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Southwest Potential Record Warmth and Fire Weather Concern

A strong ridge of high pressure just offshore of southern California will again lead to very warm temperatures today as well as potential to break a number of record highs. Similar to yesterday there will be many spots in the upper 80s and even low 90s.  The flow of the wind around the high will…

15 Jan 2021, 8:00 am

Blizzard Warnings Expire Tonight

A strong storm system is bringing widespread precipitation to the North Central states and the Upper Midwest. Here is the very latest. Accumulations So Far   Snowfall totals have been in the 2" to 6" range across most of the region, with the heaviest amounts so far in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa. Set-Up The…

15 Jan 2021, 8:00 am

Rain and Snow Headed to the Northeast

As we track the ongoing winter storm in the Midwestern United States bringing the potential for blizzard conditions through today (Friday) (read more here), this system will also bring rain and snow to the northeastern United States. As the low pressure system moves over the Great Lakes, we may see some lake effect snow on…

15 Jan 2021, 7:00 am

2020 Billion Dollar Disasters: A Top NOAA Expert Weighs In

[Written by NOAA NESDIS]  From a natural disaster’s perspective, 2020 was an unprecedented year for the United States. There were 22 billion-dollar weather and climate disasters across the nation, blowing away the previous record of 16 set in 2017 and 2011. It’s estimated that all 22 disasters amounted to a total cost of $95.0 billion—the fourth-highest…

15 Jan 2021, 2:00 am

Extreme winds continue for the Great Plains

The energy from the low pressure system bringing heavy snow and blizzard conditions to the north central US is also responsible for widespread extreme wind gusts across much of the country. Wind alerts are in place from the Canadian border through south central Texas. Winds could gust higher than 60-80 mph in the High Wind…

14 Jan 2021, 10:59 am

Late-Week Storm to Bring Colder Air and Snow to the Northeast

Changes are on the way to the Northeast later this week. The same system bringing rain, snow and wind to the Central and Northern Plains pushes towards the Northeast by Friday and Saturday. Here is the latest forecast on the impacts this system will provide to the region. Set-Up Powerful upper-level energy will translate to…

14 Jan 2021, 6:00 am

Wild Ride Ahead for Northern Temperatures

Parts of the High Plains are riding a temperature roller coast this week. From Montana to Minnesota, high temperatures were above average (even record setting) to start this week. The mercury will plunge 20-30 degrees to end the week with accompanying high winds and snow. But what goes up, must come down. A potent trough…

14 Jan 2021, 5:00 am

Life-Threatening Landslide Prompts Evacuations in Oregon

Heavy rain was too much for the landscape of northwest Oregon to handle, as landslides overnight near Dodson, Oregon caused serious damage. The city is located right along the Hood River, with parts of Interstate 84 impacted in the slide. The National Weather Service in Portland, OR issued a Flash Flood Warning after "Heavy…

13 Jan 2021, 8:34 am

Drenching Rain and Heavy Snow Pummel the Northwest

A parade of storm systems will continue through the Northwest, each packed with plentiful moisture and strong winds.  Rainfall amounts over the last week has been in excess of 6", especially along the coast of Washington. This has weakened the snowpack and creates a threat for landslides (and possibly avalanches) this week, especially with a persistent…

13 Jan 2021, 7:00 am