There are rivers in the sky drenching the US because of climate change

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Climate change is spurring a new, deep dive into a complex, little-studied weather system blamed for creating billions of dollars in flood damage across the western U.S.

Atmospheric rivers are narrow ribbons of concentrated moisture that originate in the Pacific and can flow thousands of miles before dropping rain and snow on land. Scientists ...Read more

Record-breaking gust of wind looks like a mistake, forecasters say

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LOS ANGELES -- A potential record-breaking gust of 209 mph recorded atop a California peak is looking more unlikely after further study, National Weather Service forecasters said Monday.

The blast of wind from a cold storm moving south across the state was captured around 7:45 a.m. Sunday by an instrument at 9,186 feet atop Kirkwood Mountain, ...Read more

6 tornadoes strike Mid-Atlantic states with a record 5 in Maryland

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BOSTON -- Six tornadoes tore through the Mid-Atlantic states on Friday, toppling trees, damaging homes and wrecking barns, and setting a new February record for the destructive storms in Maryland.

Unusually warm and humid air pushing up from the Gulf of Mexico, extreme winds in the jet stream, and a strengthening storm passing through the ...Read more

Tornado, storms leave 2 dead in Charlotte, N.C., area. Flooding remains a menace

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Flooding remains a threat in the Charlotte region Friday after a line of severe storms led to the deaths of two drivers, spawned a tornado, downed trees and power lines, and left up to 23,000 Duke Energy customers in Mecklenburg County without power on Thursday.

A driver died when a tree fell on his car during an afternoon ...Read more

As Punxsutawney Phil takes his turn, winter is still nowhere in sight, real forecasters say

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PHILADELPHIA -- Above-normal temperatures in January:

Boston: 9 degrees above normal

Burlington, Vt.: 7.4 degrees above normal

New York: 6.5 degrees above normal

Chicago: 6.3 degrees above normal

Philadelphia: 5.9 degrees above normal

Regardless of whether Punxsutawney Phil does or does not see his shadow Sunday morning, the winter of 2019...Read more

It's been one of the soggiest Januarys ever in Seattle — and more is on the way

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SEATTLE -- Seattle has never had 90 days of rain in a row, despite legends to the contrary. But this month, at least, has perhaps felt like interminable rain and gloominess.

With precipitation predicted every day this week, Seattle is on track to have a record-tying 28 rainy days in January, said National Weather Service meteorologist Dana ...Read more

Watch out for falling iguanas! Weather service issues alert for southern Florida

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The north has blizzards, the Midwest has tornadoes. And South Florida has the danger of being hit on the head by a frozen iguana.

The National Weather Service tweeted a warning Tuesday that unusually cold weather could cause green iguanas to drop to the ground all over South Florida's neighborhoods.

Temperatures ...Read more

Winter heat having odd effect on Outer Banks wild horses

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Freakishly warm January temperatures are having a strange effect on the wild horses roaming North Carolina's Outer Banks, prompting a warning to drivers.

The notoriously independent horses are sleeping on the beaches at night -- in the path of recreational vehicles.

"Please be careful!" the Corolla Wild Horse Fund posted ...Read more

'We got lucky. … It could've been worse:' Forecaster says snow could return but worst of storm is behind Chicago

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CHICAGO -- High waves have receded, winds have died down and as Chicagoans assess the much-hyped storm, they're finding little evidence in terms of overall snowfall.

Even suburban areas to the north and west, where meteorologists had expected as much as 6 inches of snow, saw significantly less than that. Weather spotters in Crystal Lake, in ...Read more

Storm grounds flights, whips up tornadoes and toasts East in wild weather weekend

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A massive winter storm is grounding flights in Chicago, has whipped up tornadoes and hail across the South and will likely push record January warmth into New York, Washington and the entire East Coast over the weekend.

The eastern U.S. was covered with threats from high winds, flooding rains to snow, ice and even tornadoes from Kentucky to ...Read more

Hurricanes, fires, floods: US saw 14 disasters in 2019 that cost billions of dollars

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The United States had 14 major weather disasters last year, with a toll of at least 44 dead and a price tag of $45 billion, according to federal officials.

The biggest disasters of 2019 include eight severe storms, mainly in the South and Midwest, three big inland flooding events, two tropical cyclones that made landfall, and the wildfires in ...Read more

2019 was the soggiest in Midwest history

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ST. LOUIS -- As the year's near-historic flooding would suggest, 2019 left a soggy spot in the regional record books.

The St. Louis area had its fifth-wettest year on record, and its greatest number of rainy days ever, as shown by year-end climate data -- continuing a trend of remarkable saturation and capping the wettest decade in the Midwest'...Read more

New storm set to hit Southern California Sunday, bringing more rain

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LOS ANGELES--After a weekend reprieve, more rain is expected to hit Southern California late Sunday through Monday.

However, it is not expected to be as strong a storm as this week's soaker, which closed freeways and caused flooding.

"It's going to be a typical winter storm," said Andrew Rorke, a senior forecaster with the National Weather ...Read more

Chicago gets a vacation from winter at least through Monday

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A powerful winter storm bringing snow and ice across the Great Plains and upper Midwest promises to disrupt travel this weekend and bring a reminder of the season's fiercest qualities -- except in Chicago.

Winter seems to be on vacation in the Windy City, and balmy conditions will continue at least through Sunday, when temperatures are set to ...Read more

Incoming flights grounded at O'Hare as dense fog shrouds Chicago area on Christmas Eve

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CHICAGO -- Amid dense fog reducing visibility in Chicago, the Federal Aviation Administration early Tuesday grounded incoming flights at Chicago's O'Hare International and Midway airports through 8 a.m., though the advisory was allowed to expire at Midway and continued at O'Hare after 8 a.m.

For a short time Tuesday morning all flights were ...Read more

Flights resume at Fort Lauderdale's airport after

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- South Florida was swamped by heavy rains overnight that flooded streets and highways, stranded cars and closed the airport in Fort Lauderdale.

About 4 a.m., Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport tweeted that the facility was closed because of severe rain and flash flooding.

Flights resumed about 2 1/2 hours ...Read more

Two years after Irma, reasons to give thanks: A roof over her head, no buckets at her feet

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It was early November, more than two years after Hurricane Irma.

Georgiann Quarles walked into her home on West 3rd Street, passing under a towel wedged above the doorway.

"I did that so when people came in, they wouldn't have to duck the water," she said.

She led the way through her kitchen into a bedroom.

The wall ...Read more

A wet Christmas in LA? New rain storm takes aim at Southern California

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LOS ANGELES -- Southern California endured a Thanksgiving of heavy rain and snow.

How does Christmas look? A new storm is coming our way just in time for the holiday week. Here is what we know.

The first of two storm systems to hit the West Coast from the Gulf of Alaska is expected to arrive in Los Angeles on Sunday -- just in time for the ...Read more

Another wet weekend unfolds as storms linger across California

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LOS ANGELES--Californians saw another soggy start to the weekend as a lingering storm prompted concerns about mudslides in Sonoma County burn areas.

Southern California will see intermittent showers though the weekend from what the National Weather Service described as a weak storm. The snow level will be at 7,000 feet. Most areas will be less ...Read more

Study: Atmospheric rivers cause $1 billion in damage a year and are getting worse

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LOS ANGELES -- As back-to-back atmospheric rivers have made umbrellas a necessity across California -- and with more rain on the way in the state this weekend -- a new study reveals the connection between the weather phenomenon and the economic effects of localized flooding.

Atmospheric rivers, the storms that carry moisture from the tropics to...Read more