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Scorching Heat Is Widespread

The National Weather Service calls it a 'dangerous heat wave'

(Newser) - Americans from Texas to Maine sweated out a steamy Saturday as a heat wave canceled events from festivals to horse races and pushed New York City to order power-saving steps to avoid overtaxing the electrical grid. The National Weather Service said "a dangerous heat wave" was expected to break... More »

El Nino Is Back

But weak, and probably no big deal

(Newser) - An El Nino, which can alter weather worldwide, has formed but it's so weak and late that it shouldn't be a big deal, US forecasters said. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday that the climate feature formed in the central Pacific, but forecasters don't expect... More »

Shadow or No Shadow? The Groundhog Has Spoken

Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow, meaning a supposedly early spring

(Newser) - As the country continued to teeth-chatter its way this week through the polar vortex, some looked forward to Saturday, when a certain weather-watching rodent was set to make his prediction for 2019. And the verdict from Punxsutawney Phil is in: The groundhog didn't see his shadow, which supposedly means... More »

Here Comes an 'All-Out Blizzard'

Winter Storm Harper is expected to strike the Northeast this weekend

(Newser) - Parts of America already know, but a big winter storm is heading east and will likely pummel New England this weekend. Winter Storm Harper is expected to drop up to two feet of snow and create blizzard conditions in some areas as winter storm warnings are in effect from the... More »

Blizzards Hit Millions, Ground Hundreds of Flights

Chicago and Kansas City expect to be hit hard

(Newser) - A winter storm blanketed much of the central Midwest with snow on Sunday at the end of the Thanksgiving weekend, bringing blizzard-like conditions that grounded hundreds of flights and forced the closure of major highways on one of the busiest travel days of the year, the AP reports. "It'... More »

5 US Cities With Most, Least 'Nice' Days

The top 5 all fall in one state

(Newser) - "Nice" weather may differ depending on taste (some people just can't get enough of an all-day thunderstorm). The Washington Post has applied its own definition—including at least partial sun, temperate thermometer readings, gentle breezes, no rain or snow, and not much humidity—and looked at which major... More »

Fatalities, Nudity, and Melting Roads Mark Earth's Heat Wave

Scary stories from Quebec and Hong Kong

(Newser) - You may have noticed, it's hot outside. So did a man who strolled through Burlington, Vermont, Thursday without a stitch on and managed to avoid any reaction from the police, the Burlington Free Press reports. "It looks out of place; it is out of place—it's weird,... More »

Melting Roofs, Buckling Roads, and Deaths in Global Heat Wave

Record-setting temps have been set around the world over the past week

(Newser) - A city in Oman set a heat record last week, but it's not the only place registering record-setting mercury. The Washington Post lists the places worldwide that have been experiencing never-before-recorded heat over the past week, caused by heat pressure or heat domes across the Northern Hemisphere. In North... More »

'Nuisance Flooding' Is Happening a Lot More Often

'Nuisance flooding' tied or set records last year in more than a quarter of the 98 places monitored

(Newser) - A new report finds that high-tide flooding is happening across the US at twice the rate it was just 30 years ago and predicts records for such flooding will continue to be broken for decades as sea levels rise, the AP reports. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday... More »

Shock Winter Storms Kill 2, Snarl Flights

From the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes

(Newser) - A storm system stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes buffeted the central US with heavy winds, rain, hail, and snow, forcing flight cancellations, creating treacherous road conditions, and killing at least two people, including a sleeping 2-year-old Louisiana girl, the AP reports. In the upper Midwest, the... More »

'Orange Snow' Is Truly Falling in Eastern Europe

It's all because of a ... desert

(Newser) - Had the Brothers Grimm traveled further east, we could have ended up with "Snow Orange." That's the hue of the flakes falling over eastern Europe, reports the BBC , and it's something that happens twice every decade or so, though it's a little more extreme this... More »

DC Councilman Pushes Theory That Jews Control the Weather

'I did not intend to be anti-Semitic," says Trayon White after criticism

(Newser) - A DC council member is apologizing after he pushed a conspiracy theory that a wealthy Jewish family controlled the weather. In a story first reported by the Washington Post , Trayon White posted a video to Facebook Friday with the following narration: "Man, it just started snowing out of nowhere... More »

2017 Ranks as One of Hottest Years on Record

Was either 2nd or 3rd hottest

(Newser) - Earth last year wasn't quite as hot as 2016's record-shattering mark, but it ranked second or third, depending on who was counting. Either way, scientists say it showed a clear signal of man-made global warming because it was the hottest year they've seen without an El Nino... More »

'It Might Be the Last Time I Wish for a White Christmas'

Erie, Pennsylvania, gets record-setting amount on Christmas Day

(Newser) - On Nov. 22, 1956, Erie, Pennsylvania, got buried by 20 inches of snow, reports CNN . That record was crushed on Christmas Day, when 34 inches covered the city ... and then kept falling. By 6am Tuesday, the total snowfall clocked in at 53 inches, which the National Weather Service tweeted is... More »

White Christmas Expected in These Regions

NWS advises to approach holiday travel with caution

(Newser) - If you live in the Northeast or Midwest, you're not dreaming: It's going to be a white Christmas. But the trade-off is hazardous driving conditions across New England and the Great Plains, the AP reports. The National Weather Service (NWS) tweeted a list of emergency supplies to have... 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 »

Forecasters Say It'll Be a Warmer Winter for Most Americans

It'll be drier in the South and wetter in the northern part of the lower 48, center says

(Newser) - People in small parts of the Northwest, northern Plains, and parts of Alaska are going to have a colder winter than usual this year, while most other Americans can expect a milder-than-average winter, according to the NOAA's latest forecast. Mike Halpert of the Climate Prediction Center says there will... 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 »

A 1935 Florida Hurricane 'Sandblasted' People to Death

Inside the Great Labor Day Hurricane

(Newser) - The strongest landfall in US history was the Great Labor Day Hurricane, whose 185mph winds walloped Florida's Upper Keys in 1935. The Sun Sentinel in August 2015 took a look back at the deadly storm on its 80th anniversary, opening with this ominous line: It "was so powerful... More »

It's Usually in the 80s in SF. It Hit 106 Yesterday

It was a scorcher

(Newser) - "NEW RECORDS SET FOR THE DAY, MONTH AND ALL TIME!" tweeted the Bay Area National Weather Service Friday. And what a record San Francisco's was: The city recorded a temp of 106 degrees Fahrenheit, up three degrees over the previous all-time record set on June 14, 2000,... More »

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