It’s January 2, 2006 and what are top weather stories today?
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Grassfires raged across the dry southern prairie Sunday, burning homes in Oklahoma City, destroying two small towns in Texas, and creating patchworks of flames as burning embers were blown by the gusting winds.
Dozens of fires burned across the dry Oklahoma landscape as the wind gusts reached 50 mph. In Texas, more than 20 fires sprang up, including a 22,400-acre blaze that threatened 200 homes near Carbon, about 125 miles west of Dallas.
Crews flying over northern and western Texas to assess the damage Sunday reported the tiny communities of Ringgold and Kokomo, together home to about 125 people, had essentially been wiped out by flames.
In New Mexico, just across the Texas line, two dozen elderly residents were moved out of a nursing home in Hobbs, and a casino and community college in the town of 29,000 were evacuated as firefighters battled grass fires that only began settling down as night fell and the winds eased.2nd Storm Prompts California Evacuations
GUERNEVILLE, Calif. (AP) – The second major storm in two days washed across Northern California on Sunday, prolonging the threat of flooding as residents tried to clean up thick layers of mud and debris left behind as the first wave of floodwater receded.
Hundreds of homes and businesses across the region had been inundated Saturday as heavy rain sent the Napa and Russian rivers spilling over their banks.
In many areas, the rivers and creeks were back in their banks Sunday, though some towns remained flooded or they flooded again as the rain, heavy at times, came and went throughout the day Sunday. The Sonoma County town of Guerneville was among those still fighting floodwater amid pouring rain.
At least 2 more inches of rain was forecast across Northern California on Sunday, on top of the 4 to 9 inches that had already swamped the region, the National Weather Service said.Tropical Storm Zeta Drifts Across Atlantic
MIAMI (AP) – Tropical Storm Zeta, the 27th named storm of a record-breaking hurricane season, maintained its strength as it drifted across the Atlantic on Sunday, but forecasters expected it to eventually weaken.
Aren’t we supposed to be talking about some massive snow storm burying the Eastern seaboard in several feet of snow?
It’s winter right?
It sure doesn’t feel like it…