Congress approved $23.7 million in funding for the National Weather Service to improve forecasting computers.
The increased use of herbicides to kill weeds both on farm crops and along roads has reduced the amount of Milkweed available for the butterflies to lay their eggs on.
Early Iditarod qualifying races were canceled in late December and early January due to poor snow cover.
Oil and natural gas companies have shut down production and evacuated offshore deep sea drilling platforms due to the intensifying weather caused by Tropical Storm Debby in the Gulf of Mexico.
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