• Remembering The 1974 Super Outbreak Tornadoes [31 Photos]

    April 3-4, 1974 saw the “Super Outbreak” of tornadoes, the second largest tornado outbreak in a 24-hour period, just behind the April 2011 outbreak. It was the most violent outbreak recorded, however, with 30 F4/F5 tornadoes. In total, 148 tornadoes were confirmed in 13 states, damaging approximately 900 square miles along a combined path length of 2600 miles. 319 deaths were reported, making it one of the deadliest outbreaks also. Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and Alabama were hit the hardest. In fact, during the outbreak Indiana became the first and only state in US history to have a tornado warning cover the entire state. The outbreak ended after 18 hours at 7 AM in North Carolina on April 4. In addition to the 319 deaths, 5,484 were left injured.

  • First Time In 20 years: Great Lakes 88% Frozen [3 HQ Photos]

    NASA satellite images are showing that the Great Lakes are now 88% frozen, something not seen since 1994. The winter average since 1973 is just over 50% coverage, with 80% only reached 5 times. 2002 saw the lowest coverage on record, with just 9.5%. The first image is a natural color photo of the Great Lakes region with a false-color image following to differentiate between ice (pale blue), open water (navy), snow (blue-green), and clouds (white).  The final image is a natural color photo showing the shipping lane carved by ice breakers. Although it may not seem like it, the ice is positive for the region, with an increased water supply and good news for shipping and recreational uses. That is, if it ever thaws.

  • Indonesian Volcanic Eruption As Seen From Space

    On Friday, Mount Kelud, a volcano on Indonesia’s most populated island, Java, erupted and we shared photographs of the destruction as 100,000 people were evacuated. The ash was propelled out of the volcano more than 13 miles high. 4 deaths have now been confirmed and 56,000 people remain displaced. The eruption could be heard 125 miles away and was captured from space in these satellite photos from NASA.

  • Floods Devastate United Kingdom [32 HQ Photos]

    The United Kingdom has been hit with the wettest winter in at least 250 years. A month’s worth of rainfall is expected in just the next couple days. 56,000 homes across England and Wales are currently without power, down from 168,000 overnight, after experiencing winds in excess of 100 miles per hour. Rivers throughout southern England are at their highest recorded levels. To aid the flooded areas, 13 high-capacity pumps, with many more expected, have been brought to the Somerset Levels from the Netherlands to funnel floodwaters out to the sea.

  • The Truth About This Weekend’s Mega Snowstorm

    You may have seen 5-day to 10-day model snowfall forecast graphics shared in social media and on some websites proclaiming that an epic winter storm is on the way late this week into the weekend. It’s time to separate the forecast from the wild rumors regarding this potential upcoming storm. “@NJP1982: @nynjpaweather pic.twitter.com/qTkoiW3jYu” You know what's scary. Not unreasonable. — Steven DiMartino (@nynjpaweather) January 29, 2014 What We Know Now: Late-Week Storm It is still much too early to forecast specific snow and ice amounts in any given location. Weather.com explains: For now, Saturday’s snow appears to be a light to moderate event for parts of the East Coast, from New Jersey and the Delaware Valley into the Ohio Valley, Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes. Sunday, as the main upper-level southward dip in the jet stream, or trough, swings eastward, more snow may pivot through the East and persist in some areas through Monday. At this time, there are many critical details — the track of the surface low pressure system and the interaction of upper-level disturbances — contributing to high uncertainty with the Sunday/Monday forecast. For now, this storm does not appear to be a high-impact, crippling snowstorm, but more »

  • Is Today the Day After Tomorrow?

