The Weather Channel Is Debuting a New Talk Show Called WXGeeks

Dennis Mersereau · 07/15/14 02:07PM

The Weather Channel just announced that the network will debut a new weather-themed talk show this weekend called WXGeeks, pronounced "weather geeks." The program is an effort to call back to the channel's legacy, with executives billing the show as aimed at weather enthusiasts.

Weather Hoaxer Threatens Facebook After His Page Is Taken Down

Dennis Mersereau · 07/15/14 09:15AM

What do you do when you're the owner of a marginally popular weather page on Facebook, you and your brother have a history of threatening people, and they finally shut down your page? You threaten Facebook, of course!

Panicked Russians Flee Beach as Thunderstorm Drops Golf Ball Size Hail

Dennis Mersereau · 07/14/14 12:27PM

A powerful thunderstorm swept through the Siberian capital of Novosibirsk on Saturday, bringing with it huge wind-driven hailstones that pelted surprised and panicked beachgoers. The video is intense, going from relative calm to chaos as the rain and hail sweep over a nearby bridge and onto the crowded beach.

WeatherNation Hires Meteorologist Fired for Defending Her Natural Hair

Dennis Mersereau · 07/12/14 08:00AM

In 2012, meteorologist Rhonda Lee made national headlines after she was fired from her job at a television station in Louisiana for defending herself on Facebook against racist comments about Lee sporting her natural hair. Yesterday, she announced that WeatherNation hired her as an on-air meteorologist.

Why Is a 30% Chance of Rain Different from a 30% Risk of Tornadoes?

Dennis Mersereau · 07/11/14 01:00PM

When the forecast calls for a 30% chance of rain, it's reasonable to think that the chances of seeing rain are 3 out of 10. But when the forecast calls for a 30% chance of tornadoes, the risk is much higher and much more dangerous. Why is there such a discrepancy between severe weather and rain forecasts?

Watch This Terrifying Video of a Mudslide in Japan

Dennis Mersereau · 07/10/14 10:38PM

Heavy rain caused by Tropical Storm Neoguri triggered this intense mudslide in Nagiso, Japan on Wednesday. The video shows a muddy waterfall violently overtaken by an onslaught of trees, mud, and debris. The mudslide destroyed numerous homes and businesses, killing a 12-year-old boy and sending more than 200 people to shelters in the area.

July 10, 1926: The Day Nature Blew up a Town in New Jersey

Dennis Mersereau · 07/10/14 10:30AM

88 years ago today, an explosion of almost unbelievable proportions rocked northern New Jersey, killing nearly two dozen people and shaking the military to its core. The cause was neither criminal nor was it an act of war, but rather a single bolt of lightning.

Dennis Mersereau · 07/09/14 01:53PM

I wrote a piece for the Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang detailing the science and legacy behind the National Weather Service's definition of "severe weather," including why the threshold for severe wind is 58 MPH and why the size of severe hail jumped from penny to quarter size in 2010.

Gov. Cuomo Talks About Tornadoes, Knows Nothing About Tornadoes

Dennis Mersereau · 07/09/14 12:45PM

After touring damage in central New York left behind by yesterday's strong tornado that killed four people, Governor Andrew Cuomo said "We don't get tornadoes in New York, right? Anyone will tell you that. Well, we do now." Except he's wrong. Really wrong. Really, really wrong.

Dennis Mersereau · 07/08/14 10:36PM

The Storm Prediction Center's moderate risk for severe weather fell flat today, with most of the severe weather occurring all around the area at highest risk but not much inside of it. Busts happen. They're good for residents but bad for forecaster verification. When it comes to the "crying wolf effect," though, we're actually lucky this kind of bust isn't commonplace.