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Severe Weather Articles
Severe weather includes the following: hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and blizzards.
Hurricane Names for the 2021 Hurricane Season
Here are the 2021 hurricane names for both the Altantic Basin and the Eastern North-Pacific. Is...
“It Was So Cold That . . .”
Canadians know cold. And when they talk about it, you pay attention. These reports caught our eye,...
2020 Hurricane Season Forecast
An “extremely active” hurricane season was predicted—and it broke records! See the latest on the...
Historic Thanksgiving Storms
Has wild weather ever disrupted your Thanksgiving? Here are 5 of the biggest Thanksgiving storms in...
Lightning Sprites, Elves, and Trolls: Magic in the Skies
Ever heard of lightning’s stranger cousins—red sprites, blue jets, elves, trolls, and gnomes? No,...
Heat Waves: 10 Tips for Extreme Heat Safety
There’s hot summer weather—and then there are heat waves. Much like other natural disasters, heat...
Create a Rain Garden: Two Designs and Plant List
With a rain garden, use—don’t lose—the torrent of rain water that falls on your paved areas and...
Lightning Storms: 10 Safety Tips You Should Know
Lightning can be awesome to watch but, yes, it can be dangerous and even deadly. Did you know:...
How to Survive a Tornado: Tornado Safety Tips
Did you know that the United States has the highest incidence of tornadoes in the world? Before you...
Retired Atlantic Hurricane Names
Did you know that hurricane names could be retired? Find out why some names are no longer used for...
Are You Prepared for the Next Blizzard?
Are you really prepared for the next blizzard? Let’s check. Here are five easy ways to be better...
How Teleconnections Affect the Weather (And Our Forecast)
What can we look forward to weatherwise over the next several months? Almanac meteorologist Michael...
Weather Forecasting Gets an Upgrade
This past June, the U.S. National Weather Service began using an updated version of its primary...
Hot News: Extreme Weather Events of Summer 2019
A number of weather and climatological events—heat waves, heavy rain, forest fires—have recently...
How to Survive a Hurricane: Hurricane Safety Tips
What to do if a hurricane is forecasted? Don’t panic. All in one checklist, here is what to do...
How to Survive a Flood: Flood Safety Tips
Are you in a flood-susceptible area? Flooding is the common natural disaster in the United States—...
The (Early) Forecast for the 2019 Hurricane Season!
The 2019 Atlantic/Gulf hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30, is expected to...
10 Coldest Cities in the United States
What are the top 5 coldest cities in the United States? Here’s the list, based on average...
Frozen Stiff: A True Story of Winter Survival
Here’s a chilling true story to welcome winter, as well as five tips to keep yourself safe from...
Does Warmer Weather Mean More Hurricanes and Tornadoes?
This past hurricane season was a notable one, with some very strong and unusual storms in the...
Worst Hurricanes in American History (Part III)
Now that we are well into hurricane season, we’ll continue to look back at some of the most notable...
Flash Floods: Warning Signs and Staying Safe
Flash floods are the single deadliest storm-related weather hazard in the United States. Learn...
Worst Hurricanes in American History (Part II)
Hurricane season is now in session—and continues until November 30. This month we spotlight the...
Hot News About This Summer
July 2018 may have been the hottest month ever recorded on Earth, as several locations in the...
Rain Barrels in the Garden: Harvest Your Water
Summer’s a good time to assess what you could use in the garden. Consider the merits of a rain...
Thunderstorm Facts and Lore
With July comes nature’s fireworks—thunderstorms! How is thunder formed? How far away is lightning...
Volcanoes: How to Measure Volcanic Eruptions
How do we determine the explosiveness of a volcanic eruption? Traditionally, the Volcanic...
How to Measure Tornadoes: The EF Scale
The EF Scale is the standard way to measure tornadoes based on wind damage. The original Fujita...
Remembering the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
At 5:12 A.M. on Wednesday, April 18, 1906, an earthquake woke up residents of San Francisco and...
Surviving Blizzards, Cold Snaps, and Power Outages
Ever had a blizzard or snowstorm cause power outages or emergency conditions? How do you prepare...
A Costly Year: The Damaging Weather of 2017
With wildfires, hurricanes, drought, and natural disasters, this year has been by far the costliest...
Tracking the High Costs of Hurricanes
I recently went to Florida to visit my sister and saw damage from Hurricane Irma—mostly downed or...
The Strongest Hurricane Month Ever
We all know this hurricane season has been active, but how active? September 2017 was the strongest...
Surviving Power Outages During a Storm
Summer months bring intense storm systems—and a season of power outages. Don’t wait for the next...
Worst Hurricanes in American History (Part I)
With the start of hurricane season upon us, let’s look back on some of the worst, most destructive ...
The 2017 Blizzard That Blew Away
It was the giant blizzard that was scheduled to paralyze New York City and predicted to become “...
Atmospheric Rivers: Why California Is Flooding
Who knew Californians might be calling the five dry years of drought “The Good Old Days”? The state...
Winter Weather Terms
Know your winter weather terms. Sometimes meteorological terms can be hard to decipher, so find out...
2016 Tornado Season: Quietest on Record
While the year brought flooding and other extreme events, 2016 was one of the quietest years for...
Drought Outlook: Over Half the U.S. Is Dry
The latest figures are out. As of end of 2016, more than half of the continental U.S. is dry or in...
The Blob is Back! Will Winter Be Warmer?
It’s Back! The “Cold Atlantic Blob” is once again haunting the North Atlantic. It may sound like a...
Mushroom Cloud of Doom?
Does this cloud look like a mushroom in the sky? It appeared over Russia last month and had locals...