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Our Daily Planet: Denver Snow and Australia Floods

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

Snow No-Show: One normally snowy city has not seen much snow yet this season. Denver, Colo., is reporting only 1.5 inches of snow so far this year, but that could change soon.

Chesapeake Bay Rebound: The blue crab population is growing in the Chesapeake Bay, but the system's bays, marshes and rivers are still threatened by pollution.

San Francisco Bay Bill: A $1 billion bill to restore the San Francisco Bay wetlands died in Congress, but locals say they'll revive it next year.

Salmon Run Record: More than 2,300 chinook salmon, a threatened species, finished their fall run in one California river, up from 500 salmon last year.

Australia Floods: Rising rivers in parts of Australia's southern Queensland state have prompted mass evacuations.

Previously on Our Daily Planet: East Coast Blizzard and South Florida Freeze

Reach OurAmazingPlanet staff writer Brett Israel at bisrael@techmedianetwork.com. Follow him on Twitter @btisrael.

Brett Israel was a staff writer for Live Science with a focus on environmental issues. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from The University of Georgia, a master’s degree in journalism from New York University, and has studied doctorate-level biochemistry at Emory University.