Stop Being a Pretentious Disaster Snob

Dennis Mersereau · 08/27/14 12:15PM

We all know that person. If it's 105° at your house, it's 110° at theirs. If you get two feet of snow, they've got three. If your gallbladder bursts, they get pneumonia. It seems like a basic human instinct to try to one-up each other, but the world would be a much better place without disaster snobs.

Oklahoma Military Base Hit With Dust Devil Full of Foam

Dennis Mersereau · 08/26/14 02:21PM

Technicians at the Oklahoma Army National Guard base in Tulsa accidentally triggered the fire suppression system in a hangar on Tuesday morning, causing foam to comically flood out of the hangar onto the tarmac. In a freak coincidence, a dust devil formed on the base and kicked up a foamnado.

Hurricane Marie Strengthens to a Category 5 off the Mexican Coast

Dennis Mersereau · 08/24/14 07:37PM

Hurricane Marie is now a powerful Category 5 hurricane as it churns off the Mexican coast this evening, packing sustained winds of around 160 MPH. The eastern Pacific hurricane rapidly strengthened from a Category 1 to a Category 5 in just 24 hours.

Tropical Depression Forms in Atlantic, May Threaten Southeastern Coast

Dennis Mersereau · 08/23/14 04:12PM

Tropical Depression Four has formed in the western Atlantic Ocean over the Turks and Caicos Islands, packing winds of 35 MPH. The storm is expected to steadily strengthen into Hurricane Cristobal this week, potentially threatening the southeastern coast before turning out to sea.

Here's How to Make a Map for Those of Us Who Can't Draw a Line

Dennis Mersereau · 08/22/14 02:28PM

I suck at drawing, and odds are you do, too. One of the great things about computers is that they do the work for us. We have spell check to save us from those embarrassing tyops and calculators for hassle-free math. For those of us who love maps but can't draw, there are programs that create great maps with little skill needed.

Here's an Incredible Time Lapse of a Monster Storm in St. Louis

Dennis Mersereau · 08/21/14 02:58PM

A resident of St. Louis took an awesome time lapse of a strong thunderstorm rolling across his neighborhood yesterday. The storm bubbled up on the horizon before racing towards the camera, developing an awesome shelf cloud along the way.

The Weather Channel Called Out the Weenies On Air and It's Glorious

Dennis Mersereau · 08/20/14 04:12PM

In the ultimate sign that the tides have turned and professionals aren't afraid to call out Grade A Weenies anymore for fear of harassment, The Weather Channel talked some sense into the Great Hurricane Hype of 2014, and it's downright refreshing.

Watch These Awesome Super Rapid One-Minute Satellite Scans

Dennis Mersereau · 08/20/14 01:27PM

When NASA launched the first weather satellite back in 1960, it was little more than two television cameras strapped to a satellite and shot into orbit. Fast forward through the technological explosion of the late 20th century, and now you can watch the evolution of storms in near real-time, one-minute increments from your living room.

Ferguson Is Under an Excessive Heat Warning This Week

Dennis Mersereau · 08/20/14 11:38AM

In addition to the excessive heat brought into Ferguson by the authorities, Mother Nature is bringing some of her own. A dangerous combination of heat and humidity prompted forecasters to issue an Excessive Heat Warning until Sunday for the St. Louis area, including Ferguson.

A Hurricane Is Coming

Dennis Mersereau · 08/20/14 07:00AM

How do you know when to trust someone when they say "a hurricane is coming?" Should you only trust the NWS? Television weatherpeople? Your favorite Gawker weather blogger? All too often, people don't care where they get their weather information, and that's a huge problem.

No, Tropical Storm Lowell Won't Hit California

Dennis Mersereau · 08/19/14 04:27PM

In yet another shining example of good information falling into uninformed hands, a rumor is spreading through Facebook that a tropical storm could hit southern California in the next couple of days. Thankfully (or not, given the crushing drought), there is a 99.5% chance that it will not happen.

Mensch Montana Storm Ruins Rick Springfield Concert, Frees Alpacas

Dennis Mersereau · 08/19/14 01:04PM

Chaos and relief erupted at a county fair in Montana over the weekend after a severe thunderstorm tore down two crowded tents and stopped a Rick Springfield concert from happening. The storm also set free a majestic herd of alpacas, bless its heart.

A Volcano Sitting Beneath a Glacier in Iceland Might Erupt Soon

Dennis Mersereau · 08/18/14 06:50PM

A hard-to-pronounce volcano in the middle of Iceland is showing signs that it could erupt soon, and to add insult to injury, the volcano sits beneath a glacier which could itself explode if and when it comes in contact with magma.