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Spring Snow Falls in New England, U.S. Midwest Prepares for Blizzard

New England states enjoying the first signs of spring were hit with a wintry blast of snow on Monday and parts of the U.S. Midwest prepared for a blizzard. The snow storm in New England brought more than 2 inches …

Rapid Thaw Follows Polar Blast

In Illinois, temperatures rose by 80 degrees within days. In Michigan, melting snow and rain and a 17-mile ice jam led to flooding fears. Across the Midwest, the sudden warmth brought more broken roads and busted water mains. The polar …

Polar Vortex Outbreaks Expected to be the Norm

It might seem counterintuitive, but the dreaded polar vortex is bringing its icy grip to parts of the U.S. thanks to a sudden blast of warm air in the Arctic. Get used to it. The polar vortex has been wandering …

Chicago, Midwest Face Colder-Than-Arctic Blast

It could be warmer above the Arctic Circle than in Chicago by Wednesday, with temperatures forecast to fall in the Windy City to 20-to-25 degrees below zero Fahrenheit (minus-29 to minus-32 Celsius). New York and Washington will be warmer, with …

New York’s Winter Forecast a Toss-up This Year

Watching Siberian snowfall in October is usually a good way to predict how cold the coming winter will be in New York and other mid-latitude regions. This year, not so much. If there’s lots of snow across Eurasia, expect bitter …

Study Finds Extreme Winter Weather Is Strongly Related to Arctic Warmth

In recent decades, extreme winter weather has become more strongly connected to disruptions in the polar vortex, according to a new study from Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER), a Verisk business, and Rutgers University, published in Nature Communications. It revealed …

Weather Term ‘Bomb Cyclone” Blows Up on Social Media

When it comes to weather, it’s hard to sound scarier than “bomb cyclone.” It’s a version of a real weather term that applies to a massive winter storm that pulled together Wednesday off the U.S. Southeast coast. But as fearsome …

Polar Vortex Won’t Last Due to Dueling Weather Patterns

A polar vortex is blasting cold air across the northern half of the U.S. this week – and by Christmas, it’ll be warm enough to barbecue in Washington. Just last week, models had this polar vortex – a term loosely …

Another Nasty Winter Predicted for the Northeast

It’s not what Bostonians want to hear: The Farmer’s Almanac says another rough winter is in your stars. A year after Boston, Mass., was pummeled with the snowiest winter on record, editors of the Maine-based publication have dubbed their latest …

Insurers Stand Ready for Winter Storm Losses

In 2014, winter storms caused $2.3 billion in insured losses, second only to damage caused by severe thunderstorms, according to Munich Re. “Severe winter weather caused 15 percent of all insured auto, home and business catastrophe losses in the United …