Drought is the Watchword as Winter 2016-17 Approaches

By: Bob Henson, 5:20 PM GMT on October 20, 2016

After a year with a record number of billion-dollar flood disasters, the United States is now heading into a period where drought may be the leading concern, according to forecasters behind NOAA’s initial winter outlook for 2016-17 that was released Thursday. “The winter forecast doesn’t bode well for [many] areas around the nation experiencing drought,” said Mike Halpert, deputy director of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, in a press conference Thursday....

Drought long range winter outlook

Updated: 8:46 PM GMT on October 20, 2016

Haima Slams into Northern Philippines

By: Bob Henson, 3:57 PM GMT on October 19, 2016

Still raging at Category 4 strength, Typhoon Haima (dubbed Lawin in the Philippines) was moving into the northern Philippines on Wednesday night local time. As of 9:00 am EDT Wednesday (9:00 pm local time), Haima was located about 235 miles northeast of Manila, moving west-northwest at about 19 mph. Haima became Earth’s seventh Category 5 storm of the year on Tuesday, with top sustained winds peaking at 165 mph and a minimum central pressure estimated at 900 mb by...


Updated: 10:26 PM GMT on October 19, 2016

Global Temperature Just Short of Record in September, Says NOAA

By: Jeff Masters and Bob Henson, 10:25 PM GMT on October 18, 2016

September 2016 was Earth's second warmest September since record keeping began in 1880, said NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) on Tuesday. In the NOAA database, September 2016 came in 0.89°C (1.66°F) warmer than the 20th-century average for September, and just 0.04°C shy of the record set in September 2015. NASA reported the warmest September in its database, with September 2016 a mere 0.01°C above the previous record, set in September...

Climate Summaries

Updated: 5:54 AM GMT on October 20, 2016

Super Typhoon Haima Takes Aim on Philippines

By: Bob Henson and Jeff Masters, 4:00 PM GMT on October 18, 2016

Now an extremely dangerous Category 5 storm, Super Typhoon Haima is en route to hammer parts of the far northern Philippines that were slammed by another typhoon less than a week ago. Packing top sustained winds of 160 mph (1-minute average) on Tuesday morning, Haima was located about 450 miles east of the Philippines, moving just north of due west at about 17 mph. Haima’s power was obvious on satellite imagery Tuesday morning, with a large ring of intense thunder...

Hurricane Heat

Updated: 5:55 AM GMT on October 20, 2016

Twin Typhoons in Philippines; Nicole of the North; Hundred-Degree Heat in Plains

By: Bob Henson, 2:18 PM GMT on October 17, 2016

The northern Philippines island of Luzon may soon experience its second typhoon strike in less than a week. Typhoon Sarika rapidly intensified from tropical storm to Category 4 strength in just 30 hours before plowing across central Luzon early Sunday local time, causing widespread power outages and forcing more than 15,000 people to evacuate. At least two deaths have been attributed to Sarika, according to weather.com. Sarika is now en route to the southern Chinese...

Hurricane Heat High Wind Tornado

Updated: 10:29 PM GMT on October 17, 2016

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