Welcome to Tornado Season

Dennis Mersereau · 04/01/14 01:00PM

Today begins the second quarter of 2014. You made it through a long, hellish winter and the light at the end of the tunnel isn't from a snow plow for once. April is a beautiful time of the year. It brings warmer weather, flowers blooming, birds chirping, bees buzzing, and the atmosphere's most violent phenomenon: tornadoes.

Nation Eagerly Awaits Dumb Crap Local Weathermen Will Pull Today

Dennis Mersereau · 04/01/14 10:00AM

As part of an annual tradition where everyone's latent trust issues with each other erupt in either laughter or the rage of a thousand suns, the entire country is eagerly waiting to see what stupid crap their local weathermen have in store for this year's April Fools' Day.

This Temperature Map of the United States Is Mesmerizing

Dennis Mersereau · 03/31/14 02:26PM

A strengthening low pressure system over South Dakota this afternoon is producing a pretty striking temperature gradient across the northern Plains. The system is causing blizzard conditions over much of the Dakotas with temperatures as low as 10°F, while just a few dozen miles away, the town of Shenandoah, Iowa is sitting at a comfortable 79°F.

Blizzard Set to Dump 20" of Snow, Drop Temps by 50° in Northern Plains

Dennis Mersereau · 03/31/14 10:00AM

A strengthening low pressure system in western South Dakota is the source of a major blizzard that's expected to ramp up over the northern Plains today and tomorrow, bringing with it the potential for up to two feet of snow, wind gusts of 60 MPH, and cause temperatures to plummet into the single digits with wind chills as low as 15 degrees below zero.

Intense 160 MPH Tropical Cyclone on Track to Pound Madagascar

Dennis Mersereau · 03/30/14 03:01PM

Tropical Cyclone Hellen is on track to slam the island nation of Madagascar with the fury equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane and a potential 23-foot storm surge. Hellen's winds are predicted to reach 160 MPH shortly before it makes landfall within the next 24 to 36 hours on the northwestern coast of Madagascar, which is located one or two hundred miles off the southeastern coast of the African continent.

National Hurricane Center Slightly Downgrades 1969's Hurricane Camille

Dennis Mersereau · 03/29/14 07:52PM

In a re-analysis of one of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit the United States, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) downgraded Hurricane Camille's winds at landfall from 190 MPH to 175 MPH. This adjustment knocks 1969's Camille from its spot as the strongest landfalling hurricane in the country to the second most powerful hurricane to hit the country.

Spelling Matters

Dennis Mersereau · 03/29/14 11:00AM

"Lightning" is not the same as "lightening." The former is an electrical discharge from a thunderstorm. The latter is the descent of the uterus into the pelvis to line the baby up with the vagina at the end of a pregnancy.

Towering Supercells in Arkansas Produce Golf Ball Size Hail

Dennis Mersereau · 03/28/14 05:04PM

Among the storms involved in today's modest severe weather outbreak across the south was one supercell in south-central Arkansas that towered to almost 53,000 feet and produced hail 1.75" to 2.00" in diameter. The storm had a great presentation on weather radar and made it easy to see why it was able to produce such large hail.

Map Porn: Decaying Squall Line Forms Near-Perfect Cane Over Midwest

Dennis Mersereau · 03/28/14 10:00AM

Satellite images over the past few weeks have been anything but boring, and last night's thunderstorms were no exception. A weakening squall line moving through Illinois and Missouri formed into almost a perfect cane shape as the northern end wrapped around a strengthening low west of Chicago.

Canadian Weathermen Swept Away by Blizzard

Dennis Mersereau · 03/27/14 09:00AM

Two reporters for Canada's The Weather Network were blown away by the ferocious blizzard that pounded the Maritimes yesterday, packing wind gusts of over 100 MPH in this Nova Scotian town just before the reporters were knocked off-camera. They were able to quickly get up and hobble back to their spot to finish the report.

17 Injured As High Winds Fuel 9-Alarm Fire in Boston

Dennis Mersereau · 03/26/14 04:01PM

A massive 9-alarm fire continues to burn an apartment building in Boston this afternoon as firefighters battle high winds and low humidity to extinguish the flames. Boston.com reports that 10 people, including several firefighters, have been transported to the hospital so far.

The New weather.com Is a Sad Shell of Its Former Self

Dennis Mersereau · 03/26/14 10:00AM

Given The Weather Channel's recent programming push towards reality shows and away from actual weather, I wandered over to weather.com on Sunday evening to see just how much their site has followed suit. The answer will SHOCK YOU! Or not, because it's The Weather Channel.