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President Obama’s Climate Speech: How it Played Out

On a hot and muggy Washington afternoon, President Obama, wiping sweat from his brow, announced that his administration intends to place limits on the greenhouse gas emissions of current and planned power plants and take a variety of other measures to reestablish American leadership in combating global warming… Read More

All-Time Heat Records Broken in . . . Alaska?!

For example, Talkeetna set an all-time high temperature record of 96°F on Monday, smashing their previous record of 91°F set a day earlier, and previously set in June of 1969. In fact, it was warmer in Talkeetna, which is about 110 miles north of Anchorage, than it was in Miami on Monday, based on data from the National Weather Service (NWS).… Read More

Tropical Storm Andrea Brings Heavy Rain to East Coast

Tropical Storm Andrea is weakening, but is dumping very heavy rain from South Carolina northeastward to Maine.… Read More

NASA’s Beautiful Animation of Hurricane Sandy’s Winds

NASA never fails to capture dazzling images of our home planet, and on Thursday it released an animation of 2012's Hurricane Sandy that almost — almost — makes you forget how devastating that storm actually was. It's a stunningly beautiful 43-second video, replete with its own soundtrack, albeit a soundtrack that evokes Yanni on Xanax.… Read More

Tropical Storm Andrea To Drench Florida, East Coast

Tropical Storm Andrea is likely to spread a plume of heavy rain from Florida to the Northeast during the next several days, potentially leading to flooding in some areas. Already, it is spreading heavy rain into water-logged Florida, where f… Read More

Killer El Reno Tornado Was Widest Ever Recorded: NWS

The tornado that struck El Reno, Okla., on May 31, killing four storm chasers including pioneering tornado researcher Tim Samaras, was an EF-5 twister, the strongest on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, the National Weather Service reported on Tuesday. The tornado had a stunning width of 2.6 miles, which makes it the widest tornado on record.… Read More

Oklahoma Facing Another Possible Tornado Outbreak

The severe thunderstorms are likely to form along a frontal zone that is draped from the Midwest down to the Plains, with a disturbance at the upper levels of the atmosphere adding a necessary spark to the already unstable situation.… Read More

Tornadoes Rake Okla., Kansas as Storm Threat Continues

Severe thunderstorms struck from Oklahoma all the way to Minnesota as a strong cold front edged eastward, plowing into warm and humid air as it did so. Strong upper level winds provided support for supercell thunderstorms, which are thunderstorms that have persistent rotation associated with them, and can cause tornadoes and damaging large hail.… Read More