National Weather Service News

Why Storm Chasers Do What They Do

The moment, almost 20 years later, remains crystal clear in the mind of Tommy Self. He was a volunteer firefighter in the tiny central Alabama town of Townley, about 10 miles west of Jasper. The department responded when an EF-5 …

Spring Forecast Warns of Severe Thunderstorms, Hail, Tornadoes

It’s again the time of year when a mix of cool air from Canada, warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico and a touch of energy off the Pacific can all wrap together to unleash storms across the U.S. …

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 …