Articles by Brian K. Sullivan

The Odds of a Hurricane-Boosting La Niña This Year Are Rising

The odds of a La Niña weather pattern this year are rising, amplifying the risk of hurricanes in the Atlantic and drought in California and South America. There’s a 55% chance that La Niña, a cooling of the equatorial Pacific, …

California to Get Drenched From Fast-Moving Atmospheric River

A fast-moving atmospheric river coming off the Pacific Ocean will drench northern and central California on Wednesday and then head for the the southern half of the state. Northwest California will likely get the worst of the storm, with as …

California May Face Major Flooding From Jan. 30: Weather Watch

The odds are rising that California and the West will be struck by a plume of moisture known as an atmospheric river from Jan. 30 to Feb. 3, the US Climate Prediction Center said in a social media post. The …

UK Braces for More Hurricane-Strength Winds From Next Atlantic Storm

Just over a day after Storm Isha started to clear, the UK is bracing for more hurricane-strength winds off the Atlantic. Jocelyn — the 10th named storm of the season to hit the UK — will rip across the north …

Climate Change, El Niño Bring T-Shirt Weather in December for Northern Hemisphere

It’s the cusp of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, but in many places from the US to Japan, it feels more like spring — and forecasters say that’s a sign of what to expect over the next couple of months, …

Western Europe Braces for Worst Storm of Season With Hurricane-Strength Wind Gusts

Western Europe is bracing for the worst storm so far this season with hurricane-strength wind gusts and rain potentially disrupting travel and causing damage to buildings. Storm Ciaran will bring heavy rain and intense winds from Spain to France and …

Hurricane Otis Makes Landfall Near Acapulco as Category 5 Storm

Hurricane Otis made landfall near the tourist hotspot of Acapulco on Mexico’s Pacific Coast as a deadly Category 5 hurricane with winds capable of collapsing homes, ripping apart power lines and tossing trees. The storm made landfall around 2:25 a.m. …

Record Heat Unleashes Deadly Floods – From US to Libya

Extreme heat is usually associated with drought and wildfires. But across five continents this year, it’s also unleashed a different kind of disaster: deadly flooding. Cities around the world have seen record rainfall 139 times in 2023. A rare hurricane-like …

Hurricane Lee to Push Unusual Cape Cod Bay Surge: Weather Watch

Hurricane Lee’s winds are dropping but its size continues to swell as it comes north toward New England and the Canadian Maritimes where the storm will bring coastal flooding and possible widespread power outages through the weekend. Lee’s top winds …

Hurricane Lee Strengthens to Category 5 Storm

Hurricane Lee has become the strongest Atlantic storm since 2019 with winds of 165 miles (266 kilometers) per hour, and the US National Hurricane Center said the Category 5 system isn’t done growing yet. While the storm is far from …