Capital Weather Gang: Thunderstorms


Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 04/28/2014

Tornado outbreak in Southern U.S. underway, life-threatening storms through tonight

Following Monday’s deadly tornado outbreak from Kansas to Arkansas, a new round of rotating thunderstorms is erupting in the Southern U.S.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:40 PM ET, 04/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, U.S. Weather

Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 04/22/2014

Slowest start to tornado season on record, and fatality-free

The polar vortex, for all the suffering it caused this winter, has brought about a major societal benefit: record-setting low tornado activity.

By Jason Samenow  |  09:57 AM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 04/17/2014

A picture is worth 1,000 warnings: All NWS Sterling warnings 1986-2013

Ever wonder what nearly 30 years of severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings looks like if plotted together on a single chart? ...me neither, until I took a stab at it.

By Kathryn Prociv  |  02:45 PM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 04/17/2014

Map: D.C. area spends average of 45 minutes in tornado warnings every year

Locally, we see a tornado warning hot spot in southern Maryland.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:11 PM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 04/04/2014

Myth-busting: Tornadoes don’t form from a “clash of air masses”

Science literacy in the U.S. is at an all-time low, and the public deserves a better explanation about how tornadoes arise.

By Jeff Halverson  |  12:13 PM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Explainer, Latest, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 03/12/2014

Gusty showers likely this evening, followed by intense wind, cold and possible power outages

The powerful cold front to rush through the region this evening may bring a few severe storms, but of greater concern is the onslaught of wind to blast into the region overnight. Power outages are possible.

By Rick Grow  |  01:45 PM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms, Wind

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 03/11/2014

Shock drop: Temperature may fall from 70 to 35 Wednesday evening

A serious cold front is coming - so strong that temperatures in Washington Wednesday evening may go from balmy to bitter in a matter of hours.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:24 PM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Weather, Latest, Thunderstorms

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 03/11/2014

Roller coaster Wednesday: Temps to spike then crash, with storms and howling winds

A rapidly intensifying storm charges through the region late Wednesday, providing two chances for strong wind gusts one ahead of the cold front, and one behind it.

By Jeff Halverson  |  10:21 AM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms, Wind

Posted at 09:15 PM ET, 02/21/2014

Rare February tornado tracked 18 miles through St. Mary’s and Calvert counties

Today’s weak tornado in southern Maryland was the first in February for the state since 1966. It also had an unusually long track for the region.

By Ian Livingston  |  09:15 PM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 02/21/2014

Squall line passes D.C. area; some trees down in St. Mary’s co.

A tornado watch was issued as a line of showers/storms passed through the region. Damage was confined to St. Mary’s county, where there were multiple downed tree reports.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:00 PM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 02/20/2014

Gusty squall likely late Friday morning into early afternoon

A high-energy cold front will sweep across the region Friday, bringing a brief, but hard-hitting round of downpours and strong winds.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:28 PM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms, U.S. Weather

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 02/19/2014

Slight risk of severe weather in D.C. region Friday

Heavy rain showers accompanied by gusty - and possibly damaging - winds could charge through the region early Friday.

By Jeff Halverson  |  11:52 AM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 02/19/2014

Rare February thunderstorms push through region

Heavy rain, thunder and lightning is greeting commuters late into this morning’s rush hour. The line should push through much of the region by 10 a.m.

By Jason Samenow  |  09:45 AM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 01/15/2014

Weather Service proposes more severe weather risk categories in 2014

The National Weather Service has developed more categories for describing thunderstorm risk. Will it actually help communicate severe weather hazards?

By Jeff Halverson  |  02:55 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, National Weather Service, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 12/12/2013

Surveillance cameras capture EF-4 tornado destruction in Washington, Illinois

New video - showing the tornado’s fury from the vantage point of four surveillance cameras - is a terrifying, incredible sight to behold.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:02 AM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 11/20/2013

The silent triumph: weather warnings saved hundreds of lives in Midwest tornado outbreak

Despite all of the atmosphere’s complexity, weather forecasts are increasingly on the mark, saving lives and helping people make decisions that save time and money.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:56 AM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, U.S. Weather

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 11/19/2013

Sunday’s tornado outbreak could be costliest November weather event in U.S. on record

Economic damages from Sunday’s tornado outbreak could exceed $1 billion says a leading risk modeler.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:43 PM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, U.S. Weather

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 11/18/2013

A November tornado outbreak for the record books

Dozens of tornadoes touched down in the Midwest and Ohio Valley Sunday, killing eight and destroying hundreds of homes. The outbreak was one of the worst on record during November.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:05 AM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, U.S. Weather

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 10/07/2013

Worst of storms exiting the D.C. area, drying out mid-afternoon

The combination of a strong cold front and low level spin in the atmosphere has primed the atmosphere for some gusty thunderstorms and perhaps a few tornadoes in the region today.

