National Weather Service News

Better Weather May Help Firefighters Fight Massive Washington Blaze

Calmer winds and cooler temperatures helped firefighters Monday against a destructive wildfire that has burned hundreds of square miles in Washington State. The Carlton Complex of fires in north-central Washington had burned about 379 square miles, and the fire was …

Five Tornadoes Struck Illinois, Weather Service Says

The National Weather Service is now reporting five tornadoes touched down in Illinois during a storm that dumped heavy rain as it swept across the state. A weather service damage survey has confirmed modest tornadoes landed late Monday near Earlville, …

Minor Damage in Colorado From 4 Tornadoes

The National Weather Service has reported four tornadoes have been reported in northeast Colorado, but there has been no major damage. Three twisters were reported Saturday in Adams County and one in Weld County. The agency says a tornado 5 …

Tornado Touchdown Confirmed In Southeast Wyoming

A tornado touched down in a sparsely populated area of Laramie County in southeast Wyoming on Sunday, the National Weather Service has confirmed. NWS says the tornado touched down around 1 p.m. about 7 miles east of Carpenter. The agency …

Wisconsin Researchers Test Affordable Wooden Shelters

Bob Falk is frugal and a realist. The research engineer at Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wis. could have used expensive lumber, pricey nails and high-grade plywood in his tests to create an almost impenetrable tornado shelter made of wood. …

Ohio Faces Flash Flood Threat Following Rains

Flood watches were in effect across much of eastern and northern Ohio as communities recovered from several days of heavy rain and storms. The National Weather Service predicted an end to the precipitation and some falling temperatures Friday and into the …

Tornado Confirmed in Ohio, Storm Damage Cleanup Begins

Crews at Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) Valley National Park in northeastern Ohio are cleaning up from a storm that washed out trails and damaged the tracks that carry the park’s scenic railroad. Storms on Monday night also spawned a tornado that damaged …

Chances of El Nino Formation this Summer Now Exceed 65% – CPC Report

The chances have increased over the past month that the much-feared El Nino weather phenomenon, which can wreak havoc on global crops, will strike this year, the federal U.S. forecaster said Thursday. In its monthly report, the Climate Prediction Center …

Northern California Sees Tornadoes Touch Down

Several tornadoes touched down during storms in Northern California, including one twister near Sacramento that damaged a dozen homes and left a path of debris about 300 yards long. The National Weather Service says a funnel cloud touched down near …

Weather Service: Flash Flood Warning System in Oklahoma Lacking

A new report assessing last May’s tornadoes in Oklahoma says the National Weather Service needs to develop a protocol for when there are multiple severe weather events. The recommendation stems from the combination tornado and flash flooding that occurred on …