Feb 02, 2007
South Florida SET RECORDS Friday for summer-like weather - temperatures hit 89 degree in Ft. Lauderdale, breaking the previous Groundhog Day record by three degrees, and tied the current record of 87 degrees in Miami. The record-breaking heat was credited to a mass of warm air which had moved in from the Gulf of Mexico. A cold front caused the tornados in Central Florida Friday.
HEAT/ WILDFIRESForest Fires Engulf Homes In Australia
A woman died and six houses were destroyed by forest fires that have raged on Australia's west coast for the past three days.
CHINA - Two wildfires in Hunan Province in central China killed at least seven people. One fire was set by villagers burning weeds in Hengyang to allow trees to grow back. The fire began burning out of control, injuring one person and killing five in the group, while seven people escaped unscathed. More than 300 people, including 89 police officers, fought the blaze. Two people were killed in another blaze near the provincial capital, Changsha. The head of the Hunan forest police bureau warned residents of the province to be careful about outdoor fires. He said this year is a bad one for wildfires.
CALIFORNIA - Cal Fire has suspended all outdoor burning because dry weather this winter has led to a rise in wildfire danger. The state usually sees a peak in fire danger in summer and fall, but the lack of rain and snow has made this winter different than most. The Sacramento region experienced the driest January on record. Cal Fire crews said in a matter of seconds, a debris fire can quickly get out of control. "All up and down Northern California right now, we're seeing fires that we'd not normally see until June."