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Severe Weather Articles
Severe weather includes the following: hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and blizzards.
The Stubborn Drought. Any Good News?
Once again, more than 50% of the contiguous US, where most people live, is in drought. Sigh! This...
Get Out the Umbrella. It’s Volcano Weather!
It was a strange weather report: cloudy with thunder, lightning and a chance of rocks and ash. On...
Happy Hurricane Dust (or, Why the Sahara Desert Could Be Your Best Friend)
The Atlantic Hurricane Season has been quiet. Hurricane experts saw how hot the Atlantic Ocean was...
The Lonely Tornado
It was the last thing I expected to see while driving through the Arizona desert—a tornado. YIKES!...
The Straight Talk about Derechos
The derecho is coming! Prepare for the “land hurricane”. “The Line Storm,” by John Steuart Curry...
It Got Drier Last Week! HUH?
Though the Mississippi fought floods and thunderstorms drenched the South this May of 2013, the US...
Finicky Tornado Seasons
Who knew that tornadoes could be like Baby Bear. It can’t be too hot. It can’t be too cold. It has...
The Storm That Ate the Atlantic
Spring 2013 came. So did a blizzard. The spring storm rumbled through North America, and left snow...
California Snowing on Such a Winter’s Day
Brrrrr! It’s not a word you normally hear in sunny Southern California, but last week was not so ...
Clipped by the Alberta Clipper
Are you cold yet? Frigid Arctic air finally arrived in the Midwest and East Coast. For those of you...
Blowhards! How Hot Water is Changing Hurricanes and Warnings
Being in hot water is really bad for lobsters, but it is great for tropical storms! Hurricanes are...
Fire Hose in the Pacific
Beware the MJO! It will flood California with a “Pineapple Express” and leave most of the Midwest...
Hurricane Sandy and Winter
Did you know that originally weather services said that Hurricane Sandy would die off when it left...
Blame Those Troublemaking MJOs
Are you already tired of the Atlantic hurricane season? Now that we have some El Niño conditions in...
The Freaky Atlantic Hurricane Season of 2012
Every hurricane season has its own personality. The 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season is already...
Tropical Storms in May?
It’s official – the Atlantic Hurricane Season starts on June 1.So why did a number of weather blogs...
Ding, Dong, the Drought is Dead!
On March 30, the Jerry Brown, the new governor of California, announced that the state’s three-year...
How to Measure Earthquakes
Wondering how earthquakes are measured? Seismologists have developed a new measurement of...
Earthquake Questions and Answers
Shake, rattle, and roll! In this short article, we answer common earthquake questions and answers...
The Water-Wise Garden
Plants drink their food. If your soil dries out, your plants will starve—or wilt. Take these steps...
Hurricane Tracking Maps
Stay on top of hurricanes as they happen from the comfort of your own home using these tracking...
How to Measure Hurricane Strength: Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale is a 1-5 rating based on the hurricane's present intensity. This...
Tornadoes: Questions and Answers
At The Old Farmer's Almanac, readers often ask us about tornadoes. Here are the most common...
Predicting Blizzards: Model Misbehavior
Think blizzard and heavy snowfall comes to mind. Officially, however, the deadly winter storm is...
Predicting Tornadoes: Off the Radar Screen
The tornado is one of the most powerful, yet elusive, forces on Earth,” says John Hart, a senior...
World-Class Weather Blunders
There are many weather blunders—some are world-class! Here are three examples of how computers...
Predicting Hurricanes: The Eyes Have It
Until the telegraph was invented in 1844, news of approaching hurricanes arrived just ahead of...
Droughts: Questions and Answers
Droughts can have long-standing effects on populations and economies. Here are questions and...
Famous Earthquakes in History
Alaska's “Good Friday” Earthquake At 10:36 p.m., March 27, 1964 one hour and ten minutes after...