The 1969 Hurricane Camille Hurricane Party: It Never Happened

By: Jeff Masters, 1:08 PM GMT on March 04, 2015

On the night of August 17, 1969, Hurricane Camille roared towards the Mississippi coast with sustained winds of an incredible 175 mph. Residents all along the coast fled the wrath of this mighty Category 5 hurricane, but a few unfortunate holdouts chose to ride the storm out rather than evacuate. Legend has it that many of the 23 residents of the infamous Richelieu Manor Apartments in Pass Christian who chose to stay held a hurricane party, in defiance of the hurric...


Bitter and Balmy: Local Highlights from an Astounding February

By: Bob Henson, 4:11 PM GMT on March 02, 2015

We won’t have the full state-by-state picture of February’s U.S. climate for a few days, but the outlines are abundantly clear from city climate summaries issued on Sunday. It’s been almost 40 years since the nation has seen a month so starkly divided between a cold east and warm west. The statistics bring to mind early 1977, when snowflakes fell for the first and only time on Miami Beach’s art deco buildings while skiers in the Rockies found themselves hunt...

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Crunch Time Ahead for California Drought Relief

By: Bob Henson, 6:25 PM GMT on February 27, 2015

Californians are watching anxiously to see if a “Miracle March” or “Awesome April” salvages the worst snowpack season on record thus far in parts of the Sierra Nevada. Snow that piles up across the mountain range from autumn through spring furnishes more than 60% of the state’s water for consumer and agricultural use. Winter precipitation across California hasn’t been too far from average, but even more than usual, most of it has fallen in a relatively s...


Updated: 6:07 AM GMT on February 28, 2015

Memorable Snowfall Hits Deep South, Skirts Big Cities

By: Bob Henson, 6:48 PM GMT on February 26, 2015

A quick-moving snowstorm zipped from northeast Texas to southern Virginia in little more than 24 hours, leaving some parts of the Deep South with more snow than they’ve seen in decades. Rather than carving a deep trough in the eastern U.S., the upper-level energy that generated the snow tracked along the base of a broad pre-existing trough. This channeling of energy helped lead to a storm that had a vast extent from southwest to northeast but a narrow north-south ...

Winter Weather

Updated: 7:07 PM GMT on February 26, 2015

Are We Entering a New Period of Rapid Global Warming?

By: Bob Henson, 5:04 PM GMT on February 24, 2015

Residents of New England may understandably look back at 2015 as the year of their never-ending winter. For the planet as a whole, though, this year could stand out most for putting to rest the “hiatus”— the 15-year slowdown in atmospheric warming that gained intense scrutiny by pundits, scientists, and the public. While interesting in its own right, the hiatus garnered far more attention than it deserved as a purported sign that future global warming would be...

Climate Change

Updated: 5:36 PM GMT on February 24, 2015

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Jeff co-founded the Weather Underground in 1995 while working on his Ph.D. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990.

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