By Jason Samenow  |  09:15 AM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 10/04/2013

Weather mania: Nation faces blizzard, severe thunderstorms, tropical storm, wildfires

After an extraordinarily quiet period devoid of tropical weather systems and significant tornado activity, multiple serious weather hazards are impacting or closing in on the U.S., from coast to coast.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:43 PM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Weather, Latest, Thunderstorms, U.S. Weather

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 09/24/2013

Climate change may boost violent thunderstorms, study finds

As the Earth warms in the coming decades, explosive thunderstorm ingredients will gel more routinely, finds a new Stanford University-led study.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:53 PM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Climate Change, Latest, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes

Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 09/17/2013

The U.S. severe weather downturn in 2013 in one map

Severe weather - compared to normal - across the country is down, way down in 2013.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:01 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Weather, Latest, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 09/12/2013

Storms wind down; Cooler, drier and breezy tomorrow

Isolated - not widespread - instances of damaging winds (60-70 mph) and large hail (1” in diameter) are possible.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:09 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 09/12/2013

Threat of strong, possibly severe thunderstorms late this afternoon and evening

Hot and humid conditions associated with an unusually unstable, mid-September air mass are about to culminate as a strong cold front passes through.

By Jeffrey Halverson  |  01:08 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 08/14/2013

Is the National Weather Service issuing too many thunderstorm warnings?

It happened again last night. What many would consider a rather ordinary summer storm triggered a severe thunderstorm warning from the National Weather Service (NWS) for much of the D.C. area, leaving some meteorologists scratching their heads.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:20 AM ET, 08/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest, Thunderstorms

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 08/13/2013

Why Washington, D.C. keeps missing the heavy rain

I'm not complaining, but gardeners might be starting to.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:44 PM ET, 08/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Explainer, Latest, Local Climate, Thunderstorms

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 08/02/2013

Stunning mammatus clouds south of Washington, D.C. Thursday evening

From Manassas to Warrenton to Fredericksburg, mammatus, the dynamically drooping cloud-forms, made for a dramatic evening sky.

By Jason Samenow  |  09:30 AM ET, 08/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 08/01/2013

Ronald Reagan's near brush with weather-induced death: the August 1, 1983 microburst

Thirty years ago today, a violent blast of cold air crashed down from a thunderstorm's clouds above Andrews Air Force Base.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:41 PM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aviation, History, Latest, Thunderstorms

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 07/31/2013

Is lightning the best indicator of severe thunderstorm intensity?

Can lightning predict the severity of a thunderstorm? The short answer: Sometimes, yes; sometimes, no.

By Jeffrey Halverson  |  11:00 AM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Explainer, Latest, Lightning, Thunderstorms

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 07/30/2013

Possible tornado struck Washington, D.C. and the White House 100 years ago (PHOTOS)

A hot and humid airmass set the stage for a destructive thunderstorm and possible tornado that tore through the District 100 years ago today.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  12:43 PM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  History, Latest, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 07/25/2013

Storms flying under the radar: when radar gaps and down time turn dangerous

When weather radar breaks down or is unavailable, the consequences can range from a simple inconvenience to loss of life.

By Dennis Mersereau  |  01:37 PM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 07/24/2013

The clouds of a D.C. summer

One positive about summertime heat and humidity is that it can produce some spectacular cloud formations! Learn about the most common types in the D.C. area

By Kathryn Prociv  |  10:23 AM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Clouds, Explainer, Latest, Photography, Thunderstorms

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 07/22/2013

The pulse of summer: When ordinary, pop-up thunderstorms turn severe

Why do pop-up cells sometimes briefly turn severe, and why are these "pulse-type severe thunderstorms", as they are called, among the most difficult of all summer thunderstorms to watch and warn for?

By Jeffrey Halverson  |  12:26 PM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Explainer, Latest, Thunderstorms

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 07/20/2013

Heavy storms north of District; severe thunderstorm watch discontinued

By Ian Livingston  |  01:15 PM ET, 07/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Thunderstorms

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 07/17/2013

Heat lightning: A Sterling example of the fake phenomenon

Tuesday evening, I heard reports of "heat lightning" but the observers were actually viewing real thunderstorms to D.C.'s west. We've got some good video.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:23 PM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Lightning, Thunderstorms

Posted at 10:44 PM ET, 07/01/2013

Possible tornado touch down north of Waldorf

A tornado warning was issued earlier this evening for southern Prince George's County, but it remains an open question whether a tornado actually touched down.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:44 PM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 07/01/2013

July severe weather in Washington, D.C.: a peak month for tornadoes?

