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Countless Tiny Red Crabs Invade California Beaches

Lifeguards estimate hundreds of thousands are washing up

(Newser) - Thousands of tiny red crabs are carpeting beaches in Orange County and creating an amazing spectacle for swimmers and surfers, the AP reports. Lifeguards estimate that hundreds of thousands of the tiny crustaceans washed up Friday on beaches in Newport Beach. Others were spotted in Laguna Beach. The Orange County ... More »

BASE Jumpers Survive Plunge Only to Drown in Big Sur Waves

It's a technical, short jump to a small landing spot at the water's edge

(Newser) - Two BASE jumpers swept into the Pacific Ocean after plunging 280 feet from the Bixby Bridge in Big Sur last week are presumed dead. Authorities found a helmet and parachute on the beach on Saturday, reports CBS News , and are piecing together the details of the Jan. 20 jump that... More »

Giant Snowstorm May Pummel Northeast

Weekend storm may affect more than 50M

(Newser) - Get your shovels ready: The first major snowstorm of 2016 could wreak havoc on the mid-Atlantic and Northeast by the end of the week. More than 50 million people may be affected as areas around Washington, DC; Philadelphia; Baltimore; New York City; and Boston could see a foot or more... More »

El Nino Forces LA to Raise Banks of River

$3.1 million of emergency funding is going toward temporary flood prevention

(Newser) - A city that's made headlines for having too little water is preparing to spend $3.1 million to deal with a potential excess of it, NBC Los Angeles reports. LA officials are worried that this year's El Nino will force the Los Angeles River to do something highly... More »

El Nino Is Looking Scarily Like 1997's El Nino

That's not good

(Newser) - The El Nino weather system of 1997-98 was so bad that descriptions of it sound like something out of a Ben Affleck disaster movie: Australia turned into a slow cooker, California and Peru were pummeled with rain, and there were rampant fires in Indonesia; around 23,000 people perished from... More »

Deadly 'Springlike' Storms Sweep Southeast

At least 7 killed as dangerous system spawns tornado

(Newser) - A ferocious storm system that experts say is more typical of June than December swept southeastern states Wednesday, killing at least seven people. The system snarled holiday travel in much of the eastern US and caused forecasters to warn of a "particularly dangerous situation" for the first time since... More »

Forecasters Are Dreaming of a Warm Christmas

Eastern US could have warmest Christmas in a lifetime

(Newser) - Bad news, Bing Crosby. It's unlikely anyone east of the Rocky Mountains will be getting a white Christmas this year, the Weather Channel reports. In fact, forecasts show many people will be having the warmest Christmas in their lifetime. "Warm as a lovely spring day," is the... More »

Record Siberia Snowfall Could Be Bad News for US

Polar vortex could be paying another visit

(Newser) - Snowfall in Siberia during October has proved to be a remarkably accurate indication of how cold winters in the US will be, according to meteorologist Judah Cohen—and it looks like this winter could be a doozy. Siberia experienced record snowfall and its worst blizzard in 10 years this October,... More »

Officials: Don't Eat Toxic California Crabs

What a way to open crab season

(Newser) - El Niño—already being blamed for bringing venomous snakes to the California coastline—could be at it again, as state health officials warned of poisonous crabs Tuesday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The warning to avoid eating any crabs caught along the Northern California coast couldn't come at... More »

One of the Driest Places on Earth Is Covered in Flowers

The Atacama Desert is blooming thanks to record rainfall

(Newser) - One of the driest, harshest landscapes in the world has been transformed into a psychedelic canvas of reds, purples, and greens after record-setting rain. Live Science reports that Chile's Atacama Desert averages just over half an inch of rain a year, with some parts of the desert getting even... More »

What This Year's El Nino Will Mean for Winter

It will be wetter than normal in the South, drier near the Great Lakes

(Newser) - The NOAA's winter forecast has arrived, and thanks to a well-known Pacific Ocean phenomenon, parts of the country can expect to be doused in plenty of chilly precipitation. "A strong El Nino is in place and should exert a strong influence over our weather this winter," Mike... More »

Thanks, El Niño: Venomous Sea Snake Spotted in California

Warmer waters blamed for snake's first appearance in California in 35 years

(Newser) - Nature giveth, and nature taketh away. In addition to bringing much needed rain to Southern California this winter, El Niño is apparently also a harbinger of something much less desirable: venomous sea snakes. A yellow-bellied sea snake was seen on a beach near Malibu twice this week, Quartz reports.... More »

We Could Be Seeing Biggest-Ever Coral Death

We may lose 5% of world's corals in latest bleaching event: scientists

(Newser) - A coral bleaching event is hitting the globe for just the third time on record, scientists say, and could lead to the biggest coral die-off in history, reports the Guardian . We could lose about 5% of the planet's corals (or 4,500 square miles) this year, while 38% may... More »

Can El Nino Slay the Mighty Polar Vortex?

The Midwest may get a warmer, drier winter this year

(Newser) - After two winters of wishing they were anywhere warmer—like a walk-in refrigerator or the inside of a snow cone—Chicago-area residents may finally get a break from polar vortexes thanks to a predicted El Nino event. The Chicago Tribune reports El Nino events are created when the Pacific Ocean... More »

Tiny Tuna Crabs Invade Calif. Beaches

'Mini-lobsters' turn shorelines red

(Newser) - Tiny tuna crabs have been washing up by the thousands on beaches in California's Orange County. The Orange County Register reports that the crustaceans, which look like tiny lobsters or crawfish, created a bright-red rim along the shoreline of Dana Point, San Clemente, Newport Beach, and Huntington Beach yesterday.... More »

NOAA: El Nino Is Here Too Late

Weather pattern won't do much for California drought

(Newser) - El Nino is here for the first time since 2010, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration —but it's too late and too weak to be much use where it's most needed. It won't provide "much relief for drought-stricken California, as California's rainy... More »

Rarely Hit, Hawaii Now Braces for 2 Hurricanes

Iselle and Julio to strike tonight and Sunday

(Newser) - Tag-team hurricanes Iselle and Julio will thrash Hawaii in a one-two punch that starts tonight—the first time in 22 years the islands have been directly hit. Category 1 Iselle is expected to maintain 85 mph winds when it makes landfall on the Big Island tonight. It’s "not... More »

Good News, America: El Nino Might Be Coming

Warm-ocean pattern could bring drought relief

(Newser) - The National Oceanic Atmospheric and Administration issued an official El Nino watch yesterday—and Americans should probably hope it shows up. The warm weather pattern's approval ratings are probably in the Vladimir Putin range among most in the US, but this time it promises to bring rain to break... More »

Blame El Niño for Recent Storms

Strongest warm-water phenomenon in a decade drenches coasts

(Newser) - The strongest El Niño in more than a decade is the culprit behind the wretched weather bombarding much of the country this winter, from the snowstorms that buried the mid-Atlantic states in December to the rains that drenched California last month. “Ocean temperatures are somewhere upwards of two... More »

SF Pier's Sea Lions Suddenly Vanish

El Niño may be a factor, but biologists mystified

(Newser) - The sea lions that are among the more authentic attractions on San Francisco’s touristy Pier 39 have suddenly, and inexplicably, disappeared. The beasts showed up at the wooden docks alongside the pier unexpectedly 20 years ago, and in winter as many as 300 would lie around, attracting crowds. But... More »

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