    The phrase of the day is “polar vortex.”  To clear up the confusion, ‘polar vortex’ is not the name of an Alaskan heavy metal band, an MLS expansion team, or the new Kim Stanley Robinson novel. No, the polar vortex is the reason you had to wear three pairs of thermal socks today. CNN’s International senior meteorologist Brandon Miller explains: The polar vortex, as it sounds, is circulation of strong, upper-level winds that normally surround the northern pole in a counterclockwise direction — a polar low-pressure system.  These winds tend to keep the bitter cold air locked in the Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere. It is not a single storm. On occasion, this vortex can become distorted and dip much farther south than you would normally find it, allowing cold air to spill southward. That’s the science behind the phenomenon.  Here’s a collection of photos: Hold up. Sorry, those photos were from the 2004 sci-fi flic The Day After Tomorrow (via IMDB.com). Here are a few eerily similar-looking photos of the effects of the polar vortex on several actual American locations:   Brrrrrrrrrrrrr

  • PlowNYC: Interactive Snow Plow Tracker

    If you live in New York City then you know that the snow has arrived. And if you need to get around a snow-covered Gotham, then the PlowNYC tool is going to be your best friend. The street map of the five boroughs will tell you the last time any street was plowed and is updated every 15 minutes. Bookmark this one, New Yorkers, you’ll need it.

  • Winter Storm Atlas Tears Through Wyoming, Montana, And South Dakota (20 Photos)

    Turn on any of the 24-hour news channels right now and you’ll find plenty of coverage on the government shutdown and the new Federal Reserve Chair, but little if any information about Winter Storm Atlas. The first storm of the 2013-14 season wreaked havoc in South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana for days and will surely have a huge impact on the region. The Weather Channel has been collecting photos from their viewers and put together an incredible gallery. We’ve got 20 of them here to raise some awareness of the storm, but you can see the rest at The Weather Channel.

  • Awe-Inspiring Photos of Destructive Superstorms [13 HQ Photos]

    Each summer since 2009 photographer Mitch Dobrowner and guide Roger Hill have driven through the Great Plains and high deserts of the United States in search of these jaw-dropping forces of nature. When they find them, Dobrowner pulls out his camera and takes breathtaking black and white photos that capture the enormity and intensity of these churning atmospheric formations.

  • 1,429 US Towns Could Be Destroyed By Rising Sea Levels [Map]

    By 2100 it is predicted that sea levels could rise by up to 23 feet. For obvious reasons even the slightest rise in levels will devastate coastal communities but anything remotely close to 23 feet could cause us to lose most of the coastal cities in the world. These are the cold hard facts from a 2011 study published in the Journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

  • 26 Trippy Cloud Formations

    Mother nature can do some crazy things. While clouds can bring destruction in the form of tornados and hurricanes they can also provide some incredible visuals.

  • The View From Inside The Middle of an EF4 Tornado

    Veteran storm chasers Brandon Ivey and Sean Casey hunted down a half-a-mile wide, 175MPH tornado in Smith County, Kansas yesterday afternoon and intentionally rode a custom tank-like Tornado Intercept Vehicle (TIV) designed by Casey directly into the middle of the storm. You may have seen Casey on the Discovery Channel series “Storm Chasers” and his “TIV” is protected by bullet proof 1/8-inch steel skin, 1.63-inches of polycarbonate glass and can withstand EF-5 tornadoes with winds of over 200 miles per hour.

  • The Deadly Moore, Oklahoma Tornado as Seen From Space [HQ Photos]

    NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument captured this first image on May 20, 2013, at 2:40 p.m. CDT, as the tornado roared along its path through Moore, Okla. MODIS is aboard one of the Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites. The agency also released this annotated version of the image from MODIS. According to NASA, “the twister touched down west of Newcastle at 2:56 p.m. and moved northeast toward Moore.

  • 45 Powerful and Shocking Photos From The Moore, Oklahoma Tornado

    On May 20th, a huge tornado, packing winds of nearly 200 mph, decimated Moore, Oklahoma, located just outside of Oklahoma City. The tornado touched down in the late afternoon and traveled for 20 miles, leaving a two-mile-wide path of destruction. As you will see from the photos the twister flattened homes, smashed vehicles, and killed dozens of people. Please donate to the Red Cross.

  • Moore, Oklahoma Tornado Live Video and Photo Stream

    A major F4 tornado (166-200 MPH) hit just outside on Oklahoma City. A town named Moore, OK look to have taken the brunt of the damage. We’ve pulled together a feed of pictures and images from the scene. This is an awful situation and Red Cross will need your support so please donate now.

