Things That Could Kill You According to, Ranked

Dennis Mersereau · 05/05/15 04:38PM

Weather dot com has built itself into a traffic juggernaut over the past couple of years by positioning itself as the leading source for telling you what THIS is. With great power comes great responsibility, and you won’t believe how close you are to death until you’ve checked your local forecast.

A Tropical Cyclone Will (Probably) Threaten the Southeast This Week

Dennis Mersereau · 05/04/15 03:23PM

No sooner did the calendar crack May than we had to start worrying about a potential tropical system forming off the coast of the southeastern United States later this week. Anyone who lives near the coast from Florida to North Carolina needs to keep a close watch on this system. Here’s what you need to know to stay ahead of what could become Ana.

Heat Settles in Next Week as a Possible Tropical Thing Forms Off Coast

Dennis Mersereau · 05/01/15 04:07PM

Welcome to May! We are now two-thirds of the way through spring, and right on schedule, the atmosphere has a mini heat wave in the forecast for most of us east of the Rockies. On top of that, models are trying to spin up some sort of a tropical cyclone-ish thing off the East Coast next week.

Here's What El Niño Could Mean for Summer Weather in the United States

Dennis Mersereau · 04/30/15 03:52PM

As temperatures warm up and the school year winds down for kids across the country, people are eager for summer to arrive before spring has a chance to set in. Everyone wants to know what kind of weather we’ll have this summer, but there’s one factor that could have some consequences: El Niño.

China Outlaws Weather Weenies

Dennis Mersereau · 04/29/15 03:44PM

Social media is flooded with fake and misleading weather forecasts created by untrained, uninformed, and often underage individuals we like to call “weather weenies.” We try like hell to curtail their damaging hoaxes, but one country went a step further: beginning on Friday, weather weenies are outlaws in China.

Someone Made a Huge, Fake Hailstone in Their Freezer, Bless Their Heart

Dennis Mersereau · 04/27/15 03:29PM

People will go to any length for a little bit of internet fame, like setting your crotch on fire, jumping off a building, or planking on train tracks. Thankfully, there are less painful ways to achieve notoriety: lie through your teeth! Some sorry individual froze a water balloon yesterday and tried to pass it off as hail.

Dennis Mersereau · 04/26/15 12:14PM

There’s a moderate risk for severe weather across a tiny but heavily-populated portion of Texas this afternoon, including Dallas, Fort Worth, Waco, and Arlington. Intense tornadoes (≥EF-2), very large hail, and destructive wind gusts are possible. Stay alert if you’re in the area today, and prepare to take quick action to ensure your safety. You can keep up with watches/forecasts over at the Storm Prediction Center, and keep track of warnings from your local NWS office.

Strong Tornadoes Are Possible Today in Parts of Texas and Louisiana

Dennis Mersereau · 04/24/15 02:48PM

Cities like Dallas, Fort Worth, and Shreveport are under the gun for what could be an interesting bout of severe weather this afternoon, with storms potentially producing very large hail, damaging winds, and strong tornadoes. If you live in the area, make sure you have a way to receive warnings and a plan if you need to take life-saving action.

Chemtrails Are Too Crazy for Even the Tea Party to Believe

Dennis Mersereau · 04/23/15 02:12PM

It’s hard to imagine a conspiracy theory so off the rails that it makes people involved with one of the country’s major Tea Party groups throw their hands up in the air and go “whoa, man, this is too much,” but lo and behold, chemtrails rose to the challenge.

Don't Park Under an Overpass During a Hailstorm

Dennis Mersereau · 04/22/15 03:42PM

Many millions of us will experience severe thunderstorms over the coming weeks and months. When one of these intense storms crops up, a number of you will find yourselves driving into a major hailstorm, during which you may feel the urge to park under an overpass to protect your car. Don’t.

Tornadoes Possible Today Around Atlanta, Washington D.C., and Philly

Dennis Mersereau · 04/20/15 02:34PM

Today will be a pretty interesting weather day across some of the most heavily-populated sections of the East Coast, as there’s a heightened risk for large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes in major cities like Atlanta, Charlotte, D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia. Here’s what you need to know to stay safe.

Big Ol' Texas Hailstorms to Pummel Texas, Plains Over the Next Few Days

Dennis Mersereau · 04/16/15 04:10PM

If it's daytime in mid-April, it means that there's a risk for severe weather somewhere on the Plains. Texas will be ground zero for the storms for the next few days—today, cities like San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Amarillo could all see hail larger than golf balls, damaging winds, and possibly a tornado or two. Insert your favorite "everything's bigger in Texas" joke here.

Acres of Countryside Burn as Winter Exacts Its Final Revenge on Spring

Dennis Mersereau · 04/15/15 03:56PM

Oh, did you foolishly think we'd finally gotten rid of that cruel, soulless winter? Hah! Nothing doing. Not only is there cool air and even some snow on its way, but breezy conditions and dry air are setting the stage for wildfires in places from New England to the coasts of southern California.

Here's an In-Depth Look at the Tornado That Destroyed Fairdale, Illinois

Dennis Mersereau · 04/14/15 08:30AM

The first violent tornado of the year touched down in north-central Illinois last Thursday, packing winds of up to 200 MPH as it razed the small town of Fairdale. The storm killed two people and injured several more. Here's an in-depth look at the tornadic storm from beginning to end.

Strong Storms to Dump Most of the Gulf of Mexico on the South This Week

Dennis Mersereau · 04/13/15 03:01PM

More than a foot of rain could fall on the southern United States over the next week, with some spots on the Gulf Coast seeing more than ten inches of rain yesterday alone. On a scale from "grab an umbrella" to "Jim Cantore's comin' to town," this week will be a solid "build yourself an ark."