September 29th, 2010
11:10 AM ET

Tropical Storm Nicole forms, will bring heavy rain

This National Hurricane Center map shows the projected path of Tropical Storm Nicole.

Tropical Depression 16 has strengthened and formed Tropical Storm Nicole with maximum winds of 40 mph,  according to the National Hurricane Center.

However, the track for Nicole has shifted to the east, and the tropical storm warnings and watches have been discontinued for Florida.  Futhermore, the National Hurricane Center does not forecast Nicole to be a tropical storm past Thursday morning.

Heavy rain is still expected to affect the southeast coast beginning Thursday and through the weekend.

Five to 10 inches of rain are expected for the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, and Cuba, and isolated amounts of 20 inches are possible in higher elevations in Cuba and Jamaica. The rains could produce "life-threatening flash floods and mudslides," forecasters said.

Four to nine inches are possible over parts of southern Florida and the Bahamas.


May 7th, 2010
11:37 AM ET

Sun's halo - 'gift from God,' 'end of days' or just pretty?

iReporter David Cua captured this photo in Cebu City, Philippines.

This morning CNN iReport woke up to a flurry of photos of what look like a halo around the sun in Cebu, Philippines. iReporter David Cua, who shared the photo here, said he and his friends were trying to figure out what on earth it was they were seeing.

“Some thought it was a gift from God, others, a warning about the end of days,” he said. “I thought it was just something pretty.”

Actually, halos are an optical phenomenon that occur around the sun or the moon while there are very high cirrus clouds in the atmosphere. They can even be seen in very cold weather around street lamps or other artificial sources of light. FULL POST