link still unclear   UPI / 12:50PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Everyone talks about the weather, but U.S. scientists are still studying ways to settle the debate about global warming and hurricanes.
  • Saturday, August 19

  • 1927 wreck found in Lake Michigan   UPI / 5:40PM
    HOLLAND, Mich., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they have found a 208-foot wooden vessel that sank in Lake Michigan almost 80 years ago in a storm.
  • Algae bloom fouls Florida Keys   UPI / 5:30PM
    MIAMI, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- An algae bloom has turned sea water around the Florida Keys into a thick green sludge.
  • Chinese official denies disaster coverups   UPI / 5:00PM
    BEIJING, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A top disaster relief official in China has called on local officials to be more open about the toll taken by natural disasters.
  • Friday, August 18

  • Motel sued for overcharging refugees   UPI / 11:58PM
    WACO, Texas, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- A motel owner in Waco, Texas, allegedly exploited Hurricane Rita by charging double the normal rates to people who fled their homes.
  • Thursday, August 17

  • Paper: Lee's Katrina documentary skewed   UPI / 1:12AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Spike Lee's HBO documentary on Hurricane Katrina focuses primarily on the black experience and conspiracy theory, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.
  • Wednesday, August 16

  • Court denies landfill injunction   UPI / 12:38AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- A federal judge has denied a waste removal company's request for a restraining order to stop New Orleans officials from shutting down a local landfill.
  • Tuesday, August 15

  • Global change causing hurricanes change   UPI / 3:58PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Florida State University scientists say global warming is affecting Atlantic hurricane intensity and hurricane damage will likely become greater.
  • Sunday, August 13

  • 'Hurricane Songs' offer kids musical help   UPI / 8:40PM
    PALM BEACH, Calif., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Florida music therapist Tom Dalton's new album "Hurricane Songs for Kids" offers children ways to cope with emotional reactions to a hurricane.
  • Wednesday, August 9

  • Hurricane development is studied   UPI / 1:10PM
    SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists want to learn why, of about 100 storms forming near Africa each hurricane season, only a few become tropical depressions or hurricanes.
  • Tuesday, August 8

  • Mid-season hurricane forecast is issued   UPI / 3:30PM
    MIAMI, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. hurricane experts Tuesday reiterated their prediction for an above-normal number of storms as the peak hurricane period nears.
  • Sunday, August 6

  • Ming Dynasty castle damaged in typhoon   UPI / 2:40PM
    FUZHOU, China, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The typhoons that have killed hundreds of people in China have damaged an ancient castle dating from the Ming Dynasty, a Chinese cultural official said.
  • Saturday, August 5

  • Chertoff promises aid to Louisiana   UPI / 7:17PM
    BATON ROUGE, La., Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco says the federal government will help expand shelters for evacuees when a new hurricane threatens coastal parishes.
  • Friday, August 4

  • Formaldehyde Feared in Hurricane Trailers   AP / 6:10PM
    JACKSON, Miss. - Federal authorities plan to test government trailers used by hurricane victims to determine whether people are being sickened by formaldehyde emissions, officials said Friday.
  • Thursday, August 3

  • Meteorologists revise hurricane forecast   UPI / 3:18PM
    FORT COLLINS, Colo., Aug. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. hurricane forecasters Thursday revised downward their 2006 hurricane season projections.
  • Wednesday, August 2

  • Chris May Become First Hurricane of '06   AP / 10:28AM
    ST. JOHN'S, Antigua - Tropical Storm Chris gained strength as it brushed past islands in the eastern Caribbean early Wednesday, and forecasters warned that it could become the first hurricane of the 2006 Atlantic season by evening.
  • Tuesday, August 1

  • Ecological effects of hurricanes studied   UPI / 5:31PM
    MEMPHIS, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- With the U.S. hurricane season under way, scientists are assessing Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to offer insights into future ecological consequences.
  • Monday, July 31

  • Northeast hurricane threat growing   UPI / 10:50AM
    NEW YORK, July 31 (UPI) -- The apparently increasing likelihood that a hurricane will hit New England could cost the United States $200 billion, CBS NEWS reported.
  • Sunday, July 30

  • 6 killed in New Orleans shootings   UPI / 1:51PM
    NEW ORLEANS, July 30 (UPI) -- New Orleans police searched Sunday for the killers of six people gunned down in the hurricane-ravaged city's bloodiest weekend since mid-June.
  • Florida homeowners fight insurance hikes   UPI / 11:51AM
    MIAMI, July 30 (UPI) -- Florida homeowners are banding together in a revolt against double- and triple-digit insurance rate increases, it was reported Sunday.
  • Saturday, July 29

  • Seoul gets 3 feet of rain in July   UPI / 2:42PM
    SEOUL, July 29 (UPI) -- The South Korean capital reports cloudy, hot and humid weather after nearly 11 inches of rain fell in four days, forcing thousands to evacuate.
  • Wednesday, July 26

  • NASA to take closer look at hurricanes   UPI / 1:41PM
    WASHINGTON, July 26 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they are planning an investigation into how winds and dust conditions from Africa influence the birth of Atlantic Ocean hurricanes.
  • Monday, July 24

  • Drugs found in bodies of Katrina victims   UPI / 12:57AM
    NEW ORLEANS, July 23 (UPI) -- Powerful drugs have been found in the bodies of people who died in New Orleans hospitals in the days after Hurricane Katrina.
  • Friday, July 21

  • Another storm slams hard-hit St. Louis   UPI / 7:21PM
    ST. LOUIS, July 20 (UPI) -- Another violent storm battered St. Louis Friday, knocking out electrical power to more than 200,000 customers, some who had just had power restored.
  • Thursday, July 20

  • Major summer storm slams St. Louis   UPI / 7:20AM
    ST. LOUIS, July 20 (UPI) -- An intense summer storm swept through St. Louis Wednesday night, downing buildings, flipping trucks and knocking out power to 476,000 people.
  • Tuesday, July 18

  • Tropical Storm Beryl threatens coast   UPI / 8:40PM
    MIAMI, July 18 (UPI) -- The second named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season formed Tuesday off North Carolina.
  • Arrests made for post-Katrina euthanasia   UPI / 9:51AM
    NEW ORLEANS, July 18 (UPI) -- New Orleans authorities have arrested a doctor and two nurses allegedly involved in some of the 45 deaths of hospital patients in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Sunday, July 16

  • Southern governors meet in New Orleans   UPI / 2:30PM
    NEW ORLEANS, July 16 (UPI) -- A handful of Southern governors discussed emergency management assistance in New Orleans Sunday, a day after two of them toured Hurricane Katrina's devastation.
  • Saturday, July 15

  • Floods from Typhoon Bilis plague China   UPI / 5:01PM
    BEIJING, July 15 (UPI) -- Floods and rainstorms caused by Typhoon Bilis have left 42 dead and more than 100 missing in China, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
  • Friday, July 14

  • Lee Offers His Take on Hurricane Katrina   AP / 7:10PM
    PASADENA, Calif. - Spike Lee was at the Venice Film Festival in Italy watching on television as Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans last August.
  • Wednesday, July 12

  • Corps report: Coastal trade-offs needed   UPI / 1:18AM
    WASHINGTON, July 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has submitted an interim report on protecting the Louisiana coast that avoids specific recommendations for projects.
  • Saturday, July 8

  • Post-Hurricane Katrina real estate costly   UPI / 8:11PM
    NEW ORLEANS, July 8 (UPI) -- A large number of houses in the flood-ravaged metropolitan area of New Orleans are being sold, real estate analysts said.
  • Thursday, July 6

  • Tenet collects $340M in Katrina claims   UPI / 11:20AM
    DALLAS, July 6 (UPI) -- Dallas' Tenet Healthcare Corp. Thursday said its 2005-2006 property insurers have paid it $340 million to settle Hurricane Katrina claims.
  • Sunday, July 2

  • Katrina report, future safety plan delayed   UPI / 3:01PM
    NEW ORLEANS, July 2 (UPI) -- The upcoming Army Corps of Engineers report on hurricane defense will offer very few solutions, the Times-Picayune of New Orleans says.
  • Six Flags offers deal to exit New Orleans   UPI / 2:40PM
    NEW ORLEANS, July 2 (UPI) -- Six Flags Inc. has offered New Orleans $10 million and 66 acres if the city will let it out of its lease to run its flood-ravaged theme park in the city.
  • Saturday, July 1

  • 'Heavies' get their voice back   UPI / 2:10PM
    HOUSTON, July 1 (UPI) -- The Brand New Heavies are playing the Essence Festival in Houston to help rebuild the hip-hop music scene, and are having something of a rebirth themselves.
  • Thursday, June 15

  • Fla. governor irate over storm e-mail   UPI / 11:11AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 15 (UPI) -- Florida Gov. Jeb Bush lambasted a Democratic U.S. congressman for pushing insurance reform in e-mail as a tropical storm hit the state.
  • Tuesday, June 13

  • Diabetes disaster kit should be prepared   UPI / 4:01PM
    NEW ORLEANS, June 13 (UPI) -- As the U.S. hurricane season begins, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists urges those with diabetes to prepare a diabetes disaster kit.
  • Monday, June 12

  • NIST urges better hurricane protections   UPI / 3:40PM
    GAITHERSBURG, Md., June 12 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say a stricter adherence to building standards and a greater recognition of storm surge risks are needed to minimize hurricane damage.
  • Sunday, June 11

  • Florida bracing for Tropical Storm Alberto   UPI / 10:40PM
    MIAMI, June 11 (UPI) -- Tropical Storm Alberto -- the first named storm of the year -- is heading for the Florida coast.
  • Saturday, June 10

  • Safe water level test results needed   UPI / 10:21PM
    NEW ORLEANS, June 10 (UPI) -- Storm surge will be limited to 5 feet in New Orleans' damaged 17th Street or London Avenue canals, pending results of tests on floodwall capacity.
  • Thursday, June 8

  • Iraq War, Hurricane Aid Agreement Reached   AP / 7:11PM
    WASHINGTON - House and Senate Republican leaders Thursday finalized agreement on a long-sought $94.5 billion bill to pay for the war in Iraq and deliver a much-needed infusion of relief to Louisiana and other hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast states.
  • Wednesday, June 7

  • Hurricane disasters may become more costly   UPI / 9:22AM
    CULLOWHEE, N.C., June 6 (UPI) -- A U.S. scientist says the way the federal government handled last year's hurricane disasters will make future disasters even more costly.
  • Saturday, June 3

  • Re-insurance causes home rates to soar   UPI / 2:10PM
    HOUSTON, June 3 (UPI) -- The reason home insurance costs are rising is because insurers need to buy insurance to protect themselves, the Houston Chronicle reports.
  • La. storm shelters too few for season   UPI / 9:56AM
    BATON ROUGE, La., June 3 (UPI) -- A federal agency says Louisiana lacks enough hurricane evacuee shelters as the state races for more and municipalities are reluctant to ante up space.
  • New rules for gulf oil rig stability   UPI / 8:30AM
    WASHINGTON, June 3 (UPI) -- U.S. regulators have issued tighter controls on Gulf of Mexico drilling rigs to prevent them from moving and drifting during hurricanes and other storms.
  • Wednesday, May 31

  • Data shows New Orleans' sinking rate   UPI / 9:00PM
    NEW ORLEANS, May 31 (UPI) -- The most detailed radar satellite map ever taken of the New Orleans area suggests the city is sinking as much as an inch a year.
  • Busy hurricane season begins Thursday   UPI / 2:52PM
    FORT COLLINS, Colo., May 31 (UPI) -- The 2006 U.S. hurricane season that begins Thursday is expected to be active, producing 17 tropical storms that will develop into nine hurricanes.
  • Cyclone strength linked with sea temps   UPI / 11:09AM
    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., May 31 (UPI) -- Purdue University climate researchers say 40 years of rising sea-surface temperatures are linked to more globally intense tropical cyclone activity.
  • Tuesday, May 30

  • Matchbox 20 helps young Katrina victims   UPI / 10:41PM
    NEW YORK, May 30 (UPI) -- Singer Rob Thomas and his band matchbox 20 Tuesday donated $200,000 to help revive music education in U.S. Gulf Coast areas hit by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Study: Hurricanes cause ecological harm   UPI / 6:37PM
    CHAPEL HILL, N.C., May 30 (UPI) -- The spate of hurricanes that hit North Carolina during the past decade produced ecological effects that lasted long after flood waters receded.
  • System to improve ocean weather forecasts   UPI / 6:20PM
    HUNTSVILLE, Ala., May 30 (UPI) -- U.S. coastal residents may better understand the destructive nature of severe weather as a result of research at The University of Alabama-Huntsville.
  • Monday, May 29

  • U.S. gulf rigs brace for hurricane season   UPI / 10:50AM
    HOUSTON, May 29 (UPI) -- Still not back to full strength after last year's storms, the energy industry in the Gulf of Mexico is busy making preparations for hurricane season this week.
  • Sunday, May 28

  • New Orleans not ready for hurricane season   UPI / 11:10PM
    NEW ORLEANS, May 28 (UPI) -- Experts say short-term repairs to New Orleans' levee system will not guarantee the city's safety should another major storm strike.
  • Saturday, May 27

  • State Farm slammed in tornado suit   UPI / 8:50AM
    TULSA, Okla., May 27 (UPI) -- An Oklahoma jury in a class action lawsuit has ruled State Farm Insurance acted "recklessly" in handling claims from a wave of tornadoes in the state in 1999.
  • Thursday, May 25

  • Ocean useful in hurricane disaster relief   UPI / 4:57PM
    CLEMSON, S.C., May 25 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say the ocean might provide an important highway for use in a hurricane disaster.
  • Wednesday, May 24

  • Scientists develop hurricane probabilities   UPI / 12:40PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., May 24 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say New Orleans and the Louisiana Gulf Coast face the highest probability of any U.S. areas of experiencing hurricanes this summer.
  • Tuesday, May 23

  • N.O. levees still substandard -- report   UPI / 5:00PM
    NEW ORLEANS, May 23 (UPI) -- The Independent Levee Investigation Team says little has been done to overhaul the levee system that led to devastating floods in New Orleans last year.
  • Monday, May 22

  • Experts: Hurricane Season Won't Match '05   AP / 8:10PM
    MIAMI - The next Atlantic hurricane season could produce up to 16 named storms, six of them major hurricanes, suggesting another active year but not the record pounding of 2005, scientists said Monday.
  • Iowa State students to help tornado chaser   UPI / 5:50PM
    AMES, Iowa, May 22 (UPI) -- Iowa State University researchers will be chasing tornados this year in a project designed to increase scientists' basic understanding of the wind storms.
  • Hurricane Center Predicts Calmer Season   AP / 5:12PM
    MIAMI - A hectic, above-normal tropical storm season could produce between four and six major hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico this year, but conditions don't appear ripe for a repeat of 2005's record activity, the National Hurricane Center predicted Monday.
  • Another busy hurricane season predicted   UPI / 12:50PM
    MIAMI, May 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is calling for another very busy Atlantic hurricane season, predicting as many as 16 named storms.
  • Hurricanes: Category 6 listing possible   UPI / 10:50AM
    MIAMI, May 22 (UPI) -- With some scientists saying global warming is causing an increasing frequency and strength of hurricanes, there is a call for a new category of storms.
  • Sunday, May 21

  • La. parish wants empty trailers moved   UPI / 10:00PM
    NEW ORLEANS, May 21 (UPI) -- Some Louisiana residents say the federal government is taking too long to remove vacant trailers once the former occupants are back in their own homes.
  • Saturday, May 20

  • China rescues Vietnamese fishermen   UPI / 8:30PM
    BEIJING, May 20 (UPI) -- Chinese rescuers picked up 97 Vietnamese fishermen Saturday in the South China Sea near the Dongsha Islands, Xinhua news agency reports.
  • Some Katrina victims evicted from trailers   UPI / 6:30PM
    D'IBERVILLE, Miss., May 20 (UPI) -- About 3,000 Hurricane Katrina victims in Mississippi have been told they are ineligible for their U.S.-funded house trailers, the Los Angeles Times said.
  • Friday, May 19

  • Florida having a tax-free hurricane sale   UPI / 10:37PM
    OAKLAND PARK, Fla., May 19 (UPI) -- Florida's 12-day sales-tax holiday for hurricane preparation begins Sunday, when residents get to buy needed supplies without the tax burden.
  • Allstate bailing on Gulf Coast policies   UPI / 12:20PM
    TAMPA, Fla., May 19 (UPI) -- U.S. insurance giant Allstate is shedding hundreds of thousands of homeowner policies on hurricane-prone properties near the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Thursday, May 18

  • Robertson: God gave me weather warning   UPI / 1:30PM
    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., May 18 (UPI) -- Conservative televangelist Pat Robertson says God has given him warnings of U.S. coastal storms this year and maybe even a tsunami.
  • Wednesday, May 17

  • NASA: Cloud altitudes give hurricane clues   UPI / 11:27AM
    GREENBELT, Md., May 17 (UPI) -- NASA scientists say they have discovered that cloud tops in a hurricane offer clues about the behavior of winds on the Earth's surface.
  • Saturday, May 13

  • FEMA says disaster readiness improved   UPI / 12:01PM
    NEW ORLEANS, May 13 (UPI) -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it is better prepared for the next U.S. disaster, but concedes many problems remain, a New Orleans report says.
  • Friday, May 12

  • Texas to get huge offshore wind farm   UPI / 5:10PM
    AUSTIN, Texas, May 12 (UPI) -- Texas officials have approved a plan to build the biggest offshore wind farm in the United States.
  • Wednesday, May 10

  • Hurricane-global warming link questioned   UPI / 2:50PM
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., May 10 (UPI) -- U.S. climatologists have called into question a proposed link between major Atlantic hurricanes and global warming.
  • Tuesday, May 9

  • 2005 hurricanes cut fire ant population   UPI / 6:40PM
    BATON ROUGE, La., May 9 (UPI) -- An unexpected benefit from last year's Hurricanes Katrina and Rita has been a dramatic reduction in the fire ant population along the Louisiana Gulf Coast.
  • Study: Hurricanes linked with mental ills   UPI / 3:01PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 9 (UPI) -- Florida State University sociologists say they have found a link between the effects of devastating hurricanes and mental health problems.
  • Monday, May 8

  • New Orleans jazz fest draws to a close   UPI / 6:00PM
    NEW ORLEANS, May 8 (UPI) -- The 37th New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival was described Monday as a bittersweet success.
  • New Orleans landfill battle   UPI / 2:07PM
    NEW ORLEANS, May 8 (UPI) -- Hundreds of Vietnamese-American families in New Orleans fear their neighborhood is about to be hit by Hurricane Katrina again -- this time by its debris.
  • Lightning kills 5 Bangladeshi children   UPI / 7:11AM
    DHAKA, Bangladesh, May 8 (UPI) -- Five schoolboys in northern Bangladesh were killed by lightning while playing cricket in the rain, local reports said Monday.
  • Saturday, May 6

  • Report: Bush wants to disband the NCCC   UPI / 4:50PM
    WASHINGTON, May 6 (UPI) -- U.S. President George W. Bush is proposing disbanding the National Civilian Community Corps, following criticism by the Office of Management and Budget.
  • Kerry vows to push SBA on Katrina   UPI / 11:07AM
    NEW ORLEANS, May 6 (UPI) -- Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., said he will push the Small Business Administration to move quicker to help Hurricane Katrina victims.
  • Friday, May 5

  • Expert: Levees that did not fail need work   UPI / 10:30PM
    DENHAM SPRINGS, La., May 5 (UPI) -- The head of the Louisiana team investigating the levee failure during Katrina said levees that withstood the storm are at risk in another hurricane.
  • Thursday, May 4

  • Senate Backs $109B for War, Hurricane Aid   AP / 5:35PM
    WASHINGTON - The Senate Thursday passed a $109 billion bill to pay for the war in Iraq and hurricane aid for the Gulf Coast, but a veto threat imperils many provisions added by lawmakers.
  • Wednesday, May 3

  • Chertoff Sure FEMA Ready for Hurricane   AP / 12:11AM
    THOMASVILLE, Ga. - Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff said Tuesday he is "very confident" that federal officials are ready for the upcoming hurricane season.
  • Tuesday, May 2

  • Qatar to give $60M to hurricane victims   UPI / 12:30PM
    DOHA, Qatar, May 2 (UPI) -- Qatar's $100 million aid package to victims of Hurricane Katrina will include $17.5 million to New Orleans' Xavier University of Louisiana.
  • U.S. National Guard low on hurricane gear   UPI / 11:03AM
    WASHINGTON, May 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. National Guard has good and bad news about the coming hurricane season -- they have more troops than last year but less equipment to respond.
  • Sunday, April 30

