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Summerlike warmth will make it feel like the 90s F at times in the eastern United States through Memorial Day weekend, despite localized rainfall.
<p>Crews are evaluating the damage Wednesday after tornadoes destroyed several homes and left two people critically injured in western Kansas as a series of severe storms swept across the Plains.</p>
<p>The threat for severe weather, including tornadoes and flash flooding, will expand across the central United States through the end of the week.</p>
Recently Phalodi, in India, suffered temperatures topping 124 °F&nbsp;(51 °C). We count down the&nbsp;hottest places on Earth in history.
Climate change may not have been to blame for an abrupt recent slowdown of a sweeping Atlantic Ocean current, a change that delivered an intense pulse of ocean warming and sea level rise through the Gulf of Maine and elsewhere along the East Coast.&nbsp;
New video from Volcán Popocatépetl shows an explosion of ash on Tuesday, May 24. Local reports say the Mexican volcano has been spewing vapor and gas. Credit: YouTube/webcamsdemexico
We're now more than halfway through spring. If you head outside during the evening hours and look skyward, you'll notice that the spring night sky is...
The National Weather Service issued a severe weather warning for parts of Oklahoma and Kansas on Tuesday as tornadoes tracked along both areas. (May 24)
Good news for surfers and picnickers, bad news for pallid folk who color like steamed crabs when exposed to the sun: Vast portions of the U.S. could get blasted with abnormal warmth this summer, including probable heat-magnets like New England, the West Coast, Hawaii, and Alaska.
AccuWeather storm chaser, Brandon Sullivan, reports from Kansas with huge tornado right behind him, on May 24.
Mexico City officials issued their sixth pollution alert of the year Tuesday, but lifted it a few hours later after thunderstorms reduced pollution in the skies above the capital.Such alerts automatically double from 20 percent to 40 percent the proportion of vehicles not allowed to circulate on a weekday.
<p>As millions prepare to take part in Memorial Day weekend events, showers, storms and a potential tropical system could threaten outdoor activities and travel plans during the extended weekend.</p>
Residents of Billings, Montana, are used to extreme weather – but a storm raining cats, dogs and pigs? Rick Lindholm captured this footage of a pig running down the sidewalk during an intense hailstorm on Saturday, May 21. The Billings Gazette reported that hail from Saturday’s storm was strong enough to break windshields and damage trees. Credit: Rick Lindholm
Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are testing ways to protect Earth from potentially dangerous asteroids. Josh King has the story (@abridgetoland).
<p>Meteorologists get a bad rap. They’re right up there with doctors as the most visible scientists in society, but their work is routinely badmouthed and unappreciated by so many people who benefit from it every day. “They get paid for being wrong half the time!” is a common insult, and it couldn’t be farther from the truth. The vast majority of forecasts are very accurate these days—a three-day forecast today is as accurate as a one-day forecast was during the waning years of the Cold War—but some predictions can still go awry.</p>
<p>Conditions will become favorable for tropical development over the Atlantic Ocean, in the vicinity of the southeastern United States, toward the end of May and into early June.</p>
Ray Hornsay Burning Coals Temperature records are being broken left and right. But what is the endgame here? In a study published today in Nature Climate Change researchers looked into what would happen if all the remaining fossil fuels on Earth were burned, releasing massive amounts of carbon dioxide (carbon) into the air. Estimates of how much carbon would be released if all the fossil fuels were burned vary, but for this study, the researchers estimated that an additional 5 trillion tons of carbon would be released into the atmosphere. With that amount of carbon in the atmosphere, the researchers predict that by the year 2300, the average temperature around the world will rise by 14.4 degrees Fahrenheit. In the Arctic, the researchers predict that the temperature change will be even more pronounced, rising an estimated 30.6 degrees Fahrenheit by 2300. In addition, the models predict that precipitation patterns around the world would shift dramatically, increasing in the tropical Pacific, and decreasing in Africa, Australia, the Mediterranean, and the Amazon. The study lines up with other research published a few months ago that showed that if all fossil fuels were burned, ice caps around the world would melt, raising sea levels by as much as 200 feet.
