Weather Articles

Winter Storm Inga Brings Snow, Ice to the South and East, Snarls Travel Along the Gulf Coast; Third Snow Event This Winter in Florida (RECAP)

By Chris Dolce
January 17, 2018

Inga's wintry mess impacted a large swath of the southern and eastern United States in mid-January.

Arctic Cold Returns, But Another January Thaw Will Provide Relief Late Week

By Chris Dolce
January 17, 2018

Another cold weather pattern has locked in east of the Rockies, but how long will it last?

Winter Storm Inga, Subsequent Cold Snap Kills at Least 10 in the South

By Ada Carr and Sean Breslin
January 17, 2018

Here are the latest impacts on the fourth winter storm of the season for the South.

New Snowmaker Taking Aim at the West, Plains and Midwest Into Next Week

By Chris Dolce
January 17, 2018

The next snowmaker will boost the Rockies snowpack and potentially create a wintry mess in the Plains and Midwest.

Southern California Mudslide Update: Major Coastal Highway Remains Closed; Missing Man Found

By Pam Wright
January 17, 2018

Ventura Freeway remains closed following the deadly mudslide.

Winter Storm Inga Brings Florida Its Third Snow Event This Winter

By Linda Lam
January 17, 2018

Isn't this the Sunshine State?

Alaska Sled Dog Race's Route Changed Because of Warm Weather

By Associated Press
January 17, 2018

It has been raining, not snowing, on the race route.

Snow and Sleet Covered the Ground in Parts of All 50 States Wednesday

By Chris Dolce
January 17, 2018

The U.S. had a very wintry feel this week.

Winter Storm Inga Pummels the South, Knocks Out Power to 100,000; at Least 5 Killed by Storm's Impacts and Frigid Cold

By Ada Carr and Sean Breslin
January 17, 2018

Here are the latest impacts on the fourth winter storm of the season for the South.

No Tornado-Related Deaths Have Occurred in the U.S. For a Record 240+ Days

By Chris Dolce
January 17, 2018

This tornado streak is a positive one.

Fata Morgana, a Creepy Optical Effect, Forms Over Fairbanks, Alaska

By Jonathan Erdman
January 17, 2018

Here's the science behind this strange optical illusion.

Much of the South Has Seen Snow Already This Season, and It's Only Mid-January

By Brian Donegan
January 17, 2018

Four separate winter storms have brought accumulating snow to the South since early December.

Winter Storm Inga Pummels the South: Tens of Thousands Lose Power, Emergencies Declared, Travel Crippled

By Ada Carr
January 17, 2018

Here are the latest impacts on the fourth winter storm of the season for the South.

Wow! Mid-South Experiences An Earthquake and a Snowstorm All On the Same Day

By Pam Wright
January 17, 2018

In the middle of Winter Storm Inga, residents in Tennessee were rattled by a magnitude 3.6 earthquake.

America's Coldest Outbreaks

By Jon Erdman
January 17, 2018

Think you're cold? Check out these incredible cold outbreaks.

Hurricane Irma Created a New Island Along the Georgia Coast

By Sean Breslin
January 16, 2018

Here's how this new island was created off the Georgia coast.

Coast Guard Called In to Help With Ice Jams Clogging Northeast Waterways

By Ada Carr
January 16, 2018

Frigid waters spilling from flooded rivers have prompted evacuations and water rescues.

Millions at Risk From Increased River Floods Triggered by Global Warming, Study Says

By Pam Wright
January 16, 2018

Researchers say the need for adaptation to increased risks of river flooding is a global problem.

Missing Man Found Safe After Deadly Southern California Mudslides

By Sean Breslin
January 15, 2018

It has been nearly a week since the deadly mudslides in Montecito, but officials are still looking for the missing.

What’s Behind the Cold Snaps and Does Climate Change Have Anything to Do With Them?

By Sean Breslin
January 15, 2018

Here's what the experts are saying about this topic.

Featured Blogs

Meteorology of Saturday's Colombian Flood Disaster That Killed 254

By Dr. Jeff Masters
April 3, 2017

At least 254 people were killed in the in the city of Mocoa (population 40,000) in southwest Colombia near the border of Ecuador early Saturday, when torrential rains triggered a debris flow on a nearby mountain that surged into the town as a huge wall of water carrying tons of mud and debris. The disaster is the fourth deadliest weather-related disaster in Colombia’s recorded history.

Iconic American Destination Virtually Isolated for Rest of Year

By Christopher C. Burt
March 24, 2017

Half of the village of Big Sur, on the coast of central California, has lost its only access to the north following the demolition of the flood-damaged Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge along State Route 1 (also Rt. 1 or SR 1) on March 19. Although Rt. 1 to the south of Big Sur has reopened to traffic (after mud and rock slides were cleared) it is a long 70-mile journey along the windy but spectacular highway to Cambria, the next town of any significance where supplies can be had. CalTrans (California Department of Transportation) estimates it will take 6-9 months to rebuild a new bridge over the canyon.

An extraordinary meteorological event; was one of its results a 1000-year flood?

By Stu Ostro
October 5, 2015

The confluence of meteorological ingredients the first weekend in October 2015 resulted in an extraordinary weather event with severe impacts. Was one of them a 1000-year flood?

Why the Arrest of a Science-Loving 14-year-old Matters

By Shaun Tanner
September 16, 2015

By now, many of you have heard or read about the arrest of Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old high school student from Irving, Texas. Ahmed was arrested because school officials called the police after he showed one of his teachers his homemade clock. Mistaken for a bomb, Ahmed was taken into custody, interrogated, shamed, suspended (still on suspension today, Wednesday), and reprimanded. All of this after it has been found that the "device" he brought to school was indeed, a homemade clock.

2013-14 - An Interesting Winter From A to Z

By Tom Niziol
May 15, 2014

It was a very interesting winter across a good part of the nation from the Rockies through the Plains to the Northeast. Let's break down the most significant winter storms on a month by month basis.

What the 5th IPCC Assessment Doesn't Include

By
September 27, 2013

Melting permafrost has the potential to release an additional 1.5 trillion tons of carbon into the atmosphere, and could increase our global average temperature by 1.5°F in addition to our day-to-day human emissions. However, this effect is not included in the IPCC report issued Friday morning, which means the estimates of how Earth's climate will change are likely on the conservative side.

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