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Cruise Ship Slams Into Pier Due To High Winds [PHOTOS]

As I mentioned yesterday, our family vacation was loaded with fun, but we also dealt with some chaos.

On the second morning of our cruise, the ship was scheduled to dock in Nassau at 6:30am.  Due to extremely high winds, the crew was unable to complete this task until closer to 8:30am.

As the ship was in the process of docking something went horribly wrong.

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The Best And Worst Vacation Ever [PHOTOS]

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.  That was truly the case during my family's recent vacation.

It started on Friday, December 30th as we loaded up the car and started to make our way south.  The next ten days provided experiences and memories we will not soon forget.

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What happened to our snow?

Aside from a storm which dumped 6-10” throughout Mid-Michigan on Nov. 30, Flint residents have barely needed to use their snow brushes so far this winter.

Meteorologists have gone as far as calling it a “snow drought,” noting that some parts of the state are 10, 20, even more than 30 inches behind what would be a normal winter of snow through early January.

But that’s not the only interesting weather trend we’ve seen lately. Click through to read more…

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Mother Nature’s Top 10 Freakout Moments of 2011

Every year, Mother Nature likes to remind us who’s the boss and 2011 was no different. In fact, it was the second most expensive year on record for insurers, costing $108 billion. Here’s a look back at the 10 most memorable natural disasters of 2011 in chronological order.

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Watch a Glorious Video of Our Planet at Its Most Stunning

For the past two years, videographer Tom Lowe has been shooting footage of the American Southwest for his upcoming ultra-HD time lapse feature film ‘TimeScapes.’

The new trailer has just been released online, and the footage Lowe has captured of both our planet’s natural and man-made beauty will make you proud to call Earth home.

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Alaska Man Stranded In Snow For Three Days Survives On Frozen Beer

Beer, a survival aid, not just for drinking anymore. A driver stranded in snow for three days at temperatures of minus 17 outside Nome, Alaska, has survived by eating frozen beer. As you read the story you might be thinking, well at least he survived. It was a very close call for Clifton Vial, 52.

Get the rest of the story after the jump.

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Alaska Man Stranded For Three Days Survives On Frozen Beer

I guess if you have to get stranded in Alaska, then this is the way to do it! A driver was stranded for three days with temperatures of minus 17 degeees. How to survive? Eat frozen beer!

Get the rest of the story after the jump.

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Flickr - Soren Hugger Moller
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Winter Prediction From National Weather Service

We all know that the weather is unpredictable, but the National Weather Service is the best hope we have for an accurate winter forecast. According to a "Winter Outlook"  posted yesterday by the NWS, here's what to expect this winter:

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Michigan Ski Areas Could Open This Weekend

While much of Michigan got some measurable snowfall Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, it wasn't quite enough to open your favorite ski slope.

The good news is that the colder temperatures that followed the snowstorm will allow Michigan ski resorts to make their own snow.

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Christmas At Crossroads “Holiday Magic” Starts Friday

If you're like me and need a little help to get into the Christmas spirit, a trip to Crossroads Village might just do the trick. Christmas at Crossroads "Holiday Magic" 2011 kicks off on Friday, November 25th and goes until December 30th. Enjoy holiday decorations throughout the Village, ride the Huckleberry Railroad which is also lit up for the holiday season, do arts and crafts, visit with Santa Claus or get your picture taken with one of his Reindeer.

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What Are the New Seven Wonders of Nature? [PHOTOS]

Votes have been cast, the results are in and the world has chosen seven new wonders of nature with some old favorites missing from the list.

On Friday, November 11, the New7Wonders organization announced the world’s choices for the new Seven Wonders of Nature to help commemorate the 11/11/11 date, and celebrate the natural beauty of the Earth.

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Hogsback Trail Race Makes Big Splash

Sunday morning was the 4th annual Hogsback Wilderness Trail Run at Genesee County Parks Elba Equestrian Center. The event featured the 5-mile "Whole Hog" and 2-mile "Piglet" races. Both races had two river crossings, plenty of shoe-sucking mud, and a climb up the Toboggan Hill that would take the breath away from even the best-conditioned athlete. Well over 200 people hit the trails (some of them literally) at this year's races. The overall winners were:

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