"[O]ne of the most beautiful supercell thunderstorms I've seen."
<p>Here's a look at fantastic images of rain around the world.</p>
Officials and enthusiasts believe the sirens continue to serve the public safety even with the rise of smartphones, social media and text alerts.
A half dozen tornadoes spotted in Great Plains states caused no major damage but kicked off what's expected to be a busy week of severe weather.
<p>The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season runs from the beginning of June until the end of September and we look at famous people who share their names with this season's hurricanes.</p>
May 23, 2016; 11:26 AM ET Take a look at this crazy footage showing a tornado touching down near Big Spring, Texas on May 22, as a family takes cover under a bridge.
(Bloomberg) -- Think of it as Mother Nature’s roller-coaster ride: the shift between the weather patterns known as El Nino and La Nina that, at their worst, can cause havoc worldwide.&nbsp;
<p>Southern Asia is on the tail-end of one of the worst heat waves seen in this region of the world in modern history, with several countries over the past few weeks measuring the hottest temperatures they’ve ever recorded. The historic warmth started in southeastern Asia during the middle of April, and the stifling heat has spread into India in recent days.</p>
Indonesian rescuers are searching for survivors in scorched villages and devastated farmlands after a volcano erupted in clouds of searing ash and gas, killing at least seven and leaving others fighting life-threatening burns.
Tens of thousands of Bangladeshis returned Monday to wind-battered villages and rain-soaked fields after a strong storm pummeled the coast and killed at least 26 people over the weekend.
Whimsical cloud vortices dot the sky in a new satellite image of an island volcano. The shot, captured by the Operational Land Imager on the Landsat...
Sea level rise is potentially one of the most damaging results of climate change.
<p>Frequent showers will force residents of the northwestern United States to keep umbrellas handy this week.</p>
Last year, New York City faced an unusual situation. An epic winter in the city’s Delaware River watershed brought heavy snow and very little rain. 
Crucial Nevada reservoir at lowest point since Hoover Dam was built in 1936; water managers plan to let it drop further
<p>Along the mid-Atlantic coast, where waters are rising quickly, marshes are on the march, consuming forestland, farms and yards. “Habitats are changing fast here,” said Matt Whitbeck, a biologist at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland, where dead trees still jut from young marshes. Newly published modeling shows that a looming acceleration in sea level rise could further accelerate the spread of marshes worldwide.</p>
2011 was one of the deadliest years for tornadoes as several ripped through Alabama, Missouri and several states throughout the year.
Practically every place on Earth was warmer than usual in April, making it the 12th consecutive month of record global temperatures.
It's that time of year in the Southwest - and as far as Alaska - when dust storms take shape, raising health and safety risks as plumes of dirt take to the sky.A dry winter means the Southwest is seeing a greater number of dust storms. Experts say the infamous haboobs, as they're known in the Phoenix area, will likely be active this summer when monsoon season begins.In southern Arizona, a...
<p>The jewels in the Crown of the Continent are vanishing. The glistening ice fields for which Glacier National Park is named are retreating higher into their alpine valleys. Of the approximately 150 glaciers present in 1850, only 25 remain big enough to be considered functional glaciers today. A computer-based climate model predicts that some of the largest will vanish by 2030. The predicted loss of glaciers in Glacier is both ironic and iconic, for no other reason than that they are the namesake of one of our oldest, grandest, most famous, and wildest national parks.</p>
Over the course of his career, AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist and Storm Chaser Reed Timmer has witnessed up close some of the most chaotic and extreme...
<p>There is a 9 percent chance of a magnitude-9 earthquake off the Aleutian Islands within the next 50 years – and this could spell trouble for Hawaii, say researchers.</p>
<p>Black holes are the only objects in the universe that can trap light by sheer gravitational force. Scientists believe they are formed when the corpse of a massive star collapses in on itself, becoming so dense that it warps the fabric of space and time. And any matter that crosses their event horizons, also known as the point of no return, spirals helplessly toward an unknown fate. Despite decades of research, these monstrous cosmological phenomena remain shrouded in mystery. They're still blowing the minds of scientists who study them. Here are ten reasons why.</p>
Researchers seek to raise at least $100,000 to study the star, whose erratic behavior triggered frenzied speculation about "alien megastructures" orbiting it.
