Kills The Weather Channel's Credibility

Dennis Mersereau · 02/27/15 03:48PM

You'll never believe THIS! Or, maybe you will. Between terrible stories and irrelevant slideshows, going to weather dot com these days is a painful chore. The Weather Channel's website is killing the network's credibility, and when it comes to earning a viewer's trust during a life-threatening disaster, that's a dangerous game to play.

Winter Storm Ravages South With Cute, Record-Breaking Little Snowfall 

Dennis Mersereau · 02/26/15 04:37PM

Much of the southern United States is cleaning up this afternoon from last night's cute li'l snowfall that produced record-breaking totals from Texas to Virginia. Up to a foot of snow fell on some small towns in northern Alabama we never hear about unless there's a tornado outbreak.

Conga Line of Polar Cold Snaps Sparing U.S. From Deadly Severe T'storms

Dennis Mersereau · 02/25/15 05:05PM

In a normal year, the southern United States would see severe weather on a weekly basis by the end of February. But that's a normal year, and this is 2015. For better or worse, severe weather across the United States is at an all-time low since records began nearly half a century ago.

Major Snows Aim for the South, FlamingSnowCarpocalypse II Looks Unlikely

Dennis Mersereau · 02/24/15 04:45PM

If you live in the south and you're sick of the constant ice storms we've seen over the past two weeks, you're in luck! It's only going to snow this time around. Heavy snow is in the forecast from Texas through Virginia on Wednesday and Thursday, threatening areas that don't typically see this much snow from one storm.

Southern United States Bracing for Its Third Ice Storm in One Week

Dennis Mersereau · 02/22/15 09:06PM

Another round of wintry weather tonight will get the south off to an ugly crunch for the second Monday in a row. The first batch of snow and ice is already falling across a swath of real estate from Louisiana to North Carolina, while a more threatening round of sleet and freezing rain will affect Texas and Oklahoma on Monday morning.

Dennis Mersereau · 02/21/15 03:52PM

It's snowing across the eastern U.S. and along the eastern Rockies, where Denver could see more than a foot of snow. There's a risk for a significant ice storm in north Texas (including Dallas and Fort Worth) on Monday. I'll have more information on that tomorrow when the event is a little closer on the weather models.

Toronto Toddler Dies in the Bitter Cold After Wandering Away From Home

Dennis Mersereau · 02/19/15 06:29PM

A three-year-old Toronto boy died this afternoon after he wandered away from home in the middle of the night. The boy spent six hours exposed to the elements before rescuers found him behind a nearby home and rushed him to the hospital. Temperatures in Toronto dipped to -2°F this morning with a wind chill of -21°F.

Two Intense Tropical Cyclones Make Landfall in Australia in One Day

Dennis Mersereau · 02/19/15 03:30PM

Two severe tropical cyclones—each the equivalent of a category three hurricane—are tearing through coastal sections of Australia this morning. The first cyclone made landfall on the country's north coast on Friday morning, while a second more intense cyclone swirls just off the coast of Queensland, north of Brisbane.

Dangerous, Record-Breaking Cold to Engulf the Eastern U.S. Tonight

Dennis Mersereau · 02/18/15 05:21PM

The coldest air many places have seen in years (and even decades) will descend upon the eastern U.S. this evening, producing dangerous and record-breaking low temperatures on Thursday and Friday stretching from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast. Lows close to zero will reach as far south as South Carolina.

Dangerous, Abnormally Warm Winter Continues Unabated in the Western U.S.

Dennis Mersereau · 02/18/15 05:20PM

This year's dry, warm winter in the western United States will continue virtually unchallenged for the foreseeable future, with little beneficial precipitation expected over the next week. The conditions will only serve to worsen the exceptional drought, leading the way to a potentially devastating wildfire season.

Why Is Sleet? How the Atmosphere Turns Snow into an Icy, Frozen Hell

Dennis Mersereau · 02/17/15 04:07PM

With temperatures as low as 15°F, it seems unusual that parts of the south saw sleet and freezing rain instead of snow on Monday. Wintry precipitation isn't always determined by the temperature at the ground. Here's an explainer on how sleet and freezing rain can turn a beautiful snowfall into an icy death match.

What to Expect From Tonight's Ugly Winter Storm on the East Coast

Dennis Mersereau · 02/16/15 05:52PM

Snow is spreading over the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic this evening after producing damaging ice from freezing rain in Arkansas and Tennessee last night. Snow will change to ice in North and South Carolina tonight, while areas farther north could see up to ten inches of snow. Here's what to expect.

Southeast Preparing for a Major Snow and Ice Storm on Monday and Tuesday

Dennis Mersereau · 02/15/15 05:50PM

A major winter storm is getting its act together over the south this evening, threatening most of the southeast from Arkansas to Virginia with heavy snow and freezing rain on Monday and Tuesday. Little Rock and Memphis could see an ice storm, while snow accumulations of more than one foot are possible to the east.

Dennis Mersereau · 02/15/15 12:48AM

What You Need to Know About This Weekend's Blizzard in New England 

Dennis Mersereau · 02/13/15 05:08PM

If you're unlucky enough to live in the snowiest region of the country this year, chances are you don't need any introduction to what's going to happen this weekend. Up to two feet of heavy, wind-driven snow will blast coastal New England on Sunday, making travel impossible and possibly producing some damage along the way.

A Brutal Cold Snap and a Blizzard or Two Are Possible Over the Next Week

Dennis Mersereau · 02/12/15 04:37PM

Much of the eastern U.S. is about to plunge into the coldest wave of Arctic air we've seen this winter, and for many, it could feature more sustained cold temperatures than we saw during the Great Polar Vortex Panic of 2014. If that isn't bad enough, the east could see a couple of disruptive winter storms next week.

This Winter Hasn't Been as Bad as It Sounds

Dennis Mersereau · 02/11/15 05:00PM

While the big weather story of late has been the Hoth-like cold and snow under which New England is buried, there's a much different scenario unfolding in the west: it's nice! Really nice. Almost too nice. Given that it seems the country's weather is split between Moscow and Boca, has it really been that bad of a winter? Not really.

Weather Radar Repairs Delayed by Rattlesnake Chillin' in the Equipment

Dennis Mersereau · 02/10/15 06:15PM

Meteorologists have to deal with sharp tongues when forecasts don't pan out, but it's not every day they have to deal with sharp teeth. The National Weather Service released a statement this afternoon announcing that repairs to a Texas weather radar were put on hold "due to complications involving a rattlesnake."