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Israeli Troops Swap Guns for Computers as Cyber Attacks Rise

At an army base outside Tel Aviv, soldiers sit in front of screens glued to scrolling colored computer code, keyboards at the ready to deflect attacks. They’re Israel’s cyber defense team in training, among the uniformed men and women learning how to stalk hackers and pounce on virtual enemies as the state shields everything from ministry websites to the systems running the… Read more →

Despite Heavy Rains, Drought Persists

The national drought footprint shrank slightly this week, as heavy rains fell across the South, Southeast, Midwest and parts of the Mid-Atlantic states, and major snowfall blanketed parts of the Rocky Mountains and Northern Cascades, bringing relief to those regions. However, the hardest-hit drought region — the Great Plains — continued to experience drier-than-average conditions, with the drought continuing to… Read more →

2012 was warmest and second most extreme year on record for the contiguous U.S.

2012 was a historic year for extreme weather that included drought, wildfires, hurricanes and storms; however, tornado activity was below average 2012 marked the warmest year on record for the contiguous United States with the year consisting of a record warm spring, second warmest summer, fourth warmest winter and a warmer-than-average autumn. The average temperature for 2012 was 55.3°F, 3.2°F… Read more →

Firefighters battle blazes on ‘dangerous day’ in Australia

(CNN) – Soaring temperatures and strong winds have combined to create a “catastrophic” fire threat across the southeast Australian state of New South Wales. Residents have been warned to remain vigilant as temperatures rise towards a predicted high of 43 degrees (109 degrees Fahrenheit) in the state capital of Sydney. In some areas of the state, winds of more than 70 kilometers an… Read more →

UK: 2012 was second wettest year on record

Flooding and “extreme” rain could become far more commonplace in the UK Photo: Rui Vieira/PA The total rainfall of 1330.7mm (52.38in) was just 6.6mm (0.25in) less than the wettest ever year, 2000, despite Britain experiencing a drought for the first three months of 2012. But the picture varied widely across the country, with 2012 being the wettest ever year in England,… Read more →

US reportedly tested secret ‘tsunami bomb’ off New Zealand coast

A giant wave lashes a popular promenade in Bombay, India. (AP Photo/Sherwin Crasto) Newly uncovered research reveals the United States and New Zealand tested a “tsunami bomb” during World War II, the Telegraph reports. The bomb reportedly uses underwater blasts to trigger massive tidal waves designed to destroy coastal cities. New Zealand author and filmmaker Ray Waru uncovered the top secret… Read more →

U.S. Drought Monitor

The U.S. Drought Monitor is unique, blending numeric measures of drought and experts’ best judgment into a single map every week. It started in 1999 as a federal, state, and academic partnership, growing out of a Western Governors’ Association initiative to provide timely and understandable scientific information on water supply and drought for policymakers. The Monitor is produced by a rotating group… Read more →