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President to Review Bill to Improve Weather Forecasts

The National Weather Service would have to boost research – including some from private companies – to improve forecasts and storm warnings under a bill headed to the president’s desk. Lawmakers said the bill should save lives by giving residents …

Cautious National Weather Service Faces Criticism After Deciding to Keep Snow Forecast

Before the first snow fell, U.S. meteorologists realized there was a good chance the late-winter storm wasn’t going to produce giant snow totals in big Northeast cities as predicted. But they didn’t change their forecasts because they said they didn’t …

Winter Storm Forecast Tripped up by Fine Line Between Rain, Snow

New Yorkers just got a lesson on how notoriously difficult it is to predict the severity of an East Coast snow storm. All it takes is a wobble in a low-pressure system’s trajectory or a sudden shove of warm air …

Massive Midwest Winter Storm Joins Stella, Targets East Coast

Several cities are cleaning up after a massive winter storm dumped several inches of snow across a wide swath of the Midwest. More than 10 inches of snow fell in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin. Now, according to the National Weather …

NWS: 4 Fast Facts About Hail

A powerful storm system blew through a large swath of the nation’s midsection, spawning deadly tornadoes, blowing cars off roads and causing property damage, including from hail. Here are some hail facts, according to the National Weather Service: HOW IT …

Advanced Storm Warnings May Fail Because People Can’t Read Maps

“We didn’t know it was coming.” April Taylor heard that again and again, and she didn’t understand it. Taylor, a social scientist, was working on trauma recovery in DeKalb County in northeast Alabama following the April 27, 2011, tornado super …

Dangerous Sneaker Wave Sweeps Father, Son Out to Ocean

One moment, Jayson Thomas was on the Oregon beach with his 3-year-old son. The next, they were gone, swept away by a “sneaker wave” as his wife looked on. The man and his boy were but the latest to be …

West Coast Expects Flooding While East Coast in Deep Freeze

As the East Coast waits to thaw out from a weekend icy mess, another storm is bringing rain and the potential of the worst flooding in more than a decade to the West coast. At least four deaths have been …

Northern U.S. Facing Greater Risk of Flooding

The risk of flooding in the United States is changing regionally, and the reasons could be shifting rainfall patterns and the amount of water in the ground. In a new study, University of Iowa engineers determined that, in general, the …

Storm Chaser Creates New Device to Capture Video of Tornadoes

Growing up in a farming family, Brad Emel learned at an early age what it was like to live at the mercy of the weather. He can also remember a few storms that terrified him as a child, as well …