Tornadoes Possible Around Washington D.C., Baltimore, Pittsburgh Today

Dennis Mersereau · 06/11/14 02:43PM

The atmosphere is primed to spawn strong thunderstorms in the Mid-Atlantic this afternoon and evening, some of which could be severe with large hail, damaging winds, and even a couple of tornadoes possible. Since the storms will occur in heavily populated areas around rush hour, even a small, weak tornado could be dangerous.

Kim Jong-un, the World's Best and Dearest Weatherman

Dennis Mersereau · 06/11/14 02:19PM

It brings me happiness to report that Dear Leader Kim Jong-un has spoken about the most serious of issues regarding the weather forecasting situation in North Korea. Rodong Sinmun reports that Poppin' Fresh is quite pissed that his country's weather forecasts are inaccurate.

Pilot Takes Stunning Aerial Photos of a Supercell in France

Dennis Mersereau · 06/10/14 01:49PM

A commercial pilot in France took these absolutely stunning pictures of a supercell thunderstorm yesterday afternoon. On Monday, the western European country faced its second day of a powerful severe weather outbreak that dropped baseball to softball size hail near Paris.

Dennis Mersereau · 06/09/14 07:30PM

The setting sun illuminates towering thunderstorms in the southeastern United States on Monday evening, the tops of which reach higher than 50,000 feet in some spots.

Colorado Can't Catch a Break This Year. What Gives?

Dennis Mersereau · 06/09/14 01:10PM

Colorado just can't catch a break. When it's not burning or flooding, it's catching hell from the sky, with hailstones the size of baseballs and a constant conga line of tornadoes raking the eastern half of the state. How common is extreme weather in Colorado, and is this the new normal?

More Than 2,000 Severe Weather Warnings Issued in the Past Week

Dennis Mersereau · 06/08/14 09:28PM

Here are all of the severe thunderstorm (blue), tornado (red), and flash flood warnings (green) issued in the past 7 days. To say that this was an "active week" is an understatement. The past week has seen nearly 2,000 severe weather warnings go into effect, and this doesn't include the 200+ warnings that were issued on Sunday.

It's June 7 and the Great Lakes Are Finally Ice-Free

Dennis Mersereau · 06/07/14 11:30AM

For the first time since the end of last November, there is finally no ice left on the Great Lakes. Goodbye and good riddance to the winter that just wouldn't die. Now that there's no more ice, what does this mean for weather patterns in the northern United States?

Dennis Mersereau · 06/06/14 04:19PM

Oklahoma could see more than eight inches of rain over the next seven days if current forecasts hold true. That much rain over the Plains states would do wonders toward alleviating the extreme to exceptional drought plaguing the region.

Storm Complex Travels an Astounding 2,000 Miles Across United States

Dennis Mersereau · 06/06/14 12:33PM

This swirling mass of clouds off the coast of South Carolina this afternoon is the remnants of a system that just wouldn't quit — it's traveled almost 2,000 miles from Colorado to the Atlantic Ocean over the past two days, leaving a path of damage, injuries, and two fatalities in its wake.

Destructive Storm With 80+ MPH Winds Is Sweeping Through the South

Dennis Mersereau · 06/05/14 01:38PM

A destructive line of thunderstorms is sweeping through the mid-South this afternoon, bringing with it incredibly strong straight-line winds in excess of 80 MPH. The system will come dangerously close to Memphis by 2:00PM CDT, and will enter northern Mississippi and Alabama over the next few hours.

Dennis Mersereau · 06/04/14 10:40PM

Last Month's Hail in Colorado Caused $109 Million in Insured Losses

Dennis Mersereau · 06/04/14 01:51PM

The intense hailstorms that struck Colorado a couple of weeks ago left behind major damage to tens of thousands of cars, homes, airplanes, and just about everything else that wasn't protected from the stones that approached the size of tennis balls at times. Insured losses are now estimated to clock in at over $100 million.

Frustrating Bureaucracy Leads to Ridiculous Tornado Forecast

Dennis Mersereau · 06/04/14 12:42PM

A frustrating bureaucratic technicality led to a confusing situation this afternoon as a thunderstorm straddling state lines prompted the issuance of one of the most ridiculous-looking tornado warnings ever seen. The inconsistency has a good reason behind it, but these types of quirks can hurt public trust in weather forecasts.

NBC Reports a "Gustnado" Threatens Millions, Uses Day-Old Weather Map

Dennis Mersereau · 06/04/14 09:13AM

What do you do when you're a major news organization that owns the Weather Channel and your social media editors use an old weather map to warn the wrong people that severe storms packing destructive winds and a gustnado are on their way to screw things up? Nothing, apparently.

Rare Heat Burst Causes Temps to Soar to 95° at Night in Kansas Town

Dennis Mersereau · 06/04/14 07:40AM

A rare event known as a "heat burst" caused temperatures in Russell, Kansas last night to soar from 85° to 93° in less than an hour. To the east, Salina hit 95° at 1:00 AM. These phenomena usually occur in unpopulated areas, so not many people have heard of them. So, what is a heat burst, anyway?