NWS News

Forecasters Review Violent Storm Warning Message

After warning for days about violent storms that could rake the central U.S. with huge hail, high winds and strong tornadoes, forecasters will review whether the messages they sent were appropriate for severe weather that some considered a “bust” because …

New York Working on Building a Better Weather Network

Counting every raindrop or measuring every gust of wind is impossible, but New York is getting closer with a uniquely extensive statewide system of automated weather stations that should paint a dramatically clearer picture of developing storms. Described as the …

Kansas Sees Significant Increase in Tornadoes in 2015

Kansas’ 124 confirmed tornadoes in 2015 were 83 more than the previous year, tying for the fourth highest number since 1990, according to the National Weather Service’s preliminary data. Eric Metzger, a meteorologist for the weather service’s office in Wichita, …

Agencies Try to Control Flooding in Kentucky and Tennessee

Western Tennessee and Kentucky are still facing flood threats as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Tennessee Valley Authority work to control water levels. The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for the Cumberland River at Dover through …

Time-Tested Weather Balloons Best Technology When it Comes to Storm Tracking Accuracy

When the latest computer forecast models couldn’t figure out where major Hurricane Joaquin was headed earlier this month, the National Weather Service ordered extra launches of one of its oldest tools – the weather balloon. Twice a day, in what …

Midwestern Tornadoes Damage Homes, Cause Injuries in 2 States

A pair of tornadoes along the Kansas-Missouri border with speeds of up to about 110 mph damaged homes and caused minor injuries, officials said. The first twister touched down around 6:30 p.m. Friday about 40 miles south of Kansas City, …

Indiana Homeowner Disputes Weather Service Account of Storm

An eastern Indiana man who suffered storm damage earlier this month is challenging the National Weather Service’s ruling that straight-line winds caused the damage to his property. Randy Hubbard tells The Star Press the June 8 storm blew out windows, …

No Explanation for Rarity of Northeast Missouri Tornadoes

Tornadoes have ravaged parts of Texas, Oklahoma and other states this spring, but northeast Missouri, once again, has been virtually unscathed. Is there a reason beyond sheer luck? Not according to the National Weather Service. The Hannibal Courier-Post reports that …

Water From Texas, Oklahoma Heading to Northwest Louisiana

High water is flooding farmland along the Red River in northwest Louisiana, and is likely to remain for months, the National Weather Service said Sunday. Sandbags are available for rural residents, the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office said in an email. …

Storm Chasers Not Just in it for the Money

The moment, almost 20 years later, remains crystal clear in the mind of Tommy Self. He was a volunteer firefighter in the tiny central Alabama town of Townley, about 10 miles west of Jasper. The department responded when an EF-5 …