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Very Thirsty Southwest Is About to Get a Cool Drink

Record rainfall expected in some parts of drought-stricken California, Nevada, Arizona

(Newser) - Residents in the Southwest have wished for rain for some time, and they're likely going to see that wish granted. CNN notes that 70% of the region has been suffering from severe drought—Las Vegas, for example, has only had two episodes of rain over the last 273 days....

Record Bomb Cyclone Hitting Alaska

'Bomb cyclone' is building in the northern Pacific

(Newser) - A storm strengthening in the northern Pacific could become one of the strongest ever in the region and already ranks as the strongest on record in Alaska. One model shows the storm's pressure has dropped enough to qualify it as a "bomb cyclone"; lower pressure usually makes for...

NYC Just Got More Snow Than It Did All Last Winter

Some parts of the Northeast could get more than 2 feet

(Newser) - A winter storm has delivered what the National Weather Service calls an "overabundance of hazards" from the mid-Atlantic to the Northeast—including more snow than some areas saw all of last winter. The service said early Thursday that the 6.5-inch snowfall in New York City's Central Park...

Massive Snowstorm to Wallop the East Coast

Some areas could get half a season's worth of snow in one day

(Newser) - The biggest snowstorm to hit the area in years is heading for the Northeast, and is forecasted to bring a lot of snow to the region starting Wednesday. Per CBS News , New York City is expected to receive more than a foot of snow—something that hasn't happened in...

Northeast Braces for Possible 'Bomb Cyclone'

Some areas could see double-digit snowfall levels in area's first major snowstorm of the season

(Newser) - The Northeast's first major snowstorm of the season is set to blanket multiple states over the weekend, with strong winds, anticipated snowfall in the double digits, heavy rains, and power outages in some areas. The weather event may even turn into a "bomb cyclone," which occurs when...

It Killed Dozens in Philippines. Now It's Headed to Vietnam

Almost half a million people are preparing to evacuate as Typhoon Vamco barrels their way

(Newser) - Vietnamese authorities on Saturday ordered some 460,000 people in the country's central region to be ready for evacuation ahead of Typhoon Vamco, after the storm killed at least 42 people and left 20 others missing in the Philippines, state television reported. The typhoon, which is forecast to hit...

Florida Could Be Hit by Eta Twice

Storm, which could turn back into a hurricane, might 'regroup' and make a second pass

(Newser) - Florida closed beaches and COVID testing sites, shut down public transportation and ordered some evacuations Sunday as Tropical Storm Eta took aim , bringing heavy rains to already flooded city streets after leaving scores dead and over 100 missing in Mexico and Central America. Eta made landfall late Sunday on Lower...

Tropical Storm Eta Makes Landfall on Cuba, Eyes Fla.

Tropical storm warnings issued for southern Florida, Keys

(Newser) - A strengthened Tropical Storm Eta made landfall on Cuba early Sunday and had its sights set on the southern tip of Florida after leaving dozens dead and over 100 missing in Central America, where it hit last week as a major hurricane. Eta breached Cuba even as searchers in Guatemala...

Zeta Leaves 'Catastrophic' Damage in Louisiana

Storm killed at least 6 people in 4 states

(Newser) - Trees on top of buses and cars. Roofs ripped off homes. Boats pushed onto the highway by surging seawater. Hundreds of thousands of people left in the dark. The remnants of Hurricane Zeta were far from land over the Atlantic on Friday, but people across the South were still digging...

We're Down to the Last Name on the List of Hurricane Names

Then it's on to the Greek alphabet

(Newser) - The World Meteorological Organization approved a list of 21 Atlantic storm names for the 2020 season. AccuWeather reports there are, on average, 12 named storms in a full season, but at this point, there's only one of the 21 that has gone unused. That would be Wilfred, reports USA ...

Torturously Slow Hurricane Sally Makes Landfall

Category 2 expected to cause dangerous flooding from Fla. Panhandle to Mississippi

(Newser) - Hurricane Sally made landfall Wednesday morning near Gulf Shores, Ala., as a Category 2 storm, pushing a surge of ocean water onto the coast and dumping torrential rain that forecasters said would cause dangerous flooding from the Florida Panhandle to Mississippi and well inland in the days ahead. Moving at...

Triple-Digit Temps Over the Weekend, Then ... Snow?

Denver on 'roller coaster' weather ride, while West in general is getting slammed by a heat wave

(Newser) - Summer is definitely not over. A CNN meteorologist says the heat out West over the past couple of months "has been nothing short of amazing," and it doesn't look like it's going to let up over Labor Day weekend, with weather warnings emerging for California, Arizona,...

In Laura's Wake, 'Tremendous Amount of Damage'

Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas hit hard, though storm wasn't as catastrophic as feared

(Newser) - The remnants of Hurricane Laura mangled buildings and unleashed heavy rain and twisters hundreds of miles inland from a path of death along the Gulf Coast, and forecasters warn of new dangers as the tropical weather nears the Eastern Seaboard this weekend. One of the strongest hurricanes ever to strike...

First Death Reported From Hurricane Laura

Louisiana girl, 14, dies when tree falls on her house

(Newser) - Hurricane Laura made landfall overnight and has been punishing the Gulf Coast ever since. One of the first coastal cities hit was Lake Charles in Louisiana, where images of torn-off roofs, damaged buildings, and downed power lines were common, reports the Washington Post .
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National Hurricane Center Has a Dire Warning

It says the storm surge from Hurricane Laura will be 'unsurvivable'

(Newser) - Hurricane Laura is now a Category 4 storm, and it's headed right toward Texas and Louisiana. And the warning that the National Hurricane Center has for some who live in those states is a dire one. It tweeted Wednesday: "Unsurvivable storm surge with large and destructive waves will...

2 Tropical Storms Could Hit US Monday

They're gathering strength and approaching from different directions

(Newser) - Hurricane season is approaching its peak, with two tropical depressions expected to gain strength and affect the US coast—potentially at the same time. Tropical Depression 13 is moving west and is expected to become Tropical Storm Laura and could hit Florida Sunday or Monday. Tropical Depression 14, which is...

California Having Worst Heat Wave in Years

Rolling power outages ordered as demand soars

(Newser) - A heat wave baking California in triple-digit temperatures is straining the electrical system, reports the AP . But Saturday afternoon, the California Independent System Operator, which manages the power grid, said that it did not need to order power outages because the grid was able to handle demand. California ISO ordered...

'Derecho' Rages Through Midwest

Line of storms with 112mph winds travels more than 200 miles

(Newser) - A derecho, a line of storms with winds gusting as high as 112mph, traveled more than 200 miles across the Midwest on Monday, leaving millions without power and causing serious damage to vehicles, homes, and other buildings. NBC News rounds up videos of the intense weather as well as a...

Naming Heat Waves Might Save Lives

Coalition says the convention raises awareness of dangerous storms

(Newser) - Putting names to hurricanes works pretty well. Calling a storm Harvey or Wanda raises awareness of the threat, of how hurricanes work, and ensures everyone's talking about the same storm, Grist reports. That could help with heat waves, too, an international coalition of climate, weather, and public health experts...

Fires Erupt as Hurricane Isaias Makes Landfall

It is now a tropical storm, heading from NC to Virginia

(Newser) - Hurricane Isaias made landfall near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, as a Category 1 hurricane before being downgraded to a tropical storm, according to an official with the National Hurricane Center. The hurricane touched down just after 11pm on Monday with maximum sustained winds of 85mph. The storm—centered about...

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