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Chicago Area Braces for 8 Inches of Snow

Winter Storm Bella is about to hit the Midwest with a pre-Thanksgiving wallop

(Newser) - If you're one of those people who doesn't like hearing Christmas music before Thanksgiving, you won't be pleased with weather news coming out of Chicago. Winter is arriving early in the form of a snowstorm in and around the city over the weekend, the Chicago Tribune reports.... More »

What This Year's El Nino Will Mean for Winter

It will be wetter than normal in the South, drier near the Great Lakes

(Newser) - The NOAA's winter forecast has arrived, and thanks to a well-known Pacific Ocean phenomenon, parts of the country can expect to be doused in plenty of chilly precipitation. "A strong El Nino is in place and should exert a strong influence over our weather this winter," Mike... More »

What Could Happen Even If Joaquin Doesn't Hit

Storm staying out at sea so far, but it will probably still rain hard on land

(Newser) - Hurricane Joaquin remains a Category 4 storm that's currently battering the Bahamas, but the East Coast may dodge one bullet this weekend if the storm keeps to its offshore path, and CNN report. Tracking maps show Joaquin solidly out in the Atlantic and set to keep veering... More »

Hottest Month Recorded in 135 Years: Last Month

It beat out the previous hottest month, July 2011

(Newser) - If you lost some water weight in July, you can probably credit the blazing temperatures: Last month was the hottest month the planet has seen since record keeping began in 1880, according to the NOAA. The combined average temperature over land and sea reached 61.86 degrees, 1.46 degrees... More »

Why a Venezuela Lake Is Home to Most Lightning on Earth

New satellite images show that lightning flashes most often near the equator

(Newser) - At a lake in Venezuela, a nine-hour display of thousands of flashes of lightning—averaging 28 strokes a minute—is the norm, with the concentration hitting its peak in the October rainy season, reports the BBC . And though the mountain village of Kifuka in DR Congo has long been hailed... More »

Northwest's 'Milky Rain' Mystery Is Solved

Chalky substance came from dry lake bed in Oregon: scientists

(Newser) - Some 15 cities along a 200-mile stretch of the Pacific Northwest were coated in a mysterious, chalky substance on Feb. 6 after "milky rain" fell from the sky. For months, the white substance has been considered a "good old-fashioned weather mystery," per CNN . Now, it's a... More »

Record Lows Hit From DC to Florida

Washington, Baltimore register temps not seen since 1800s

(Newser) - It's been a record-breaking few days in terms of winter weather. A 120-year-old record low was smashed in Washington, DC, this morning where the temperature plunged to 5 degrees, a temp not seen since 1996. The previous record low for Feb. 20, set in 1896, was 8 degrees, the... More »

Western US Poised for Worst Drought in 1K Years: Study

But experts say there's still time to change our ways

(Newser) - Within a few decades, a significant chunk of the US could be in for the worst drought in more than a millennium. That's if we don't change our greenhouse-gas-emitting ways, scientists say: A study co-author says the chance of a megadrought in the central and western US sometime... More »

New Storm Could Leave 80-Inch Snow Piles in Mass.

Nearly 60 inches have hit Boston this season so far

(Newser) - Just what Massachusetts needs: more snow . Given the amount of the stuff that's already on the ground, the latest accumulation—which marks the third snowstorm in two weeks—could leave piles as high as 80 inches in some areas of the state, the Boston Globe reports. By tomorrow morning,... More »

For $150K, Your Wedding Can Be Rain-Free

Company offers 'cloud-bursting' service

(Newser) - You'd be forgiven for thinking humans can't control the weather—but if you have enough cash, it seems, almost anything is possible. A technique that has existed for decades allows scientists to "seed" clouds using silver iodide. The result is that the clouds rain themselves out before... More »

'Wicked Storm' Slams New England

Blizzard largely misses NYC, but hits Boston

(Newser) - Its winds howling at more than 70 mph, the Blizzard of 2015 slammed Boston and surrounding parts of New England today with none of the mercy it unexpectedly showed New York City , piling up more than 2 feet of snow. The storm punched out a 40-to-50-foot section of a seawall... More »

SF Schools Closing Due to ... Rain

National Weather Service: could be worst storm in 5 years

(Newser) - New York was pelted with record rain this week, but even more could fall on the West Coast today. California could clearly use it , but San Francisco, Oakland, and Novato could see so much rainfall—2 to 4 inches are expected in San Francisco, with up to 8 inches in... More »

Holiday Deliveries Kept on Track by ... Weather Nerds?

Corporate meteorologists are 'secret weapon' during high shipping season

(Newser) - Santa had Rudolph's red nose to get him through the winter storm so he could deliver our holiday packages; we have corporate meteorologists. They're what the Washington Post calls "the secret weapon" of shipping companies trying to cash in during the hectic holiday season: "a motley... More »

Forecast in Every State: Freezing

Much of country won't warm up until weekend

(Newser) - It's expected to be freezing today … in every state. In what the Weather Channel calls an arctic surge, cold air moving south and east is behind the phenomenon. The Upper Midwest and Great Lakes may see one of the region's longest-ever sub-freezing periods in November, while Buffalo,... More »

Cold Front Blasts Through Northern US

Typhoon Nuri to blame for parts of the Northern US being cloaked in frost, snow

(Newser) - The tatters of a severe tropical cyclone called Typhoon Nuri collided with cold air over Alaska's Aleutian Islands this past weekend, earning it the nickname "bomb cyclone" (akin to the conditions that set off Superstorm Sandy in 2012). The resulting burst of "violent energy," reports CNN... More »

Phoenix Drenched in Record 1-Day Rainfall

Flash flooding covers Ariz. freeways, snarls commute

(Newser) - Storms that flooded several Phoenix-area freeways and numerous local streets during this morning's commute set an all-time record for rainfall in Phoenix in a single day. The National Weather Service recorded 2.99 inches of rain by about 7am, breaking the old record of 2.91 inches set in... More »

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 »

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