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Farmers' Almanac: It's Gonna Be Another Cold One

Venerable publication got it right last year

(Newser) - If "firewood, sweaters, and hot cocoa " are your thing, the Farmers' Almanac has good news for you: Based on its secret predicting formula involving the likes of sunspots and lunar cycles, the publication says the winter to come will be as bitterly cold as the last, with especially... More »

Rarely Hit, Hawaii Now Braces for 2 Hurricanes

Iselle and Julio to strike tonight and Sunday

(Newser) - Tag-team hurricanes Iselle and Julio will thrash Hawaii in a one-two punch that starts tonight—the first time in 22 years the islands have been directly hit. Category 1 Iselle is expected to maintain 85 mph winds when it makes landfall on the Big Island tonight. It’s "not... More »

2 Dead, 20 Hurt in Va. Tornado

Twister touched down in Cape Charles

(Newser) - Two people have been confirmed dead after a tornado struck a campground in Cape Charles, Va., WTKR reports. At least 20 more were injured in what the Virginian-Pilot describes as "a fast moving storm that blew across the Eastern Shore this morning, toppling trees, injuring campers and blowing over... More »

Polar Vortex in July? It's Coming, Sort Of

It's not truly a polar vortex, but next week's front will bring chillier temps

(Newser) - OK, to be fair, the polar vortex that’s heading our way next week isn't technically a polar vortex—but it is going to bring significantly cooler weather, according to the Washington Post . Temperatures are predicted to be 10 to 30 degrees lower than average for July in the... More »

Genghis Khan Owes His Empire to ... Rain

Study: Unusual 15-year stretch created grasslands for his army

(Newser) - Scientists who study tree rings for a living have discovered that central Mongolia had an usually warm and wet spell from 1211 to 1225. This would probably remain of note only in tree-ring-studying circles if not for one other thing: Those dates happen to coincide with the rise of none... More »

Good News, America: El Nino Might Be Coming

Warm-ocean pattern could bring drought relief

(Newser) - The National Oceanic Atmospheric and Administration issued an official El Nino watch yesterday—and Americans should probably hope it shows up. The warm weather pattern's approval ratings are probably in the Vladimir Putin range among most in the US, but this time it promises to bring rain to break... More »

Snowstorm Hits Northeast, Skiers Thrilled

Maine's southern coast gets nearly 17 inches of snow

(Newser) - A weekend storm that dumped a foot or more of snow in parts of the Northeast made ski area operators and snow removal workers happy, but travelers were forced to deal with slippery roads and flight cancellations today. Molly Taaffe, 23, was on the slopes at Loon Mountain in Lincoln,... More »

Fatal Accident Triggers 50-Car Turnpike Crash

Snow blankets NFL games, forces flight cancellations

(Newser) - A powerful storm that crept across the country is dumping a mix of snow, freezing rain, and sleet on the Mid-Atlantic region and is headed northeast, threatening as much as a foot of snow in sections of Delaware and New Jersey and raising concerns about a messy morning commute. The... More »

Storms Strike US South, Killing 5

More snow, sleet set to fall over the weekend

(Newser) - Real-live winter in the South? You bet: Unlikely ice storms hammered southern states yesterday, depriving thousands of power, forcing hundreds of flight cancellations, and killing at least five people, CNN reports. It's not over, either: Storms are poised to strike regions from Dallas to Memphis until tomorrow and Arkansas... More »

Great Plains Walloped With Snowstorm, Tornadoes

15 injured in tornadoes, 3 die in snow-related car accident

(Newser) - In the span of 24 hours, the scenic Black Hills in South Dakota were coated in up to three and a half feet of wet, heavy snow, one of several Great Plains states walloped by a storm system that's caused millions of dollars in damage. But wintry weather wasn'... More »

How Dust From the Sahara Ends up in S. America

A giant dust cloud currently headed across the Atlantic

(Newser) - Once or twice a week in late spring and summer, gusts of wind send dust from the Sahara Desert flying across the Atlantic Ocean, in what's known as the Saharan Air Layer. But a particularly concentrated dust cloud is currently midair, en route to land in Central and South... More »

CIA Studying How to Control the World's Climate

Backs $630K geoengineering study

(Newser) - Get those tin foil hats out: The CIA is backing half of a $630,000 study into whether scientists can fight climate change via geoengineering. The 21-month project by the National Academy of Sciences will be a "technical evaluation of a limited number of proposed geoengineering techniques," says... More »

LA Braces for 'Life-Threatening' Heat

City could see record temperatures: National Weather Service

(Newser) - From tomorrow through Monday, the Los Angeles area is in for stifling heat, the National Weather Service says. "Life-threatening" temperatures could break records as they enter the triple digits, with Antelope Valley facing potential 115-degree heat. Los Angeles County is opening 89 cooling centers, the Los Angeles Times reports,... More »

Andrea's Gift to East Coast: Downpours

Heavy rain forecast for New York City, DC

(Newser) - East Coasters can expect plenty of rain today despite a weakening Tropical Storm Andrea , with flash-flood watches in effect in parts of 13 states spanning from Georgia to Maine and flash-flood warnings from Florida to Virginia, CNN reports. Washington, DC, may get up to six inches of rain, while New... More »

Now on Facebook: Weather Forecasts

Weather Underground providing information to event pages

(Newser) - So a friend invites you to a picnic via Facebook, but you just can't be bothered to click over to another site to see what the weather will be like? Well, the social network is now saving you that step (and trying to make sure you stay on Facebook... More »

Happy Spring, Frozen America!

Winter overstays its welcome across the US

(Newser) - Spring has officially sprung, but just try prying the scarf and mittens from much of the country that is still freezing. Areas of Maine are expected to receive up to 14 inches of snow today, while the residents of Lunenburg, Mass., are already enjoying 15 inches and subzero temperatures, says... More »

New Storm Hits Upper Midwest

And rain prompts flood watches across the southeast

(Newser) - While the Northeast digs itself out from under historic snowfall, a major storm hit the Upper Midwest today with 8 to 15 inches of snow, CNN reports. The new snowstorm struck seven states but targeted Minnesota and the Dakotas in particular. Meanwhile, heavy rain drenched much of the Southeast, prompting... More »

Next Super Bowl May Not Have Halftime Show...

...because it could be too cold for one: report

(Newser) - Don't start placing bets on who will play next year's halftime show: There may not even be one. The next Super Bowl, set for New Jersey's Meadowlands stadium, will mark the first time the big game will be open to potentially frigid temps—and it may be... More »

'Dead of Winter' Arrives for US

Harsh temperatures set in across nation

(Newser) - If it finally feels like winter has arrived, well, that's because it has. We are, in fact, in the "dead of winter" now, NPR reports. But at least you're not in Langdon, North Dakota, where it felt like minus-51 degrees Fahrenheit yesterday thanks to wind chill. The... More »

US Report: Climate Change Already Taking Heavy Toll

National Climate Assessment offers bleak overview

(Newser) - A federal advisory panel has delivered its assessment on climate change, and it's not pretty. Expect hotter temperatures and more "extreme weather events" across the US in coming decades, says the panel of 240 scientists and other experts, reports the Hill . “These changes are part of the... More »

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