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Our Daily Planet: Whopper Winter Storm and Cyclone Yasi

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

Whopper Winter Storm: A massive winter storm is on the way and is expected to stretch from the Colorado Rockies to New England. The storm could impact 100 million people. In the words of CNN's Rob Marciano, "This baby is gonna be a beast."

Volcanic Eruption: Five days after Japan's Shinmoedake volcano erupted, the vent is still spewing ash into the sky. [Related: Japan's Mount Kirishima Volcano Erupts Explosively .]

Grand Canyon Trek: Looking for a low-tech adventure? Head for the Grand Canyon (opens in new tab).

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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.