Capital Weather Gang: Weather


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 11:21 AM ET, 04/28/2014

Arkansas tornado outbreak amazingly well forecast, despite horrifying outcome

The National Weather Service couldn’t have done a better job identifying in advance the Arkansas zone where devastating tornadoes claimed at least 10 lives.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:21 AM ET, 04/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Tornadoes, U.S. Weather

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 04/25/2014

Rocky stretch of severe weather starts today for Lower 48; tornado watch for S. Va., N.C.

The least active tornado season on record - one without a fatality - is likely to heat up some over the next few days.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:33 PM ET, 04/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 04/24/2014

Extreme Great Lakes ice extent could portend cool summer for eastern U.S.

An analysis reveals summers following icy Great Lakes winters tend to be cooler than normal in the central and eastern U.S.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:58 PM ET, 04/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 04/23/2014

Under water: Risk of New York City coastal flooding has surged by factor of 20, says study

The chance of floodwaters overtopping Manhattan’s seawalls has skyrocketed since the mid-1800s thanks to swelling seas and mounting storm surges finds a new study.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:45 PM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Climate Change, Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 04/23/2014

Great Lakes covered in record-shattering amount of ice this late in spring

It’s almost May and a third of the Great Lakes is still covered by ice. This is unprecedented in records dating back more than three decades.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:32 PM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 04/21/2014

Grading our 2013-14 winter outlook: it’s ugly

In short, our outlook was a bust. We did well in December, but the rest of the winter was a unique and snowy animal.

By Matt Ross  |  10:46 AM ET, 04/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capital Weather Gang, Latest, Seasons

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 04/18/2014

National Hurricane Center plans new storm surge warnings starting in 2015

Many residents of hurricane-prone areas use a storm’s category to decide whether to evacuate. Unfortunately, this has led many to make decisions that left them struggling for their lives.

By Jack Williams  |  02:00 PM ET, 04/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 04/17/2014

Capital Weather Gang snowfall forecast contest winners, 2013-14

The winner, who came 0.1 inches away from getting it exactly right, was Brandi Erickson who predicted 32.1 inches would fall.

By Jason Samenow  |  09:22 AM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capital Weather Gang, Latest, Snow

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 04/15/2014

“Spring” cold front giving eastern U.S. bitter taste of winter

An exceptionally strong cold front barreling towards the East Coast has established a track record of shifting the seasonal feel from summer to winter in a matter of hours.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:26 PM ET, 04/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Weather, Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 04/11/2014

Powerful Australia cyclone Ita crashes ashore, weakens; not as bad as feared

The storm struck near Cape Flannery at around 10 p.m. local time according to reports, and winds gusted up to 99 mph as the eyewall moved overhead

By Jason Samenow  |  04:02 PM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Weather, Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 04/11/2014

Report: Power outages due to weather have doubled since 2003

The remarkable conclusion about a surge in outages may not surprise Washington, D.C.-area residents.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:25 PM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Climate Change, Extreme Weather, Latest

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 04/11/2014

Forecasters predict lackluster hurricane season thanks to El Ni o forecast

This year’s hurricane season should produce fewer storms than average, Phil Klotzbach told the National Tropical Weather Conference on Thursday.

By Jack Williams  |  10:57 AM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 04/10/2014

Beastly category 5 tropical cyclone Ita threatens northern Australia

A dangerous tropical cyclone with destructive winds and a potentially devastating storm surge is bearing down on northeast coast of Australia

By Jason Samenow  |  03:38 PM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Weather, Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 04/10/2014

Bet on El Nino, says NOAA

NOAA announced today the odds of an El Nino developing this summer are greater than 50 percent.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:56 PM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Weather, Latest

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 04/09/2014

Beautiful new postage stamp features sea surface temperatures

On April 22, the Postal Service introduces the “Global Forever: Sea Surface Temperatures Stamp.“

By Jason Samenow  |  12:29 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Imagery, International Weather, Latest

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 04/08/2014

Weather Channel returning to DirecTV, cutting back reality programming

Effective tomorrow, Wednesday, The Weather Channel will return to DirecTV’s line-up - with 50 percent less weekday reality TV.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:43 PM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Media, The Weather Channel

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 04/07/2014

Juiced storm swamps the South, flash flooding reported (PHOTOS)

Over the past two days, the Deep South has been deluged by up to 5-10 inches of rain, leading to flash flooding in parts of Mississippi and Alabama.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:10 PM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 04/04/2014

Amazing visuals of thunderstorms in central U.S. Thursday

Violent thunderstorms erupted from Texas to Kentucky Thursday. No reports of casualties or catastrophic damage, but plenty of eye-popping storm imagery...

By Jason Samenow  |  10:47 AM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Tornadoes, U.S. Weather

Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 04/03/2014

2014 s first significant severe weather outbreak targets Mid-South

The National Weather Service says over 52 million Americans are under an elevated risk of severe thunderstorms spanning from east Texas into central Ohio.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:56 PM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 04/02/2014

House passes “Weather Forecasting Improvement Act of 2014

Bill to support enhanced forecasts is first passed by any house of Congress since 1992.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:32 PM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Climate Change, Government, Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 03/26/2014

Mind-boggling views of beastly ocean storm offshore eastern New England, Canada

Call it a beast, a monster, a bomb, or a behemoth. The storm offshore eastern New England and slamming the Canadian Maritimes is all of those things.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:31 PM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Nor'easters, U.S. Weather, Winter Storm

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 03/24/2014

Meteorological “bomb” threatens eastern New England, Canadian Maritimes

A modest storm that will bring some light rain and snow to the Mid-Atlantic will transform into one the most intense cyclones in years off the coast of New England.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:03 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 03/21/2014

“Roaring Forties” winds, gyrating ocean currents pose Malaysia plane search nightmare

The search for the remains of Malaysia Flight MH370 faces challenges from the elements that may prove insurmountable.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:58 PM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Weather, Latest

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 03/20/2014

A super El Ni o on the way? Subtle signs emerging

The possible El Nino in the pipeline could be a doozy, comparable to the strongest ever recorded according to some scientists.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:47 PM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 03/14/2014

Weather Channel brings back fan favorite Dave Schwartz, my friend

The down-to-earth Schwartz gained popularity in his prior 17-year tenure at The Weather Channel for his folksy, charming and clear presentation of weather information.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:07 PM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Media, Weather Channel

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 03/14/2014

The misplaced emphasis on extreme weather in environmental threat communication

Raising public awareness of the multiple threats to our planet’s life support system is too important to be subject to the whims of the weather.

