Why NYC's "Historic" Blizzard Didn't Live up to the Hype

If you woke up this fine Tuesday morning to find much less snow than forecasters predicted, you're likely one of the thousands of angry people sprinting to the computer to voice your outrage—outrage!!!—that those lowlife, idiotic, goodfernothin' meteorologists can't get anything right. Here's why you're wrong. » 1/27/15 10:51am Tuesday 10:51am

What You Need to Know About Today's "Crippling" Blizzard: Monday Update

After a short night of restless sleep, it appears that forecasters are still predicting the end of the world in the Northeast this evening. If you haven't panicked yet, you have several hours to do so before it's too late. Hug your children. Hoard booze. This is not a drill. Here's what you need to know to make it… » 1/26/15 6:45am Monday 6:45am

NWS: NYC Is About to See a "Crippling and Potentially Historic Blizzard"

The National Weather Service just issued a blizzard warning for the entire coast of the Northeast from southeastern New Jersey through Maine in anticipation of whiteout conditions as this week's "crippling and potentially historic blizzard" ramps up. Anyone who ventures out during the height of the storm will face… » 1/25/15 4:04pm Sunday 4:04pm

Major Blizzard Set to Dump Feet of Snow on New York City and Boston

All signs point to a significant blizzard in the Northeast on Monday night and Tuesday, with major cities like New York and Boston probably measuring snow in feet by the time the storm clears out. If the forecast pans out, this will be one of the most significant winter storms we've seen in quite a few years. » 1/25/15 12:59pm Sunday 12:59pm

Weather Radar Captures Impressive Snow Swirl Over Northern Plains

If you happened to check the weather radar out of Aberdeen, South Dakota before sunrise last Wednesday (who didn't?), you saw an incredible and unusual sight: a small, spiraling cyclone of snow racing southeast. The swirl almost looks like a small tropical cyclone, with an eye and everything. Here's a look at how the… » 1/24/15 12:27pm Saturday 12:27pm

What Is a "Trace" of Snow?

Rattling off snowfall amounts for various locations around your city is a staple of local news reports, and every so often you'll hear the reporter mention that the local airport saw a "trace" of snow. What exactly is a trace of snow, anyway? http://thevane.gawker.com/heres-what-you... » 1/23/15 5:06pm 1/23/15 5:06pm

Here's What You Need to Know About This Weekend's East Coast Snowstorm

A snow and ice storm will disrupt travel in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast tonight and tomorrow, but it's nothing abnormal for this time of the year. However, "nothing abnormal" doesn't mean crap when you're sliding sideways into a ditch on I-95. Here's what you need to know to stay ahead of this weekend's weather. » 1/23/15 3:03pm 1/23/15 3:03pm

Tricky Weekend Storm Will Bring Heavy Rain and Snow to the I-95 Corridor

I hope you enjoyed the relatively nice weather we've seen for the past few days, because things are going to change in a hurry. A major storm is trekking across Texas this afternoon on its way to the eastern seaboard, and it will culminate in what could be a decent snow event in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic this… » 1/22/15 3:59pm 1/22/15 3:59pm

Weather Hoaxer Threatens the NWS, Records Himself Yelling at FBI Agents

Kevin Martin, notorious purveyor of weather hoaxes and second prize in a Johnny Depp lookalike contest, is the subject of a federal investigation after issuing threats of violence last month against the National Weather Service in San Diego, CA. He recorded the FBI visiting his house, and surprise!, it didn't go well. » 1/21/15 1:29pm 1/21/15 1:29pm

Lake Erie Is Frozen 

Coming as welcome news to residents of western New York who were buried under nearly seven feet of snow last November, the surface of Lake Erie is now covered in enough ice to declare Buffalo's lake effect snow season effectively over for this winter. Hallelujah. » 1/20/15 2:43pm 1/20/15 2:43pm

Mild Temperatures Bathe Most of the U.S., But It Won't Last Much Longer

Today was so nice that it made this winter lover pine for spring. High temperatures at The Vane's nerdquarters in North Carolina topped out in the mid 60s this afternoon, with open-window weather hanging out across most of the United States today. Almost the entire country saw above-average temperatures this… » 1/19/15 9:03pm 1/19/15 9:03pm

The Vane Explains This Week's Weather: What Is an "Alberta Clipper?"

We've had different phrases to talk about specific types of winter storms long before the "polar vortex" became the media's go-to scapegoat for all things snowy and cold. The most well-known type of winter storm is a "nor'easter." Another big winter term is an "Alberta Clipper," and you're going to hear a lot about… » 1/19/15 3:49pm 1/19/15 3:49pm

NOAA Upgrades the American Weather Model So It Sucks Just a Little Less

Bells rang and geeks chortled across the world on Wednesday morning as NOAA pulled the plug on the old American weather model, known as the GFS (Global Forecast Systems), and replaced it with an updated model we've creatively called the "GFS Upgrade." Behold! Slightly better forecasts. » 1/16/15 2:41pm 1/16/15 2:41pm

Beijing Chokes on Off-the-Charts Levels of Pollution Twice in 24 Hours

Beneath a sky that makes a locker room full of Axe Body Spray seem like a breath of fresh air, the air quality sensor at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing has measured off-the-chart levels of fine particulate pollution twice in 24 hours. The first reading showed an air quality index of 586, or simply "beyond index." » 1/15/15 2:31pm 1/15/15 2:31pm

Intense Cyclone Rakes U.K. With Heavy Rain and Snow, 75 MPH Winds

The United Kingdom is living up to its gloomy stereotype today as it feels the effects of a powerful cyclone sweeping across the northern Atlantic Ocean. The photogenic storm brought heavy snow to Ireland and Scotland, heavy rain to England and Wales, and winds of 75 MPH to the region's western coasts. » 1/14/15 4:09pm 1/14/15 4:09pm