  • Many charities call 'donor fatigue' myth   UPI / 2:01PM
    WASHINGTON, April 30 (UPI) -- Anticipating that U.S. charitable giving would be drained by Hurricane Katrina, Congress passed a temporary tax break, but overall giving has not declined.
  • Earmarks cloud emergency spending bill   UPI / 1:00PM
    WASHINGTON, April 30 (UPI) -- The Senate faces a rare veto threat unless it removes some $11.5 billion in earmarks from an emergency spending bill for the Iraq war and hurricane recovery.
  • Saturday, April 29

  • New Orleans P.O. lifts magazine ban   UPI / 10:10AM
    NEW ORLEANS, April 29 (UPI) -- The New Orleans Post Office begins handling magazines and newspapers again Monday for the first time since Hurricane Katrina.
  • New Orleans' sewer system hard hit   UPI / 6:40AM
    NEW ORLEANS, April 28 (UPI) -- In addition to damage to homes and businesses, Hurricane Katrina caused almost $1 billion in damage to municipal sewer systems across Louisiana.
  • Friday, April 28

  • Bush: 'Let's make it work'   UPI / 3:30PM
    WASHINGTON, April 28 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush Friday took issue with a report calling for the abolition of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
  • Wednesday, April 26

  • Banana supply slips, prices up   UPI / 7:02PM
    MELBOURNE, April 26 (UPI) -- The wholesale price of bananas has nearly quadrupled in Melbourne because of a drastic falloff in supply following Cyclone Larry.
  • NASA disassembles, reassembles Gert   UPI / 6:17PM
    MONTEREY, Calif., April 26 (UPI) -- NASA researchers are taking apart tropical storms in an effort to determine how they work -- much as one does with something mechanical.
  • U.S. insurers drop coastal home policies   UPI / 12:37PM
    WASHINGTON, April 26 (UPI) -- U.S. home insurance companies are moving inland, away from coastal markets that could get socked with more hurricanes this year.
  • Monday, April 24

  • NASA improves hurricane forecasting   UPI / 6:20PM
    WASHINGTON, April 24 (UPI) -- Data gathered from last year's NASA hurricane research mission and a NASA satellite have improved storm strength forecasts in computer models.
  • Cyclone Monica bears down on Australia   UPI / 3:07PM
    JABIRU, Australia, April 24 (UPI) -- Cyclone Monica Monday bore down on northern Australia, forcing the evacuation of Kakadu National Park and the uranium mining town of Jabiru.
  • Sunday, April 23

  • New Orleans fest ignores hip-hop   UPI / 11:50AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Ill., April 23 (UPI) -- When New Orleans holds its Jazz and Heritage Festival next weekend many feel the city's prevailing new sound -- hip-hop -- will be short-changed.
  • Saturday, April 22

  • Nagin leads in New Orleans; runoff likely   UPI / 11:10PM
    NEW ORLEANS, April 22 (UPI) -- Mayor Ray Nagin was the top vote getter in a field of 21 as New Orleans voters turned out for their first post-Katrina election Saturday.
  • Friday, April 21

  • Sandstorms may threaten Olympics in China   UPI / 12:20PM
    BEIJING, April 21 (UPI) -- Seasonal sandstorms from the Gobi desert are wreaking havoc in Beijing but China is confident they won't disrupt the 2008 Summer Olympics in the capital.
  • Wednesday, April 19

  • April blizzard blankets the Dakotas   UPI / 8:41PM
    WILLISTON, N.D., April 19 (UPI) -- After temperatures near the 80s on Monday, residents in the Dakotas were in shock after snowfall and, at times, blizzard-like conditions.
  • Study: No sign of 'Katrina Cough'   UPI / 6:10PM
    NEW ORLEANS, April 19 (UPI) -- State and federal health officials found little evidence of respiratory problems in New Orleans residents prompted by post-Hurricane Katrina conditions.
  • Tuesday, April 18

  • Sandstorm worries Olympics planners   UPI / 6:50AM
    BEIJING, April 18 (UPI) -- The worst sandstorm to hit Beijing since 2003 is raising concerns about the timetable for boosting a clean, green Olympic Games in 2008.
  • Monday, April 17

  • Sandstorm covers Beijing, to hit Korea   UPI / 11:30PM
    BEIJING, April 17 (UPI) -- The worst spring sandstorm in five years Monday covered Beijing in 300,000 tons of thick, yellow dust.
  • Housing shortage drags on in New Orleans   UPI / 11:10PM
    NEW ORLEANS, April 17 (UPI) -- The housing purgatory that has gripped New Orleans for more than seven months shows few signs of easing anytime soon.
  • Study: Mistaken surgeries rare   UPI / 6:37PM
    WASHINGTON, April 17 (UPI) -- Major injuries from mistaken surgeries are extremely uncommon, according to a newly released study.
  • Friday, April 7

  • Wildfires destroy thousands of acres   UPI / 2:40PM
    AMARILLO, Texas, April 7 (UPI) -- Wild fires along the Oklahoma-Texas Panhandle, fanned by strong winds, gutted at least seven homes and burned thousands of acres.
  • Wednesday, March 29

  • Cyclone threatens Australia west coast   UPI / 4:38PM
    PERTH, Australia, March 29 (UPI) -- Emergency crews were evacuating residents as Cyclone Glenda targeted Australia's west coast.
  • Tuesday, March 28

  • Judge orders April election to proceed   UPI / 9:30AM
    NEW ORLEANS, March 28 (UPI) -- A judge chided activists for using "people who are suffering" and ordered hurricane-ravaged New Orleans to hold its April 22 city election, a report said.
  • Wednesday, March 8

  • Bush: New Orleans' levees will be ready   UPI / 3:20PM
    NEW ORLEANS, March 8 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush tried to reassure New Orleans Wednesday it would be protected before the next big hurricane.
  • Report: Corps ignored worst-storm data   UPI / 2:05PM
    NEW ORLEANS, March 8 (UPI) -- The Army Corps of Engineers knew as early as 1972 that weather data showed the need for higher New Orleans levees, a new report alleges.
  • Monday, March 6

  • Spanish rescuers find three climbers dead   UPI / 10:50PM
    MADRID, March 6 (UPI) -- Three British mountaineers were found dead from exposure in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of southern Spain, El Mundo reported online Monday.
  • Wednesday, March 1

  • Gulf of Mexico Katrina cleanup continues   UPI / 12:00PM
    NEW ORLEANS, March 1 (UPI) -- Crews are frantically trying to repair damage caused by last year's Gulf of Mexico hurricanes, with the 2006 hurricane season only four months away.
  • Tuesday, February 28

  • Last year's catastrophes killed 97,000   UPI / 10:15AM
    ZURICH, Switzerland, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- A Swiss insurance company calculates that more than 97,000 people died last year of natural or man-made disasters.
  • Saturday, February 25

  • Miss. casinos rise again after Katrina   UPI / 1:50PM
    BILOXI, Miss., Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Mississippi's Gulf Coast casino industry has resumed since Hurricane Katrina shut it down, bringing revenue into the largely still shuttered area.
  • Katrina looms over mayor's race   UPI / 1:20PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- A dozen candidates are headed into an April mayoral election in New Orleans, and the winner is anybody's guess.
  • Friday, February 24

  • Hurricane cleanup spawns litigation   UPI / 7:30PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- The mammoth task of debris removal in New Orleans and the rest of the Gulf Coast has spawned a new flood of litigation and investigation.
  • Hurricane-stranded barge to be cut up   UPI / 6:10PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- A barge that came to rest in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward during Hurricane Katrina will be carted away in pieces.
  • Wednesday, February 22

  • Health costs eat into U.S. economy   UPI / 5:10PM
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- By 2015, healthcare costs will hit $4 trillion and account for 20 percent of the U.S. economy, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services projects.
  • Another busy hurricane season possible   UPI / 3:31PM
    CAMP SPRINGS, Md., Feb. 22 (UPI) -- A La Nina was being watched closely by the U.S. National Weather Service for the possibility it might help produce another busy Atlantic hurricane season.
  • Monday, February 20

  • Tsunami warning system expected in July   UPI / 6:50AM
    TOKYO, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- An early tsunami warning system in the Indian Ocean is expected to be up and running by July, enabling 28 nations to share data on ocean movements.
  • Saturday, February 18

  • La. Legislature rejects housing trust   UPI / 5:30PM
    BATON ROUGE, La., Feb. 18 (UPI) -- A special session of the Louisiana Legislature refused to pass Gov. Kathleen Blanco's proposed housing trust to replace homes lost to hurricanes.
  • Tuesday, February 14

  • Pilots may get help in avoiding turbulence   UPI / 7:11PM
    HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Feb. 14 (UPI) -- A University of Alabama-Huntsville study of data from weather satellites may soon help pilots avoid turbulence caused by convective thunderstorms.
  • Weather Around the World   The Associated Press / 5:15PM
    Temperatures and weather conditions during the 24-hour period ending at 7 a.m. EST today.
  • Weather Around the World   The Associated Press / 10:30AM
    Temperatures and weather conditions during the 24-hour period ending at 7 a.m. EST today.
  • Monday, February 13

  • Northeast Digs Out From Record Snowstorm   AP / 11:10AM
    NEW YORK - Road crews scrambled to clear highways for Monday's commuters and travelers stranded at airports still waited to get home as the Northeast dug out from a record-breaking storm that dumped 2 feet or more of snow.
  • Saturday, February 11

  • 2 dead in Kenya balloon crash   UPI / 2:00PM
    NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- A British pilot and a tourist were killed when a hot air balloon crashed shortly after taking off for an airborne safari over a Kenyan game preserve.
  • Sunday, February 5

  • New Orleans house rebuilding in disarray   UPI / 8:50AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Despite the New Orleans rebuilding commission's plan to organize hurricane-devastated neighborhoods, building permits are flooding out of city hall.
  • Wednesday, February 1

  • Stipe makes recording for Katrina aid   UPI / 9:26PM
    BURBANK, Calif., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe Wednesday announced a charity recording with proceeds going to help the survivors of Hurricane Katrina.
  • GAO: Administration had Katrina problems   UPI / 5:07PM
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- A new federal report on the emergency relief response to Hurricane Katrina points the blame at the White House and the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Tuesday, January 31

  • Bush: 'Address the deeper problems'   UPI / 10:31PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush Tuesday said the federal government has to do more than just meet the immediate needs of victims of last year's hurricanes.
  • New Orleans Jazz Fest to roll on in 2006   UPI / 9:50PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- The ravages of Hurricane Katrina will not stop this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, organizers announced Tuesday.
  • FEMA to house some displaced in apartments   UPI / 5:20PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- With thousands of displaced New Orleans residents still waiting for temporary housing, FEMA now plans to rent vacant apartments for them.
  • Monday, January 30

  • Study shows why hurricane rapidly weakened   UPI / 2:01PM
    ATLANTA, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Using a fleet of NASA and other satellites, scientists say they now know why Hurricane Lili suddenly weakened in 2002.
  • Saturday, January 28

  • Katrina-stricken hospitals lack funding   UPI / 1:45PM
    BATON ROUGE, La., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Government health agencies, mostly on the federal level, were taken to task during a House subcommittee hearing about post-Katrina New Orleans hospitals.
  • Bush's Katrina effort called into question   UPI / 9:51AM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- With the 2006 hurricane season just four months away, critics say U.S. President Bush's leadership in helping the Katrina-ravaged coast has been weak.
  • Monday, January 23

  • Crawfish another hurricane casualty   UPI / 10:41PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- A combination of two hurricanes and a drought have nearly destroyed Louisiana's crawfish crop.
  • Hurricanes help stop West Nile virus   UPI / 3:30PM
    BATON ROUGE, La., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Hurricanes caused widespread damage last year across southern Louisiana, but they reportedly produced one benefit: they helped stop West Nile virus.
  • Sunday, January 22

  • Crews racing to rebuild flood protection   UPI / 8:50PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Hurricane season begins in less than six months and only 16 percent of planned repairs to New Orleans' flood protection system are complete.
  • Saturday, January 21

  • FEMA mitigation grants could save billions   UPI / 1:30PM
    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., Jan. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. federal spending to prevent or reduce losses from a natural disaster could save billions of dollars, a study finds.
  • Friday, January 20

  • Fla. hurricane fund needs quick fix   UPI / 3:32PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- A Florida state fund created to support the homeowners insurance market is nearly empty and premiums appear to be going up.
  • Wednesday, January 18

  • Climate monitor to sample African dust   UPI / 9:10PM
    NIAMEY, Niger, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they plan to place a newly developed portable atmospheric laboratory in Niger to sample African dust.
  • Monday, January 16

  • Fla. braces for pines' hurricane die-off   UPI / 12:40PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Environmental officials in South Florida are waiting to see if native slash pines will begin dying off in a delayed reaction to Hurricane Wilma in October.
  • Tuesday, January 10

  • Cyclone Clare inland over W. Australia   UPI / 7:40AM
    DAMPIER, Australia, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Cyclone Clara moved inland from the Indian Ocean over northwestern Australia Tuesday with 130 mph winds and spawning flood warnings.
  • Monday, January 9

  • Northwest China socked by major blizzard   UPI / 9:45AM
    BEIJING, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Forecasters warned people in northwestern China on Monday to brace for several more days of severe blizzard conditions.
  • Sunday, January 8

  • City struggles with rebuilding plan   UPI / 9:40PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- New Orleans officials are gearing up for battle as Mayor Ray Nagin's Bring New Orleans Back Commission prepares to unveil its blueprint for land-use.
  • Saturday, January 7

  • Blizzard in China threatens 200,000   UPI / 12:51PM
    URUMQI, China, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Nine days of blizzard snowfall in China's Xinjiang region has stranded hundreds of thousands of people while the national government sends in help.
  • Thursday, January 5

  • Missing Barry Cowsill found dead   UPI / 4:40PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- New Orleans police have found the body of missing singer Barry Cowsill, it was reported Thursday.
  • Tuesday, January 3

  • U.S., Netherlands team on flood control   UPI / 11:20AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers team has returned from a visit to The Netherlands to study the system of levees that protect the country from the North Sea.
  • Tuesday, December 27

  • Louisiana Cajuns mixed on moving inland   UPI / 8:40AM
    GRAND CHENIER, La., Dec. 27 (UPI) -- After being battered by two major hurricanes, Louisiana Cajuns have mixed feelings about a state proposal that they move inland for future safety.
  • Thursday, December 22

  • House Clears Way for $29B in Hurricane Aid   AP / 6:30PM
    WASHINGTON - The House gave the Bush administration's anti-terrorism powers one more month of life Thursday, after finalizing a defense spending bill that funnels extra money to the Gulf Coast and Iraq.
  • House Clears Way for $29B in Hurricane Aid   AP / 5:30PM
    WASHINGTON - The House cleared the way Thursday for a defense spending bill that funnels $29 billion in new hurricane aid to the Gulf Coast and $50 billion more for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Japan snow leaves 650,000 without power   UPI / 7:06AM
    NIIGATA, Japan, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- A heavy snowfall caused a blackout in Japan's Niigata prefecture Thursday, leaving 650,000 homes without power.
  • Monday, December 19

  • MTV announces Latin Music Award winners   UPI / 10:32PM
    MIAMI, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Colombian rocker Shakira led the MTV Latin Awards with five, including artist of the year and video of the year for "La tortura."
  • France coming to aid of Louisiana schools   UPI / 9:30PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The French government is planning to allocate $431,000 to Louisiana schools as part of a program to help the state recover from Hurricane Katrina.
  • Friday, December 9

  • Federal agencies says seafood safe   UPI / 7:41PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Federal officials and officials from Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana say there is no reason to be concerned over eating Gulf states seafood.
  • Snowstorm Snarls Northeast Commute   AP / 12:10PM
    A storm that dumped up to 10 inches of snow over parts of the Midwest moved into the Northeast on Friday, shutting down schools, delaying flights and snarling traffic as commuters headed to work on slippery roads.
  • Snowstorm Snarls Northeast Commute   AP / 10:11AM
    A storm that dumped as much as 10 inches of snow from Texas to Indiana hit the Northeast on Friday, shutting down schools and snarling traffic as commuters headed to work on slippery roads.
  • Thursday, December 8

  • Katrina residue dangers questioned   UPI / 11:31AM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- A conflict has flared concerning dangers posed by toxic substances left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina along the U.S. Gulf Coast.
  • Wednesday, December 7

  • Rita victims benefit from 'Lestat' preview   UPI / 9:50PM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- The Web site Amazon.com is offering a sneak peek at an Elton John-Bernie Taupin song from the musical, "Lestat," to help U.S. hurricane victims.
  • Gray forecasts busy 2006 hurricane season   UPI / 11:10AM
    FORT COLLINS, Colo., Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Colorado State University Professor William Gray correctly predicted the 2005 hurricane season would be busy, and he's saying the same thing about next year.
  • Tuesday, December 6

  • Calmer 2006 Hurricane Season Predicted   AP / 7:10PM
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Next year's hurricane season is likely to be busier than average but not up to this year's ruinous, record-setting pace, one of the nation's top hurricane forecasters said Tuesday.
  • Monday, December 5

  • Station invites Limbaugh to New Orleans   UPI / 8:40PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- The program director of WWL radio says she is inviting Rush Limbaugh to New Orleans so that he will know what he is talking about.
  • Study: Southern Louisiana is sinking   UPI / 2:15PM
    BATON ROUGE, La., Dec. 5 (UPI) -- A Louisiana State University scientist says southern Louisiana is sinking and restoring flooded marshes to protect the state's Gulf coast is futile.
  • Saturday, December 3

  • Hurricane Epsilon No Threat to Land   AP / 11:25AM
    MIAMI - Epsilon, a rare December hurricane in a record-breaking season, barely kept up its strength Saturday as it lashed the open Atlantic.
  • Thursday, December 1

  • Oil Prices Rise on Approaching Snowstorm   AP / 4:26PM
    NEW YORK - Oil prices surged more than $1 a barrel Thursday as a winter storm approached the Northeast, which is likely to boost demand for heating oil.
  • Feds and Dell to recycle electronics   UPI / 3:01PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Dell Inc. will hold a one-day recycling event in New Orleans for equipment destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Wednesday, November 30

  • Hurricane Victims Light Rockefeller Tree   AP / 11:10PM
    NEW YORK - Mayor Michael Bloomberg, singer Harry Connick Jr. and children displaced by hurricanes Katrina and Rita set the 30,000 colored lights on this year's Rockefeller Center Christmas tree aglow at a ceremony Wednesday evening.
  • Crews Restore Power After Plains Blizzard   AP / 12:10PM
    BISMARCK, N.D. - Power company crews were making progress in turning the lights back on Wednesday for thousands of customers who were blacked out in the Dakotas by this week's blizzard, and most highways had been reopened.
  • Hurricane Season Ends Today   AP / 8:15AM
    MIAMI - The victims of the busiest and costliest Atlantic hurricane season on record may be comforted now that it's finally ending Wednesday: No hurricane has been known to hit the United States between December and May.
  • Tuesday, November 29

  • Hurricane Season Draws to a Close, for Now   AP / 4:10PM
    MIAMI - The busiest and costliest Atlantic hurricane season on record officially - and mercifully - draws to a close Wednesday, with hundreds of thousands of Americans still dealing with the devastation wrought by Katrina, Rita and Wilma.
  • Hurricane Season Is Almost Over   AP / 2:30PM
    MIAMI - The victims of the busiest and costliest Atlantic hurricane season on record may get some comfort when it finally ends Wednesday: no hurricane has been known to hit the U.S. from December to May. But as the deadly six-month season closes, tens of thousands of Americans are still dealing with the devastation from Hurricanes Wilma, Rita and Katrina, the nation's worst natural disaster in modern times.
  • Plains' Highways Reopen After Blizzard   AP / 2:30PM
    BISMARCK, N.D. - Crews on Tuesday gradually reopened major highways that had been closed by the Plains' first blizzard of the season, stranding post-Thanksgiving travelers. Thousands of people remained without electricity.
  • Wednesday, November 23

  • Geologist annoys New Orleans   UPI / 9:30PM
    ST. LOUIS, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- A geologist from the stable heart of North America caused a stir in the Big Easy when he urged on national television that New Orleans be abandoned.
  • Tuesday, November 22

  • Winfrey rewards hurricane relief workers   UPI / 4:20PM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- A group of Hurricane Katrina relief workers in the audience for Oprah Winfrey's "My Favorite Things" were lavished with the "things" featured.
  • Monday, November 21

  • Crude-Oil Rises Amid Snowstorm Warnings   AP / 10:10AM
    SINGAPORE - Crude-oil prices opened the week higher Monday, lifted by forecasts of a winter storm approaching the northeastern U.S. that is likely to boost demand for heating fuels in that key market.
  • Thursday, November 17