By John Michael Wallace  |  11:06 AM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Climate Change, Extreme Weather, Latest

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 03/13/2014

Midwest, Northeast pummeled by snow, propelling winter totals high in historic rankings (PHOTOS)

This latest round of snow is pushing seasonal totals into record-territory, especially around the Great Lakes.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:28 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, U.S. Weather

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 12:52 PM ET, 03/11/2014

Chicago and Detroit close in on snowfall records as next storm approaches

A powerhouse later winter storm will throw back wind-driven snow on its northwest flank from the Great Lakes into the interior Northeast.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:52 PM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 03/10/2014

Meteorologist behind hurricane scale, Robert Simpson, honored at 101 years of age

Meteorologists from as far away as Texas convened for a luncheon in Washington Saturday to celebrate the career of Simpson, legendary hurricane meteorologist.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:52 PM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 03/10/2014

Lake Michigan sets 41-year record for most ice cover

On Saturday, 93.29 percent of Lake Michigan was covered by ice, the most in records dating back to 1973.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:16 AM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 03/07/2014

The Great Lakes have most March ice in 41 years of records (PICTURES)

Through Thursday, Great Lakes ice cover continued its historic expansion - covering more than 92 percent of the water’s surface, the most on record so late in the winter.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:05 PM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 03/06/2014

El Ni o watch posted: May portend fewer Atlantic hurricanes and beneficial California rains

In a bulletin issued this morning, NOAA issued an El Ni o Watch predicting a roughly 50% chance for development later this year.

By Dennis Mersereau  |  09:33 AM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  El Ni o, Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 03/05/2014

Snowed in and iced over: North America and U.S. about as frozen as ever so late in winter

By multiple metrics, the amount of snow and ice over the Lower 48 states, Great Lakes, and North America are in historic territory.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:35 PM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Climate Change, Extreme Cold, Latest, Snow, U.S. Weather

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 02/28/2014

Mind-blowing view of vigorous California storm

Drought-stricken Southern California is getting doused by a powerhouse storm that looks like a hurricane, except it’s not.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:05 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 02/27/2014

Desperately dry Southern California to get deluged Friday, most since 2011

A vigorous storm crashing into coastal California Friday will supply some much-needed rain, but also an elevated risk of flash flooding and even tornadoes.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:17 AM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 02/24/2014

Surprise! January 2014 was Earth’s 4th warmest on record, even while U.S. shivered

The weather in the eastern U.S. deviated from much of the rest of the planet.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:35 PM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Climate Change, International Weather, Latest

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 02/21/2014

Jaw-dropping views of today’s storm, known as a “Texas Hooker”

The storm system responsible for today’s squall line in the D.C. area - known as a “Texas Hooker” - took on a stunning appearance from space.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:54 PM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Imagery, Latest, U.S. Weather

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 02:32 PM ET, 02/19/2014

Punishing U.S. winter has pundits pointing fingers, forecasters begging for mercy

The Farmers’ Almanac got it right. The Feds didn’t. No one can escape this winter has turned into a doozy for much of the eastern two-thirds of the U.S.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:32 PM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 02/19/2014

Magical moment: a snowy owl basks in the eerie green light of an aurora

In Sauk Rapids, Minnesota last night, the northern lights illuminated a snowy owl proudly perched on a power pole.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:25 AM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Nature, Photography, Space Weather

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 02/14/2014

Snochi: A silver medal worthy forecast, falls just short of gold

Our forecast for the winter storm Wednesday night and Thursday was quite good, but not perfect - as we under-predicted amounts in some areas.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:01 AM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capital Weather Gang, Latest, Recaps, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 02/13/2014

This storm is unofficially called Snochi

As this storm overachieved in some areas and a name for it has emerged, we name it in honor of the coinciding winter Olympics ....

By Jason Samenow  |  09:59 AM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capital Weather Gang, Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 02/12/2014

Should this storm be named? (POLL)

We usually reserve storm names for major, high impact storms. This storm may or may not get there. You tell us whether it should be named, and - if so - what...

By Jason Samenow  |  09:04 AM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, The Weather Channel, Winter Storms

Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 02/11/2014

Potentially paralyzing, historic ice storm targets Atlanta, parts of South

While the Mid-Atlantic awaits a significant snowstorm, extreme ice accumulations could devastate parts of northern Georgia and the Carolinas.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:01 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 02/10/2014

Severe winter storm likely midweek from South through Mid-Atlantic

The storm promises to first wallop interior portions of the Southeast Tuesday into Wednesday before hammering the Mid-Atlantic Wednesday into Thursday.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:17 AM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, U.S. Weather, Winter Storms

Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 02/07/2014

Ten years of weather blogging: a history of the Capital Weather Gang

Have you ever wondered about how this crazy destination for the weather-obsessed came into existence? Here’s the story...

By Jason Samenow  |  04:24 PM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capital Weather Gang, Latest

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 02/07/2014

Positively caked in ice, crazy storm photos from Slovenia

A punishing ice storm slammed Slovenia earlier this week, paralyzing parts of the country. Freezing rain encased trees, cars, and power lines in unthinkably thick layers of ice.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:08 PM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ice, International Weather, Latest

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 02/07/2014

Sochi Olympics: The climate to expect, and the weather it will get

Attendees of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games may notice some peculiarities in the weather conditions they experience.

By Brendan Richardson  |  10:48 AM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Weather, Latest, Sports

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 02/06/2014

AccuWeather gets in Weather Channel’s face

Sensing The Weather Channel is down, AccuWeather appears to be publicly stating it’s ready to pounce.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:02 AM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AccuWeather, Latest, Media, The Weather Channel

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 02/05/2014

Lessons from Atlanta gridlock: forecasts can and must improve

Following the snowstorm that paralyzed Atlanta, we should draw lessons about improving our forecasts.

