No, the USGS Did Not Issue an "Earthquake Warning" Today.

Dennis Mersereau · 05/05/14 03:52PM

Several news websites posted reports today that the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the federal agency in charge of recording and studying earthquakes, issued a "rare earthquake warning" for Oklahoma. They did issue a statement saying that a strong earthquake could happen in the future, but using the term "warning" is pure hype.

Will Clouds Keep You from Seeing Tonight's Meteor Shower?

Dennis Mersereau · 05/05/14 01:16PM

If you look off towards the eastern horizon around 4 AM local time tomorrow and Wednesday, you might be able to see a couple of meteors thanks to the Eta Aquarids, caused by dust left behind by Halley's Comet. However, thanks to widespread cloud cover, it might be worth it to catch a few extra hours of sleep instead.

How Do You Spot a Tornado Using Weather Radar?

Dennis Mersereau · 05/05/14 10:30AM

During the recent severe storms, weather geeks were posting radar images all over social media. Since not everyone is a weather geek, one of the most common questions people asked was "what am I looking at?" Fear not — here's how you can see a tornado using weather radar.

This Lack of Active Weather Is a Breeding Ground for Wildfires

Dennis Mersereau · 05/04/14 01:09PM

A quick glance at the National Weather Service's site this afternoon shows almost no weather going on across the country. It's a gorgeous, warm May afternoon for a huge chunk of the U.S. The only problem is that this lack of active weather is a breeding ground for wildfires.

Marking the 15th Anniversary of the Bridge Creek—Moore Tornado

Dennis Mersereau · 05/03/14 04:12PM

Today is the 15th anniversary of the devastating F5 tornado that tore through Moore, Bridge Creek, and Newcastle in Oklahoma on May 3, 1999. The tornado remains the strongest ever observed (a Doppler-on-Wheels measured winds of 301 MPH) and the analog to which all major tornadoes were compared up until Joplin in 2011. Over ten thousand structures were damaged or destroyed in the storm, and three dozen people lost their lives.

What Parts Of The Country Get The Worst Weather Predictions?

Reuben Fischer-Baum & Dennis Mersereau · 05/02/14 11:50AM

When you check the day's temperature or see if it's going to rain on your way to work, the answer can vary widely depending on where you look. Luckily, the website ForecastAdvisor—which grades the accuracy of U.S. forecasting outlets such as The Weather Channel, National Weather Service (NWS), CustomWeather, and AccuWeather—can help you sort the good from the bad. If you head over to their site you can plug in your zip code and see your local numbers, but they were kind enough to provide us with their raw data for 2013, and the results are pretty surprising.

Dennis Mersereau · 05/01/14 04:30PM

Check out this excellent interactive feature created by Brian Crumpler on the Mayflower/Vilonia, Arkansas EF-4 tornado that touched down on Sunday. The feature blends together radar images, maps, and pictures of the damage to give you an in-depth look at how the tornado evolved along its 40-mile path.

Crazy Video Shows Tornado Hitting an Office Building in Italy

Dennis Mersereau · 05/01/14 03:19PM

An office worker took this insane video of a tornado that reportedly hit an office building in Nonatola, Italy yesterday afternoon. The guy foolishly stands by a window while the twister tears up nearby buildings, before running for safety just as windows break and debris start crashing through the office.

Breathtaking Satellite Images Show Tornado Scars Left on the Earth

Dennis Mersereau · 05/01/14 01:30PM

Looking at pictures of tornado damage from the ground is one thing, but looking at the path of devastation from space quickly puts it into perspective. Strong, long-track tornadoes often leave long scars on the earth's surface that are easily visible from space.

Meteorologists Did an Incredible Job Forecasting This Week's Tornadoes

Dennis Mersereau · 04/30/14 01:00PM

The worst tornado outbreak to strike the Deep South in nearly two years came to an end yesterday after killing almost three dozen people and damaging hundreds of buildings. Meteorologists for the National Weather Service did an incredible job predicting the outbreak days before it happened, and they're directly responsible for saving countless lives.

At Least Two Dead After Major Flooding on the Gulf Coast

Dennis Mersereau · 04/30/14 10:00AM

Between 10 and 15 inches of rain fell along the northern Gulf Coast in less than 24 hours yesterday, resulting in catastrophic flash flooding in cities along Interstate 10 from Mobile, Alabama to Pensacola, Florida. The National Weather Service issued a "flash flood emergency" for much of the area as both waterways and infrastructure were overwhelmed by the copious amounts of rain.

Dennis Mersereau · 04/29/14 04:53PM

A wavy weather pattern across the United States is making for quite the sight on satellite imagery today. This water vapor image, which depicts moisture in the mid-levels of the atmosphere (cooler colors = more moisture), shows moisture wrapping around a low pressure system centered over Iowa.

Build an Ark: 3 Inches of Rain Fell in 25 Minutes Last Night

Dennis Mersereau · 04/29/14 03:33PM

There's heavy rain, and then there's heavy rain. The storms that hit southern Alabama last night were leftovers from the tornado outbreak earlier in the day, but they packed one heck of a punch. Mobile, Alabama saw 3 inches of rain in just 25 minutes.