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Where are the Tornadoes? Slow Start, but No Guarantees

Where are the Tornadoes? Slow Start, but No Guarantees

The past two years have been one of the quietest periods for tornadoes in the U.S. since the late 1980s. This tornado season is off to a sluggish start as well, but there are no guarantees this year will follow suit. March represents a major weather transition period. As spring spreads from north to south, snow melts, leaves unfurl, and heat retur… Read More

Spring Thaw May Trigger Floods; Calif. Drought Locked In

Spring Thaw May Trigger Floods; Calif. Drought Locked In

Spring is finally -- finally -- here. That word is music to the ears of those in the eastern United States who are ready to thaw out from the frigid winter. But that thaw could bring flooding to parts of the Midwest and the northern Plains, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in its official spring outlook, released Thursday.… Read More

Climate Trends Tell Different Story for Great Lakes’ Ice

Climate Trends Tell Different Story for Great Lakes’ Ice

This winter has offered a rare treat for visitors to Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands: a stroll across the frozen lake to ice caves straight out of a scene in the movie “Frozen.” Thanks to enduring and massive blasts of frigid air, extensive lake ice has made the caves, normally only accessible to summer visitors traveling by boat, reachable by foot… Read More

White Roofs May Partially Offset Summer Warming by 2100

White Roofs May Partially Offset Summer Warming by 2100

Painting building roofs white could cool some major cities baking in the intensifying heat of a changing climate. How much benefits white roofs could bring depend on the region of the country they’re installed in and the season, new research shows. Keeping cities cool in the summer is becoming increasingly important as more people move to urban ar… Read More

January’s Temps Leave a Nation Blowing Hot and Cold

January’s Temps Leave a Nation Blowing Hot and Cold

The first month of 2014 has left us as a nation divided by hot versus cold weather. The polar vortex has been the big story for the eastern half of the country while the ridiculously resilient ridge has brought warm, dry weather to most states west of the Rockies. Record temperatures have been set on both ends of the spectrum in January across the… Read More

Coldest Air in Decades Clearing Customs, Entering U.S.

Coldest Air in Decades Clearing Customs, Entering U.S.

The second major incursion of Arctic air into the continental U.S. is set to spill into the Dakotas on Saturday, where blizzard watches and wind chill advisories are already in effect. Cold weather warnings may expand to more than a dozen states by Monday, as the Arctic air spills out to the south and east, enveloping the Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic,… Read More

Arctic Outbreak: When the North Pole Came to Ohio

Arctic Outbreak: When the North Pole Came to Ohio

How cold will it get? Computer model forecasts project low temperatures on Monday night in Washington to drop to near zero, and below zero in Boston and possibly New York City as well. Dayton, Ohio is likely to see lows in the teens below zero. In some areas of the Ohio Valley and Midwest, high temperatures may not get above zero, Oravec said.… Read More

Snow Cover May Help Usher in Historic Cold to Northwest

Snow Cover May Help Usher in Historic Cold to Northwest

As a Thanksgiving-eve storm, which snarled air and road traffic up and down the East Coast on Wednesday, comes to a close, it’s leaving the country with the largest snowpack for this time of year since at least 2003. This snow cover is likely to play a big role in helping to usher in a wave of potentially historically cold air during the week after… Read More