By Thomas Bogdan  |  03:25 PM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Science, U.S. Weather

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Ski, snowboard, or just love snow? FreshyMap will rock your world.

In search of untouched or deep powder? This is the interactive map for you. Warning: May be addictive.

By Ian Livingston  |  03:50 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Sports, U.S. Weather

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 02/04/2014

The drawbacks of the automated weather app and need for human touch

Just because your favorite weather app says it’s so, doesn’t make it right.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:09 AM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Media, Technology, The Weather Channel

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 01/31/2014

School snow shutdowns: D.C. area versus the rest of the country

A map that shows how much snow is required to close schools across the country says it takes about 1-3 inches in D.C. Sound right?

By Jason Samenow  |  01:27 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, U.S. Weather

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 01/30/2014

As the snow melts, bickering over blame in the South (Video)

Georgia state officials are scrambling to avoid blame for their disastrous preparation and response to Tuesday’s snowstorm.

By Natalie Jennings and Jason Samenow  |  03:33 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Humor, Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 01/30/2014

Weather Channel shaking off DirecTV dispute, focusing on future

Weather Channel’s top official is looking beyond DirecTV conflict and sees a vibrant future for network - with or without DirecTV’s 20 million viewers.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:43 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Media, The Weather Channel

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 01/29/2014

Are meteorologists to blame for snow disasters in Atlanta and Birmingham?

The short answer is yes and no, in my view.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:15 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 01/27/2014

Big snow for southern Mid-Atlantic beaches midweek, a likely miss for D.C.

The latest arctic outbreak penetrating deep into the southern U.S. is setting the stage for a rare major winter storm from the Gulf Coast to the southern Mid-Atlantic.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:01 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, U.S. Weather, Winter Storms

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 01/27/2014

Spike then crash: Today’s wild temperature ride in D.C.

Polar pain is coming. I promise. But, first, we enjoy a little warmth. Through noon or so.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:10 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Extreme Weather, Latest

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 01/24/2014

Snowy Owl joins Capital Weather Gang at The Washington Post

A snowy owl has emerged on a stoop outside The Washington Post this afternoon, just a few floors down from Capital Weather Gang’s central computer.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:05 PM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capital Weather Gang, Latest, Nature

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/23/2014

Super Bowl cold and snow: Big game history, local odds, and an early outlook

What’s the weather going to be like before, after, and -- most importantly -- during the Super Bowl? We’re now into a period where we can make some informed predictions.

By Ian Livingston and Rick Grow  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Events, Latest, Sports, U.S. Weather

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 01/17/2014

Polar Vortex meets Miami

Of all places, south Florida is among the coldest locations compared to “normal” in the Lower 48 today.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:47 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Polar vortex, U.S. Weather

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 01/17/2014

Reflecting on MLK’s legacy through the lens of weather and climate

President of meteorological society encourages us all to reflect on the goals of MLK Day and serve: somebody probably needs our help.

By Marshall Shepherd  |  09:43 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Weather, Holidays, Latest

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 01/16/2014

Soul searching time for The Weather Channel

The mighty Weather Channel, dumped by DirecTV after failed contract negotiations, is facing an unexpected storm. How it withstands it will go a long way in determining whether it remains the dominant weather force in television.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:31 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Media, The Weather Channel

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 01/16/2014

Explosion in extreme drought in California

In just a week’s time, the percent of California in extreme drought skyrocketed from 28 to 63 percent, as the state deals with one of its driest stretches in recorded history.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:31 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, U.S. Weather

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 01:02 PM ET, 01/15/2014

A tame year for extreme weather in U.S., but California really needs rain

Even as California had its driest year on record, extreme weather was below average across the U.S. in 2013, NOAA’s review finds.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:02 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Weather, Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 01/14/2014

Boiling over: Extreme heat causes stir at Australian Open

A controversy is simmering Down Under over blistering temperatures and the safety of tennis players at the Australian Open.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:33 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Heat, International Weather, Latest, Sports

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 01/14/2014

Weather wars: DirecTV drops Weather Channel, AccuWeather to add channel

After weeks of fruitless negotiations, DirecTV unceremoniously dumped The Weather Channel from its line-up today.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:32 AM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AccuWeather, Latest, Media, The Weather Channel

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 01/13/2014

An early start to hurricane season? “Subtropical” storm may be forming

Tropical storms have occurred during every month in the Atlantic, but January storms are rare. Today, Subtropical Storm Arthur could be forming.

By Brian McNoldy  |  11:44 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 01/13/2014

Viral weather terms we love but hate (POLL)

Consider this list of recent weather names/terms that perhaps you’ve heard mentioned at least one too many times. Vote for the one you’re completely over by now.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:21 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Weather, Humor, Latest, Media

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 01/10/2014

WATCH: White House-moderated discussion on polar vortex, climate change

CWG’s Jason Samenow is joining other meteorologists and climate scientists in a live discussion on the polar vortex, extreme weather and climate change.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:18 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Climate Change, Extreme Weather, Latest, Polar vortex

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Rocket launched from Wallops, Va.; aurora may be viewable tonight in northern states

An rocket was launched from NASA’s Wallops Island at 1:07 p.m. today and was viewable for parts of the East Coast. Tonight, aurora may be viewable in northern states.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:15 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Astronomy, Latest, Space Weather

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 01/07/2014

Polar vortex delivering D.C.’s coldest day in decades, and we’re not alone

Low temperature records were smashed locally and across the eastern U.S. this morning. It remains bone-chillingly cold through tonight.

By Ian Livingston  |  12:20 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Local Climate, Polar vortex, U.S. Weather

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 01/05/2014

North Pole invades U.S.: 10 bitter, bone-chilling visuals

The polar vortex is crashing into U.S. territory, delivering the coldest weather to the Lower 48 in decades.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:30 PM ET, 01/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 01/03/2014

An astonishing, dangerous cold snap is about to descend on the U.S.

