Extreme weather now normal across the globe
An 8-year-old Jordanian girl named Yafa watches the snow fall from her bedroom window in Amman this week. The storm dumped 2 feet of snow on many parts of Jordan, closing schools, stranding motorists and delaying international flights. Jordanian weatherman Mohammed Samawi called it the “fiercest storm to hit the Mideast in the month of January in at least 30 years.”
Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2013 12:00 am
WORCESTER, England — Britons may remember 2012 as the year the weather spun off its rails in a chaotic concoction of drought, deluge and flooding, but the unpredictability of it all turns out to have been all too predictable: Around the world, extreme has become the new commonplace.
Especially lately. China is enduring its coldest winter in nearly 30 years. Brazil is in the grip of a dreadful heat spell. Eastern Russia is so freezing — minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit and counting — that the traffic lights recently stopped working in the city of Yakutsk.
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