Arctic Plunge: Cold Temperatures Descend on United States Next Week

Dennis Mersereau · 11/05/14 04:04PM

Today is a pretty nice day across much of the country, with mild to warm temperatures in most spots from coast to coast. Enjoy it while it lasts, though, because cold Arctic air is likely to spill down from Canada next week, plunging temperatures 10 to 20 degrees below normal.

In Defense of Public Opinion Polls

Dennis Mersereau · 11/05/14 02:25PM

People lie. People say they'll do one thing and then do another. People have free will. Predicting what people will do is harder than predicting the weather. Those who religiously track political polling found this out the hard way last night.

Scientists Create Spectacular 3-D Model of an EF-5 Tornado in Oklahoma

Dennis Mersereau · 11/04/14 01:25PM

A group of scientists have created an absolutely spectacular 3-D computer simulation of an EF-5 tornado that tore through central Oklahoma on May 24, 2011. The animations show the mesmerizing mechanics of how nature's most violent storms form and operate.

Crappy Weather on Election Day Favors Republicans

Dennis Mersereau · 11/04/14 10:30AM

The weather is a great equalizer, but it doesn't affect everyone equally. A 2007 study revealed that foul weather depresses voter turnout, which heavily favors Republicans. With so many close elections today, any foul weather could result in a last-minute shift towards the GOP.

Your Trick-or-Treat Weather Forecast: Scary Cold

Dennis Mersereau · 10/31/14 11:29AM

"Boo!" is what parents will say when they tote their costumed children around in freezing cold temperatures tonight across much of the country. Unless you enjoy the bone-chilling temperatures, trick-or-treating tonight will be scary cold. Ha! Get it? Scary.

Dennis Mersereau · 10/30/14 11:26PM

You are required to watch this masterpiece at least ten times today. You're welcome. Happy Halloween.

The Most Important and Effective Federal Agency Needs a Total Overhaul

Dennis Mersereau · 10/29/14 01:17AM

Providing us with services from forecasts to life-saving warnings, the National Weather Service is easily the most important and effective agency in the federal government. Though effective, it suffers from some fatal flaws, the agency must be rebuilt to save itself and protect the public.

There May or May Not Be a Snowstorm in the Northeast This Weekend

Dennis Mersereau · 10/27/14 01:43PM

Several weather models are hinting at the potential for an early-season snowfall across parts of the northeast this weekend. Weather models forecasting snow more than five days in advance are like predictions of the rapture—the odds are against it, but get ready just in case.

"Loan Sharknado" Is the Most Cringeworthy Political Ad This Year

Dennis Mersereau · 10/24/14 02:29PM

The Michigan Republican Party is now the proud owner of the worst weather-themed political ad ever created. The party released a painfully cheesy thirty-second spot last week calling the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate a "loan sharknado." It's so bad that it's uncomfortable to watch.