Some of the coldest air in years, if not decades, is poised to pour into the U.S., with mind-boggling low temperatures.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:06 PM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 01/03/2014

Snowstorm crushes New England with up to two feet of snow

New England is digging out from a powerful winter storm that walloped the region with raging winds and blinding snow.

By Brendan Richardson  |  02:30 PM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 12/31/2013

Why National Weather Service forecasts aren’t more descriptive

I don’t know whether I’m particularly picky, but for years I’ve wondered why the NWS, in narrative forecasts, has omitted really important descriptive terminology,

By Don Lipman  |  10:15 AM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, National Weather Service

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 12/30/2013

The top 5 international weather stories of 2013

While the U.S. saw a “relatively” tame year of weather in 2013, other parts of the world experienced catastrophic floods, storms, and record heat.

By Justin Grieser  |  11:14 AM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Weather, Latest

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 12/27/2013

Obscene amount of snow falls in Switzerland (PHOTOS)

Up to 3 feet of snow fell in 12 hours in the Alps...

By Jason Samenow  |  03:29 PM ET, 12/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Weather, Latest

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 12/23/2013

The 5 top U.S. weather stories of 2013

In the United States, the major weather stories of 2013 are somewhat contradictory. There were some horrible storms, but - overall - tornado and hurricane activity were depressed.

By Dennis Mersereau  |  11:40 AM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Recaps, U.S. Weather

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 12/20/2013

Wild weekend weather means tricky Christmas travel in central U.S.

From flash flooding to severe thunderstorms to snow and ice, inclement weather will affect a large part of the central U.S. this weekend.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:22 PM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Holidays, Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 12/20/2013

Wicked storm may lash United Kingdom around Christmas Eve

Computer models are simulating a fierce tempest sweeping by the northern United Kingdom Monday into Christmas Eve.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:13 PM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Weather, Latest

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 12/19/2013

NOAA worker satisfaction plunges; lawmaker proposes move to Interior

The Partnership for Public Service released its latest report on Federal worker satisfaction and, for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the trends are not pretty.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:57 PM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest, National Weather Service

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 12/19/2013

Sunday’s atmosphere could be D.C.’s toastiest in December on record

A stream of air straight out of the tropics may boost atmospheric temperatures to unrivaled levels for December Sunday in the Washington, D.C. area.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:49 PM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Weather, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 12/18/2013

What U.S. cities will have white Christmas dreams realized or shattered?

If you live along a line from Joplin to St. Louis to Chicago to Detroit, and especially to the north and west, you have a great chance of a White Christmas this year.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:33 PM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Holidays, Latest, U.S. Weather, Winter Storms

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 12/18/2013

Torching! 70+ degrees possible in D.C. Sunday

After being cold for much of December, temperatures reverse course in a big way this weekend.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:34 AM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Weather, Latest, Local Climate

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 12/17/2013

A gorgeous, mind-blowing visualization of the world’s winds

Weather visualization has taken a giant leap with a software engineer’s new creation: an interactive animation of winds around the entire globe.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:33 AM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Imagery, International Weather, Latest

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 12/13/2013

Biblical snowstorm: Rare flakes in Cairo, Jerusalem paralyzed by over a foot

A powerful, slow-moving storm is producing historic snows in the Middle East.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:06 PM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Weather, Latest

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 12/13/2013

136 below: Shockingly low temperature report from Antarctica, but not a record

The -136 temperatures recently sensed in Antarctica are interesting data points about how cold it can get on Earth, but can’t be used as historical benchmarks.

By Dennis Mersereau  |  10:48 AM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, International Weather, Latest, Science

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 12/12/2013

Lake Effect snow streamers -- a spectacle from space

On satellite imagery, the view of lake effect snow-producing clouds has been stunning. Here’s a collection of images from the last two days.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:35 PM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Imagery, Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 12/12/2013

Unusual December snowstorm strikes Middle East, Jerusalem shutdown

In Jerusalem, schools, roads, and businesses were closed, after over 4 inches fell this morning - the most in December in 60 years.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:53 AM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Weather, Latest

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 12/10/2013

Winter storm updates

The wintry weather continues Tuesday with snow and sleet expected during the morning commute. We’re bringing you the latest live updates on what’s going on and what to expect.

By Mark Berman  |  04:55 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Snow, Weather

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 12/09/2013

National Weather Service issues Winter Storm Watch for Tuesday

We think this watch may be a bit aggressive and that the NWS forecast of 5 or more inches of snow, while possible, isn’t the most likely scenario.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:20 AM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, National Weather Service, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 12/09/2013

Live updates: Winter storm

The Washington region is bracing for another day of wintry weather. We’re bringing you the latest updates on the weather here.

By Mark Berman  |  04:55 AM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  winter weather

Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 12/05/2013

PM Update: Out with warmth, rainy and cooler Friday; fierce storm blasts Europe

You still have most of tonight to enjoy unseasonably mild conditions, but early December reality returns Friday, with temperatures stalled near 50 as rain gradually moves in.

By Jason Samenow  |  06:08 PM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Forecasts, International Weather

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 12/05/2013

Severe cold wave strikes northern U.S., crippling ice storm targets south central

As a razor sharp cold boundary collides with warm, moist air at its southern reaches, a serious ice storm is in the making from Dallas to Nashville.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:19 PM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 12/04/2013

A heart-pounding inside look at Super Typhoon Haiyan

iCyclone’s Haiyan footage is as gripping as it gets when it comes to storm chasing. Check it out, and go behind the scenes with the videographer.

