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Northern Lights Seen Down South

A dazzling display of the Northern Lights amazed and delighted skywatchers across North America from Canada all the way south to Arkansas Monday night, October 24th, painting the sky with striking green and even rare red hues.

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Fire Danger Continues Despite Cooler Weather

The Texas Forest Service and local fire departments say despite the cooler weather, and a little rain here and there, the state's high fire danger hasn't gone away.

Here in east Texas, conditions are dry as they've ever been, and the bans on outdoor burning are still in effect.

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Warm Today — Chilly Tomorrow

We have good news and we have bad news.  The good news is that the first strong cold front of the season is expected to push through east Texas tonight or early tomorrow. The bad news is that it won't bring much if any rain with it.

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‘Hairy Crazy Ants’ Invade Florida, Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana [VIDEO]

If ants creep you out, this particular breed will truly give you nightmares.

Dubbed “hairy crazy ants,” they move at warp speed and little deters them. In fact, if one is killed, it releases a chemical cue for the others to attack the threat — making standard pesticides nearly useless.

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Climatologist Says Drought Could Last Until 2020

Oh joy.  Another decade of this?  That's what weather experts are saying.  The state climatologist for Texas says the record drought of 2011 could be just the beginning of a long dry spell that could last until 2020 or beyond.

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East Texas Forest Economy Takes Huge Hit from Wildfires

We've known for some time that this year's wildfire season has been the worst in the state's history, but now we know what that means in dollars and cents for the east Texas timber industry.

The Texas Forest Service reports over the last 10 months, east Texas wildfires have wiped out more than $97 million worth of the region’s trees.

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TFS Says Crooks Use Drought Fears to Cheat Landowners

The Texas Forest Service says scam artists are using extreme drought conditions and a tough economy to swindle landowners into making bad deals on timber sales.

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Massive Blackout Leaves Parts of the Western US and Mexico in the Dark

Almost six million people in Southern California, Arizona, and Mexico found themselves without power Thursday after something went awry while an employee was carrying out a procedure at an Arizona substation, triggering a massive blackout.

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