  • Legendary hoops star survives tornado   UPI / 2:31PM
    MADISONVILLE, Ky., Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Hall of Fame basketball player Frank Ramsey survived a tornado that destroyed his Kentucky home and decades of mementoes of his career.
  • Monday, November 14

  • Wyclef Jean and U.N.W.F.P. help Haiti   UPI / 10:40PM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- The Fugees frontman Wyclef Jean is helping launch a food distribution program for Haiti's poorest residents.
  • Sunday, November 13

  • Spills from hurricanes hurting gulf coast   UPI / 8:50PM
    CHALMETTE, La., Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Hurricanes Katrina and Rita rank among the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history.
  • Thursday, November 10

  • Edmond Fitzgerald sinking recreated   UPI / 9:21PM
    MADISON, Wis., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists say they've created a simulation of the 1975 Lake Superior storm that sank the ore carrier Edmund Fitzgerald.
  • Wednesday, November 9

  • Louisiana starts levee failure probe   UPI / 8:30AM
    BATON ROUGE, La., Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti has begun a state investigation into why levees failed during Hurricane Katrina, and civil lawsuits could result.
  • Tuesday, November 8

  • Report: U.S. weather favored crops   UPI / 2:35PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Warm air dominated U.S. weather last week, with temperatures about 6 degrees above normal in the Corn Belt, the Agriculture Department said Tuesday.
  • New Orleans recovery still in question   UPI / 7:20AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- More than two months after Hurricane Katrina, recovery in New Orleans' least damaged areas is progressing, but much of the city may have to revert to swamp.
  • Monday, November 7

  • Wilma wreaked havoc with weaker winds   UPI / 1:01PM
    MIAMI, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Hurricane Wilma may have generally wreaked havoc across Florida last month, but meteorologists say it did it with mostly Category 1 wind speeds.
  • Campaign cash used for hurricane relief   UPI / 11:20AM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Some U.S. lawmakers including those from hurricane-hit states have used some of their campaign funds to provide relief to the victims.
  • Monday, October 31

  • Hurricane hazardous waste is collected   UPI / 12:40PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- The EPA says an estimated 1 million pounds of household hazardous waste has been collected in Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
  • S. Florida back to post-Wilma business   UPI / 12:25PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Although still without many working traffic signals, it was back to business Monday in South Florida, one week after Hurricane Wilma powered through.
  • Sunday, October 30

  • Texas to wait to dip into $3.6 billion   UPI / 12:50PM
    AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Texas is sitting on a $3.6 billion surplus but is waiting on court rulings and federal reimbursement decisions before it doles out the money.
  • Saturday, October 29

  • Hurricane Beta Heads for Caribbean Coast   AP / 4:10PM
    SAN ANDRES ISLAND, Colombia - A strengthening Hurricane Beta headed for Central America's Caribbean coast Saturday after lashing the small Colombian island of Providencia with harsh winds, heavy rains and high surf.
  • Storm Beta Upgraded Into a Hurricane   AP / 8:10AM
    SAN ANDRES ISLAND, Colombia - The storm Beta strengthened as it battered the tiny Caribbean island of Providencia on Saturday, setting a record by becoming the 13th hurricane of this relentless Atlantic season.
  • Storm Beta Upgraded Into a Hurricane   AP / 4:05AM
    SAN ANDRES, Colombia - Hundreds of villagers on a tiny Caribbean island hiked into the mountains on Friday, fleeing a powerful storm that engulfed Providencia in heavy winds and rain.
  • Friday, October 28

  • Indians evacuated from path of cyclone   UPI / 6:45AM
    CHENNAI, India, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Authorities Friday evacuated thousands of people from the southeast coast of India as a cyclone approached from the Bay of Bengal.
  • Thursday, October 27

  • Oil companies report rising profits   UPI / 8:15PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- ExxonMobil said Thursday its earnings were up 75 percent during the third quarter, on higher energy prices before and after hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
  • Kennedy Space Center reopens after Wilma   UPI / 4:41PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- NASA's Kennedy Space Center and the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida have reopened for operations after the passage of Hurricane Wilma.
  • Bush wants budget cuts, hurricane relief   UPI / 9:00AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. President Bush called on Congress to make budget cuts to allow for the rebuilding of hurricane-devastated areas while shrinking the federal budget deficit.
  • Wednesday, October 26

  • Wilma leads to another postponement   UPI / 5:31PM
    MIAMI, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- The damage caused by Hurricane Wilma has led to the postponement of Saturday's football game between Middle Tennessee State and Florida International.
  • NOAA tests for Gulf of Mexico contaminates   UPI / 3:41PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. officials say tests of white shrimp samples collected the week of Sept. 12 from the Mississippi Sound found no elevated contaminants.
  • Wilma gives Florida a $1 billion bill   UPI / 2:40PM
    NAPLES, Fla., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Hurricane Wilma caused more than $1 billion damage to Florida's agriculture industry as it crossed the southern half of the state Monday, officials said.
  • Wilma's high-rise glass damage puzzling   UPI / 1:10PM
    MIAMI, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Structural engineers are baffled at the amount of high-rise window failures and damage in Miami and Fort Lauderdale from Hurricane Wilma.
  • Miami Airport Reopens After Hurricane   AP / 11:10AM
    MIAMI - Miami International Airport reopened to domestic flights Wednesday for the first time since Hurricane Wilma, but the biggest carrier there only expected to operate about half its flights. West Palm Beach's airport also opened, but Fort Lauderdale's was still closed.
  • Tuesday, October 25

  • Study: Heavy rains can produce more dust   UPI / 8:20PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- A recent NASA study of some of Earth's dustiest areas indicates heavy downpours can eventually lead to more dust being released into the atmosphere.
  • Wilma changes time of two ACC games   UPI / 8:20PM
    GREENSBORO, N.C., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Hurricane Wilma damaged the lighting system at the Orange Bowl, forcing the Atlantic Coast Conference to change the time of two football games Saturday.
  • Wilma causes hockey game postponement   UPI / 7:50PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Damage by Hurricane Wilma to the BankAtlantic Center in Miami forced the Florida Panthers to postpone Saturday's home game against the Washington Capitals.
  • New storm protection vital to New Orleans   UPI / 4:00PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Louisiana officials say New Orleans' future depends on creating a system of floodgates and levees that can protect the city from the worst hurricanes.
  • Florida Recovering From Another Hurricane   AP / 2:10PM
    WESTON, Fla. - Floridians lined up for water, gas, ice and generators Tuesday outside the few stores that were open after Hurricane Wilma cut a costly, deadly swath across the peninsula.
  • SBA Hurricane Aid Program Still Sluggish   AP / 5:16AM
    WASHINGTON - One month after Hurricane Rita tore into southwestern Louisiana, small businesses are finding themselves in a familiar position: waiting for aid from the federal government.
  • Monday, October 24

  • 7 dead, millions in the dark in Florida   UPI / 11:50PM
    MIAMI, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Hurricane Wilma's race across South Florida and the Keys left at least seven people dead and millions without power.
  • Hurricane Wilma's Waves Crash Into Havana   AP / 4:10AM
    HAVANA - Massive waves churned by Hurricane Wilma crashed into Cuba's capital city early Monday, flooding a coastal highway and seeping into nearby neighborhoods of old, crumbling buildings.
  • Sunday, October 23

  • 25 percent of New Orleans homes to go   UPI / 4:45PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- The Army Corps of Engineers is expected to demolish 25 percent of New Orleans' housing stock because of damage caused by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Hurricane Wilma Kills at Least 7 in Mexico   AP / 3:30AM
    CANCUN, Mexico - Hurricane Wilma punished Mexico's Caribbean coastline for a second day Saturday, ripping away storefronts, peeling back roofs and forcing tourists and residents trapped in hotels and shelters to scramble to higher floors. At least seven people were killed.
  • Saturday, October 22

  • Report: Levees suffered from bad design   UPI / 9:40PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- A preliminary report blames the failure of the levees in New Orleans on poor design and bad maintenance, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.
  • Humor Helps Hurricane Katrina Victims Cope   AP / 3:10PM
    ARABI, La. - The grimy residue of receded floodwater covered the blue Chevrolet pickup parked outside a shattered two-story house, but the offer spray-painted on the vehicle in white overflowed with enthusiasm: "For Sale. Like New. Runs Great."
  • Hurricane Wilma Slams Into Mainland Mexico   AP / 7:10AM
    CANCUN, Mexico - Hurricane Wilma came to a virtual standstill over Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula early Saturday, giving Florida a reprieve but prolonging the misery of tens of thousands of tourists riding out the storm in hot and sweaty shelters with little food and water.
  • Hurricane Wilma Tears Into Mexican Resorts   AP / 2:36AM
    CANCUN, Mexico - Hurricane Wilma tore into Mexico's resort-studded Caribbean coastline on Friday with torrential rains and shrieking winds, filling streets with water, shattered glass and debris as thousands of tourists hunkered down in hotel ballrooms and emergency shelters.
  • Friday, October 21

  • Wilma leads to NHL postponement   UPI / 6:10PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- The NHL Friday postponed Saturday's scheduled contest between Ottawa and the Florida Panthers at Sunrise, Fla., because of the threat of Hurricane Wilma.
  • Hurricane Wilma Slowly Approaches Florida   AP / 6:10AM
    KEY WEST, Fla. - Most of the tourists fled the Florida Keys, but some residents of the island chain didn't seem in a hurry to evacuate as Hurricane Wilma churned slowly through the Caribbean.
  • Thursday, October 20

  • Dolphins-Chiefs game moved to Friday   UPI / 3:10PM
    MIAMI, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- The Dolphins-Chiefs game scheduled for Sunday has been moved up to Friday as the south Florida area braces for a possible Hurricane Wilma.
  • Fla. Braces for an Intense Hurricane Wilma   AP / 7:10AM
    NAPLES, Fla. - In what has become an all-too-familiar drill, Floridians boarded up windows, gassed up their cars and bought storm supplies Wednesday. But this time they were looking at one of the most intense hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic.
  • Wednesday, October 19

  • ACC reschedules 2nd game because of Wilma   UPI / 8:00PM
    GREENSBORO, N.C., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Late Wednesday, the ACC rescheduled a second game because of the threat of Hurricane Wilma.
  • New Orleans' future hinges on 2 questions   UPI / 11:40AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Concern is building that Hurricane Katrina-ravaged New Orleans will become smaller, richer and whiter when it is rebuilt, a report said Wednesday.
  • Wilma Strengthens to Category 5 Hurricane   AP / 4:25AM
    SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras - Hurricane Wilma strengthened into a Category 5 monster early Wednesday packing 175 mph winds, and forecasters said a key reading of the storm's pressure showed it to be the most powerful of the year.
  • Wilma Strengthens to Category 4 Hurricane   AP / 2:25AM
    SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras - Hurricane Wilma whirled into the record books as the 12th such storm of the season, strengthening early Wednesday into a Category 4 storm and setting a course to sideswipe Central America and Mexico. Forecasters warned of a "significant threat" to Florida by the weekend.
  • Tuesday, October 18

  • Katrina sucks up gifts to local food banks   UPI / 10:05PM
    GREENSBURG, Pa., Oct. 18 (UPI) -- A Pittsburgh-area food bank says that donations are down sharply, so about 7,000 families will have to go without Thanksgiving turkeys.
  • MTV pushes Latin VMAs up a day   UPI / 7:50PM
    QUINTANA ROO, Mexico, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Hurricane Wilma's track toward Mexico prompted MTV Latin America producers Tuesday to reschedule the fourth annual MTV Video Music Awards Latin America.
  • Rains help U.S. winter wheat crop   UPI / 12:50PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Warm, dry weather in the Corn Belt, northern Great Plains, Mississippi Delta and Southeast last week favored summer crops, U.S. officials said Tuesday.
  • Tropical Storm Wilma Upgraded to Hurricane   AP / 11:10AM
    MIAMI - Tropical Storm Wilma strengthened into a hurricane Tuesday on a path that could threaten Florida by the weekend, tying the record for the most hurricanes to form in an Atlantic season.
  • E-mails show fed infighting after Katrina   UPI / 7:51AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. Department of Homeland Security records show confusion and uncertainty were common in the run-up to, and aftermath of, Hurricane Katrina in August.
  • Monday, October 17

  • Energy prices rise as storm nears Gulf   UPI / 5:21PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Worries about another storm in the Gulf of Mexico sent energy prices higher Monday.
  • Louisiana probes 215 Katrina deaths   UPI / 8:45AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Louisiana state officials are investigating the possibility of euthanasia in 215 deaths at 19 hospitals and nursing homes in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Sunday, October 16

  • Housing critical issue for New Orleans   UPI / 10:15AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Thousands of New Orleans business owners are struggling to find housing for workers.
  • Hurricane response lowers expectations   UPI / 9:36AM
    BERKELEY, Calif., Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The twin hurricanes that pounded the Gulf Coast have changed how many people in the United States look at disaster preparedness.
  • Saturday, October 15

  • FEMA paid retail for most supplies   UPI / 10:00PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency records show the agency, along with four other agencies, has paid retail for many Hurricane Katrina expenses.
  • Federal task force gets Katrina scammers   UPI / 2:01PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- At least 34 people have been detained by federal investigators looking into fraudulent claims of Hurricane Katrina aid.
  • U.S. deficit drops amid unknown future   UPI / 9:30AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. deficit shrank in fiscal 2005, compared to the record-setting 2004, but war and hurricane costs are expected to reverse the trend for 2006.
  • Friday, October 14

  • EPA posts Katrina sampling results   UPI / 10:55AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is posting test results from floodwater and sediment sampling in Louisiana affected by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Thursday, October 13

  • Storm drenches U.S. Northeast   UPI / 11:20PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- More heavy rain in the Northeast worried officials from New Hampshire to New Jersey as rain-swollen rivers continued to rise Thursday.
  • Poll: Hurricane Survivors Report Progress   AP / 11:10PM
    WASHINGTON - Almost two-thirds of the people who sought Red Cross help after Hurricane Katrina say they have either returned home or definitely plan to return with the remainder pondering whether to go home, a poll of these hurricane survivors found.
  • Jean and Jones sing for hurricane victims   UPI / 9:01PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Wyclef Jean and Norah Jones have recorded "Any Other Day" -- a song in tribute to, and for the benefit of, hurricane victims.
  • Katrina evacuees cost $11 million per day   UPI / 8:40AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- No end is in sight for finding housing for 600,000 Hurricane Katrina evacuees, whose hotel bills are costing $11 million per day, The New York Times reports.
  • Wednesday, October 12

  • U.S. farmers enjoy mostly warm weather   UPI / 1:55PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. farmers enjoyed above-normal temperatures across the nation last week, the Agriculture Department said Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, October 11

  • Katrina floodwaters not as toxic as feared   UPI / 10:50AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Researchers at Louisiana State University say the floodwaters that inundated New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina were not as toxic as feared.
  • Bush on 8th post-storm trip to Gulf Coast   UPI / 2:35AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- President Bush and his wife, Laura, have arrived in New Orleans for a two-day visit to areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Some relief arrives in Guatemala   UPI / 12:45AM
    GUATEMALA CITY, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Clearing skies brought some relief Monday to areas in Guatemala devastated by the heavy rain that followed Hurricane Stan.
  • Millions affected by Guatemalan mudslides   UPI / 12:35AM
    GUATEMALA CITY, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- More than 3.5 million Guatemalans have been affected by Hurricane Stan, which has killed at least 650 people, Vice President Eduardo Stein said.
  • Monday, October 10

  • Woman killed by tree in early snowstorm   UPI / 9:21PM
    DENVER, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- An unusual early snowstorm Monday on the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains left at least one person dead in Denver.
  • Hurricane-felled timber worth billions   UPI / 10:35AM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. timber companies are scrambling to harvest tons of timber felled by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
  • Sunday, October 9

  • Healthcare hole created by Katrina   UPI / 9:10AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- More than half of Hurricane Katrina's victims in Louisiana are missing health treatment because their private insurance disappeared with their jobs.
  • Saturday, October 8

  • Rule change helps British charities   UPI / 2:01PM
    LONDON, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Rule changes in Britain will make it easier for charities to collect donations, and potentially allow them to collect more.
  • Friday, October 7

  • EPA to broadcast PSAs on hurricane dangers   UPI / 6:20PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday it has released radio public service announcements on hazards facing those returning to hurricane areas.
  • Hurricane Katrina Bruises Economy   AP / 3:25PM
    WASHINGTON - Hurricane Katrina bruised the economy in September, causing the first nationwide job loss in two years, but the damage wasn't as awful as many had feared.
  • Thursday, October 6

  • Hurricane-Related Job Losses Increase   AP / 11:10AM
    WASHINGTON - The number of people thrown out of work from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita rose to 363,000 last week as the adverse economic effects of the Gulf Coast hurricanes continued to mount.
  • Wednesday, October 5

  • Early Blizzard Knocks Out Power in West   AP / 11:30PM
    BILLINGS, Mont. - Portions of Montana, the Dakotas and Wyoming were hit by a slow-moving snowstorm that knocked out power, closed roads and dumped up to 2 feet by Wednesday night.
  • Tuesday, October 4

  • Stan fading fast over Mexico   UPI / 11:12PM
    MIAMI, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Once mighty Hurricane Stan "is now a rainmaker," and should weaken even more over the high terrain of southeastern Mexico, forecasters said Tuesday night.
  • Hurricane Stan Slams Into Mexico's Gulf   AP / 8:31PM
    VERACRUZ, Mexico - Hurricane Stan slammed into Mexico's Gulf coast Tuesday, forcing authorities to close one of the nation's busiest ports and spawning related storms across the region that left at least 59 people dead, most from landslides in El Salvador.
  • NYC Unveils Hurricane Evacuation Plan   AP / 8:10PM
    NEW YORK - It's coming, with skyscraper-rattling winds and a 30-foot storm surge that threatens to submerge Wall Street, flood the subways and turn Coney Island into a water park. And when it arrives, more than 3 million New Yorkers - more than six times the population of New Orleans - could be forced to evacuate by the first major hurricane to hit the city since 1938.
  • Hurricane Stan Hits Mexico's Gulf Coast   AP / 6:11PM
    VERACRUZ, Mexico - Hurricane Stan slammed into Mexico's Gulf coast Tuesday, forcing authorities to close one of the nation's busiest ports and spawning related storms across the region that left at least 59 people dead, most from landslides in El Salvador.
  • NYC Unveils Hurricane Evacuation Plan   AP / 6:11PM
    NEW YORK - It's coming, with skyscraper-rattling winds and a 30-foot storm surge that threatens to submerge Wall Street, flood the subways and turn Coney Island into a water park. And when it arrives, more than 3 million New Yorkers - more than six times the population of New Orleans - could be forced to evacuate by the first major hurricane to hit the city since 1938.
  • Post-Hurricane Rita weather helps crops   UPI / 2:50PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. weather after Hurricane Rita was generally favorable for the nation's crops, U.S. officials said Tuesday.
  • 59 missing in Chinese typhoon   UPI / 8:41AM
    BEIJING, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- A landslide in eastern China triggered by Typhoon Longwang swept away a building housing 59 police recruits.
  • Monday, October 3

  • Katrina victims wait for trailers   UPI / 11:11PM
    SLIDELL, La., Oct. 3 (UPI) -- After spending more than $1 billion on trailers to house people made homeless by Hurricane Katrina, FEMA says it has housed only 105 Louisiana families.
  • Celebrity cards aid tsunami victims   UPI / 9:32PM
    EDINBURGH, Scotland, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- The British artist David Hockney was one of many celebrities who have helped a British student raise money to help the victims of the Asian Tsunami.
  • Song bashing Bush hits 1 million downloads   UPI / 9:32PM
    CHICAGO, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- The song parody "George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People" has been downloaded more than 1 million times since it debuted Sept. 6.
  • Sunday, October 2

  • Report: Iraq war hurt Katrina relief   UPI / 11:50PM
    LONDON, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- A U.S. Defense Department report found the response to Hurricane Katrina was hampered by troop shortages due to the Iraq war, the Independent reported.
  • Girls of 'The Apprentice' put out calendar   UPI / 2:00PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Former female contestants from NBC TV's "The Apprentice" have some lighthearted fun with Donald Trump in a 2006 calendar for charity.
  • State wants FEMA to help fix Superdome   UPI / 11:30AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- A state official says that if the Superdome is to be used again as a shelter, the federal government needs to help make it "hurricane-proof."
  • Hurricane evacuees facing relief eviction   UPI / 8:51AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- More than 400,000 Gulf Coast residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina have two weeks left in temporary housing before federal funding runs out.
  • Saturday, October 1

