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Severe thunderstorm downed trees, power lines in southern Maine

Just over 600 people were still without power mid-morning Tuesday after a mighty thunderstorm downed power lines and trees across southern Maine Monday night.

That was down from the more than 1,000 Central Maine Power Co. customers without electricity at 8 a.m., most of whom resided in Cumberland and York counties, where the stormed rolled through as the sun set Monday.

Heat, air quality alerts issued for parts of coastal Maine

Hot, muggy weather that could push Maine close to 100 degrees along the coast Monday — especially in the southwest — has prompted warnings about heat and air quality.

Temperatures in York and Cumberland counties are expected to reach into the upper 90s during the day Monday, when it will be hottest between noon and 4 p.m., according to National Weather Service, which issued a heat advisory for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The County sets new weather records for low temperatures this week

CARIBOU, Maine — A few Northern Maine weather records fell this week.

Among them, a new low was set Friday for any June 15 in recorded history. Tim Duda, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Caribou, said that the low temperature of 37 degrees Friday was one degree below the record of 38 degrees that was set on June 15 in 1997.

Weatherwatch: Mauvoisin disaster triggered scientific interest in glaciers

A ‘glacial lake outburst flood’ killed 44 people and many animals in 1818 in Switzerland

In June 1818, ice falling from the tongue of the Giétro glacier had in effect blocked the valley of Mauvoisin in Switzerland. Water was building up behind this ice dam to dangerous levels, and engineers were called in to release it gradually. They drilled a hole through the ice, but it did not relieve the water pressure quickly enough. On 16 June at 4.30pm the ice dam burst, disintegrating and releasing all the water at once.

Extreme fire danger forces another national forest to close

Extreme fire danger prompted officials to shut down a sprawling forest that includes some of Colorado’s most stunning mountains in a region that attracts tourists from around the world, a rare tactic also being used in neighboring states as the U.S. Southwest struggles with severe drought.

National forests and parks in Arizona and New Mexico have already been shut down as precautions.

After hottest May on record, fine weather will last until autumn

Britons will bask in above-average temperatures for next few months, says Met Office

Britons can look forward to a hotter-than-average summer this year, according to forecasters who expect the recent spell of good weather to continue over the next three months.

With the country still basking in the glow of the warmest and sunniest May on record, the Met Office anticipates that the fine weather will last throughout June, July and August.

Hurricanes are traveling more slowly – which makes them even more dangerous

The globe’s hurricanes have seen a striking slowdown in their speed of movement across landscapes and seascapes over the past 65 years, a finding that suggests rising rainfall and storm-surge risks, according to research reported Wednesday.

The study in the journal Nature, finds a 10 percent slowdown in storm speed between 1949 and 2016. It points directly to the example of Hurricane Harvey, whose catastrophic rains were enabled by the storm’s lingering in the Houston area for such a long period.

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