Tag: National Weather Service

The Arctic Plunge: From Feeling Like 92 to Freezing in a Day

In the United States in 2019, it often seems there is little that can be agreed upon. But from the borderlands of Texas, up through the Plains and Midwest and over the Appalachians to the East Coast, there was one thought shared by millions of Americans on Tuesday: Gosh, it’s cold out. And, they were […]

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How Cold Is It? Arctic Blast and Snow Send U.S. Into Deep Freeze

The Arctic blast that descended this week on a swath of the country stretching from the Rocky Mountains to New England continued Tuesday, bringing record-breaking low temperatures, snowfall in some Northeast areas and school closings in the Mid-South. Record cold continued to spread from the Plains toward the East Coast, the National Weather Service Prediction […]

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Winter Arrives Early, Possibly Bringing Snow

Weather: Rain in the morning, with possible snow in the afternoon and gusty winds. Temperatures will plunge to the 30s by the afternoon and the mid-20s overnight. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Thanksgiving (Nov. 28). ImageCredit…Mike Segar/Reuters Winter is still more than a month away, but New Yorkers are in for a cold snap this […]

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75% of the country will experience record-breaking freezing temperatures

Roughly 75% of the US will experience freezing temperatures this week as an Arctic blast hits two thirds of the country. Over 55 million people are under winter warnings, watches and advisories. By Tuesday night, record-breaking low temperatures are expected across the country as the cold front moves off the eastern seaboard. As many as […]

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Arctic Blast to Send Eastern U.S. Into Deep Freeze

An Arctic blast descended Monday on a swath of the country stretching from the Rocky Mountains to New England, bringing snow and ice that left at least four dead, including an 8-year-old girl in Kansas. The air mass, which led to more than a thousand flight cancellations, is expected to break more than 150 daily-temperature […]

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Hurricane Tweet That Angered Trump Wasn’t About Trump, Forecasters Say

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — When officials at a government weather forecasting office assured Alabama residents that a September hurricane would not hit their state, they did not intend to contradict President Trump’s insistence that it would, according to newly disclosed documents. Instead, […]

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California Fires Live Updates: Homes Burn in San Bernardino

Here’s what you need to know: Video A new fire broke out in Southern California, where powerful winds threatened to worsen conditions. In Northern California, the Kincade fire is now 45 percent contained.CreditCredit…Kyle Grillot for The New York Times Evacuations were ordered in the middle of the night in San Bernardino. Multiple homes were burning […]

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California Fires Live Updates: Santa Ana Winds Raise Threat

Here’s what you need to know: Video A forecast of powerful winds and low humidity was expected to worsen conditions for the fires that are burning in Northern and Southern California.CreditCredit…Eric Thayer for The New York Times Strong winds could drive ‘extreme fire behavior’ in Southern California. California was facing the worst kind of weather […]

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California Fires Live Updates: Strong Winds May Expand Blazes

Here’s what you need to know: ImageA firefighter tried to protect a home from the Kincade fire in Windsor, Calif.Credit…Max Whittaker for The New York Times Blazes are challenging firefighters across California. The worst kind of weather for wildfires — strong, gusty winds and very low humidity — will return on Tuesday after a relative […]

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The Kincade Fire in Pictures

High winds in Sonoma County, in Northern California, on Sunday prompted hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate as the Kincade Fire continued to rage through the area. New York Times photographers have been documenting the destruction caused by the fire and the fight to contain it. [For the latest on the Kincade Fire, read […]

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Tornado Leaves Trail of Damage in Dallas and Cuts Power to Thousands

A tornado barreled through the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex on Sunday night, obliterating concrete buildings, a big rig and utility poles in a wide path of destruction and leaving tens of thousands of people without power. The National Weather Service said at 10:27 p.m. local time that there was visual confirmation of the tornado north of […]

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Tropical Storm Nestor Leaves Path of Damage in Florida Panhandle

Tropical Storm Nestor spawned a string of tornadoes that damaged homes, uprooted trees and overturned vehicles as it moved inland over the Florida Panhandle from the Gulf of Mexico on Friday before it was expected to head to the North Carolina coast, forecasters said. The outer bands of the tropical storm wreaked havoc in Florida […]

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Bracing for Fire Season in California

Oakland, Calif. — There’s an unsettling quality to the weather during fire season in California, a frantic fluctuation from drizzle to blue skies to the dry gusty winds that transform small fires into big ones. It’s been a mild year so far. But in the wake of last year’s particularly destructive season the entire state […]

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40 Inches of Snow in Montana: ‘It’s a February Storm in September’

HELENA, Mont. — A powerful winter storm socked much of Montana with a wave of heavy snowfall on Sunday, with weekend totals climbing to 40 inches in some places, and breaking century-long daily records. Never mind that it has only just turned to fall. Gov. Steve Bullock declared a winter emergency as cars skidded off […]

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Why Doesn’t It Feel Like Fall Yet in N.Y.C.?

Weather: Sunny with showers possible in the afternoon. Expect highs in the low 80s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Monday (Rosh Hashana). ImageCreditAli Kate Cherkis for The New York Times On Monday, the first day of fall, temperatures reached the high 80s. Since then, it has gotten cooler — and yet it still does not […]

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Weather Radars Reveal an 80 Percent Chance of … Dragonflies?

If it seems that bugs are buzzing around more often and in greater numbers lately — whether swarms of ladybugs over California or hoverflies streaming in and out of England by the billions — it may simply be that radar technology is getting more efficient. On Monday, Doug Kahn, a meteorologist at the National Weather […]

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All Was Quiet at the Birmingham Weather Office. Until a Trump Forecast Brought a Storm.

CALERA, Ala. — It had been a sleepy Sunday morning in the National Weather Service’s office outside of Birmingham. The hot temperatures in the forecast were not out of the ordinary for the waning days of summer. There was a faraway tropical storm that the office was keeping an eye on — one with the […]

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Trump’s Dorian Tweet Whips Up a Fight Over a Science Powerhouse

SILVER SPRING, Md. — On Friday morning in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., government scientists in khakis and sensible shoes bustled to work — beneath a towering bronze sculpture of a hand releasing seabirds — heading for a small scientific agency caught up in a political mess triggered by President Trump’s tweet about Hurricane Dorian. […]

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Sharpiegate: Democrats Launch Probe Into Whether Team Trump Worked to Muddy Hurricane Facts

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) at a campaign event in Dallas, July 2019. The head of the House science committee has launched an investigation related to Sharpiegate.Photo: Tony Gutierrez (Associated Press) Donald Trump wouldn’t let Sharpiegate go when he kept insisting that Alabama was too in grave danger from Hurricane Dorian, and now, neither will […]

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White House Pressed Agency to Repudiate Weather Forecasters Who Contradicted Trump

WASHINGTON — The White House was directly involved in pressing a federal scientific agency to repudiate the weather forecasters who contradicted President Trump’s claim that Hurricane Dorian would probably strike Alabama, according to several people familiar with the events. Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, told Wilbur Ross, the commerce secretary, to […]

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