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Balloons Collect Weather Data

Weather ballooning is one of the oldest and most important processes in weather forecasting, providing meteorologists with crucial weather data since the 1930s.…

Obama and Christie yet again; emphasis on recovery

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is looking to get his groove back — at the beach. A post-Hurricane Sandy tour of the New Jersey coast line on Tuesday, gives the president a chance for a three-point play…

3 feet of snow in upstate NY on Memorial weekend

WILMINGTON, N.Y. (AP) — A Memorial Day weekend storm has dropped three feet of snow on a New York ski mountain near the Vermont boarder. Whiteface Mountain spokesman Jon Lundin says 36 inches of white powder has blanketed…

Obama: Gov’t with Oklahoma ‘every step’ of the way

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — President Barack Obama visited tornado-devastated Moore, Okla., Sunday, consoling people staggered by the loss of life and property and promising that the government will be behind them “every step of the way.” “I’m just…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground midday recap for Sunday, May 26, 2013. Unsettled weather developed in the nation¼’s mid-section on Sunday, while severe storms became possible in the High Plains. Showers and thunderstorms developed from parts of the Northern Plains through…

Obama to tour tornado damage

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will travel to the Oklahoma City area on Sunday. Obama will see firsthand the federal, state and local response to the devastating tornado that tore through the area on Monday. The president…

Famed RI Cliff Walk still partly closed post-Sandy

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Newport’s Cliff Walk, which runs between the Atlantic Ocean and some of the city’s most stunning Gilded Age mansions, sustained what has been estimated at up to $8 million in damage during Superstorm Sandy.…

Tornado upon them, quick choices decided fate

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — They say you should never make a big decision when you’re emotional. But what if there’s barely a moment to think and a life-or-death choice looming? In those last horrifying minutes before the EF5…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground midday recap for Saturday, May 25, 2013. Heavy rain over Texas caused major flooding for San Antonio, while showers and thunderstorms turned severe over the Northern High Plains on Saturday. Onshore flow from the Gulf of…

Teen in devastated Okla. town handing out hugs

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — The people of the Oklahoma town where a deadly tornado struck could use just about everything — cleaning supplies, food, water, shelter. Thirteen-year-old Halle Carr thought residents of her hometown could also use a…

Oklahoma gets far more than its share of disasters

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many states get hit frequently with tornadoes and other natural catastrophes, but Oklahoma is Disaster Central. The twister that devastated Moore, Okla., was the 74th presidential disaster declared in the Sooner state in the past…

Can Tornado Alley become safer? Yes, within limits

In the wind-swept prairie called Tornado Alley, the scene is eerily familiar: Homes smashed to splinters. Trees and telephone poles snapped like twigs. Piles of bricks, overturned cars and dazed survivors sifting through rubble in search of a…

Safe room mandates remain rare in tornado states

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — After living nearly 20 years in their one-story brick home, Sherry and Larry Wells finally won the lottery — for a state rebate on a home storm shelter, that is. A contractor finished installing…

Storm took classmates, parents as it swept through

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — One loved unicorns. Another, nicknamed “ladybug,” sang country songs. Another dreamed of one day owning a pontoon boat. When a top-of-the-scale EF5 tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., it took with it 24 lives. Seven…

Hurricane center: Beware of the storm surge

MIAMI (AP) — During a hurricane, the storm surge poses the greatest threat to life and land, yet many people don’t even know what it means. Simply put, storm surge is the abnormal rise of sea water. Predicting…

NJ students to help Michelle Obama harvest garden

WASHINGTON (AP) — Schoolchildren from New Jersey shore communities battered by Superstorm Sandy will join Michelle Obama for a garden harvest next week. The White House says the first lady will also be joined Tuesday by students who…

2013 hurricane names: From Andrea to Wendy

Weather forecasters are predicting another busy Atlantic hurricane season. The storms will get their names from an alphabetical list of 21 names: WHAT NAMES ARE ON THE LIST? Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto, Ingrid, Jerry,…

Distraught mom becomes face of Oklahoma storm

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — A massive tornado was carving its way through town. There was no time to hesitate. LaTisha Garcia had to get to her children. And so she raced against the storm. She had 30 miles…