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April 7, 2014 | By David Wharton
The Masters got off to an inauspicious -- and wet -- start on Monday. With severe weather approaching the area, the Augusta National Golf Club suspended practice rounds before midday. "For everyone's safety, we have asked patrons to clear the grounds and take shelter accordingly," officials said in a prepared statement. Early in the day, mist shrouded the course and some golfers showed up early, mindful that their sessions might be cut short. The forecast calls for heavy thunderstorms through Monday night, with some clearing on Tuesday.
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April 7, 2014 | By David Wharton
The Masters got off to an inauspicious -- and wet -- start on Monday. With severe weather approaching the area, the Augusta National Golf Club suspended practice rounds before midday. "For everyone's safety, we have asked patrons to clear the grounds and take shelter accordingly," officials said in a prepared statement. Early in the day, mist shrouded the course and some golfers showed up early, mindful that their sessions might be cut short. The forecast calls for heavy thunderstorms through Monday night, with some clearing on Tuesday.
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BUSINESS
February 19, 2014 | By Andrew Khouri
New home construction fell sharply in January, as severe weather across much of the country helped freeze development. Housing starts tumbled 16% from December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 880,000 last month, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. Last month's level was 2% lower than in January 2013. The decline was greater than economists expected. The median forecast of economists polled by Bloomberg News was for annual rate of 950,000 units. GRAPHIC: Southern California's housing recovery While economists said weather played a role in the poor numbers, there may be more behind the drop.  The housing market has shown signs of weakness lately, as buyers have struggled to adjust to higher prices and mortgage rates compared with a year earlier.
BUSINESS
February 19, 2014 | By Andrew Khouri
New home construction fell sharply in January, as severe weather across much of the country helped freeze development. Housing starts tumbled 16% from December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 880,000 last month, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. Last month's level was 2% lower than in January 2013. The decline was greater than economists expected. The median forecast of economists polled by Bloomberg News was for annual rate of 950,000 units. GRAPHIC: Southern California's housing recovery While economists said weather played a role in the poor numbers, there may be more behind the drop.  The housing market has shown signs of weakness lately, as buyers have struggled to adjust to higher prices and mortgage rates compared with a year earlier.
NATIONAL
August 13, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON - A decade after a vast power outage shut down the Northeast, the electricity grid remains "highly vulnerable" to blackouts because of extreme weather fueled by climate change, a report by the White House and the Energy Department concludes. The Aug. 14, 2003, blackout occurred when an alarm failed in an Ohio utility control room, leading to a cascade of blackouts that affected 50 million people from Michigan to Massachusetts. More recent power outages have been caused by severe weather, such as storms in the East and wildfires in the West.
NEWS
June 19, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON - Federal efforts to bolster community preparedness for extreme weather events are a fraction of what the government spends on cleaning up the damage from storms, tornadoes and drought, according to a new analysis of federal data by the Center for American Progress , a left-leaning Washington think tank. The report estimated that from 2011 to 2013, the federal government spent about $136 billion on weather-related disaster relief and recovery but only $22.4 billion on a total of 43 preparedness programs, or about $6 in cleanup for every $1 spent on strengthening defenses or preventing or mitigating damage.
BUSINESS
February 14, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
The severe weather that has hit much of the country this winter has cost the economy nearly $50 billion in lost productivity and 76,000 jobs, according to a new survey. The debilitating effects of Old Man Winter hit factory production, which last month fell the most since the Great Recession ended, the Federal Reserve said Friday. Manufacturing output dropped 0.8% in January compared with the previous month, the first decline since July and the biggest falloff since May 2009.
NEWS
September 15, 2002 | CARYN ROUSSEAU, ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
His car windshield is cracked. The tail lights are splintered. The hood is cratered with hundreds of dings. "Every little possible thing on the car is damaged," Scott Blair said proudly. "This car's been through hell and back." It's just one of the hazards that go with being a storm chaser. Blair, who is studying atmospheric sciences at the University of Louisiana in Monroe, chases storms across his native Arkansas and the Midwest during the spring and fall.
NEWS
November 25, 2001 | From Associated Press
Deadly thunderstorms swept across the lower Mississippi Valley, flattening homes and poultry farms and ripping down power lines. At least 12 deaths were blamed on the storms, and dozens of people were injured. The scream of warning sirens woke Roosevelt Greenwood before dawn Saturday in Madison, Miss., and he crowded with his wife and four children into a tiny hall closet. "As soon as I closed the door to the closet, the tornado hit. It took the roof off," said Greenwood, 33.