  • Cantwell seeks U.S. energy independence   UPI / 11:20AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., said Saturday the recent hurricanes highlighted the need for the United States to work toward energy independence.
  • Katrina key to big consumer spending drop   UPI / 7:10AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Hurricane Katrina contributed to the steepest monthly rate drop in consumer spending since the 2001 terrorist attacks, a government report says.
  • Hurricane Otis Strengthens Towards Baja   AP / 5:25AM
    CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico - Officials removed a few dozen people from their homes in low-lying areas of this Mexican resort city, bracing for heavy rains and possible flash floods as Hurricane Otis moved closer to a sparsely populated stretch of Baja California.
  • Friday, September 30

  • Environmental damage from hurricanes vast   UPI / 4:30PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Experts say environmental damage involving oil, chemical, sewage and salt of Hurricane Katrina and Rita on New Orleans and Louisiana is unprecedented.
  • Thursday, September 29

  • Usher to perform hurricane relief benefit   UPI / 8:11PM
    ATLANTA, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Pop superstar Usher is headlining an Atlanta concert for Project Restart, which is providing housing for victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
  • Wednesday, September 28

  • Forecasters warn of more major hurricanes   UPI / 1:40PM
    MIAMI, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. meteorologists say conditions that spawned hurricanes Rita and Katrina still exist, creating the likelihood of another intense hurricane next month.
  • National Guard took Katrina battering   UPI / 9:55AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Details are emerging of how battered the Louisiana National Guard, including flooded barracks and an angry citizenry, was when Hurricane Katrina came ashore.
  • Tuesday, September 27

  • Laura Bush taped for 'Extreme Makeover'   UPI / 4:20PM
    BILOXI, Miss., Sept. 27 (UPI) -- First lady Laura Bush was in Biloxi, Miss., Tuesday for an ABC TV "Extreme Makeover" episode about recovery efforts from Hurricane Katrina.
  • Bush makes 7th Gulf coast damage tour   UPI / 3:10PM
    BEAUMONT, Texas, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- President Bush Tuesday spent 50 minutes touring hurricane-damaged Louisiana and Texas, flying over areas obliterated by Hurricane Rita.
  • Rita hurts cotton crop, spares rice   UPI / 2:40PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Hurricane Rita damaged open-boll cotton as far east as Mississippi last week, but the rice crop had mostly been harvested.
  • Fast Eddy and friends stoke hurricanes   UPI / 12:30PM
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Scientists believe they have discovered why Hurricane Katrina became so strong and why Hurricane Rita weakened before landfall.
  • COL FB: Tennessee 30, LSU 27 (OT)   UPI / 2:55AM
    BATON ROUGE, La., Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Gerald Riggs Jr. scored from one yard out in overtime Monday as the Tennessee Vols rallied from a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit for a 30-27 win over LSU.
  • Monday, September 26

  • Texas dam declared stable   UPI / 10:35PM
    LIVINGSTON, Texas, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- The Trinity River Authority says that the massive Lake Livingston Dam near Houston has been declared stable after damage from Hurricane Rita.
  • AP: Report Warned of Hurricane Health Woes   AP / 5:11PM
    Eight months before the devastation of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, an internal Homeland Security Department review warned that the nation was woefully unprepared for a medical disaster and lacked a coherent plan for taking charge of mass casualties.
  • Hurricanes made worse by overpopulation   UPI / 1:40PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Overdevelopment of coastal areas and global warming are among reasons why there have been so many hurricanes in 2005 and why they're so strong, experts said.
  • No dead in Louisiana search and rescue   UPI / 1:10PM
    CAMERON, La., Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Military search and rescue missions in Louisiana were completed Monday with no deaths reported after Hurricane Rita swept the U.S. Gulf Coast Saturday.
  • Louisiana governor wants $34 billion   UPI / 8:55AM
    BATON ROUGE, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco says the state needs at least $34 billion in federal funds to fortify New Orleans levees and rebuild hurricane-battered highways.
  • Sunday, September 25

  • Oil company profits soaring   UPI / 9:51PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Analysts say the run-up in gas prices following Hurricane Katrina accentuated gains oil refiners and gas producers were already enjoying.
  • Houston Comes Back to Life After Hurricane   AP / 9:10PM
    HOUSTON - Airlines resumed service and cars flowed easily over freeways as Houston flickered back to life Sunday, avoiding at least for now a repeat of the gridlock that plagued the evacuation before Hurricane Rita.
  • 'Smart concrete' stronger, monitored levee   UPI / 1:10PM
    BUFFALO, N.Y., Sept. 25 (UPI) -- New Orleans levee failures in the wake of Hurricane Katrina points out the need for technologies to strengthen levees and monitor their reliability.
  • 'Katrina's Animal Rescue' on PBS   UPI / 1:10PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- "Nature" on PBS will present "Katrina's Animal Rescue," about the tens of thousands of household pets separated from owners after Hurricane Katrina.
  • Report: Rita caused no new levee breaches   UPI / 9:00AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says Hurricane Rita pushed water over New Orleans-area levees, but did not create any new structural damage.
  • Man rescued from Rita 'misjudged it'   UPI / 8:40AM
    LAFITTE, La., Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Rescuers in boats and helicopters were forced to rescue hundreds who ignored hurricane evacuation orders in a flooded town outside New Orleans.
  • Hurricane Katrina lessons helped in Rita   UPI / 8:20AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. relief officials say lessons learned last month in Hurricane Katrina were applied effectively in the weekend Gulf Coast strike of Hurricane Rita.
  • National Guard on the move in Louisiana   UPI / 7:40AM
    LAKE CHARLES, La., Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Nearly 3,000 U.S. National Guard troops were being shuffled throughout Louisiana Sunday to deal with recovery from Hurricane Rita.
  • Saturday, September 24

  • Tropical Storm Rita weakens over land   UPI / 10:10PM
    PORT ARTHUR, Texas, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Tropical Storm Rita was wearing itself out over land late Saturday, heading inland from Shreveport, La.
  • Refinery damage less than feared   UPI / 8:11PM
    HOUSTON, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- The petroleum refineries along the Gulf Coast in Texas and western Louisiana appear to have escaped major damage from Hurricane Rita.
  • Gulf Coast insurance rates likely to rise   UPI / 5:01PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. insurance analysts said the cost of insurance for homes and businesses along the Gulf Coast is likely to rise following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
  • Rita puts Gulf Coast economy on hold   UPI / 9:25AM
    HOUSTON, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- As Hurricane Rita veered away from Houston, heartland of the U.S. refining industry, oil prices slid but most of the Gulf Coast economy was on hold.
  • Rita brings more flooding for New Orleans   UPI / 8:14AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- The swirling outer reaches of Hurricane Rita sent water rushing Saturday over New Orleans' makeshift, post-Katrina dikes.
  • Evacuee death bus had violation history   UPI / 7:44AM
    DALLAS, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- The bus that exploded south of Dallas killing 24 evacuees from a Bellaire, Texas, nursing home had a reported history of driver violations.
  • Bush plans Texas visit for Rita check   UPI / 7:44AM
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- President Bush, determined to show a vigorous role in hurricane response management, planned a visit Saturday to Texas to check on Rita's damage.
  • Hurricane Rita Plows Into Gulf Coast   AP / 5:24AM
    BEAUMONT, Texas - Hurricane Rita plowed into the Gulf Coast early Saturday, lashing Texas and Louisiana with driving rain, igniting the pre-dawn sky with exploding transformers and threatening to flood the low-lying region.
  • Friday, September 23

  • Oil prices fall despite Hurricane Rita   UPI / 4:00PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Energy prices closed lower Friday, despite Hurricane Rita forcing the closure of nearly 20 percent of U.S. refining capacity.
  • Oil Prices Sink As Hurricane Rita Weakens   AP / 2:30PM
    NEW YORK - Crude oil prices dropped sharply Friday, the second straight day of declines, as traders welcomed news that Hurricane Rita had weakened, suggesting that damage to refinery capacity in the Gulf could be less severe than originally feared.
  • Thursday, September 22

  • New weather model predicts Rita   UPI / 11:00PM
    BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- An advanced research weather model run by the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., is watching Hurricane Rita.
  • Barry Cowsill missing in Katrina's wake   UPI / 10:30PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Barry Cowsill of the singing Cowsill family band that inspired "The Partridge Family" TV show has been reported missing by his family.
  • Rita creates havoc on show skeds   UPI / 10:30PM
    HOUSTON, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Hurricane Rita has blown away plans for a Houston benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
  • LSU-Tennessee contest moved to Monday   UPI / 8:54PM
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The college football game between third-ranked LSU and No. 11 Tennessee, scheduled for Baton Rouge on Saturday, has been moved to Monday night.
  • Petroleum product prices close up   UPI / 4:00PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Energy prices closed mostly higher Thursday as Hurricane Rita approached the Texas coast a dangerous category 4 storm.
  • EPA: Hurricane sediment might be dangerous   UPI / 1:50PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Frequent contact with hurricane-produced flooding sediment should be avoided, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials in Washington warned Thursday.
  • Hurricanes delay shuttle launch   UPI / 11:20AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- NASA Administrator Michael Griffin says Gulf Coast hurricanes will delay the next space shuttle launch until May -- putting it two months behind schedule.
  • Rita forces ISS control to shift to Russia   UPI / 11:10AM
    HOUSTON, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Russia assumed control of the International Space Station Thursday as NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston was closed because of Hurricane Rita.
  • Expert disputes New Orleans levee failure   UPI / 10:14AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- A Louisiana State University hurricane expert is disputing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers claims that water overflowed some levees after Hurricane Katrina.
  • Rita threatens energy industry   UPI / 12:11AM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- As Hurricane Rita headed for the Texas Gulf coast, energy companies evacuated offshore operations and secured refineries, the New York Times reported.
  • Wednesday, September 21

  • Texas A&M moves home game up two days   UPI / 6:30PM
    COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Texas A&M Wednesday moved its home football game against Texas State to Thursday night from Saturday.
  • Hurricane forces football postponements   UPI / 5:40PM
    HOUSTON, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- The Southern Mississippi-Houston and Navy-Rice football games scheduled for Saturday in Houston have been postponed because of the threat of Hurricane Rita.
  • Oklahoma City to be home base for Hornets   UPI / 5:20PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Oklahoma City will be home to the New Orleans Hornets for the 2005-06 season.
  • Mexican States Prepare for Hurricane Rita   AP / 5:10PM
    MONTERREY, Mexico - Authorities in the Mexican states along the Gulf of Mexico set up shelters, reviewed evacuation plans and stocked food distribution centers Wednesday as a precaution in case Hurricane Rita should veer off its expected path to landfall in Texas.
  • Hurricane Rita causes price surge   UPI / 4:11PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Hurricane Rita forced evacuations of Gulf of Mexico oil and gas rigs and turned commodity sellers into buyers Wednesday as commodity prices rose.
  • Oil Prices Surge As Hurricane Rita Nears   AP / 3:24PM
    NEW YORK - Crude-oil prices rose more than $1 a barrel Wednesday as traders braced for the possibility that Hurricane Rita could smash into key oil facilities in Texas.
  • Dozens killed in Indian storm   UPI / 11:30AM
    HYDERABAD, India, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Deadly storms and flooding are battering India and Bangladesh where at least 40 people have died and hundreds of fishermen were missing.
  • U.S. soybean, corn crops doing well   UPI / 8:44AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Above-normal temperatures and moderate rains from the Great Plains to the Corn Belt last week helped mature corn and soybeans.
  • Rita Now a Powerful Category 4 Hurricane   AP / 8:34AM
    KEY WEST, Fla. - Hurricane Rita grew into a Category 4 storm Wednesday, as forecasters said its winds have reached 135 mph as its churns toward landfall later this week on the Gulf Coast.
  • Report: N. Orleans levee safety over-rated   UPI / 8:34AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Estimates on the amount of protection New Orleans' levee system provides were "guesswork based on old data, the New Orleans Times Picayune reported Wednesday.
  • 200,000 Louisiana cars lost in Katrina   UPI / 8:34AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Louisiana state police say as many as 200,000 vehicles were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, and many of them aren't covered by insurance for replacement.
  • Rita Upgraded to Category 3 Hurricane   AP / 6:34AM
    KEY WEST, Fla. - Residents of the Florida Keys exhaled after Hurricane Rita largely spared the island chain, while those in Texas and already-battered Louisiana fretted the strengthening storm could become a Katrina-esque monster and target them by week's end.
  • Forecasters Fear Hurricane Rita's Strength   AP / 12:44AM
    KEY WEST, Fla. - Rapidly strengthening Hurricane Rita lashed the Florida Keys on Tuesday and headed into the Gulf of Mexico, where forecasters feared it could develop into another blockbuster storm targeting Texas or Louisiana.
  • Tuesday, September 20

  • 'American Idol' adds audition sites   UPI / 9:50PM
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The producers of Fox TV's "American Idol" Tuesday announced two more auditions seeking contestants in Greensboro, N.C., and Las Vegas.
  • Forecasters Fear Hurricane Rita's Strength   AP / 7:11PM
    KEY WEST, Fla. - Rapidly strengthening Hurricane Rita lashed the Florida Keys on Tuesday and headed into the Gulf of Mexico, where forecasters feared it could develop into another blockbuster storm targeting Texas or Louisiana.
  • Forecasters Fear Hurricane Rita's Strength   AP / 6:32PM
    KEY WEST, Fla. - Rapidly strengthening Hurricane Rita lashed the Florida Keys on Tuesday and headed into the Gulf of Mexico, where forecasters feared it could develop into another blockbuster storm targeting Texas or Louisiana.
  • Hurricane Rita Lashes Florida Keys   AP / 10:31AM
    KEY WEST, Fla. - Rita strengthened into a hurricane on Tuesday as it lashed the Florida Keys with heavy rain and strong wind, threatening the island chain with a storm surge of up to 7 feet and sparking fears the storm could eventually bring new misery to the Gulf Coast.
  • Corps of Engineers prepares for Rita   UPI / 8:50AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers worked to shore up just-repaired Gulf Coast levees ahead of the threat posed by tropical storm Rita.
  • Monday, September 19

  • Oprah Winfrey kicks off 20th season   UPI / 8:40PM
    CHICAGO, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Oprah Winfrey kicked off her 20th season on TV Monday by announcing a personal $10 million donation to victims of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Mayor halts New Orleans returnees   UPI / 7:01PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- With Tropical Storm Rita heading for the Florida Keys, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Monday told returning residents to stay out of the Crescent City.
  • Sunday, September 18

  • Hurricane Watch Issued for Florida Keys   AP / 12:10PM
    MIAMI - A hurricane watch was issued for the Florida Keys as a tropical depression moved over the southern Bahamas on Sunday and was expected to strengthen into a named storm, forecasters said.
  • Poor planning slows Katrina relief effort   UPI / 10:44AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Red tape and poor planning have left thousands of Gulf Coast evacuees without basic services, a published report said Sunday.
  • FEMA frets over return to New Orleans   UPI / 8:04AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's invitation for 180,000 to return to the storm-battered city this week has brought criticism from federal emergency officials.
  • Saturday, September 17

  • Some FEMA workers move office   UPI / 7:31PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Federal Emergency Management Agency leaders ordered workers in the Preparedness Division to stop Hurricane Katrina work and move their office to Virginia.
  • $4 billion in hurricane cleanup contracts   UPI / 6:11PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded four firms contracts of $500 million each for Hurricane Katrina cleanup in Louisiana and Mississippi.
  • Some of New Orleans' dead trapped in bed   UPI / 6:11PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- The search for New Orleans' dead continues with emergency workers finding the bodies of people trapped in their beds as flood waters surged.
  • Survey: Many evacuees could not leave   UPI / 4:20PM
    HOUSTON, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Forty percent of New Orleans evacuees now in Houston say they could not evacuate because they were unable to leave or cared for someone who could not leave.
  • Those entering New Orleans 'at own risk'   UPI / 2:11PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- People entering New Orleans this weekend will be handed a two-page warning that begins: "You are entering at your own risk."
  • La. officials indicted before Katrina hit   UPI / 1:00PM
    BATON ROUGE, La., Sept. 17 (UPI) -- The Louisiana agency responsible for doling out post-Katrina aid had problems spending money correctly, including the arrest of three senior officials.
  • Friday, September 16

  • Report: U.S. looks to blame enviro groups   UPI / 6:31PM
    JACKSON, Miss., Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Federal officials are searching for evidence that environmental groups might be to blame for flooding in New Orleans, the Mississippi Clarion-Ledger reports.
  • Law to suspend laws in Katrina clean up   UPI / 12:51PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee is considering suspending any law governing air, water or land in response to Hurricane Katrina.
  • 60 percent of La. floodwaters pumped out   UPI / 9:30AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimated about 60 percent of the floodwaters that inundated the New Orleans area have been removed.
  • Thursday, September 15

  • Bush:'We'll do whatever it takes'   UPI / 9:10PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Declaring he could not imagine an America without New Orleans, President Bush pledged to "do what it takes ... as long as it takes" to rebuild the city.
  • Study: Hurricanes are becoming stronger   UPI / 9:10PM
    BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The number of category 4 and 5 hurricanes worldwide has nearly doubled in 35 years, as global sea surface temperatures increased during the same period.
  • Mayor: New Orleans will 'breathe again'   UPI / 7:44PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said Thursday city officials will allow residents and merchants to return to the city beginning Saturday.
  • Wednesday, September 14

  • Katrina telethon raises $30 million   UPI / 9:10PM
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- The star-studded multichannel telethon to raise money for Hurricane Katrina relief drew fewer viewers than the average "American Idol" episode.
  • Unmanned planes look for Katrina survivors   UPI / 6:50PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Unmanned, small aircraft were being used this week to search for survivors of Hurricane Katrina in the first domestic use of such surveillance vehicles.
  • Delta Air Lines files for bankruptcy   UPI / 5:30PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines filed for bankruptcy Wednesday, staggering under some $19 billion of debt and soaring jet fuel costs.
  • Hurricane delays GOP oil-drilling plan   UPI / 4:20PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Republican leaders postponed efforts to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling until late October thanks to Hurricane Katrina.
  • Computer used to simulate storm surge   UPI / 11:10AM
    BATON ROUGE, La., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Federal and state emergency agencies are using a supercomputer program to simulate Hurricane Katrina's storm surge to prepare for future storms.
  • 600 unaccounted for in Mississippi   UPI / 9:30AM
    BILOXI, Miss., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- While Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts were progressing in Mississippi Wednesday, 600 people remain missing, and 115,000 evacuees were in Red Cross shelters.
  • Hurricane Ophelia Edges Toward N.C.   AP / 4:45AM
    NAGS HEAD, N.C. - Hurricane Ophelia edged toward North Carolina early Wednesday, but many in the storm's path shrugged at the threat of flooding rain and wind even as officials urged them to evacuate.
  • Tuesday, September 13

  • NYC adds second Katrina benefit show   UPI / 9:20PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- So many artists wanted to be in New York's benefit concert for Hurricane Katrina's victims, the overflow has been moved to Radio City Music Hall.
  • Ophelia Regains Hurricane Strength   AP / 9:10PM
    WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. - Vulnerable islands were evacuated and mainland schools were closed Tuesday as Ophelia again strengthened to a hurricane and wobbled closer to land with a threat of flooding rain.
  • Ophelia Regains Hurricane Strength   AP / 6:31PM
    WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. - Vulnerable islands were evacuated and mainland schools were closed Tuesday as Ophelia again strengthened to a hurricane and wobbled closer to land with a threat of flooding rain.
  • U.S. had warm temperatures last week   UPI / 2:20PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. temperatures were mostly above normal last week, the Agriculture Department reported Tuesday.
  • New Orleans neighbor awash in oil spill   UPI / 10:10AM
    BATON ROUGE, La., Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Officials from St. Bernard parish, east of New Orleans who were hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina, say an oil spill may make parts of the land uninhabitable.
  • Mayor says New Orleans now bankrupt   UPI / 9:10AM
    BATON ROUGE, La., Sept. 13 (UPI) -- New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin says the hurricane-devastated city is bankrupt and is scrambling for loans to pay its employees through the end of the year.
  • Monday, September 12

  • Floods ravage priceless photos   UPI / 7:32PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Thousands of negatives shot by photographer Herman Leonard survived the New Orleans floods, but thousands of valuable prints were lost in his home.
  • Saints make Baton Rouge, San Antonio home   UPI / 7:20PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- The displaced New Orleans Saints will play their final seven home games of the 2005 season in San Antonio and Baton Rouge, the NFL announced Monday.
  • Country stars plan relief concert   UPI / 7:01PM
    HOUSTON, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, ZZ Top and Willie Nelson are on board for a hurricane relief concert in Houston.
  • Bush names replacement for FEMA director   UPI / 6:30PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- President Bush turned to an experienced emergency manager Monday to replace Michael Brown, who resigned as head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
  • Bush tours New Orleans, sees progress   UPI / 12:10PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush toured hurricane-battered New Orleans Monday and said he wasn't interested in playing a blame-game during recovery.
  • New Orleans draining faster than expected   UPI / 7:30AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Engineers manning pumps in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans report the floodwaters are receding faster than they anticipated.
  • Sunday, September 11

