Dennis Mersereau · 04/22/14 03:00PM

For the ambitious traveler looking for a dirt cheap, all-hassle getaway, the BBC wrote a piece in 2012 listing Russia's (?) Crimea as a hidden paradise in the world's inventory of vacation destinations. A roundtrip flight from Moscow to Simferopol this July is going for $208 USD. What a deal!

Dave Schwartz's Weather Channel Return Is Straight From The Office

Dennis Mersereau · 04/22/14 01:30PM

Long before The Weather Channel started its downward spiral towards infotainment and cheap reality shows, the network and its meteorologists held a fair amount of stature in the public eye. Aside from Jim Cantore, one of the most popular 1990s-era TWC personalities was Dave Schwartz. TWC fired Dave in 2008, and after more than five years, he made his television re-debut on the network yesterday afternoon.

Why Do Airplane Stowaways Almost Always Die?

Dennis Mersereau · 04/22/14 10:00AM

Daybreak on Monday brought a surprising story of survival with news that a teenage stowaway miraculously survived in the wheel well of an airplane after a six hour flight from San Jose, California to Maui, Hawaii this weekend. The story is notable because the vast majority of airplane stowaways die long before the aircraft reaches its final destination.

Storm Chasers Caught More Incredible Pics of Supercells This Weekend

Dennis Mersereau · 04/21/14 02:00PM

Severe thunderstorms in parts of Texas and Oklahoma this weekend created another opportunity for some great shots by some lucky storm chasers. The supercells were mostly prolific hail producers, whiting out the ground in El Paso, Texas and producing stones up to the size of baseballs in Childress, Texas, located near the extreme southwestern corner of Oklahoma.

Gorgeous Weather for Today's Boston Marathon

Dennis Mersereau · 04/21/14 10:00AM

The weather in New England is notoriously fickle in April. Since running isn't much fun in any case (in this fat guy's opinion), foul weather can make it even worse. Fortunately, today's weather for the Boston Marathon couldn't get any nicer if you wanted it to.

Twisters Require a Delicate Balance Between Fascination & Sensitivity

Dennis Mersereau · 04/20/14 02:18PM

As a weather geek, I'm often guilty of 'oohing' and 'ahhing' over a tornado signature on radar. Tornadoes are my favorite part of meteorology — I want to write about them even in the dead of winter when it's 20° and snowing. For as incredible as they are, the intense interest requires a delicate balance between fascination and sensitivity to what the storm is doing "in real life," so to speak.

Cut-Off Low Creates an Awesome Pinwheel of Dry Air Over the Southeast

Dennis Mersereau · 04/19/14 01:43PM

A large low pressure system sitting over the southeastern United States is creating quite the sight on satellite imagery this afternoon as it wraps dry air into its core. This is a water vapor image from the GOES satellite, showing the moisture in the atmosphere around 10,000 feet up. Warmer colors indicate drier air, and cooler colors indicate moist air.

Dennis Mersereau · 04/18/14 03:30PM

Here's a look at the visible satellite imagery across the United States this afternoon. Generally a cloudy/rainy Friday across much of the country, especially in the southeast where 4-6 inches of rain is possible by tomorrow afternoon.

Climate Change Is Helping Invasive Species Spread Northward

Dennis Mersereau · 04/18/14 01:30PM

This creepy, furry little bug is called a Southern pine beetle, and it's on the move. Thanks to northern climes slowly warming up over the years, these beetles are migrating northward and wreaking havoc on local forests.

Historic Weather Maps: Tornado Outbreak of April 18, 1880

Dennis Mersereau · 04/18/14 10:30AM

This was a weather map drawn back on April 18, 1880, showing the weather at 1AM Eastern for every weather station in the United States. Less than 24 hours later, dozens of tornadoes would tear across the central United States, killing over 100 people.

What Is a Supercell Thunderstorm?

Dennis Mersereau · 04/17/14 10:30AM

One of the most commonly used weather terms during the spring and summer months is "supercell thunderstorm." Most weather enthusiasts (myself included) use the term with the assumption that people know what a supercell is, but many people don't. Supercells are the miniature engines of Earth's atmosphere. They're fascinating to watch both on radar and in person, but they're also responsible for the most destructive tornadoes in history.

Dennis Mersereau · 04/16/14 03:10PM

You'd never know it watching U.S. news, but the world's weather doesn't revolve around I-95. "Incredibly, the eastern U.S. is the only region of the world that has been colder than normal each of the first three months this calendar year," writes Jason Samenow of the Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang.

Weather Underground Launches Major Redesign

Dennis Mersereau · 04/16/14 02:00PM

The online weather mainstay Weather Underground underwent a major overhaul earlier this week, ditching its familiar white-and-blue look and transforming into a sleek, modern weather hub meant to make it easier for you to see the most weather with the least hassle.