Heads Up: Chicago, Milwaukee at Risk for Tornadoes This Afternoon

Dennis Mersereau · 04/09/15 02:54PM

Severe thunderstorms are rapidly firing up across the Upper Midwest this afternoon, with tornado watches in effect from central Missouri through the western shores of Lake Michigan. The largest cities under the risk for tornadoes this afternoon are Chicago and Milwaukee. Some of the tornadoes could be strong in the most well-organized supercells.

A Few 'Significant' Tornadoes Possible Across Central U.S. This Evening

Dennis Mersereau · 04/08/15 03:46PM

Things are going to get interesting in a hurry across the central part of the country this evening as severe thunderstorms rapidly develop in the moist, unstable air pumping in from the tropics. These dangerous thunderstorms even have the potential to produce a few tornadoes, some of which could be strong and stay on the ground for a while.

Your Weather App Sucks

Dennis Mersereau · 04/07/15 03:01PM

Do you get your weather from a weather app? The number of weather apps available for smartphones and tablets grows by the day, but they're not all equal. Your weather app likely sucks—in fact, some apps are so wrong that you're better off looking out the window. Here's how to remedy the situation.

Don't Fall for Weather Hoaxes and Hype as We Head Into Tornado Season

Dennis Mersereau · 04/06/15 03:06PM

The wealth of information available online puts the world at our fingertips—literally! You can click a link and look at a picture taken from space just a few minutes ago. This treasure trove of data is great, but it takes smart consumption to grow smarter about the world around us. Not all sources of weather information are equal, and we need to learn what sources are worth listening to, and which ones are peddling a load of sleet.

A Few Tornadoes Are Possible Today From Tennessee to Washington D.C. 

Dennis Mersereau · 04/03/15 02:01PM

Today is the final day of a week-long severe weather outbreak that's produced hundreds of reports of large hail, damaging winds, and a couple of tornadoes across the central United States. The threat for severe thunderstorms is shifting east into more heavily populated areas. A few tornadoes are possible today from western Tennessee through the Washington D.C./Baltimore metro areas.

Prepare for the Brief Glory of Tonight's Earth Moon Shadow

Dennis Mersereau · 04/03/15 10:56AM

Behold! The Earth will rockblock the Moon from basking in sunshine for five minutes tonight. The islands in the Pacific will have the best view of the brief Earth Moon Shadow, but most of North America will see it, too, if you crawl out of bed early enough, but it's Saturday morning, and you won't do that.

Winter Is Just About Dead, Except in the Northeast, Sorry About That

Dennis Mersereau · 04/01/15 03:43PM

Welcome to April! The next month looks like it'll be interesting, with warmer-than-average temperatures for much of the country, except the Northeast, where winter clings like tangy marinara to a plate of cold pasta. Sorry. This is no joke, either—we don't play those games. Nature really does just hate you.

Spring Finally Acts Normal as Severe T'storms Threaten U.S. All Week

Dennis Mersereau · 03/31/15 04:01PM

It looks like nature is finally catching up with the calendar, as the southern and central portions of the United States are facing a risk for severe thunderstorms every day through Friday. Unfortunately for residents and vehicles alike, April promises to be more active than this underwhelming March.

Cruel Winds Tear Through Western Europe Causing Damage, Ruining Hairdos

Dennis Mersereau · 03/31/15 01:34PM

For the past 36 hours, hurricane-force winds have raked through western Europe as a result of a strong low pressure system crashing ashore in Denmark. The strong winds are causing widespread damage, knocking out power, and interrupting hundreds of flights at some of the busiest airports in the world.

Dennis Mersereau · 03/30/15 02:33PM

The Weather Channel is running a brutal multi-platform ad campaign against the new AccuWeather network, throwing the blue behemoth's hat into the increasingly complicated battle between AccuWeather and just about everyone else. Hell hath no fury like weather geeks scorned.

Dennis Mersereau · 03/27/15 08:59PM

AccuWeather Slams the NWS for Missing a Tornado AccuWeather Didn't Cover

Dennis Mersereau · 03/27/15 03:59PM

The National Weather Service failed to issue a tornado warning in Moore, Oklahoma, when a preliminary EF-1 tornado made a mess of the town for the sixth time in as many years on Wednesday. AccuWeather wasted no time blasting the agency for its failure while trumpeting their own success in warning clients twelve minutes before the storm struck. There's only one problem—their brand new television network didn't cover the storm, either.

Homes, Elementary School Damaged After Tornado in Moore, Oklahoma

Dennis Mersereau · 03/25/15 09:35PM

Moore, Oklahoma, a city of more than 50,000 people that lies a few miles south of Oklahoma City, suffered a direct hit from its sixth tornado in the past fifteen years tonight. Numerous structures were significantly damaged by the tornado, including Southgate Elementary school.

Watch Storm Chasers Race to Catch Up With Oklahoma Supercells

Dennis Mersereau · 03/25/15 05:14PM

Today is the second day of a two-part severe weather outbreak across the Plains states, with giant thunderstorms blowing up over Oklahoma and Arkansas. The storms have the potential to produce hail up to the size of tennis balls, so naturally, storm chasers are speeding towards them in hopes of catching nature at its fiercest.

Do Television Meteorologists Have a Responsibility to Prevent Confusion?

Dennis Mersereau · 03/25/15 01:55PM

Oklahoma City is one of the most threatened cities in the United States when it comes to severe weather. At least once a year—often more than that—nature throws violent tornadoes, enormous hail, and destructive winds at the city on the plains. That's why many people have found it a little unsettling that the city's news stations have shrugged off any attempt at standardization and decided to do their own thing when they talk about severe weather.

Hail Larger Than Golf Balls Could Pelt the Central Plains This Afternoon

Dennis Mersereau · 03/24/15 03:20PM

The first day of a two-part severe thunderstorm event is unfolding across the middle of the country, with an enhanced risk for severe weather—three on a scale from zero to five—possible in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri. Storms could produce very large hail, damaging winds, and a few tornadoes.