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Colorado Flooding Before And After Photos

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These before-and-after photos of the catastrophic flooding that wreaked havoc in Colorado, affecting at least 1,918 square miles of the state and resulting in the likely deaths of 10 people and nearly $2 billion in property damage, offer a glimpse into the scope of devastation that this 1000-year storm brought down some Colorado communities.

HuffPost matched high-resolution satellite images of flooded areas from DigitalGlobe via Getty Images with high definition photos of those same flooded regions on Google Earth. Use the slider bar on each image to see the before and after photos of the affected region

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Rainfall Redistribution Will Make Some Areas Warmer And Drier

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A new study from Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory reveals that a northward shift of Earth’s wind and rain belts could make a broad swath of regions drier. The findings, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that these drier regions include the Middle East, American West and Amazonia, while Monsoon Asia and equatorial Africa will become wetter as humans continue to heat the planet.

This new prediction is based on the warming that ended the last ice age around 15,000 years ago. During that warming, the North Atlantic Ocean began to churn more vigorously, melting Arctic sea ice, and setting up a temperature contrast with the southern hemisphere where sea ice was expanding around Antarctica. The tropical rain belt and mid-latitude jet stream were pushed north by the temperature gradient between the poles. This redistributed water in two bands around the planet.

Colorado Flooding Alert

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Colorado under severe weather AGAIN .

Hail, damaging winds, also snow and sleet at higher elevations.. all storms heading North by slightly northeast… directly along the front range from the south… whole system overall pushing east. Just as the past storms did.

Expect more flooding for sure.

Autumnal Equinox 2013: Why First Day Of Fall Arrives On September 22

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Huffington Post - 9/21/13, Mike Wall/


The seasons will change this Sunday (Sept. 22), with the Northern Hemisphere moving into autumn and the South emerging from winter into spring.



The celestial event that marks this transition is called an "equinox," and it happens twice every year, around March 21 and Sept. 21. Just what is an equinox, and why does it occur?

Ancient Forest Thaws From Melting Glacial Tomb

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Yahoo! News - Laura Poppick, 9/20/13


Ancient Forest Thaws From Melting Glacial Tomb


An ancient forest has thawed from under a melting glacier in Alaska and is now exposed to the world for the first time in more than 1,000 years.

Stumps and logs have been popping out from under southern Alaska's Mendenhall Glacier — a 36.8-square-mile (95.3 square kilometers) river of ice flowing into a lake near Juneau — for nearly the past 50 years. However, just within the past year or so, researchers based at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau have noticed considerably more trees popping up, many in their original upright position and some still bearing roots and even a bit of bark, the Juneau Empire first reported last week.

Magma Blob Beneath Afar Rift In Ethiopia Puzzles Scientists

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Huffington Post - 9/18/13, Becky Oskin


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Erta Ale, active volcano in the Afar Region of northeastern Ethiopia, at dawn. | Getty


The Afar Rift in Ethiopia is marked by enormous gashes that signal the breakup of the African continent and the beginnings of a new ocean basin, scientists think.

The fractures appear eerily similar to seafloor spreading centers, the volcanic ridges that mark the boundaries between two pieces of oceanic crust. Along the ridges, lava bubbles up and new crust is created, slowly widening the ocean basin.




A Dozen Rare Bumblebees Found in Oregon National Forest (+Video)

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Bumblebee Mount Hood: A Dozen Rare Bumblebees Found in Oregon National Forest (+Video)

Epoch Times - Zachary Stieber, 9/19/13


A dozen rare western bumblebees were discovered in western Oregon, around 15 years ago after the type of bee mysteriously dissipated west of the Cascade Mountains.



“In the last 15 years there have only been about 15 sightings of this bumblebee west of the Cascades,” Hatfield said in the announcement. “This discovery suggests that this species might have a chance to repopulate its range.”

4 Sky Events This Week: Harvest Moon, Green Giant, and Fall Equinox

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National Geographic - 9/16/13, Andrew Fazekas


This week the near full moon acts as a convenient guidepost for finding Uranus. Credit: Starry Night Software/ A.Fazekas

This week after darkness falls the near full moon
acts as a convenient guidepost for finding Uranus.
Credit: Starry Night Software/ A.Fazekas


This week two of the brightest planets join forces, and sky-watchers celebrate the change of seasons with a bright full moon.

Saturn and Venus.  Starting on Monday, September 16 after sunset, Venus and Saturn will be having a close encounter that will last most of the week.  Low in the southwest sky, the second planet from the Sun will be the first visible—as the brightest star-like object in the entire heavens.

Harvest Moon 2013: What You Need to Know

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The Harvest Moon for 2013 happens this Thursday, Sept. 19. (Stefan Seip/Astro Meeting/NASA)


Get ready for the Harvest Moon. Depending on where you live on the planet, it’s either Wednesday or Thursday of this week.  

“In traditional skylore, the Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox,” EarthSky reports, “and depending on the year, [it] can come anywhere from two weeks before to two weeks after the autumnal equinox.” For 2013, that changing of the seasons happens on September 22 — just a few days from now.




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