What type of weather do you think of for the month of July? If you're thinking hot, humid, with afternoon storms you would be right on.

By Kathryn Prociv  |  10:20 AM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Thunderstorms

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 06/28/2013

Damaging t'storms move through area, watch issued for 5th straight day

Thunderstorms have decided to report to work without exception in the Mid-Atlantic this week.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:03 PM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 06/28/2013

Derecho of June 29, 2012: Ten tell-tale images of historic "land hurricane"

Before June 29, 2012, few people had ever heard of a derecho. The sheets of rain and crushing winds that sweltering evening changed everything. Relive how it all came together through a series of telling graphics.

By Ian Livingston  |  11:43 AM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Derecho, Latest, Thunderstorms

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 06/28/2013

Jefferson's derecho -- the video from June 29, 2012

Imagine what it was like for the tourists visiting the Jefferson Memorial during the derecho of June 29, 2012. This video captures that stormy scene.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:04 AM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Derecho, Latest, Thunderstorms

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 06/27/2013

Tornado watch discontinued for D.C. area, severe weather stays away

or the fourth straight day, the National Weather Service has determined the area is under the risk of hazardous thunderstorms.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:07 PM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 06/27/2013

How lightning kills and injures victims

If you've ever thought about being hit by lightning you probably assume that a lightning flash would come down from the sky, hit you, and that's it. You're dead. But that's not the way it works.

By Jack Williams  |  11:06 AM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Lightning, Thunderstorms

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 06/26/2013

Severe thunderstorm watch until 10 p.m., storms generally sub-severe

Scattered thunderstorms are likely into the evening, with damaging winds up to 70 mph the main risk.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:58 PM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 06/26/2013

Don't rely on folklore for lightning safety

Folklore isn't a good guide to lightning safety, but it remains a big source of advice.

By Jack Williams  |  02:15 PM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 06/26/2013

Did the so-called June 13 "derecho" cause an East Coast tsunami?

After the June 13 complex of storms exited the coast, the ocean abruptly pulled back before reversing course and crashing inland, raising the sea and the prospects that the storms may have triggered a small tsunami along the eastern seaboard.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:44 PM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Derecho, Latest, Thunderstorms, Tsunami, U.S. Weather

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 06/24/2013

Storms to exit region 5 to 7 p.m.

The atmosphere is juiced and storms are organizing to the west, setting the stage for a round of afternoon and evening thunderstorms, a few of which may be severe.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:02 PM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 06/24/2013

Next generation lightning and cloud data highlight tornado-producing storms in Md.

High resolution satellite imagery and lightning data offered important clues that storms in Maryland June 13 were particularly vigorous.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:22 PM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Lightning, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 06/24/2013

Fishing leads U.S. lightning death activities

Most lightning deaths from 2006-2012 occurred from leisure activities, with fishing at the top of the list .

By Jason Samenow  |  12:53 PM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Lightning, Thunderstorms

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 06/19/2013

"A beast": Shocking, enlightening supercell thunderstorm photos from Nebraska

Storm chaser Brett Roberts captured some of the most amazing photographs of thunderstorm structure and lightning I've ever seen last Friday, June 14 in Nebraska.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:56 AM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Photography, Thunderstorms

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 06/18/2013

Comparing the 2012 and 2013 June derechos

Whereas the June 12-13, 2013 event was larger, traveled farther, impacted more states, and spawned more tornadoes, the June 29, 2012 event featured overall stronger wind gusts and traveled faster.

By Kathryn Prociv  |  10:01 AM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 06/17/2013

June 13, 2013 Montgomery County tornado track among longest on record in D.C. area

With a track length of 17.3 miles, the tornado that swept through parts of the area last Thursday was one for the books.

By Ian Livingston  |  10:41 AM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 06/14/2013

Twisting, turning explosive storms

I've encountered some great images that show off both the explosiveness and rotation of the storms that cycled through the region Thursday.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:00 PM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 06/14/2013

Storm photos: sensational cloudscapes over Washington, D.C.

If Thursday's storms underperformed on the ground, they made up for it by overperforming in the sky.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:16 PM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Photography, Thunderstorms

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 06/14/2013

June 13, 2013 severe weather: Hypestorm or the real deal?

A critical analysis of how Wednesday's storm threat was communicated.

