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  • Two big solar storms are hitting Earth. It's not a disaster — this time.

    Published: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    The sun recently shot two giant waves of charged plasma in our direction, Vox reports. They'll hit the Earth's magnetic field between Thursday and Sunday, creating geomagnetic storms that could cause disruptions to electric grids, GPS, and radio systems around the world.

  • Year after flood, Boulder gets 1st snowfall

    Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    DENVER (AP) — A year after being hit by a devastating flood, Boulder has gotten its first snowfall of the year. About half an inch of snow fell in the city overnight Friday. Some flakes also fell in Denver but not enough to count as an official measurable snowfall. Temperatures hovered around freezing, leading many gardeners to wrap their plants to protect them from the near-freezing weather. The storm brought heavy rain to the state's southeastern corner, which is still in drought. Summerlike weather with temperatures in the 70s is expected to return this weekend. However, the National Weather Service says there could be some patchy frost Saturday morning in northeastern Colorado, including Fort Collins and Greeley,

  • Up to 20 inches of snow falls in Wyoming

    Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A late summer snowstorm dropped up to 20 inches of snow in parts of Wyoming. The rare September snow on Wednesday and Thursday caused damage to trees and power outages in some areas of northern Wyoming. While the heaviest snow fell in the Bighorn Mountains, the town of Buffalo received as much as 10 inches. The 3 to 5 inches that fell in Cody is the earliest recorded snowfall there since records were kept in 1915. The previous recorded earliest snowfall in Cody was Sept. 12, 1970. Other snowfall totals included 4 inches at Casper Mountain and 3 to 5 inches at Meeteetsee. Some roads and highways had slick spots Friday morning, but otherwise travel around the state was not hampered.

  • Wildfire weather west of Cascades, freezing east

    Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Forecasters say a combination of gusty winds and low humidity are creating a high wildfire danger through Friday evening west of the Cascades in much of western Washington and Oregon. The National Weather Service has a red flag warning in effect in the area from Seattle through Eugene because of the danger that any fire would rapidly spread in winds of 25 mph or stronger when the humidity is as low as 20 percent. Winds Thursday in the Columbia River Gorge fanned fires near White Salmon and Multnomah Falls. It's a different story east of the Cascades where forecasters say temperatures will drop below freezing Friday night in some places. The Weather Service expects a warming trend over the weekend

  • Heavy rain causes flooding in parts of DeSoto Co.

    Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Parts of DeSoto County are drying out after storms brought heavy rain and some flooding to parts of the county. Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency Thursday after severe storms pounded the northern part of the state and Tennessee. The DeSoto County Emergency Management officials said homes and roads were flooded, primarily in the cities of Southaven and Horn Lake. The National Weather Service reported that five to seven inches of rain fell in DeSoto County over a 12-hour period. No injuries were reported, but some residents of Savannah Creek apartments in Southaven were evacuated and taken to a nearby shelter.

  • Winds fan wildfire that damages 3 Wash. homes

    Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — High winds and warm temperatures are challenging Northwest firefighters, especially in the typically windy Columbia River Gorge where a windblown wildfire on the Washington side damaged three homes and smoke from a fire on the Oregon side temporarily restricted traffic on Interstate 84. The National Weather Service says winds in the White Salmon, Washington, area gusted as high as about 30 mph Thursday. U.S. Forest Service spokesman Stan Hinatsu says no one was injured in the roughly 10-acre fire but some people left their homes. Traffic on a nearby state highway was temporarily restricted. The spokesman told KATU-TV the fire was "in good shape" by Thursday evening.

  • Lanes of Vegas-Salt Lake City freeway may reopen

    Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Assessment teams tallied 139 flood-damaged homes and put the projected the cost of local road repairs at $667,000 in northeast Clark County, where road crews worked Thursday to reopen a washed-out stretch of Interstate 15 about 50 miles outside Las Vegas. Officials reported 91 damaged homes in Moapa and on the Moapa Band of Paiutes reservation Thursday after counting 48 damaged homes Wednesday in the downstream Overton and Logandale area. The Nevada Department of Transportation said the washed-out section of I-15 near Moapa could be repaired enough to open one lane in each direction Friday. Officials say the four-lane divided highway, the key trucking and tourist route between Las Vegas and Salt Lake City,

  • Tropical Storm Odile meanders off southern Mexico

    Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Odile meandered off Mexico's southern Pacific coast late Thursday, keeping out to sea but expected to gain strength over the coming day and possibly become a hurricane. The U.S. National Hurricane center said Odile had maximum sustained winds near 60 mph (95 kph). Its center was about 245 miles (390 kilometers) south of Manzanillo and drifting to the west-northwest at 2 mph (4 kph). The center said the storm could become a hurricane by Friday night and then take a more northwesterly track, but it was predicted to remain well offshore through at least Saturday. A tropical storm watch was in effect from Manzanillo north to Cabo Corrientes, and dangerous surf and riptides were forecast f

  • Tropical Storm Edouard forms in far eastern Atlantic; forecast to remain out to sea

    Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Edouard forms in far eastern Atlantic; forecast to remain out to sea.

