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Many extreme weather events can be traced back to an atmospheric 'traffic jam,' study suggests

Many extreme weather events can be traced back to an atmospheric 'traffic jam,' study suggests When weather patterns hit a traffic jam, extreme events often result.The study pinpoints a phenomenon known as "planetary wave resonance" for trapping the storm above the Balkans.

Stoical Londoners battle downpours and flooding to vote in the EU referendum

Downpours and thunderstorms greeted British voters in southeast England on the day they cast their votes in the historic referendum on the UK's membership in the European Union.Around 60 homes were flooded in Romford, in east London as a month's rain fell in a few hours during the storms.

The supervolcano that may have killed off Europe's Neanderthals is stirring again

The supervolcano that may have killed off Europe's Neanderthals is stirring again The Phlegraean Fields (Italian: Campi Flegrei) are a series of craters and volcanic areas located near Naples, Italy.Like the Yellowstone caldera in the United States, the Phlegraean Fields have previously demonstrated a capacity for titanic eruptions.

The devastating 1889 Johnstown Flood killed over 2,000 people in minutes

The devastating 1889 Johnstown Flood killed over 2,000 people in minutes On the morning of May 31, 1889, Elias Unger, the president of Pennsylvania’s South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, awoke from a night of heavy rain to an impending catastrophe.Just below his home, swollen by ongoing rainfall, the artificial reservoir of Lake Conemaugh appeared to be on the verge of overwhelming the notoriously leaky South Fork Dam impounding it.

Nation's biggest dam overflows into emergency spillway for first time in 50 years

Nation's biggest dam overflows into emergency spillway for first time in 50 years At Lake Oroville, a major man-made reservoir, water began flowing over a never-before-used emergency spillway at the Oroville Dam.The 770-foot-tall dam — the tallest in the country — lies about 150 miles northeast of San Francisco.

Crazy storm has streets of L.A. swallowing cars whole

Crazy storm has streets of L.A. swallowing cars whole Downpours are expected to target Northern California next, putting even more pressure on water infrastructure like the Oroville Dam.In San Bernardino County, a big rig and a fire truck rolled off the edge of Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass.

Strange things are happening off the coast of Peru

Strange things are happening off the coast of Peru An unexpected warmup in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean is causing heavy rains to repeatedly batter Peru, causing some of the worst flooding in decades.) However, a separate, more localized version — called a "coastal El Niño" — recently formed along the Peruvian coast.

Aerial footage shows avalanche of mud in major Colombia floods

Aerial footage shows avalanche of mud in major Colombia floods Floodwaters from three swollen rivers surged through a Colombian city this weekend, burying homes under an avalanche of mud and rocks.Aerial survey footage by the Colombian Air Force shows the scale of devastation in Mocoa, the capital of the southwestern Putamayo province.

Ice age waterfalls caused the original 'Brexit,' scientists say

Ice age waterfalls caused the original 'Brexit,' scientists say But the island's original split from mainland Europe actually happened hundreds of thousands of years ago.Researchers have a new theory for how this prehistoric "Brexit" likely went down: first with an overflowing glacial lake, and later with a catastrophic flood.

Five-storey building falls into the river, after being pounded by rain for days

Five-storey building falls into the river, after being pounded by rain for days A five-storey building collapsed after days of torrential rain pounding south-western China.The floodwaters washed away the building's foundation, which led to it collapsing: Fortunately, the building was evacuated before it collapsed.

No need to worry, just hundreds of thousands of fire ants forming living towers

No need to worry, just hundreds of thousands of fire ants forming living towers Scientists have made a terrible, yet fascinating, discovery: fire ants can form into living towers to survive flooding.The insects have shown their survivor instincts before by forming rafts made up of thousands of ants, as seen above in footage captured in Texas last month.

The moment a Buddhist temple got completely washed away in a flood in Myanmar

The moment a Buddhist temple got completely washed away in a flood in Myanmar A Buddhist temple in Myanmar has been swallowed by floodwaters in the wake of heavy monsoon rains.Here's the dramatic moment it happened: As well as the full footage of the incident:  The footage was taken by a Buddhist monk from the temple, who said the pagoda was destroyed last Thursday.