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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....

It's the 'Worst Storm in 80 Years'

Thousands are trapped in cars, airports, and train stations as blizzard buries Spain in snow

(Newser) - An unusual and persistent blizzard that Madrid's mayor is calling "the worst storm in 80 years" has blanketed large parts of Spain with snow, freezing traffic and leaving thousands trapped in cars or in train stations and airports that had suspended all services as the snow kept falling...

A Snowplow Buried His Car in 4 Feet of Snow. He Was Still in It

A determined Sgt. Jason Crawley finally found him after 10 hours in upstate New York

(Newser) - A man trapped in his car for 10 hours under almost 4 feet of snow almost didn't get found, save for the efforts of a persistent police officer. USA Today and NBC News report that Tioga County authorities in upstate New York received a series of 911 calls Wednesday...

Big Surprise for Virtual Students After Big Snow

W. Va. school district cancels remote classes to let students, staff just enjoy the day

(Newser) - Do you want to build a snowman? Thanks to a West Virginia school district, Anna and Elsa weren't the only ones donning their hats and gloves Wednesday to frolic in the snow after Winter Storm Gail slammed the East Coast. Jefferson County Schools could have still made kids go...

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...

Thought We Avoided the Polar Vortex? Not So Fast

Parts of Northeast US may experience rare May snow, record low temps

(Newser) - The northeastern US is about to get a cold spring farewell from the polar vortex, which could bring rare May snowfall and record-low temperatures to some areas over the Mother's Day weekend. Usually the polar vortex is a batch of cold air that stays trapped in the Arctic all...

They Heard a Yell, Then Saw the Snow-Covered Home

74-year-old man rescued after 5 days stuck in his house

(Newser) - Amid a sea of stories about Americans being stuck in their homes, a different version out of Northern California. CBS Sacramento reports that after heavy snow in Calaveras County, a 74-year-old man became trapped in his home. He was reportedly stuck there with no food, power, or phone with which...

2 Places in America Recorded No Snow for First Time

Since record keeping began, snow had always fallen in Baltimore and Islip in February

(Newser) - A whole bunch of snow shovels likely collected dust in Baltimore and Islip, New York, last month. The National Weather Service on Monday shared "one for the record books": the fact that neither of those locations saw any snow in February for the first time on record. The same...

Searchers Thought They'd Find a Body. Instead, a 'Miracle'

Paula James, who has dementia, found alive and talking in snow-covered car after 6-day search

(Newser) - The sheriff of Butte County, Calif., was sure rescuers would find a body upon locating the snow-covered vehicle of a woman who'd been missing in the mountains for six days. "When I heard that she was alive, I was just absolutely amazed," Kory Honea says, per CNN...

This Is What a 'Snow Squall' Looks Like

Time-lapse video shows New York City being blanketed

(Newser) - The definition from the National Weather Service is clear enough. "A snow squall is an intense short-lived burst of heavy snowfall that leads to a quick reduction in visibilities and is often accompanied by gusty winds." But this time-lapse video , or this one from NBC News might do...

For Some Americans, Winter Is Already Here

A Rocky Mountains snowstorm drops record amounts of snow

(Newser) - Areas of the northern Rocky Mountains looked more like mid-winter rather than early fall on Sunday as a snowstorm dumped record amounts of wind-driven snow that caused hazardous travel conditions and scattered power outages, the AP reports. Winter storm warnings were posted for parts of western Montana, northern Idaho and...

Microplastics Abound in Arctic Snow

Scientists say air is carrying particles to remotest corners of the world

(Newser) - Scientists say they've found an abundance of tiny plastic particles in Arctic snow, indicating that so-called microplastics are being sucked into the atmosphere and carried long distances to some of the remotest corners of the planet. The researchers examined snow collected from sites in the Arctic, northern Germany, the...

'Winter' Storm Warnings in at Least 4 States

Illinois-Wisconsin border expecting up to 8 inches of snow

(Newser) - Winter storm warnings have been posted in at least four Midwestern states as spring pauses for a mix of rain and snow just days before the calendar turns to May, the AP reports. The Chicago White Sox scratched a Saturday baseball game with the Detroit Tigers as snow fell in...

Las Vegas Gets First Snow in a Decade

Could get up to 3 inches by Friday

(Newser) - A winter storm brought rare snowfall to the Las Vegas Strip, dusting casino marquees and prompting revelers to erect a snowman near the famous "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign. A half-inch of the white stuff began falling late Wednesday, marking the first significant snowfall at McCarran International Airport in...

Thanks to Heavy Snow, Teen Makes $35K in 4 Days

Plus more on the current winter weather enveloping the US

(Newser) - Seattle's intense weather—the state's snowiest February in seven decades has left accumulations of up to 10 inches in some areas—led to a windfall for one 18-year-old. David Holston, 18, who does landscaping and snowplowing in Idaho, was visiting his mom in Seattle when a friend gave...

Hawaii Storm Leaves Snow Where It Never Snowed Before

Lower elevations get accumulation in what is believed to be first

(Newser) - Hawaii may be known for sunny beaches, but it's not that unusual for the state to get snow a few times a year. However, that's usually limited to its highest points, such as Mauna Kea, which rises nearly 14,000 feet in elevation, reports SFGate . Snow rarely is...

City Almost Reached Its Annual Snowfall Amount—in a Day

Seattle was blasted this week by winter storm

(Newser) - They may be sleepless in Seattle, but they're definitely not snowless. At least not this morning, the day after a big snow dump Friday that knocked out power , snarled traffic, delayed flights , and left 6.4 inches at Sea-Tac Airport—the second largest daily amount in the past two...

Their Families at Church, They Played in the Snow. Then, Tragedy

12-year-old Esther Jung died outside Chicago after snow fort collapsed on her

(Newser) - A 12-year-old girl has died after a snow fort collapsed while she was playing outside a church in suburban Chicago. Arlington Heights police are calling the death a "tragic accident," the AP reports. Police say the girl, Esther Jung, was playing with a 9-year-old girl in the snow...

30 Nuns and 1 Priest Stuck in the Snow: Don't Come Get Us

Austrian order has been cut off from the world for days

(Newser) - Authorities in Austria tried to reach dozens of Catholic nuns whose Alpine monastery has been cut off from the world for days because of heavy snowfall, per the AP . But public broadcaster ORF reported Thursday that the nuns say they've got enough food and fuel, and they want to...

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