Tuesday 13 January 1998
Peru: According to the Peruvian Ocean Institute, the El Nino warm water mass is starting to disappear. An analysis of satellite photographs has shown that a deep cold water current is rising to the surface, displacing El Nino's warm water towards the Peruvian coast.
England: Record January temperatures have been blamed on El Nino, which has resulted in unseasonally warm air in the South Atlantic, brought here by south-westerly winds.
Israel: A huge snowfall in Jerusalem has solved a mystery for one tourist. John Vest, a visitor from Florida, said yesterday: "In the Bible, in the Psalms, when David says 'white as snow', I always wondered how he knew what snow was like. Now I know."
United States: An estimated half a million people were without power after an icy storm hit Maine and northern New York. Power lines were down, and hundreds of families were forced into emergency shelters. This is the kind of damage you'd see in a wartime situation," said a spokesman for a power company. El Nino was held to blame for three days of freezing rain. "It's impossible to exaggerate the devastation," said Angus King, the Governor of Maine.
Canada: An ice storm has effectively closed down Montreal for the past four days.Yesterday, schools, businesses, institutions and industry were again requested not to open. The damage has been estimated at more than $1bn, making it the country's costliest ever natural disaster for the insurance industry. At least 15 deaths in Canada have been blamed on the ice storm.
China: Unusually warm winter weather may add to the problems of what is already the country's worst drought for 30 years.
Britain: William Hill has cut the odds against the temperature reaching 100F anywhere in the UK in 1998 from 25-1 to 20-1.
Life & Style blogs
City traders pay £200 for a quick hangover cure
Stephen Hawking: NHS is Britain's finest public service and must be preserved from commercial interests
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
The Pirate Bay is back — but key staff have left to start a rival site
Eight-year-old girl Camilla Lisant suggests possible cancer treatment to her scientist father over the dinner table
Stephen Fry explains what he would say if he was 'confronted by God'
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
President Putin is a dangerous psychopath - reason is not going to work with him
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign
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- 2 Stephen Fry explains what he would say if he was 'confronted by God'
- 3 Jewish community urged to boycott Cornwall village after residents vote for 'Hitlers Walk' sign to be reinstated
- 4 Benedict Cumberbatch's Alan Turing gay-rights campaign snubbed by Prince William and Kate Middleton
- 5 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
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