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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie visited Florida this weekend, on a trip likely intended to boost his profile as a potential presidential candidate. Instead, the scandal-plagued Republican arrived in the Sunshine State under a cloud. On Saturday Dawn Zimmer, the Democrat mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey, claimed in a television interview that two of Christie’s close aides had threatened to withhold Hurricane Sandy relief funds from her city if she continued to oppose a major property development plan backed by the Governor.

Extreme weather link 'can no longer be ignored'

Scientists to end 20-year reluctance with study into global warming and exceptional weather events

Steve Connor: It has been impossible to say these events were part of a bigger picture – until now

Meteorologists have always emphasised the difference between climate and weather, summing up the distinction by saying that "climate is what you expect, whereas weather is what you get".

Come rain or shine, they keep on forecasting

It's 150 years since the first public weather report. Paul Bignell and Matt Thomas mark a stormy history

Tom Bogdan: 'The sky at night stops me from sleeping'

The head of the world's only civilian operation to forecast solar storms is a worried man. Steve Connor reports

'I was reminded of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina – but the damage here is of a different degree'

David Usborne reports from the tornado-hit city of Joplin, Missouri, where the physical destruction is immense but the emotional scars are even greater

Zeitoun, By Dave Eggers

A hellish account of one man's experiences after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans may seem a perverse choice to recommend for anyone heading Stateside this summer, but it goes to the heart of America.

Paul Vallely: For those living on the margins, any change can prove fatal

There is nothing natural about the way that a billion people in the world cling to the extremity of existence

The cloud atlas

They're the most beautiful things that we barely even notice. A new book aims to fix that by finding the most spectacular images in the Met Office archives.

Video: Tornado death toll rises

The death toll from three days of severe weather across the Southern United States has risen to at least 43.

A Day That Shook The World: Hurricane Mitch

On 28 October 1998, Hurricane Mitch - a tropical storm in the south Caribbean - suddenly intensified into one of the worst hurricaines of the century.

Hurricane has the strength to storm up the hill

The one certainty about this afternoon's 81st Champion Hurdle is that there will be a new name on the roll of honour. The contest is one in which past winners commonly think they're hard enough to have another go; a record four did so as recently as two years ago, when Katchit, Sublimity, Brave Inca and Hardy Eustace were thwarted by Punjabi.

Hurricane Fly ready to claim the Champion Hurdle crown at last

Ireland's top hurdler, twice denied crack at blue riband by injury, can set record straight

Storms make a splash across the North

The waves came crashing in on Blackpool yesterday as high winds gusted across northern Britain.

Leading article: Exodus from a neglected American city

The latest census data about New Orleans confirm what has long been known, that the post-Katrina city is whiter – and therefore richer – but, above all, much smaller than before the storm. The population as recorded by the previous census in 2000 was more than 484,000.

Census reveals devastating effect of Katrina on New Orleans

The city's population has plummeted and is whiter, according to long-awaited figures
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