Maps: Beneficial Rain on Its Way to California and Oregon Next Week

Dennis Mersereau · 11/28/14 03:37PM

A quick series of storm systems approaching the West Coast from the Pacific will bring some beneficial rainfall to most of California and Oregon over the next week. Populated areas of northern California and western Oregon could see several inches of rain, with more at higher elevations.

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.

This "Stupid Motorist Law" Makes Drivers Pay for Their Flood Rescues

Dennis Mersereau · 09/08/14 02:59PM

As dependable as the sunrise, every flash flood disaster produces photos of people who drive into floods only to get stuck and need to be rescued by emergency crews. Arizona actually has a law in place that charges these less-than-bright drivers for the full cost of their rescue, plus a hefty penalty.

Explaining This Week's Geeky Buzzword: "Precipitable Water"

Dennis Mersereau · 09/08/14 11:27AM

Going from drought to deluge, the southwestern United States is being inundated by flooding rainfall yet again today. One of the terms meteorologists are batting around to describe this record-setting pool of atmospheric moisture has people confused, but it's actually pretty easy to understand.

NOAA's Ark: Half a Foot of Rain Leaves Baltimore and Detroit Flooded

Dennis Mersereau · 08/12/14 02:50PM

Major flooding is ongoing near Baltimore this afternoon after areas south of town have seen more than seven inches of rain in a short period of time, and amounts could approach ten inches before the storms stop. A similar situation unfolded in Detroit last night.

Dennis Mersereau · 06/06/14 04:19PM

Oklahoma could see more than eight inches of rain over the next seven days if current forecasts hold true. That much rain over the Plains states would do wonders toward alleviating the extreme to exceptional drought plaguing the region.

Build an Ark: 3 Inches of Rain Fell in 25 Minutes Last Night

Dennis Mersereau · 04/29/14 03:33PM

There's heavy rain, and then there's heavy rain. The storms that hit southern Alabama last night were leftovers from the tornado outbreak earlier in the day, but they packed one heck of a punch. Mobile, Alabama saw 3 inches of rain in just 25 minutes.