Hurricane Patricia Smashes Record for Most Intense Storm Ever Recorded in Eastern Pacific

Dennis Mersereau · 10/23/15 12:54AM

Astonishing meets record-breaking. Category five Hurricane Patricia exceeded all odds early Friday morning, with a Hurricane Hunter aircraft recording maximum sustained winds of 185 MPH and a minimum central pressure of 892 millibars. By air pressure, this is now the strongest storm ever recorded in the eastern Pacific, and it ties with 1997’s Hurricane Linda as the basin’s strongest storm by one-minute sustained wind speed.

Heavy, Flooding Rains to Douse Southern United States Over the Next Few Days

Dennis Mersereau · 10/21/15 03:15PM

Gone are the days of temperatures in the 90s as the southern U.S. finally joins the rest of the country in the damp, dreary experience that is the arrival of fall. A ribbon of moisture direct from the tropical Pacific Ocean will team up with an approaching low to dump loads of heavy, much-needed rain on the south in the coming days.

The Internet Is Making Us Forget How the Weather Works

Dennis Mersereau · 10/19/15 04:17PM

Lows plunged well below freezing last night. In October! And there’s snow. In October? Yes! That’s what happens in October. It gets cold and it starts snowing. We go through this every year, and each year the reaction just gets worse. Our relatively new connection to the world outside of our bubbles is giving us weather amnesia.

NOAA Releases Winter Outlook, Still Expects El Niño to Dominate U.S. Weather

Dennis Mersereau · 10/15/15 02:39PM

This morning, NOAA released its long-range temperature and precipitation outlook for this winter and the verdict is that we’re on track for a strange season. Basically, El Niño’s gonna El Niño, with a decent chance of the stereotypical wintry disruptions one would expect in the U.S. during one of these events.

5 Incredibly Dangerous Weather Myths That People Actually Believe

Dennis Mersereau · 10/12/15 02:55PM

Myths are fascinating. It’s incredible what kind of stuff people will believe if you make it sound authoritative enough (see: chemtrails), but some of those myths are downright dangerous. Here are five popular weather myths that could kill you one day if you actually believe in them.

Damaging Winds and a Tornado or Two Are Possible Along I-95 Corridor This Afternoon

Dennis Mersereau · 10/09/15 10:07AM

It’s been a while since we’ve had to talk about severe weather, and today it could threaten the East Coast of all places. A decent cold front pushing toward the coast this afternoon might trigger strong thunderstorms from Nashville to Boston, and some could be severe. Even a few tornadoes are possible in the NYC and Philly areas.

Cold Haters Rejoice: Abnormally Warm Temps to Continue Through Middle of October

Dennis Mersereau · 10/07/15 04:40PM

If it seems a little warmer than it should for the second week in October, you’re not going out of your mind (okay, well maybe not for this reason). It’s been warmer than normal for most of the country, and we’ll stay that way for the next couple of weeks. The abnormal warmth is doing more than just keeping us from shivering—it’s also keeping the trees from changing colors.

Citizens of Earth, Do Not Panic If Brilliant, Glowing Clouds Fill the Sky Tonight

Dennis Mersereau · 10/07/15 12:20AM

You know your crazy relative who’s always suspicious of black SUVs? Quick—block him on Facebook. NASA is scheduled to launch a suborbital rocket from Wallops Island, Virginia, on Wednesday night, and as one of its experiments, it will eject colorful clouds of vapor more than a hundred miles above the ground in order to study ions and neutral particles in the upper atmosphere.

Stop Driving Through Floods, You Idiots

Dennis Mersereau · 10/05/15 02:15PM

When it became clear last week that the looming weather catastrophe wouldn’t be remembered for Hurricane Joaquin, but rather the historic flooding in the Carolinas, I knew that the internet would be plastered with videos of idiots driving through floods come Monday. Idiots came through. Don’t drive through a flood, you idiots.

Category Two Hurricane Joaquin Skirting Bermuda

Dennis Mersereau · 10/04/15 03:49PM

Bermuda is under a hurricane warning this afternoon as Hurricane Joaquin makes a very close call with the tiny island that sits 650 miles east of the United States. It’s rare for hurricanes to make a direct landfall on Bermuda due to its tiny size; last year, however, two hurricanes—Fay and Gonzalo—made landfall on the island in one week.

Historic Flood Disaster Unfolding in South Carolina After Two Feet of Rain Reported

Dennis Mersereau · 10/04/15 02:20PM

An intense and historic flood disaster—unrelated to Hurricane Joaquin, but influenced by it—continues to unfold across the Carolinas this afternoon, with South Carolina taking the brunt of the tropical deluge. Some communities near Charleston have recorded more than two feet of rain in the past three days.

Joaquin Heading Out to Sea, But Extreme Rainfall and Major Coastal Flooding Still Likely

Dennis Mersereau · 10/02/15 02:59PM

Good news! We’re pretty sure that Hurricane Joaquin is going to head out to sea, with the chance of landfall on the United States fairly low at this point. The bad news is that there will still be more than a foot of rain in parts of the Carolinas, and stiff onshore winds and high waves will create coastal flooding in the Mid-Atlantic much like a storm surge would.