By Ian Livingston  |  10:30 AM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Weather, Latest, Photography, Tropical Weather, Video

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 12/03/2013

Extreme winter weather rocking the U.S.A., from northwest to southeast, eventually

Arctic cold and, in many places, snow and ice is invading the U.S.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:46 PM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 12/02/2013

Storm surge science: the funneling effect in Tacloban from typhoon Haiyan (VIDEO)

Astonishing storm surge heights, responsible for the lion’s share of the destruction in Tacloban, were achieved due to an unfortunate confluence of meteorology and geography.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:47 PM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Weather, Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 11/27/2013

Round-up: East Coast storm battering New England, some snow on backside

The powerful East Coast storm has reached the Northeast, with wind-driven rain pelting coastal areas. A narrow ribbon of snow wraps around the storm on its west side.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:37 AM ET, 11/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, U.S. Weather, Winter Storms

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 11/26/2013

Pumped up East Coast storm: Where it’s worst Wednesday

Air carriers in the Northeast face a steep challenge Wednesday as the big East Coast storm cranks up.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:17 PM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, U.S. Weather, Winter Storms

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 11/25/2013

Super soak, slide, slap: Pre-Thanksgiving East Coast storm a travel nightmare

A storm in the South explodes up the East Coast Tuesday and Wednesday generating heavy rain, heavy snow, and howling winds. A guide to where it’s the worst and when...

By Jason Samenow  |  04:14 PM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 11/25/2013

2013 Atlantic hurricane season wrap-up: least active in 30 years

Hurricane season officially ends on Saturday, but in this lackluster year, it looks like we can wrap it up a little early.

By Brian McNoldy  |  10:24 AM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Tropical Weather

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 12:06 PM ET, 11/14/2013

How does Super Typhoon Haiyan compare to Hurricane Katrina?

By any measure, Haiyan was stronger than Katrina at its peak but its geography gave it a decided intensity advantage.

By Brian McNoldy  |  12:06 PM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Weather, Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 11/14/2013

Contest: How much snow will fall this winter in Washington, D.C.?

Our winter outlook is out. Now it’s your chance to predict how much snow will fall.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:51 AM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capital Weather Gang, Latest, Seasons, Winter Storms

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 11/13/2013

Chaser team documents abrupt, violent onset of destructive typhoon in Tacloban

Chaser team’s report reveals a storm that struck with sudden and excessive force and that, despite its short duration, overwhelmed and ultimately destroyed the Philippine city.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:15 PM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Weather, Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 11/13/2013

Winter outlook 2013-14 for Washington, D.C.: Volatile, leaning warm, with below normal snow

This winter is likely another victory for those who dislike cold and snow. But it won’t be a complete loss for snow lovers.

By Matt Ross  |  11:29 AM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capital Weather Gang, Latest, Seasons, Winter Storms

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 11/12/2013

Typhoon and hurricane storm surge disasters are unacceptable

It’s past time nations and the global community make storm surge disasters stop.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:09 PM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, International Weather, Latest, National Weather Service, Tropical Weather

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 11/12/2013

Lights out in Tacloban: Satellite image before and after Typhoon Haiyan

For the city of Tacloban, super typhoon Haiyan was literally a knock-out blow.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:37 PM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Imagery, International Weather, Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 11/11/2013

Why so many people died from Haiyan and past southeast Asia typhoons

Few were prepared when Philippine officials estimated that as many as 10,000 people may have died in Tacloban City alone when Haiyan struck.

By Dennis Mersereau  |  08:02 AM ET, 11/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Weather, Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 11/09/2013

Disaster in Tacloban, Philippines: Chasers document “ghastly” scene from typhoon

Distressing first-hand accounts and video footage from Tacloban city in the Philippines, which was dealt the brunt of super typhoon Haiyan.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:02 AM ET, 11/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Weather, Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 11/08/2013

Super typhoon Haiyan: Raw damage images and video from violent storm

It will likely take a few days before the storm’s full toll on life and property is known.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:39 PM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Weather, Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 11/08/2013

Super typhoon Haiyan: One of world’s most powerful storms in history from space

From its unmistakably clear eye, the towering thunderstorms surrounding it, and its impeccable symmetry - super typhoon Haiyan is a textbook, “perfect” tropical cyclone.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:59 AM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Weather, Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 11/07/2013

Super typhoon Haiyan strikes Philippines, among strongest storms ever

About 12 hours from a devastating impact with the central Philippines, Super typhoon Haiyan has strengthened to mind-boggling levels.

By Jason Samenow and Brian McNoldy  |  11:59 AM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Weather, Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 11/06/2013

Super typhoon Haiyan hits Category 5, an extremely serious threat to Philippines

Haiyan - known as Yolanda in the Philippines - is likely the strongest storm to form on the planet this year.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:48 PM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Weather, Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 11/06/2013

“Monster” storm in north Pacific battering Aleutian Islands

A large, deep storm in the north Pacific is pounding the eastern Aleutian Islands with massive waves and winds over 70 mph.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:20 AM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Weather, Latest

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 11/05/2013

Severe Typhoon Haiyan exploding in power on path towards Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan, roughly 48-60 hours from a dangerous encounter with the Philippines, is rapidly intensifying.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:12 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Weather, Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 11/05/2013

Capital Weather Gang gives D.C. Council winter outlook sneak preview (VIDEO)

When our city government called us to testify about our expectations for the looming winter, we complied.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:29 AM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capital Weather Gang, Latest, Seasons, Winter Storms

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 10/31/2013

The scary Halloween solar storm of 2003: a warning for today’s space weather

Ten years ago, the sun provided an unexpected extra dimension to the tricks and treats of Halloween.

By Steve Tracton  |  11:35 AM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Astronomy, Latest, Space, Space Weather

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 10/30/2013

Halloween weather forecast: Where to find, avoid the scariest skies

A strong cold front plowing towards the East Coast could certainly make for some wicked weather this Halloween.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:21 PM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Halloween, Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 10/30/2013

Grading our 2013 summer outlook: A solid forecast

Overall, I think we did quite well in capturing what was in store for the summer of 2013.

By Matt Ross  |  11:07 AM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capital Weather Gang, Latest, Seasons

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 10/29/2013

Superstorm Sandy: Unraveling the mystery of a meteorological oddity

We examine the science behind the meteorological oddball became the second costliest tropical cyclone ever to strike the United States.

By Jeff Halverson  |  01:02 PM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Sandy, Tropical Weather

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 10/29/2013

17 images that tell the story of Sandy slamming the East Coast

Sandy was a special type of storm. How it came together, and how we watched it do so via weather-sensing technologies, is still mind blowing one year later.

