Tornadoes Are Possible Today Over Areas That Rarely See Tornadoes

Dennis Mersereau · 07/27/14 01:39PM

A severe weather outbreak is ramping up over parts of the eastern United States this afternoon, with an area that doesn't typically see much severe weather bearing the brunt of today's action. The risk for EF-2 or stronger tornadoes is 1000 times higher than normal in some spots.

Dangerous Severe Weather Outbreaks Likely Today and Tomorrow

Dennis Mersereau · 07/26/14 01:06PM

A large part of the eastern United States is on track to see two distinct and very dangerous severe weather events both today and tomorrow, with the worst outbreak expected to occur tomorrow over the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic regions.

A Sharknado Will Happen Someday

Dennis Mersereau · 07/25/14 02:53PM

Tara Reid recently said in an interview that a sharknado really could happen. Contrary to all you sharknado truthers making fun of Reid, I agree with her assessment. The real question is to figure out where a sharknado is most likely to occur. Let's take a look at the science.

Chemtrails Don't Exist and Shasta County Is Ground Zero for Stupid

Dennis Mersereau · 07/24/14 01:30PM

The makers of Reynolds Wrap are thrilled to announce the latest loony chapter in the long running battle against chemtrails, with residents of Shasta County, California DEMANDING that their county stop the federal government from spraying them with non-existent chemicals. L'horreur!

Here's Everything They Got Wrong (and Right) in the Movie Twister

Dennis Mersereau · 07/24/14 11:00AM

Twister is arguably the most popular weather movie ever made, and it sparked an interest in meteorology in both kids and adults alike. While the movie is incredibly entertaining, it's also on some pretty solid ground when it comes to the science. Just how much did the creators of Twister get right and wrong?

Here Are Maps of All 38,728 Tornado Warnings Issued Since 2002

Dennis Mersereau · 07/23/14 01:30PM

Over the past twelve years, we've seen tens of thousands of tornado warnings across the United States. Almost every major city east of the Rocky Mountains has seen a tornado warning at some point since 2002, and the resulting maps are pretty cool looking.

Ohio Weatherman Tweets Shirtless Selfie, Blames His Wife

Dennis Mersereau · 07/23/14 11:59AM

A meteorologist for a television station in Ohio Anthony Weinered himself on Twitter this morning when he sent out a shirtless selfie, only to delete it a few minutes later and then blame his wife for doing it on a dare.

This Is Why the Heat Index Is So Important

Dennis Mersereau · 07/23/14 11:00AM

Out of the comfort and into the fire went the central United States this week as the latest NotReallyAPolarVortex left in a hurry. Temperatures themselves are hot enough — topping 105°F in places — but as the old phrase goes, it's not the heat that gets you, it's the humidity. On days like today, the heat index is crucial.

Nobody Cares About Your Tweets

Dennis Mersereau · 07/22/14 01:41PM

The vast majority of Tweets are useless. Twitter feeds are an endless stream of #random and #unnecessary hashtags, shady shortened links, and poorly-made pictures hawking one's favorite political candidate (who probably sucks). And yet, we keep Tweeting. Why?

Second Tropical Cyclone of the Year Developing in the Atlantic

Dennis Mersereau · 07/21/14 01:35PM

A system in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean has a high chance of developing into a tropical cyclone over the next few days as it moves west towards the Caribbean. If it develops into a tropical storm, its name will be Bertha.

Cinema in Vane: Reviewing the Z-List Disaster Movie Weather Wars

Dennis Mersereau · 07/21/14 10:30AM

It's killing season in Washington, and no monument is safe. After a climate scientist loses his funding and then his mind, a senator is in a fight for his life after the jilted whiz creates a device that controls the weather. This 2011 made-for-TV movie is...something, for sure, and I watched it so you don't have to.

WXGeeks: Great Promise Wrapped up in Great Disappointment

Dennis Mersereau · 07/20/14 12:45PM

The Weather Channel premiered a new show this afternoon called WXGeeks, which has all the potential to bring the network back to its weathery roots. Did it hit the mark? It's hard to tell — the show was over before it began.

What Is a "Record Low Maximum," Anyway?

Dennis Mersereau · 07/19/14 05:58PM

Over the next few days, meteorologists will make a fuss about "record low maximum" temperatures being achieved in cities across the southeast. What does that term mean, anyway?

Super Typhoon Rammasun Strikes China with 155 MPH Winds

Dennis Mersereau · 07/18/14 03:32PM

Super Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in southeastern China earlier on Friday with winds of 155 MPH, making the storm equivalent to that of a borderline category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic. Satellite and radar imagery coming from the storm are downright impressive, showing Rammasun's nearly-perfect structure.

Why Doesn't the West Coast See Thunderstorms?

Dennis Mersereau · 07/17/14 03:12PM

While people along and east of the Rockies seem to have thunderstorms almost every other day this time of year, folks along the West Coast never see our level of exciting weather. Putting aside the ongoing drought, why doesn't the West Coast ever seem to see thunderstorms?

Storm Unleashes Crazy Torrent of Water in Colorado Springs

Dennis Mersereau · 07/16/14 09:04PM

Slow-moving thunderstorms around Colorado Springs this afternoon dumped enormous amounts of rain over the region in a short period of time, leading to dangerous flash flooding across the area. One resident of the city took this incredible video of the water pounding a bridge with the fury of Niagara Falls.