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Man Describes His Close Encounter With A Lightning Strike

"It was nerve racking, it jolted me. I was kind-of shocked for a second. The umbrella flew out of my hand and I was kind-of disoriented and ran to my car and just tried to get out of harms way," recounts Romulus McNeill after he found himself way too close to a cloud-to-ground lightning strike.…

Aug 16, 2019
Hundreds of Thousands of Acres Spared So Far This Year in California

  The wildfire season of 2017 was heartbreaking for California, followed by another record-setting 2018 season. It was also in 2018 that we saw the largest, most destructive, and deadliest fires in recorded history burn across the northern part of the state.   So far in 2019, it has been a different story.…

Aug 16, 2019
Excessive Heat Continues in the Southwest and Gulf

In the Desert Southwest, sweltering temperatures continue into the weekend.  Triple digit heat will be widespread over the area into this weekend. Highs will be around 5 to 10 degrees above normal.   In August, the desert is typically hot.  But above normal temperatures here can really increase the risk of heat-related illnesses or death. …

Aug 16, 2019
September Outlook - Warmth for Much of the Nation

The September outlook was released on Thursday from the Climate Prediction Center, showing increased odds of warmer than normal weather across much of the nation. Only the High Plains and Black Hills are predicted to see below average temperatures for next month. Wetter than normal weather is predicted for the Northern Rockies and Upper Midwest. ;

Aug 15, 2019
Using Artificial Intelligence to Better Predict Severe Weather

[NOAA]  When forecasting weather, meteorologists use a number of models and data sources to track shapes and movements of clouds that could indicate severe storms. However, with increasingly expanding weather data sets and looming deadlines, it is nearly impossible for them to monitor all storm formations — especially smaller-scale ones — in real time. Now, there…

Aug 15, 2019
Florida Continues Soggy August

A stalled out front across the southeast has enhanced moist Gulf flow this week. Florida has seen some of the heaviest rainfall from the above average moisture funneling into the region. Flood watches remain in effect through Friday for the risk of heavy rainfall overwhelming the already saturated ground. Southwest flow off of the…

Aug 15, 2019
Severe Weather Risks in the Plains Continue Through Saturday

An active severe weather pattern continues in the Plains into this weekend. There is a risk for severe thunderstorms in the High Plains and Front Range today. The best chances for storms to develop will likely be in central Kansas where an Enhanced Risk of severe weather has been issued. There is a Slight Risk…

Aug 15, 2019
Slowest Start to Hurricane Season Since 2014

Where are the hurricanes? The season has turned much quieter after Hurricane Barry hit Louisiana in early July and the 'C' named storm has yet to form.   So far this 2019 hurricane season, there have been 2 named storms in the Atlantic basin, Barry and Andrea.   On one hand, the average date…

Aug 15, 2019
Preliminary State Record For Largest Hail In Colorado

A chunk of ice that fell from the sky Tuesday in Colorado has likely knocked a previous record right out of the way! According to the National Weather Service Office in Goodland, Kansas and the Colorado State University Climate Center, the 4.83" thick hailstone fell in Bethune, CO Tuesday and qualifies as the state's…

Aug 15, 2019

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