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Watch Surfers Take On 7-Foot Waves On Lake Tahoe

The "Pineapple Express" storm is roiling the lake's waters

A huge storm hit Northern California on Thursday and stirred up the waters of Lake Tahoe enough that surfers were able to catch waves on the lake’s shores.

According to the National Weather Service, the “Pineapple Express” storm (so-called for its Hawaiian origins) caused waves to hit around 7 feet, and conditions were considered “dangerous” for water activities. But that didn’t stop thrill-seekers from putting on their wetsuits and hitting the chilly waters. Surfing is normally only possible on the lake during storms like this.

[Mashable]

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A Rare Weather Phenomenon Is Causing a Sea of Clouds to Fill the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Clouds
This photo provided by the National Park Service shows dense clouds at the south rim of the Grand Canyon on Dec. 11, 2014 in Arizona. Maci MacPherson—;AP

The fog is able to stick and build up in the Grand Canyon when there is no wind

A rare weather phenomenon has caused the Grand Canyon to fill up with fog.

The weather pattern is called a “total cloud inversion” and occurs when clouds are forced down by warm air and cannot rise, the Associated Press reports.

Instead of the usual stunning views, visitors to the national park gaze out over a fluffy white blanket.

The National Weather Service in Arizona says the phenomenon happens every few years.

For those planning on visiting one of the world’s most famous natural wonders, the fog is expected to dissipate after Thursday.

[AP]

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Storm Hitting California May Be Worst in 5 Years

Hurricane-force winds, sheets of rain and heavy snow in the mountains

A storm described as perhaps the strongest to hit California in five years barreled in from the Pacific Ocean on Thursday and hammered the state with all manner of weather misery — hurricane-force winds, sheets of rain and heavy snow in the mountains.

More than 200,000 customers lost power in and around San Francisco, including more than 80,000 when a power station was flooded.

Trees were toppled, cars crashed, and scattered flooding was reported. In Santa Cruz, an 80-foot tree fell and pinned an elementary school student for 15 minutes until rescuers freed him with chain saws. He was in good condition at a hospital…

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Thousands Lose Power in San Francisco

California Storms
A bus passes through a flooded roadway on Dec. 11, 2014, in Mill Valley, Calif. Eric Risberg—AP

More than 50,000 affected by storm blackouts

The major storm moving through northern California is leaving a trail of power outages in its wake.

More than 21,000 PG&E customers were without power in San Francisco early Thursday morning, CBS reports, and there was no estimate of when the power will be restored. PG&E later said the outage was affecting more than 50,000 people.

The region is getting drenched by a storm that the National Weather Service predicted would be one of the area’s “strongest storms in terms of wind and rain” in five years. More than four inches of rain had already been reported in Sonoma County before dawn, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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Sailor Survives Being Stranded at Sea for 12 Days

The fish he caught to eat "wasn’t as good as a sushi bar"

A sailor who had been missing since Thanksgiving and found south of Hawaii on Tuesday has returned to shore, Coast Guard officials said Wednesday, days after the search had been called off.

Ron Ingraham is an experienced sailor but sent out distress calls on a recent trip between the Hawaiian islands of Molokai and Lanai, alerting maritime officials that his boat was in danger of sinking, according to a Coast Guard report about his rescue. After a hard wave hit his 25-foot vessel, knocking him off and damaging his radio, he towed himself back to the boat. But after the search came up empty, it was called off.

On Tuesday, however, Ingraham sent a mayday call that saved his life. Coast Guard officials responded and found Ingraham weak, hungry, and dehydrated.

He was able to subside on his boat for 12 days by catching fish, Ingraham told ABC News. “It wasn’t as good as a sushi bar, but that’s how I hydrated.”

[ABC News]

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Both U.S. Coasts Being Battered by Big Storms

A man walks in snow in Pittsfield, Mass., as snow accumulates on the sidewalk on Dec. 10, 2014.
A man walks in snow in Pittsfield, Mass., as snow accumulates on the sidewalk on Dec. 10, 2014. Ben Garver—AP

Rain soaks the northeast as California prepares for a nasty storm

Florida got 5½ inches of snow Wednesday morning — and so did many other cities in the Northeast (Florida is a town of about 675 people in northwestern Massachusetts) as a nor’easter that has already caused wind and flood damage picked up fresh energy on its way to Canada.

Meanwhile, in drought-stricken California, schools were closing and residents were locking up ahead of a storm that the National Weather Service said could turn out to be one of the biggest in five years.

