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Capital Weather Gang Archive: International Weather

Christchurch: Before and after earthquake

Last week, Steve Tracton shared climate researcher's Kevin Trenberth eyewitness account of the devastating earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. In separate correspondence, Kevin passed along an astonishing series of before and after photos of some well-known buildings in Christchurch, including only this commentary: "It makes you appreciate how lucky we really are..."

By Jason Samenow  | March 1, 2011; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  International Weather, Latest  
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Eyewitness account of New Zealand earthquake

A long-time friend of mine, prominent climate scientist Kevin Trenberth, sent me his eyewitness account of Tuesday's deadly earthquake in New Zealand. Kevin is a native of New Zealand who coincidentally was visiting family and friends when the earthquake struck.

By Steve Tracton  | February 24, 2011; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  International Weather, Latest, Tracton  
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Queensland, Australia slammed by cyclone

Wednesday morning (Eastern Time), cyclone Yasi made landfall as a powerful Category Four storm (Category 5 on Australia's scale) along Australia's northeastern coast in Queensland with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph. (What we call hurricanes, Australian's call cyclones).

By Jason Samenow  | February 3, 2011; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  International Weather, Latest, Tropical Weather  
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Rivaling reasons for world's extreme weather

Epic floods in northeast Australia have swamped 30,000 homes with water covering a region larger than France and Germany combined. Mudslides in Brazil have killed hundreds. Hundreds have also died from torrents in Sri Lanka. Snowfall has covered parts of 49 states in U.S. What's causing all of this weather mayhem?

By Jason Samenow  | January 14, 2011; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Climate Change, International Weather, Latest  
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Heat top 2010 weather story says Weather Channel

The Weather Channel (TWC) has ranked the top 10 weather stories of 2010, and heat is #1.

By Jason Samenow  | December 30, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  International Weather, Latest, U.S. Weather  
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Freak pattern brings Europe record cold & snow

One of the things that makes tracking the weather so interesting is that even though conditions may be boring where you live, they're bound to be extreme somewhere else. The 2010-2011 meteorological winter (which started Dec. 1) has been no exception to this rule so far. Although Washington hasn't seen any "Snowmageddon"-style storms so far this winter, Europe has been slammed by relentless assaults of bitter cold and heavy snowfalls. So what has been causing this freak winter weather onslaught in Europe, and the colder-than-average conditions in much of the eastern U.S., including Washington?

By Andrew Freedman  | December 20, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Climate Change, Freedman, International Weather, Latest, News & Notes  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Snow and record traffic hits Paris, France, Jason Samenow , December 10, 2010
Big snows in UK: Snowmageddon London-style, Jason Samenow , December 1, 2010
Weather forecast for royal wedding now, seriously?, Jason Samenow , November 24, 2010
Climate Central update on La Nina, October temps, Jason Samenow , November 22, 2010
Jews, Muslims, Christians pray for rain in West Bank, Jason Samenow , November 12, 2010
Hurricane Tomas battering Haiti, Bahamas next, Jason Samenow , November 5, 2010
Tropical storm Tomas taking torrential rains to Haiti, Greg Postel and Jason Samenow , November 4, 2010
Tropical storm Tomas regroups, eyes Haiti, Jason Samenow , November 2, 2010
Cyclone Giri explodes, socks Burma shore, Jason Samenow , October 22, 2010
Typhoon Megi churns toward China, Jason Samenow , October 21, 2010
Typhoon Megi likely to track east of Hong Kong, Jason Samenow , October 20, 2010
Typhoon Megi eyes China coast, Hong Kong, Jason Samenow , October 19, 2010
Marveling at Super Typhoon Megi, Jason Samenow , October 18, 2010
TWC's Stu Ostro talks weather-climate links, Andrew Freedman , August 16, 2010
World's Longest Toilet Queue, Steve Tracton , March 26, 2010
Start of spring for us, darkness at South Pole, Ann Posegate , March 23, 2010
Antarctic weather in photos, Ann Posegate , March 18, 2010
Ann and Antarctica: How's the air down there?, Ann Posegate , January 27, 2010
Ann in Antarctica: Safety training, Capital Weather Gang , January 18, 2010
Ann in Antarctica: Stuck at the South Pole, Ann Posegate , January 13, 2010
A virtual tour of the cold (and not so cold), Andrew Freedman , January 11, 2010
Ann to Antarctica: There and back in one day, Ann Posegate , January 8, 2010
Top weather events of 2009: International edition, Steve Tracton , January 5, 2010
Deja vu for China's weather modification program, Steve Tracton , December 3, 2009
Sea & sky while cruising the Atlantic, Steve Tracton , November 20, 2009
World Meteorological Day: The Air We Breathe, Ann Posegate , March 23, 2009
Artificial or Not, China Has Snow and D.C. Doesn't, Steve Tracton , February 20, 2009
Korea to Offer Forecaster "Fat Pay Package", Jason Samenow , February 17, 2009
Australians Link Climate Change and Deadly Fires, Andrew Freedman , February 10, 2009
Grading CWG's Inauguration Forecast, Capital Weather Gang , January 30, 2009
Inauguration Weather Forecast: A Cold Wind, Jason Samenow , January 18, 2009
Top International Weather Events: 2008 , Steve Tracton , January 9, 2009
Fish 'n' Chips and a Boatload of Hail, Steve Tracton , November 6, 2008
What the Hail? Weird Weather in England, Jason Samenow , November 2, 2008
Partly Sandy, Dan Stillman , October 16, 2008
Buses and Tornadoes Don't Mix, Jason Samenow , August 17, 2008
A Full-Out Effort to Forecast Olympic Weather, Steve Tracton , August 14, 2008
Clean-Air Nightmare for Beijing Olympics, Capital Weather Gang , July 30, 2008
Olympic Weather Prep Enters 'Actual Combat', Steve Tracton , June 15, 2008
Fixing Iraq's War-Torn Weather Service, Steve Tracton , June 12, 2008
Bangladesh's Example for a Post-Nargis World, Andrew Freedman , May 14, 2008
Inside the Burma Cyclone, Jason Samenow , May 7, 2008
The Long Road to Recovery, Jason Samenow , May 5, 2008
International House of Snowflakes, Steve Scolnik , January 30, 2008
 
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