  • Democrats Rip Bush Hurricane Response   AP / 9:11PM
    WASHINGTON - Louisiana's senior senator on Sunday escalated the Democrats' rhetoric against the Bush administration's hurricane response, accusing the White House of a "full court press" to blame state and local officials for the initial sluggish rescue effort.
  • Katrina recovery chief wants unity   UPI / 8:31PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- President Bush flew to New Orleans Sunday for his third visit to the areas on the Gulf Coast ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Carolinas Warily Eye Hurricane Ophelia   AP / 8:25PM
    WILMINGTON, N.C. - Hurricane Ophelia sat nearly stationary off the coast of the Carolinas on Sunday, taunting coastal residents made wary by the destruction that Katrina caused along the Gulf Coast.
  • Carolinas Warily Eye Hurricane Ophelia   AP / 5:10PM
    WILMINGTON, N.C. - Hurricane Ophelia sat nearly stationary off the coast of the Carolinas on Sunday, taunting coastal residents made wary by the destruction that Katrina caused along the Gulf Coast.
  • CVS addresses Gulf Coast customer needs   UPI / 4:50PM
    WOONSOCKET, R.I., Sept. 11 (UPI) -- CVS, the largest U.S. pharmacy chain, has been seeing to its customers' needs on the Gulf Coast despite dozens of stores damaged or submerged.
  • Carolinas Warily Eye Hurricane Ophelia   AP / 3:10PM
    WILMINGTON, N.C. - Hurricane Ophelia sat nearly stationary off the coast of the Carolinas on Sunday, taunting coastal residents made wary by the destruction that Katrina caused along the Gulf Coast.
  • U.S. Postal Service resumes on Gulf Coast   UPI / 1:50PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- All U.S. Post Offices are fully operational in Alabama and in Mississippi 87 percent of mail delivery and retail service has been restored.
  • Katrina shows need for more refineries   UPI / 1:50PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Hurricane Katrina was the worst-case scenario for the U.S. oil and gas industry that experts had been predicting for years, a published report says.
  • New Orleans mayor says feds bear blame   UPI / 8:04AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- In the process of moving his family to Dallas, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin says the federal government is to blame for botched Hurricane Katrina response.
  • Saturday, September 10

  • Katrina takes toll on culture   UPI / 10:01PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Hurricane Katrina has caused billions in damage and untold personal suffering in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, but the cost in culture may be staggering.
  • EPA to probe New Orleans Superfund sites   UPI / 9:41PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will soon begin investigating three Superfund sites near New Orleans flooded by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Gov't backs down on body photo ban   UPI / 4:20PM
    HOUSTON, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Federal officials said Saturday they will not fight a CNN lawsuit challenging the policy of barring the news media from the recovery of bodies in New Orleans.
  • Hurricane Watch Posted for Southeast Coast   AP / 2:50PM
    CHARLESTON, S.C. - A hurricane watch was posted Saturday for the Southeast coast as Ophelia strengthened into a hurricane once again and meteorologists said its meandering course could take a sharp turn toward land.
  • New Orleans Katrina toll lower than feared   UPI / 1:10PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- As police officers and troops begin recovering bodies, New Orleans officials say the death toll from Hurricane Katrina appears lower than feared.
  • Allen brings new focus to Katrina fight   UPI / 1:00PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Michael Brown, once in charge of the fight to get federal relief efforts moving in the Gulf Coast, finds himself out of the battle this weekend.
  • Ophelia puffs up to hurricane size   UPI / 1:00PM
    MIAMI, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- What was Tropical Storm Ophelia early Saturday morning was upgraded to hurricane status as it made its way to the southeast coast.
  • Friday, September 9

  • Ophelia, a Hurricane Again, May Hit U.S.   AP / 10:10PM
    FLAGLER BEACH, Fla. - Ophelia regained hurricane strength Friday on a course that could take it into the U.S. coast, and forecasters urged residents of northern Florida and the Carolinas keep close watch on its path over the next few days.
  • CNN sues over FEMA dead body request   UPI / 9:50PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- CNN said a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order Friday heading off a federal ban on showing photos of people left dead by Hurricane Katrina.
  • North Texas-LSU game has a make-up date   UPI / 6:10PM
    DENTON, Texas, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- School officials decided Friday on a new date for the LSU-North Texas college football game postponed last Saturday because of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Hurricane-caused oil spills threaten gulf   UPI / 11:45AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Oil from storage tanks ruptured by Hurricane Katrina is threatening the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Thursday, September 8

  • Tropical Storm Becomes Hurricane Off Fla.   AP / 8:30PM
    NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. - Tropical Storm Ophelia strengthened into a hurricane as it stalled 70 miles off the northeast Florida coast Thursday, churning waves that caused beach erosion and drenching Kennedy Space Center.
  • Racist hurricane relief Web sites sued   UPI / 3:50PM
    ST. LOUIS, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon is suing to close nearly a dozen hurricane relief Web sites that may be taking funds that will never help storm victims.
  • Huge concert to benefit hurricane relief   UPI / 3:21PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- An all-star lineup has been assembled for a concert at New York's Madison Square Garden to benefit Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
  • Mexican army in Texas with relief supplies   UPI / 10:50AM
    LAREDO, Texas, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Mexican soldiers entered Texas Thursday morning with Hurricane Katrina relief supplies, the first time since 1846 they have been on U.S. soil.
  • Hospitals expect wave of Katrina victims   UPI / 8:10AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Hospitals in the Hurricane-stricken southeastern states are bracing for a second wave of casualties as clean-up and reconstruction begins.
  • Wednesday, September 7

  • Broadway meets Country fundraiser planned   UPI / 9:00PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Broadway and country stars will combine for a one-night fundraiser for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, it was announced Wednesday.
  • Viewers flock to TV for hurricane news   UPI / 8:30PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Prime-time news shows covering Hurricane Katrina and its grim aftermath dominated U.S. TV ratings for the week ending Sunday.
  • Project to provide better weather tracking   UPI / 7:51PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- A group of U.S. universities is participating in devising technology to more accurately predict and track weather events such as hurricanes.
  • Bush asks for $52B more in hurricane aid   UPI / 7:32PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- President Bush Wednesday asked Congress for another $51.8 billion to pay for search and rescue operations and supplies for hurricane relief.
  • NBA players plan Katrina charity game   UPI / 6:50PM
    HOUSTON, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- A group of NBA players will take part in an NBA special charity basketball game to benefit Hurricane Katrina victims.
  • Rescue rule on pets hampers efforts   UPI / 6:40PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Volunteer rescuers in New Orleans are getting frustrated by victims who won't leave their pets and government rules that won't let them take the pets.
  • Katrina victims to get $2K debit cards   UPI / 6:30PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Survivors of Hurricane Katrina, many who fled New Orleans with only the clothes on their backs, will get $2,000 debit cards from the U.S. government.
  • Crops not hurt much by Katrina   UPI / 1:30PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Crop damage from Hurricane Katrina was limited to the northern Mississippi Delta, while the extra rain helped crops in the eastern Corn Belt and Ohio Valley.
  • Washington fractious over hurricane relief   UPI / 11:20AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Accusations and denials are flying in Washington over the government's slow aid response to Hurricane Katrina in three southern states nine days ago.
  • New Orleans flood waters highly toxic   UPI / 8:50AM
    ATLANTA, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. health and environmental officials are concerned with residents and relief workers exposed to the highly toxic post-hurricane New Orleans flood waters.
  • U.S. poll says New Orleans 'beyond repair'   UPI / 7:36AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- A CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll shows 56 percent of U.S. adults believe Hurricane Katrina's winds and flooding devastated New Orleans beyond repair.
  • Tuesday, September 6

  • New Orleans mayor orders everyone out   UPI / 10:20PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Those refusing to leave New Orleans should be removed by force, the flood-ravaged city's mayor ordered Tuesday night.
  • Michael Jackson working on Katrina single   UPI / 8:12PM
    MANAMA, Bahrain, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Pop star Michael Jackson is putting together a charity single called "From the Bottom of My Heart" to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Miss. River wetlands must be reconstructed   UPI / 12:51PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Scientists say the New Orleans flooding might have been prevented had the Mississippi River's delta and barrier islands been intact.
  • Mayor vows 'better' rebuilt New Orleans   UPI / 11:40AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin vowed Tuesday the storm-ravaged city will be rebuilt and be better than before Hurricane Katrina struck.
  • Public Enemy leader writes Katrina rap   UPI / 10:20AM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Public Enemy founder Chuck D has written "Hell No We Ain't Alright," a scathing song about Hurricane Katrina's effect on the Gulf region.
  • Massive morgues opened for Katrina dead   UPI / 8:30AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Two massive warehouses in Louisiana and Mississippi have been established as the collection of Hurricane Katrina's dead goes into high gear.
  • Monday, September 5

  • Britain sending food to New Orleans   UPI / 11:30PM
    LONDON, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Britain is sending 50,000 military ration packs to Louisiana for the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.
  • Katrina recovery mired in blame-game   UPI / 10:35PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Former President Bill Clinton said Monday there should be an investigation into the government's response to Hurricane Katrina.
  • Giants-Saints game date shifted   UPI / 9:02PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- The New Orleans Saints game against the New York Giants will take place at 7:30 p.m. EDT on Monday, Sept. 19, at Giants Stadium.
  • LSU moves home game to Arizona State   UPI / 7:02PM
    BATON ROUGE, La., Sept. 5 (UPI) -- LSU said Monday that because of Hurricane Katrina its scheduled home game Saturday against Arizona State is being moved to Sun Devil Stadium.
  • Grisham pledges $5M to rebuild Mississippi   UPI / 6:00PM
    TUPELO, Miss., Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Best-selling author John Grisham says he and his wife have established a fund to help Mississippi rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Hurricane Maria no threat to land   UPI / 1:50PM
    MIAMI, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Hurricane Maria strengthened to 100 mph winds midday Monday, but appeared to pose a threat only to ships in the Atlantic Ocean east of Bermuda.
  • Musicians still missing in storm aftermath   UPI / 1:50PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Hurricane Katrina left the music industry scrambling to locate its New Orleans-based stars and families, many still missing Monday, Billboard reports.
  • Sunday, September 4

  • Tearful official slams FEMA   UPI / 10:00PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- A New Orleans official is calling for congressional hearings into the federal government's handling of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Times slams NBC's censoring of West   UPI / 1:30PM
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Times Sunday criticized NBC for censoring rapper Kanye West's criticism of President Bush during "A Concert for Hurricane Relief."
  • Katrina disrupts Republican tax plans   UPI / 10:31AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- The unexpected and soaring costs of Hurricane Katrina have called into question the U.S. Republicans' plans to introduce tax cuts for the wealthy.
  • Canadians open wallets for Katrina aid   UPI / 10:10AM
    TORONTO, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Canadians have donated more than $1 million to the U.S. recovery from Hurricane Katrina, and dispatched three supply-laden warships to Louisiana.
  • Pope Prays for Hurricane Katrina Victims   AP / 7:10AM
    CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy - Pope Benedict XI offered his prayers Sunday to the victims of Hurricane Katrina and his blessings to those helping in the recovery.
  • Saturday, September 3

  • Hurricane Survivors Must Decide Future   AP / 4:11PM
    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - He didn't choose to leave New Orleans; Katrina came through and wrecked Jerry Hymel's native city, driving him away. And now he does not know what to do.
  • Bush to visit hurricane area again   UPI / 2:20PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- President George Bush said Saturday in Washington that he planned another visit to the Gulf states ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, most likely Monday.
  • Rumsfeld cancels Letterman appearance   UPI / 2:00PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld won't be appearing on "The Late Show with David Letterman" next week after all.
  • 'John Wayne' general hits New Orleans   UPI / 2:00PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- A Louisiana native with experience in floods has been put in charge of the Army's Task Force Katrina, winning praise even from New Orleans' unhappy mayor.
  • Bush orders more troops for storm area   UPI / 12:50PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- President Bush ordered additional active duty military personnel to the Gulf Coast Saturday to help in rescue and evacuation efforts.
  • Two major fires break out in New Orleans   UPI / 11:30AM
    NEW OFRLEANS, La., Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Two major fires broke out along the New Orleans waterfront Saturday as efforts were being stepped up to rescue and evacuate storm victims.
  • Tulane postpones season opener   UPI / 11:30AM
    DALLAS, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Officials at Tulane have decided not hold classes on its campus for the fall semester because of Hurricane Katrina. School president Scott Cowen says its athletics program will continue.
  • Katrina price tag put at $100 billion   UPI / 9:31AM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- The first estimate of economic losses from Hurricane Katrina has been put at $100 billion.
  • Official: U.S. would accept Venezuelan aid   UPI / 9:00AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. officials said Friday they would accept help from Venezuela for those affected by the Hurricane Katrina despite sour relations between the nations.
  • Evacuees greet troops with joy, criticism   UPI / 7:40AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Newly arrived National Guard troops in New Orleans heard praise and disgust from many of the frayed evacuees they came to help.
  • Friday, September 2

  • Saints-Giants game relocated   UPI / 7:52PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- The NFL has decided to relocate an upcoming game between the Saints and New York Giants from New Orleans to Giants Stadium in E. Rutherford, N.J.
  • Web site tracks hurricane damage   UPI / 6:12PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 2 (UPI) -- About 86 percent of Gulf Coast oil production and 59 percent of natural gas output was disrupted by Hurricane Katrina, U.S. researchers said.
  • Dow Closes Down 12 Amid Hurricane Woes   AP / 5:32PM
    NEW YORK - Wall Street finished a difficult week lower Friday as investors, restrained by uncertainty about the economic impact of Hurricane Katrina, had little reaction to a sharp decline in oil prices and less unemployment.
  • President Bush tours devastated Biloxi   UPI / 1:40PM
    BILOXI, Miss., Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Two tearful women fell into President Bush's arms as he toured hurricane-devastated Biloxi, Miss., Friday after declaring federal relief efforts inadequate.
  • Evacuees' ATM cards not working   UPI / 1:40PM
    TALLAHASSEE,, Fla., Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Some of the evacuees from hurricane-ravaged Louisiana are finding their ATM cards are not working as banks scramble to get systems running.
  • Hollywood rushes to hurricane aid   UPI / 12:25PM
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Celine Dion, Nic Cage and Hilary Duff have all made sizable donations to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Thursday, September 1

  • Senate Approves $10.5B in Hurricane Aid   AP / 11:30PM
    WASHINGTON - Congress rushed to provide a $10.5 billion down payment in relief aid for Gulf Coast victims of Hurricane Katrina on Thursday as President Bush ordered new action to minimize disruptions in the nation's energy supplies. The Senate approved the measure Thursday night, and the House will convene at noon on Friday to speed the measure to Bush's desk.
  • Senate Approves $10.5B in Hurricane Aid   AP / 11:10PM
    WASHINGTON - Congress rushed to provide a $10.5 billion down payment in relief aid for Gulf Coast victims of Hurricane Katrina on Thursday as President Bush ordered new action to minimize disruptions in the nation's energy supplies. The Senate approved the measure Thursday night, and the House will convene at noon on Friday to speed the measure to Bush's desk.
  • ABC pulls insensitive 'Invasion' ads   UPI / 5:40PM
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- The devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina prompted ABC TV Thursday to pull its commercials for the new sci-fi series "Invasion."
  • Bush moves to ease gas shortages   UPI / 3:22PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- President Bush Thursday ordered a suspension of rules restricting shipments of oil and gasoline between U.S. ports to help ease hurricane-caused shortages.
  • 2001 article predicted New Orleans flood   UPI / 1:11PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- A 2001 story in the magazine Scientific American predicted the flooding that New Orleans suffered from Hurricane Katrina.
  • 10,000 National Guards for hurricane aid   UPI / 11:50AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- The Pentagon is ordering an additional 10,000 National Guard soldiers to relief duty in hurricane-ravaged areas of Louisiana and Mississippi.
  • Gunfire disrupts New Orleans evacuation   UPI / 11:40AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Gunfire and arson disrupted Thursday's mass evacuation of hurricane refugees from New Orleans' Superdome to Houston's Astrodome.
  • U.S. sports teams donate hurricane relief   UPI / 9:40AM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Professional and collegiate sports teams have mounted financial relief campaigns for three hurricane-battered southeastern U.S. states.
  • Alabama hospitals stressed with evacuees   UPI / 9:30AM
    MOBILE, Ala., Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Alabama hospitals have been put under strain by an influx of evacuated patients from hurricane-stricken Mississippi.
  • Wednesday, August 31

  • Venezuela offers hurricane aid to US   UPI / 11:31PM
    CARACAS, Venezuela, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Venezuela is offering emergency oil and food supplies to the United States for victims of Hurricane Katrina, Globovision TV reported Wednesday.
  • NFL pledges $1 million for Katrina relief   UPI / 9:50PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- The National Football League plans to donate $1 million to the American Red Cross to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Some Faced Katrina With 'Hurricane Fatigue'   AP / 7:10PM
    BILOXI, Miss. - When Hurricane Katrina was bearing down on the Gulf Coast, authorities were emphatic about their evacuation orders: Leave now, they said, this is one deadly storm.
  • MTV, VH1, CMT plan Katrina relief special   UPI / 7:01PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- MTV, VH1, and CMT said Wednesday they will simulcast a live performance special to raise funds for an ongoing Hurricane Katrina relief campaign.
  • Public health emergency in New Orleans   UPI / 6:32PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath killed hundreds -- perhaps even thousands -- in the Crescent City.
  • Bush: U.S. will help rebuild Gulf Coast   UPI / 6:03PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- A grim President Bush told the nation how the federal government is moving to ease the misery and horror left by Hurricane Katrina.
  • NBC to air hurricane relief benefit   UPI / 5:10PM
    BURBANK, Calif., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- NBC Universal Television Group Wednesday announced "A Concert for Hurricane Relief" starring Tim McGraw, Harry Connick Jr. and Wynton Marsalis.
  • U.S. officials discuss Katrina relief plan   UPI / 3:12PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- The heads of several federal departments and agencies described plans in Washington Wednesday for a coordinated federal response to Hurricane Katrina.
  • Katrina damages NASA facilities   UPI / 2:52PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Hurricane Katrina damaged NASA spaceport facilities along the Gulf Coast, casting doubt on the space shuttle's scheduled March launch.
  • Alabama cleans up, helps neighbors   UPI / 9:40AM
    MOBILE, Ala., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Cleanup and damage assessment from Hurricane Katrina began in full Wednesday in Alabama, where more than 340,000 people were without electricity.
  • Navy Sends Ships to Aid Hurricane Victims   AP / 8:10AM
    WASHINGTON - The Navy is sending four ships carrying water and other supplies to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina, while medical disaster teams and Red Cross workers from across the country converged on the devastated Gulf Coast region.
  • NFL's Saints relocate to San Antonio   UPI / 8:10AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- The NFL's New Orleans Saints will be making San Antonio their temporary home as their city struggles to overcome devastation from Hurricane Katrina.
  • Tuesday, August 30

  • Hurricane causes Bush to cut vacation   UPI / 5:15PM
    SAN DIEGO, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- President Bush is cutting his vacation short and returning to Washington to address hurricane disaster relief, the White House said Tuesday.
  • Katrina dominates farmers' weather outlook   UPI / 1:55PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Hurricane Katrina flattened sugarcane crops in southeastern Louisiana and damaged broiler houses in Mississippi and Alabama.
  • Katrina's bill: $10 billion to $25 billion   UPI / 9:50AM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Damage estimates from Hurricane Katrina's romp through the southern United States range from $10 billion to $25 billion.
  • Alabama bridge hit by loose oil platform   UPI / 8:30AM
    MOBILE, Ala., Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Alabama officials closed a key commercial bridge in Mobile that was struck by a 13,000-ton oil platform blown loose by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Hurricane Katrina Rips Superdome Roof   AP / 5:24AM
    NEW ORLEANS - Before spending a second night in the dank, cavernous Superdome, some refugees from Hurricane Katrina lined up for a snatch of something they hadn't had in many hours: fresh air.
  • Monday, August 29

