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Wet and mild: Warm winter predicted for much of the US Wet and mild: Warm winter predicted for much of the US
- October 20, 2018

An overall mild winter is expected when it comes to temperatures, with most of the US expected to see warmer than normal temperatures, some much warmer than normal, according to the NOAA outlook from its Climate Prediction Center. They also said the El Nino will have a 70 percent to 75 percent chance of happening. -The Southeast, Tennessee Valley, Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic all have equal chances for below-, near- or above-average temperatures. (more...)
Here's NOAA's 2018-2019 winter weather forecast Here's NOAA's 2018-2019 winter weather forecast
- October 19, 2018

When it comes to the heat, the biggest factors leading to this year's prediction is the 70 to 75 percent chance of an El Nino developing over the Pacific ocean, blowing warm winds from the west. - No part of the U.S.is favored to have below-average temperatures. Halpert said the southern one-third of the United States and much of the East Coast could be hunkering down for a wetter than normal December through January. (more...)
Chinese city plans 'artificial moon' to light up skies Chinese city plans 'artificial moon' to light up skies
- October 19, 2018

The planned "illumination satellite " would be sent up into space to "complement the moon at night" by shining eight times as bright, reports the People's Daily . When a man-made moon is orbiting, people can only see a bright star in the sky. But according to Kang Weimin, director of the Institute of Optics, School of Aerospace, Harbin Institute of Technology, the light will amount only to a 'dusk-like glow'. (more...)
'Concrete block on your chest': astronauts recount failed space launch 'Concrete block on your chest': astronauts recount failed space launch
- October 17, 2018

Ovchinin, who unlike Hague had previous experience in space, took command during the emergency landing and quipped during the landing that they had a particularly "short flight". Russia is planning its next manned mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in early December after a launch failure earlier this month, according to Sergei Krikalyov, executive director of the Russian state space corporation Roscosmos. (more...)
Flash floods kill at least 6 people in southwest France Flash floods kill at least 6 people in southwest France
- October 17, 2018

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who will be heading to the disaster zone on Monday, said 350 firemen were helping the rescue effort and up to 350 more would be drafted in. The town was also hit by tragedy in March when a jihadist went on a murderous rampage that included shooting dead two people at a supermarket in Trebes before being killed by police. (more...)
Global warming will ruin beer, scientists warn Global warming will ruin beer, scientists warn
- October 16, 2018

In a paper published Monday in Nature Plants , researchers said the supply and production of barley, the main ingredient of beer, are expected to drop by nearly 17 per cent by 2100, causing prices to double in some areas. In future sweltering years with a double whammy of heat and drought, losses of barley yield can be as much as 17 percent, computer simulations show. "For beer drinkers, this (study) converts an abstract concept. (more...)
Trump accuses climate scientists of pursuing 'political agenda' Trump accuses climate scientists of pursuing 'political agenda'
- October 16, 2018

On Sunday's 60 Minutes , correspondent Lesley Stahl sat down with Donald Trump to hit on an array of topics including hurricane Michael , which has claimed 19 lives in the Florida panhandle. Temperature records kept by Nasa and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show that the world has not had a cooler-than-average year since 1976 or a cooler-than-normal month since the end of 1985. (more...)
Rescue Efforts Continue in US Amid Hurricane Michael Devastation Rescue Efforts Continue in US Amid Hurricane Michael Devastation
- October 16, 2018

Five days after Michael slammed the Florida Panhandle an untold number of people are still unaccounted for. Florida's Panama City, along with the smaller resort of Mexico Beach , were left particularly devastated, with thousands of homes and businesses destroyed. (more...)
Hopes fade for more survivors of Hurricane Michael Hopes fade for more survivors of Hurricane Michael
- October 14, 2018

Michael made landfall on Wednesday afternoon as a Category 4 storm, the most powerful to hit Florida's northwestern Panhandle in more than a century. A storage facility in Panama City Beach housing hundreds of boats was ripped apart by the strong winds with the roof shredding into strips of twisted metal. (more...)
Seven of the Most Devastating Hurricane Michael Photos You'll Ever See Seven of the Most Devastating Hurricane Michael Photos You'll Ever See
- October 13, 2018

