Stories tagged "rain"

May 22, 2019

PDS Tornados in the Plains, Flood Waters Rise in Midwest

What is a PDS Tornado Watch, you ask?  I (Monica) did not know either.  It is a “Particularly Dangerous Situation” tornado watch — a rare severe event which, according to the National Weather Service, means that “long-lived intense tornadoes...

March 13, 2019

One Drenched Thing: This Winter Was the Wettest Ever

If it felt to you like the rain never ended this winter, you are correct!  According to NOAA, due to “a steady march of snow and rain storms across the country between December 2018 and the end of February 2019 … the contiguous U.S. marked its wettest...

March 11, 2019

California’s drought nearly wiped out but don’t celebrate yet…

California’s exceptionally wet winter has made headlines for flooding and precipitation records yet now it’s being reported that heavy rains have nearly wiped out the state’s 5 years of drought and the trend is expected to continue well into the...

February 12, 2019

West coast storms to get new 1-5 rating system

We’re all familiar with the 1-5 rankings that Atlantic hurricanes receive based on the Saffir-Simpson scale which assigns hurricanes a number based on their sustained wind speed. However, despite experiencing heavy rainstorms, the Pacific coast hasn’t had...

January 15, 2019

Private Weather Company To Use Different Hurricane Severity Scale

The nation’s largest private weather provider, AccuWeather, is going to begin to use a new “scale” for conveying the severity of hurricanes in the future, diverging from the current scale used by the National Weather Service (NWS) and followed by all...