  • Bush declares La., Miss. disaster areas   UPI / 9:44PM
    EL MIRAGE, Ariz., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- President Bush Monday declared major disasters in Louisiana and Mississippi hard-hit by Hurricane Katrina's wind and rain.
  • Katrina slams CNN mobile unit   UPI / 8:13PM
    GULFPORT, Miss., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- CNN's mobile storm center was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina in Gulfport, Miss., Monday, but there were no injuries.
  • Stars flee Big Easy film sets   UPI / 3:24PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Hurricane Katrina has shut down production on at least two Hollywood projects filming in the New Orleans area.
  • Hurricane Peels Holes in Superdome Roof   AP / 10:10AM
    NEW ORLEANS - Howling wind from Hurricane Katrina peeled holes in the roof of the Superdome on Monday morning as thousands of people huddled inside seeking shelter.
  • Hurricane Katrina Makes Landfall in La.   AP / 7:10AM
    NEW ORLEANS - Hurricane Katrina slammed ashore early Monday and charged toward this low-lying city with 150-mph winds and the threat of a catastrophic storm surge.
  • Hurricane Katrina Bears Down on Gulf Coast   AP / 6:30AM
    NEW ORLEANS - Hurricane Katrina edged slightly to the east early Monday as it bore down on the Gulf Coast, providing some hope that the worst of the storm's 150 mph winds might not directly strike this low-lying city.
  • Monstrous Hurricane Heads for New Orleans   AP / 3:24AM
    NEW ORLEANS - Winds whipped downtown New Orleans and blasts of thunder were heard early Monday as a monstrous Hurricane Katrina charged toward the low-lying city with 160-mph winds and the threat of a catastrophic storm surge, prompting residents to flee in bumper-to-bumper traffic or huddle in the Superdome for safety.
  • Sunday, August 28

  • Katrina opens assault on Gulf Coast   UPI / 11:54PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Hurricane Katrina brought heavy rain and high wind to the Gulf Coast Sunday, on course to make landfall Monday with near-160 mph winds and waves over 20 feet.
  • Superdome Transforms to Hurricane Shelter   AP / 8:10PM
    NEW ORLEANS - For this city's poor, homeless and frail, just getting into the massive Louisiana Superdome and hunkering down was the hardest part.
  • Saturday, August 27

  • Hurricane Warning issued for Gul Coast   UPI / 11:50PM
    MIAMI, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The National Hurricane Center in Miami issued a Hurricane Warning for the north Central Gulf Coast Saturday as Hurricane Katrina crossed the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Hurricane Katrina Heads for Gulf Coast   AP / 10:30AM
    MIAMI - Residents of the Florida Panhandle nervously monitored the path of Hurricane Katrina on Saturday as weary South Florida homeowners swept the muddy residue of floodwaters from their homes and waited in lines for water, ice and gas.
  • Friday, August 26

  • Oil Prices Fall Despite Hurricane Worries   AP / 5:10PM
    NEW YORK - Oil prices fell more than $1 a barrel Friday as traders took profits from recent record highs, but worries lingered that Hurricane Katrina might disrupt supplies of refined fuels from the Gulf Coast.
  • Hurricanes seens as boon to citrus canker   UPI / 5:00PM
    NAPLES, Fla., Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Florida citrus growers are bracing for another increase in the state's citrus canker blight because of the current hurricane season.
  • Oil Prices Near $68 Amid Hurricane Fears   AP / 3:11PM
    NEW YORK - Oil prices rose Friday, nearing $68 a barrel as traders worried about short-term supply disruptions monitored Hurricane Katrina's sweep over South Florida toward the Gulf Coast.
  • Thursday, August 25

  • Hurricane Katrina Lands in Fla., Killing 2   AP / 10:30PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Hurricane Katrina churned through Florida's densely populated southeastern coast Thursday with sustained winds of 80 mph and lashing rain. Two people were killed by falling trees.
  • Hurricane Katrina Lands in Fla., Killing 2   AP / 8:30PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Hurricane Katrina dumped sheets of rain, kicked up the surf and blew strong winds along the densely populated southeast coast Thursday, killing two people shortly after it struck land.
  • Florida Now Bracing for Hurricane Katrina   AP / 7:10PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Katrina strengthened into a hurricane Thursday, dumping steady rain, kicking up surf and blowing sand across waterfront streets as it chugged toward the state's densely populated southeast coast.
  • Florida Now Bracing for Hurricane Katrina   AP / 5:10PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Katrina became a hurricane Thursday, dumping steady rains, kicking up the surf and blowing gusty winds ashore as it crept toward an overnight landfall on Florida's densely populated southeast coast.
  • Wednesday, August 24

  • Wind caused chopper crash says minister   UPI / 8:50PM
    MADRID, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- A helicopter crash that killed 17 Spanish soldiers in Afghanistan was not caused by Taliban fighters, Spanish Defense Minister Jose Bono said Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, August 23

  • Midwestern farmers get much needed rain   UPI / 1:00PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Widespread showers from the Plains to the East Coast helped pastures and immature summer crops last week.
  • Saturday, August 20

  • Storms devastate south Ontario, Canada   UPI / 1:35PM
    FERGUS, Ontario, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Buildings are ruined and cars lay in ditches after tornados and thunderstorms ripped through southern Ontario, Canada.
  • Tuesday, August 16

  • Soybeans get relief in Midwest from rain   UPI / 3:01PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Significant rainfall returned to the central Corn Belt last week, too late for corn but helping soybeans.
  • Friday, August 12

  • Tropical Storm May Strenghten to Hurricane   AP / 6:10AM
    MIAMI - Tropical Storm Irene was expected to intensify Friday and possibly reach hurricane strength as it approached the U.S. East Coast, forecasters said.
  • Thursday, August 11

  • Healthy ecosystems less hurt by disasters   UPI / 9:00PM
    NORWICH, England, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- An Australian, U.S., Swedish and U.K. research team says healthy ecosystems are much more likely to absorb the shock of a tsunami or natural disaster.
  • Wednesday, August 10

  • Investigation finds FEMA fraud in Florida   UPI / 9:30PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- An investigation into illegal payments to Florida storm victims shows there were nearly three times as many funeral claims as official 2004 storm deaths.
  • North Iran floods leave 30 dead or missing   UPI / 5:04AM
    TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- At least 30 people were reported dead or missing after floods swept northern Iran Tuesday night, officials said Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, August 9

  • Hot temps dominated U.S. weather last week   UPI / 1:50PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Hot weather dominated the United States last week, with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit across the Great Plains and as far north as Montana.
  • Monday, August 8

  • Sandstorm covers large parts of Iraq   UPI / 12:00PM
    BAGHDAD, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- A sandstorm swept large parts of Iraq, including Baghdad, Monday disrupting traffic and forcing almost total paralysis of daily activities and street life.
  • Thursday, August 4

  • Record wave measured during Hurricane Ivan   UPI / 9:51PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory-Stennis Space Center measured a record-size ocean wave when the eye of Hurricane Ivan passed over the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Oil Prices Up on Supply, Hurricane Worries   AP / 11:10AM
    BUDAPEST, Hungary - Oil prices rose Thursday as traders remained wary over possible supply woes because of refinery shutdowns and forecasters predicted a busy hurricane season that could hurt Gulf of Mexico output.
  • Tuesday, August 2

  • Drought, wild fires hurt U.S. crops   UPI / 1:10PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Last week's short but intense heat wave in the Plains and the Midwest hurt corn and soybean crops, U.S. officials said Tuesday.
  • Monday, August 1

  • Study: hurricanes becoming more powerful   UPI / 1:50PM
    BOSTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Hurricanes are becoming larger and producing stronger winds, according to Massachusetts Institute of Technology research, the Boston Globe reported Monday.
  • Wednesday, July 27

  • Dennis' winds alone do $900M damage   UPI / 1:11PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., July 27 (UPI) -- A preliminary damage estimate from Hurricane Dennis' winds two weeks ago reached $900 million in four southeastern U.S. states.
  • Tuesday, July 26

  • Central, west U.S. remains dry and hot   UPI / 2:25PM
    WASHINGTON, July 26 (UPI) -- Temperatures remained above normal across the United States last week, with only parts of Texas and the extreme northern Great Plains averaging near normal.
  • Monday, July 25

  • African dust cloud moves over Florida   UPI / 4:50PM
    MIAMI, July 25 (UPI) -- Florida this week was experiencing more colorful sunrises and sunsets, courtesy of an enormous cloud of dust from the Sahara Desert in Africa.
  • Saturday, July 23

  • Ford, Mazda defer paying in hurricane area   UPI / 2:00PM
    DEARBORN, Mich., July 23 (UPI) -- Ford Credit and Mazda American Credit are offering customers affected by Hurricane Dennis in Alabama and Florida to defer two vehicle payments.
  • Tropical Storm Franklin still a little guy   UPI / 9:30AM
    MIAMI, July 23 (UPI) -- The center of Tropical Storm Franklin was about 695 miles west-southwest of Bermuda early Saturday, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.
  • Friday, July 22

  • Many residents won't evacuate New Orleans   UPI / 7:01PM
    NEW ORLEANS, July 22 (UPI) -- A major hurricane, with 130 mph winds and an 18-foot-high storm surge, would not scare 60 percent of southeast Louisiana residents, a survey found.
  • Weather worries drive up oil prices   UPI / 5:05PM
    NEW YORK, July 22 (UPI) -- Renewed fears of Gulf of Mexico storms drove up the price of high-quality crude oil Friday on the New York Mercantile Exchange to $58.65 per barrel.
  • Wednesday, July 20

  • Emily: Thousands flee homes in Mexico   UPI / 9:50PM
    MEXICO CITY, July 20 (UPI) -- Thousands of people fled their homes in northern Mexico after Hurricane Emily hit the mainland knocking out power and knocking over trees.
  • Tuesday, July 19

  • Hurricane Emily Aims at Mexico Coastline   AP / 9:25PM
    LA PESCA, Mexico - Hurricane Emily grew in strength as its outer winds and rain lashed Mexico's coastline Tuesday, forcing thousands in northeastern Mexico and southern Texas to seek higher ground.
  • Crude oil, products prices fall   UPI / 4:24PM
    NEW YORK, July 19 (UPI) -- The cost of a barrel of high-quality crude oil fell Tuesday to $56.95 on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
  • Monday, July 18

  • Haiti gets USAID funds for flooding   UPI / 10:51PM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, July 18 (UPI) -- The United States Agency for International Development says it will donate funds for disaster relief to Haiti, which was ravaged by Hurricane Dennis.
  • Hurricane Emily Slams Yucatan Peninsula   AP / 7:10AM
    CANCUN, Mexico - Hurricane Emily slammed into Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula early Monday as a powerful Category 4 storm, bringing winds of 135 mph and punishing waves to the region's famous white-sand beaches.
  • Sunday, July 17

  • Yucatan braces for Hurricane Emily   UPI / 11:31PM
    MIAMI, July 17 (UPI) -- Hurricane Emily was approaching the northeast Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico Sunday night with top sustained winds near 135 mph and higher gusts.
  • Mexico Evacuates Tourists Before Hurricane   AP / 1:24PM
    CANCUN, Mexico - A massive evacuation of tourists in one of the world's largest resorts began Sunday, with hundreds of buses dispatched to move tens of thousands of vacationers away from Hurricane Emily, heading for a direct hit on Mexico's coast.
  • Friday, July 15

  • White Stripes Greek concert blown away   UPI / 2:41PM
    ATHENS, Greece, July 15 (UPI) -- Strong winds swept a concert by the White Stripes in Athens, Greece, injuring a crew member and forcing the Detroit duo to halt the gig.
  • Thursday, July 14

  • Oil Prices Fall Amid Hurricane Forecasts   AP / 4:11PM
    WASHINGTON - Oil prices fell by more than $2 a barrel Thursday, continuing a selloff that began the previous day after an international energy watchdog said demand growth in China is slower than expected.
  • Hurricane Emily Pounds Grenada   AP / 8:10AM
    St. GEORGE'S, Grenada - Hurricane Emily pounded Grenada
  • Tuesday, July 12

  • Citrus canker strikes Florida   UPI / 3:20PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., July 12 (UPI) -- Florida authorities say more than 3.6 million commercial citrus trees have been, or are scheduled to be, felled in the fight against citrus canker.
  • Fla. Residents Assess Hurricane Damage   AP / 3:10PM
    PENSACOLA, Fla. - Residents along the Gulf Coast, where Hurricane Dennis made landfall Sunday packing wind up to 120 mph, returned to their homes Monday to discover missing roofs and walls and belongings strewn about. The heaviest damage was in the Florida communities of Gulf Breeze, Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach, which were all slammed by Ivan.
  • Gulf rigs resume oil, gas production   UPI / 12:01PM
    HOUSTON, July 12 (UPI) -- Offshore oil workers have returned to rigs in the Gulf of Mexico with output expected to resume quickly on affected platforms.
  • Hurricane Dennis may have killed Red Tide   UPI / 12:01PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., July 12 (UPI) -- Hurricane Dennis swamped Florida's Tampa Bay with dead fish but may have also destroyed the toxic algae bloom known as Red Tide that killed the marine life.
  • Monday, July 11

  • Hurricane didn't bother the space shuttle   UPI / 12:50PM
    CAPE KENNEDY, July 11 (UPI) -- The space shuttle Discovery, counting down toward a Wednesday launch, easily weathered the outer edge of Hurricane Dennis during the weekend.
  • Gulf Coast Cleans Up From Hurricane Dennis   AP / 12:30PM
    NAVARRE BEACH, Fla. - With a sigh of relief, Gulf Coast residents began hurricane cleanup - again. Hurricane Dennis hit the storm-weary Florida Panhandle and Alabama coast on Sunday with less force than forecasters feared, sparing the region the widespread destruction caused by Ivan last September.
  • Hurricane Dennis Blows Through Ala., Fla.   AP / 2:34AM
    PENSACOLA, Fla. - Hurricane Dennis roared quickly through the Florida Panhandle and Alabama coast Sunday with a 120-mph bluster of blinding squalls and crashing waves, but shellshocked residents emerged to find far less damage than when Ivan took nearly the same path 10 months ago.
  • Sunday, July 10

  • Hurricane Dennis Blows Through Ala., Fla.   AP / 10:11PM
    PENSACOLA, Fla. - Hurricane Dennis roared quickly through the Florida Panhandle and Alabama coast Sunday with a 120-mph bluster of blinding squalls and crashing waves, but shellshocked residents emerged to find far less damage than when Ivan took nearly the same path 10 months ago.
  • Hurricane Dennis Blows Through Ala., Fla.   AP / 9:10PM
    PENSACOLA, Fla. - Hurricane Dennis roared quickly through the Florida Panhandle and Alabama coast Sunday with a 120-mph bluster of blinding squalls and crashing waves, but shellshocked residents emerged to find far less damage than when Ivan took nearly the same path 10 months ago.
  • Hurricane Dennis Roars Toward Gulf Coast   AP / 12:11AM
    PENSACOLA, Fla. - Hurricane Dennis dealt a glancing blow to the Florida Keys on Saturday, knocking out power and leaving streets flooded with seaweed as it roared toward the storm-weary Gulf Coast, where nearly 1.4 million people were under evacuation orders.
  • Hurricane Dennis Approaches Gulf Coast   AP / 12:11AM
    PENSACOLA, Fla. - Hurricane Dennis dealt a glancing blow to the Florida Keys on Saturday, knocking out power and leaving streets flooded with seaweed as it roared toward the storm-weary Gulf Coast, where nearly 1.4 million people were under evacuation orders.
  • Saturday, July 9

  • Hurricane Dennis Roars Toward Gulf Coast   AP / 10:10PM
    PENSACOLA, Fla. - Hurricane Dennis dealt a glancing blow to the Florida Keys on Saturday, knocking out power and leaving streets flooded with seaweed as it roared toward the storm-weary Gulf Coast, where nearly 1.4 million people were under evacuation orders.
  • Red Cross urges communication plan   UPI / 8:40PM
    WASHINGTON, July 9 (UPI) -- As Hurricane Dennis forces many Gulf Coast residents to evacuate, the American Red Cross urges every U.S. household to have a family communication plan.
  • Hurricane Dennis Rushes Toward Gulf Coast   AP / 4:10PM
    PENSACOLA, Fla. - Hurricane Dennis dealt a glancing blow to the Florida Keys on Saturday, knocking out power and leaving streets flooded with seaweed as it roared toward the storm-weary Gulf Coast, where nearly 1.4 million people were under evacuation orders.
  • Businesses keep wary eye on Dennis   UPI / 1:01PM
    MIAMI, July 9 (UPI) -- Major home-supply chains loaded trucks with plywood, generators and other hurricane necessities as they waited to see where Hurricane Dennis would strike.
  • Hurricane shifts away from space port   UPI / 12:30PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., July 9 (UPI) -- NASA resumed preparations for the upcoming shuttle launch as Hurricane Dennis's path shifted away from the east coast of Florida.
  • Hurricane Dennis Swipes Florida Keys   AP / 10:24AM
    KEY WEST, Fla. - Coastal residents packed up and evacuated or were hunkered down early Saturday as Hurricane Dennis lashed the Florida Keys with wind and rain and churned along a path toward areas still rebuilding from last year's storms.
  • Friday, July 8

  • Hurricane Dennis Kills at Least 10 in Cuba   AP / 9:10PM
    HAVANA - Hurricane Dennis slammed Cuba's southern coast with 135 mph winds Friday before slicing across the Caribbean's largest island, killing at least 10 people. The powerful storm headed toward a U.S. landfall, prompting thousands to flee the Florida Keys.
  • Hurricane Dennis Kills at Least 10 in Cuba   AP / 7:10PM
    HAVANA - Hurricane Dennis slammed Cuba's southern coast with 135 mph winds Friday before slicing across the Caribbean's largest island, killing at least 10 people. The powerful storm headed toward a U.S. landfall, prompting thousands to flee the Florida Keys.
  • Hurricane Dennis Bears Down on Cuba   AP / 11:30AM
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL STATION, Cuba - Packing devastating 135 mph winds, Hurricane Dennis tore down a guard tower at the U.S. detention camp for terror suspects as it stalked Cuba's south coast and prepared Friday to strike into the heart of the largest Caribbean island.
  • Thursday, July 7

  • Hurricane Dennis Leaves 4 Dead in Haiti   AP / 10:25PM
    MORANT BAY, Jamaica - A bridge collapsed into a river swollen by Hurricane Dennis' fierce winds and rain, killing at least four people in southwestern Haiti on Thursday as the storm lashed Caribbean coastlines.
  • Atlanta Speedway suffers tornado damage   UPI / 9:55PM
    ATLANTA, July 7 (UPI) -- Officials at Atlanta Motor Speedway said Thursday that a tornado Wednesday evening caused damage to the track.
  • Powerful Hurricane Dennis Heads for Cuba   AP / 8:30PM
    MORANT BAY, Jamaica - Ten-foot waves crashed on shore and hundreds of islanders fled flooded homes Thursday as Hurricane Dennis lashed Caribbean coastlines with 115-mph winds. The first hurricane of the season claimed its first casualty in Haiti.
  • Hurricane Dennis continues to strengthen   UPI / 8:20PM
    MIAMI, July 7 (UPI) -- Hurricane Dennis was continuing to strengthen Thursday night as it approached Cuba, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.
  • Hurricane Dennis Takes Aim at Gulf Coast   AP / 7:11PM
    PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - People in the Florida Keys were ordered to flee and residents along hundreds of miles of Gulf Coast began boarding up Thursday as Hurricane Dennis took aim at the the storm-weary region.
  • Powerful Hurricane Dennis Heads for Cuba   AP / 6:31PM
    MORANT BAY, Jamaica - Ten-foot waves crashed on shore and hundreds of islanders fled flooded homes Thursday as Hurricane Dennis lashed Caribbean coastlines with winds whipped up to 110 mph.
  • Hurricane Dennis Steams Toward Jamaica   AP / 12:10PM
    LES CAYES, Haiti - Hurricane Dennis dumped heavy rain on Haiti and its winds strengthened to 105 mph Thursday as it spun toward Jamaica. Hurricane warnings also were posted in Cuba, including at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, and forecasters said the storm could strike the United States anywhere from Florida to Louisiana.
  • Hurricane Dennis Steams Toward Jamaica   AP / 6:24AM
    LES CAYES, Haiti - Hurricane Dennis steamed toward Jamaica on Thursday, and forecasters predicted the storm would strengthen before making landfall. Hurricane warnings were also posted in Haiti and Cuba, including at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay.
  • Wednesday, July 6

  • Dennis Builds Toward Hurricane Strength   AP / 8:11PM
    LES CAYES, Haiti - Tropical Storm Dennis flooded roads in Haiti and Jamaica and built toward hurricane strength Wednesday, pushing oil prices sharply higher as it became the second storm to threaten petroleum output in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Monday, July 4

