Weather Articles

Hurricane Maria Lashing the Dominican Republic as it Soaks Puerto Rico; Turks and Caicos, Bahamas Danger Ahead; U.S. Rip Current, High Surf Threat

By Chris Dolce
September 21, 2017

Maria will continue to affect the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico on Thursday and will then take aim at the Turks and Caicos and the southeast Bahamas.

Tropical Storm Jose Bringing Coastal Flooding, Rain, Wind to Parts of Northeast; Tropical Storm Warning for Southeast Massachusetts

September 20, 2017

In some ways, Jose resembles a nor'easter without the snow.

U.S. Virgin Islands Officials Urge Tourists to Delay Their Trips After Maria

By Eric Chaney
September 20, 2017

Authorities and residents in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are expecting the worst when they finally get to survey the damage.

How Tropical Storm Jose Will Play a Role in Steering Hurricane Maria

By Chris Dolce
September 20, 2017

Here's how Jose will play a role in the steering of Hurricane Maria.

More Snow Expected in Parts of Northern Rockies Late This Week

By Brian Donegan
September 20, 2017

The northern Rockies are forecast to receive more accumulating snow late this week.

Ports Shut Down as Dominican Republic Braces for Deadly Hurricane Maria

September 20, 2017

The storm has left at least nine dead during its assault on the Caribbean.

Mexico Earthquake Kills at Least 230, Search for Survivors Continues

September 20, 2017

The deadly quake reduced buildings to rubble and brought traffic to a standstill.

Hurricane Maria Was One of the 10 Most Intense Atlantic Basin Hurricanes on Record

By Jonathan Erdman
September 20, 2017

Maria's pressure plunged to rarified territory before its siege of the Virgin Islands.

Do Houston Tenants Have to Pay Rent For Uninhabitable Apartments After Harvey?

By Pam Wright
September 20, 2017

Houston's mayor has called for flexibility and sensitivity from landlords of tenants impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Puerto Rico Completely Without Power as Maria Rages

By Eric Chaney
September 20, 2017

Authorities and residents in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands are preparing for the worst.

Three Category 4 Hurricanes Have Made a U.S. Landfall in 2017

By Chris Dolce
September 20, 2017

2017 has been an extreme year for U.S. landfalls.

First Harvey, Now Maria: ISS Astronaut Joe Acaba Impacted by Two Hurricanes

By Joe McCarthy
September 20, 2017

Even 254 miles up in space, Joe Acaba can't escape this intense hurricane season.

Florida Residents Without Flood Insurance Face Mounting Bills After Irma

By Pam Wright
September 20, 2017

Florida residents without flood insurance may be facing a financial crisis.

Hurricane Maria, the Strongest Puerto Rico Landfall in 89 Years, Unleashes a Siege of Destructive Winds and Flooding

September 20, 2017

Maria was the strongest hurricane landfall in Puerto Rico since 1932.

Hollywood, Florida, Nursing Home Incident Claims 9th Victim

September 19, 2017

The tragedy began to unfold in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

At Least 94 Dead After Magnitude 7.1 Quake Strikes Mexico

September 19, 2017

The deadly quake damaged buildings and brought traffic to a standstill.

Magnitude 7.1 Earthquake Strikes Mexico: 'I Can’t Believe I’m Alive'

By Eric Chaney
September 19, 2017

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Mexico Tuesday afternoon, southeast of Mexico City.

Jose Bringing Coastal Flooding, Beach Erosion From Outer Banks to Northeast

By Pam Wright
September 19, 2017

Jose is impacting the Outer Banks to the Northeast with coastal flooding and erosion.

1 Dead, 2 Missing As Hurricane Maria Lashes Dominica With 'Mind-Boggling' Devastation, Sets Sights On Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

September 19, 2017

The massive storm slammed into Dominica Monday and is now targeting Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Monsters of the Atlantic: The Basin's Category 5 Hurricanes

By Tom Moore
September 19, 2017

An in-depth look the Atlantic's Category 5 hurricanes and the destruction they have caused.

Featured Blogs

Meteorology of Saturday's Colombian Flood Disaster That Killed 254

By Dr. Jeff Masters
April 3, 2017

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

Iconic American Destination Virtually Isolated for Rest of Year

By Christopher C. Burt
March 24, 2017

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

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

By Stu Ostro
October 5, 2015

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

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

By Shaun Tanner
September 16, 2015

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

2013-14 - An Interesting Winter From A to Z

By Tom Niziol
May 15, 2014

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

What the 5th IPCC Assessment Doesn't Include

September 27, 2013

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

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