By Ian Livingston and Kathryn Prociv  |  10:04 AM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Imagery, Latest, Sandy, Tropical Weather

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 10/28/2013

Halloween weather: will rainy front foil D.C., Northeast trick-or-treat plans?

Temperatures should be quite comfortable. But the prognosis for precipitation is a trickier one to track.

By Dan Stillman  |  12:22 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 10/28/2013

Did Hurricane Sandy live up to the media hype? Yes, and then some

The news coverage surrounding the approach and landfall of Hurricane Sandy, however, was one of those strange times when a major storm actually lived up to the hype, and even exceeded it.

By Dennis Mersereau  |  10:32 AM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Media, Sandy, Tropical Weather

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 10/25/2013

U.S. once had air pollution to match China’s today

One of the worst U.S. air pollution episodes was the choking, deadly smog that covered Donora, Pa., in October 1948, killing 20 people and leaving roughly 7,000 ill in hospitals or at home.

By Jack Williams  |  01:57 PM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Quality, Health, International Weather, Latest

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 10/24/2013

The evolution of D.C.’s cold snap: when do we break out of it?

Let’s take a look upstream, where changes in the Pacific Ocean tell the story of the current cold snap and provide clues as to what’s next.

By Rick Grow  |  10:53 AM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 10/23/2013

Sandy spared New York’s skyscrapers, but high-rises carry high risk during hurricanes

Even if you think trudging up and down several stories in a high-rise without elevators is a good way to get in shape, you should evacuate when threatened by a hurricane.

By Jack Williams  |  02:42 PM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Sandy, Tropical Weather

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 10/22/2013

Forecasters saw first signs of Superstorm Sandy exactly one year ago

The anniversary of Superstorm Sandy’s landfall doesn’t hit until next week. But it was a year ago today that forecasters first saw the makings of a potentially historic event.

By Dan Stillman  |  02:46 PM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Sandy, Tropical Weather

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 10/21/2013

Chinese city shut down by off-the-charts pollution

The northern Chinese city of Harbin was effectively shut down Monday after suffocating in a dense soup of pollution.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:22 PM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Quality, Health, International Weather, Latest

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 10/21/2013

Category 3 Hurricane Raymond menacing Mexico’s Pacific coast

Raymond, the first major hurricane to form in the eastern Pacific this season, is sitting, spinning and soaking sections of the water-logged west coast of Mexico with heavy rain.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:17 AM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Weather, Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 10/18/2013

Double whammy drenching in Japan? Super typhoon Francisco may follow Wipha’s path

On the heels of Wipha comes super typhoon Francisco, about 250 miles west-northwest of Guam, tracking north-northwestward.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:55 PM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Weather, Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 10/16/2013

Weather in the wilderness: 4 scary real-life situations

Whether you’re on a hike or overnight camping trip, awareness of possible weather threats can be the difference between life and death.

By Brendan Richardson  |  04:30 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Nature, Weather safety

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 10/16/2013

Japan’s shocking, deadly deluge from Typhoon Wipha: 33 inches of rain in 24 hours

Incredibly, 17 inches (426 mm) fell in 4 hours and nearly 5 inches in one hour.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:50 AM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Weather, Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 10/15/2013

Japan’s storm of the decade: Typhoon Wipha lashing Tokyo, Fukushima

Typhoon Wipha is barreling up the east coast of Japan, spreading torrential rains and the likelihood of damaging winds.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:34 PM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Weather, Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 10/15/2013

Tropics extremely quiet in Atlantic; record drought in major U.S. hurricane landfalls

The tropical Atlantic continues its spell of remarkable inactivity. There have been just two short-lived Category 1 hurricanes so far, and there is nothing in the long-range model guidance to suggest anything but the status quo.

By Brian McNoldy  |  11:26 AM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 10/14/2013

Powerful typhoon Wipha eyes Tokyo, Japan

Wipha may produce flooding rain and damaging winds in major population centers in Japan.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:33 PM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Weather, Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 10/14/2013

Major disaster averted: 5 reasons why cyclone Phailin not as bad as feared in India

There are several factors which, together, help explain why disastrous consequences were avoided from Phailin.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:50 PM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Weather, Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 10/11/2013

Category 5 Phailin likely a disaster for India, catastrophic storm surge “a certainty”

The lives and livelihoods of millions of people along India’s east coast are in peril as monstrous cyclone Phailin makes its approach from the Bay of Bengal.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:30 AM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Weather, Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 10/10/2013

Potentially catastrophic cyclone Phailin, size of Katrina, headed for India

Potentially catastrophic cyclone Phailin headed for India

By Jason Samenow  |  02:42 PM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Weather, Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 10/10/2013

How the shutdown could impact scientist studying space weather at the South Pole

To get a better sense of the impact of the Federal shutdown on Antarctic science research, we talked to C. Robert Clauer, whose conducts space weather research at the South Pole.

By Masuma Ahuja  |  10:51 AM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Space Weather

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 10/09/2013

15 ways the Federal shutdown is hampering the National Weather Service

From a lack of janitorial services to canceled travel to broken data streams - the shutdown has unleashed a torrent of obstacles for Weather Service forecasters.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:18 PM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest, National Weather Service

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 10/07/2013

Okinawa takes vicious blow from Typhoon Danas (VIDEO)

The southwest eyewall of Typhoon Danas ripped across the northern tip of Okinawa earlier today. Storm chasers positioned themselves to experience its full force.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:53 PM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Weather, Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 10/07/2013

NWS forecasters overcome nastiest elements in Federal shutdown; hike to work in blizzard

National Weather Service forecasters hiked to work and slept there during South Dakota’s extraordinary blizzard, falling in the midst of the Federal shutdown.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:24 PM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest, National Weather Service, U.S. Weather

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 10/05/2013

Karen falling apart, non-factor for D.C., but rain/storms from cold front likely Monday

Any meaningful impact from Karen in the D.C. area has evaporated, but a strong cold front is still likely to bring some heavy rain and possible thunderstorms to the D.C. area on Monday.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:06 PM ET, 10/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 10/04/2013

Alaska National Weather Service office begs “please pay us” in secret message

In a public forecast discussion, the Anchorage National Weather Service office encoded this secret message: “Please pay us.“

By Jason Samenow  |  05:19 PM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest, National Weather Service

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 10/04/2013

Tropical storm Karen in Washington D.C.: how much rain and when?

