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Myriad Hazards Loom as Intense Snowstorm Moves In

Myriad Hazards Loom as Intense Snowstorm Moves In

In Washington itself, forecasts call for about 6 to 10 inches of snow, possibly more, depending on precipitation rates and surface temperatures. The highest snowfall amounts should fall in the western part of the D.C. metro area, with warmer air limiting accumulations to the east of Interstate 95.… Read More

High-Impact Snowstorm Headed For Mid-Atlantic

High-Impact Snowstorm Headed For Mid-Atlantic

A major snowstorm is headed for the Mid-Atlantic states, potentially ending D.C.'s longest snow drought.… Read More

Wet Times Are Masking New York’s Real Drought Risk

Wet Times Are Masking New York’s Real Drought Risk

The last several decades have been the wettest in about the past five centuries for the watershed serving the bustling metropolis of New York City, according to a new study. This wet period is deceiving, because it is masking the city's real drought history and may be lulling water managers into a sense of complacency, which could come back to hurt… Read More

NWS Confirms Sandy Was Not a Hurricane At Landfall

NWS Confirms Sandy Was Not a Hurricane At Landfall

In a technical report released on Tuesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reaffirmed its initial conclusion that Hurricane Sandy was no longer officially a hurricane when it made landfall on Oct. 29 near Brigantine, N.J., just north of Atlantic City. Instead, it was a “post-tropical cyclone” packing hurricane-force winds… Read More

East Coast Faces Rising Seas From Slowing Gulf Stream

East Coast Faces Rising Seas From Slowing Gulf Stream

Experts on the sea level rise triggered by climate change have long known that it will proceed faster in some places than others. The mid-Atlantic coast of the U.S. is one of them, and the reason — in theory, anyway — is that global warming should slow the flow of the Gulf Stream as it moves north and then west toward northern Europe.… Read More

Rich Moisture Feed Helped Blizzard Bury Northeast

Rich Moisture Feed Helped Blizzard Bury Northeast

The amazing snowfall totals were in part the result of the rich tropical moisture feed that the storm tapped into, as Climate Central reported on Feb. 8. … Read More

Blizzard Buries New England, Breaks Snowfall Records

Blizzard Buries New England, Breaks Snowfall Records

The storm shut down travel across the region, knocked out power to nearly 700,000 customers, stranded many motorists in their vehicles on Long Island, and exceeded benchmarks set during the infamous Blizzard of 1978, which occurred 35 years ago this week.… Read More

Blizzard of 2013 Brings Another Threat: Coastal Flooding

Blizzard of 2013 Brings Another Threat: Coastal Flooding

Sea levels are rising worldwide due to warming ocean temperatures, melting polar ice caps, and sinking land masses, along with other factors. Higher sea levels provide a higher launching pad for storm surges from hurricanes and nor’easters, making it possible for relatively weak storms to cause damage. In Boston, the top five highest storm tides, w… Read More