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NOAA: 2016's Weather Was Far From Normal

'Very extreme' year is concerning, scientists say

(Newser) - Last year's global weather was far more extreme or record-breaking than anything approaching normal, according to a new report. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its annual checkup of the Earth on Thursday, highlighting numerous records including hottest year, highest sea level, and lowest sea ice in... More »

This State Has the Deadliest Weather

Nevada's sweltering temperatures can kill

(Newser) - If you can't stand the heat, stay far away from Nevada. Soaring temperatures caused the deaths of 50 people in Nevada in 2016 alone, making the state the deadliest in the country when it comes to weather, per 24/7 Wall St . The states with the most dangerous weather, based... More »

8 Cyclones Were Swirling at Same Time in Pacific

That hasn't happened in more than 40 years

(Newser) - The northern Pacific Ocean experienced some weather weirdness over the weekend: It had no fewer than eight tropical cyclones swirling simultaneously on Saturday, the first time that's happened since 1974, reports the Weather Channel . For the record, that encompasses tropical storms Fernanda, Greg, Noru, Kulap, and Roke, plus tropical... More »

New California Mudslide Is Enormous

Part of Highway 1 in Big Sur is buried under 40 feet of rock, dirt

(Newser) - A massive landslide is the latest natural disaster to hit California's Big Sur, which relies heavily on an iconic coastal highway and tourism. Plus, it adds to a record $1 billion in highway damage from one of the state's wettest winters in decades. The weekend slide in Big... More »

Falling Goal Post Kills Girl in Storm

At least 14 dead in storms in South, Midwest

(Newser) - At least 14 people have been killed by tornadoes or flooding in the South and Midwest by a storm that also dumped a rare late-season blizzard in western Kansas on Sunday. Tornadoes hit several small towns in East Texas, killing four people. Five people were killed by flooding and winds... More »

Louisiana Tornado Kills Mom, 3-Year-Old Daughter

State on high alert; storm system has damaged homes across Deep South

(Newser) - A tornado flipped a mobile home Sunday in Louisiana, killing a mother and her 3-year-old daughter as a storm system with hurricane-force winds crawled across the Deep South, damaging homes and businesses. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards put the entire state on "high alert" and warned residents to stay... More »

In Mudslide's Grim Aftermath, 'Bodies All Over'

Colombia dealing with aftermath of devastating flooding, blames hard rain

(Newser) - A grim search for the missing resumed at dawn Sunday in southern Colombia after surging rivers sent an avalanche of floodwaters, mud, and debris through Mocoa, killing at least 200 people. People pried through piles of rocks and wooden planks that entombed homes. Streets were covered in thick sand, mud,... More »

A 'Dzud' Comes Every 12 Years. Except for This Time

40K livestock are already dead in Mongolia; 1M died last year

(Newser) - It may rhyme with "dud," but it packs a deadly wallop: A dzud (pronounced 'ZUHD) is an extreme weather phenomenon unique to Mongolia that's characterized by a summer drought and then a prolonged winter of heavy snow and temperatures of minus 40 to minus 59 degrees... More »

Tornadoes Destroy Homes, Injure Dozens in New Orleans

Louisiana declares state of emergency

(Newser) - Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency in Louisiana on Tuesday after a severe storm moved across the state's southeast corner, injuring about 40 people. Edwards said he was heartbroken to see Louisiana families suffering again, the AP reports. He said seven parishes were hit by tornadoes... More »

New Satellite Sends Back 'Jaw-Dropping' Images of Earth

GOES-16 lifted off from Cape Canaveral last November

(Newser) - GOES-16, the fancy new satellite developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is sending its first photos back to Earth since it lifted off from Cape Canaveral on Nov. 19, and the high-res results are causing astronomers and meteorologists to squeal with delight. One developer compared it to seeing... More »

Toll Hits 18 as Winter Tornadoes Lash South

President Trump promises to help Georgia

(Newser) - A severe storm system that spun off apparent tornadoes, pulverized mobile homes, and scattered other destruction around the Southeast has claimed at least 18 lives on a two-day assault on the region, authorities say. The enormous system put millions of people in the South on edge during a weekend of... More »

11 Killed Overnight as Storms Batter Georgia

23 injured as southern part of the state hit

(Newser) - Eleven people were killed and 23 were injured after severe weather struck southern Georgia, officials said Sunday. Catherine Howden of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency said the deaths occurred in Cook, Brooks, and Berrien counties in southern Georgia near the Georgia-Florida line. She said the deaths were related to severe... More »

As Typhoon Hits, Philippines Dangle Roast Pig to Evacuees

Locals need incentive to leave over Christmas holiday

(Newser) - A powerful typhoon blew ashore in the eastern Philippines on Christmas Day as officials struggled to divert people's attention from celebrations and travel with promises of roasted pigs, reports the AP . Typhoon Nock-Ten packed maximum sustained winds of 114 miles per hour and gusts of up to 158mph—the... More »

For $2, Watch KC Chiefs Play ... in -15 Degrees

Kansas City just one of Sunday's games facing severe cold

(Newser) - For those wanting to see the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Tennesee Titans in hopes of sealing a playoff berth, all you needed Sunday was $2 and whole heck of a lot of inner fortitude, reports the AP . Of course, that's assuming you can handle the minus-15 wind... More »

How This Satellite Could Save Lives

New GOES-R spacecraft rocketed into space Saturday night

(Newser) - The most advanced weather satellite ever built rocketed into space Saturday night, part of an $11 billion effort to revolutionize forecasting and save lives. This new GOES-R spacecraft will track US weather as never before: hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, volcanic ash clouds, wildfires, lightning storms, even solar flares. Indeed, about 50... More »

No Longer a Hurricane, Matthew Heading Out to Sea

After dropping staggering amounts of rain on North Carolina

(Newser) - A deteriorating Matthew was stripped of hurricane status Sunday morning and began making its slow exit to sea after unloading more than a foot of rain on North Carolina, flooding homes and businesses as far as 100 miles inland. What will go down as one of the most potent hurricanes... More »

Haiti After the Hurricane: Situation 'Catastrophic'

More than 100 are reported dead after Matthew barreled its way through

(Newser) - As Florida and the rest of the East Coast are bracing for Hurricane Matthew , Haiti is starting to dig out from the storm's devastation. Officials from the island nation reported Thursday that at least 108 are dead so far, with that number expected to rise and "catastrophic" damage... More »

Gitmo Evacuated Amid Fiercest Atlantic Hurricane Since 2007

Gitmo evacuated as storm heads north

(Newser) - Hurricane Matthew became the strongest Atlantic hurricane since 2007's Felix when it briefly became a Category 5 storm Friday—and it is nowhere near finished yet. The storm, now a Category 4, is dumping torrential rain on Jamaica and parts of Cuba and could do its worst damage when... More »

'Weirdest Tropical Storm' Forms Over Florida

Meteorologists have never seen this before

(Newser) - Julia, the tropical storm expected to soak Georgia and South Carolina over the next few days, is probably the strangest storm of the year, forecasters say. Julia strengthened from a tropical system into a tropical storm a few miles west of Jacksonville, Fla., around midnight on Tuesday, marking the first... More »

Hermine Set to Wallop Mid-Atlantic

Forecaster warns it could be a 'freak show' storm

(Newser) - Hermine has been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm—but forecasters warn that it is still an extremely dangerous and possibly life-threatening storm that could do a lot more than ruin Labor Day weekend beach trips. It is expected to strengthen to hurricane status again as it moves... More »

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