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Arctic to Unleash the Cold - Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The coming days and weeks will bring the coldest air of the season to most of the nation as several surges of very cold air will plunge southward into the lower 48 states. The first salvo of cold had its beginnings on the Alaskan North Slope where (full story)

Much Needed Rain for the Southeast - Monday, November 28, 2016

Since late spring, the southeastern USA has suffered through a severe drought. The most recent drought monitor shows areas of the drought across the USA. Two areas of severe drought are apparent. The California drought remains in place and (full story)

Coldest Air of the Season Right Around the Corner - Monday, November 21, 2016

The weather finally turned colder over many areas of the nation over the past week with cold and some snow breaking out across the Rockies, Northern Plains and Great Lakes and even some areas of the Northeast.  After a long streak of warmer and (full story)

Big Changes Coming to USA Weather - Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The very strong and persistent high pressure system that has provided unseasonably warm and dry for most of the nation so far this month is rapidly breaking down. As the high pressure weakens, the door to the Pacific and Canada will open. This open (full story)

When will the Dam Break? - Monday, October 31, 2016

The exception of the Pacific Northwest and portions of the far Northern Rockies, October was a very warm month for most of the nation. The graphic below shows the large swath of warmth that most of the nation has observed.  Relative to norma (full story)

Much Needed Rain Coming to California - Monday, October 24, 2016

As we have written in the past couple of weeks, the Pacific Northwest and parts of the Northern Rockies have had a great start to their water year beginning Oct. 1. Not only will the Pacific Northwest have more chances for rain and mountain snows (full story)

Pacific Northwest Storm - Monday, October 17, 2016

Last week we discussed the potential for a big storm to hit the Pacific Northwest Coast. Indeed, a very storm pattern hit Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and portions of northern and central California. A very impressive amount of early fall rain (full story)

Wet Weather for Pacific Northwest and Portions of California - Monday, October 10, 2016

At this time of year we begin to see stronger and more frequent storminess move into western Canada and the Pacific Northwest as we get deeper and deeper into the fall season.   Over the past thirty days precipitation has increased acros (full story)

This Winter – El Nino or La Nina? - Monday, October 3, 2016

At this time last year we were faced with some much above normal water temperatures in the subtropical Pacific also known as an El Nino. The strongest El Nino since 1998 developed in mid to late 2015 and continued into the first half of 2016. Last (full story)

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