Storm Prediction Center News

Wildfire Forecasters Race to Stay Ahead of Unpredictable Flames

Predicting what a wildfire will do is no simple matter. When the Getty wildfire erupted in California a week ago, forcing 20,000 people to evacuate, Richard Thompson raced to the scene. His job wasn’t to fight a fire that spread …

Winds Whip California as 2.5 Million People Face Power Cuts

California utilities are warning they may cut electricity to as many as 2.5 million people to prevent power lines from sparking fires as some of the strongest winds of the season hit the state. High winds Tuesday will leave more …

Severe Storms Sweep Through Dallas, Causing Heavy Damage

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Crews searched Monday through the rubble of buildings torn apart by a tornado that ripped through the Dallas area the night before, causing damage to homes and businesses and knocking out electricity to tens of thousands of …

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 …

2015 Was a Record-Setting Year for Tornadoes in Texas

Texas recorded 244 tornadoes last year making it the highest number of twisters to ever touch down in the Lone Star State since the record keeping began in 1950. The tornadoes claimed 17 lives. The violent weather was responsible for …

No Work for Storm Chasers as Tornadoes Vanish in U.S.

The same weather pattern that made the West warm and dry and the Northeast cold and snowy has contributed to keeping the rest of the U.S. relatively free of tornadoes so far this year. In the first two months of …

Missouri Man Enjoys Being a Storm Chaser

Churning, angry cloudscapes tinged with green and purple; panoramic long exposures crackling with streaks of lightning; it was the pictures that first caught David Patterson’s eye. He found himself noticing storm photos in a friend’s online gallery about three years …

Good Weather Limits Use of New Weather Alerts

The Storm Prediction Center has two new threat levels for its weather outlooks, but the weather is too nice for anyone to really notice. Effective Wednesday, the center can say if days with a “slight risk” of severe weather should …

Storm Forecasters Add Extra Warning Levels

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center said Monday it will add two threat levels to its weather outlooks so people aren’t surprised by really bad storms on days with just a “slight risk” of tornadoes, hail or high winds. …

2013 Spring Forecast: Six More Weeks of Winter for Northeast

AccuWeather issues a spring outlook for the U.S. every year, focusing on the major highlights of the season. AccuWeather’s Long-Range Forecasting Team is predicting that winter will hold on the longest, into March, across the Northeast and Northwest. A near-normal …