Australia Braces for Debbie; Localized Tornado Outbreak Possible Sunday in TX/OK

By: Jeff Masters and Bob Henson, 5:17 PM GMT on March 26, 2017

Northeast Australia’s Queensland coast is bracing for the arrival of Tropical Cyclone Debbie, which intensified into a Category 1 storm with 80 mph winds on Sunday morning. Debbie is headed west-southwest at about 4 mph, and is expected to make landfall on Tuesday morning local time (Monday evening in the U.S.) The storm has quite favorable conditions for intensification, with light wind shear and warm ocean temperatures of 29 - 30°C (84 - 86°F.) However, satell...

Hurricane Tornado Severe Weather

Weird Coastal El Nino Clobbers Peru: 80 Killed, $1.4 Billion in Damage

By: Bob Henson and Jeff Masters, 6:00 PM GMT on March 24, 2017

The world’s costliest flood disaster of 2017 is still unfolding across parts of coastal Peru, where extreme rainfall atop normally dry terrain has led to episodes of major flooding over the last few weeks. More than 110,000 people have been displaced by flooding since December, according to Reuters, and more than 80 deaths have been reported.

The death toll makes the floods of 2017 Peru’s deadliest floods since 2009 - 2010, when 158 people died in flo...

El Niño Flood

Updated: 10:43 PM GMT on March 24, 2017

A Prolonged Series of Severe Threats—But How Severe?

By: Bob Henson, 4:36 PM GMT on March 23, 2017

As storm systems sweep across the country over the next week in classic late-March fashion, we can expect near-daily doses of severe weather over parts of the south-central and southeast United States. A parade of moderately strong upper-level lows will be pulling in a steady stream of warm and moderately moist air from the Gulf of Mexico. Most of the resulting severe weather will plow through the regions most favored for stormy conditions in early spring, from Texa...

Severe Weather

Updated: 4:41 PM GMT on March 23, 2017

It’s Time to Give Air Quality the Attention It Deserves

By: Bob Henson, 3:20 PM GMT on March 22, 2017

Each day of every year, a quiet disaster unfolds in households and hospitals across the world. More than 10,000 lives are lost worldwide every 24 hours as a direct or indirect consequence of poor air quality. Bad air takes its toll quietly, with no need for the oversized drama of a hurricane or tornado. Sometimes air quality becomes so dangerous that it can’t be ignored. Much of the time, though, dangerous air goes about its dirty work with little attention from p...

Air and Water Pollution Wunderground News

Updated: 3:34 PM GMT on March 22, 2017

The Extreme Temperature Index: Identifying Which Records are Most Significant

By: Guy Walton, 4:16 PM GMT on March 21, 2017

Our guest author today on Category 6 is Guy Walton, an independent meteorologist in Atlanta who spent more than 30 years as a forecaster at The Weather Channel. For more than a decade, Guy has kept detailed records on U.S. daily, monthly, and all-time record high and low temperatures across the United States. His efforts helped lead to NOAA’s establishment of its U.S. Records site. In 2009, Guy coauthored a high-profile paper in Geophysical Research Letters with l...

Heat Extreme Weather

Updated: 4:34 PM GMT on March 21, 2017


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Cat 6 lead authors: WU cofounder Dr. Jeff Masters (right), who flew w/NOAA Hurricane Hunters 1986-1990, & WU meteorologist Bob Henson, @bhensonweather

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