  • DTE wraps up power restorations from Friday storm

    Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    DETROIT (AP) — DTE Energy Co. says it's restored power to "virtually all" the customers that service when storms hit Michigan last weekend, blacking out 462,000 homes and businesses statewide. The Detroit-based utility said Thursday afternoon that nearly all of its 375,000 customers hit by Friday's storms are back on line. The company says about 9,000 out of its 18,000 customers blacked out after storms that hit Wednesday remained off line the next day. Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. earlier restored power to its 87,000 customers affected by Friday's storm.

  • Bryant declares emergency in DeSoto

    Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Gov. Phil Bryant has declared a state of emergency in Mississippi's DeSoto County after severe storms pounded the northern part of the state and Tennessee. A statement from Bryant's office said DeSoto County Emergency Management officials reported numerous homes and roads were flooded Thursday, primarily in the cities of Southaven and Horn Lake. The statement said Desoto County and the American Red Cross were opening a shelter for displaced residents at a church in Southaven.

  • USDA boosts corn, soybean harvest to new records

    Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The nation's corn and soybean farmers will bring in by far the largest harvest ever this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday in a new report. Corn farmers are expected to harvest nearly 14.4 billion bushels of corn, up from last year's 13.9 billion bushel record. The yield of 172 bushels per acre is significantly higher than the previous record set in 2009 of 165 bushels per acre. Record yields will be set in 18 states, the USDA said, and 10 states including Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska, the top three producers, have the highest number of ears per corn stalk ever. A massive harvest has been expected this year as adequate rain and cool temperatures made for favorable growing c

  • Oklahoma taking applications for drought grants

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Gov. Mary Fallin announces Oklahoma is taking applications for $1.5 million in drought grants.

  • Cooler temperatures arrive in Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Oklahoma City may see record cooler temperatures on Friday with highs reaching only into the low 60s

  • 4 tornadoes confirmed in northeast Ohio

    Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    STOW, Ohio (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed four weak tornadoes touched down in northeast Ohio Wednesday evening. Meteorologist Gary Garnet says the twisters developed from the same thunderstorm, and all four were given the weakest rating of EF-0. The first occurred near Stow High School in Summit County and lasted about a minute or two with winds reaching 85 mph. The three other touchdowns occurred in Portage County near Franklin Township, Streetsboro and Hiram, each with winds between 74 and 80 mph. The weather service reported some roof damage in Stow as well as minor damage to the Stow High School football field. Minor tree damage was reported from the Portage County tornadoes. No injuries w

  • Winter storm warnings posted for parts of Wyoming

    Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Winter is making an early foray into Wyoming. Snow fell in parts of northern and central Wyoming on Thursday, and not just in the mountains. Several inches of snow fell in Gillette, Sheridan and Buffalo. Riverton and Casper also received snow. The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories for parts of northern Wyoming. Up to 10 inches of snow is possible in mountain areas. There were no travel problems caused by the snow. Freeze warnings are posted for a large portion of the state Thursday night with temperatures dipping down in the 20s in Casper, Sheridan, Cody and other areas. The snow was expected to be gone by Friday with temperature

  • FEMA wants at least $5.8M in Sandy aid repaid

    Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of people who received government aid after Superstorm Sandy slammed the East Coast may be forced to give some or all of that money back, nearly two years after the disaster. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is scrutinizing about 4,500 households that it suspects got improper payments, according to program officials and data obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request. As of early September, FEMA had asked around 850 of them to return a collective $5.8 million. The other cases were still under review.

  • Photo Gallery: Sensational Seasons

    Justin Marre | Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Do you like the many seasons that our precious planet has to offer? Is it not amazing how we can go from a freezing cold time period to blistering hot? I am truly amazed at what this world has to offer.

  • Road, bridge projects dot NC 12 on Hatteras Island

    Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Just how many road projects are in play on Hatteras Island? The state Transportation Department said this week that it's delaying construction of a bridge at Pea Island until the court case involving the longer span to the north, the Bonner Bridge, is settled. Meanwhile, the Army Corps of Engineers may finish dumping sand on the beach near the S-curves at Rodanthe in an effort to protect N.C. Highway 12 until a bridge can built there. Here's a rundown of the projects on N.C. 12 on the 42-mile-long Hatteras Island, starting with the Bonner Bridge over the Oregon Inlet and going south to a hot spot that Hurricane Isabel created in 2003 between Frisco and Hatteras.

  • Heavy rain in Shelby County causing problems

    Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say heavy rains have caused roads to flood in parts of West Tennessee and north Mississippi, leading to the evacuation of homes in a neighborhood. The National Weather Service estimates that 4 to 6 inches of rain has fallen in Shelby County on Thursday, with northern DeSoto County in Mississippi receiving up to 9 inches. Rain was tapering off Thursday afternoon, but a flood warning is in effect until 4:45 p.m. Memphis Fire Department Lt. Wayne Cooke says residents were evacuated from homes in a low-lying north Memphis neighborhood. No injuries have been reported. Officials say standing water has led to road closures, affecting traffic. Shelby County Schools canceled after-school athleti