NWS News

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 …

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 …