International


We think we have it tough...

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Although much of the country has experienced a lot of cold in recent weeks, spare a thought from those suffering extreme heat further afield.

Phoenix, Arizona is renowned for its year round sunshine and hot summer temperatures.
This weekend the mercury should peak at 46 degrees with overnight lows remaining in the 30s.


Weather hoaxes

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We've all had them - those emails that contain "amazing" photos of tornadoes, thunderstorms, lightning and hurricanes.


Alien sky amazes New Yorkers

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During the evening hours of past Friday (June 26), strong-to-severe thunderstorms rumbled across the New York City area providing some heavy downpours, gusty winds and frequent lightning.

But that episode of storms turned out to be a secondary story to what happened after those storms passed...


The hurricane season has started... but where are the hurricanes?

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Hurricane season: It must be a slow start, right?

With just one tropical depression thus far in the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season, some may be saying "this is a slow start!". Well, statistics will show you otherwise. Thanks to TWC senior met, Jon Erdman for digging up these percentages...


Coolest volcanic eruption you'll see today!

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A fortuitous orbit of the International Space Station allowed the astronauts this striking view (click "more" to see the image) of Sarychev Volcano (Kuril Islands, northeast of Japan) in an early stage of eruption on June 12, 2009.


What is the #1 weather-related killer in the USA? You might be surprised

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America is certainly well known for it's weather extremes.  But perhaps less well known is the number 1 weather related killer.

This from our weather partner in Atlanta...


Orion hit by lightning

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An Air Force Orion is damaged after being hit by lightning while taking part in an exercise in Canada.

The strike yesterday morning occurred while 16 people were onboard. No-one was injured.


Atlantic Hurricane Season kicks off

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It's the one international storm season that grips many New Zealanders - the Atlantic Hurricane Season that sends monster storms barrelling towards the United States of America.


Did lightning really bring down Air France flight 447?

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From our weather partner Weather.Com

Internal discussion continues at weather.com via emails and such about the lightning theory regarding the crash of Air France 447.

Here are a few things to think about regarding lightning in the location of the crash.

NASA completed a study a few years ago concerning world lightning density.