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3 dead as wintry weather hits the United States

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Much of the United States was braced for severe winter weather last night, as a major storm hit California while an unrelated first round of wintry conditions snarled commutes in the Midwest.

The storm hitting California was expected to affect weather across the country through Thursday NZT.

Key global climate talks begin in Copenhagen

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The drumbeat rousing world leaders to action on climate change is fading out as delegates get down to the business of negotiating a global deal at climate talks in Copenhagen.

Almost 100 heads of state have confirmed they will attend the 15th meeting of the Conference of Parties, or COP15, which begins Monday in the Danish capital.


UK Met Office to publish climate records

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The UK's weather service, the Met Office is to publish station temperature records that make up the global land surface temperature record.

Professor John Mitchell, director of climate science at the Met Office told CNN: "We are releasing the data to reassure people that climate data is sound."

The data includes information from more than 1000 stations worldwide and will be published online next week.

Know your weather?

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Back by popular demand!

We started this quiz last month and a number of you scored remarkably well.We've made this one a little more challenging and are you up to the task? We'll provide the answers first thing tomorrow morning.

1/ Is New Plymouth or Timaru the sunniest centre?

Climate change approach flawed - NASA scientist

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LONDON - A top Nasa scientist said Tuesday that he would rather see no agreement at the Copenhagen climate conference because the whole approach to climate change is so deeply flawed that it would be better to start from scratch.

James Hansen told Britain's The Guardian newspaper he believed that any agreement that may emerge from the upcoming conference will be deeply flawed.

RARE VIDEO: Snow tornado hits chairlift

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A rare video of a snow tornado (or snow devil) in America.

From our "Only in America" files...

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State emergency management officials this week announced that Florida Severe Weather Awareness Week is scheduled for January 24-30, 2010.
The public awareness campaign includes a poster and video public service announcement (PSA) contest. Contest sponsors and prizes will be announced in the coming weeks.

Want to see what a Super Typhoon looks like?

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As of this writing, a monster super typhoon is roaming the western Pacific ocean - it's name is Nida.

On Wednesday afternoon, Super Typhoon Nida had maximum sustained winds of 275km/h with gusts exceeding 320km/h.

SPECTACULAR VIDEO: Meteor turns night into day

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Last week a stunning meteor raced across western American literally turning night into day.  At first it's hard to believe the videos are real...but they are.


More rain for Britain's flood ravaged north'west

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Forecasters predicted more rain for England's flood-ravaged northwest region Saturday, but said the risk of more flooding was smaller than in recent days and river levels were dropping.

The badly hit town of Cockermouth was starting to dry out after the two rivers it sits on raged through its streets Thursday night and Friday morning. The Rivers Cocker and Derwent reached several feet high in some places, causing furniture on the ground floor to knock into the ceiling, witnesses said.