Weather Articles

Tropical Storm During a Total Solar Eclipse Would Be a First in Satellite Era

By Jonathan Erdman
August 19, 2017

A strange overlap of events is possible Monday.

Harvey Could Rebound in the Western Caribbean; Two Other Areas Are Being Monitored For Tropical Development

By Jon Erdman
August 19, 2017

Harvey will plow westward towards Central America and the Yucatan Peninsula in the days ahead.

Eclipse Epicenter Evacuated in Oregon as West Wildfires Rage

By Associated Press
August 19, 2017

A fire in Oregon sparked the evacuation of hundreds of homes near the path of totality of Monday's eclipse. Firefighters are scrambling to squelch the blaze as tens of thousands are expected

2 Dead in Plane Crash Near Oregon Eclipse Viewing Site

By Associated Press
August 19, 2017

Two people were killed in an Oregon plane crash near the path of the totality of Monday's eclipse.

Solar Eclipse Weather Forecast: Will Clouds Block Your View?

By Jon Erdman
August 19, 2017

Less than a week away, the potential weather pattern is coming into view.

How Will Animals React to the Solar Eclipse? Americans, Scientists, Zoos Await Answers

By Pam Wright
August 19, 2017

You can help scientists study animal behavior during Monday's eclipse.

First Eclipse Photo Ever Taken Has Quite the Story Behind It

By Pam Wright
August 19, 2017

A Prussian daguerreotypist captured the very first image of a solar eclipse.

Drones to Fly Into Eclipse Totality Path to Study Weather

By Pam Wright
August 19, 2017

Meteorologists plan to fly drones into the path of Monday's eclipse to study the weather.

Sierra Leone Mudslides Death Toll Rises to 450; Scores Remain Missing

August 18, 2017

More than 400 people are dead and 600 still missing after heavy rains and flash flooding led to landslides in the west African nation of Sierra Leone.

Tropical Storm Harvey Leaves Damage in Barbados; Commuters Stranded

By Sean Breslin
August 18, 2017

Here's what we know about the impacts caused by this storm so far.

Three Recent Twisters That Didn't Get a Tornado Warning Until After Touchdown, if at All

By Brian Donegan
August 18, 2017

Three tornadoes struck three different states before tornado warnings were issued.

Fall 2017 Temperature Outlook: Warmer Than Average in Southwest; Parts of East Could Be Slightly Cooler Than Average

By Linda Lam
August 18, 2017

The trend of above-average temperatures in the West and cooler conditions in the East may persist into fall.

The Weather Company Forecasts More Active Hurricane Season Than First Predicted

August 18, 2017

The final hurricane season forecast of 2017 calls for above-average activity in the Atlantic.

For Second Consecutive Year, Earth Has Recorded Its Warmest July on Record, NASA Says; Land Temperatures Reached All-Time High, NOAA Says

By Chris Dolce
August 17, 2017

The trend of record or near-record warmth globally continued in July.

10 Years Later: Two Category 5 Atlantic Basin Landfalls for the First and Only Time

By Jonathan Belles
August 17, 2017

Two monster Category 5 hurricanes made landfall 10 years ago within weeks of each other.

America's Flood Protection Is Being Undermined, Putting People and Infrastructure at Risk

By Pam Wright
August 17, 2017

As the threat for flooding continues to grow, placing millions of Americans at risk, the government is dismantling flood protection programs.

Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine Nearing Windward Islands; Tropical Storm Watches, Warnings Issued

By Chris Dolce
August 17, 2017

Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine is expected to develop into a tropical depression or tropical storm later Thursday.

Hurricane Gert Is Weakening But Remains a Wave Generator For US and Canada East Coasts

August 17, 2017

Gert will keep its sea legs, but will have one indirect impact at the beach.

Monsoon Flooding Kills At Least 245 in India, Nepal and Bangladesh

By The Associated Press
August 16, 2017

Here's the latest on this dire situation.

6 Ways Weather Could Change During the Great American Eclipse

By Jonathan Belles
August 15, 2017

You might notice some changes in the weather during the Great American Eclipse.

Featured Blogs

Meteorology of Saturday's Colombian Flood Disaster That Killed 254

By Dr. Jeff Masters
April 3, 2017

At least 254 people were killed in the in the city of Mocoa (population 40,000) in southwest Colombia near the border of Ecuador early Saturday, when torrential rains triggered a debris flow on a nearby mountain that surged into the town as a huge wall of water carrying tons of mud and debris. The disaster is the fourth deadliest weather-related disaster in Colombia’s recorded history.

Iconic American Destination Virtually Isolated for Rest of Year

By Christopher C. Burt
March 24, 2017

Half of the village of Big Sur, on the coast of central California, has lost its only access to the north following the demolition of the flood-damaged Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge along State Route 1 (also Rt. 1 or SR 1) on March 19. Although Rt. 1 to the south of Big Sur has reopened to traffic (after mud and rock slides were cleared) it is a long 70-mile journey along the windy but spectacular highway to Cambria, the next town of any significance where supplies can be had. CalTrans (California Department of Transportation) estimates it will take 6-9 months to rebuild a new bridge over the canyon.

An extraordinary meteorological event; was one of its results a 1000-year flood?

By Stu Ostro
October 5, 2015

The confluence of meteorological ingredients the first weekend in October 2015 resulted in an extraordinary weather event with severe impacts. Was one of them a 1000-year flood?

Why the Arrest of a Science-Loving 14-year-old Matters

By Shaun Tanner
September 16, 2015

By now, many of you have heard or read about the arrest of Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old high school student from Irving, Texas. Ahmed was arrested because school officials called the police after he showed one of his teachers his homemade clock. Mistaken for a bomb, Ahmed was taken into custody, interrogated, shamed, suspended (still on suspension today, Wednesday), and reprimanded. All of this after it has been found that the "device" he brought to school was indeed, a homemade clock.

2013-14 - An Interesting Winter From A to Z

By Tom Niziol
May 15, 2014

It was a very interesting winter across a good part of the nation from the Rockies through the Plains to the Northeast. Let's break down the most significant winter storms on a month by month basis.

What the 5th IPCC Assessment Doesn't Include

September 27, 2013

Melting permafrost has the potential to release an additional 1.5 trillion tons of carbon into the atmosphere, and could increase our global average temperature by 1.5°F in addition to our day-to-day human emissions. However, this effect is not included in the IPCC report issued Friday morning, which means the estimates of how Earth's climate will change are likely on the conservative side.

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