Micronesia's Caroline Islands have been taking a beating today from Category 5 Super Typhoon Maysak.
As of 2 p.m. today EDT (morning on Wednesday in Micronesia), the Joint Typhoon Warning Center pegged Maysak's strongest sustained winds at 160 miles per hour, with gusts to 195 mph.
This makes Maysak "one of only three Category 5 storms ever observed in the Northwestern Pacific prior to April," according to Jeff Masters of Weather Underground.
Also, Maysak's development has caused tw
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On March 18th, I posted a story about the other big drought story you need to pay attention to — not the one in California, which has been garnering most of the headlines but the one that has been afflicting the Colorado River Basin.
Since then, I've been keeping an eye on how our snowpack has been doing. And now, at the end of the month, I'm sorry to report that it's not doing well at all.
The main culprit: High temperatures — outrageously so in some areas — have […]