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iag, suncorp battered by sydney hail storm




a recent hailstorm in sydney could cost two of australia's major insurance companies, iag and suncorp, up to $370 million.iag, which offers insurance under several brands including nrma, swann, cgu and ami in new zealand, said it had received more than 20,000 claims in relation to the february 18 h...



solar storms trigger surprising phenomena close to earth




eruptions on the sun's surface send clouds of electrically charged particles towards earth, producing solar storms that—among other things—can trigger the beautiful northern lights over the arctic regions.



insects love windthrows




using flight interception and pitfall traps, the researchers followed the development of insect fauna in areas hit by storm lothar. credit: beat wermelinger/wsla study conducted by the swiss federal institute for forest, snow and landscape research (wsl) shows that storm-ravaged woodland is approxim...



scientists warn climate change will bring more severe storms




a new study warns that severe rainstorms are likely to become more common in coming years due to climate change, a statement that contrasts some observations made by other researchers and studies. according to this paper, which is in the pipeline for the journal nature climate change, the peak tempe...



presstv-iran urges regional states to fight dust storms




iran sends a letter to the un secretary-general antonio guterres to urge creation of a regional task force to address the pressing issue of dust storms plighting the region.foreign minister mohammad javad zarif said sunday the letter will be sent to the un chief later in the day. zarif as well ...



nasa sees powerful tropical cyclone enawo threatening madagascar




tropical cyclone enawo has continued to intensify while moving toward madagascar. nasa's aqua satellite showed the development of an eye, while the global precipitation measurement mission or gpm found heavy rainfall in the storm. enawo had winds of about 103.6 mph (90 knots/166.7 kph) when the gpm ...



nasa satellites see tropical cyclone enawo moving through central madagascar




on march 8 at 0710 utc (2:10 a.m. est) nasa's terra satellite provided a visible picture of enawo's clouds showing the storm over the north central part of madagascar. credit: nasa goddard modis rapid response teamtropical cyclone enawo continued to move through central madagascar on a southern trac...



nasa satellites see tropical cyclone enawo moving through central madagascar




image: on march 8 at 0710 utc (2:10 a.m. est) nasa's terra satellite provided a visible picture of enawo's clouds showing the storm over the north central part of madagascar.... view more credit: credits: nasa goddard modis rapid response teamtropical cyclone enawo continued to move through central...



storm zeus in photographs | riviera insider




the day after storm zeus hit france - killing two and causing millions of euros worth of damage - the côte d’azur has returned to its usual bright and sunny self. with blue skies and warm temperatures with us today and forecast from the coming week, small puddles and a freshness in the air are th...



check out the last time someone read the wrong winner at the oscars




there's no way around it: the colossal screw-up at sunday night's (feb. 26) oscars that resulted in la la land being handed the best picture award intended for moonlight was a whopper. but it wasn't the first time a presenter read the wrong name at the show.sure, back in 1964 there was no twitter,...



moon mission will test an anti-radiation vest for astronauts




what you see above is only a mockup, but the first production vest should be ready by the end of 2017. and no, the first test won't involve humans. the orion mission should fly with an astrorad strapped to a torso dummy to see how much radiation it absorbs, with an unprotected dummy serving as a ref...



noaa's goes-16 weather satellite takes its first solar images




nasa says the sun's 11-year cycle is approaching solar minimum, a period of time when solar flares are rare and coronal holes are the main source of solar phenomena. this particular one, for instance, caused aurora to appear in the poles. goes-16 was designed to monitor any kind of solar activity, t...



peru: floods - emergency plan of action dref operation no. mdrpe012 - peru




situation analysisdescription of the disaster:there has been nationwide flooding in peru, which has affected 376,562 people, left 46,384 homeless, damaged 81,263 dwellings, rendered 5,541 dwellings uninhabitable and caused 4,393 dwellings to collapse throughout the country, according to indeci’s n...



boulder saw relatively little february snow, but march carries more potential




the final full calendar month of winter in boulder was certainly not very wintry, at least in terms of total snowfall.boulder registered just 9.9 inches of snow for the month of february, which came in two separate storms, according to boulder meteorologist matt kelsch.the bulk of that, 8.5 inches, ...



boulder saw relatively little february snow, but march carries more potential




the final full calendar month of winter in boulder was certainly not very wintry, at least in terms of total snowfall.boulder registered just 9.9 inches of snow for the month of february, which came in two separate storms, according to boulder meteorologist matt kelsch.the bulk of that, 8.5 inches, ...



accounting for extreme rainfall




image: wikipedia.a university of connecticut climate scientist confirms that more intense and more frequent severe rainstorms will likely continue as temperatures rise due to global warming, despite some observations that seem to suggest otherwise. in a research paper appearing this week in nature c...



would you spend $3,750 on a jar of peanut butter?




just a few months ago, the united states department of agriculture reported that a medium-sized family can spend between $636.40 and $1273.40 per month on food. on tonight's episode of stranded with a million dollars, the campers spent $3,750 on one jar of peanut butter.and it wasn't even the chunky...



climate study: more intense and frequent severe rainstorms likely. no drop off e




a university of connecticut climate scientist confirms that more intense and more frequent severe rainstorms will likely continue as temperatures rise due to global warming, despite some observations that seem to suggest otherwise.in a research paper appearing this week in nature climate change, uco...



new urgency in fight to restore florida everglades




the comprehensive everglades restoration plan, the world's largest ecosystem restoration project, has made little progress since it was launched in 2000rising seas, polluted coastlines and the specter of more frequent droughts and storms have lent new urgency to efforts to restore the ecosystem of t...



the continent that climate change has not forgotten




it's a curious fact that should you find yourself at the bottom of the ocean almost anywhere on the planet, the water temperature will be uniformly near zero degrees.that hasn't always been the case. tropical seabeds 65 million years ago were about 15 degrees when temperatures were higher, says ian ...



the continent that climate change has not forgotten




it's a curious fact that should you find yourself at the bottom of the ocean almost anywhere on the planet, the water temperature will be uniformly near zero degrees.that hasn't always been the case. tropical seabeds 65 million years ago were about 15 degrees when temperatures were higher, says ian ...



survival instinct, not family bonds, weave massive spider colonies together




spiders will live in groups if environmental conditions make it too difficult for single mothers to go it alone, new research shows.it is rare for spiders to live in groups. the arachnids studied for this research build webs that require a lot of silk, making the rainy conditions of the lowland trop...



icac forwards prosecution briefs for chris hartcher, joe tripodi




the nsw corruption watchdog has formally sought the advice of the director of public prosecutions about whether criminal charges should be laid against former energy minister chris hartcher and others over its investigation of liberal party fundraising before the 2011 state election.briefs of eviden...



man proposes to woman he met on frankston train




for most passengers, a ride on the frankston line is something they would prefer not to remember. for one young couple, it is a trip they will never forget."you certainly see plenty of things on the frankston line, but finding love on the frankston line is not something that comes to mind," says new...



young father tim macpherson killed in barangaroo accident




young father tim macpherson used to cheekily keep his friends abreast of his rigging job building a fancy wharf at the barangaroo development in the heart of sydney."time to upset the restaurants during lunch," he posted on facebook just three weeks ago along with a photograph of the barge he was w...