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bjbjLULU JUDY WOODRUFF: Some of the biggest stories of 2011 involved extreme weather that wreaked havoc in many states and cities. As the year comes to a close, it’s sparking plenty of discussion in the world of science about the causes and meaning of those events. Hari Sreenivasan explores all that following some background. HARI

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(bright music) – Ah! Hi everybody and welcome to Some More News, a show that is this one. I’m your host and my name is News Dude. Thanks for tuning in. Now on Cody’s Showdy, another name for this show-dy, we tend to focus on bad news, you know, kids in cages, the rise of

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Hello! I’m a GOES-R series weather satellite orbiting 22,000 miles above Earth. I can see a lot of cool stuff from up here, and I take pictures of it with my spiffy camera that has 16 different settings. I have such good eyesight I can see clouds, snow, smoke, smog and ash, so I can

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NARRATOR: The notion that a drought in Indonesia or the Philippines could be caused by the same conditions that produced torrential rains in the United States, Peru and Chile might appear to the casual observer to defy logic. But in fact that’s exactly what can happen during the extraordinary chain events known as El Niño.

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[Captions are on. Lyrics will show up here] You probably think climate is weather now, weather now Weather and climate aren’t the same. But how? Yeah, but how? Weather’s short term it’s what’s outside right now, -side right now But climate’s a bigger thing over time and long lasting You probably think climate is weather

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[MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER: Climate change can be a confusing subject to talk about because so many people seem to confuse climate with weather. The world’s climate is not the same thing as the weather. But what does that mean? What exactly is the difference between weather and climate? Mostly, the difference is time. Weather is

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After a hurricane has formed, the National Weather Service will issue a Hurricane Watch if hurricane conditions are possible in your area within forty-eight hours. This is a good time to restock any emergency supplies, and review your emergency plan. Gather important documents – like the deed to your home and insurance policies – and

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