Relief from worst heat on the horizon by weekend

NEW YORK (AP) — Cooler temperatures are within sight but likely not soon enough and cool enough for a large swath of the country hit with dangerously high temperatures for days as the largest heat wave of the…

Heat blankets much of US as summer sizzles

NEW YORK (AP) — Forecasters warned of potentially dangerous temperatures from Minnesota to Massachusetts, as the nation’s largest heat wave of the summer stretched out and stagnated, with relief in many places still days away. The National Weather…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Wet weather will continue for the Southern Plains and the Southwest on Wednesday as an upper low shifts further west from the Southern Plains. This system, combined with monsoonal moisture…

Bad weather complicates Coca-Cola’s soda struggles

NEW YORK (AP) — Coca-Cola is struggling to sell more soda in the U.S., and it can’t seem to catch a break. The world’s largest beverage maker on Tuesday blamed a confluence of factors including unusually bad weather…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Sunday, July 14, 2013. Rainy weather is expected for much of the Central U.S. on Sunday as an upper low over the Midwest shifts toward the Southern Plains. This transition combined with warm and…

Plaque marks where Sandy message in a bottle found

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island town is honoring the spot where a bottle was found after Superstorm Sandy containing a message from a girl who died in 2010. A plaque was placed on Saturday on a…

APNewsBreak: Planes called just before fire deaths

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona wildfire was so out of control because of winds from a nearby thunderstorm that officials asked for half the available Western U.S. air tanker fleet nearly an hour before 19 members of a…

Dust storm grounds some flights at Arizona airport

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — A dust storm temporarily grounded some flights out of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and knocked out electricity to about 2,000 customers in the San Tan Valley and Queen Creek areas. Television footage also showed mangled…

Rain creates flooding in Vegas-area wildfire area

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Wet weather and clouds helped crews increase containment to 43 percent on a wildfire that has burned for 10 days in the mountains northwest of Las Vegas, blowing smoke into the city for several…

Note found amid NY Sandy debris helps grieving mom

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. (AP) — A dozen years ago, a 10-year-old girl wrote a message on a scrap of paper, placed it in a ginger-ale bottle and launched it into the waters off Long Island. Now, that bottle has…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Wednesday, July 10, 2013. A cold front organizing over the Central U.S. will drive wet and active weather across the Midwest into the Northeast as treks eastward toward the East on Wednesday. This disturbance…

Crews burn brush near homes in Vegas-area wildfire

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two mountain wildfires raged Tuesday in Nevada, where firefighters worked to gain the upper hand on a blaze near Las Vegas that kept hundreds of people from their homes and another southwest of Reno…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Monday, July 08, 2013. Hot, humid, and wet conditions will continue in the East on Monday as an area of high pressure in the western Atlantic Ocean maintains southerly flow from the Gulf of…

Tropical Storm Chantal heading to Lesser Antilles

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Chantal is racing toward the Lesser Antilles after forming in the Atlantic. The storm’s maximum sustained winds early Monday are near 40 mph (65 kph) with some strengthening expected over the next two…

Erick downgraded to tropical storm off Mexico

MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters say Hurricane Erick is skirting Mexico’s Pacific coast and expected to begin gradually weakening later Sunday. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says the Category 1 hurricane is threatening to dump heavy rain…

Galveston uses pesky seaweed to fight storm surge

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Galveston is launching a pilot project to see whether seaweed-fortified dunes could be more resilient to storm surges and high tides. The $140,000 program will be run by the Galveston Island Park Board of…

Erick becomes hurricane off Mexican coast

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Erick continues to swirl off the Mexican coast, and forecasters expect it to become a hurricane. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says that as of Saturday morning, Erick is centered about…

Tropical Storm Erick intensifying off Mexico

MIAMI (AP) — The center of Tropical Storm Erick is passing southwest of Acapulco, Mexico, a day after forming in the Pacific. The storm’s maximum sustained winds early Friday are near 45 mph (75 kph). The U.S. National…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Friday, July 05, 2013. The West will finally start to cool down on Friday, while heavy rainfall and flooding is expected to continue across the Southeast and Eastern Valleys. A ridge of high pressure…

Sandy-devastated NJ town has reason to celebrate

UNION BEACH, N.J. (AP) — Union Beach, N.J. was decimated by Superstorm Sandy. But Wednesday night it had something to celebrate. The town won a party and fireworks contest from the television station Destination America and USA Weekend…