ISIS: A moniker no more

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If getting rid of ISIS were only that easy.

With the emergence of the Islamic State terror group, the World Meteorological Organization has removed the name from the official hurricane list, according to USA Today.

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Hurricane Iselle (left) is followed by Hurricane Julio as they approach Hawaii from the east in early August 2014. Photo: NASA/Jeff Schmaltz/LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response via Getty Images

Isis, an ancient Egyptian goddess, was on the list of names for 2016 for storms to form in the eastern Pacific. Its replacement? Ivette.

Names on the hurricane lists are recycled every six years, unless a storm causes enough damage that its name is retired, such as in the recent case of Odile, which walloped Mexico in September, killing 11 and causing in excess of $1 billion in damage.

 

 

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Dubai, or Mars?

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Under an orange haze caused by a huge sandstorm, the United Arab Emirates’ most populous city could have been mistaken for the Red Planet on Thursday.

Medical masks provide protection for tourists as they walk along a street in Dubai amid a sandstorm. (Photo: Marwan Naamani, AFP/Getty Images)

Medical masks provide protection for tourists as they walk along a street in Dubai.
Photo: Marwan Naamani, AFP/Getty Images

A Dubai metro train navigates through the haze. Photo: Photo: Marwan Naamani, AFP/Getty Images

A metro train disappears into the dust. Photo: Marwan Naamani, AFP/Getty Images

Migrant laborers shield themselves from the sand as they work at a construction site. Photo: Adam Schreck, AP

Migrant laborers shield themselves from the sand as they work at a construction site. Photo: Adam Schreck, AP

The sandstorm could last until the weekend, BBC reports.

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Photo: ‘Icebergs’ land on Cape Cod shore

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human-size-icebergs-photo-by-dapixaraThere’s so much ice in the Massachusetts Bay, a “once-in-a-generation” event has occurred, according to Eric Fisher, the chief meteorologist for the CBS affiliate in Boston.

“Human-size icebergs” on the Cape Cod National Seashore, exclaimed DAPIXARA, the local photographer whose pictures of the phenomenon have gone global via social media.

The giant chunks of ice are melting, Fisher assures his viewers.

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Massachusetts moneymaker: Snow only $89 a shipment!

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Pedestrians are forced to walk single file down on a Beacon Street sidewalk in Boston. | AP photo

Pedestrians are forced to walk single file down on a Beacon Street sidewalk in Boston. | AP photo

Yo! Want some snow?

Well, you might not want any, but think about those poor, deprived kids in Miami or L.A. basking in the winter sun who’ve never been able to have a snowball fight.

An entrepreneur near Boston, which has now gotten a record-breaking 100 inches+ of snow, has figured out how to make money off of Mother Nature: He’ll overnight a shipment of the white stuff for only $89, Boston.com reports. Continue reading

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