By Ian Livingston  |  10:59 AM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 06/14/2013

Severe stormin' Tysons Corner (VIDEO)

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:15 AM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 06/13/2013

Scary skies over Washington, D.C. (PHOTOS)

The skies appeared dark and dangerous this morning as the line of thunderstorms - which originated in the Midwest - descended on Washington, D.C.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:57 PM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Photography, Thunderstorms

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 06/13/2013

A renewed severe storm risk this afternoon

This morning's storms looked scarier than they actually were in most areas, but a second round this afternoon is likely to pack a meaner punch, especially along and east of I-95.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:00 AM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms

Posted at 10:27 PM ET, 06/12/2013

Update: Tracking multiple rounds of dangerous storms tonight and Thursday

There is a legitimate chance that at least parts of the area will see one and possibly two rounds of strong to severe thunderstorms roll through between late tonight and Thursday evening.

By Dan Stillman  |  10:27 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Thunderstorms

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 06/12/2013

Dangerous thunderstorm set up for D.C. area Thursday; storms possible tonight as well

Ingredients are coming together for a possible large outbreak of severe thunderstorms in the D.C. area Thursday, capable of producing damaging winds, multiple tornadoes, and flash flooding.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:06 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 06/11/2013

Double trouble: severe storm risk both Wednesday and Thursday for D.C. area

A nasty mix of atmospheric ingredients are likely to converge Wednesday and Thursday over the Mid-Atlantic, laying the groundwork for strong to severe thunderstorms in the region.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:23 PM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 06/11/2013

Telling images from Monday's flooding storms and tornadoes around D.C. and Baltimore

Some of the most compelling images and video that tell the story of the tornadoes and flooding in the Washington and Baltimore regions on June 10.

By Jason Samenow  |  09:52 AM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Flooding, Latest, Thunderstorms

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 06/10/2013

Tornado watch for entire area until 10 p.m. (LIVE UPDATES)

The tornado watch was posted for the region Monday as water remained an issue in some areas overnight.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:25 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 06/10/2013

Late day thunderstorms could be severe

An energetic and very juicy weather system scooting through the region today could set off severe thunderstorms late this afternoon and evening.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:21 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Forecasts, Latest, Thunderstorms

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 06/03/2013

The storm chaser dilemma and choice to sit out the May 31 Oklahoma City tornadoes

Why a group of storm chasers chose to avoid the Oklahoma City area on May 31, while others faced dire consequences -in what may be storm chasing's Mt. Everest moment.

By Ian Livingston and Mark Ellinwood  |  01:11 PM ET, 06/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, U.S. Weather

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 06/01/2013

The day that should change tornado actions and storm chasing forever

Vehicle deaths in Friday's Oklahoma tornadoes should squash the idea that trying to flee a tornado in a car is a good idea. And storm chasers - who pursued the storms much too closely need to re-examine their priorities.

By Jason Samenow  |  06:01 AM ET, 06/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, U.S. Weather

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 05/31/2013

Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes expected again in Plains, Midwest

Once more, a nasty mix of atmospheric ingredients are converging in parts of the Plains and Midwest, setting the stage for the latest round of violent severe weather.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:16 PM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 05/31/2013

June severe weather in Washington, D.C.: the month of the derecho

June can be an extraordinary month for severe weather in the D.C. area with damaging winds being the most common hazard.

By Kathryn Prociv  |  10:04 AM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Thunderstorms

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 05/30/2013

The Stormy Plains: Awesome supercell structure and a big tornado (PHOTOS)

An active period of storminess in the Plains continues. Some imagery from the past few days highlights the intense action.

By Ian Livingston  |  10:04 AM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Photography, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 05/28/2013

Incredible video: what it's like inside a violent tornado

It might strike you as foolish but storm chasers literally rode out an estimated EF-3 or EF-4 tornado inside a motor vehicle Memorial Day. Watch the video.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:50 AM ET, 05/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms, U.S. Weather

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 05/24/2013

Astonishing video of Moore, Okla. tornado: From little swirl to gargantuan monster

Watch the Moore, Okla tornado transform from a small funnel to an unfathomable wrecking machine. All in the course of just 10 minutes.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:13 AM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Thunderstorms, U.S. Weather

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 05/22/2013

Tornadoes: Forces of nature we can't stop or contain, can forecasts help us better prepare?

Man has no power to quell the wrath of a violent twister. Preparation is the only answer for confronting the impacts, but the average lead time is just 13 minutes.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:06 PM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 05/22/2013

A deeper look at Washington, D.C.'s tornado history

How many tornadoes strike the D.C. area each year? What are the most common months? How many warnings are issued? Read more...

