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Poncho releases weather alarm app you can wake up to

Software app Poncho realized that people were already using their app to wake up to weather reports. Now the creative minds behind the app have added an actual alarm to the mix.

Free upgrades for stranded Chinese travellers

Bejing - Chinese rail authorities offered 10,000 stranded Lunar New Year travellers free upgrades to high-speed trains Wednesday as they tackled a huge backlog of passengers stuck in Guangzhou by snow and ice.

'Nearly 100,000' Chinese new year travellers stranded

Bejing - Tens of thousands of Lunar New Year travellers in China were stranded Tuesday at a station in Guangzhou, state media said, after snow and ice elsewhere disrupted the world's largest annual human migration.

Homeless Gazans struggle during harsh winter

Khan Yunis - Azza al-Najjar struggles in vain to keep her two-year-old warm by wrapping him in blankets in her prefabricated metal home as a winter storm lashes the Gaza Strip."The cold increases the suffering of people here," the 24-year-old mother says.

Airport reopens after snow strands 86,000 on S. Korea island

Seoul - The first flight in three days took off from the South Korean resort island of Jeju on Monday after the biggest snowfall in three decades shut the airport and stranded nearly 90,000 people.

US blizzard kills 25, Washington struggles to rebound

Washington - The eastern United States emerged wearily from a massive blizzard that dumped huge amounts of snow and killed at least 25 people, but Washington was still reeling, with government offices and schools to remain closed Monday.

Collosal blizzard shuts down eastern United States

New York - A near record blizzard smothered the eastern United States, shutting down New York and Washington in a colossal storm that left 15 people dead and affected some 85 million residents.

Garth Brooks postpones two shows due to inclement winter weather

Baltimore - Country superstar Garth Brooks has postponed two of his concerts in Baltimore, Maryland, due to inclement winter weather.

Washington an eerie ghost town as huge blizzard hits

Washington - Bus stops stand empty, mounds of snow in the place of passengers. A lone man stands outside the White House, the blizzard biting at his exposed ears.

Millions in US brace for monster blizzard

Washington - The eastern US braced Friday for a monstrous blizzard that has prompted thousands of flight cancelations and the looming shutdown of Washington's public transportation system.

China braces for worst cold in 30 years

Bejing - Schools have been suspended and emergency workers put on standby in China as the country braces for historically cold weather, including 30-year lows in places, the government and state media said Thursday.

Was 2015 hottest year on record? U.S. to make big reveal

Miami - US government scientists are widely expected to announce Wednesday that 2015 was the planet's hottest year in modern times, amid mounting concerns over the pace of climate change worldwide.

Two million Russians mark Epiphany with icy plunge

Moscow - An estimated two million Russians plunged into icy waters on Monday night and Tuesday to mark the Christian holiday of the Epiphany, when Orthodox believers take part in an outdoor purification ritual.

Charities warn of 'desperate' plight of refugees in snow

Belgrade - Leading children's charities warned Tuesday that young refugees are at serious risk from the bitterly cold Balkan weather, as figures showed 31,000 migrants have arrived in Greece already this year.

Alex, now a tropical storm, inflicts minor damage in Azores

Miami - Weather officials in the Azores on Friday canceled their storm warnings after Hurricane Alex skirted the eastern Atlantic islands, causing only minor damage before being downgraded to tropical-storm status.

Rare January hurricane forms in the Atlantic: Forecasters

Miami - Hurricane Alex formed in the Atlantic near the Azores Thursday, becoming the first such storm in January in nearly 80 years, US forecasters said.

Firefighters contain deadly Australian bushfire

Perth - Cooler temperatures and easing winds Monday helped firefighters contain a bushfire that killed two people and razed 143 properties, with clean-up efforts getting underway.

Two dead as firefighters battle huge Australia bushfire

Perth - Two people have died and more than a hundred homes have been destroyed in a huge bushfire, Australian authorities said Sunday, as firefighters battled to tame the out-of-control blaze.

Losses mount from west Australian bushfire

Perth - The number of homes lost in a bushfire in Western Australia rose on Saturday to 121, as officials admitted the emergency was not yet over with three people still unaccounted for.

Snow makes migrants' journey through Europe even harder

Sentilj - It's the first time that Arman Butt, a Pakistani man desperately seeking to reach western Europe, sees snow.But as the 30-year-old goes limp in the harsh chill, stuck at the Slovenian-Austrian border, he wishes it was not quite so cold.

First major El Nino storm hits California

Los Angeles - The first major El Nino storm of the season has battered southern California, bringing heavy rain to the drought-stricken region and causing flooding and mudslides in some areas.The National Weather Service said 1.42 inches (3.

Poland sub-zero weather 'kills 21'

Varsovia - Twenty-one people died over the weekend in Poland because of freezing weather amid one of the country's deadliest cold spells, the government said Monday."Twelve people died over the last 24 hours.

Pacific cyclone bears down on Fiji after brushing Tonga

Suva - Fiji warned residents to brace for destructive winds on Sunday as severe tropical cyclone Ula bears down on the Pacific nation.

Search for more victims as deadly U.S. floods stress levees

Chicago - Record flooding from the rain-swollen Mississippi River and its tributaries stressed dams and levees to the breaking point in parts of Illinois, one of several central US states reeling from winter storms that have killed some two dozen people.

Strangest of weather during December

The U.K. experienced stormy weather, a deluge of rain, and unusually warm temperatures throughout December as previous meteorological records have been broken.

Fears of more death, devastation in flood-ravaged Missouri

Chicago - Nervous residents in the flood-ravaged US state of Missouri waited anxiously Thursday to see how high the Mississippi River would rise, as the death toll from the record-breaking deluge hit 14.

Body recovered from river as UK reels from storms

London - The body of a kayaker who went missing during Storm Frank was recovered from a river on Thursday as Britain's battle with localised flooding stretched into the New Year.

Europe's winter warmth puts nature in tailspin

Rome - The daffodils are out in London, plum trees are blossoming in Milan and asparagus tips are pushing through the soil in eastern France.

Hundreds of flights grounded as snow blankets Istanbul

Istanbul - Hundreds of flights were cancelled on Thursday from Istanbul's two main airports after the city was hit by a picturesque but troublesome snowfall on the last day of the year.

Weird weather brings warm welcome to 2016

London - With temperatures above freezing at the North Pole, deadly tornadoes in Texas, extreme heat in Australia and floods in Britain and Missouri, the world is beset by extreme weather events as it welcomes 2016.
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Reverse (negative) images of snowflakes, meaning the white is background and the the black portions represent snow. Many of the particles are aggregates of "branched" and "needle" crystals. There are also "lumpier" particles with small spikes extending outward. In physics terms these shapes are named graupel or "graupel-like" snow.
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Rain drops still cling to the leaves of a shrub after a thunderstorm.
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A view of a hazelnut field in Çamaş district of Ordu province, Turkey.
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About to be hit with heavy rain, in the Red Deer River valley.
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Chuck kneels down to straighten his blankets before curling up to take a late afternoon nap.
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Toronto received Spring-like weather on Saturday and it prompted Torontonians from across the city to enjoy the weather, especially at the city's Harborfront.
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Water rises above a three story home in Braithewaite, Louisiana.
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Sun setting after the clouds move out.
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Snow in Lyon France, December 1st 2010
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Snow in Lyon, 13 November 2010
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Dogs adjusting to Chicago's blizzard of 2011