Happy November! A Line of Severe Thunderstorms Is Sweeping Through the Central U.S.

Dennis Mersereau · 11/05/15 04:18PM

The unusual March-like temperatures bathing much of the country this week are coming with a nasty side effect: March-like thunderstorms. A small but feisty severe weather outbreak is brewing in the center of the country right now, with damaging winds, large hail, and even a few tornadoes possible.

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.

Taiwanese Tornado Video Proves Even Weak Tornadoes Aren't All That Weak

Dennis Mersereau · 08/10/15 01:37PM

Typhoon Soudelor hit Taiwan this weekend with winds equivalent to those seen in a category three hurricane, causing immense damage and killing more than 20 people. Despite its power and destruction as a typhoon, Soudelor will be remembered for giving us one of the most dramatic tornado videos ever released.

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.

You Need to Buy a Weather Radio

Dennis Mersereau · 07/16/15 03:25PM

If you’re reading this at home, chances are you can look up from the screen and see at least one smoke detector. These life-saving devices are able to alert you to smoke from a fire, letting you get out before it’s too late. Weather radios do the same thing for hazards like tornadoes and floods. Every home, school, and business in the United States needs to be equipped with these critical devices that let you act before hazardous weather strikes.

Tornadoes and Damaging Winds Possible in the Mid-Atlantic This Afternoon

Dennis Mersereau · 07/09/15 01:44PM

The last thing people in the Mid-Atlantic want to hear is more rain and storms, but that’s exactly what’s in the forecast today. Cities from Pittsburgh to Philly and D.C. to New York will see the risk for strong thunderstorms this afternoon, some of which could produce damaging winds and even a few tornadoes.

Dennis Mersereau · 06/27/15 11:04AM

The Storm Prediction Center says that there’s an elevated risk for tornadoes around Washington D.C. and Baltimore this afternoon. Keep a close eye on watches and warnings today, and make sure you have a plan to take quick, adequate shelter either at home or if you’re out somewhere. Avoid box stores if storms are looming on the horizon.

Tornadoes Are Possible in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast This Afternoon

Dennis Mersereau · 06/08/15 02:25PM

Tornadoes are possible in any of the severe thunderstorms that blow across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast this afternoon, with the greatest risk existing across a stretch of land from Virginia to Vermont. Any of the storms that pop-up this afternoon also carry the risk for damaging winds and large hail.

Dennis Mersereau · 05/29/15 07:16PM

As we close in on the end of meteorological spring, here’s a look at the 737 tornado reports sent to the Storm Prediction Center between March 1 and May 29 (today). It wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been, all things considered. The actual number of tornadoes is lower than 737—multiple reports exist for many tornadoes, and some damage reported as being caused by a tornado turns out to be straight-line wind damage, instead.

Networks Are Obligated to Preempt Your TV Shows During a Tornado

Dennis Mersereau · 05/12/15 03:26PM

The yearly ritual of the whiny television viewer is in full swing as severe weather season roars with a vengeance. When tornadoes touch down, local news stations have to preempt programming to warn people so they don’t die, but that interferes with Very Important Programs like Days or football. Many viewers argue that their neighbors have no right to receive warnings if it means cutting-in during a crucial episode of The Big Bang Theory. They are wrong.

After Supercells and Tigers, Tornado Outbreaks Possible Friday & Sat.

Dennis Mersereau · 05/07/15 03:58PM

Fresh off of Wednesday’s calamity in Oklahoma City involving supercells and tigers, the region is preparing for another two full days under the threat of a significant, multi-day tornado outbreak. Some of the tornadoes that form on Friday and Saturday could be intense and long-lived, accompanied by hail larger than baseballs and destructive wind gusts.

Dennis Mersereau · 05/06/15 10:41PM

In the span of just six hours on Wednesday evening, the Oklahoma City metro area saw numerous damaging tornadoes, large hail, destructive wind gusts, enough rain to trigger a rare “flash flood emergency,” tigers getting loose, and a 2.9 earthquake. Tonight was not a good night on the plains.

CBS News Just Can't Figure Out How to Report on Tornadoes

Dennis Mersereau · 05/06/15 04:18PM

CBS News continued its tortured and factually-adjacent track record of reporting on tornadoes today, tweeting out a picture of an ominous lowering in an Oklahoma thunderstorm with the overblown caption “massive tornado takes form.” They soon corrected the tweet with one just as dubious.

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.

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.

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.