July 12, 2013 |
“Sharknado,” Syfy's latest shlocky made-for-TV guilty pleasure, hit social media Thursday night like, well, a swirling cyclone of bloodthirsty fish. Yet another offering from the minds who brought us “Dinoshark,” “Sharktopus” and “Mega Shark Versus Crocosaurus,” “Sharknado” also benefited from the presence of at least two past-their-prime actors, starlet-turned-party-girl Tara Reid and “Beverly Hills 90210's” resident bro, Ian Zeiring. And, well, it's the summer and there isn't much else on. The combination of an absurd yet self-evident premise, a clumsy portmanteau title, visual effects that would leave Ed Wood embarrassed, and D-list stars proved to be the perfect storm for Twitter snarking, with seemingly everyone -- or at least seemingly everyone related somehow to the media industry -- weighing in on the campy spectacle.
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July 10, 2013 |
Southern Californians could see drizzle and thunderstorms over the next few days as a monsoon system floats north from Mexico. Despite the chance of moisture, National Weather Service meteorologist Kathy Hoxsie says Angelenos won't get much of a break from the heat. High temperatures will remain in the mid-70s and low-80s in the Los Angeles basin and in the 90s in the valleys through Friday, Hoxsie said. Any showers that might come through are expected to do so Wednesday, she said.
July 5, 2013 |
BREEZY POINT, N.Y. - The sky is cloudless and blue in this coastal community of bungalows by the sea. But Stephanie Abrams has disaster on her mind. A meteorologist with the Weather Channel, Abrams is here to co-host the network's morning shows to kick off the start of hurricane season. Her employer is predicting more storms than usual this year. Abrams has come to this town, which was walloped by Hurricane Sandy last year, to warn viewers of potential dangers in the months ahead.
July 4, 2013 |
PRESCOTT, Ariz. - The 19 firefighters killed this week in a rapidly advancing wildfire were battling to save a small housing subdivision and suddenly were encircled by a dense cloud of smoke and flame, according to officials familiar with the investigation. "The only thing standing between those folks and those homes were these 19 guys up on that ridge," said Jeff Knotek, who retired as a captain with the Prescott Fire Department on Sunday and now serves as a liaison to the family of one of the dead firefighters.
June 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Federal spending on community preparedness for extreme weather events is a fraction of the amount paid to clean up damage from storms, tornadoes and drought, according to an analysis of federal data. The report by the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning Washington think tank, estimated that from 2011 to 2013 the federal government spent about $136 billion on weather-related disaster relief and recovery, compared with $22.4 billion on 43 preparedness programs.
June 18, 2013 |
By electing Hassan Rowhani, the moderate candidate, to be its next president, the Iranian people have in effect reached a provisional compromise with the nation's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and the ultraconservative establishment. At first glance, Rowhani's landslide victory might seem baffling. Why should an otherwise subordinate and overly cautious candidate, who was once Iran's lead nuclear negotiator, generate so much enthusiasm and support among a beleaguered public?
June 18, 2013 |
In the wake of deadly Superstorm Sandy, New York officials have added 600,000 residents to the city's storm evacuation zones, according to maps released Tuesday. The new designation divides the most endangered areas into six zones with 2.9 million people. “Over the past six months, we have made remarkable strides in the city's recovery from Hurricane Sandy, and as part of our review of the administration's efforts before and after the storm, we have updated and expanded the hurricane evacuation zones that are part of the city's comprehensive Coastal Storm Plan,” Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway said in a prepared statement.
June 13, 2013 |
At least two people died Thursday after a wide line of storms swept through the Ohio Valley and into the mid-Atlantic. The storms hit with slightly less strength than originally feared , but still brought a plenitude of abuse: strong winds, small tornadoes, heavy rains, golf-ball-sized hail and widespread power losses affecting tens of thousands of residents. Forecasters had feared the storm might develop into a powerful derecho, the term given to storms longer than 240 miles and with winds stronger than 58 mph. A particularly strong derecho ravaged the mid-Atlantic a year ago, killing 22 people.
June 12, 2013 |
A line of fierce storms known as a derecho is threatening to move east from the upper Midwest through the mid-Atlantic states, bringing large hail and tree-breaking winds to a wide swath of the nation. As many as one in five Americans live in the zone that is threatened by a line of squalls, a similar meteorological event to the one that that tore trough roughly the same region a year ago. A derecho can be as deadly as any outbreak of tornadoes, causing wind damage to structures and power lines.
June 11, 2013 |
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Turkish police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters adorned in gas masks and slinging Molotov cocktails in central Taksim Square early Tuesday. The clashes marked the first major violence in the iconic square since scores of anti-government protesters occupied it more than a week ago. Early-morning commuters scurried into cafes on the fringes of the square -- where they were offered lemon cubes to mitigate the effects of the tear gas -- as hundreds of police officers backed by armored vehicles moved past barricades and into the area.