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Twisters Past and Present: Interactive Tornado Tracker

Twisters Past and Present: Interactive Tornado Tracker

The tracker plots tornado reports from the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., and is updated frequently to capture breaking events. This tracker shows reported tornadoes, not confirmed tornadoes. The National Weather Service conducts damage assessment surveys after tornadoes are reported to determine if a tornado actually touched down, and i… Read More

Monster Cyclone Phailin Poses Deadly Threat to India

Monster Cyclone Phailin Poses Deadly Threat to India

Tropical Cyclone Phailin may be comparable in size and strength to 1999’s Odisha Cyclone, if not a bit stronger than that storm, which also struck India’s east coast. That storm hit the coast near the city of Bhubaneswar as a Category 4 storm with 155 mph sustained winds, driving a surge nearly 20 feet high onto the coast.… Read More

The Most Detailed Visuals of Hurricane Sandy, Revealed

The Most Detailed Visuals of Hurricane Sandy, Revealed

Scientists have developed awe-inspiring visualizations of Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the Mid-Atlantic states one year ago next month. The visualizations, created using state-of-the-art computer models, amount to some of most detailed looks at any hurricane to date. Scientists based at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder … Read More

Shutdown Silences Weather and Climate Social Media

Shutdown Silences Weather and Climate Social Media

On Tuesday at 12 a.m. ET, the federal government shutdown after Congress failed to pass a budget. The shutdown starts on a day when Yosemite National Park turns 123 years old and NASA celebrates its 55th birthday, but that didn't keep either the park or the agency up and running. Many physical sites that fall under the federal domain such as 401 … Read More

‘Atmospheric River’ Smashes Records in Pacific Northwest

‘Atmospheric River’ Smashes Records in Pacific Northwest

A barrage of unusually intense early-autumn storm systems swept across the Pacific Northwest this weekend, bringing hurricane force winds and dumping enough rain to smash all-time monthly rainfall records from Seattle to Portland. In Seattle and Olympia, Wash., Sept. 28 was the wettest September day on record. In Seattle, 1.71 inches of rain fell, … Read More

Strongest Storm on Earth En Route to Hong Kong

Strongest Storm on Earth En Route to Hong Kong

Super-Typhoon Usagi became the strongest storm on Earth on Thursday. Though it’s weakened since then, the storm is still churning towards Hong Kong and could create major disruptions there with a likely landfall there as early as Sunday. On Thursday, Usagi measured sustained wind speeds of 160 mph. Those winds made it the strongest storm on Earth … Read More

Sunburned in Siberia: Heat Wave Leads to Wildfires

Sunburned in Siberia: Heat Wave Leads to Wildfires

A heat wave in Siberia has led to a surge in wildfires, releasing large amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.… Read More

Mid-July Heat Wave Bakes U.S. From Coast to Coast

Mid-July Heat Wave Bakes U.S. From Coast to Coast

The heat wave that gripped the U.S. in mid-July had most of the country sweating bullets. Temperatures ratcheted up from coast to coast from July 10 to July 19 as the graphic above from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows. During the period, 134 high temperature records fell or were tied. Records were set indiscriminate of ...… Read More