Rainfall from Karen or its remnants is most likely Monday into Monday night. Around one inch of rain seems like a reasonable possibility, or a good “first guess” forecast.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:30 PM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Tropical Weather

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 10:28 AM ET, 10/04/2013

Weakened tropical storm Karen heading for Gulf coast, landfall likely Saturday night

Tropical Storm Karen is about 300 miles south of New Orleans and will make landfall along the northern Gulf Coast most likely Saturday night.

By Brian McNoldy  |  10:28 AM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 10/03/2013

Shutdown stopping flow of weather information as dangerous storms threaten nation

Certain Federal resources for communicating information about hazardous weather are down and out within 48 hours of a possible life-threatening hurricane, blizzard, severe thunderstorm outbreak and wildfires.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:54 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest, National Weather Service, U.S. Weather

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 10/03/2013

Will tropical storm Karen dump heavy rain on Washington, D.C.?

Heavy rain is likely to accompany Karen as it rides northward, but the exact track is still a wild card, and will determine whether or not Washington, D.C. receives substantial rain.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:31 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 10/03/2013

Tropical storm Karen forms, hurricane watches issued for Gulf coast

The disturbance in the southern Gulf of Mexico has intensified to a tropical storm: Karen. Tropical storm and hurricane watches are now in effect for a section of northern Gulf coast. Rains from Karen could reach the D.C. area Monday.

By Brian McNoldy  |  09:28 AM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 10/02/2013

Caribbean system may become tropical storm Karen and affect Gulf and East coasts

A tropical storm may be brewing in the western Caribbean, and is expected to strengthen as it heads toward the northern Gulf coast this weekend. Some of its moisture may ride up the East Coast.

By Brian McNoldy  |  11:46 AM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tropical Weather

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 10/01/2013

Identifying weather hazards on the road

D.C.’s traffic is notoriously brutal, and hazardous weather can further aggravate the situation.

By Brendan Richardson  |  03:35 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Weather safety

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 10/01/2013

Federal shutdown weakens weather and climate enterprise

Much of the National Weather Service is still functioning, but that does not mean all is well in the world of weather and climate with much of the Federal government closed for business.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:19 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest, National Weather Service

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 09/30/2013

“Extraordinary” Pacific storms shatter records in Northwest; tornado near Seattle

Since Saturday, a series of storms has battered the Pacific Northwest bringing record rainfall, damaging winds and, today, an rare September tornado near Seattle.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:02 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 09/30/2013

National Weather Service would continue operating in shutdown

If the Federal government shuts down starting Tuesday, you will still receive its weather forecasts and warnings.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:43 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest, National Weather Service

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 09/30/2013

What happened to hurricane season? And why we should keep forecasting it

As we wrap up September, there have been just two short-lived Category 1 hurricanes in the Atlantic. And seasonal forecasts predicted an extremely active season. What’s going on?

By Brian McNoldy  |  12:14 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tropical Weather

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 09/25/2013

Weekend Atlantic storm probably avoids Mid-Atlantic

Computer models are moving away from a Mid-Atlantic coastal storm for Sunday or Monday, either bringing the storm near the coast of New England or moving it out to sea.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:05 PM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Nor'easters, Tropical Weather

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 09/23/2013

Antarctic sea ice hit 35-year record high Saturday

Antarctic sea ice has grown to a record large extent for a second straight year, baffling scientists seeking to understand why this ice is expanding rather than shrinking in a warming world.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:25 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Climate Change, International Weather, Latest

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 09/23/2013

Worst of typhoon Usagi slips by Hong Kong, 25 dead in China

Typhoon Usagi veered slightly northward, sparing Hong Kong its worst. But the storm has led to 47 deaths throughout Asia.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:10 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Weather, Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 09/20/2013

Monstrous super typhoon Usagi holding its own, Hong Kong braces for possible impact

Super typhoon Usagi, 2013’s strongest storm on the planet, may have peaked in intensity, but remains an extremely dangerous cyclone as it continues on a collision course with southern Taiwan and, likely, Hong Kong.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:06 PM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Weather, Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 09/20/2013

The Great New England Hurricane of September 21, 1938 on its 75th anniversary

On its rampage through Long Island and New England, the hurricane caused hundreds of casualties and enormous property damage on a scale never before seen by the oldest inhabitants

By Don Lipman  |  10:51 AM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  History, Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 09/19/2013

Super typhoon Usagi, strongest storm on Earth in 2013, may strike Hong Kong Sunday

In the last 24 hours, a cyclone in the west Pacific has explosively intensified, and is on a heading towards Hong Kong.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:12 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Weather, Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 09/19/2013

Colorado’s exceedingly rare flood in 3 maps

New visuals from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reveal the exceptional nature of rainfall that flooded parts of 17 counties in Colorado last week.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:57 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Floods, Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 09/19/2013

Gulf of Mexico storm brewing -- could be Jerry

Yet another tropical disturbance is located in the southern Gulf of Mexico and is expected to linger for several days.

By Brian McNoldy  |  11:05 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 09/18/2013

Remembering Hurricane Isabel, 10 years later (PHOTOS)

Isabel photos, statistics, and storm recollections.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  12:55 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  History, Latest, Local Climate, Tropical Weather

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 10:29 AM ET, 09/17/2013

Hurricane Ivan, Virginia’s largest tornado outbreak -- September 17, 2004

The 38 tornadoes that swept across Virginia in a matter of hours destroyed prior records for the area.

By Kathryn Prociv and Ian Livingston  |  10:29 AM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Tornadoes, Tropical Weather

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 09/16/2013

Colorado’s “biblical” flood by the numbers

Numbers which help tell the story of the historic flood in Colorado

By Jason Samenow  |  03:44 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Flooding, Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 09/13/2013

Historic flooding crushes records in Colorado and surrounding states

Flooding has been described as “biblical” by the National Weather Service in Boulder, Colorado. A once in 100 to 500 year event for some spots in the region.

