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2,200 lightning strikes light up the sky over Southern California

There’s an old saying that lightning never strikes twice, but when it strikes more than 2,000 times, it has to at least get close. Residents of Santa Barbara in Southern California were treated to a brilliant display of lightning on…

Tornadoes are wreaking havoc — and not just in 'Tornado Alley'

If it feels like you hear about tornadoes more frequently the past couple years, you’re not imagining things. Better early-storm detection — including sharper radar technology, more well-trained storm spotters, and stronger communications — is allowing meteorologists to see twisters…

We're starting to normalize extreme weather

According to forecast models, much of the contiguous U.S. is about to be hit with an unusual late winter burst of Arctic cold. Perhaps even more alarming is that we’re all getting used to such extremes, a new study warns….

Forecast warns of busy year for Tornado Alley

In 2018, for the first time since modern record keeping began in 1950, a violent (EF4-EF5) tornado didn’t touchdown anywhere in the United States. But according to a new projection by Accuweather for 2019, residents living within the infamous Tornado…

You know it's winter when it snows in the desert

It’s been a strange winter, with a polar vortex and other storm systems popping up across the country. The ice and snow even found its way to the California desert. Even Yucca Valley, which lies east of Los Angeles and…

Rare weather phenomenon triggers air-quality alerts in D.C.

Despite a steep downward trend in the number of days with poor air quality over the last several years, residents of Washington, D.C., and Baltimore awoke Feb. 4 to thick haze and warnings about unhealthy levels of air pollution. As…

Magnetic north shifting by 30 miles a year, might signal pole reversal

Whenever you hold a compass, the needle points to magnetic north near the North Pole. For centuries, magnetic north has led navigators and explorers around the world. But the magnetic north pole is currently shifting at a faster rate than…

What is a frost quake?

If you hear the ground booming and rattling during a cold snap, don’t worry. It’s probably just a frost quake. The name may sound like what happens when an ice dragon lands on the ground during an episode of “Game…

What is a snow squall?

One minute it’s sunny — albeit frigid — outside and the next you can’t even see two feet in front of you due to strong winds blowing snow every which way. And then, just as quickly as it arrived, the…

Record melt uncovers Arctic landscapes trapped in ice for 40,000 years

For the first time in more than 40,000 years, blue skies and sunshine once more grace Arctic landscapes previously entombed under thick ice caps. In a new study published in the journal Nature Communications, researchers from the University of Colorado’s…