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Weather Forecasters: Denver Going to Have Wild 24 Hours

Temperature in Denver could drop 60 degrees

(Newser) - Denver is set to see a bigger temperature change in the space of a day than some places experience over a year, forecasters say. "The forecast has a bit of Yin & Yang in it over the next two days," the National Weather Service tweeted Tuesday. "Near... More »

Calif.'s Other Big Problem Amid Blazes: 'Fire Devils'

Fire tornadoes fueled by powerful winds were strong enough to flip cars, damage homes

(Newser) - Like earthquakes can unleash tsunamis, strong winds and the California wildfires apparently set loose another type of natural disaster: fire tornadoes. And the San Francisco Chronicle says the fire-filled tornadoes that hit Santa Rosa last week, driven by nearly 80mph winds, wreaked major havoc, tossing cars, pulling trees out of... More »

Storm Ophelia Could Be a Record-Breaker

By Thursday, it could be 10th consecutive storm to become hurricane

(Newser) - Tropical Storm Ophelia is becoming better organized far out in the eastern Atlantic and is expected to become a hurricane sometime Thursday, reports the AP . As the 10th consecutive storm to reach hurricane strength, it would break a record more than a century old, per the Miami Herald . The National... More »

Look Out, Gulf Coast, Another Hurricane May Be On the Way

New Orleans in particular is preparing for Nate

(Newser) - The Gulf Coast might get another hurricane this weekend. Tropical Storm Nate formed off the coast of Nicaragua on Thursday and was being blamed for five deaths in that country as it spun north toward a potential landfall in the US in days. The forecast track showed the storm could... More »

All Eyes on Irma: Who's Keeping Tabs

What you need to know to stay in the know

(Newser) - Expect Hurricane Irma to dominate the news cycle over the next few days—meaning it may be difficult to sort through the deluge to find the specific, accurate info you need. The New York Times notes that the proliferation of news, especially on social media, can offer "misleading ... individual... More »

Irma Leaves 'Heart-Wrenching' Devastation in Caribbean

In Puerto Rico, the power could be out for 6 months

(Newser) - Hurricane Irma continued to sweep through the Caribbean with devastating force early Thursday, knocking out power to an estimated 1 million people in Puerto Rico. The storm didn't make landfall on the island, but the National Hurricane Center says it could still get up to 20 inches of rain,... More »

Monstrous Irma Batters Caribbean Islands

Devastating storm made landfall early Wednesday

(Newser) - Hurricane Irma slammed into islands in the northeast Caribbean with devastating force early Wednesday, damaging buildings and sending debris flying with winds estimated at 185mph. The National Weather Service says the eye of Irma, a Category 5 storm and the strongest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded, passed over the island of... More »

Hurricane Irma Sees 'Remarkable' Speed Increase

Hurricane Irma could hit Caribbean by Tuesday, but US impact unclear

(Newser) - As Texas still deals with the devastation from Harvey , another weather system churning in the Atlantic, and moving west toward the US, has some worried. CNN reports on Irma, currently a Category 3 hurricane that experienced "rapid intensification" from Wednesday into Thursday, meaning its wind speed ramped up at... More »

Did Climate Change Cause Harvey? Wrong Question

A better one might be whether it created conditions to make it worse

(Newser) - As the deluge continues in Houston, one big question being debated is what role, if any, climate change played in the storm. As with most debates on climate change—particularly when talking about a single weather event—the views are all over the map. And some are suggesting that we... More »

Slow-Moving Harvey Is 'Virtually Stalled'

Harvey could pinch US gas supplies

(Newser) - The tropical storm formerly known as Hurricane Harvey is continuing to cause massive flooding in Texas , and analysts say the state's oil and gas industry has been hit very hard. Almost a third of US refining capacity is in the affected coastal areas, and experts say closures due to... More »

Free in Texas: Airbnb Lodgings for Hurricane Evacuees

Service will link those with available inland lodging with those in Harvey's coastal path

(Newser) - As Texas hunkers down in anticipation of Hurricane Harvey , Airbnb has launched an initiative that will help people forced to evacuate the coastal areas link up with people with available housing in and near Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin, the Houston Chronicle reports. The lodging rental company's disaster response... More »

Monster Hurricane Could Bring 'Flooding Disaster' to Texas

Harvey could be strongest to hit US in 12 years

(Newser) - Texas is bracing for the arrival of Hurricane Harvey , a storm that meteorologists say could turn into a slow-moving "monster" that batters the state for several days. Harvey is expected to make landfall as a Category 3 hurricane late Friday or early Saturday, and AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski says... More »

Hurricane Could Hit Texas for First Time Since 2008

Tropical Storm Harvey could turn into hurricane by Friday

(Newser) - Tropical Storm Harvey could turn into a hurricane by Friday, the same day it's expected to make landfall in Corpus Christi, Texas. If it does indeed develop into a Category 1 storm, it will be the state's first hurricane since 2008, CNN reports. The National Hurricane Center is... More »

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 »

'Battering Ram' Slams Into Australia

Cyclone Debbie is expected to do a lot of damage

(Newser) - A powerful cyclone slammed into Australia's tropical northeast coast on Tuesday, tearing down fences, snapping trees, and knocking out power to tens of thousands of houses, officials say. The destructive eyewall of Cyclone Debbie, a Category 4 storm packing winds up to 160mph, made landfall near Airlie Beach, a... 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 »

Huge Storm Slams Southern California

This could be region's biggest in 22 years

(Newser) - A huge Pacific storm parked itself over southern California and unloaded Friday, ravaging roads, opening sinkholes, and leading to the deaths of at least two people. The storm feeding on an atmospheric river of moisture stretching far out into the ocean was at its most fierce late Friday afternoon, dropping... More »

Windy Day Leads to Tragedy on Virginia Bridge

47-year-old Joseph Chen didn't survive after his rig plunged into Chesapeake Bay

(Newser) - A blustery day on a Virginia bridge led to a truck driver's death Thursday, the AP reports. Joseph Chen, a 47-year-old employee of Evans Transport, was crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in his tractor-trailer around 12:30pm, shortly after weather reports had indicated a Level 1 wind advisory, meaning... More »

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