  • Storms ravage northern France   UPI / 12:50PM
    PARIS, July 4 (UPI) -- Violent storms in northern France forced hundreds of people to flee campgrounds in the region.
  • Tuesday, June 28

  • Study: New radar system cut tornado deaths   UPI / 11:51PM
    BOSTON, June 28 (UPI) -- A study finds that the number of tornado casualties in the United States has fallen by half since a network of Doppler weather radar was installed 10 years ago.
  • Friday, June 10

  • Storm affects Fla. property insurance   UPI / 3:33PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 10 (UPI) -- A top Florida property insurance company has stopped writing new policies until threats of tropical storms or hurricanes abate.
  • Thursday, May 19

  • Allstate ups rates for Florida policies   UPI / 10:05AM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., May 19 (UPI) -- Insurance giant Allstate Corp. said Thursday it is raising rates of Florida customers to help pay for potential damages from this summer's hurricane season.
  • Monday, May 16

  • Another Bad Hurricane Season Predicted   AP / 9:34PM
    BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. - The Atlantic Seaboard and the Gulf Coast could be in for another bad hurricane season, one of the government's top forecasters said Monday.
  • Friday, May 13

  • Heavy Spring Snowstorm Dumps on Dakotas   AP / 1:14AM
    BISMARCK, N.D. - Terry Sarlsland and his crew fired up snowplows for the first time in more than a year on Thursday, after a spring storm dumped more than 10 inches of heavy, wet snow in the southwestern town of Bowman.
  • Wednesday, May 11

  • Scientists study dust storms by satellite   UPI / 4:00PM
    NAIMEY, Niger, May 11 (UPI) -- Medical scientists in Niger are using satellites to track massive dust storms blowing across Africa's Sahel belt.
  • Tuesday, May 10

  • Bush warns 'prepare for storms'   UPI / 10:00PM
    WASHINGTON, May 10 (UPI) -- Americans living in areas prone to hurricanes and tropical storms were urged Tuesday by President Bush to prepare in advance to protect lives and property.
  • Trees no match for Beijing dust storms   UPI / 10:54AM
    BEIJING, May 10 (UPI) -- Chinese officials have conceded defeat in their 20-year quest to use trees to block blinding spring sandstorms in Beijing, The Times of London reports.
  • Friday, April 29

  • Ghostnet problem said worse than thought   UPI / 3:10PM
    BOULDER, Colo., April 29 (UPI) -- Scientists just back from the Pacific Ocean warned Friday that there may be a lot more of castaway fishing gear known as ghost nets floating around.
  • Hurricane hunters gear up for storm season   UPI / 2:10PM
    WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- The famed "Hurricane Hunters" will embark on a five-city tour of the Atlantic Coast next week to remind coastal residents that storm season is on the horizon.
  • Audit: No FEMA fraud found   UPI / 11:20AM
    MIAMI, April 29 (UPI) -- A federal audit said there were some irregularities in federal payments to hurricane victims in Florida last year, but no widespread fraud.
  • Tuesday, April 12

  • Court ruling scares insurance industry   UPI / 11:31AM
    MIAMI, April 12 (UPI) -- The insurance industry says a recent court decision means it won't have enough money to pay full value for some Florida homes destroyed by hurricanes.
  • Deadly tornado's 40th anniversary observed   UPI / 12:05AM
    SILVER SPRING, Md., April 11 (UPI) -- U.S. weather scientists observed the 40th anniversary of the worst tornado outbreak in U.S. history Monday.
  • Monday, April 11

  • Blizzard Grounds Travelers in Colorado   AP / 6:11PM
    DENVER - Standing in a line that snaked through the terminal, Lynn Miller was still trying to get home Monday after being stranded for two long days in the airport because of a spring storm that dumped nearly 2 feet of wet, heavy snow across Colorado.
  • Hailstones kill 18 in southwest China   UPI / 4:53AM
    CHONGQING, China, April 11 (UPI) -- Hailstones as big as 5 inches in diameter pounded China's Sichuan province over the weekend, killing 18 people and injuring at least 25.
  • Sunday, April 10

  • Blizzard Disrupts Travel Across Colorado   AP / 10:12PM
    DENVER - Hundreds of travelers were stranded at the Denver airport and along highways Sunday as a blizzard blew across eastern Colorado with wet, heavy snow.
  • Colo. Blizzard Strands Drivers, Travelers   AP / 10:12PM
    DENVER - Hundreds of travelers were stranded at the Denver airport and along highways Sunday as a blizzard blew across eastern Colorado with wet, heavy snow.
  • Blizzard Disrupts Travel Across Colorado   AP / 7:23PM
    DENVER - Hundreds of travelers were stranded at the Denver airport and along highways Sunday as a blizzard blew across eastern Colorado with wet, heavy snow.
  • Blizzard Disrupts Travel in Colorado   AP / 1:10PM
    DENVER - A blizzard blew across eastern Colorado on Sunday, piling up wet, heavy snow that shut down airline flights and canceled church services across the region.
  • Blizzard Hammers Colo., Canceling Flights   AP / 12:10PM
    DENVER - A blizzard blew across eastern Colorado on Sunday, piling up wet, heavy snow that shut down airline flights and canceled church services across the region.
  • Monday, March 28

  • Hurricane insurance assessments delayed   UPI / 12:00PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 28 (UPI) -- Florida's state-run Citizens' Property Insurance is holding off on assessing property owners across the state.
  • Sunday, March 27

  • Colo. students: lighten up on pot   UPI / 4:33PM
    BOULDER, Colo., March 27 (UPI) -- A Colorado student group is urging the University of Colorado and Colorado State University to reduce or eliminate penalties for using marijuana.
  • Tuesday, March 22

  • Expert predicts an active storm season   UPI / 6:21PM
    NORMAN, Okla., March 22 (UPI) -- A national storm forecaster Tuesday predicted an active severe weather season in the United States that could produce 1,500 to 1,600 tornadoes.
  • Sunday, March 20

  • Snowstorm Dumps Up to 23 Inches on Wis.   AP / 6:10AM
    MILWAUKEE - A snowstorm just before the start of spring had dumped nearly 2 feet of snow on parts of Wisconsin by Saturday, providing enough powder to reopen a ski hill that had shut for the season.
  • Saturday, March 19

  • Hurricane forecasters urge preparedness   UPI / 9:00PM
    MIAMI, March 19 (UPI) -- A team of Florida hurricane forecasters has spent four days in Mexico pleading with officials and residents to prepare for storm season.
  • Thursday, March 3

  • British army mobilized in snowstorm   UPI / 7:54AM
    LONDON, March 3 (UPI) -- Overwhelmed British police called in the British army for help in dealing with a massive snowstorm.
  • Monday, February 28

  • Major Snowstorm Barrels Up East Coast   AP / 9:11PM
    NEWARK, N.J. - Highway crews spread salt on roads and schools gave students an unplanned holiday Monday as a storm plowed along the East Coast with a threat of more than a foot of blowing snow.
  • Thursday, February 17

  • Four Rescued After Hurricane Hits Samoa   AP / 9:10PM
    PAGO PAGO, American Samoa - Rescuers saved four people floating in open water Thursday after Hurricane Olaf struck the region with winds of 160 mph, damaging many homes in this U.S. territory.
  • Hurricane Damage May Put Fla. at Fire Risk   AP / 7:10PM
    WASHINGTON - First hurricanes, now wildfires?
  • Wednesday, February 16

  • Florida homeowners face $60 insurance hike   UPI / 12:00PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Feb. 16 (UPI) -- As a result of last year's hurricanes, Florida homeowners can expect a $60 surcharge on their windstorm insurance this year, it was reported Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, February 15

  • American Samoa Prepares for Hurricane   AP / 6:11PM
    PAGO PAGO, American Samoa - Authorities set up emergency shelters and shut down schools, government offices and the airport Tuesday as an "extremely dangerous" Hurricane Olaf zeroed in on American Samoa.
  • Thursday, February 10

  • Trio rescued from sinking gillnetter   UPI / 4:40PM
    BOSTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- A father-son crew and the brother of a man killed in 1991's "Perfect Storm" were rescued after their boat started to sink off Cape Ann, Mass.
  • Friday, February 4

  • Hurricane insurance freeze sought   UPI / 11:53AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Citing concern about the number of recent insurance rate hike requests in the wake of the hurricane season, a Florida official is seeking a freeze.
  • Hurricane forecast maps to change   UPI / 11:33AM
    TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The director of the National Hurricane Center said during a visit to Tampa, Fla., maps used to publicize forecasts of the storms are changing.
  • Monday, January 24

  • Weekend Blizzard Linked to 16 Deaths   AP / 5:10PM
    BOSTON - Communities throughout the Northeast on Monday struggled to cope with the aftermath of a weekend winter storm that dumped more than 3 feet of snow in parts of New England, creating drifts that reached to the eaves of some one-story buildings and prompting the closure of schools from Maine to Virginia on Monday.
  • Northeast Digs Out of Deadly Blizzard   AP / 12:10PM
    BOSTON - The weekend winter storm dumped more than 3 feet of snow on Massachusetts, creating drifts that reached to the eaves of some one-story buildings and prompting the closure of schools and courthouses throughout much of New England on Monday. Boston's airport partially reopened Monday, while frustrated travelers waited for transportation after a weekend in which hundreds of airline flights were canceled.
  • Northeast Digs Out of Deadly Blizzard   AP / 10:10AM
    BOSTON - The city's airport partially reopened Monday but schools and courthouses were closed in many areas as the Northeast struggled to recover from the weekend's blizzard. The storm dumped more than 3 feet of snow on Massachusetts, and drifts were piled up to the eaves of some one-story buildings.
  • Blizzard Maroons Thousands at Airports   AP / 12:23AM
    BOSTON - A howling blizzard slammed the Northeast on Sunday with more than 2 feet of snow and hurricane-strength wind gusts, halting air travel for thousands of people, keeping others off slippery highways and burying parked cars under deep drifts.
  • Sunday, January 23

  • Blizzard Blamed for at Least Six Deaths   AP / 8:10PM
    BOSTON - A howling blizzard slammed the Northeast on Sunday with more than 2 feet of snow and hurricane-strength wind gusts, halting air travel for thousands of people, keeping others off slippery highways and burying parked cars under deep drifts. At least six deaths were linked to the weather, three in Ohio, two in Wisconsin and one in Pennsylvania.
  • Blizzard Slows Northeast Travel to a Crawl   AP / 2:10PM
    NEW YORK - Travel was slowed to a crawl at best across wide areas of the Northeast on Sunday as a huge snowstorm whipped up blizzard conditions with wind gusting to 60 mph, making highways treacherous, canceling hundreds of airline flights and slowing trains.
  • Blizzard Dumps Snow in Midwest, Northeast   AP / 10:10AM
    NEW YORK - Travel was slowed to a crawl at best across wide areas of the Northeast on Sunday as a huge snowstorm whipped up blizzard conditions with wind gusting to 60 mph, making highways treacherous, canceling hundreds of airline flights and slowing trains.
  • Saturday, January 22

  • Monster Snowstorm Hits Midwest, Northeast   AP / 5:10PM
    NEW YORK - Hundreds of airline flights were canceled Saturday and fleets of road plows were warmed up as a paralyzing snowstorm barreled out of the Midwest and spread across the Northeast with a potential for up to 20 inches of snow driven by 50 mph wind.
  • Blizzard Takes Aim at Midwest, Northeast   AP / 11:10AM
    MILWAUKEE - A blustery snowstorm out of Canada created a midwinter bonanza for snow sports enthusiasts across the upper Midwest while the upper Ohio Valley and Northeast braced for more than a foot of highway-clogging snow Saturday.
  • Northeast Braces for Powerful Snowstorm   AP / 8:22AM
    MILWAUKEE - A blustery snowstorm out of Canada brought a frigid, midwinter bonanza for sports enthusiasts in the upper Midwest, while the Rust Belt and Northeast bundled up and braced for a foot of snow or more Saturday.
  • Thursday, January 13

  • Moscow has warmest January in history   UPI / 2:41PM
    MOSCOW, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Moscow and surrounding regions are enjoying the warmest January in recorded history to the point where bears aren't hibernating, the Moscow Times reports.
  • Tuesday, January 11

  • Saharan dust changes Florida thunderstorms   UPI / 3:13PM
    SAN DIEGO, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers said dust from the Sahara Desert in Africa carried by westerly winds can affect thunderstorms in Florida.
  • Monday, January 10

  • Syr Darya River floods southern Kazakhstan   UPI / 2:30PM
    ALMATY, Kazakhstan, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The Syr Darya River has overflowed its banks, forcing officials to declare a state of emergency in southern Kazakhstan, media reported Monday.
  • Sunday, January 9

  • Toxic tides threaten China   UPI / 10:30PM
    BEIJING, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- China's problems of marine pollution and toxic tides are getting worse, the official China Daily said Sunday.
  • Friday, January 7

  • Boater killed in California gale   UPI / 10:00PM
    MORRO BAY, Calif., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- One person was killed Friday and another had to be rescued from high surf when their sailboat went aground in a gale off the California coast.
  • Wednesday, January 5

  • Celebrities doing their share   UPI / 10:20PM
    NEW YORK, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Several musicians and celebrities have come together to help the victims of the devastating Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.
  • Thursday, December 30

  • Record number of tornadoes in 2004   UPI / 2:51PM
    NORMAN, Okla., Dec. 30 (UPI) -- The number of tornadoes reported in the United States reached a record during 2004, surpassing the previous high by almost 300, weather officials reported.
  • Wednesday, December 22

  • Hurricanes helped Florida coral reefs   UPI / 2:20PM
    FORT PIERCE, Fla., Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Florida researchers have been happily surprised to learn this year's unusually busy hurricane season actually helped rid coral reefs of choking seaweed.
  • Monday, December 20

  • Windstorm fatally slams man into church   UPI / 7:21AM
    EDMONTON, Alberta, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- An Alberta man windsurfing on his snowboard is dead after 60-mph winds slammed him into the side of an abandoned church, the Edmonton Sun said Monday.
  • Friday, December 17

  • Florida passes hurricane relief efforts   UPI / 11:50AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- The Florida Legislature has come up with $185 million to help the victims of the four hurricanes that raked the state this year.
  • Monday, December 13

  • Texas citrus benefits from Florida damage   UPI / 4:53PM
    DALLAS, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- The Texas citrus industry might see its most profitable season in 25 years because of this year's hurricane damage in Florida, industry observers said Monday.
  • Salvors survey grounded Alaska ship   UPI / 1:01PM
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Salvage experts were developing a battle plan Monday as the wreck of a soybean freighter continued to leak oil into the sea off Alaska.
  • Florida ponders hurricane insurer problems   UPI / 11:50AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Dec. 13 (UPI) -- The Florida Legislature convened in special session Monday to tackle homeowners' insurance problems in the wake of the hurricane onslaught this year.
  • Hurricane forecast satellites planned   UPI / 11:40AM
    MIAMI, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- The federal government will launch five new weather satellites in the next eight years to help hurricane forecasting, The Tampa Tribune reports.
  • Sunday, December 12

  • Alaska's weather slows oil-spill cleanup   UPI / 12:50PM
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Bad weather conditions were frustrating clean-up crews on a remote Alaska island where a grounded freighter has dumped 140,000 gallons of oil into the sea.
  • Friday, December 10

  • Oil leaking from wrecked Alaska ship   UPI / 2:30PM
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Leaking fuel oil was becoming a threat to the shoreline of Alaska's remote Aleutian Islands where a soybean freighter ran aground earlier this week.
  • Wednesday, December 8

  • Arroyo blames rampant logging for floods   UPI / 2:52AM
    MANILA, Philippines, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Philippines President Gloria Arroyo has blamed rampant illegal logging for the flooding that claimed more than 1,000 lives on the island of Luzon Nov. 29.
  • Tuesday, December 7

  • Over 1,400 dead, missing in Luzon storm   UPI / 3:31AM
    MANILA, Philippines, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Relief goods poured into storm-ravaged areas of northern and eastern Luzon, the Philippines, as the toll of dead and missing exceeded 1,400, officials said.
  • Monday, December 6

  • Japan website puts typhoon data online   UPI / 4:51AM
    TOKYO, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Data on about 400 typhoons will be available to visitors to a Japanese research institute's Web site starting next June.
  • Wednesday, December 1

  • Another typhoon heads for Philippines   UPI / 5:12AM
    MANILA, Philippines, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Another typhoon is headed for the Philippines, where rescuers are still searching for 150 people missing from Monday's storm, which killed at least 300.
  • Wednesday, November 24

  • Hurricane insurance restrictions extended   UPI / 10:32AM
    MIAMI, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- The state of Florida has extended until the end of the year a rule preventing insurance companies from canceling or refusing to renew hurricane policies.
  • EU to aid Slovakia after wind devastation   UPI / 6:10AM
    BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- The European Union will offer Slovakia aid from its Solidarity Fund after high winds devastated large sections of forest in the Tatra Mountains.
  • Tuesday, November 23

  • Hurricane insurance situation worsening   UPI / 12:00PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Florida's state-operated homeowners' insurance carrier of last resort is getting bigger and rates are likely to go up.
  • Thursday, November 11

  • Soybean markets lower after rust scare   UPI / 2:22PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Soybean futures traded slightly lower Thursday as heartland growers pondered the discovery of a virulent fungus spread by Hurricane Ivan.
  • Wednesday, November 10

  • U.S. adds $100 million to hurricane aid   UPI / 2:20PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department announced Wednesday an additional $100 million in hurricane-recovery aid for nations in the Caribbean hit by deadly weather.
  • Tuesday, November 9

  • Hurricanes don't bother singing fish   UPI / 5:02PM
    SARASOTA, Fla., Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Fish in Charlotte Harbor, Fla., that normally sing "love songs," while spawning sang their hearts out during Hurricane Charley.
  • Tuesday, November 2

  • Insurers post record in loss claims   UPI / 1:53PM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- The Insurance Services Office's Property Claim Services unit in New York Tuesday said the industry suffered $21.3 billion in insured property loss claims.
  • Fair weather forecast for most U.S. voters   UPI / 7:30AM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Weather is not expected to play havoc with most voters in Tuesday's presidential election, forecasters at The Weather Channel said.
  • Friday, October 29

  • Dry stretch should help Calif. tomato crop   UPI / 1:50PM
    STOCKTON, Calif., Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Dry weather expected in the coming days should allow California growers to resume a limited tomato harvest next week.
  • Reason for sewage spill sought   UPI / 11:50AM
    SAN DIEGO, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- San Diego city engineers say they still don't know how a water surge breached the city sewer system, causing a series of overflows that fouled the coastline.
  • Thursday, October 28

  • Hurricane damage creates pecan shortage   UPI / 11:50PM
    ATHENS, Ga., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- There may be fewer nuts in the holiday pecan pie this year because the string of hurricanes has substantially damaged the pecan crop.
  • Wednesday, October 27

  • Hurricane insurance deadline set   UPI / 11:30AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The state of Florida has set deadlines for insurance companies to settle claims for the four storms that hit Florida in August and September.
  • Tuesday, October 26

  • Florida seeks hurricane insurance fix   UPI / 11:30AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he wants to help homeowners who were hit by more than one hurricane this year resulting in two deductibles on their insurance.
  • Typhoon floods Yahoo with 1 billion hits   UPI / 5:13AM
    TOKYO, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Yahoo Japan says its Internet portal site received a record 1.03 billion hits in one day as people searched for news of Typhoon Tokage last week.
  • Friday, October 22

  • Science: Tornadoes-El Nino linked   UPI / 12:20PM
    COLUMBIA, Mo., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- A Missouri statistics professor has found a link between tornadoes and two famous weather phenomena, El Nino and La Nina.
  • Thursday, October 21

  • Two Japanese climbers die in U.S. blizzard   UPI / 12:50PM
    YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Two Japanese mountain climbers were killed this week when an early-season Pacific storm swept through California's Yosemite National Park.
  • Wednesday, October 20

  • Hurricane Ivan impact Tetra results   UPI / 1:40PM
    WOODLANDS, Texas, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Tetra Technologies in Woodlands, Texas, said Wednesday Hurricane Ivan and other tropical weather affected its third quarter results.
  • Monday, October 18

  • Farmers Insurance estimates storm losses   UPI / 1:30PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Farmers Insurance Group in Los Angeles Monday estimated recent losses experienced from hurricane damages at $110.9 million.
  • St. Paul Travelers sees hurricane losses   UPI / 12:10PM
    ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 18 (UPI) -- St. Paul Travelers said Monday it estimates its U.S. losses from Hurricane Jeanne to be approximately $93 million.
  • Thursday, October 14

