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Hurricane season 2021 is over. Could future ones see more storms rapidly intensify?

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MIAMI — A blissfully quiet final few weeks in the Atlantic Basin marked the end of another record-breaking storm season that once again left South Florida unscathed.

The rest of the country wasn’t as lucky, as Hurricane Ida rapidly intensified into a major storm faster than Louisiana could call for evacuations. The aftereffects of Ida then ...Read more

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Southern California Edison works to restore power as strong winds subside

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LOS ANGELES — As dangerous winds subsided, Southern California Edison was working Friday to restore power to thousands of customers across Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Santa Ana wind gusts peaked at 67 mph in North Hollywood and topped 80 mph in some mountain and hillside areas this week. The strong winds caused concern for critical fire...Read more

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Thanksgiving brings strong winds, power shutoffs and fire danger to Southern California

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LOS ANGELES — Southern California was buffeted by gusty Santa Ana winds on Thanksgiving Day, creating fire danger and causing tens of thousands to lose power.

Wind gusts topped 70 mph overnight Wednesday in some mountain and hillside areas, causing some downed trees.

The forecast

A red flag warning went into effect at 10 a.m. Wednesday for ...Read more

Thanksgiving brings strong winds, power shutoffs and fire danger to Southern California

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LOS ANGELES — Southern California was buffeted by gusty Santa Ana winds on Thanksgiving Day, creating fire danger and causing tens of thousands to lose power.

Wind gusts topped 70 mph overnight Wednesday in some mountain and hillside areas, causing some downed trees.

The forecast

A red flag warning went into effect at 10 a.m. Wednesday for ...Read more

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Hurricane hunters await new aircraft for fleet upgrade

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ORLANDO, Fla. — As scientists expect to see more hurricanes, Florida’s hurricane hunters are getting an upgrade to their fleet.

Stationed about 60 miles south of Orlando, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s hurricane hunter team houses three aircraft at the Lakeland Linder International Airport: two Lockheed WP-3D Orion ...Read more

La Niña: Is California heading into another dry winter?

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — You may have seen it on social media or heard it while talking to a friend: This is a La Niña year, so California won't get any rain this winter and the severe drought is only going to get worse. Right?

Maybe not. Although that's a common belief, it's not supported by past history. The reality is that a lot depends on ...Read more

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Santa Ana winds whip through Southern California, bringing fire concerns

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LOS ANGELES — Strong Santa Ana winds and low humidity throughout Southern California are expected to taper off by Monday, but another system will blow through the region starting Wednesday and linger for a gusty Thanksgiving morning on Thursday.

A red flag warning went into effect at 9 a.m. Sunday and will expire at 3 p.m. on Monday, which ...Read more

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60-foot waves exploded off the Pacific Coast during October's bomb cyclone

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LOS ANGELES — The bomb cyclone and atmospheric river that pummeled Northern California in late October produced exceptionally heavy rain and high winds. But it also battered the California coast with some epic ocean waves. During the storm, peak individual wave heights of as much as 60 feet were measured from Washington to California, ...Read more

National Weather Service investigating whether tornadoes touched down in several Connecticut communities

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HARTFORD, Conn. — Crews from the National Weather Service came to Branford, North Stonington and several other Connecticut communities Sunday to determine if a series of rare November tornadoes touched down in the state.

Late autumn tornadoes are extremely rare in southern New England; according to the weather service, none have been recorded...Read more

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California considers ranking heat waves after LA Times investigation into extreme heat deaths

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LOS ANGELES — California could become the first state in the nation to institute a ranking system for heat waves, much the way weather authorities categorize hurricanes, or how fire and air quality officials warn of wildfire and pollution risks.

The move, announced on the last day of the United Nations climate talks in Scotland, is intended ...Read more

Third-busiest hurricane season in history winding down

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — An active hurricane season that saw North America peppered with landfalls appears to have fizzled out early, with forecasters saying they don’t expect any more storms.

The disappearance of a potential subtropical storm in the middle of the Atlantic Friday left the ocean clear of any threats with less than three weeks...Read more

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The 2021 storm name list has been used, but subtropical storm Adria could form soon

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MIAMI — A disturbance in the Atlantic could turn into subtropical storm Adria, the 22nd named storm of the season, as soon as Thursday evening, forecasters said.

If the system becomes Adria, it would be the first to get a name this year from a supplemental list. That’s because the regular list has run its course as mid-November approaches. ...Read more

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Hurricane center eyes system with 50% chance of becoming subtropical system

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Meteorologists are once again tracking a system in the northern Atlantic with a 50% chance of becoming a subtropical system, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The system returned to the NHC’s attention with odds of development while it’s several hundred miles east-northeast of Bermuda and producing a large area ...Read more

Tropical Storm Wanda maintains its strength over the open Atlantic

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Tropical Storm Wanda, the 21st named storm of the season, is maintaining its strength as it meanders over the open waters of the north-central Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center.

As of 5 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday, Wanda had maximum wind speeds of 50 mph and was moving north-northeast at 8 mph....Read more

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Wanda becomes a tropical storm, hurricane center watching system near Central America

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Wanda became a tropical storm overnight and gained a bit more steam as it continued heading north Tuesday morning, the National Hurricane Center said. Meanwhile another system in the Caribbean lingers off the coast of Central America.

First, Wanda gained maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and its tropical-storm-force winds now ...Read more

Hurricane season makes it through alphabet with formation of Subtropical Storm Wanda

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With just a little more than a month to go, the busy 2021 Atlantic hurricane season exhausted all of the letters in its alphabet with the formation of Subtropical Storm Wanda.

The system formed late Saturday to mark the 21st named storm of the season, going through all 21 letters of the annual tropical naming system set forth by the World ...Read more

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Hurricane center watches system, moving toward warm waters, that may become tropical depression

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An Atlantic disturbance was hanging in there Friday morning retaining its potential of becoming the next tropical depression as it moves through an area ripe for for development, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The non-tropical low pressure system is a few hundred miles south-southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland, the NHC said in its...Read more

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Hurricane-force gusts batter New England, knocking out power

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The nor’easter that soaked New York battered New England with hurricane-force gusts Wednesday, upending trees and leaving more than half a million homes and businesses without power. Wind gusts of 87 miles per hour ripped through Scituate, Massachusetts, near Boston. They reached 94 mph on Martha’s Vineyard, according to the National Weather...Read more

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Hurricane center tracks Atlantic disturbance that could become tropical depression

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The National Hurricane Center has got its eye on an area of disturbance with a 40% chance of becoming the 21st named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.

A nontropical low pressure system emerged overnight 150 miles east-southeast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with gale-force winds, the NHC said in its 8 p.m. Eastern ...Read more

Will hurricane season end with a whimper? Watch La Nina, scientists warn

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TAMPA, Fla. — There hasn’t been much happening in the tropics since Hurricane Sam dissipated on Oct. 5.

This is rare for the Atlantic in October. It’s just the third time since 1995 the tropical Atlantic did not have a single active storm from Oct. 6 to Oct. 27, according to Colorado State Researcher Phil Klotzbach. It’s also great news...Read more