The nor’easter along the Atlantic coast mainly dropped buckets of rain Wednesday on Northeast cities like New York, Philadelphia and Washington…

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Morning Must Reads: December 10

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson—Getty Images

TIME’s Person of the Year: The Ebola Fighters

Doctors who wouldn’t quit even as their colleagues fell ill and died; nurses comforting patients while standing in slurries of mud, vomit and feces. The Ebola Fighters are the TIME Person of the Year

Senate Torture Report Reveals Horrors

A Senate report says the CIA’s interrogation methods of al-Qaeda suspects after 9/11 were brutal and possibly illegal, that they were poorly managed, and that the agency misrepresented it to the White House, the Justice Department and Congress

Winter Storm Hits Northeast

A winter storm brought rain, heavy winds and snow to the region, prompting hundreds of flight cancellations and flooding concerns

Prosecutors in San Francisco and Los Angeles Sue Uber

Prosecutors announced a settlement with ride-sharing company Lyft for making “false and misleading statements” to consumers about background checks for vetting drivers, but filed a similar lawsuit against Uber

Malala Wants to Be Pakistan’s Prime Minister

The young Pakistani activist who survived a brutal attack by the Taliban and won a Nobel Peace Prize said she still hopes to achieve much more and even become Prime Minister of Pakistan one day

LeBron Kind of Broke Royal Protocol With Kate

To Americans, there was nothing strange about LeBron James putting his arm around Kate to pose for a photograph. To the British, though, merely touching the Duchess of Cambridge represents a serious breach in etiquette

Lawmaker to Propose LGBT Nondiscrimination Bill

Oregon Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley will propose a broad measure aimed at preventing discrimination against LGBT Americans, not just in employment but also with regard to public accommodations, housing, jury service and financial transactions

Cuba Gooding Jr. to Play O.J. Simpson in Trial Drama

Cuba Gooding Jr. has been cast as O.J. Simpson in the first season of FX’s new series American Crime Story, which takes as its subject the 1995 murder trial of the infamous ex-footballer. Producer Ryan Murphy said the new series does not have an official premier date

Lawmakers Agree on Bill to Avert Government Shutdown

Republicans and Democrats agreed on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to avoid a government shutdown and delay a politically-charged struggle over President Barack Obama’s new immigration policy until the new year

Lena Dunham Defends Writing on Past Sexual Assault

Lena Dunham defended writing in her recent memoir about being sexually assaulted while in college. “Speaking out was never about exposing the man who assaulted me,” she said. “Rather, it was about exposing my shame, letting it dry out in the sun”

Final Countdown for Hong Kong’s Protest Camps

The 74-day occupation by pro-democracy protesters in central Hong Kong will likely end Thursday when authorities clear protest camps from several areas, but demonstrators vow that the battle for the city’s political future will continue

Panthers’ Cam Newton Fractures Back in Car Crash

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has two fractures in his lower back after a car accident in Charlotte. Newton was in fair condition and expected to remain in the hospital overnight on Tuesday

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Winter Storm Hits Northeast With Flood Concerns and Travel Delays

Snow and rain expected across the region through Thursday

A winter storm brought rain, heavy winds and snow to the Northeast on Tuesday, prompting hundreds of flight cancellations and flooding concerns.

The storm will continue to drench the I-95 corridor from Boston to D.C. over the next two days, while mountainous areas in the interior Northeast and northern New England are set for icy road conditions and up to two feet of snow, USA Today reports. And more than 800 cancelled flights and 2,000 delays were reported as of Tuesday evening.

The storm is expected to continue across the region through Thursday.

[USA Today]

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Nor’easter Set to Bring 2 Days of Heavy Winds and Rain

Prompting winter storm watches and warnings in six states

A second nor’easter in two weeks will slug the Interstate 95 corridor starting Tuesday, prompting winter storm watches and warnings in six states. The storm is expected to arrive Tuesday with strong winds and 2 inches of rain from Maine to New Jersey, according to The Weather Channel. Flood watches were posted by the National Weather Service over much of southern New England south into New Jersey, including the New York City region, Boston and Hartford, Connecticut.

The storm is expected to be a long, drawn-out affair, dropping heavy rain on some parts of New England as late as Thursday night…

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Mighty Typhoon Barrels Straight Toward the Philippines

At least 600,000 people have already evacuated their homes

A destructive typhoon with sustained winds of 109 miles-per-hour caused thousands to flee for safety, as it churned its way Saturday toward the Philippines, a country that was ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan a little more than a year ago.

The new storm, Typhoon Hagupit, has already forced at least 600,000 people to evacuate their homes, the Associated Press reported. With gusts up to 130 miles-per-hour and rain clouds that stretch for more than 370 miles, the storm is not expected to be as devastating as Haiyan, but could still cause heavy damage in the country. Downed trees and power outages were already being reported early Saturday before the typhoon made landfall Saturday night.

[AP]

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