  • AllState trims Florida storm coverage   UPI / 2:10PM
    CHICAGO, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Allstate says it will cut back on insurance policy sales in Florida in the wake of four hurricanes that cost the carrier more than $1 billion.
  • Wednesday, October 13

  • Teams to assess storm damage to U.S. ships   UPI / 9:52PM
    YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- An investigative team from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet traveled to Japan Wednesday to assess damage caused to ships by a weekend typhoon.
  • Tuesday, October 12

  • Hurricanes devastate citrus crop   UPI / 3:30PM
    MIAMI, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated Tuesday the Florida Citrus crop this year will be the lowest in 11 years because of hurricane damage.
  • Mediation expected in hurricane damage   UPI / 12:01PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 12 (UPI) -- The state of Florida is getting ready to send mediators into hurricane areas to preside over a record number of insurance disputes involving storm damage.
  • Two climers die in Himalayan avalanche   UPI / 6:20AM
    KATMANDU, Nepal, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Two veteran Japanese climbers have lost their lives in an avalanche on Annapurna One in the Himalayas in Nepal, an alpine group has said.
  • Monday, October 11

  • Hurricane expert calls for more mitigation   UPI / 9:40PM
    DARTMOUTH, Nova Scotia, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Officials at the Canadian Hurricane Centre in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, are warning people had better become acclimated to stronger hurricanes.
  • Saturday, October 9

  • House approves hurricane, drought aide   UPI / 6:50PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. House Saturday approved $14.5 billion in natural disaster aide as part of a broader $10 billion 2005 military construction bill.
  • Friday, October 8

  • Tropical storm Matthew heading east   UPI / 8:30PM
    MIAMI, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. National Weather Service scientists said Friday the center of tropical storm Matthew was located about 260 miles east-southeast of Brownsville, Texas.
  • Southern Minn. gets federal flood aid   UPI / 1:20PM
    ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty says residents of five southern counties qualify for federal grants and loans to repair homes and replace flood-damaged property.
  • Wednesday, October 6

  • Firm stops writing hurricane coverage   UPI / 12:01PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- A major homeowners insurance company has stopped writing new hurricane insurance policies in the aftermath of Florida's four hurricanes this year.
  • Congress gets another storm relief request   UPI / 11:41AM
    MIAMI, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- President Bush has sent a new $691 million relief package to Congress, which would further benefit Florida's efforts to recover from four hurricanes.
  • Tuesday, October 5

  • Jamaica pegs Ivan's damage at $362 million   UPI / 9:20AM
    KINGSTON, Jamaica, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Jamaican Prime Minister P.J. Patterson says Hurricane Ivan caused at least $362 million in damages to the island last month, the Jamaican Gleaner reported.
  • Friday, October 1

  • Forecast: Hurricane season to lighten up   UPI / 1:13PM
    FORT COLLINS, Colo., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Long-range hurricane forecaster William Gray and his team at Colorado State University is predicting a more quiet finish to the storm season.
  • Global warming seen as hurricane spur   UPI / 11:40AM
    PRINCETON, N.J., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Global warming is likely to produce stronger and wetter hurricanes in coming decades, a study shows.
  • Thursday, September 30

  • Hurricane insurance rates may rise   UPI / 11:20AM
    MIAMI, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- The assaults by four hurricanes on Florida over the last two months is likely to produce a hike in homeowners' insurance rates, experts said.
  • Tuesday, September 28

  • Haiti: Gunmen hamper relief efforts   UPI / 6:30PM
    GONAIVES, Haiti, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Armed gunmen are intercepting food supplies meant for victims in Haiti's flood-ravaged northern city of Gonaives, relief officials said Tuesday.
  • USAID provides $3.8M in hurricane aid   UPI / 4:50PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Agency for International Development said Tuesday it has so far provided $3.8 million to naitons worst hit by the spate of recent hurricanes.
  • Hurricane Hilton no match for Jeanne   UPI / 1:10PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Hotel heiress Paris Hilton didn't get blown away by Florida's hurricanes but she is blown away by the movie she's filming in the not-much-sunshine state.
  • Tiny clues found in thunderstorm formation   UPI / 12:20PM
    BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Three-dimensional portraits of thunderstorms across the U.S. Midwest have revealed previously unknown small, embedded wind circulations.
  • Monday, September 27

  • DisneyWorld unaffected by latest hurricane   UPI / 3:01PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Business continued as usual at DisneyWorld and other Orlando, Fla., attractions Monday despite damage caused by Hurricane Jeanne, area officials said.
  • RLI: hurricane losses will hurt earnings   UPI / 2:50PM
    PEORIA, Ill., Sept. 27 (UPI) -- The RLI Corp. in Peoria, Ill., said Monday it expects hurricane losses to lower its third-quarter earnings by more than 30 cents a share.
  • Federated impacted by Hurricane Jeanne   UPI / 2:30PM
    CINCINNATI, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Federated Stores in Cincinnati Monday said early estimates from Hurricane Jeanne indicate it lost $10 million as a result of the storm.
  • Friday, September 24

  • 'Sesame Street' takes on hurricanes   UPI / 2:40PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- "Sesame Street" will rebroadcast a special five-part series of episodes intended to help children cope with hurricanes, producers said Friday.
  • Thursday, September 23

  • Ivan still roiling oil markets   UPI / 7:04PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Word Thursday that the U.S. government might loan Gulf Coast refiners some oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve failed to cool off crude markets.
  • Monday, September 20

  • Victims of Hurricane Charley: Cleanup Slow   AP / 9:10AM
    PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - Georgia and Cesar Pares see the same pile of ruined furniture and other rubbish every morning when they step outside, and they keep busy patching the same holes that Hurricane Charley made in their roof more than a month ago.
  • Sunday, September 19

  • Bush declares disaster areas in N.C., Ga.   UPI / 12:10PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush declared a major disaster for both North Carolina and Georgia Sunday and ordered federal aid to supplement recovery efforts.
  • Friday, September 17

  • Noble reports little damage to rig   UPI / 6:20PM
    HOUSTON, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- A Texas company Friday reported little damage to an offshore drilling rig that was blown 30 miles from its mooring point by Hurricane Ivan.
  • Louisiana asks help before it's too late   UPI / 12:50PM
    BATON ROUGE, La., Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Louisiana officials hope the state's brush with Hurricane Ivan convinces Washington to help restore the state's vanishing coastline before it's too late.
  • Thursday, September 16

  • Supercomputers Aid Hurricane Forecasting   AP / 9:10AM
    MONTEREY, Calif. - Thousands of miles from the rain and wind of Hurricane Ivan, a model of the storm swirls in the memory and processors of a supercomputer that can predict its likely course and strength.
  • Wednesday, September 15

  • Senate approves $2.9 billion in farm aid   UPI / 1:40PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate has added $2.9 billion in emergency drought, frost and flood aid for farmers to a $32 billion 2005 homeland security spending bill.
  • Tuesday, September 14

  • Hurricane Ivan Drenches Western Cuba   AP / 4:10PM
    PINAR DEL RIO, Cuba - Hurricane Ivan whipped western Cuba with 160 mph winds, ripping the roofs of tobacco barns and houses and drenching fields before moving into the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, threatening offshore oil rigs and setting off an exodus along the U.S. coast.
  • Monday, September 13

  • Russia reports typhoon-related oil spill   UPI / 9:20AM
    KHOLMSK, Russia, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- A Belgian ship tossed around by Typhoon Songda last week leaked 180 tons of crude oil in southwestern Russia, civil defense officials said Monday.
  • Hurricane Ivan Rolls Toward to Cuba   AP / 8:10AM
    GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands - Hurricane Ivan pummeled the Cayman Islands with fierce winds that ripped off roofs and floodwaters that swamped homes, then strengthened to an extremely dangerous Category 5 storm as it headed for western Cuba on Monday.
  • Sunday, September 12

  • Torrential storms hit Taiwan   UPI / 8:40PM
    TAIPEI, Taiwan, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Torrential rainfalls and strong winds lashed Taiwan Saturday and Sunday, flooding urban centers and threatening landslides in mountainous areas.
  • South Korea experiences severe floods   UPI / 8:10PM
    SEOUL, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- A whopping 16.339 inches of rain fell on South Korea's Cheju Island during the weekend, flooding 638 homes and businesses.
  • Saturday, September 11

  • Hurricane Ivan regains catagory 5 strength   UPI / 7:21PM
    MIAMI, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Hurricane Ivan regained level 5 strength Saturday evening as it headed for the Cayman Islands and western Cuba, the Hurricane Center in Florida said.
  • Friday, September 10

  • Russia starts criminal probe in oil spill   UPI / 10:01AM
    YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK, Russia, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Russian authorities launched a criminal investigation Friday into an oil spill by a Belgian ship that ran aground off Sakhalin Island, north of Japan.
  • Thursday, September 9

  • Oil Prices Surge on Hurricane Fears, Data   AP / 4:11PM
    NEW YORK - Oil prices surged Thursday on fears of hurricane damage and lower-than-expected crude oil and gasoline inventory data released by the government.
  • Wednesday, September 8

  • Bush Visits Hurricane Victims in Florida   AP / 11:10PM
    FORT PIERCE, Fla. - Hurricane-ravaged Florida struggled to replenish its fuel supply and keep emergency distribution centers stocked with basic supplies Wednesday as millions of hot and weary residents spent another day scrounging for food and water.
  • Tuesday, September 7

  • Hurricane Ivan Damages Parts of Barbados   AP / 8:11PM
    ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada - Packing ferocious winds, Hurricane Ivan made a direct hit on Grenada Tuesday, blasting apart scores of homes and hurling hundreds of the island's landmark red zinc roofs through the air.
  • Hurricane Ivan Damages Parts of Barbados   AP / 7:10PM
    ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada - Hurricane Ivan's raging winds tore up roofs, trees and utility poles in Barbados and other islands Tuesday then thundered on a collision course with Grenada.
  • Hill to approve $2 billion in hurricane aide   UPI / 4:51PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. Lawmakers are expected to approve $2 billion in emergency funding Tuesday or Wednesday to address damage from hurricanes Charley and Frances in Florida.
  • 10 Deaths Blamed on Hurricane Frances   AP / 10:10AM
    TAMPA, Fla. - Frances wound up a two-day assault on Florida that pounded both the central part of the state and the Panhandle, leaving storm-weary residents Tuesday with flooding, frayed nerves and shortages of everyday items such as gas, ice and water. At least 10 deaths were blamed on the storm in Florida and Georgia.
  • Monday, September 6

  • Hurricane Ivan Churns Toward Caribbean   AP / 6:22PM
    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - Hurricane Ivan churned toward the Caribbean on Monday, packing sustained winds of 115 mph and threatening to hit Barbados and other islands, after it strengthened from tropical storm status with unusual speed.
  • Sunday, September 5

  • Threat of Hurricane Frances Saps Business   AP / 5:22AM
    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - "Open, drink specials" read the spray-painted sign on the plywood covering Ted's Hideaway, but only die-hard locals were taking advantage at the normally popular South Beach watering hole Saturday.
  • Hurricane Frances Kills Two in Bahamas   AP / 3:22AM
    FREEPORT, Bahamas - Hurricane Frances snapped trees, tore apart houses and flooded neighborhoods Saturday as it churned through the Bahamas, leaving at least two people dead.
  • Saturday, September 4

  • School Provides Refuge During Hurricane   AP / 8:33PM
    PORT SALERNO, Fla. - Half the room caught a college football game, the other half stared into small televisions showing Hurricane Frances rumbling toward Florida. In the middle of it all, one man snored away on a floor covered almost entirely by blankets, sleeping bags and couch cushions.
  • Friday, September 3

  • Hurricane Frances Hits Bahamas; Man Dies   AP / 9:11PM
    NASSAU, Bahamas - Hurricane Frances battered the main tourist hub in the Bahamas on Friday, unleashing deadly winds that shattered windows in skyscrapers, toppled trees and set off scattered looting. One man was electrocuted in the storm.
  • Thursday, September 2

  • Hurricane Frances Tears Into Bahamas   AP / 10:11PM
    FREEPORT, Bahamas - Hurricane Frances raged through the sparsely populated southeastern Bahamas Thursday, unleashing ferocious winds and kicking up powerful waves as it headed for the island chain's main towns and on a path for Florida.
  • Wednesday, September 1

  • Hurricane May Delay Florida St.-Miami Game   AP / 8:10PM
    MIAMI - Florida State and Miami may have to wait a few days before playing their season opener. School officials were strongly considering postponing the game five days from Monday to Sept. 11 because of Hurricane Frances. They were expected to announce a decision Thursday.
  • Orange juice jumps as hurricane looms   UPI / 5:53PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Prices for frozen orange juice futures jumped Wednesday as Hurricane Frances threatened Florida and southern states.
  • Saturday, August 21

  • Heavy rainfall cuts U.K. crop harvests   UPI / 10:23AM
    LONDON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- British farmers are having to leave crops rotting in fields soaked by torrential rains that show no sign of ceasing, the BBC reported Saturday.
  • Thursday, August 19

  • Hurricane Charley citrus damage heavy   UPI / 6:13PM
    PUNTA GORDA, Fla., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. agriculture officials Thursday said Hurricane Charley caused $150 million in citrus crop losses and the figure was likely to increase.
  • Tuesday, August 17

  • Florida sues price gougers   UPI / 8:30PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Florida officials reportedly filed lawsuits Tuesday against a Days Inn hotel and the Crossroads Motor Lodge for alleged price gouging after hurricane Charley.
  • Insurers won't be hurt by Charley   UPI / 12:31PM
    PUNTA GORDA, Fla., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Despite Hurricane Charley's estimated $5 billion to $10 billion in damages, U.S. insurers are expected to weather the flood of claims in good shape.
  • Six ailing dolphins survive hurricane   UPI / 11:30AM
    SARASOTA, Fla., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Six dolphins that survived a mass beaching on Florida's east coast also survived Hurricane Charley, the Stuart News reported Tuesday.
  • Monday, August 16

  • Hurricane Charley death toll rises to 17   UPI / 5:31PM
    PUNTA GORDA, Fla., Aug. 16 (UPI) -- The death toll in west and central Florida from Hurricane Charley increased to 17 Monday, state officials reported.
  • Sunday, August 15

  • Charley's death toll rises to 16   UPI / 5:20PM
    PUNTA GORDA, Fla., Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Hurricane Charley's death toll rose to 16 Sunday in Florida as the storm dissipated further north.
  • Bush says a lesson has been leaned   UPI / 1:31PM
    PUNTA GORDA, Fla., Aug. 15 (UPI) -- President Bush, whose father was criticized for not responding quickly to Hurricane Andrew, said Sunday a lesson had been learned from 1992.
  • Saturday, August 14

  • Bengals-Bucs exhibition moved to Monday   UPI / 4:50PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 14 (UPI) -- The preseason game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been rescheduled for Monday night.
  • Friday, August 13

  • Charley forces postponement of NFL game   UPI / 2:01PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- The Tampa Bay-Cincinnati pre-season NFL game scheduled Saturday has been postponed because of Hurricane Charley.
  • Wednesday, August 11

  • Bonnie to make landfall in Florida   UPI / 9:10PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- About 2.1 million residents might be affected when tropical storm Bonnie makes its landfall in the Florida Panhandle Thursday morning.
  • Tuesday, August 10

  • NOAA stands by hurricane predictions   UPI / 4:50PM
    SUITLAND, Md., Aug. 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Tuesday reiterated predictions this will be an active hurricane season with up to eight hurricanes.
  • Monday, August 2

  • Mercury launch postponed   UPI / 11:50AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 2 (UPI) -- NASA Monday postponed the scheduled launch of the Mercury MESSENGER space probe because of thunderstorms and the threat of lightning.
  • North Korean crops hit by heavy rain   UPI / 2:10AM
    PYONGYANG, North Korea, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Torrential rains swept North Korea during the rainy season in July, submerging rice paddies and homes, the North's official news media said Monday.
  • Friday, July 30

  • Pacific NW fire balloons to 10,000 acres   UPI / 3:50PM
    CHELAN, Wash., July 30 (UPI) -- Around 100 homes were evacuated in the state of Washington Friday after a fast-moving wildfire topped 10,000 acres overnight.
  • Thursday, July 29

  • Bush declares island disasters   UPI / 8:03PM
    WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush declared major disasters Thursday in Guam and the Northern Marianas, making the areas eligible for federal disaster aid.
  • Monday, July 26

  • Japan supermarket sales continue to fall   UPI / 5:42AM
    TOKYO, July 26 (UPI) -- The Japan Chain Store Association reported Monday that supermarket sales in June fell for the fourth straight month.
  • Rain insurance claims reach $137 million   UPI / 5:32AM
    TOKYO, July 26 (UPI) -- The General Insurance Association of Japan said Monday it expects claims from heavy rains in northern Japan to reach over 15 billion yen ($137 million).
  • Monday, July 19

  • NASA to decommission weather satellite   UPI / 11:20PM
    GREENBELT, Md., July 19 (UPI) -- NASA officials said Monday the agency will decommission the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite later this year.
  • Sunday, July 18

  • Four die in Siberia dust storm   UPI / 8:50PM
    MOSCOW, July 18 (UPI) -- Four people have been killed and 19 seriously injured in a heavy dust storm in southern Siberia, the Interfax news agency said Sunday.
  • Saturday, July 17

  • NZ woman missing, presumed dead in flood   UPI / 7:20PM
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand, July 17 (UPI) -- A woman was missing and presumed dead Saturday following a landslide caused by rain in the New Zealand settlement of Bryan's Beach in the Bay of Plenty.
  • Wednesday, July 14

  • No injuries in central Illinois tornadoes   UPI / 11:01AM
    ROANOKE, Ill., July 14 (UPI) -- Cleanup efforts resumed Wednesday at a metal fabricating plant leveled by tornadoes that swept across central Illinois.
  • Wednesday, July 7

  • Storms and mudslides kill 17 in China   UPI / 2:21AM
    BEIJING, July 7 (UPI) -- At least 17 people have been killed and thousands left homeless as two days of heavy rains since Monday set off mudslides and floods in China's southwest.
  • Thursday, July 1

  • N.C., South Florida hurricane hot spots   UPI / 1:50PM
    BATON ROUGE, La., July 1 (UPI) -- Researchers have found the hottest regions for hurricane hits in the United States are South Florida, North Carolina and the Northern Gulf Coast.
  • Friday, June 25

  • NOAA to develop better monsoon forecasts   UPI / 3:10PM
    WASHINGTON, June 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and Mexico's weather service are developing improved monsoon forecasts to plan for flooding and drought.
  • Monday, May 17

  • NOAA predicts 2 to 4 major hurricanes   UPI / 8:11PM
    HOUSTON, May 17 (UPI) -- Government weather forecasters are predicting that more hurricanes than usual will hit the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States this year.
  • Koreas agree on anti-flood in border river   UPI / 4:20AM
    SEOUL, May 17 (UPI) -- North and South Korea have agreed to launch joint efforts to control the flooding of a river running along their border, Seoul officials said Monday.
  • Tuesday, May 4

  • Surcharge for hurricane insurance allowed   UPI / 11:30AM
    MIAMI, May 4 (UPI) -- Florida is now allowing insurers to add an annual surcharge of as much as 10 percent for homes, boats, cars and businesses after a major hurricane.
  • Friday, April 30

  • 'Juan' removed from hurricane list   UPI / 1:30PM
    DARTMOUTH, Nova Scotia, April 30 (UPI) -- Canadian Environment Minister David Anderson Friday succeeded in his bid to retire "Juan" from the World Meteorological Organization's list of hurricane names.
  • Wednesday, April 21

  • Study urges wind-resistant home design   UPI / 6:41PM
    TAMPA, Fla., April 21 (UPI) -- Contractors and developers should build new homes to be more wind-resistant in tornado and hurricane-prone areas, according to Disaster Safety Review.
  • Tuesday, April 20

  • Martian storms could be electrical   UPI / 8:50PM
    GREENBELT, Md., April 20 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists said Tuesday they have found clues that dust devils on Mars might have high-voltage electric fields.
  • Friday, April 9

  • Probe watches two storms merge on Saturn   UPI / 9:20PM
    PASADENA, Calif., April 9 (UPI) -- The US-European Cassini spacecraft has caught two huge, swirling storms in the act of merging on Saturn.
  • Tuesday, March 30

  • Up to 1,200 tornadoes forecast this year   UPI / 4:31PM
    OKLAHOMA CITY, March 30 (UPI) -- National forecasters in Oklahoma say the nation could see up to 1,200 tornadoes this year, slightly above the average for the past three years.
  • Saturday, March 20

  • One dead as winds cause damage in England   UPI / 5:40PM
    LONDON, March 20 (UPI) -- A fan was killed by flying debris at a soccer game Saturday as severe gale-force winds caused damage across England.