Temperatures Dip to 48 Degrees Below Zero in Brutal Western Cold Snap

Dennis Mersereau · 12/31/14 01:59PM

The frozen, icy hellscape that rang in 2014 across the eastern United States returned for an encore in the west during the year's waning hours. Temperatures fell as low as -48°F in Wyoming this morning as a brutal cold snap brings strong winds, heavy snow, and even record high air pressure to areas west of the Plains.

Here's Your Midnight Forecast for New Year's Eve

Dennis Mersereau · 12/30/14 06:05PM

As we approach the end of this godforsaken year, people around the country will flock outside watch their fellow citizens lower some trinket from a rope to signal the arrival of the new year. How cold will it be when you watch the ball, Moon Pie, or big red high heel drop? Let's take a look at your midnight forecast.

Man Takes Harrowing Video as a Powerful Tornado Destroys His Business

Dennis Mersereau · 12/29/14 11:56PM

An outbreak of severe weather across the southeastern United States last week produced six tornadoes, one of which produced major damage in the small Mississippi town of Columbia. Within one of the many buildings destroyed by this tornado's 165 MPH winds was a man who caught the whole ordeal on video.

Dennis Mersereau · 12/29/14 04:05PM

The annual list of Gawker Heroes came out this morning, and I chose female meteorologists to hold a much-deserved spot on the list. Meteorologists like Rhonda Lee and Ginger Zee and Sue Palka and hundreds of others are superb scientists who have a hugely positive influence on young women in the United States.

Las Vegas Might See a Rare Snowstorm on New Year's Eve

Dennis Mersereau · 12/29/14 02:50PM

Las Vegas, the gambler's paradise in the desert whose average high sits at or above 100°F for three months of the year, is getting ready to see a rare and potentially dangerous snowfall on Tuesday and Wednesday. The city could see up to three inches of snow on the ground by New Year's Day.

This Warm December Weather Will Come to an Abrupt, Frigid End Next Week

Dennis Mersereau · 12/26/14 02:57PM

Are you enjoying the (sort of) warm weather we've seen for the past day or two? Don't get used to it. A surge of Arctic air will deliver subfreezing highs for most of the country early next week. It won't be anywhere near as bad as last winter's "polar vortex" panic, but it'll be a miserable cold spell just in time for the new year.

Two Years Later, Remembering Mobile's Christmas Day Tornado

Dennis Mersereau · 12/25/14 03:34PM

Two years ago today, a large EF-2 tornado tore through the center of Mobile, Alabama, causing significant damage and injuring several people. Aside from helping put to rest the myth that tornadoes can't hit cities, the storm came perilously close to being a disaster.

Dennis Mersereau · 12/24/14 02:57PM

There's a nasty cold air damming event going on across the Piedmont this afternoon. Here in Podunk, North Carolina, our high temperature was supposed to be 68°F. The current temperature is 48°F. The wedge is cruel and stubborn.

The Anatomy of Chicago's Busted Christmas Eve Snow Forecast

Dennis Mersereau · 12/24/14 02:00PM

Remember all that snow Chicago was supposed to get today? It's 41°F and raining right now. Forecasts were always honest that it might not snow, but seeing the potential for up to six inches of snow on Christmas Eve vanish in a cold, dreary rain is still a shock to the system. Here's why that happened.

Maps: Here Are All of the Areas That Were Hit by Tornadoes in 2014

Dennis Mersereau · 12/23/14 03:01PM

This was a quiet yet memorable year for tornadoes in the United States. With around 900 tornadoes on the books, here are some interesting maps that show all of the areas hit by tornadoes in 2014, from the twin tornadoes in Nebraska to storms nearly a mile wide in Mississippi.

A Major Storm on Christmas Eve Will Probably Screw Up Your Travel Plans

Dennis Mersereau · 12/22/14 03:25PM

Just in time for Christmas, a developing storm will create headaches for anyone planning to travel east of the Mississippi River later this week. The storm will drop heavy snow on the Great Lakes and bring thunderstorms, heavy rain, and gusty winds to almost the entire East Coast. Merry Christmas!

What to Expect From "SantaBomb," a Possibly Disruptive Christmas Storm

Dennis Mersereau · 12/19/14 02:11PM

Ho ho holy crap, there's going to be a "SantaBomb" next week, according to the hive mind on social media. The term is a nickname for a potentially large and disruptive storm that weather models are suggesting could affect much of the eastern United States and Canada just in time for Christmas next week.

Dennis Mersereau · 12/19/14 01:11PM

Bob Simpson, legendary meteorologist and the "Simpson" half of the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale, died this morning at the young age of 102. Earlier this morning, NWS Jackson, Miss. posted a seven-Tweet recap of his professional achievements: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

California Drought Eases, But a Long Road Before Returning to Normal

Dennis Mersereau · 12/18/14 02:46PM

Some good news came out this morning that recent heavy rains have put a noticeable dent in the exceptional drought over parts of California, but the state still needs sustained rainfall (measured in feet, not inches) in order for their water situation to return to normal.

Building This Snow Coaster Is the Best Thing You Can Do This Winter

Dennis Mersereau · 12/18/14 12:22PM

If you dread the thought of a long winter and being stuck inside with your family for weeks or months on end, you can make the most of the impending wintry doom by recreating this awesome sledding snow coaster in your backyard. I'm jealous I never thought of this when I was a kid.

Dennis Mersereau · 12/17/14 05:35PM

What Are These Strange, Beautiful Clouds Over Tunisia?

Dennis Mersereau · 12/17/14 04:48PM

A gorgeous picture of a sunset painting brilliant colors over dramatic spirals in a wavy deck of clouds is making the rounds on social media this afternoon. The picture—purportedly taken in Tunisia—is so spectacular that it almost looks photoshopped. Here's an explanation for how these incredible clouds formed.

Man Shoots Texas TV Meteorologist in News Station's Parking Lot

Dennis Mersereau · 12/17/14 01:23PM

A man shot and wounded a central Texas television meteorologist in the news station's parking lot as he left the building after this morning's broadcast. The station, KCEN in Waco and Killeen, reports that morning show meteorologist Patrick Crawford was in the parking lot when a man came up to him and "exchanged words" with Crawford shortly before firing several shots with a semi-automatic hand gun.