<p>The International Space Station reached a milestone and other amazing photos from space this week.</p>
Odds are increasing that 2016 will be the hottest year on the books, as April continued a remarkable streak of record-warm months. Last month was rated as the warmest April on record by both NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which released their data this week. In the temperature annals kept by NOAA, it marked the 12th record warmest month in a row. How global temperatures have differed from average so far this year. Click image to enlarge. Credit: NOAA Global temperatures have been hovering around 1.5°C (2.7°F) above pre-industrial averages — a threshold that’s being considered by international negotiators as a new goal for limiting warming. While an exceptionally strong El Niño has provided a boost to temperatures in recent months, the primary driver has been the heat that has built up from decades of unabated greenhouse gas emissions. Nearing 1.5°C NOAA announced its temperature data for April on Wednesday, with the month measuring 1.98°F (1.1°C) above the 20th century average of 56.7°F (13.7°C). It was warmer than the previous record-hot April of 2010 by 0.5°F (0.3°C). NASA’s data showed the month was about the same amount above the average from 1951-1980. The two agencies use different baselines and process the global temperature data slightly differently, leading to potential differences in the exact temperatures anomalies for each month and year. Both agencies’ records show that global temperatures have come down slightly from the peaks they hit in February and March, which ranked as the most anomalously warm months by NASA and NOAA, respectively. Climate Central has reanalyzed the temperature data from recent months, averaging the NASA and NOAA numbers and comparing it to the average from 1881-1910 to show how much temperatures have risen from a period closer to preindustrial times. The analysis shows that the year-to-date temperature through April is 1.45°C above the average from that period. Governments have agreed to limit warming this century to less than 2°C from pre-industrial times and are exploring setting an even more ambitious goal of 1.5°C, which temperatures are currently close to. “The fact that we are beginning to cross key thresholds at the monthly timescale is indeed an indication of how close we are getting to permanently exceeding those thresholds,” Michael Mann, a climate scientist at Penn State, said in an email. A year-to-date look at 2016 global temperatures compared to recent years. Click image to enlarge. It will take a significant effort to further limit emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases to realize those goals, experts say. Carbon dioxide levels at the Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii are already poised to stay above 400 parts per million year-round. They have risen from a pre-industrial level of 280 ppm and from 315 ppm just since the mid-20th century. Hottest Year? As El Niño continues to rapidly decay, monthly temperature anomalies are slowly declining. They are still considerably higher than they were just last year, the current title-holder for the hottest year on record. Given the head start this year has over last, there is a more than 99 percent chance that 2016 will best 2015 as the hottest year on the books, according to Gavin Schmidt, head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, which keeps the agencies temperature data. If 2016 does set the mark, it will be the third record-setting year in a row. It is likely, though, that the streak would end with this year, as a La Niña event is looking increasingly likely to follow El Niño, and it tends to have a cooling effect on global temperatures. But even La Niña years today are warmer than El Niño years of previous decades — a clear sign of how much human caused-warming has increased global temperatures. In fact, the planet hasn’t seen a record cold year since 1911.
A city in India has just notched the country's highest recorded temperature of all time, 123.8 degrees Fahrenheit.
An amazing new Mars image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope shows clouds, craters, ice caps and other features...
Does up-close tornado chasing set a bad example that puts lives at risk?
The amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the air jumped by the biggest amount on record last month, a rise amplified by El Nino, scientists say.Carbon dioxide levels increased by 4.16 parts per million in April compared to a year earlier, according to readings at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. Until this year, the biggest increase was 3.7 ppm. Records go back to 1950.April's...
<p>You might be up to speed on international idioms to describe heavy rain, but how about the way people across the U.S. talk about it? We’ve teamed up with the editors at the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) to bring you 11 imaginative regional idioms for heavy rain that go way beyond cats and dogs.</p>
It's amazing what people will believe about how to stay safe in a hurricane. Here's what's true and not true about protecting your windows and yourself in a big storm.
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