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Weather agency spared from furloughs after rash of tornadoes

Forecasters at the National Weather Service (NWS) will not be forced to take furloughs during the summer hurricane season following the recent destruction caused by tornadoes in Oklahoma, CNN reported on Saturday. The NWS was part of the initial plan by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to impose…

WATCH LIVE: Oklahoma City under tornado warning

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is currently bracing for a possible tornado impact, KFOR-TV reported on Friday. NBC News reported that a tornado was spotted in Canadian County early Friday evening. Weather forecasters predict several “supercell” thunderstorms will hit the state. Update, 8:17 p.m. EST: The Associated Press reported that the National…

Upstate New York pelted with 3 feet of snow

New York state’s Adriondacks region was recovering on Monday after a storm dumped 3 feet of snow into the area over the weekend, the Associated Press reported. A spokesperson for the Whiteface Mountain ski resort told the AP the 5,000-foot tall mountain was covered in powder following the deluge, which…

Massive winter storm blankets central United States

A massive winter storm blanketed much of the central United States Thursday, dumping heavy snow, sleet and freezing rain, and even prompting tornado warnings with its high winds. Tens of millions of people in 24 states were expected to be affected by the storm before it peters out when it…

Nemo storm dumps up to two feet of snow on New England, as Northeast digs out

The northeastern United States began digging out Saturday in the wake of a fierce blizzard that left at least two dead, half a million customers without power, and air, road and rail links paralyzed. The storm dumped between one and two feet of snow across New England, with hurricane-strength wind…

U.S. Midwest braces for more tornadoes

Residents picking through their damaged homes braced for more tornadoes across the US Midwest Sunday after dozens touched down in the region, killing five people in Oklahoma. By early Sunday, over 100 tornadoes were reported in the region, and the National Weather Service warned that “severe storms” were possible in a huge swathe…

Man struck by lightning after buying Mega Millions ticket

A man in Wichita, Kansas provided full evidence this past weekend of the old saying “It’s easier to be struck by lightning than winning the lottery.” Bill Isles, a storm spotter for the National Weather Service, brought his tickets for the Mega Millions jackpot Thursday before being hit by lightning…

Tornadoes batter Ohio Valley and Southeast

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) – Tornadoes, high winds and hail, battered the U.S. midsection on Friday, with reports of nearly three dozen tornadoes causing damage across five states and prompting urgent warnings to take cover across the region. No deaths had been reported, but seven people were hurt by suspected tornadoes…

At least nine dead as tornadoes strike midwest

HARRISBURG, Illinois — A massive winter storm unleashed a string of tornadoes that cut a swath of destruction across the US midwest, killing at least nine people and threatening scores more as it pushed eastward Wednesday. The town of Harrisburg, Illinois was ripped apart by a deadly twister that stayed…

2011 was the driest year on record in Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas (Reuters) – It’s official: 2011 was the driest year on record in Texas, according to the National Weather Service. It was also the second-hottest ever. That won’t surprise Texans who lived through a year in which wildfires roared through the Lone Star State, cattle went thirsty and…

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