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Tropical Storm Cristina May Become Hurricane

Tropical Storm Cristina will transform into a hurricane by Thursday, say forecasters. The storm formed late Monday 115 miles off the Pacific coast of Mexico and as of 2:00 AM EST was moving west. Thus far, the storm has only …

Delray Beach Flooding: I-95 Shut Down, Lives Lost Delray Beach Flooding: I-95 Shut Down, Lives Lost

Southern Florida laid under more than a foot of rainwater earlier today due to a flash flood that washed out homes and streets– and also took two lives. A Florida newspaper tells us of how schools and a large section …

Polar Vortex: Harbinger of Coldness Polar Vortex: Harbinger of Coldness
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With a polar vortex gripping the northern and central regions of the country, the National Weather Service warns that “life-threatening wind chill” is something to be taken seriously, as parts of the U.S. brace for temperature lows not seen in …

California Drought: The Driest in Over 130 Years California Drought: The Driest in Over 130 Years
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Though it hasn’t officially been declared, parts of California are in a drought. According to Yahoo News, downtown Los Angeles only received 3.60 inches of rain since January 1, 2013. A normal year would bring 15 inches. This makes 2013 …

Killer Thanksgiving Storm Isis Threatens Travel Killer Thanksgiving Storm Isis Threatens Travel

The western side of the United States is dealing with an intense storm by the name of Isis, and the southern and eastern parts of the country are sure to have their turn with it soon. According to the Associated …

Rare Tornado Strikes Hard in Western Washington Rare Tornado Strikes Hard in Western Washington

After extensive review, the National Weather Service has confirmed that the wind damage imposed on Western Washington was the work of a vicious, rare tornado. Several industrial buildings and commercial structures south of Seattle were damaged. The ‘early winter storm’ …

1,000 Flights Canceled as Snow Blankets Chicago 1,000 Flights Canceled as Snow Blankets Chicago

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that over 1,000 Chicago-area flights have been cancelled. More than 850 flights out of Chicago O’Hare International have been cancelled and Midway Airport has cancelled at least 230 flights. The cancellations come as a winter …

Nemo Blizzard To Blanket the Northeast in Snow Nemo Blizzard To Blanket the Northeast in Snow

Forecasts for a potentially “historic” winter storm in New England have not improved since yesterday’s winter storm and blizzard watches. More severe warnings have been issued for a wider swath of the Northeast, including New York City. The U.S. National …

New England Blizzard Could Potentially be “Historic” New England Blizzard Could Potentially be “Historic”

The U.S. National Weather Service is warning residents of New England that a coming winter storm could be a record-breaker. The storm will hit the Northeast and New England sometime on Friday and continue into Saturday. The storm will bring …

Severe Weather Alerts To Be Sent Via Text Soon Severe Weather Alerts To Be Sent Via Text Soon

A little over a week ago we brought you news that the iOS 6 beta included the option to turn certain kinds of government issued alerts on and off. There were two basic kinds of alerts that you could receive: …

Tornado Bludgeons San Antonio, Texas Tornado Bludgeons San Antonio, Texas

A tornado southwest of San Antonio caused considerable damage and flooding across the region. The flooding was caused by a line of thunderstorms that shadowed the fierce cone of destruction. The natural disaster touched down late Monday about 25 miles …

National Weather Service Asks For Twitter Storm Reports
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It seems that a lot of government scientists are betting people will turn to Twitter when Mother Nature lets loose.  Earlier, we wrote about the USGS’s Twitter Earthquake Detector, and it turns out that the National Weather Service has cooked up something similar for storms.