Galveston uses pesky seaweed to fight storm surge

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Galveston is launching a pilot project to see whether seaweed-fortified dunes could be more resilient to storm surges and high tides. The $140,000 program will be run by the Galveston Island Park Board of…

Erick becomes hurricane off Mexican coast

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Erick continues to swirl off the Mexican coast, and forecasters expect it to become a hurricane. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says that as of Saturday morning, Erick is centered about…

Tropical Storm Erick intensifying off Mexico

MIAMI (AP) — The center of Tropical Storm Erick is passing southwest of Acapulco, Mexico, a day after forming in the Pacific. The storm’s maximum sustained winds early Friday are near 45 mph (75 kph). The U.S. National…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Friday, July 05, 2013. The West will finally start to cool down on Friday, while heavy rainfall and flooding is expected to continue across the Southeast and Eastern Valleys. A ridge of high pressure…

Sandy-devastated NJ town has reason to celebrate

UNION BEACH, N.J. (AP) — Union Beach, N.J. was decimated by Superstorm Sandy. But Wednesday night it had something to celebrate. The town won a party and fireworks contest from the television station Destination America and USA Weekend…

Tropical depression forms south of Mexico

MIAMI (AP) — A tropical depression has formed south of Mexico in the Pacific. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Thursday morning that the storm is about 260 miles (420 kilometers) south-southeast of Acapulco. It’s moving…

Tropical Storm Dalila weakening in the Pacific

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Dalila (dah-LY-lah) is weakening fast as it drifts westward in the Pacific away from Mexico’s coast. Dalila’s maximum sustained winds late Wednesday were 60 mph (97 kph). Dalila is centered about 285 miles…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Wednesday, July 03, 2013. A fairly stagnant weather pattern continues over the nation on Wednesday, allowing hot weather to continue in parts of the West and muggy and wet conditions to persist in the…

Firefighters code: What to do/What not to do

WHAT TO DO Fire crews are drilled on ten Standard Firefighting Orders, developed by the U.S. Forest Service to reduce the risk of firefighting. When firefighters die, investigations have found these basic rules are often overlooked or broken:…

About 20 homes flooded at site of Colo. wildfire

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A storm that caused flash flooding in the area burned by Colorado’s Waldo Canyon Fire last year damaged about 20 homes, roughly a half dozen of them significantly. More than a half inch…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Tuesday, July 02, 2013. Expect little change in the nation¼’s weather on Tuesday as a fairly stagnant weather pattern remains overhead. This pattern will support continued heat in the West and another round of…
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June was wet

It turned out to be a wet June, with 53 percent of the days having rain.…

Terrain, shifting winds hurt Arizona fire efforts

YARNELL, Ariz. (AP) — Varying winds caused by rugged terrain and Arizona’s monsoon may have contributed to the deaths of 19 firefighters over the weekend. The firefighters, part of the elite Granite Mountain Hotshots based in nearby Prescott,…

Lady Liberty reopening July 4, months after Sandy

NEW YORK (AP) — Months after Superstorm Sandy swamped her little island, the Statue of Liberty will finally welcome visitors again on Independence Day. Sandy made landfall one day after the statue’s 126th birthday, flooding most of the…

Death Valley tentatively ties US June high temp

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — The National Weather Service says California’s Death Valley National Park tentatively recorded a high temperature of 129 degrees on Sunday, which would tie the all-time June record high for the United…

Tropical Storm Dalila strengthens off Mexico coast

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Dalila (dah-LY-lah) continues to swirl off Mexico’s Pacific coast. The storm has maximum sustained winds early Monday near 45 mph (75 kph) with some possibility of strengthening later in the day and Tuesday.…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Monday, July 01, 2013. Expect little change in the nation¼’s weather on Monday as a fairly stagnant weather pattern remains overhead. This pattern will support continued hot weather in the West and muggy conditions…

Death Valley temp may tie June record

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A heat wave punishing several Western states brought at least record-tying temperatures to Death Valley and Las Vegas. The mercury rocketed to 128 degrees Sunday in Death Valley National Park, the National Weather Service…

Heat wave: 200 suffer heat problems at Vegas event

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities say 200 people were treated for heat problems as temperatures soared at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas. Clark County spokesman Erik Pappa says about 30 of them were hospitalized for heat-related injuries…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Saturday, June 29, 2013. The main weather story for the nation on Saturday will be the heat out West, specifically the Desert Southwest. Hot temperatures are anticipated across the Desert Southwest and spreading northward…