The severe weather event that ripped through the Far North on Wednesday and damaged more than 20 houses was likely not a tornado, according to a weather forecaster. On Wednesday, more than 20 houses were damaged by a devastating weather system that ripped through parts of the Far North, including Coopers Beach. Tornado rips through far North Another blast of heavy rain, thunderstorms, hail incoming New Zealand's tornado threat: What to do if another one strikes Social media was inundated with pictures of the destruction with residents saying it had been caused by a tornado. But one weather forecaster says it may not have been a tornado, but simply strong gusts of "unidirectional" wind that rattled the community. The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) forecaster Chris Brandolino told The AM Show there are several "special ingredients" that made a tornado, and from what he had seen of Wednesday's event, they weren't all in the mix. "Looking at the way the … [Read more...] about Tornado not to blame for destruction in Northland
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Doyle Rice USA TODAY Published 12:17 PM EDT May 17, 2019 A Blue Moon is coming this weekend. And it's not the craft beer nor Amazon's new spaceship, both of which have appropriated the name. No, its just a full moon with a colorful nickname. And here's the scoop on where that name came from and what it means: Most seasons have three full moons. But once in a while, a season — like spring of this year — will have four full moons. And it's the third of those four that's called a blue moon. The actual moment the moon will be full is Saturday at 5:11 p.m. ET, according to Space.com. The more common definition of a "blue moon" is the second full moon in one calendar month, though some astronomy purists sniff at that definition, which is technically incorrect. Even the venerable publication Sky & Telescope — in which the original "mistake" was made decades ago — said that "the second-full-moon-in-a-month (mis)interpretation is … [Read more...] about Blue moon 2019: This month’s full moon is Saturday
Severe weather has struck parts of the southern United States, with apparent tornadoes causing damage in Texas and Louisiana. CBS News has confirmed five weather-related deaths in the two states. The National Weather Service has issued tornado and severe thunderstorm watches for large portions of Louisiana and Mississippi as the storm moves east. "Severe thunderstorms capable of damaging winds, large hail, and a few tornadoes will be likely Thursday into Thursday night over the Deep South and northern Gulf Coast," the service said.Three people -- a mother and her two children -- died in Erath County, Texas, early on Wednesday when their car was swept away by what The Associated Press reported was flash flooding. Two people are also confirmed dead in the Louisiana city of Ruston after a tree fell on a home. As of Wednesday morning, there were more than 15,000 power outages in Louisiana and more than 2,700 in Texas. According to Accuweather, heavy rain hit parts of … [Read more...] about 5 dead as severe weather rips through southern U.S.
Doug Stanglin USA TODAY Published 12:30 PM EDT Apr 6, 2019 Back-to-back storms threatens a round of severe weather, high winds, possible tornadoes and even blizzard conditions into midweek in some sections as warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico clashes with colder, dryer air rolling in from the northwest in the nation's midsection. If the initial storm this weekend grabs enough moisture, it could spread wind-driven rain and several inches of snow eastward across the North Central states, AccuWeather reports. "The speed of the arrival of Gulf moisture may be a key player in the extent and nature of severe thunderstorms such as determining whether straight-line wind gusts versus tornadoes are more likely," says AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski. The storm could even dump enough rain over parts of the central Plains in portions of Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois to aggravate recent severe flooding. For Saturday, the National Weather … [Read more...] about Weather forecast: Back-to-back storms threaten US mid-sections, south
Doyle Rice and Trevor Hughes USA TODAY Published 7:08 AM EDT Mar 14, 2019 DENVER – National Guard troops were using specialized vehicles to rescue stranded drivers in Colorado as a powerful "bomb cyclone" was expected to continue its march Thursday, unleashing heavy rain and snow on the Midwest plains. The storm, which blasted a mix of snow, rain and wind across the central United States on Wednesday, was blamed for a crash that killed a Colorado State Patrol trooper. More than 1,300 flights had been canceled at Denver International Airport, where a wind gust of 80 mph was reported Wednesday morning. All runways at the airport were closed around early afternoon and remained closed into Wednesday evening. About 3,000 flights were canceled across the nation, according to flightaware.com. Late Wednesday, about 111,000 Denver-area residents were without power, down from 246,000 in the afternoon. Interstates … [Read more...] about Winter weather forecast: ‘Bomb cyclone’ hits US with snow, winds