Earth's 5th Deadliest Heat Wave in Recorded History Kills 1,826 in India

By: Jeff Masters, 12:34 PM GMT on May 29, 2015

The death toll from India's horrid May heat wave has risen to 1,826, making this year's heat wave the second deadliest in India's recorded history--and the fifth deadliest in world history. According to statistics from EM-DAT, the International Disaster Database, India's only deadlier heat wave was in 1998, when 2,541 died. With over 400 deaths recorded in just the past day and the heat expected to continue over India for another week, the 1998 death toll could well...

Heat Climate Change

Updated: 3:12 PM GMT on May 29, 2015

Tropical Storm Andres Forms in the Northeast Pacific; Not a Threat to Mexico

By: Jeff Masters, 2:43 PM GMT on May 28, 2015

The Northeast Pacific's first named storm of 2015 is here. Tropical Storm Andres formed at 11 am EDT on Thursday, in the waters about 690 miles southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico. The first named storm of the Northeast Pacific hurricane season usually forms by June 10, so we are nearly two weeks ahead of climatology. According to the database of Eastern Pacific storms maintained by NOAA's Office for Coastal Management, the formation of a tropical storm in May in the Ea...

Hurricane

Updated: 6:56 PM GMT on May 28, 2015

Active Atlantic Hurricane Period That Began in 1995 May be Over: NOAA

By: Jeff Masters, 5:14 PM GMT on May 27, 2015

It should be another quiet Atlantic hurricane season in 2015, and the active hurricane pattern that began in 1995 may now be over, said NOAA in their May 27 seasonal hurricane forecast. They give a 70% chance of a below-normal season, a 20% chance of a near-normal season, and only a 10% chance of an above-normal season. They predict a 70% chance that there will be 6 - 11 named storms, 3 - 6 hurricanes, and 0 - 2 major hurricanes, with an Accumulated Cyclone Energy ...

Hurricane

Updated: 7:36 PM GMT on May 27, 2015

Epic Rains, Disastrous Floods Plague Texas, Oklahoma

By: Bob Henson, 2:24 PM GMT on May 26, 2015

Water cascaded through the streets, creeks, and bayous of downtown Austin and Houston on Monday as an upper-level storm inched its way across the southern Great Plains. Slow-moving thunderstorms dumped 6” to 8” across the western Houston metro area between 8:00 and 11:00 p.m., and heavy rains continued well past midnight across much of the south and west metro area, bringing some totals as high as 10+”. Though the Houston flooding came well short of that in 20...

Flood Tornado Drought

Updated: 5:20 PM GMT on May 26, 2015

Summer Weather Watch: Keep an Eye on These Five Possibilities

By: Bob Henson, 4:57 PM GMT on May 22, 2015

It’s Memorial Day weekend, the traditional start of the U.S. summer season, and millions are wondering what kind of weather the next three months will bring. Seasonal predictions have their limits any time of year, and that’s especially true in summer, when upper-level winds are weaker and local influences play a larger role. Moreover, the largest single influence on year-to-year climate variability--the El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO)--is often at low ebb ...

Long-Range Summer Outlook

Updated: 5:00 PM GMT on May 22, 2015

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