NWS News

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 …

Weather Service Aims to Improve Storm Warning Precision

As tornado season begins in the Tennessee Valley, the National Weather Service is implementing a warning system designed to give more specific information on approaching storms. Piloted last year in the Midwest, the Huntsville weather office is adding “impact-based warnings” …

Better Late Than Never: El Nino Finally Arrives

A long anticipated El Nino has finally arrived. But for drought-struck California, it’s too little, too late, meteorologists say. The National Weather Service on Thursday proclaimed the phenomenon is now in place. It’s a warming of a certain patch of …

Long Island and Massachusetts Hardest Hit by Northeast Blizzard

In the wild world of winter weather, location is everything. So small last minute changes in the air morphed what was supposed to be crippling feet of snow into a handful of inches. Fearful forecasts turned into apologies. The not-so-great …

National Weather Service Looking for Oklahoma Storm Spotters

The National Weather Service is looking for a few good storm spotters in Oklahoma. National Weather Service forecasters are launching a series of classes for Oklahoma residents who want to learn more about severe weather. Podcast:  Listen to How to …

Weather Service to Investigate Gig Harbor Tornado Report

The National Weather Service office in Seattle, Wash., says it will send a team Monday or Tuesday to look for damage at Gig Harbor and determine whether a wind event Sunday afternoon was a tornado. Meteorologist Josh Smith says the …

South Carolina Fire Deaths Up Since 2013

State Fire Marshal Robert Polk is urging people to use space heaters and wood stoves safely as temperatures drop below 20 degrees across South Carolina. Polk said Wednesday that alternative heating sources are the biggest cause of fires between December …

Kansas Storm Damage Totals Declined in 2014

The amount of storm damage reported in Kansas in 2014 was the lowest amount in 16 years. The Kansas Insurance Commissioner’s office says insurance companies received reports of $112.4 million in storm damage claims last year. It was the third …

Forecasts to Get a Boost From Upgraded NWS Computer Power

The National Weather Service is about to boost its computing power by more than tenfold, which officials hope will translate to better forecasts. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s two supercomputers will more than triple in computational ability this month …

NWS Confirms Weak Tornado in West Alabama

The National Weather Service is checking the damage from a weekend of rough weather in Alabama. Officials confirmed Monday that a weak tornado touched down in west Alabama in Hamilton on Saturday evening. A twister with 85 mph winds damaged …