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Our Daily Planet: Spring Snow and Malibu Mudslides

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Spring Snow: From Fargo To New York City, winter isn't fading without a fight. A late March snowstorm is sweeping across the Midwest and Northeast.

Iowa Tornadoes: At least two tornadoes hit central Iowa yesterday. No injuries were reported, but the twisters snapped trees and knocked down farm buildings. [Related: California Tornadoes: Strange But True .]

Oil-Covered Penguins: Oil from a wrecked freighter has covered 20,000 endangered penguins in the South Atlantic.

Malibu Mudslides: Record rainfall triggered flooding, mudslides and power outages in the Los Angeles area.

Previously on Our Daily Planet: California Tornado and Color Photos of 1914 Antarctica

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.