  • Unbelievable Imagery From Sunday’s Tornado Outbreak [47 HQ Photos + Video]

    On Sunday at least one person was killed and 21 were injured as a massive storm front hammered the Midwest with fist-sized hail, blinding rain, and as many as 26 tornadoes. Twisters were spotted in parts of Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Illinois, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and local news reports. The day’s first tornado touched down near Wichita, Kan. at about 16:45 p.m. EDT. We’ve pulled together unbelievable video and photos of the storm and encourage you to visit the Red Cross to donate.

  • 30 Iconic HQ Photos of the Seaside Heights Roller Coaster

    The Jet Star roller coaster in Seaside Heights, NJ plunged off Casino Pier and into the ocean during Superstorm Sandy and the remnants of the coaster have become an iconic symbol of Sandy’s damage in the months since the storm struck. Over the next 48 hours workers will demolish the coaster to make way for a new pier and also bring safe swimming and surfing conditions to Seaside as the town gears up for the first summer since the Superstorm. We pulled together iconic photos of the coaster in the ocean so we remember the Superstorm. Update: there is a live video stream of the demolition. Watch it here >> Donate to the Red Cross >>

  • Six Months After Sandy

    Six months ago, Superstorm Sandy devastated the coastal areas of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut; since then, it has been judged one of the most expensive storms in history.

  • When Does Your City Typically Get It’s First 80° Day

    Are you looking forward to some time at the beach or lounging poolside? If so, you’re probably waiting for some warmer weather to arrive. Weather Channel took a look at historical data to give you an idea of when you might see your first 80- and 90-degree weather of the year. You’ll notice that in the past 10 years, the first 80s have reached the Big Apple like clockwork in a narrow window between April 7 and April 25.

  • Trippy Volcanic Lightning [6 Photos]

    Photographer Martin Rietze went on an epic adventure to Japan and caught a spectacular, once in a lifetime series of pictures of the Sakurajima Vulcano, as it spewed a hellish mix of smoke, fire, lava bombs and electrifying lightning. Rietze’s balls of steel landed one of the top honors in photography, the top photo on NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day earlier this week. 

  • Boston Logan Airport Went To Battle With The Blizzard [21 HQ Photos]

    When last week’s blizzard struck Boston Logan aArport their crews were ready for battle. Armed with Vammas, a multi-function snow removal machine with blades that are 27 feet wide and a 450 mile per hour blower located in the rear that can plow, broom and blow all at once, they were able to clear the runway area of 6 million square feet in less than one day. The airport posted the following interesting photos to Facebook showing the crew in action.

  • Photo of the Day: The Snow Covered Northeast From Space

    The northeast got walloped by Nemo this past weekend which brought accumulations of at least 30 inches to five states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York. Now we can look at the record-breaking storm’s aftermath as a whole with this stunning image shot by NASA’s Tera satellite.

  • 59 High Quality Photos of Winter Superstorm Nemo

    Winterstorm Nemo crushed Northeastern states over the last 24 hours. In New York City the powerful nor’easter dumped over a foot of snow and ruined New York Fashion Week (however, it didn’t slow the Naked Cowboy down), left the majority of Boston and surrounding areas in shambles, canceled thousands of flights and hundreds of thousands are still without power. Now that the storm has passed and people attempt to dig out we look back at photos of Nemo.

  • Photo of the Day: Powerful Nor’easter ‘Nemo’ As Seen From Space

    The U.S. East Coast is about to get romped by a massive winter storm comprised of two low pressure systems that are merging to create one large superstorm. The NOAA’s GOES-13 satellite captured this fascinating image at 9:01 a.m. EST, showing clouds associated with the western frontal system stretching from Canada through the Ohio and Tennessee valleys, into the Gulf of Mexico. The comma-shaped low pressure system located over the Atlantic, east of Virginia, is forecast to merge with the front and create a powerful nor’easter. The National Weather Service expects the merged storm to move northeast and drop between two to three feet of snow in parts of New England. See the full size image here >> Credit: NASA


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