Dennis Mersereau · 10/11/14 09:18PM

At 10:18 PM EDT on Saturday, weather radar shows Cyclone Hudhud a few hours from making landfall on India's east coast with winds of 125 MPH. The cyclone will strike the heavily-populated city of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. The area is home to nearly 2,000,000 people.

Weather Explainer: What Is a Subtropical Storm?

Dennis Mersereau · 10/10/14 02:12PM

Another day, another explainable weather event. Subtropical Storm Fay is on the cusp of developing in the Atlantic Ocean, and it's likely going to brush Bermuda in a few days. What is a "subtropical storm" and why is it different from a regular ol' tropical storm?

Six to Seven Inches of Rain This Weekend Could Destroy Midwest Drought

Dennis Mersereau · 10/09/14 12:47PM

A prolonged heavy rain event is expected to unfold across a large portion of the central United States this weekend, with areas from Kansas to Kentucky facing the potential for up to seven inches of rain by early next week. The rain will do wonders to quench drought-bound soils in the region.

Explaining Microbursts, One of Nature's Most Dangerous Wind Storms

Dennis Mersereau · 10/08/14 01:59PM

A major wind event known as a "microburst" leveled thousands of trees in Easthampton, Massachusetts this morning. Microbursts can create more damage than a weak tornado, and they're responsible for many lethal airplane crashes. What is a microburst and how do they form?

Japan on Alert as 180 MPH Super Typhoon Vongfong Rages in Pacific

Dennis Mersereau · 10/07/14 02:29PM

Super Typhoon Vongfong is churning in the western Pacific Ocean this afternoon with winds of 180 MPH. The typhoon's ferocious winds are the strongest in the world so far this year. Vongfong is expected to weaken before hitting Japan as the equivalent of a strong category two this weekend.

Reading Stuff Will Eliminate 90 Percent of Your Stupid Questions

Dennis Mersereau · 10/06/14 03:41PM

How many times have you heard the phrase "there are no dumb questions?" People who are afraid of looking silly for asking simple questions are usually asking good questions! No, the truly stupid questions are those asked by people who are too lazy to read the answer right in front of them.

Fickle October Brings Southwest Flooding, Twisters in Tenn. Valley

Dennis Mersereau · 10/06/14 12:43PM

Oh, October, you are a fickle month. After a beautiful weekend across much of the eastern two-thirds of the country, this week brings the wet remnants of a hurricane into the southwest and the risk of tornadoes to the Tennessee Valley this afternoon.

Severe Thunderstorms Threaten Nearly Forty Million People This Evening

Dennis Mersereau · 10/02/14 03:15PM

A widespread severe weather outbreak is taking shape across a large swath of the central United States this evening, stretching from Texas and Louisiana north through Illinois and Indiana. Nearly forty million people are at risk for damaging winds, large hail, and possibly a few tornadoes.

The Weather Channel's Winter Storm Names Are a Cheap Advertising Ploy

Dennis Mersereau · 10/01/14 12:21PM

No credible agency in the United States names winter storms. That being said, The Weather Channel sent out a press release this morning announcing this year’s list of winter storm names. The project continues the network’s incredibly clever viewer-run advertising campaign.

What Were Those Horrifying Death Clouds Over NYC This Morning?

Dennis Mersereau · 09/30/14 12:57PM

Social media lit up around 7:30 this morning with hundreds of pictures of an incredibly dramatic sky over New York City, with layers of dark, intense clouds swirling over Manhattan. Clouds this ominous usually signal the approach of a horrible storm or Tammy Swanson. What kind of clouds were they?

Las Vegas at Risk for Tornadoes and Severe Storms This Afternoon

Dennis Mersereau · 09/26/14 01:45PM

Well, here's something you don't see too often. The Storm Prediction Center has issued a slight risk for severe weather across parts of the desert southwest—including Las Vegas and surroundings—for the chance of tornadoes, 60+ MPH wind gusts, and hail larger than quarters.

What Are the Odds of Derek Jeter's Last Game Getting Rained Out?

Dennis Mersereau · 09/25/14 12:18PM

As the sports world mournfully (or gleefully) waits for Derek Jeter to play his last game on Thursday night, the big question isn't whether or not the Yankees will win, but will the game go on at all? Let's look at the chances of this nor'easter raining out Jeter's last game.