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Last week, millions in the Sidney, Australia, area faced flooding after rain amounts that used to fall in eight months came down in just four days. For the past two years, the region has been dealing with wet weather brought on by back-to-back La Niña conditions. And now it looks as though they—and also we—may be in for a third episode of the phenomenon that impacts global weather patterns.
Faraway oceans can be a tool for farmers and others in the U.S. Midwest to know when to plant, fertilize—or prepare for floods. According to a study from Pennsylvania State University and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, the salt content of the surface waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, and the Gulf of Mexico many miles from the corn belt can predict heavy summer rains.
Finland has long, dark, and cold winters—and up until recently, the country had relied, in small part, on imported Russian energy to provide light and heat. That supply came to an end with the invasion of Ukraine—and Moscow’s irritation at Finland’s application to join NATO.
Southern fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus quoyi) are the second largest cetaceans after blue whales. They are known to be super-fast swimmers, but their speed could not prevent nearly all of the creatures from being slaughtered in the 20th century as hunters decimated populations for their oil.