Nerdin' It Up: How to Find Instability by Hand on a SKEW-T Chart

Today’s the Friday before a three-day weekend, and just about everyone is checked-out until the day after Memorial Day. Since it’s just you and me around these parts, how about we get our nerd on while nobody’s looking? By popular request, here’s an explainer on how to analyze instability a SKEW-T chart by hand. » 5/22/15 5:56pm Friday 5:56pm

Explaining Anvils, the Incredible Cloud Formations That Engulf the Sky

We’ve all gawked at beautiful clouds before, but we never really think about how those clouds formed. One of the most beautiful sights in nature is a huge thunderstorm bubbling up on the horizon, smacking the top of the atmosphere and spreading out like a giant umbrella. Here’s a look at how these anvils form. » 5/20/15 4:58pm Wednesday 4:58pm

"It Won't Stop Raining!", Say States That Prayed for Rain for Four Years

It just keeps getting worse. The gully-washers and toad-stranglers are in full force across Texas and Oklahoma at this hour as the region stares down the barrel of more heavy rain and flooding after years of thirsting for some delicious sky water. Some spots could see double-digit rainfall totals by this time next… » 5/19/15 5:09pm 5/19/15 5:09pm

There's a Meaning to the Horrible Noise the Emergency Alert System Makes

Anyone who’s listened to television or radio over the past five decades is intimately familiar with that horrible, chill-inducing noise of the Emergency Alert System. Aside from catching your attention, that nails-on-a-chalkboard screeching serves a useful purpose that calls back to the days of dial-up internet. » 5/18/15 2:58pm 5/18/15 2:58pm

Guam Lashed by 100+ MPH Winds as Typhoon Dolphin Skirts Island

Typhoon Dolphin lashed the U.S. territories of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands in the western Pacific last night as a strong category two. The storm was initially expected to clear Guam with mild impacts, but a last minute shift in the storm’s track left Andersen Air Force Base with winds gusting over 100 MPH. » 5/15/15 5:05pm 5/15/15 5:05pm

NWS Warns of "Devastating Damage" as Typhoon Churns Towards Guam

Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands—both territories of the United States—are bracing for a punch from a strengthening typhoon in the western Pacific. The National Weather Service issued a sobering statement that “devastating damage is likely” as the typhoon passes very close to the islands on Friday.
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Texas' Decade-Long Megadrought Put on Hold While Texas Floods

Remember a couple of years ago when Texas was in such a deep, seemingly-irreversible drought that experts trumpeted it as the next great megadrought, the likes of which would cause Texas to poof into a pile of dust by the end of the decade? The people currently wading through their living rooms remember. » 5/13/15 6:15pm 5/13/15 6:15pm

Networks Are Obligated to Preempt Your TV Shows During a Tornado

The yearly ritual of the whiny television viewer is in full swing as severe weather season roars with a vengeance. When tornadoes touch down, local news stations have to preempt programming to warn people so they don’t die, but that interferes with Very Important Programs like Days or football. Many viewers argue that… » 5/12/15 4:26pm 5/12/15 4:26pm

The New York Times wrote a great profile on the National Weather Service hydrologist who was accused by the government of spying for China and stealing classified documents, only to have the charges against her abruptly dropped in March when the evidence didn’t support accusations of wrongdoing.… » 5/11/15 12:41am 5/11/15 12:41am

Subtropical Storm Ana, a Sad Lump of Clouds, Swirling Towards Carolinas

A pathetic clump of swirling clouds and weak thunderstorms shamefully churning off the coast of South Carolina became Subtropical Storm Ana last night. The storm is the first tropical cyclone we’ve seen in May since Alberto in 2012, and the earliest in the year since Ana (no relation) in 2003.… » 5/08/15 3:15pm 5/08/15 3:15pm

After Supercells and Tigers, Tornado Outbreaks Possible Friday & Sat.

Fresh off of Wednesday’s calamity in Oklahoma City involving supercells and tigers, the region is preparing for another two full days under the threat of a significant, multi-day tornado outbreak. Some of the tornadoes that form on Friday and Saturday could be intense and long-lived, accompanied by hail larger than… » 5/07/15 4:58pm 5/07/15 4:58pm

CBS News Just Can't Figure Out How to Report on Tornadoes

CBS News continued its tortured and factually-adjacent track record of reporting on tornadoes today, tweeting out a picture of an ominous lowering in an Oklahoma thunderstorm with the overblown caption “massive tornado takes form.” They soon corrected the tweet with one just as dubious.… » 5/06/15 5:18pm 5/06/15 5:18pm

Things That Could Kill You According to Weather.com, Ranked

Weather dot com has built itself into a traffic juggernaut over the past couple of years by positioning itself as the leading source for telling you what THIS is. With great power comes great responsibility, and you won’t believe how close you are to death until you’ve checked your local forecast.… » 5/05/15 5:38pm 5/05/15 5:38pm

A Tropical Cyclone Will (Probably) Threaten the Southeast This Week

No sooner did the calendar crack May than we had to start worrying about a potential tropical system forming off the coast of the southeastern United States later this week. Anyone who lives near the coast from Florida to North Carolina needs to keep a close watch on this system. Here’s what you need to know to stay… » 5/04/15 4:23pm 5/04/15 4:23pm

Heat Settles in Next Week as a Possible Tropical Thing Forms Off Coast

Welcome to May! We are now two-thirds of the way through spring, and right on schedule, the atmosphere has a mini heat wave in the forecast for most of us east of the Rockies. On top of that, models are trying to spin up some sort of a tropical cyclone-ish thing off the East Coast next week. » 5/01/15 5:07pm 5/01/15 5:07pm