CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2009 |
Bad weather continued to vex crews battling the huge Station fire Tuesday, forcing a crucial backfire operation to be postponed for a second day in a row. The backfire, or controlled burn, was canceled because of heavy winds, temperatures in the low 90s and relative humidity around 10%, officials said. The tactic, designed to help tame the blaze by allowing crews to burn fuel ahead of the main fire front, can be done only when weather conditions are such that firefighters can ignite the brush without risk of it exploding out of control.
June 18, 2002 |
Bad weather in Florida forced NASA managers to postpone the landing of the space shuttle Endeavour, leaving the record-setting former crew of the International Space Station in orbit at least a day longer. Broad bands of rain and clouds swept over the Kennedy Space Center, and the possibility of thunderstorms and hail caused NASA to call off two landing opportunities at 12:59 and 2:36 p.m. The weather was not expected to be any better at the Kennedy Space Center today.
March 12, 1989 |
Bad weather on the East Coast delayed delivery of federal food stamps to hundreds of people in Tulare County this week and caused a few to go hungry. Arnie Fein, assistant director of the county's Department of Public Social Services, said the delay was the longest he could recall. Fein said some offices run out of the stamps occasionally, but they usually are backed up with stamps from other offices. Ramy Valdez, a food program assistant with the U.S.
February 24, 2010 |
The weather report does not look promising -- snow, rain, slush, fog -- for the running of the women's giant slalom Wednesday, leading some to muse: How could Julia Mancuso get so lucky? She's already had a charmed Olympics -- winning two unexpected silver medals -- and could now benefit from the kind of whiteout that helped her win the GS gold four years ago in Italy. A lot of people don't remember that Mancuso won at Turin because she captured it in almost Donner Party conditions.
February 6, 2004 |
The number of Americans lining up to claim first-time jobless benefits rose unexpectedly last week, the government said, partly affected by bad weather in the Midwest and Southeast. Claims for state unemployment aid rose 17,000 to 356,000 in the week ended Jan. 31 from a revised 339,000 in the previous week, the Labor Department said. Analysts were expecting claims to dip to 340,000 from the originally reported 342,000 in the week ended Jan. 24.
August 22, 1987 |
Blind yachtsman Jim Dickson said Friday that bad weather is forcing him to postpone until next year his quest to become the first sightless yachtsman to try to cross the Atlantic. Dickson, 41, sailed on Aug. 4 from Portsmouth, R. I., for Plymouth, England, but had to make a 200-mile detour to Bermuda when the autopilot and satellite navigation system aboard his 36-foot sloop, Eye Opener, broke down a few days after he put to sea.
February 17, 1998 |
Bad weather blocked relief flights to quake-stricken northeastern Afghanistan again Monday, frustrating aid workers who had managed to get only one flight through in four days. An estimated 30,000 people in the remote mountains of the northeast are cold, hungry and badly in need of shelter and food after a powerful Feb. 4 quake that crumbled villages and killed an estimated 4,500 people. On Monday, two U.N.
January 6, 2007 |
United Airlines said it expected a modest fourth-quarter operating loss because of winter snowstorms that brought flights in Chicago and Denver, two of its biggest hubs, to a virtual standstill. The carrier, a subsidiary of Elk Grove Village, Ill.-based UAL Corp., said after stock exchanges closed that its revenue was expected to decrease by about $40 million. The nation's No. 2 airline by traffic canceled 4,000 flights at the two airports because of snow, ice and other inclement weather.
November 30, 1992 |
NASA began counting down Sunday morning toward a Wednesday launch of the refurbished shuttle Discovery, which will be carrying a secret military satellite. Countdown began at 5 a.m. PST for the eighth, and last, shuttle mission this year. Discovery is due to lift off between 3:59 a.m. and 6:07 a.m. PST Wednesday and return Dec. 9. However, NASA spokesman Bruce Buckingham set the likelihood of a Wednesday launch at only 40% because of a forecast of bad weather.