Joe and Panama City . "Rescuers have so far been unable to conduct thorough searches there". "We have teams from all over the country working with federal, state & local partners in Florida ". Flooding also caused interstate traffic disruptions Thursday afternoon when three ramps had to be closed at the interchange of interstates 85 and 385, near Greenville, reported Fox Carolina. (more...)
Rwandan foreign minister Mushikiwabo elected Francophonie head Rwandan foreign minister Mushikiwabo elected Francophonie head
- October 13, 2018

In a closed session today at a summit in Armenia, members of the organization of French-speaking nations chose Rwandan Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo to replace Jean. "With respect to the choice of the next Secretary General, Canada will join the consensus view as the organisation's custom", a statement issued by Canada's federal minister responsible for la Francophonie Melanie Joly says. (more...)
Thousands of people reported missing after Hurricane Michael Thousands of people reported missing after Hurricane Michael
- October 13, 2018

The storm, which came ashore as a category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale, tore entire neighborhoods apart, reducing homes and businesses to piles of wood and siding, damaging roads and leaving scenes of devastation that resembled the aftermath of a carpet-bombing operation. (more...)
Astronaut, Cosmonaut 'In Good Condition' After Emergency Landing Astronaut, Cosmonaut 'In Good Condition' After Emergency Landing
- October 13, 2018

And with the news the crew - Alexey Ovchinin, a Russian cosmonaut, and Nick Hague an American astronaut - are in good health according to officials, attention has somewhat inevitably turned to the more humorous side of the misfire. The pair were due to join the three-person Expedition 57 crew already aboard the International Space Station. German Astronaut Alexander Gerst, who is onboard the ISS , captured these images of the failed Soyuz launch. (more...)
Blue Origin seals partnership with Air Force | Business Announcements Blue Origin seals partnership with Air Force | Business Announcements
- October 12, 2018

The award to United Launch Alliance will be for development of the Vulcan Centaur Launch System. Meanwhile, the Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems will be receiving $791.6 million towards creating an all new rocket called the OmegA launch system. (more...)
‘Changed Forever’: Florida Panhandle devastated by Michael ‘Changed Forever’: Florida Panhandle devastated by Michael
- October 12, 2018

Television news footage showed homes submerged in floodwaters up to their roofs in Mexico Beach . Historic storm :Michael is the third most intense hurricane to hit the continental United States since 1851 based on its low central pressure, CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri said. (more...)
Tracking Michael: Sustained winds now over 100 miles per hour for Hurricane Michael Tracking Michael: Sustained winds now over 100 miles per hour for Hurricane Michael
- October 12, 2018

Michael is moving quickly at 14 miles per hour and will take a long time to weaken, expected to be a hurricane well into Georgia before weakening further. Scott extended a state of emergency to 35 counties and activated 2,500 National Guardsmen. As of 10 a.m., the hurricane watch for the coast of Alabama was discontinued. (more...)
Hurricane Michael before and after photos capture utter devastation Hurricane Michael before and after photos capture utter devastation
- October 12, 2018

Florida Governor Rick Scott told the Weather Channel the damage from Panama City down to Mexico Beach was "way worse than anybody ever anticipated". mainland and killing at least two people. The US national guard has reached the town, dubbed "ground zero", and found 20 people who survived a direct hit from Michael. (more...)
Russia launches criminal probe after Soyuz rocket fails Russia launches criminal probe after Soyuz rocket fails
- October 12, 2018

This Hague's first flight. Which means they came back 'at a sharper angle of landing compared to normal'. "I strongly believe we're going to get the right answer to what caused the hole on the International Space Station and that together we'll be able to continue our strong collaboration", Bridenstine said , as reported by the Associated Press . (more...)
Hurricane Michael 2018 full coverage and updates Hurricane Michael 2018 full coverage and updates
- October 11, 2018

EDT Thursday. Hurricane Michael crashed ashore Wednesday afternoon as a Category 4 storm, ravaging the Florida Panhandle with 155-mph winds and a brutal storm surge . AccuWeather forecasters said the storm will likely hit Georgia has a Category 1 storm. "If you're responsible for a patient, you're responsible for the patient". (more...)
Hurricane Michael devastates Florida with ferocity 'like nothing we've seen before' Hurricane Michael devastates Florida with ferocity 'like nothing we've seen before'
- October 11, 2018

Based on wind speed, it was the fourth-strongest, behind the Labor Day storm, Camille and Andrew in 1992. Boats tossed in yards. "We have trees being uprooted, heavy, heavy rain ". "It's hard to grasp", he said. "This was never in our imagination", he said. Some of the most concerning scenes of devastation could be seen in the air base's neighboring coastal communities of Panama City and Mexico Beach . (more...)
Astronauts survive emergency landing after booster fails on Russian rocket Astronauts survive emergency landing after booster fails on Russian rocket
- October 11, 2018

