Five Weathercasters Who Made History

By: Bob Henson, 5:05 PM GMT on February 05, 2016

Happy National Weatherperson’s Day! This American holiday takes place each year on February 5, the birthdate of John Jeffries (1745-1819). Jeffries was a military surgeon during the American Revolution, and later the family physician to future President John Adams, but he gained his greatest meteorological fame by taking observations from a hot-air balloon above London.

To salute the occasion, I thought I’d spotlight a tiny sample of the hundreds of ...

TV Weather Broadcast Meteorology

Updated: 7:16 PM GMT on February 05, 2016

Absurd January Warmth in Arctic Brings Record-Low Sea Ice Extent

By: Bob Henson, 7:23 PM GMT on February 04, 2016

This winter’s freezing season in the Arctic is falling short. The extent of Arctic sea ice this week is hovering near record-low values for early February, based on observations that extend back to the start of satellite monitoring in 1979. Data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) shows that last month had the lowest overall Arctic sea ice extent of any January in the satellite record (Figure 1). As detailed in an NSIDC report on Thursday, the total...

Arctic Climate Change

Updated: 12:04 AM GMT on February 05, 2016

Groundhog Says: Early Spring! Plus: a Groundhog Day Tornado Outbreak?

By: Jeff Masters and Bob Henson, 5:02 PM GMT on February 02, 2016

In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, home of the world's most famous prognosticating rodent, Punxsutawney Phil, gloomy clouds prevailed at sunrise on Tuesday morning, preventing Punxsutawney Phil from seeing his shadow. His fearless prognostication for the remainder of winter, as presented as his official groundhog.org web site, looks like this, then:

“Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Hear Ye
Now, this Second Day of February, Two Thousand and Sixteen, the One Hundred a...

Winter Weather Severe Weather

Updated: 6:53 PM GMT on February 02, 2016

Blizzard Sweeping into Central States; A Cold February in Store?

By: Bob Henson, 6:05 PM GMT on February 01, 2016

In the state of Iowa, Monday night looks to be a wild one both politically and meteorologically. The first-in-the-nation 2016 presidential caucuses are scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm CST, just as a powerful winter storm begins to roll into the state. Blizzard warnings are out from eastern Nebraska into northwest Iowa from very early Tuesday morning into Wednesday. The onslaught is part of a sprawling, energetic winter storm that crashed ashore in Southern California ...

Winter Weather Blizzard Extreme Weather

Updated: 6:17 PM GMT on February 01, 2016

How Much Will El Niño Help to Quench California’s Grinding Drought?

By: Bob Henson and Jeff Masters, 10:46 PM GMT on January 29, 2016

With hillsides greening up fast, and chunks of coastline falling into the sea, it’s obvious that generous rains (and mountain snows) have returned to large parts of California this winter. But it remains an open question exactly how much this winter will help the state recover from a brutal four years of drought.

We can thank El Niño for the moisture return. One of the three strongest El Niño events since reliable records began in 1950 is still keepi...

El Niño Drought

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