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Tornadoes Rake Okla., Kansas as Storm Threat Continues

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

Rare May Snowstorm Annihilates Records in Midwest

Rare May Snowstorm Annihilates Records in Midwest

In Iowa, the 11 inches recorded at the town of Britt, which is in the north central part of the state, is also likely a state record. The 6.7 inches that fell in Des Moines was the biggest May snowstorm on record for that city as well. In Wisconsin, 16.2 inches fell at Ashland, which also set a state record for the heaviest May snowstorm on record.… Read More

Twin Cities Narrowly Escape Record May Snowstorm

Twin Cities Narrowly Escape Record May Snowstorm

Had the storm hit only 50 miles or so further northwest, the Twin Cities would have been in the bullseye for at least a foot of snow, which would have shattered the all-time May snowfall record there, which stands at just 3 inches.… Read More

A Record Lack of Rain in Drought-Stricken Nebraska

A Record Lack of Rain in Drought-Stricken Nebraska

As the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) stated in its monthly drought report, several states also blew away their previous records. "It should be noted that the dryness this year has been so extreme and persistent that, not only did several states rank driest for several time scales... but their records were by wide margins compared to the prev… Read More

Welcome Rains Are Forecast, But So Are Severe Storms

Welcome Rains Are Forecast, But So Are Severe Storms

Although it may spark damaging thunderstorms, drought relief is the bright side to this upcoming storm system. It is expected to provide beneficial rainfall, on the order of one to two inches, in some of the hardest hit states. Computer model projections show the likelihood for particularly heavy rains in parts of Oklahoma.… Read More

Image of the Day: Popcorn Prices Are Popping Up

Image of the Day: Popcorn Prices Are Popping Up

The 2012 historic drought on the Midwest has had myriad impacts, including sending popcorn prices soaring this summer, with buyers small and large scrambling for their supplies, the according to the Huffington Post. With more than 80 percent of U.S. popcorn production consumed domestically, Midwest farmers are eager to supply the demand and they'v… Read More

Extreme Heat Continues to Plague South Central States

Extreme Heat Continues to Plague South Central States

According to the National Weather Service, Tulsa, OK likely set a record on Monday for the warmest overnight low temperature since records began there, as the temperature failed to drop below a toasty 88°F through this Monday morning.… Read More

Stephen Colbert Warns of Drought’s “Arid Hellscape”

Stephen Colbert Warns of Drought’s “Arid Hellscape”

Colbert interviewed Bruce Babcock of Iowa State University regarding the economic ramifications of the drought. Regarding federal crop insurance, Colbert referred to the program as "Obamacare for corn."… Read More