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Punxsutawney Phil (right)

A Washington Post meteorologist went on a rant about the ‘true terror’ of Groundhog Day

The Washington Post's deputy weather editor wrote a diatribe against both the chubby mammal and the holiday that she says stains her profession.

Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring — here’s what spring will actually be like, according to a meteorologist

Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow in Pennsylvania. In New York, Staten Island Chuck suggested an early spring is coming too.
Clouds associated with a major winter storm that is bringing wintry precipitation and chilly temperatures to the US South is seen in an image from NOAA's GOES-East satellite on February 11, 2014.

The US government shutdown is preventing scientists from improving forecasts for severe weather and navigational models

The US government shutdown hasn't impacted your weather forecast, NOAA officials say. But it might hurt experts' ability to improve storm forecasting.
Satellite imagery shows hurricanes Florence, Isaac, and Helene from space on September 10, 2018.

‘Spaghetti models’ show potential paths for storms like Hurricane Florence — here’s what they mean

When you're anticipating big storms like Hurricane Florence, it's natural to want to know exactly where that storm could have an impact. But the "spaghetti models" that you might find shouldn't be used as forecasts, especially if you don't know what you're looking at.

Rare ‘thundersnow’ is hitting New York — here’s what that is and why it happens

Thundersnow is rare because the storms that dump snow and the ones that cause thunder and lightning are usually very different.

Rainstorms are now up to 70% stronger and wetter than they were in the 1950s — and this is only the beginning

Research shows hurricanes and storms in the US are between 10% and 70% wetter than they were 70 years ago. By the end of this century, they'll be even worse. So no, you’re not just imagining that it’s been a rainier-than-usual spring.

Hurricane Maria is thrashing the Caribbean

Hurricane Maria, the third-strongest hurricane ever to hit the US, left 100% of Puerto Rico without power. It's on the move in the Caribbean.

Tropical Storm Jose is bringing dangerous surf, rip currents, and wind to the East Coast

Jose is meandering off the East Coast and bringing tropical storm conditions to southern New England.

Meteorologists had a major clue that Hurricane Maria would be devastating — and it just reappeared

Hurricane Maria's "dreaded pinhole eye" suggested the storm would pack a powerful punch. Here's why.

Another hurricane, Max, is headed for Mexico

Less than a week after Mexico was struck by Hurricane Katia and the strongest earthquake in a century, it's about to take a hit from Hurricane Max.