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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…

Why this polar vortex is so dangerous

A “generational” polar vortex of near-unprecedented crippling cold is set to descend upon the Midwest and Great Lakes Region this week. Unlike previous bursts of bone-chilling Arctic air, this particular mass will be fueled by strong winds, dropping wind chill…

Chicago will be colder than Antarctica this week

As the polar vortex leaves its mark across most of the U.S. with temperatures expected to dip to new record lows, Chicago will be one of the coldest areas with temperatures expected to be dip to new record lows. TThe…

Runaway boats crash into bridges and riverbanks on the Hudson River

[embedded content] Eight vessels barreled down the Hudson River in New York after large chunks of ice caused them to break away from their moorings. The incident on Jan. 25 sent ships, barges, platforms and more crashing into a couple…