More Heavy Rain to Soak Areas of Central U.S. Already Soaked to the Bone

Have you had a chance to dry out from Rainpocalypse 2015? I hope so! We’re getting ready to see significant amounts of rain across the central U.S. in a short amount of time, and flash flood watches are in place in anticipation of this environmental ablution as we trudge through the first full week of July. » 7/06/15 11:58am Today 11:58am

This Airport Lets You Feel Your Destination's Weather Before Taking Off

If you’re sitting at the airport and can hardly wait to get to your warm, tropical destination, you can get a small taste of the weather there before you even set foot on the airplane. The largest airport in Stockholm, Sweden, now has a nifty room called a “climate portal” that simulates weather conditions at your… » 7/02/15 9:00am Thursday 9:00am

Feedback: Help Make These Maps Un-Suck

Hi! I need your feedback, if you wouldn’t mind. Several readers have chimed in over the past week or two about how I could better design the maps that appear here on The Vane to make them more readable for both desktop and mobile users. I aim to please, so if you have any comments or suggestions about how I can make… » 7/01/15 10:04pm Wednesday 10:04pm

Does It Seem Like Thunderstorms Keep Passing You By? You're Not Alone.

If it seems like that promising thunderstorm on the horizon will defy the laws of physics to avoid where you live—depriving you of needed rain and soothing thunder—you’re not alone. Even though it seems like won’t stop raining in much of the eastern U.S., many areas are slipping into drought as we head into the middle… » 6/30/15 4:52pm Tuesday 4:52pm

Your Commute's Gonna Get Screwed up by Thunderstorms This Evening

If you live in or around any of the counties shaded in blue on this map, odds are that your commute’s gonna suck as you head home this evening. Severe thunderstorms are firing up all over the place, and these counties are all under a severe thunderstorm watch through nightfall. Damaging winds, large hail, and some… » 6/30/15 4:19pm Tuesday 4:19pm

Significant, Prolonged Heat Wave to Blanket Europe Over the Next Week

Most of western and central Europe is on track to experience a dangerous heat wave over the next week, allowing temperatures to soar up to 30 degrees Fahrenheit above average for several days beginning on Wednesday. This level of heat is extremely dangerous in this part of the world due to the lack of air conditioning… » 6/30/15 3:31pm Tuesday 3:31pm

Woman Struck by Lightning While Getting Off Flight Diverted by Storms

A Charlotte-bound flight was diverted to Columbia, South Carolina, on Saturday evening due to strong storms over the Queen City. As if landing in South Carolina against your will isn’t bad enough, a storm developed over Columbia and zapped a passenger as she got off the U.S. Airways Express flight. » 6/29/15 2:03pm 6/29/15 2:03pm

Weather Radar Detects SpaceX Rocket Falling into Ocean After Explosion

What goes up must come down, and sometimes the ways in which gravity wins aren’t pretty. A SpaceX rocket sending supplies to the International Space Station exploded in the skies off the coast of Florida this morning, and weather radar was able to track what was left of the rocket as it fell into the Atlantic Ocean. » 6/28/15 2:46pm 6/28/15 2:46pm

Severe T'storms and Flash Floods Likely in Eastern U.S. This Weekend

Away we go into the last weekend of June, and the month will draw to a close just as it (and we) began life: wet and angry. In fact, we’re closing the month with a storm system that’s more common in fall than the middle of summer. Heavy rain will soon overspread much of the eastern United States this weekend,… » 6/26/15 5:00pm 6/26/15 5:00pm

Nature Resumes Torturing Western U.S. With Rough, Record-Breaking Heat

A slow motion disaster will continue playing out in the western United States this weekend as the same weather pattern that kept the west dangerously hot and dry this past winter is back to roast it over an open fire beginning this weekend. Some locations will see highs in the 100s through the middle of next week. » 6/25/15 5:08pm 6/25/15 5:08pm

800,000 Power Outages Reported After Fierce Storms Blast Mid-Atlantic

A line of intense thunderstorms rolled through the I-95 corridor this evening during the height of rush hour, stranding commuters, tearing down trees and power lines, damaging buildings, and even injuring a few people. After the rain wound down, more than 800,000 customers from D.C. to New Jersey were without power. » 6/23/15 9:11pm 6/23/15 9:11pm

Strong Storms Will Hit D.C., Baltimore, Philly During Today's Rush Hour

You can swim through the air on the East Coast this afternoon. It’s a typical hot, muggy summer afternoon, and an approaching cold front is allowing this soupy air to explode skyward and trigger some nasty thunderstorms. It looks like the storms will arrive in the megalopolis just in time for rush hour, of course. » 6/23/15 4:38pm 6/23/15 4:38pm

U.S. Senate Chickens Out of Fixing Major Issues in Weather Forecasting

Last week, the United States Senate briefly flirted with the idea of actually doing something useful. Depending on whom you ask, the National Weather Service Improvement Act was either a positive step toward modernization or destructive enough to give Rick Santorum the quivers. Even though the bill is now dead and… » 6/23/15 2:35pm 6/23/15 2:35pm

Intense Squall Line Produces Extensive Damage, 95 MPH Wind Gusts in Iowa

An intense line of thunderstorms ripped, tore, screamed, blasted, and raced through the state of Iowa this morning, producing wind gusts exceeding 90 MPH in spots. Right or wrong, the storm is being touted as a “derecho” in the media; regardless of the name, the storms were brutal. » 6/22/15 2:49pm 6/22/15 2:49pm

Tropical Depression Bill Still Depressed Over Missouri, Moving Toward DC

Three days after landfall and after traveling over more than 850 miles of land, Bill is still a tropical depression as it swirls over Missouri. The storm has produced catastrophic flooding along its path, and more flooding is likely through the Ohio Valley and eventually into the I-95 corridor of the Mid-Atlantic. » 6/19/15 3:58pm 6/19/15 3:58pm

Brutal Heat Wave Gripping Southeast Will Last Another Week, I'm So Sorry

The southeast is melting under the influence of an unusually brutal early-season heat wave, with temperatures soaring into the upper 90s and low 100s for four days now. Temperatures will moderate somewhat for a day or two this weekend, but the heat is going to crank back up for most of next week. » 6/18/15 4:43pm 6/18/15 4:43pm