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Unusual Pandemic Casualty: Weather Forecasts

Airplanes that provide meteorological data aren't flying

(Newser) - Last month, the director general of the International Air Transport Association described the coronavirus pandemic as the biggest crisis to ever hit the industry, leaving airlines "with little to do," per Business Insider . One ramification now coming to light is the effect on weather forecasts. As NPR reports,... More »

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... More »

Mother Nature Hits the Deep South

Several states are under storm warnings

(Newser) - Strong storms pounded parts of the Deep South on Sunday, damaging buildings and toppling trees in northern Louisiana, the AP reports. The National Weather Service reported multiple tornadoes and damaging winds over much of the northern part of the state. There were no immediate reports of serious injuries. Utility companies... More »

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... More »

9 Dead Amid Severe US Storms

Louisiana takes the brunt of it so far

(Newser) - Severe storms sweeping across parts of the US South were blamed Saturday in the deaths of at least nine people, including two first responders, as high winds, tornadoes, and unrelenting rain battered a large area of the region, the AP reports. Storm-related fatalities were reported in icy weather in Texas,... More »

Deadly Storm Finds a New Target

New England, New York, and parts of Pennsylvania are up next

(Newser) - A deadly winter storm that has been tormenting travelers across the US since before Thanksgiving moved to the Northeast on Sunday, packing one last punch of snow and ice as people made their way home after the holiday weekend, the AP reports. The National Weather Service predicted more than a... More »

This Is Arizona—and That's Not the Half of It

From California up through the northern midwest, it looks like winter

(Newser) - Wintry weather bedeviled Thanksgiving weekend travelers across the US on Saturday as a powerful and dangerous storm moved eastward, dumping heavy snow from parts of California to the northern Midwest and inundating other areas with rain, the AP reports. A 5-year-old boy died and two other children were missing in... More »

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 »

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