Weather Articles

Frank Continues to Weaken as a Tropical Storm

July 27, 2016

Frank will not directly affect land.

Severe Storms Threaten the Plains, Midwest Thursday

By Brian Donegan
July 27, 2016

Severe thunderstorms will take aim on parts of the heartland to wrap up July.

When Will Relief from the Brutal Heat Arrive?

By Brian Donegan
July 27, 2016

After over a week of blazing heat and humidity, some relief is in store.

Is a Category 6 Hurricane Possible?

By Brian Donegan
July 27, 2016

Have we already had Category 6 hurricanes in the past? Do we have any in our future?

Heavy Rain, Flash Flooding Possible from Tennessee and Kentucky to the Mid-Atlantic, Including Flood-Ravaged West Virginia

By Brian Donegan
July 27, 2016

After the deadly West Virginia flooding in June, a concerning forecast is in store for that state and other parts of the Ohio Valley.

Five Tools Used to Monitor Hurricanes You've Probably Never Heard Of

By Jonathan Belles
July 27, 2016

Five important tools used by tropical meteorologists you may not have heard of.

Invest 96-L Designated as Atlantic Basin Warms Up For Peak of Hurricane Season

By Tom Moore
July 27, 2016

Here's what we know about the strong tropical wave off the coast of Africa that's being monitored by the National Hurricane Center.

U.S. Warm Records Are Trouncing Cold Records by 4 to 1 Margin in 2016

By Jon Erdman
July 27, 2016

Year-to-date data from NOAA shows this year is no contest in the daily temperature record department.

At Least 54 Dead in Nepal After Monsoon Rains Trigger Flooding, Landslides

By Eric Chaney
July 27, 2016

Monsoon rains have triggered deadly flooding and landslides in several areas of the region.

Interstate Traffic, Mayflies and 11 Other Weird Things That Have Shown Up on Radar

By Chris Dolce
July 27, 2016

Radar can detect other things besides snow and rain. Here are some of the strangest things we've noticed.

Gulf of Mexico Hurricane Drought Likely to Become Longest in 130 Years

By Jonathan Belles
July 27, 2016

The Gulf of Mexico's hurricane drought will reach longest in 130 years by the end of the week.

Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season Sees Record July After Slow Start to the Season

By Chris Dolce
July 27, 2016

After a record slow start, the eastern Pacific hurricane season has now set a record on the completely opposite side of the spectrum to begin July.

Three New Drought Areas You May Not Have Heard About

By Brian Donegan
July 27, 2016

Drought conditions are continuing to worsen across three major areas of the United States.

Tropical Storm Georgette Weakening Quickly Over the Eastern Pacific Ocean

July 27, 2016

The latest in the eastern Pacific July tropical cyclone parade.

Why Wildfire Relief Is Nearly Impossible This Time of Year in California

By Tom Moore
July 26, 2016

The hot and dry summer in California sets the stage for fires to initiate, and conditions are getting worse.

India Monsoon Flooding Kills 7, Displaces 1.2 Million

By Pam Wright
July 26, 2016

Monsoon floods in India have claimed the lives of at least seven and displaced 1.2 million people from their homes.

Where Large Wildfires Are Most Common in the U.S.

July 26, 2016

This map from the USGS shows where large wildfires were the most active from 1994 to 2013.

Cleanup Begins as Hawaii Escapes Tropical Storm Darby Relatively Unscathed

By Sean Breslin
July 26, 2016

Residents and crews began cleanup operations after Tropical Storm Darby hammered Oahu, flooding roadways and prompting rescues.

Four Children Die in Hot Cars in Four-Day Span

By Sean Breslin
July 26, 2016

Here's what we know about four incidents where children died in hot cars.

Four Children Die in Hot Cars in Four-Day Span

By Sean Breslin
July 26, 2016

Here's what we know about four incidents where children died in hot cars.

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Featured Blogs

First African Tropical Wave of the Year to Get Designated an 'Invest': 96L

By Dr. Jeff Masters
July 27, 2016

One of the strongest tropical waves of the 2016 African monsoon season moved off the coast of Africa on Wednesday morning, and has the potential to develop into a tropical depression in the coming days as it tracks westwards at 15 - 20 mph into the middle Atlantic. NHC designated this disturbance Invest 96L on Wednesday morning--the first "Invest" of the year for an African tropical wave.

Hottest Reliably Measured Air Temperatures on Earth

By Christopher C. Burt
July 22, 2016

As Jeff Masters mentioned in his recent blog, a temperature of 54.0°C (129.2°F) was observed at Mitribah, Kuwait on July 21st. According to the Kuwait Meteorological Department this was the hottest temperature ever measured in the country (a reading of 54.4°C/129.9°F observed at the same site on July 16, 2010 has been disallowed as a result of a faulty sensor). The 54.0°C reading also is a new record for Asia and ties a similar reading at Death Valley (on June 30, 2013) as the hottest reliably measured temperature on Earth. The key word here is ‘reliably’. Many hotter temperatures have been reported from around the world in years past. However, all of these have credibility issues. In that vein I am going to revisit a blog I first posted on WU in October 2010 listing all the various claims to temperature readings at or above 54°C (129.2°F). In the years since I made that post I’ve learned more about some of these claims and have thus updated my entries and ‘validity’ scores as a result.

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

By Stu Ostro
October 5, 2015

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

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

By Shaun Tanner
September 16, 2015

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

2013-14 - An Interesting Winter From A to Z

By Tom Niziol
May 15, 2014

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

What the 5th IPCC Assessment Doesn't Include

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September 27, 2013

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