A Typhoon and a Hurricane Are the Same, So Why Do We Call Them Different Names?

Dennis Mersereau · 09/01/15 03:57PM

A tropical cyclone is an iconic storm that strikes fear (or laughter) in the heart of coastal residents around the world. Most of these low pressure systems over the ocean are weak, but some can grow into monsters. If they’re all the same kind of storm, though, why do we call them different names around the world?

Category Four Hurricane Gonzalo Poses Grave Threat to Bermuda

Dennis Mersereau · 10/15/14 01:46PM

The small island nation of Bermuda—sitting in the Atlantic about 650 miles east of North Carolina—is in grave danger from category four Hurricane Gonazlo as the intense storm approaches. Bermuda could experience winds of up to 120 MPH if the storm tracks close enough.

Fickle October Brings Southwest Flooding, Twisters in Tenn. Valley

Dennis Mersereau · 10/06/14 12:43PM

Oh, October, you are a fickle month. After a beautiful weekend across much of the eastern two-thirds of the country, this week brings the wet remnants of a hurricane into the southwest and the risk of tornadoes to the Tennessee Valley this afternoon.

Dennis Mersereau · 09/16/14 03:01PM

Here's a look at Hurricane Edouard as it churns out in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, the basin's first major hurricane since Sandy in 2012. It will safely curve away from Bermuda and impact the Azores as a post-tropical depression with some gusty winds and heavy rain later this week.

Dangerous Category Four Hurricane Odile Set to Blast Baja California

Dennis Mersereau · 09/14/14 11:57AM

Hurricane Odile (pronounced "oh-DEAL") is a category four hurricane this afternoon with winds of 135 MPH. The storm is on a direct path towards the Baja California, and the worst winds are expected to rake much of the peninsula over the next few days.

"Certain Death": Looking at the Dire Katrina Bulletin Nine Years Later

Dennis Mersereau · 08/28/14 10:00AM

Nine years ago today, the National Weather Service in New Orleans issued a sternly-worded statement to people in the path of Hurricane Katrina known as "The Bulletin." Its sharp language left little doubt Katrina was going to be the storm to beat all storms, and that residents in its path were in mortal danger.

Hurricane Marie Strengthens to a Category 5 off the Mexican Coast

Dennis Mersereau · 08/24/14 07:37PM

Hurricane Marie is now a powerful Category 5 hurricane as it churns off the Mexican coast this evening, packing sustained winds of around 160 MPH. The eastern Pacific hurricane rapidly strengthened from a Category 1 to a Category 5 in just 24 hours.

The Weather Channel Called Out the Weenies On Air and It's Glorious

Dennis Mersereau · 08/20/14 04:12PM

In the ultimate sign that the tides have turned and professionals aren't afraid to call out Grade A Weenies anymore for fear of harassment, The Weather Channel talked some sense into the Great Hurricane Hype of 2014, and it's downright refreshing.

Watch These Awesome Super Rapid One-Minute Satellite Scans

Dennis Mersereau · 08/20/14 01:27PM

When NASA launched the first weather satellite back in 1960, it was little more than two television cameras strapped to a satellite and shot into orbit. Fast forward through the technological explosion of the late 20th century, and now you can watch the evolution of storms in near real-time, one-minute increments from your living room.

Meteorologists Did an Incredible Job Forecasting Hurricane Iselle

Dennis Mersereau · 08/11/14 02:52PM

Forecasters did a great job predicting the track of Hurricane Iselle as it headed towards Hawaii last week. Even almost a week out when the storm was a thousand miles from the Big Island, meteorologists had the hurricane's track pegged to within 30 miles of where it made landfall.

Iselle Makes Landfall in Hawaii, Julio Should Miss to the North

Dennis Mersereau · 08/08/14 05:58PM

Hurricane Iselle fell apart in a spectacular manner after making landfall on the Big Island last night weakening from a hurricane last night to a 50 MPH tropical storm this afternoon. The storm is now south of Oahu and falling apart quickly.

Hawaii Braces for a Direct Strike from Hurricane Iselle

Dennis Mersereau · 08/07/14 01:26PM

Hurricane Iselle is closing in on the Big Island this morning as the 80 MPH hurricane rapidly closes in on Hawaii. The entire state, home to nearly one-and-a-half million people, will see life-threatening weather conditions as the hurricane moves through over the next 24 to 36 hours.

Here's Everything You Need to Know About the Hawaii Hurricanes

Dennis Mersereau · 08/06/14 02:23PM

Hurricanes Iselle and Julio continue to churn towards Hawaii at this hour, and most of the state's major cities are preparing for a period of dangerous weather conditions tomorrow and Friday. Here's what to expect as both storms threaten and impact the country's 50th state.

Sad Sack of Clouds off Florida Coast Is Now a Hurricane, Somehow

Dennis Mersereau · 08/04/14 01:33PM

This pathetic, disorganized clump of clouds sitting a few hundred miles east of the Florida coast somehow managed to become Hurricane Bertha this morning, with a Hurricane Hunter aircraft confirming that it has a small area of 80 MPH winds extending about 25 miles away from its center.

Hurricane Iselle Might Impact Hawaii as a Tropical Storm This Week

Dennis Mersereau · 08/03/14 09:55PM

Hurricane Iselle is churning towards the central Pacific this evening as a major category 3 hurricane with winds of 115 MPH. Its current forecast track brings it over the state of Hawaii later this week, possibly making landfall on Oahu this Friday as a moderate tropical storm.

Five Beautiful GIFs of Hurricane Arthur Show Nature's Terrifying Power

Dennis Mersereau · 07/08/14 10:45AM

When Hurricane Arthur made landfall on the North Carolina coast last weekend, it was the strongest hurricane to strike the United States since Hurricane Ike hit Texas in 2008. The storm was downright impressive visually, and these gifs document the latent beauty of nature's power.

Super Typhoon Neoguri Threatens Okinawa with 165 MPH Winds on Tuesday

Dennis Mersereau · 07/06/14 06:51PM

Super Typhoon Neoguri is churning towards the southern islands of Japan this evening with the power equivalent to that of a category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean. Forecasters expect that Neoguri could have winds of 165 MPH when it comes dangerously close to Okinawa on Tuesday.

TWC During Arthur Was Great Until That Guy Chased a Woman in Labor

Dennis Mersereau · 07/05/14 02:07PM

Have you ever been so desperate for ratings that you almost got swept away by a hurricane's storm surge, then a couple of hours later chased down a woman in labor and tried to climb into the National Guard truck in which she was giving birth? If not, then you're not a reporter for The Weather Channel.