Tornado warning accuracy has declined since devastating Kansas twister 10 years ago

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Forecasters knew there could be severe weather in southern Kansas on the first Friday in May 10 years ago -- but nobody expected anything like what happened.

A massive tornado was churning north through the Gypsum Hills, illuminated only by lightning flashes.

"It lit up like a Christmas tree" on radar, said Mike Umscheid, a ...Read more

At least 12 killed over weekend as floods, tornadoes hit south-central US

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WASHINGTON -- Powerful storms that generated flooding and tornadoes across the south-central United States killed at least 12 people over the weekend.

The National Weather Service said multiple tornadoes ripped through central Texas on Saturday.

The town of Canton, located about 50 miles east of Dallas, was hit especially hard. Mayor Lou Ann ...Read more

Wet winter sets precipitation record in Northern California

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LOS ANGELES -- A series of late-season storms has vaulted this winter into the history books, making it the wettest for California's northern Sierra Nevada in nearly a century of record-keeping, according to the California Department of Water Resources.

As of Thursday, an astonishing 89.7 inches of precipitation across a zone of eight stations ...Read more

From extreme drought to record rain: Why California's drought-to-deluge cycle is getting worse

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SODA SPRINGS, Calif. -- California's climate has long been dominated by cycles of intense dry conditions followed by heavy rain.

But never before in recorded history has the state seen such an extreme drought-to-deluge swing.

Experts and state water officials say California is seeing more of these intense weather swings as temperatures warm, ...Read more

Hurricane Matthew officially deadliest Atlantic storm in more than a decade

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MIAMI -- Hurricane Matthew will officially go down as the deadliest Atlantic hurricane in more than a decade.

The fierce Category 5 storm plowed across the Caribbean and up the Florida coast for 11 days last fall, and was blamed for killing 585 people directly and another 13 people indirectly. In Haiti, where most of the fatalities occurred, ...Read more

Strong winds whip through Las Vegas, damage casino signs and topple trucks

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LAS VEGAS -- Strong winds continued to buffet the Las Vegas Valley on Friday -- a day after gusts wrecked havoc by delaying flights, toppling four large trucks, uprooting trees and destroying at least one casino marquee.

Alex Boothe, intern meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said powerful winds in the spring aren't unusual, but ...Read more

Hurricane center's director leaving after five seasons of storm predictions

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MIAMI -- Rick Knabb, director of the National Hurricane Center since the season of Isaac and Superstorm Sandy in 2012, is leaving just before the 2017 season cranks up to become an on-air hurricane expert at the Weather Channel.

Knabb, the fourth director at the Miami-based agency since Max Mayfield retired in 2007, plans to start his new job ...Read more

Powerful snowstorm blasts East Coast; officials warn residents about ice as temperatures drop

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NEW YORK -- Just when the crocuses started to bloom with only a week before the calendar marks the start of spring, the Northeast was paralyzed Tuesday with a wet dollop of snow, sleet and rain.

The winter storm didn't live up to its advance hype as an epic blizzard, but it nevertheless left much of the country a slushy, slippery mess.

Schools...Read more

Northeast girds for late-winter storm

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BOSTON -- Grounded flights and soaring power prices roiled the Northeast U.S. as a late-winter storm prepared to spin up the Atlantic Coast, threatening New York with an overnight blizzard, postponing German Chancellor Angela Merkel's trip to Washington and promising snow by the foot in Boston.

As many as 19 inches could land in New York, the ...Read more

Tornado tore 15-mile path through Mo. county, official says

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PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- The tornado that roared across Perry County tore a 15-mile long path and cost 60 families "just about everything," the mayor said Wednesday.

One person was killed in the storm Tuesday night, and at least 10 others were injured. Rescuers searched 180 homes, and about 60 percent of them had moderate to major damage.

At least ...Read more

Chicago records no snow on ground in January, February for 1st time in 146 years

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CHICAGO -- For the first time in 146 years, the National Weather Service documented no snow on the ground in Chicago in January and February -- a record that put a spring in the step of some but weighed down others worried about climate change.

Because the snow measurement is taken at 6 a.m. at O'Hare International Airport, small amounts of ...Read more

1 dead as tornado hits Illinois during round of severe storms

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CHICAGO -- One person was confirmed dead in Ottawa in north-central Illinois after a tornado touched down there, part of a weather system that produced severe weather across the northern part of the state Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service.

The Ottawa Fire Department reported one fatality from the tornado that hit Ottawa ...Read more


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