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National Weather Service Staff Said Harvey Was Unprecedented

They had to find new words. In advance of Hurricane Harvey‘s landfall, the meteorologists at the National Weather Service in League City, Texas, felt they needed to break from the usual language they use to communicate the dangers of the …

Weather Service Confirms Oklahoma Likely Hit by 4 Tornadoes

State emergency managers and the National Weather Service were surveying damage Sunday from severe storms that spawned as many as four tornadoes in southwestern and central Oklahoma. The overnight storms tore part of the roof off of a casino and …

Researchers Say Lightning Causing Fewer Deaths in the U.S.

Lightning – once one of nature’s biggest killers -is claiming far fewer lives in the United States, mostly because we’ve learned to get out of the way. In the 1940s, when there were fewer people, lightning killed more than 300 …

More Widespread Flooding in Houston Area

Heavy rains that caused flooding in some parts of the Houston area and prompted about two-dozen water rescues on Tuesday seemed to have stopped just before getting worse but with more rain expected authorities remain on guard and residents should …

Rare August Tornado Sends 30 to Hospital in Tulsa

A rare late summer tornado smashed into a shopping district of Tulsa, Okla., early Sunday just hours after it was packed with people, sending more than two dozen people to hospitals including two with life-threatening injuries, many of them from …

High Death Toll in Arizona Raises Questions About Flood Warnings

The search for a man who was swept away in a flash flood that killed nine others at a swimming hole in central Arizona heads into its third day Wednesday. Meanwhile, there are questions about whether the government should have …

New Atlantic Storm Shares Name With President

It’s not a tweet storm but a real storm. The newest potentially dangerous swirl of hot air is a tropical storm in the Atlantic named Don. And it’s a total coincidence that the storm bears a common nickname for the …

In Odd Weather Twist, Rain Sparks Wildfire in California

Forest fires are picking up once again in California. The cause this time: rain and snow. Really, rain and snow? OK, perhaps not exclusively, but yes, as counterintuitive as it would seem, the weeks of precipitation that ended the state’s …

Flooding Affects Some 6800 Buildings North of Chicago

Illinois officials said Friday some 6,800 buildings have been affected by “unprecedented” flooding north of Chicago, and the damage is expected to worsen this weekend as water flows down rivers into the state from Wisconsin. “Folks think ‘Well it’s not …

Latest Texas Storm Produced Grapefruit Size Hail

Wind gusts of up to 72 miles per hour and hail as large as grapefruit struck the Midland/Odessa area last Wednesday. Thousands of West Texans were waking up to damaged roofs and automobiles with shattered windshields. Insurance company catastrophe teams …