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Not All Heat Alerts Are Created Equal

While much of the country bakes in high temperatures approaching 100° and feeling much hotter, we thought we'd take a look at the various alerts that are in effect. There are three main heat alerts: Heat Advisory Excessive Heat Watch Excessive Heat Warning Basically, the excessive heat watch and warning are going to be issued…

Jul 19, 2019
170 Million Under Heat Alerts

A heat wave is sweeping the nation, bringing sizzling hot temperatures and dangerously high heat indices to millions. On Thursday, several areas saw temperatures above the century point, with Denver setting a record high at 99. Heat alerts dominate the Central and Eastern United States through the weekend. Highs will be well into the 90s, if…

Jul 19, 2019
SEVERE WEATHER: Major Severe Threat for Midwest

Severe thunderstorms and flooding rains have been occurring in the Upper Midwest and Northern Plains the last few days and more adverse weather is ahead. Large hail, damaging wind gusts, and a few tornadoes are possible again today (Friday), mainly in Minnesota and Wisconsin. As of Friday morning, the Storm Prediction Center has upgraded the…

Jul 19, 2019
Arkansas: 5th State Since 2017 to Get Record Tropical Rain

Hurricane Barry made landfall on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Louisiana. But, this is one storm that likely won't be remembered for the impacts at landfall, but instead, the effects afterwards. Like many other tropical systems in the U.S., the inland threats can be even more devastating and long lasting than those at the coastline.…

Jul 19, 2019
July El Niño update: I Think I’ll Go for a Walk

[NOAA by Emily Becker]  El Niño is hanging on by its fingernails, but forecasters predict this event will wind down within the next couple of months. It’s likely that the temperature of the tropical Pacific Ocean surface will return to near-average soon, qualifying for “ENSO-neutral” conditions. Neutral conditions are favored to remain through the fall and winter. Not…

Jul 19, 2019
Scorching Start to NFL Training Camps Coast to Coast

The heat is on, and during these dog days of summer also comes lots of outdoor activities such as your kids softball game, summer concert series, and even the beginning of NFL Training Camp. With temperatures expected to climb into the 90s and 100s across the nation, it is crucial to make sure you…

Jul 18, 2019
NASA's ARIA Team Maps California Quake Damage

[NASA's ARIA team produced this map of earthquake damage in Southern California from the recent temblors. The color variation from yellow to red indicates increasingly more significant surface change, or damage. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech, ESA] [NASA] After the recent strong earthquakes that struck near the city of Ridgecrest in Southern California, NASA scientists and engineers continue to…

Jul 18, 2019
115 MPH Wind Reported in South Dakota

Blaring winds blew through South Dakota during the wee hours of Wednesday morning. In fact a South Dakota Department of Transportation site reported a 115 mile per hour wind gust around 3 a.m. local time!   Unfortunately the excessive winds were the result of at least three injuries at a campsite. According to the National…

Jul 17, 2019
Barry Weakens, but Inland Threats Continue

Barry was downgraded to a Post-Tropical Cyclone on Monday afternoon. Although Barry no longer has tropical characteristics, the remnant system will poses a threat for heavy rainfall and flash flooding. Barry made landfall near Intracoastal City, Louisiana as a Category 1 hurricane on Saturday, July 13th. At it's strongest point, winds were near 75 mph and…

Jul 17, 2019