National Weather Service News

New York City Blizzard Proves Dud as Weather Forecasters Miss Mark

Reopen Broadway, start up the trains, get the commuters back on the road. The great New York City blizzard of ’15 was a bust. Not that there was no snow — Manhattan’s Central Park had 7.9 inches (20 centimeters) as …

Small Tornado in Washington Confirmed by Weather Service

The National Weather Service confirms it was a small tornado that knocked down some trees and blew around loose objects Sunday afternoon at Gig Harbor in Washington. A Weather Service survey team determined the tornado was on the ground for …

Meteorologists Look to Improve Alabama’s Weather Warnings

When it comes to weather in Alabama, no matter what time of year, there’s just one thing to do: “Prepare for it to be bad.” That’s according to Kevin Laws, the science and operations officer at the National Weather Service …

Weather Service: Fewest Tornadoes on Record in Oklahoma in 2014

Just 16 tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma in 2014, which the National Weather Service says is the fewest on record. Oklahoma state climatologist Gary McManus says a combination of factors led to the relative lack of tornadoes, The Oklahoman reported. …

Weather Service to Deem Tornado-Torn Arkansas County ‘Storm Ready’

The National Weather Service says it will recognize Faulkner County in Arkansas as a “StormReady” community next week. Forecasters said that with the deaths in last April’s tornado at Mayflower and Vilonia, the county now ranks fourth in tornado fatalities …

Chance of El Nino Rises to 65% for Winter, Spring

The U.S. weather forecaster on Thursday projected a 65 percent chance of El Nino conditions during the Northern Hemisphere winter and into spring, up from a 58 percent chance predicted early in November. The Climate Prediction Center, an agency of …

Heavy Rain, Potential Flooding Could Come From California Storm

A Pacific storm will dump heavy rains across drought-stricken Southern and Central California, threatening the area with mudslides and floods. The storm will also leave snow across the Sierra Nevada mountains that may provide a start toward recharging the region’s …

N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Wants State to Have Best Weather Monitoring System

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants New York to create the nation’s best weather monitoring system, one more robust than even the National Weather Service and more capable of predicting events like the snowstorm that buried parts of the Buffalo area under …

Buffalo, N.Y.-Area Residents Urged to Prepare for Flooding

Buffalo, New York, is making significant progress clearing streets still clogged from an epic storm left more than 7 feet of snow even as a flooding threat looms, the city’s mayor said Sunday. A ban on driving will continue in …

More Snow Threatening for Western New York as Flooding Risk

Lake-effect snow that killed six people and halted travel across western New York may reach as high as 7 feet in some areas before stopping tomorrow, when temperatures will start to rise along with the risk of flooding. At least …