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Extreme Weather Seen as Major 2018 Risk

World Economic Forum ranks them ahead of global forum

(Newser) - Humans are "pushing systems to the brink, from extinction-level rates of biodiversity loss to mounting concerns about the possibility of new wars," according to the World Economic Forum . On the upside, a stronger economic outlook means global leaders will have "a golden opportunity" to address some of... More »

Don't Leave These 5 Things in a Cold Car

One might actually explode

(Newser) - The record-breaking cold continues—even penguins in Canada are taking shelter, per People —so it's a good time to share what not to leave in a cold car. A list compiled by the Detroit Free Press includes the obvious—people, for one—but also several items you might... More »

In Parts of East Coast, Temps Will Feel as Low as -15

Stay warm, Philly

(Newser) - East Coast residents are bracing for a deep freeze a day after a massive winter storm slammed the region with heavy snow, hurricane-force winds, and coastal flooding. Forecasters predict that record-breaking cold air and strong winds will set people's teeth chattering like castanets from the mid-Atlantic to New England... More »

'Weather Bomb' Threatens East Coast

Warnings are in place as far south as Florida

(Newser) - Old Man Winter is about to deliver a storm system so powerful it's being referred to as a "bomb cyclone," a "snow hurricane," or simply a "weather bomb," meteorologists warn. Most forecast models predict that the storm currently forming off the East Coast... More »

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 »

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