SPORTS
September 9, 2012 | By Diane Pucin, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - Chairs went flying through the air and Andy Murray's baseball cap blew right off his head. And that was the good-weather portion of the U.S. Open on Saturday. For the fifth consecutive year there will be a Monday men's final at the final major of the year. With severe weather all around the National Tennis Center, the men's semifinal between second-seeded and defending champion Novak Djokovic and fourth-seeded David Ferrer was postponed until Sunday with Ferrer leading 5-2. About 33 minutes into the match, fans in Arthur Ashe Stadium and the players were told that play was ending because severe storms were approaching.
BUSINESS
February 14, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
The severe weather that has hit much of the country this winter has cost the economy nearly $50 billion in lost productivity and 76,000 jobs, according to a new survey. The debilitating effects of Old Man Winter hit factory production, which last month fell the most since the Great Recession ended, the Federal Reserve said Friday. Manufacturing output dropped 0.8% in January compared with the previous month, the first decline since July and the biggest falloff since May 2009.
BUSINESS
February 14, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Severe weather put a big freeze on factory production last month, causing output to fall the most since the Great Recession ended, the Federal Reserve said Friday. Manufacturing output fell 0.8% in January compared with the previous month, the first drop since July and the biggest falloff since May 2009. The decline was "partly because of the severe weather that curtailed production in some regions of the country," the Fed said. PHOTOS: Federal Reserve chairs through the years The drop in factory output caused overall industrial production to unexpectedly fall 0.3% in January.
NATIONAL
February 5, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration will set up 10 centers around the country to help farmers and ranchers adjust to the increasing frequency of severe weather and other risks associated with climate change. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the sites Wednesday, saying the goal was to help the agriculture industry adjust to new conditions, including extended fire seasons, invasive pests, flooding and drought. "It's a reflection of the changing weather patterns that will indeed impact and affect crop production, livestock production," Vilsack told reporters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Nearly three dozen flights at Los Angeles International Airport have been canceled since midnight due to frigid weather in the Midwest and northeastern U.S., officials said Monday night. More than 5,200 passengers were affected by the 35 canceled flights, an LAX spokeswoman said in a statement. The flights were arrivals or departures involving Chicago-O'Hare, New York-JFK, Newark and Washington/Dulles airports. PHOTOS: Deep freeze in the Mid West Passengers on 151 flights that were not canceled experienced delays averaging 90 minutes, LAX officials said.
SPORTS
September 25, 2013 | By David Wharton
Preparations for the upcoming 2014 Sochi Olympics, already beset by delays and cost overruns, have now been hampered by heavy rains and flooding in the Black Sea resort. Authorities declared a state of emergency in the area as crews scrambled to pump water and clear streets. Two major routes leading to Olympics venues were among the roadways blocked by standing water and mudslides. An Olympics official told state television that the Games -- which begin in early February -- will not be delayed by the severe weather.
NATIONAL
August 13, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON - A decade after a vast power outage shut down the Northeast, the electricity grid remains "highly vulnerable" to blackouts because of extreme weather fueled by climate change, a report by the White House and the Energy Department concludes. The Aug. 14, 2003, blackout occurred when an alarm failed in an Ohio utility control room, leading to a cascade of blackouts that affected 50 million people from Michigan to Massachusetts. More recent power outages have been caused by severe weather, such as storms in the East and wildfires in the West.
NEWS
January 23, 1987 | From Reuters
The Bulgarian government said Thursday that 260 of its towns and villages were blacked out in the last few days after ice and snow brought down pylons and power lines. An announcement by the official BTA news agency said the authorities were working to restore electricity to many villages disrupted by the severe weather. Some areas of Bulgaria and neighboring Romania have had more than 39 inches of snow in the last week.
NATIONAL
June 2, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
A bout of bad weather is heading toward the East Coast, forecasters said Sunday, two days after violent tornadoes and heavy rainfall pummeled the Midwest.   The National Weather Service predicted a chance of severe weather from northern Virginia to Maine. “Damaging winds and heavy downpours are expected to be the main threats, but small hail and isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out,” the weather service said on its website. Parts of Maine that have already seen 2 inches of rain are expected to receive 2 to 3 inches more, triggering a series of flash flood warnings, the weather service said.
NEWS
June 19, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON - Federal efforts to bolster community preparedness for extreme weather events are a fraction of what the government spends on cleaning up the damage from storms, tornadoes and drought, according to a new analysis of federal data by the Center for American Progress , a left-leaning Washington think tank. The report estimated that from 2011 to 2013, the federal government spent about $136 billion on weather-related disaster relief and recovery but only $22.4 billion on a total of 43 preparedness programs, or about $6 in cleanup for every $1 spent on strengthening defenses or preventing or mitigating damage.
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