October 25, 2012 |
The path of Hurricane Sandy , which is pummeling Cuba, is predicted to collide with a rare set of atmospheric and astronomical conditions and form a "superstorm" that forecasters say could strike along the Eastern Seaboard with ferocity next week. Call it "Frankenstorm" in honor of Halloween. And like Mary Shelley's monster, it will be created from disparate elements. "It's a combination of our most extremes," forecaster Jim Cisco, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's prediction center, told the Los Angeles Times.
November 30, 1985 |
Two unexpectedly heavy storm fronts rolled across the state Friday, whipping soggy Southern California with gusty winds, downing power lines, triggering freeway pileups and stirring renewed fears for residents of fire-blackened hillsides and canyons. Three people had to leap into the stormy Pacific from a 120-foot yacht as it was smashed against rocks and sank just off Dana Point in Orange County.
July 23, 1986 |
Economic growth braked to a worrisome 1.1% annual rate in the second quarter, the Commerce Department said Tuesday, dashing some experts' forecasts of a midsummer boom and potentially denying the Treasury billions in future tax revenues that it once counted on to cut the federal budget deficit. The April-June rise in the gross national product was the lowest since the winter of 1982, when the last recession ended, and it dragged growth for the first half of 1986 down to a 2.
August 21, 2012 |
Nine years ago, Congress blocked a Pentagon agency from setting up a website that would have allowed anyone with a credit card to bet on the likelihood of foreign assassinations, coups and terrorist attacks. The idea was to take advantage of the "wisdom of crowds," a social science maxim that contends the average of a group of forecasters, under certain circumstances, tends to be more accurate than even the most knowledgeable single forecaster. But lawmakers worried the proposed predictions market could allow terrorists to profit from their own misdeeds.
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August 20, 1986 |
Electricity use shot to an all-time high Tuesday on the second day of San Diego County's record-breaking heat wave, and forecasters predict more hot weather at least through Thursday. Tuesday's temperatures were down slightly from the day before, and the humidity dropped by 20 percentage points in most areas. The thermometer hit 88 degrees downtown at 1:15 p.m., eclipsing the old record of 86 degrees, set Aug. 19, 1885.
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June 4, 1996 |
While the wretched went to work, the sensible went swimming Monday as a high-pressure system lingering over the region sent temperatures into the 80s and 90s across Ventura County for the third day in a row. In the inland cities of Ojai, Fillmore and Piru, the mercury spiked into the 90s. Simi Valley reported a high of 89 degrees, while Thousand Oaks reached a relatively mild 83.
February 20, 1986 |
Storms that claimed at least seven lives in Northern California eased off Wednesday and the forecast was for some sunny weather ahead, but levees along the Sacramento River Delta--threatened by a collapsed dam--were straining to contain rivers swollen by a week of torrential rains. In Yuba City and Marysville, authorities considered evacuating all non-ambulatory patients from hospitals as the Feather River was only six inches from topping its levees.
November 19, 2012 |
About 43 million Americans are preparing to go over the river and through the woods (in automobiles and airplanes) this Thanksgiving holiday, and with the exception of the Northwest, most will have good weather during the busy travel period. For those living in the Seattle area, the forecast calls for rain through the end of the holiday on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. As much as five inches could fall in the next few days and more than two inches are forecast in western Washington.
October 27, 2012 |
As the Eastern Seaboard braces for the impact of Hurricane Sandy, governors in at least six states, including New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, have declared states of emergency ahead of what is forecast to be a rare and damaging "super storm" that could affect a third of the nation. From New York to the Carolinas, state officials are urging residents and businesses to prepare for the worst -- drenching rain, flooding, high winds, highs seas, snow, widespread power outages. Federal officials stressed that the impact will extend into the Ohio Valley. There is also a potential for river flooding in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland, federal officials said Saturday.