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What El Nino Means for the Atlantic Hurricane Season

Well, after months of indecision, El Niño has finally decided to establish itself. Simply put, El Niño is when the waters of the Pacific Ocean become abnormally warm. This has far-reaching effects on tropical and even global climate. The primary … Continue reading

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Dixie Alley

The vast expanse of the southern Great Plains from central Texas through Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska have become synonymous with tornadoes. The legend of “Tornado Alley” has become ingrained in the American consciousness. This association has been fed by popular … Continue reading

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The Year Summer Never Came

200 years (and 17 days) ago, the Earth was visited by a terrifying slice of prehistoric oblivion. Mount Tambora sits on Sumbawa Island, a member of the Sunda Islands in Indonesia. Indonesia is a string of volcanic islands that lie … Continue reading

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Six Weeks of Chaos

We have reached the end (or so many of us hope) of another crazy winter. Many records were set, particularly in Boston. In a six week period from late January through the first week of March, the northeast and parts … Continue reading

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2014 – The Year in Weather

Every year brings new fascinating and wild weather events. 2014 was no different. As the year comes to a close, it’s worth looking back on all that happened. January January was marked by frigid temperatures east of the Rockies. The … Continue reading

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Brrr!

It’s cold out there! Really cold. Yesterday morning was the coldest November morning in the lower 48 in 38 years. This marks the third major cold outbreak of the season thus far. The first occurred on Halloween. Chicago received it’s … Continue reading

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1989 Huntsville Tornado – 25 Years Ago Today

Huntsville, Alabama – November 15, 1989 Huntsville, Alabama lies in the heart of “Dixie Alley,” a climatological tornado hotspot stretching from northern Louisiana to northwest Georgia. It is particularly profound between Monroe County, Mississippi and Huntsville’s Madison County, Alabama. Despite … Continue reading

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