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August 13, 2006 | Jane Engle;Catharine Hamm
SEEKING to ease travelers' worries about the current hurricane season, Florida theme parks are offering "money-back" guarantees -- with various exceptions -- to vacationers who cancel because of storms. At Walt Disney World at Lake Buena Vista, Fla., guests can get some of their money back when they reschedule or cancel trips because the National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane warning for the Orlando area within seven days of their scheduled arrival.
May 24, 2013 | Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
Unusually warm ocean waters and favorable atmospheric conditions are expected to create an above-average number of tropical storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic and Caribbean this season, national weather forecasters predicted. In its latest outlook, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said there was a strong likelihood of seven to 11 hurricanes - including three to six major hurricanes with winds of at least 111 mph. Forecasters cite the convergence of several factors in May that should generate an above-average number of tropical storms over the next six months.
August 4, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Researchers said that this year's hurricane season wouldn't be as bad as predicted and that a monster storm like Katrina was unlikely. "The probability of another Katrina-like event is very small," said Phillip Klotzbach, lead forecaster for the hurricane research team at Colorado State University. The team expects 15 named storms this season.
November 10, 2012
Re “ Sandy may fuel warming debate ,” Nov. 5 The article's authors did a good job of describing the political implications of storms past and those likely to be visited upon the world in the near future. However, whether the question is sea-level or ocean temperature rise, ocean acidification, record minimum sea ice coverage, drought, prolonged heat waves or spreading tropical diseases, we must submit the case for action to a Congress apparently more interested in listening to its sponsors than to scientists.
June 1, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has met its goal of fixing battered levees around New Orleans as the new hurricane season starts, senior officials said. Standing on a clay-and-dirt levee in St. Bernard Parish, which was inundated after Hurricane Katrina, Maj. Gen. Ronald Johnson said the Corps had repaired 169 miles of the 350-mile system. "I think New Orleans can be confident in its hurricane protection system because it is better and it is stronger," Johnson said after a helicopter tour.
Joining worried officials up and down the West Coast, Ventura city officials leaped onto the El Nino bandwagon Monday night, discussing how to prepare for what could be the biggest winter storm season to lash the California coast since the winter of 1982-83, when the last El Nino hit. Fire Chief Dennis Downs told the council that a citizens guide to coping with El Nino is due out in the next several weeks.
December 21, 1986 | JENIFER WARREN, Times Staff Writer
When Elizabeth Fleming spotted the killer waves rolling ominously toward her oceanfront apartment in Imperial Beach one March morning four winters ago, she knew that nothing short of the Great Wall of China would stop them. So, as the surf pounded across the sand and streamed in through her back door, Fleming did what she felt was the only sensible thing to do--she opened up the front door to let the seawater pour out.
After six months of negotiations, Redondo Beach has evicted a small group of boaters who have been living--some for more than a decade--at the outer edge of King Harbor. On a 4-1 vote Tuesday, with Councilwoman Barbara Doerr backing the boaters, the City Council decided that Redondo Beach could not afford to assume liability for the seven live-aboard tenants in the outer harbor, and that they should find new homes immediately because of the impending winter storm season.
First, Sharon Arnstein heard the roar. Then, the white-capped waves crashed against a makeshift barrier, leaving an unwelcome calling card at her sandbagged front door Thursday--the season's first trickle of flood water. "We're lucky," said Arnstein, watching the 7:50 a.m. high tide from her second-story balcony. "If that barrier wasn't here today, then we'd be under water, no question." Residents in the tiny beach community of Surfside kept an anxious watch on the 7.
"The atmosphere is a mirror," one person remarks in this wonderful novel. "It reflects not only conditions on land but the temperature and circulation of ocean currents. When you study the atmosphere, you study everything."
July 6, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
When: 7 p.m. Where: Staples Center On the air: ESPN2 Records: Sparks 11-6, Storm 7-8 Record vs. Storm: 3-0 Update: The Sparks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 96-90 win over the reigning champion Minnesota Lynx on Thursday. The Sparks play Seattle in their second game of a three-game homestand. Seattle is in fourth place in the Western Conference, three games behind the second place Sparks. The Storm is led by guard Sue Bird, who is averaging 13 points and 5.2 assists.
June 26, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Tropical Storm Debby is too cute to resist -- from a safe distance. "Debby Downer" jokes and sly "Debby Does" references have already cropped up on Twitter. But there's nothing amusing about a storm that has forced the evacuation of thousands of residents, caused widespread flooding and triggered at least seven tornadoes as it drives eastward into Florida. One of those tornadoes killed a Venus, Fla., woman who was flung from her mobile home park along with her 3-year-old daughter.
May 25, 2011 | By Stephen Ceasar, Nicholas Riccardi and Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
Tornadoes roared through the Midwest on Wednesday, further spreading death and damage and threatening rescue and cleanup efforts in some already hard-hit areas. At least 14 deaths have been reported in recent days in Oklahoma and Arkansas, and the death toll in Joplin, Mo., stood at about 122 from the single deadliest tornado since the National Weather Service began keeping records in 1950. Severe storms began brewing Wednesday afternoon over eastern Kansas and were expected to roll across Missouri, southern Illinois, southern Indiana and Kentucky, said Greg Carbin, a meteorologist with the National Storm Prediction Center.
June 27, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Margot Roosevelt, Los Angeles Times
The first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season headed toward the Yucatan Peninsula on Saturday night and was expected to turn northwest toward the southern coast of Texas without roiling the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But Tropical Storm Alex was still giving the jitters to officials in charge of cleaning up the spill and protecting beaches and wildlife-rich marshland from Louisiana to Florida. "We all know the weather is unpredictable, and we could have a sudden last-minute change," said Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the Obama administration's point man for the spill.
May 17, 2009 | Robert Nolin
Two climatologists from Colorado State University, who have been scorned and respected for their hurricane season forecasts, took to the podium last week to discuss their predictions for 2009: Twelve named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes of Category 3 or worse. "Basically, an average hurricane season," Philip Klotzbach told attendees at the Governor's Hurricane Conference in the Broward County Convention Center.
July 8, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Hurricane Bertha became a "major" hurricane in the open Atlantic, with sustained winds near 120 miles per hour. The second named storm of the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season was heading west-northwest in the direction of Bermuda when it became a Category 3 storm, the National Hurricane Center said. It is unlikely Bertha will steer south into the Caribbean or the Gulf of Mexico, but a forecaster said this should be a wake-up call for Floridians to prepare for storm season.
As Hurricane Felix chased tens of thousands of vacationers and residents from the barrier islands of the eastern United States on Tuesday--and as Bermuda mopped up after a close call--forecasters warned that the 1995 storm season, predicted to be one of the fiercest in 20 years, has barely begun. "We're just starting the peak period of activity, and already we've had seven named storms," said Bob Burpee, director of the National Hurricane Center.
May 26, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Hurricane forecasters expect more tropical storms than normal this season, and "it just takes one to make it a bad year," Conrad C. Lautenbacher, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said Tuesday. National Weather Service forecasters said they expected 13 to 17 tropical storms, with seven to 10 of them becoming hurricanes and three to five of them in the strong category. NOAA is the weather service's parent agency.
October 24, 2006 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
Pump prices continued to fall in California and much of the nation, a federal report showed Monday, and so did oil prices despite the promise of an OPEC production cut. California motorists' average cost for a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline fell to $2.481 on Monday, down 5.9 cents from the previous Monday, according to a weekly survey by the Energy Department. A year ago, the state average was 34.6 cents higher.
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