NASA said that rescue teams have reached Hague and Ovchinin and they've been taken out of the capsule and were in good condition. US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin are counting down to their 4:40am ET Thursday launch to the station. (more...)
Michael leaves behind destruction in Panhandle, with at least two dead Michael leaves behind destruction in Panhandle, with at least two dead
- October 11, 2018

Based on its internal barometric pressure, Michael was the third most powerful hurricane to hit the US mainland, behind the unnamed Labor Day storm of 1935 and Camille in 1969. Here's a look at Hurricane Michael by the numbers, from its historic impact to its winds to its high tides. As it approaches the Florida panhandle, Hurricane Michael has intensified into a Category 4 hurricane . (more...)
First Death Reported as Hurricane Michael Devastates Florida Panhandle First Death Reported as Hurricane Michael Devastates Florida Panhandle
- October 11, 2018

It is expected to move quickly up the US East Coast. Thousands hunkered down in shelters overnight after fleeing their homes to escape the fast-approaching storm. A vehicle is seen caught in floodwaters in Panama City, Fla . "I'm anxious about my daughter and grandbaby". It is believed Michael , a Category 3 storm, is poised to push ashore a "life-threatening" surge of water that will inundate those coastal areas. (more...)
Tourism space race: Virgin Galactic will announce launch within weeks Tourism space race: Virgin Galactic will announce launch within weeks
- October 11, 2018

Branson told the New Yorker earlier this year, but he says: "If you are an optimist and you talk ahead of yourself, then everybody around you has got to catch up and try to get there". " If I have a room full of 10 people, eight out of 10 would love to go to space if they could afford it ", he said. CEO George Whitesides told the Albuquerque Journal this August that while the company no longer gives a timeline for when commercial operations might begin, he said its long-anticipated move ... (more...)
Hurricane Michael weakens to tropical storm as it crosses Georgia Hurricane Michael weakens to tropical storm as it crosses Georgia
- October 11, 2018

The center of Michael's eye is then expected to move inland over the Florida Panhandle or Florida Big Bend area on Wednesday, and then move northeastward across the southeastern United States Wednesday night and Thursday, and move off the Mid-Atlantic coast away from the United States on Friday. (more...)
NASA astronaut, Russian cosmonaut make emergency landing after Soyuz rocket failure
- October 11, 2018

The pair was set to dock at the orbiting outpost six hours after launch, but the booster rocket failed minutes after launch. Nasa said there was an "issue with the booster" and the "crew is returning to Earth in a ballistic descent mode". (more...)
Video Shows Hurricane Michael Ripping Apart Buildings in Florida
- October 11, 2018

Last Thursday, forecasters were saying that what was then called Tropical Storm Michael " does not pose a threat to land ". Helen Neal, 88, and her husband, J.W. And then there was the life-threatening storm surge. Wind gusts blew out windows in homes and office buildings, including the First Federal Bank. A Storm Surge Watch has been issued for the coast of North Carolina from Ocracoke Inlet to Duck. (more...)
Gyroscope Malfunction Forces NASA To Put Hubble Into 'Safe Mode' Gyroscope Malfunction Forces NASA To Put Hubble Into 'Safe Mode'
- October 11, 2018

Staff at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and the Space Telescope Science Institute are conducting analyses and tests to correct the issue and return the mission to normal operation. Caption: A photo taken by the Hubble space telescope . Astronomers are aiming to prolong Hubble's life, but losing another gyroscope makes life hard. (more...)
Australian government backs coal despite 'global catastrophe' climate warning Australian government backs coal despite 'global catastrophe' climate warning
- October 10, 2018

The Australian government says it will not phase out the use of coal-fired power, despite a new report saying its elimination is integral to limiting global warming. There would be fewer heat waves, lower levels of sea level rise, less extreme loss of sea ice, of coral reefs and of endangered species, fewer droughts and lower levels of crop loss. (more...)
Action Needed Now in Climate Crisis Action Needed Now in Climate Crisis
- October 10, 2018

To stop this happening, the world will need to make "unprecedented" changes in power generation, industry, transport, buildings and potential shifts in lifestyle such as eating less meat, according to the International Panel on Climate Change . (more...)