Weather

Nate Silver compares himself to the fox, knowing many little things, rather than the hedgehog, knowing one big thing. But his philosophy has characteristics of the latter.

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I know you guys know all about how wear lots of layers and all of that, but cold weather is still rotten.  

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You Won’t BELIEVE These Weather Channel Headlines!

How a network went from chasing storms to chasing clicks

By naming winter storms and creating viral web content, The Weather Channel has transitioned into the modern media age.

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It’s not often that the classification “Super Typhoon”—the equivalent of a strong Category 4 or 5 Hurricane, like Katrina or Andrew—fails to convey the intensity of a tropical cyclone. But “Haiyan,” a Super Typhoon about to make landfall over the Philippines, is no ordinary Super Typhoon. Haiyan makes Katrina look like a run-of-the-mill storm. It may be the most intense tropical storm in recorded history. But there’s a catch: We may never know for sure.

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Unnatural Disaster

How mortgage servicers are strong-arming the victims of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado (among others)

On May 20, a massive EF5 tornado whipped through heavily populated Moore, Oklahoma, killing 24 and injuring nearly 400. That tragedy has now shifted into the drudgery of recovery. According to the state’s Insurance Department, claims from the tornado in Moore and a subsequent twister in the city of El Reno have topped 60,000. The damage is expected to reach $2 billion.

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When a line of thunderstorms plowed through the D.C. area this morning, Bill Burton, co-founder of the Obama-aligned Super PAC “Priorities USA,” tweeted that a derecho was "moving in." He wasn’t alone.

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Amid all the expensive camerawork and sharp matching windbreakers on the major TV networks’ coverage of Monday's tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, the best dispatches largely came from local TV news. In the Times, Brian Stelter quoted John Welsh of KFOR, the NBC-affiliated TV station, eyeing the ruined landscape from his helicopter and repeating the word “gone” as he realized how many local landmarks had been leveled.

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Why Tornadoes Continue to Kill

They're hard to predict, and more of us live in their path than ever

They're hard to predict, and more of us live in their path than ever.

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From the conclusion of the Guardian's extremely thorough anatomy of what went wrong with the August 20 election in Afghanistan: [A] run-off is likely to suffer from many of the same problems as the first vote. It's worth reading the whole Guardian piece to get a sense of just how botched that first vote. really was. And you have to hope the run-off will at least be a little bitter: now that the international community seems more resolved to fight election fraud, maybe Karzai will be less committed to engaging in it. But resolve can only do so much.

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With California now facing its third straight year of drought, pretty much any conservation idea out there—no matter how icky it may sound at first glance—gets a hearing. For instance, as Melinda Burns reports for Miller-McCune today, the state has finally decided to legalize "gray-water" systems, which divert wastewater from dishwashers, laundry machines, sinks, and showers (but obviously not toilets) to irrigate lawns and shrubbery.

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