International


Turbulence injures 26, flight diverted

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A Continental Airlines jet carrying 179 people from Brazil to Texas hit severe turbulence over the Atlantic early Monday, injuring at least 26 - including four seriously - and forcing an emergency landing in Miami, officials said.

One passenger said he felt Continental Flight 128 drop without warning while flight attendants were in the aisles, throwing some of them against the roof.


Real hurricane season about to start

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It's just about time - Americans are right on the doorstep of REAL hurricane season.  Normally, the greatest number of storms occur during August, September and early October, and anything that might happen before or after that is just an extra.

Of course there was the 2005 season when 7 storms had been named already and two, Dennis and Emily, had become major hurricanes. As a matter of fact, Emily was the earliest observed category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic Basin. But 2005 was a stellar hurricane season which set records left and right. It included the likes of Katrina, Rita and Wilma all of which reached category 5 intensity.


El Nino - more proof of its onset

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Today, earthobservatory.nasa.gov issued new evidence (below graphic) of the recently announced onset of El Nino.

For New Zealand this could mean more westerlies and drier weather on the way later in the year.  The thought of El Nino will be worrying for farmers in the east of the country who have battled a number of droughts over the past few years.


Jim Salinger: Arnie's right on global warming

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In 2005, Governor of California Arnie Schwarzenegger announced a reduction target of Greenhouse Gas emissions to 2000 levels by 2010. And a reduction of the gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and a reduction to 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050.


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...