HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii can expect above average rainfall during the upcoming wet season and potentially have more floods like last winter, the National Weather Service said Friday. Even so, Maui County and the Big Island may remain in drought and at greater risk for wildfires because the leeward sides of their islands won't get as much rain.
DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — The National Weather Service in Dodge City confirmed Friday that seven tornadoes touched down in southwest Kansas during storms earlier this week.
The tornadoes that hit on Tuesday were rated EF-0 to EF-1 strength, with wind speeds mostly between 80 mph and 110 mph.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters reported significant progress in corralling a wildfire in Southern California coastal mountains on Friday.
The Alisal Fire in the Santa Ynez Mountains west of Santa Barbara grew only slightly since Thursday morning to 26.4 square miles (68 square kilometers) and containment of the blaze jumped to 41%, up from 5% 24 hours earlier.
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A bus transporting oil refinery workers fell into a sinkhole in the center of Greece’s second-largest city Friday as storms continued to batter the country, damaging roads, closing schools and causing the deaths of at least two people.
Rightly or wrongly, in just a week the city's weatherman has borne the brunt of scathing attacks following a series of rainstorms and typhoons.
This is hardly surprising, especially when forecasts do not match the reality and bosses and employees cannot agree about working in bad weather.
For the second straight year, the world heads into a new La Nina weather event. This would tend to dry out parts of an already parched and fiery American West and boost an already busy Atlantic hurricane season.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles city leaders are pushing for measures to monitor and prevent deaths from extreme heat after a newspaper investigation found California has failed to adequately address the health dangers of increasingly hot weather.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Severe storms swept across Greece Thursday, flooding hundreds of homes in Athens and prompting evacuations on the island of Evia that was ravaged by summer wildfires.
Rescuers were also preparing to use helicopters to lift stranded people off rooftops in flooded and remote areas on the northwestern island of Corfu, Civil Protection and Climate Change Minister Christos Stylianides said.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota residents experienced a range of weather this week, with rare October tornadoes in the southeastern part of the state, an early season snowstorm in the west and record rainfall in Bismarck.
UNDERHILL, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s tallest mountain has set a record for the latest date without the temperature dropping below freezing.
MyNBC5.com reports the 4,393-foot Mount Mansfield hasn’t seen freezing temperatures since late May, marking the latest known date without a hard freeze.
SHARON SPRINGS, Kan. (AP) — Several tornadoes touched down in western Kansas during storms that swept through the state but there were no initial reports of injuries or major damage, according to the National Weather Service.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two likely tornadoes touched down in the Oklahoma City area Wednesday in addition to two other suspected twisters in western Oklahoma as severe storms hit the state, according to the National Weather Service.
DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines canceled more than 350 flights Monday following a weekend of major disruptions that it blamed on bad weather and air traffic control issues.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An early winter storm is forecast to bring the first heavy snowfall of the season to portions of the U.S. Rocky Mountains this week.
The National Weather Service on Monday issued winter storm warnings for large areas of Wyoming and southern Montana.
ALEXANDER, Ill. (AP) — A reported tornado has damaged a semi-trailer on Interstate 72 Monday afternoon in central Illinois as a line of storms rumbled across parts of the state.
A storm spotter reported seeing a twister cross the freeway near Alexander, said Alex Erwin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Central Illinois.
GOLDEN CITY, Mo. (AP) — Cleanup continues after two small tornadoes touched down early Monday in rural areas of southwestern Missouri.
The National Weather Service on Monday confirmed that an EF-1 twister touched down around 1 a.m.
COWETA, Okla. (AP) — Severe storms brought suspected tornadoes and baseball-sized hail to parts of Oklahoma, but there were no reports Monday of deaths or injuries.
The severe weather system that hit Oklahoma late Sunday also brought heavy rain, lightning and wind to parts of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Texas, and more stormy weather is predicted for later this week in parts of the central U.S.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Two tornadoes touched down in Minnesota and North Dakota during storms on Saturday, the National Weather Service has confirmed.
KFGO reported that the weather service confirmed a tornado with estimated peak winds of 100 mph touched down in Park Rapids, about 10:30 p.m.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities on the Greek island of Evia said Monday that more than 200 homes were damaged by weekend flooding, with most of the affected areas left unprotected in the wake of huge summer wildfires.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric said it may shut off power to about 44,000 customers in California beginning on Monday due to potentially dry, gusty winds that could raise the risk electrical equipment sparking fires.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The island of Evia, Greece’s second-largest, has been hit by floods months after devastating forest fires last summer destroyed about a third of its forest cover.
There were no casualties from the heavy rains that hit the northern part of the island, but dozens of residents had to be evacuated from flooded homes, roads became impassable and beaches were filled with mud sliding down from nearby mountains that were now devoid of vegetation.
FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) — An unexpected snowstorm forced the rescue of dozens of runners in a long-distance trail race in the mountains of northern Utah.
None of the 87 or so runners rescued Saturday was hospitalized though several were treated for hypothermia and one was hurt in a fall, according to Davis County Sheriff Kelly Sparks.
DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — From rainy weather that delayed spring planting to bolls rotting in the field, Alabama cotton growers have reason for worry this year as they harvest a crop that's smaller than in years past.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — After water levels at a California dam fell to historic lows this summer, the main hydropower plant it feeds was shut down. At the Hoover Dam in Nevada — one of the country’s biggest hydropower generators — production is down by 25%.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Wet weather swept into Nevada early Friday morning, packing pre-dawn rain and gusty winds that contributed to slippery roads and crashes in Las Vegas and snow flurries in the Sierra Nevada range.
