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

Dennis Mersereau · 01/22/15 03:59PM

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 weekend.

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

Dennis Mersereau · 01/21/15 01:29PM

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.

Lake Erie Is Frozen 

Dennis Mersereau · 01/20/15 02:43PM

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.

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

Dennis Mersereau · 01/19/15 09:03PM

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 afternoon, but don't get used to it.

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

Dennis Mersereau · 01/19/15 03:49PM

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 them this week.

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

Dennis Mersereau · 01/16/15 02:41PM

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.

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

Dennis Mersereau · 01/14/15 04:09PM

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.

Dennis Mersereau · 01/13/15 10:14PM

A glitch caused comments from an article I wrote two weeks ago to push into The Vane's RSS feed this evening. The glitch hit at least one other site, and I've alerted tech so they can identify and hopefully fix what went wrong. Apologies for clogging your feeds, and thanks (as always) for reading.

An Ice Storm Is Likely in North Carolina and Virginia Tonight

Dennis Mersereau · 01/13/15 03:45PM

A disruptive ice storm is likely going to unfold across parts of North Carolina and Virginia tonight as a fast-moving disturbance skirts the coast and drops freezing rain. The system threatens to produce significant accretions of ice along I-95 from Florence, S.C. to Richmond, Virginia, making travel impossible at times.

Raw, Dreary Day Precedes Raw, Boring Week

Dennis Mersereau · 01/12/15 04:44PM

This week in weather is going to feel like one of those awful afternoons where there's nothing on television but Swamp People and you watch it anyway, because that's your life, pal.

Maps: Parts of N.Y. Could See Five Feet of Lake Effect Snow by Tomorrow

Dennis Mersereau · 01/09/15 04:06PM

A nasty lake effect snow event is cranking up over western New York this afternoon, threatening to dump several feet of snow on communities from Buffalo to Watertown. Towns south of Buffalo could dig out from three feet of snow from the system, while eastern Lake Ontario could see up to five feet of snow in 36 hours.

The Science Behind Turning Boiling Water Into "Snow" on a Frigid Day

Dennis Mersereau · 01/08/15 10:57AM

Every winter, one of the coolest trends to circulate around the web is courtesy of unfortunate, bored souls stuck in the northern tundra with nothing better to do than throw cups of boiling water into the air. Once the water leaves the cup, it immediately turns into "snow." Let's take a look at how and why that happens.

Eastern U.S. Braces for Dangerously Cold Temperatures Tonight and Thurs.

Dennis Mersereau · 01/07/15 04:03PM

After more than a week of warning, a frigid Arctic airmass is finally sweeping across the eastern half of the United States. Tonight and tomorrow, dangerously cold temperatures will encase the country from the Plains to the Atlantic and down to the Gulf of Mexico. This will probably—hopefully—be the coldest air we'll see this winter.

Here's What You Need to Know About This Week's Dangerous Cold Snap

Dennis Mersereau · 01/05/15 03:12PM

The coldest air of the winter is draining into the United States, and holy crap it's cold. Temperatures in much of the north are struggling to climb into the single digits today, while Boston and the NYC suburbs will flirt with lows near zero on Thursday morning. Here's what you need to know to survive the deep freeze.

Get Ready: Bitterly Cold Weather Will Grip the Eastern U.S. Next Week

Dennis Mersereau · 01/02/15 04:56PM

An intense outbreak of cold weather will descend on the eastern two-thirds of the country next week, with widespread low temperatures in the single digits and below zero for a couple of days. Lows in the teens are even possible as far south as Alabama and Mississippi.

Here's a Navel-Gazing Look Back at The Vane in 2014

Dennis Mersereau · 12/31/14 04:53PM

This was a great year for The Vane—in fact, this was the only year for The Vane. America's favorite weather sub-vertical began on March 3, 2014, and it's been awkward ever since. Here's a look at the blog's roller-coaster year as it grew from a novelty to something that resembles a serious source for weather debunkery.