Brazil, California Face Specter of Worsening Drought

By: Bob Henson, 9:35 PM GMT on January 30, 2015

January has not been kind to two parched corners of the Americas. A large chunk of California’s San Francisco Bay area is wrapping up the month with no measurable rainfall, a first for January since records began--all the way back to 1850 in the case of downtown San Francisco. This week’s U.S. Drought Monitor dataset shows 77.5% of California in the worst two categories of drought (extreme and exceptional), compared to 67.1% at this point last year. There is sti...


Updated: 9:56 PM GMT on January 30, 2015

What Do the Latest Climate Assessments Tell Us about Nor’easters?

By: Bob Henson, 4:00 PM GMT on January 29, 2015

An ever-lengthening procession of winter storms has marched across the mid-Atlantic and Northeast over the last few years. Even their names have grown more prolific and colorful, from Snowmaggedon of January 2010 to this week’s Blizzard of 2015, also known as Winter Storm Juno. Do these monikers imply the storms themselves are getting more fierce? The naming trend can be explained largely by the demands of social media. However, recent overviews of national and gl...

Nor'Easter winter weather Climate Change

Updated: 4:13 PM GMT on January 29, 2015

Blizzard of 2015 Brings 2 - 3' of Snow and Questions About Forecast Accuracy

By: Bob Henson and Jeff Masters, 4:02 PM GMT on January 28, 2015

The snows from the Blizzard of 2015 have finally ended over most of New England, leaving some truly historic snowfall totals. The biggest snows hit Central Massachusetts, with three feet measured at Auburn, Hudson, and Lunenburg. More than two feet of snow fell across five other states, with 33.2" at Nashua, NH; 30" at Orient, NY; 28.5" at Burrillville, RI; 31.5" at Sanford, ME; and 34.1" at Winthrop, CT. Some superlatives for stations with a long period of snow rec...

Winter Weather

Updated: 11:51 PM GMT on January 28, 2015

Historic Blizzard Rips across New England; New York City Largely Spared

By: Jeff Masters and Bob Henson, 4:46 PM GMT on January 27, 2015

Although the New York City metropolitan area was largely spared, the Blizzard of 2015 is pulling no punches this morning across much of eastern New England. Some locations in Massachusetts have already topped two feet of snow, with heavy snowbands still pounding the Boston metropolitan area and Cape Cod, extending northeast into coastal Maine. Although the heaviest snow will exit New England later this afternoon, lighter snow could persist into tonight in some areas...

Winter Weather Juno Blizzard

Updated: 7:18 PM GMT on January 27, 2015

Historic Nor’Easter to Wallop New York, New England

By: Jeff Masters and Bob Henson, 4:22 PM GMT on January 26, 2015

Observations and model output over the last few hours continue to point toward a snowstorm/blizzard tonight and Tuesday that will affect tens of millions of Northeasterners with potential record snowfall, extremely high winds, and significant coastal flooding. Snow was quickly developing on Monday morning across the New York metro area and southern New England. Below is a summary of the potential impacts from this major weather event. We will provide frequent update...

Winter Weather Blizzard Juno

Updated: 4:39 PM GMT on January 26, 2015

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