HONG KONG (AP) — One worker died and others were trapped Friday when a major rainstorm blew traditional bamboo scaffolding off the side of a building under construction in Hong Kong, officials and reports said.
PELHAM, Ala. (AP) — Terrified drivers climbed out of swamped cars and muddy floodwater flowed through neighborhoods after a stalled weather front drenched Alabama for hours, leaving entire communities under water Thursday and killing at least four people.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Flash flood warnings were in effect Thursday for a swath of the southeastern U.S. after a stalled weather front drenched Alabama, leaving high water that covered roads, swamped a Piggly Wiggly, unleashed sewage and forced water rescues.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — California highway officials say they will close three mountain passes near the Nevada line between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park on Thursday as a precaution ahead of an early winter storm that’s expected to bring rain and snow to the Sierra.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is known for damming rivers and building levees to keep waterways at bay. But a new initiative seeks natural flood control solutions as climate change brings increasingly frequent and severe weather events that test the limits of concrete and steel.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Showers were tapering off Tuesday from a storm system that brought thunder, lightning, hail and welcome rain to parts of drought-stricken Southern California.
More than a quarter inch of rain fell in some areas, the National Weather Service said.
DENVER (AP) — Three Front Range ski areas vying for the annual distinction of being the first to open for the season could begin snowmaking operations very soon. They just need Mother Nature to cooperate.
FAIRHOPE, Ala. (AP) — Heavy rains swamped parts of coastal Alabama on Monday, causing minor flooding in some areas, and forecasters said additional storms would bring more precipitation.
Water covered several roads in Fairhope, located on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay, after a band of storms moved across the area, and authorities said additional problems could occur as rains continued.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Cities across the U.S. Southwest hit impressive rainfall totals this summer, bringing much-needed — but temporary — relief to a region that has been mired in drought.
BERLIN (AP) — A tornado in the German port city of Kiel has injured several people, four of them seriously, authorities said.
The city's fire service said dozens of first responders were involved in an operation to rescue a group of rowers who were surprised by the twister Wednesday as it swept along the Baltic Sea front.
NORTH CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — It's a sign of what's to come — Mount Washington has recorded its first snow of the season.
The Mount Washington Observatory posted that a brief snow shower passed over the summit on Wednesday.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A cold front moving through the region has eased record-breaking heat this week in North Dakota.
According to the National Weather Service, Tuesday's reading of 100 in Dickinson appears to be the latest in the year that the state has recorded a triple-digit temperature.
SILVERTHORNE, Colo. (AP) — The residents of several hundred homes have been evacuated or warned to be ready to leave because of a wildfire burning in Colorado's north-central mountains.
Evacuations were first ordered Monday evening near Silverthorne shortly after the fire was reported on U.S.
EUREKA, Calif. (AP) — Lingering showers were ending Tuesday behind a weather front that brought welcome rain in large and small amounts to parts of drought-stricken Northern California.
The North Coast benefited most from Monday’s precipitation, with one location in Del Norte County reporting 2.7 inches (6.8 centimeters), the National Weather Service reported.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is planning to hire a private weather forecaster, install more drainage features and issue earlier and more aggressive warnings to residents under a new plan to respond to heavy rainfall like the deadly deluge Hurricane Ida dropped on the city earlier this month.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Storms that rolled through Maine left some places dealing with flash flooding and other places nearly dry over the weekend, officials said.
The heaviest rain fell Saturday night and Sunday morning, with a swath from Bath to Newport receiving 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) and a swath from Bangor to Mount Desert Island getting 3 to 5 inches (8 to 12 centimeters), said Michael Clair of the National Weather Service.
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters were gaining the upper hand Sunday on a forest fire that displaced thousands of people and destroyed more than 100 buildings near Shasta Lake in Northern California.
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Damage assessment teams went out Saturday to determine how many buildings have burned in a forest fire that has displaced thousands of residents in Northern California.
Firefighters working in steep, drought-stricken terrain hope calmer weather over the next few days will help as they battle the Fawn Fire north of the city of Redding.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A rare rainstorm in San Diego prompted a delay Friday before the Padres and Braves resumed a game suspended by poor weather July 21 in Atlanta.
The continuation was set to begin in the evening at Petco Park, but an unexpected storm hit the city, bringing lightning, thunder and heavy rain.
BRUSSELS (AP) — A top European Union legal adviser said Thursday that software installed in Volkswagen cars to alter the amount of pollutants coming out of their exhaust pipes in hot or cold weather and at high altitude doesn't conform to the 27-nation bloc’s laws laws unless it prevents dangerous sudden engine damage.
ATLANTA (AP) — The widow of a passenger killed in a helicopter crash in Georgia is suing the pilot's estate and two helicopter companies, saying the aircraft should never have been flying in poor weather.
WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) — No major flooding problems were reported Wednesday in the Detroit area following a nearly daylong steady rain that was the latest batch of wet weather to roll through parts of Michigan and other Midwestern states.
DENVER (AP) — Three assisted living facility workers are being prosecuted in the death of an 86-year-old woman with Alzheimer's disease who authorities alleged was left outside in sweltering weather for six hours, officials said.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's largest city will allow drivers to use studded tires early this year because of early snowfall.
The Municipality of Anchorage issued a public notice Tuesday stating that studded tires will be allowed starting Thursday, the Anchorage Daily News reported.