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Heat Waves Continue in the United States

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Temperatures will be in the 90s today across the country, as the heat wave that has been stifling the Midwest begins to move east. The National Weather Service reported yesterday that at least 22 people have died from the heat, and 141 million more are under heat warnings or advisories. With the heat wave reaching this lethal level, is there technology in the U.S. that we should be using to battle it?

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The Takeaway

Heat and Drought Pummel South and Southwestern US

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The U.S. is in the grip of a searing heat wave, with temperature warnings and advisories in effect for a large stretch of the central part of the country. States in the south and southwest have been experiencing extreme weather for many months, resulting in a severe drought across a belt of 14 states from Florida to Arizona. Crops and livestock are suffering, as farmers and ranchers struggle to keep them alive. But with no rain in sight and a shaky economy, some are questioning whether this could be a 21st century Dust Bowl.

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The Takeaway

Deadly Heat Waves Expected in the Midwest

Monday, July 18, 2011

This week, meteorologists are predicting that heat waves will hit hard and heavy in the midwest. Though many consider them to be merely a nuisance, heat waves are among the deadliest natural disasters in the U.S. So why don’t we treat heat waves with more concern?

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WNYC News

Newark Schools to Close Early Thursday

Thursday, June 09, 2011

According to a message posted on the Newark Public Schools Web site, schools in Newark will close at 1 p.m. on Thursday due to the extreme heat.

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The Takeaway

Tornado Survivors Hope to Find Missing Among the Living

Friday, May 27, 2011

There are more than 200 people still missing in Joplin, Missouri, the town hit by a massive tornado on Sunday. That number is down from the original 1500 persons listed in the wake of the destruction, but the death toll on Thursday was at 126, with more than 900 injured. City officials have been working around the clock to locate people or identify bodies in a temporary morgue. Amidst the rubble, there have been miracles — a grandmother found on her porch. But family members across the U.S. still waiting for a sign from loved ones are starting to worry that time is running out.

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The Takeaway

Flood Evacuees Find Shelter in 'Canadaville'

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Mississippi floodwaters are forcing a wave of Americans to flee their homes. Fortunately for those living near Magnaville, Louisiana, there is hope for a new beginning. Situated 120 miles Northeast of New Orleans is a planned community created by a Canadian entrepreneur which served as a long-term solution for those displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Now that Americans living along the Mississippi River face the threat of major flooding, the place known to locals as “Canadaville” is being called on for help once again.

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The Takeaway

Deadly Tornados Tear Through South States

Friday, April 29, 2011

This morning, survivors of the six southern states hit by Wednesday’s rash of deadly tornadoes continue the hard work of surveying and cleaning the damage. We speak with Julie Steel, News reporter for WUTC in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a town that was hit repeatedly by waves of storms.

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The Takeaway

Violent Weather Rips Through the South

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

For the second straight night, severe storms ravaged the South, killing at least one person in Arkansas and damaging more than 100 homes in rural East Texas. Harold Brooks, research meteorologist at the National Severe Storms Laboratory, talks to use about the storms.

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The Takeaway

North Carolina Recovers After Tornadoes

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Yesterday, North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue's office released its newest figures on the loss of life and property suffered after 25 tornadoes touched down across the state on Saturday. According to the latest assessment, 24 people died and more than 130 were injured. As far as property damage goes, 430 homes were destroyed and over 6,000 homes have suffered damage. Two thousand people are estimated to be out of work because of the storms.

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WNYC News

April Fool's Winter Storm Takes Aim at East Coast

Thursday, March 31, 2011

This is snow joke: An April Fool's storm that will unleash a wintry mix on the Northeast late tonight and into tomorrow, according to the Natinoal Weather Service.

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WNYC News

March Cold Snap Actually Pretty Normal

Monday, March 28, 2011

It may feel like spring is off to a pretty cold start. But the National Weather service said cooler temperatures — and even some snow this time of year — aren't that unusual.

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WNYC News

Spring Is Here, But Feels Like Winter

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

It may be the third day of spring, but there are remnants of winter. A wintry mix of cold rain, sleet and snow is pelting the city and there is a 40 percent chance the unwelcome slush will continue through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

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WNYC News

Flooding Wreaks Havoc on Tri-State Area

Friday, March 11, 2011

The state of New York — from Manhattan to the Canadian border — is under a flood watch as heavy rains and melting snow have closed some roads in Westchester and the Adirondacks. The National Weather service said there is major flooding already in towns in northern New Jersey.

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WNYC News

Heavy Rain, Flooding Expected for Tri-State

Thursday, March 10, 2011

With heavy rain falling in the area, the National Weather service issued flood watches for much of New York and several New Jersey counties. A flood watch is in effect from Thursday morning to Friday afternoon for Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties where officials are predicting between two and three inches of rain.

Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency on Wednesday night, and parts of the Passaic, are expected to flood.

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WNYC News

Gov. Christie Declares State of Emergency in New Jersey

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Gov. Chris Christie has declared a State of Emergency for New Jersey, with the forecast calling for heavy rain — and the threat of floods — over the next few days.

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WNYC News

High Winds Cause Flight Delays

Monday, February 28, 2011

Wind gusts of up to 25 mph are battering the city and causing delays at area airports and the FAA has activated a traffic management program, which limits the number of flights into local airports.

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WNYC News

Warm But Windy Valentine's Day

Monday, February 14, 2011

There's a wind advisory in effect for the New York City area starting at noon Monday until 6 a.m. Tuesday. The National Weather Service said wind gusts could get as high as 45 miles per hour.

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The Takeaway

Winter Storms Slam Midwest

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

A massive winter storm slammed huge swaths of the country this week with snow and freezing rain. And the worst may be yet to come.  Central and northern Midwest can expert up to 15 to 20 inches of snow. Up to two-feet of snow — a record — could land in Chicago. Stephen Fybish, a weather historian, says he predicted this would be a rough winter back in 2003.

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The Takeaway

Scary Storms Hit on Groundhog Day

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

For over 75 years, Pennsylvania Germans have gathered in what they call Groundhog (or “Groundsaw”) Lodges to celebrate their language, traditions, and culture. The most important day in lodge culture is, of course, today, Groundhog Day. However, it's hard to think of spring, when more than 30 states are under blizzard warnings, with snow hitting much of the country.

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Transportation Nation

Delta Airlines Posts $19 Million Profit

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

(Detroit -- Noah Ovshinsky, WDET) Delta Airlines reported its fourth quarter earnings today. Michigan’s dominant carrier reported a quarterly profit of 19 million dollars, disappointing Wall Street analysts, who had expected higher numbers. Delta President Ed Bastian says the company was hurt by bad weather during the holidays.

"The severe winter weather that we experienced throughout the U.S. and western Europe reduced our December quarter profit by 45 million dollars due to approximately 4,000 flight cancelations and the associated effects.”

Bastian say Delta will take another hit in the first quarter due to severe weather. The airline canceled flights at its Atlanta hub last week. Officials say higher gas prices are also taking a toll on Delta’s bottom line.

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