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Each weekday morning, OurAmazingPlanet takes the pulse of the Earth, reporting on natural phenomena and exploration news from around the globe.

Snow Record: New York City is the new Buffalo. The Big Apple needs one more inch of snow by Tuesday to set a monthly record. Of the city's top 10 snow storms of all time, three hit in the past 11 months. [Related: What is Thundersnow? ]

Pygmy Killer Whales: For the first time, scientists have tracked two pygmy killer whales to the Hawaiian Islands, providing a glimpse of where the big marine mammals hang out.

Australia's Green Cuts: To find money to fund flood relief, Australia is forced to cut funding to many environmental programs.

McKinley Expedition Abandoned: The man who was attempting to become the first solo climber of North America's tallest peak in January was forced to abandon his quest.

Previously on Our Daily Planet: Record Snowfall and Lion Meat Tacos

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