It's starting again. After the once-in-a-century summer of 2018, with its heat waves, droughts and forest fires, another once-in-a-century summer has arrived in Germany and many parts of Europe, this time with air from the Sahara and even higher temperatures. After a cool May, it finally warmed up in June in Germany. A lot. Last Wednesday, the thermometer near Guben in the northern German state of Brandenburg reached 38.6 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit). That marked the first time since measurements began in 1881 that a temperature that high was reached in Germany in June. The record lasted for three days. On Sunday, thermometers in Bernburg, just northwest of Leipzig, hit 39.6 degrees. The average temperature for June is 20 degrees Celsius. International Newsletter: Sign up for our newsletter -- and get the very best of SPIEGEL in English sent to your email inbox twice weekly. Almost half of the continent, from Portugal to Poland, was hit by a heat wave in recent days … [Read more...] about ‘Hell Is Coming’: What Lies Ahead for Europe’s Climate
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Editors USA TODAY Published 5:46 PM EDT Jun 9, 2019 Trump pulls back Mexico tariff threat made over migrants President Donald Trump on Friday night yanked back his threat to slap escalating tariffs on all Mexican imports if the country didn't address migrants at the southern border. The move seemed to avert a new trade war while ensuring "strong measures" by Mexico to curb the flow of Central American migrants, though critics said Trump avoided a political crisis of his own making. The New York Times reported Saturday that the deal's steps were ones Mexico had already agreed to in previous rounds of negotiations. In a tweet Sunday, Trump claimed Mexico said it would take further steps to curb migration that would "be announced at the appropriate time." Mexico's Ambassador to the United States, Martha Bárcena, admitted there were "details" not in the deal's official declaration. Hundreds of thousands protest … [Read more...] about Trump, Mexico, Hong Kong and Nadal: The weekend’s biggest news
Doyle Rice USA TODAY Published 4:17 PM EDT Jun 5, 2019 Smoke from distant Canadian wildfires has made its way across the United States the past few days, bringing hazy skies and colorful sunsets to the Midwest and East Coast. In Chicago, the skies were reported as being "milky-looking," while in Nebraska, the forecast was for "filtered sun." However, it's nothing like what the skies looked like near the fires. In Edmonton, Alberta, the skies were recently so red and smoky that a local meteorologist told NASA. "it looked like we were on Mars," according to Mashable. More than two dozen fires are burning in Alberta and 10,000 people have been forced from their homes. Wildfire Today said several wildfires in western Canada have so far spread across 568,000 acres. A few days ago, Discover magazine reported that smoke from the fires covered as much as 2.7 million square miles of North America. Some smoke even wafted its way across the pond to … [Read more...] about Canadian wildfires bring smoky skies, colorful sunsets to U.S.
The severe weather event that ripped through the Far North on Wednesday and damaged more than 20 houses was likely not a tornado, according to a weather forecaster. On Wednesday, more than 20 houses were damaged by a devastating weather system that ripped through parts of the Far North, including Coopers Beach. Tornado rips through far North Another blast of heavy rain, thunderstorms, hail incoming New Zealand's tornado threat: What to do if another one strikes Social media was inundated with pictures of the destruction with residents saying it had been caused by a tornado. But one weather forecaster says it may not have been a tornado, but simply strong gusts of "unidirectional" wind that rattled the community. The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) forecaster Chris Brandolino told The AM Show there are several "special ingredients" that made a tornado, and from what he had seen of Wednesday's event, they weren't all in the mix. "Looking at the way the … [Read more...] about Tornado not to blame for destruction in Northland
Doyle Rice USA TODAY Published 12:17 PM EDT May 17, 2019 A Blue Moon is coming this weekend. And it's not the craft beer nor Amazon's new spaceship, both of which have appropriated the name. No, its just a full moon with a colorful nickname. And here's the scoop on where that name came from and what it means: Most seasons have three full moons. But once in a while, a season — like spring of this year — will have four full moons. And it's the third of those four that's called a blue moon. The actual moment the moon will be full is Saturday at 5:11 p.m. ET, according to Space.com. The more common definition of a "blue moon" is the second full moon in one calendar month, though some astronomy purists sniff at that definition, which is technically incorrect. Even the venerable publication Sky & Telescope — in which the original "mistake" was made decades ago — said that "the second-full-moon-in-a-month (mis)interpretation is … [Read more...] about Blue moon 2019: This month’s full moon is Saturday