Coldest April in 20 years across the United States, feds say

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PHILADELPHIA -- Temperatures in the contiguous United States were 2.2 degrees below 20th-century averages last month, making it the coldest April in 20 years, according to the government analysis released Tuesday.

Nationally, it was the 13 coldest April, with Iowa and Wisconsin registering their frostiest on record.

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April in Chicago among coldest in 130 years

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CHICAGO -- Chicago area residents woke up to snow on the ground Thursday, the latest reminder that winter weather's grip is delaying so many spring rites of passage, from Major League Baseball games to bridge-lifting season on the Chicago River downtown – the parade of boats heading for slips offering the surest sign of warm weather ahead.

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Dreaded 'cone of uncertainty' will shrink for the coming hurricane season

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MIAMI -- The National Hurricane Center plans to shrink the dreaded "cone of uncertainty" during the upcoming season based on an improving forecast record.

The Miami-based center made the announcement Monday, along with a series of other changes intended to improve how hurricane forecasters convey warnings to the public. Along with the shrinking...Read more

One person killed as strong storms cross NC; thousands without power

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Severe weather across North Carolina on Sunday killed at least one person, according to news outlets, and Duke Energy crews were working Monday morning to restore electric service to more than 31,000 customers.

Two storms, reported as tornadoes, toppled trees and ripped apart homes in Greensboro and Reidsville.

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Final numbers on Maria in Puerto Rico: $90 billion in damage, some Category 5 winds

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MIAMI -- Hurricane Maria, the sixth fastest intensifying hurricane on record, likely slammed parts of mountainous Puerto Rico with fiercer winds than previously reported, the National Hurricane Center said Monday in a final assessment of the lethal storm.

Maria struck the island's southeast coast Sept. 20, lingering for nearly eight hours and ...Read more

94 degrees? Monday may be the hottest day of the year so far in Southern California

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LOS ANGELES -- It's only April but it's going to feel like summer for the next couple of days in southern California, the National Weather Service said Monday.

A high-pressure system is bringing potentially record-breaking heat across the Southland, where temperatures from Long Beach to Camarillo on Monday will be anywhere from 15 to 20 degrees...Read more

Battered areas see new hurricanes on horizon

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Regions still recovering from 2017's devastating hurricanes are scrambling to prepare for the new hurricane season, which is just two months away and expected to be busier than average.

Houston has changed building regulations, Florida is seeking federal assistance and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said Puerto ...Read more

Yosemite Valley to reopen after storm brought flooding to parts of Northern California

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After an intense tropical storm caused flooding in roads and rivers throughout Yosemite Valley on Saturday, the national park reopened to vehicles and visitors on Sunday afternoon.

Park crews were working to clear water, rocks and debris from roads early Sunday morning, and officials warned of delays along several routes. Park services, ...Read more

Rain pelts Northern California, flooding the Merced and Truckee rivers

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A large tropical storm dumped rain over Northern California, drenching the Bay Area and causing some flooding in the Yosemite Valley and the Lake Tahoe area Saturday.

The Merced River reached its flood stage at 8 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. The storm that started Friday dropped more than 3 inches of rain in the Yosemite ...Read more

Incoming storm brings risk of flooded rivers — and first test of Oroville Dam's spillway

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The creeks, streams and rivers leading snowmelt out of the Sierra Nevada will likely flood this weekend as a powerful storm moves over Northern California and dumps inches of rain from the coast to the Nevada border.

The "atmospheric river," as the plumes of water vapor are called, is loaded with warm tropical moisture that will accelerate ...Read more

How busy will hurricane season be in 2018? This forecast has good news and bad news

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MIAMI -- Get ready to batten down the hatches. Again.

In a preseason forecast issued Thursday, Colorado State University's Tropical Meteorology Project predicts the upcoming hurricane season that begins June 1 will again be busy, although not as bad as the brutal 2017 season. The forecast calls for seven hurricanes, three hurricanes at Cat 3 ...Read more

All-day snow forecast to drop 6-8 inches in Minneapolis area

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Slick, sloppy and slow. Snowy, too. Very snowy.

A morning rush hour more typical of January was underway Tuesday in Minneapolis, and it's likely to be like that all day as an early spring storm pounds the Twin Cities and much of southern Minnesota.

The evening commute could be tough, too, as snow will fall all day and won't stop...Read more

Santa Barbara awakens to emergency alert as storm soaks Southern California

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LOS ANGELES -- A second and final day of heavy rains began pummeling Southern California early Thursday morning as Santa Barbara County residents awakened to emergency phone alerts and calls to evacuate wildfire burn areas.

"Flash flood watch in effect for SB County," read the 5:19 a.m. alert. "Leave now if you are still in evac/burn areas."

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Storm brings record rainfall, little damage to Southern California. But the worst may be yet to come

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MONTECITO, Calif. -- A powerful storm moved into Southern California on Wednesday, drenching fire-ravaged neighborhoods and setting several new rainfall records for the day but so far not causing the damage and destruction that some officials feared.

The storm marked a direct hit by an "atmospheric river" system but has proved to be less ...Read more

Battered by fires and floods, beleaguered Montecito braces for more potential destruction

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MONTECITO, Calif. -- It started four months ago, when the largest fire on record in California history besieged this upscale coastal enclave.

Soon after, heavy rains sent tons of mud, boulders and debris crashing into Montecito neighborhoods -- killing 21 people in what was the state's deadliest flooding in decades.

Now, forecasters are ...Read more

California's fire-scarred communities brace for biggest storm of the season

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LOS ANGELES -- An atmospheric river that forecasters are billing as the biggest storm of the season is expected to drench Southern California beginning Tuesday night and will bring with it the potential for mud flows and widespread flooding, the National Weather Service said.

The storm, which is fueled by warm, western Pacific waters, will ...Read more

Powerful East Coast storm kills 9, triggers coastal flooding and leaves millions without power

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A powerful winter storm that pummeled the Northeast, killing at least nine and leaving 2 million homes and businesses without power, unleashed heavy rain and snow but inflicted its deadliest damage with fierce winds.

The death toll had stood at eight until Saturday night, when police in Andover, N.J., reported that a man was killed after coming...Read more

Nor'easter slamming East Coast with heavy rain, snow and strong winds

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NEW YORK -- Following days of mild temperatures and hints of spring as the calendar approached March, winter returned to the Northeast with a bang Friday, as rain and snow drove down in sheets and winds blew at gale force, prompting dire warnings of coastal flooding, dangerous sea conditions and power outages.

"As the saying goes, March is ...Read more