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UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, 9:08 p.m.

‘The windows exploded’: Storm death toll at 20 in the South

In South Carolina, the National Weather Service has confirmed that two tornadoes struck over the weekend, injuring one woman who was trapped in a mobile home that was damaged near …


Wisconsin agencies deleting talk of human-caused climate change from their websites

Information on the science of human-caused climate change has begun to disappear from Wisconsin state government websites.


California getting soaked with series of heavy storms

Winter’s run of snow and rain goes another round with the West as the first in a series of storms soaks much of California and icy conditions close schools in …


Montana officials warn of ice jams, flooding

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation is warning that heavy ice on waterways could break apart in some areas, possibly causing ice jams and flooding.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, 8:09 a.m.

Cold temperatures lock in ice; Portland schools closed for 3rd day

Bone-chilling temperatures greeted Portland commuters and a derailment near the Rose Quarter caused delays for those who travel by light rail. The temperature dropped into the teens in Portland overnight …


Thunder, freezing rain marks storm’s arrival in Plains

A winter storm moved into the southern Plains early Friday amid expectations that its freezing rain and sleet could cripple the region through the holiday weekend.


Vancouver’s recent snowfall in top 10 in last 100 years

Vancouver-area residents are plowing their way through one of the top 10 snow events in the past 100 years.


D.C.’s $40 million for snow removal criticized

D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser’s administration spent more than $40 million on snow removal for a single major storm last year, hiring contractors at whatever price they named and paying …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 12, 2017, 8:50 p.m.

Roof collapses at Oregon school gym; no injuries

A central Oregon district closed all its schools Thursday after a gymnasium roof collapsed at a Bend elementary. Nobody was in the gym when the roof fell at Highland Magnet …


Small tornado touches down as storm wallops California

A small tornado was whipped up as part of a powerful band of thunderstorms that moved through Northern California during the latest deluge that has downed trees, swollen rivers and …


U.S. had near record heat, costly weather disasters in 2016

With steamy nights, sticky days and torrential downpours, last year went down as one of the warmest and wildest weather years on record in the United States.


California braces for ‘once-in-10-year’ storm amid fears of flooding, avalanches, blizzards

Sierra travelers trapped by back-to-back storms that dropped more than 2 feet of snow have a brief window to pass, before the arrival of a weather system Saturday so wet …


California snowpack measures low, but big storms coming

Surveyors plunged a pole into the Sierra Nevada snowpack on Tuesday and took the first manual measurement of the wet season, finding water content was about half of normal as …


Winter storm weakens, but thousands still without power

The furious winter storm that swept into the northern Great Plains on Christmas Day weakened Tuesday, but thousands remained without power in the Dakotas and Michigan.


Dangerous wind chills puts parts of U.S. in deep freeze

Low temperatures and high winds have put the Northeastern U.S. in a deep freeze. Dangerous wind chills of 20 to 30 below in parts of the region made for some …


Dangerous wind chills, snow in Midwest; cold grips Northeast

Dangerously cold temperatures gripped the Upper Midwest in advance of a storm that’s expected to bring several inches of snow in coming days, while schools and officials in the Northeast …


Arctic just had its warmest year on record ‘by far,’ scientists report

The Arctic saw the warmest temperatures ever recorded in 2016, according to an annual report released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


Frigid air spills into Lower 48 this week, in two brutal waves

Two shots of bitter cold air blast into the Lower 48 this week. In some areas, temperatures will drop more than 30 degrees below normal with punishing wind chills well …


Messy commute as snow, freezing rain, rain move eastward

Snow, freezing rain and rain made for a messy commute and closed hundreds of schools Monday as a winter storm pushed eastward.


Trump transition team seeks details on Energy Department workers

President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team is asking Energy Department employees detailed questions about the agency’s operations and personnel, including a list of employees and contractors who attended international meetings on …


Arctic sea ice hits record monthly low for 7th time in 2016

Though this is when the Arctic is supposed to be refreezing, scientists say sea ice there hit record low levels for November. In the crucial Barents Sea, the amount of …


Extreme rainfall risks could increase under climate change, scientists warn

U.S. residents may want to start preparing for a stormier future, scientists say. According to a new study, future climate change could cause an increase in extreme precipitation events throughout …


1st U.S. offshore wind farm to begin production within days

There has been a hiccup at the nation’s first offshore wind farm as it prepares to start delivering power.


Cars line up to get into wildfire-ravaged Tennessee city

Cars, trucks and business vans lined up Friday on a curvy mountain road, waiting to enter the wildfire-ravaged city of Gatlinburg to get a first look at what remains of …


Southern plagues: Drought, flood, fire and now killer storms

Tornadoes that dropped out of the night sky killed five people in two states and injured at least a dozen more early Wednesday, adding to a seemingly biblical onslaught of …


Great Barrier Reef sees record coral deaths this year

Warming oceans this year have caused the largest die-off of corals ever recorded on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, scientists said Tuesday.


Odd pattern brings rare November tornadoes to Iowa, Nebraska

Meteorologists say warmer weather has brought unusual November weather to Iowa and Nebraska: tornadoes.


Deep South under severe weather threat through Wednesday

After weeks of punishing drought, the Deep South will get some much-needed precipitation in at least some areas this week, according to weather officials.


Svalbard sees ‘shocking’ temperatures near freezing point

The Arctic archipelago of Svalbard has seen such extreme warmth this year that the average annual temperature could end up above freezing for the first time on record, scientists said …


Otto enters Pacific after devastation, 9 dead in Costa Rica

Tropical Storm Otto killed at least nine people in Costa Rica and then headed into the Pacific Ocean Friday after making landfall as the southernmost hurricane on record to hit …