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.

No, Tropical Storm Lowell Won't Hit California

Dennis Mersereau · 08/19/14 04:27PM

In yet another shining example of good information falling into uninformed hands, a rumor is spreading through Facebook that a tropical storm could hit southern California in the next couple of days. Thankfully (or not, given the crushing drought), there is a 99.5% chance that it will not happen.

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.

Tropical Storm Bertha Impacting Puerto Rico, Will Miss U.S. Mainland

Dennis Mersereau · 08/02/14 01:08PM

The strongest wind and rain in Tropical Storm Bertha is spreading over Puerto Rico this afternoon as the poorly-organized storm moves off towards the northwest. Bertha currently has 50 MPH winds and is expected to slowly strengthen over the next few days as it heads away from the Caribbean.

Respect the Cone: Hurricane Forecasts Explained

Dennis Mersereau · 08/01/14 02:57PM

Around this time every year, hurricane forecast maps pop up all over television and the internet — including on your favorite weather blog — but your friendly neighborhood weatherman rarely has enough time to explain the forecasts to you. Here's what those hurricane forecast maps mean.

Why Isn't This Swirling Low in the Atlantic a Tropical Storm?

Dennis Mersereau · 07/31/14 03:51PM

A swirling low pressure system in the Atlantic Ocean is approaching the Caribbean at this hour as it produces tropical storm force winds, but it's not considered a tropical storm. If it's producing strong enough winds, why won't forecasters call it a tropical storm?

Arthur Strengthens Further, N.C. Coast Now Under a Hurricane Warning

Dennis Mersereau · 07/02/14 04:20PM

Tropical Storm Arthur is on the verge of becoming a hurricane at this hour, with winds of 70 MPH. Hurricane warnings are now in effect for coastal North Carolina from Surf City, N.C. northward to Duck, N.C. Tropical storm warnings are in effect for coastal areas from South Santee River, S.C. to Surf City, N.C. and from Duck, N.C. to Cape Charles Light, Virginia.

Hurricane Watches Issued as Arthur Strengthens and Closes in on N.C.

Dennis Mersereau · 07/02/14 01:16PM

Hurricane watches and tropical storm warnings are in effect as Tropical Storm Arthur continues to gather organization and strength as it swirls towards the Carolina coast. Meteorologists expect it Arthur hit coastal North Carolina as a hurricane with winds around 80 MPH on Thursday night.

Everything You Need to Know About Tropical Storm Arthur's Impacts

Dennis Mersereau · 07/01/14 05:11PM

The first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season formed off the Florida coast last night, and the system is going to skim the east coast of the United States before heading out to sea next weekend. Even though the worst weather will affect mostly the Outer Banks, it could still have a dangerous impact on the beaches this holiday weekend.

The Carolinas Are Likely Target for (Possible) Tropical Storm Arthur

Dennis Mersereau · 06/30/14 02:39PM

It's a simple message, and it comes from the heart: if you live in the southeastern United States, prepare a potential hit by Tropical Storm or even Hurricane Arthur later this week. Given the amount of tourists on Carolina beaches for the holiday weekend, it's probably the worst time of the year for a storm to threaten.