Storms on both sides of North America

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Tropical Storm ERIKA...

Tropical Storm Erika formed in the Atlantic late on Tuesday. Erika is centered east of the northern Leeward Islands. Maximum sustained winds are 80km/h and has become nearly stationary. It should resume a WNW movement later tonight. Tropical storm watches have been issued for the northern Leeward Islands. Residents of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico will have to watch this system carefully. Even if Erika remains a tropical storm, it could be capable of producing heavy rain and widespread flooding.

Hurricane Bill nears USA & Canada - clears Bermuda

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Hurricane Bill is accelerating north, well off the Eastern U.S. coast, and is still expected to turn northeast overnight. Bill made its closest pass to Bermuda overnightearly and will pass by Cape Cod tonight NZT - then race toward Nova Scotia, Canada, by early Monday morning.

Animals: Can they tell us a story?

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Can animals predict the weather? Some people believe they can and here are a few examples...

In the USA, a groundhog is still used to predict the weather for up to six weeks in advance. If you see the groundhog's shadow at noon on the 2nd of February, (Groundhog's Day) then the weather will be cold and wintry for another six weeks.

Bermuda waits for Bill; Waves 11 metres high predicted

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Hurricane Bill continues to have winds of 170km winds, and it remains a category 2 storm.

Bill continues moving over very warm waters and remains a dangerous hurricane. Minor strengthening is still possible.

Hurricane Bill - Bermuda on hurricane watch

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Hurricane Bill has strengthened a little this morning after slightly weakening overnight.  Winds near the centre remain at 205km/h. This makes Bill a category 3 hurricane.

Bill will continue moving over warm waters, and therefore could return to category 4 status.

Big Bad Bill

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Hurricane Bill remains Category 4 status this afternoon with warnings now appearing for the eastern United States for dangerous seas and rips which may affect holidaymakers enjoying mid-summer heat at the beach.

Flights to Antarctica resume

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The first flight to Antarctica for six months will depart from Christchurch today.

Following three months of darkness and half a year in isolation, the arrival of spring means the flights can resume to the icy continent.

A US Air Force C-17 Globemaster is being used for the mission.

BLOG - It's the little things that annoy us

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By Philip Duncan, head weather analyst

In the mid-90s I had the chance to listen to a guest speaker who talked about human behaviours - in particular stresses in the work place and stresses in relationships.  One key message that came through was that whether it's at home or in the office - it's usually the smallest things that stress us out most.

Major Hurricane Bill becomes Cat 4 - Hurricane Hunter enroute again

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Hurricane Bill remains a major Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale today... 5 is the highest.

The hurricane is tipped to strengthen even further meaning even though the powerful storm is likely to miss a direct hit to the United States it's huge winds could drive damaging and dangerous seas along the eastern coastline.

Bill to become "major hurricane"; Hurricane Hunter deployed

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The United States government has this morning (NZT) deployed a Hurricane Hunter (Lockheed Orion) aircraft to fly directly into Hurricane Bill to acquire as much weather data possible.