By Ian Livingston  |  03:23 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Flooding, Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 09/13/2013

Tropical trio: Ingrid forms, Gabrielle and Humberto weaken

Tropical Storm Ingrid forms in the Gulf of Mexico on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Ike’s landfall on Texas. Further east, Gabrielle and Humberto were both recently downgraded.

By Brian McNoldy  |  12:41 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tropical Weather

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 09/13/2013

Five years later, Hurricane Ike still remembered deep in the hearts of Texans

Hurricane Ike stands as one of few American weather events infamous enough to be remembered by name and date.

By Dennis Mersereau  |  10:02 AM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tropical Weather

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 09/12/2013

Massive flooding swamps Colorado Front Range, Boulder (PICTURES)

Two people are dead and hundreds have been evacuated after torrential rains have deluged the Colorado Front Range.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:44 AM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Flooding, Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 09/11/2013

Summer 2013 weather extremes tied to extraordinarily unusual polar jet stream

The behavior and configuration of the polar jet stream this summer was rare and mind-boggling.

By Steve Tracton  |  03:36 PM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Explainer, Extreme Weather, Latest

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 09/10/2013

Confirmed: Greenland reached hottest temperature in modern record this summer

After further review, officials say the July 30 record high of 78.6 F set in Greenland - the warmest temperature since modern records began in 1958 - stands.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:55 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Heat, International Weather, Latest

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 09/10/2013

Tropical Atlantic wakes up on peak day of hurricane season

Today is the climatological peak of the hurricane season and someone must have just sent the atmosphere the memo.

By Brian McNoldy  |  11:31 AM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 09/09/2013

Drought and Syria: manmade climate change or just climate?

Climate change may have been lurking behind the scenes, making the drought that helped instigate the conflict in Syria worse.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:40 PM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Climate Change, International Weather, Latest

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 09/09/2013

Hurricane drought may end with fish storm Humberto

Tropical storm Humberto may finally end the hurricane drought, nearing record territory.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:55 PM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 09/09/2013

Wednesday could be D.C.’s hottest day of the “summer”

On the meteorological calendar, fall began over a week ago. But some of the hottest weather of 2013 surges into the region midweek.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:40 AM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Heat, Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 09/06/2013

Extreme weather snoozer: no hurricanes, and low tornado numbers in 2013

As stormy as the weather has been in the U.S. and tropical Atlantic over the past few years, 2013 has been deadsville.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:15 PM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Climate Change, Latest, Tornadoes, Tropical Weather

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 09/05/2013

Tropical storm Gabrielle brushes Puerto Rico, still no hurricanes

Tropical Storm Gabrielle, the seventh named storm of the season, is bringing stormy conditions to the northern Caribbean today.

By Brian McNoldy  |  09:46 AM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 09/03/2013

No tropical storms over Labor Day weekend: what does that mean for hurricane season?

From 1963-2012, there were only five years in which the National Hurricane Center did not issue advisories for at least one system.

By David Titley  |  01:10 PM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 09/03/2013

Funnels at the beach: video from Delaware and Florida

When talking about funnels at the beach over Labor Day weekend, usually the reference is to funnel cake, not funnel clouds.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:15 PM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Tornadoes, U.S. Weather

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 08/30/2013

Atlantic hurricane season still lacking hurricanes: any sign of a change?

There are signs storminess is about to pick-up some.

By Brian McNoldy  |  11:33 AM ET, 08/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tropical Weather

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 08/29/2013

Louisiana’s Barry Keim talks Hurricane Katrina and life as state climatologist

"We’re 8 years since [Katrina] and we still have areas which look like they haven’t been touched."

By Adam Rainear  |  04:36 PM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Tropical Weather, U.S. Weather

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 08/29/2013

D.C.’s Maryland suburbs among nation’s lowest natural disaster risk areas, analysis finds

Residents from Bethesda to Frederick have less to worry about compared to most U.S. cities when it comes to extreme weather, wildfires and earthquakes.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:10 PM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, U.S. Weather

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 08/29/2013

California Rim Fire grows: Astonishing timelapse videos from Yosemite

"Menacing yet mesmerizing" scenes of California's Rim Fire from Yosemite.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:06 AM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fire Weather, Imagery, Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 08/27/2013

Cloud seeding experiment almost snarled Hurricane Camille forecast

Experiments to test the idea that cloud seeding could weaken hurricanes helped make forecasting for Camille the "most critical and hair-raising experience" of Robert Simpson's long career

By Jack Williams  |  04:15 PM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  History, Latest, Tropical Weather, U.S. Weather

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 08/27/2013

Join the Capital Weather Watchers program; free NWS Skywarn Spotter training

In partnership with the National Weather Service, we're offering a weather spotter training class September 25, at 7 p.m. at The Washington Post.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:16 PM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capital Weather Gang, Government, Latest

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 08/27/2013

California Rim Fire: A blazing tour from Earth and space

Stunning views of the California blaze, tricking into treasured Yosemite National Park

By Jason Samenow  |  12:49 PM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fire Weather, Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 08/26/2013

Praying for rain: the intersection of weather and religion

When the skies are clear and the ground is dry, some folks look up to the heavens and request divine intervention in the form of prayers for rain.

By Dennis Mersereau  |  10:27 AM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 05:18 PM ET, 08/23/2013

Vintage photos: the 1933 Chesapeake Potomac hurricane -- flooding in Washington, D.C.

On August 23, 1933, the Chesapeake Potomac hurricane pushed a 11-12 foot storm surge up the Potomac River. We have discovered some historic photos of the flooding.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:18 PM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Photography, Tropical Weather

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 08/23/2013

Eighty years ago today -- the Chesapeake and Potomac hurricane

On August 23, 1933, the hurricane which carved out the inlet between Ocean City and Assateague Island swept through the Mid-Atlantic.

By Don Lipman  |  12:28 PM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  History, Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 08/23/2013

Where the heck are all the hurricanes?

It's been a quiet start to the Atlantic hurricane season, but it's far from over.

By Brian McNoldy  |  10:11 AM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Tropical Weather