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03/27/2020 06:07 AM
Daily coronavirus briefing: Global COVID-19 cases top 1 million
The coronavirus pandemic brought the world to a halt in the early part of 2020. After emerging in China’s Hubei province in late 2019, the number of cases skyrocketed and infected more than 1 million worldwide over a four-month span with the epicenter shifting from Asia to Europe and, as of late March, the United States....
04/02/2020 12:12 PM
Are you experiencing seasonal allergies or the new coronavirus? Doctor weighs in
Sixteen days after coming down with what he thought was seasonal allergies, or perhaps the common cold, 35-year-old Mike O'Brien died, The Hartford Courant reported. What his symptoms actually stemmed from was COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Tom Kines said, the mild March weather this year has allowed...
04/02/2020 12:00 PM
Farmers could see record corn output this year, which could be a problem
Surprising - and potentially record-setting - projections were released in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) March Agricultural Survey. The survey calls for an estimated 97 million acres of corn to be planted by U.S. farmers this season. The only time since 1937 that U.S. farmers have planted at least 97 million acres of corn was 2012 (97.3). ...
03/31/2020 11:04 AM
Globetrotting meteorologist offers advice on sheltering in place after living for a year in Antarctica
While the world has been trying to navigate the coronavirus and sheltering at home, Christine Schultz has found herself well-equipped for charting the unknown territory, much as she has done in her career as a female meteorologist. As the station chief for the Global Monitoring Division’s (GMD) Atmospheric Research Observatory at the South Pole, Schultz...
04/02/2020 10:37 AM
Is 6 feet enough for social distancing? Maybe not, says MIT professor
The recommendation for 6 feet of separation between members of the public has been consistently shared by policymakers throughout the United States. Around the world, the World Health Organization (WHO) has urged individuals to stay at least 3 feet apart for effective social distancing. However, Lydia Bourouiba, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor, contends...
04/01/2020 06:59 AM
Storms poised to pummel Lone Star State prior to week's end
Thunderstorms will threaten to bring severe weather as well as needed rainfall to portions of central and southern Texas before the end of the week. A few pockets of heavy and gusty thunderstorms are likely to affect portions of the Plains, including central Texas, into Thursday night. However, the main threat of more widespread severe...
04/02/2020 08:30 AM
Meteorologists closely monitoring massive Atlantic Ocean storm churning off East Coast
A massive storm is churning and has stalled over the western Atlantic Ocean, just offshore of the East Coast — and it may acquire some tropical characteristics as it blasts New England with wind, cold air, rain and even wet snow late this week. The overall structure of the storm is complex. Even though the...
04/01/2020 10:49 PM
Unusually late-season storm to target California with beneficial moisture
A one-two punch of wet and winterlike weather will target the Golden State this weekend, helping to chip away at the snowfall deficit in place across the Sierra. While the latter half of January and all of February featured nearly bone-dry conditions across California, a series of late-season events has helped to minimize concerns for...
04/02/2020 08:42 AM
Winterlike storm produces snowiest start to April for this South Dakota city
The proverb 'April showers bring May flowers' might not apply to the north-central United States this year as the start of the new month brought a far-reaching snowstorm to the region. The largest snowfall accumulations were reported in the higher elevations, with a general 10 to 20 inches of snow falling over the mountains of...
03/31/2020 07:19 AM
Ongoing drought in Brazil, Argentina threatens crucial crop harvests
An unusually dry end to the summer season across parts of South America is expected to impact the harvests of important crops in the region. “Rainfall averaged below normal across much of southern Brazil, including [the states of] Rio Grande Do Sul, Santa Catarina, for the month of March, and in many instances the entire...