By Kathryn Prociv  |  10:07 AM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 05/20/2013

Severe weather likely today in central U.S. after Sunday's destructive tornadoes in Oklahoma

The potential exists for more violent tornado-producing thunderstorms this afternoon and evening in the central U.S.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:10 PM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 05/09/2013

Washington D.C.'s bubbly, stormy skies Wednesday

A spinning weather system to our south, cold air at high altitudes, and fuel in the form of May sunshine conspired to trigger plentiful afternoon thunderstorms yesterday.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:58 AM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 05/08/2013

Flooding in parts of Virginia, more storms into this evening

Although moderate rains have fallen in the immediate Washington, D.C. area the last two days, locations to the west and southwest have endured more persistent downpours, leading to multiple instances of flooding.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:56 PM ET, 05/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:41 PM ET, 04/22/2013

Tornado touched down near Largo Friday Weather Service confirms

In addition to the twister that caused minor damage in Fredericksburg, a tornado damaged 3 homes and uprooted trees in Prince George's county, 3 miles south-southeast of Largo Friday night.

By Jason Samenow  |  09:41 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:17 PM ET, 04/20/2013

Weather Service confirms tornado struck Fredericksburg Friday evening

At 6:36 p.m. Friday, a tornado touched down in the city of Fredericksburg and then carved a three-quarter mile path the National Weather Service (NWS) says.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:17 PM ET, 04/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 04/19/2013

Storms wind down with showers through about midnight; cool but nice weekend ahead

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has issued a tornado watch for the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore regions through 10 p.m. tonight.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:38 PM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 04/19/2013

Strong line of storms likely this evening

An energetic spring cold front sweeps into the metro region late this afternoon and evening accompanied by a line of strong showers and thunderstorms. Heavy rain is likely with a lesser threat of damaging winds.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:41 AM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 04/18/2013

Tornadoes possible in mid-Mississippi and Ohio Valleys; rains flood Chicago

A potent spring cold front with a violent line of thunderstorms is sweeping across the country's mid-section. The weather system, which deluged Chicago with up to 5 inches of rain, has prompted several tornado watches from Arkansas to Michigan.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:52 AM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 04/17/2013

Severe weather outbreak possible in Plains and Midwest today and tomorrow

A strong cold front slicing through the Plains and Midwest promises to trigger widespread thunderstorms today and tomorrow, a number of which may be severe. Damaging winds, large hail, and tornadoes are possible in the strongest storms.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:41 PM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 04/12/2013

Going inside the bottom of a tornado with IMAX and mobile radar

Researchers have combined data collected by scientists and an IMAX filmmaker for the first detailed look at what happens in the bottom 100 feet in a tornado.

By Jack Williams  |  01:17 PM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 04/11/2013

Which thunderstorm type is D.C. most likely to experience this spring?

A cold front is on track to bring showers and the season's first chance of thunderstorms (nothing too severe expected as of now) late tonight into early tomorrow. When discussing severe weather, meteorologists refer to different types of thunderstorms as "convective modes," which include ordinary thunderstorms, squall lines and supercells. What type is most common across the D.C. area and surrounding suburbs?

By Kathryn Prociv  |  12:17 PM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 04/11/2013

Wild weather week with tornadoes, heavy snow and record heat

Severe weather broke out yesterday along a boundary between two dramatically different air masses, stretching from the Southern Plains north-northeastward across the Midwest and east into the northern mid-Atlantic. Unconfirmed tornadoes damaged homes near St. Louis and in northern Arkansas near Botkinburg with several people injured but no deaths reported.

By Dan Stillman  |  10:49 AM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 04/10/2013

Tornado data could help forecasters increase warning times and reduce false alarms

Supercells are long-lasting, fierce thunderstorms that spin out the most destructive tornadoes that cause the most tornado deaths. But scientists would like to know why only a few supercell thunderstorms produce tornadoes. A better understanding could help forecasters issue tornado warnings farther in advance with fewer false alarms.

By Jack Williams  |  10:47 AM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 04/08/2013

Forecast: More severe thunderstorms in a warming world

Global warming is often connected with increased extreme weather, but will it make warm season thunderstorms more severe? On balance, yes - the latest research concludes: models and theory point to an increase in severe thunderstorms as the climate warms.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:26 PM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 04/01/2013

"April showers bring May flowers," and severe weather

Now that we've entered April, we can officially start talking about storms and severe weather. For storm lovers like me, this is exciting!

By Kathryn Prociv  |  01:05 PM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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