Without Warning, a Possible Tornado Destroyed a Walmart in Troy, Alabama

Dennis Mersereau · 08/07/15 01:04AM

A possible tornado struck Troy, Alabama, without warning on Thursday night, damaging several structures and overturning a tractor trailer along its path. Early reports on Twitter indicate that the local Walmart and a sports store sustained heavy damage, with the roofs of both stores caved in, much to the surprise of the dazed shoppers inside.

National Weather Service Revamps Its Website So It Sucks a Little Less

Dennis Mersereau · 07/07/15 12:37PM

If you’re one of the millions of people who visits the National Weather Service’s website when things go downhill, you’ll notice that they’ve made some changes that’ll either make it easier to read their forecasts or confuse the everloving hell out of you. Progress!

U.S. Senate Chickens Out of Fixing Major Issues in Weather Forecasting

Dennis Mersereau · 06/23/15 01:35PM

Last week, the United States Senate briefly flirted with the idea of actually doing something useful. Depending on whom you ask, the National Weather Service Improvement Act was either a positive step toward modernization or destructive enough to give Rick Santorum the quivers. Even though the bill is now dead and gone, the idea of fundamentally restructuring the National Weather Service is a debate worth having.

Dennis Mersereau · 05/10/15 11:41PM

The New York Times wrote a great profile on the National Weather Service hydrologist who was accused by the government of spying for China and stealing classified documents, only to have the charges against her abruptly dropped in March when the evidence didn’t support accusations of wrongdoing.

Weather Radar Repairs Delayed by Rattlesnake Chillin' in the Equipment

Dennis Mersereau · 02/10/15 06:15PM

Meteorologists have to deal with sharp tongues when forecasts don't pan out, but it's not every day they have to deal with sharp teeth. The National Weather Service released a statement this afternoon announcing that repairs to a Texas weather radar were put on hold "due to complications involving a rattlesnake."

Weather Hoaxer Threatens the NWS, Records Himself Yelling at FBI Agents

Dennis Mersereau · 01/21/15 01:29PM

Kevin Martin, notorious purveyor of weather hoaxes and second prize in a Johnny Depp lookalike contest, is the subject of a federal investigation after issuing threats of violence last month against the National Weather Service in San Diego, CA. He recorded the FBI visiting his house, and surprise!, it didn't go well.

This Powerful Mapping Tool Lets You Plot the Weather Along a Road Trip

Dennis Mersereau · 11/06/14 03:06PM

The National Weather Service has developed a powerful tool that allows users to create custom weather maps that show everything from temperatures to snow totals. The tool's most excellent feature, by far, is the ability to track future weather along the path of one's road trip.

The Most Important and Effective Federal Agency Needs a Total Overhaul

Dennis Mersereau · 10/29/14 01:17AM

Providing us with services from forecasts to life-saving warnings, the National Weather Service is easily the most important and effective agency in the federal government. Though effective, it suffers from some fatal flaws, the agency must be rebuilt to save itself and protect the public.

"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.