National Weather Service News

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 …

Weather Service in Oklahoma Runs Social Media ‘Tornado Drill’

Melody Holeman has no TV and lives in such a rural part of the Oklahoma Panhandle that she can’t even pick up a signal on the weather radio that the Red Cross gave her. When powerful storms barrel through the …

Kansas Researcher Seeks Clue to Some Tornadoes’ Paths

Weather officials in Kansas will be watching major thunderstorms this year for a clue about wind speeds that may help indicate the path of potential tornadoes. The research stems from tornadoes last year in Kansas and Oklahoma that baffled weather …

National Weather Service Warns Accuracy of Forecasts in Danger Over Damaged Buoys

The National Weather Service is set to start repairing 70 towering buoys used to track El Nino and La Nina patterns, whose damage has led scientists to warn the accuracy of forecasts is in danger. The Tropical Atmospheric Ocean Array, …

Worries Mount Over Winter Wildfire Season Not Soon to End

A winter wildfire season offers some unique challenges for firefighters like Mike Lopez. Lopez is president of CDF Firefighters, which represents the employees of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire as it’s best known. Lopez has …

New Assessment: At Least 15 Tornadoes Hit Illinois

New damage assessments from the National Weather Service show that at least 15 tornadoes hit Illinois during the outbreak of violent storms on Nov. 17. Central parts of the state had the most with seven twisters, including one that hit Washington. …

Study Suggests Topography Can Strengthen Tornadoes

The Georgia town of Trenton seems to fit the model. Two people died there about a block from each other. Ringgold, Ga., does, too. Death toll there: 8. In both cases, National Weather Service maps that tracked the April 27, …

Weather to Raise California Fire Danger

Forecasters are warning of an onset of gusty, dry conditions that will dramatically raise fire danger in large swaths of California as surface high pressure builds into the Pacific Northwest. In Southern California, the National Weather Service has predicted a …

Flood Weary New Mexico Keeps Eyes On Rivers, Dams

Forecasters says there’s a potential for flash flooding and river flooding as more rainfall is expected across much of northern and central New Mexico well into late this week. The National Weather Service says the potential for flooding is strongest …