Extreme weather
February 9, 2019

Seattle got 6.4 inches of snow on Friday, which is just shy of the 6.8 inches the city usually receives in an entire year.

Continued snowfall Saturday brought accumulation to 7.2 inches and counting, while inland areas of Washington State have up to 18 inches of snow on the ground. The unusual amount of snow comes via Winter Storm Maya, which has also closed part of Interstate 90 and left more than 50,000 homes and businesses without power.

More snow, strong winds, and temperatures consistently below freezing are expected to continue throughout the weekend. For those trapped at home by the wintry weather, here's a happy corgi to remind you it's not all bad. Bonnie Kristian

January 20, 2019

A dangerous winter storm that brought extreme cold and heavy snow to much of the Midwest on Friday and Saturday moved east to New England Sunday. States of emergency have been declared in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and widespread travel delays are anticipated.

"Feet of snow, blizzard conditions, a significant build-up of ice, tree-breaking winds, and plunging temperatures will close roads, cause flight cancellations, and disrupt daily activities over a large part of the northeastern United States this weekend," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

"Be careful and try staying in your house," President Trump tweeted Sunday morning. "Large parts of the Country are suffering from tremendous amounts of snow and near record setting cold. Amazing how big this system is." Bonnie Kristian

January 13, 2019

At least seven people have died in connection to the major winter storm moving across an 1,800-mile stretch of the central United States over the weekend.

Starting in Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri Friday, the storm moved into Midwestern states of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio Saturday, bringing up to a foot and a half of snow. On Sunday it is forecast to hit the East Coast, with Virginia and Washington, D.C., expected to get six to 10 inches of snow and ice, while the Southeast receives rain, freezing rain, and sleet. The Week Staff

December 9, 2018

A major winter storm began Saturday in southeastern states, especially North and South Carolina, and is expected to bring unusually heavy snow through Monday. "Snowfall amounts in some locations will likely exceed a foot and result in several days of difficult or impossible travel, extended power outages, and downed trees," the National Weather Service warned.

Already more than 200,000 customers in the region have lost power, the bulk of them in North Carolina, and hundreds of flights were grounded Sunday. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) urged residents to stay safe indoors. "Snow may be beautiful, but it can also be treacherous, and I urge North Carolinians to take this storm seriously and get ready for it now," he said. Bonnie Kristian

October 13, 2018

At least eight members of a mountain climbing expedition were killed Saturday after a major snowstorm struck Nepal's Mount Gurja. A ninth climber from the group remains missing.

Rescue and retrieval operations are stalled as harsh weather conditions continue to make the camp where the climbers died inaccessible to helicopter crews. However, villagers in the area have been able to collect six bodies from the mountainside.

South Korean climber Kim Chang-ho is reportedly among those dead. Kim held the world record for speed in summiting the globe's 14 highest peaks without using supplemental oxygen.

Mount Gurja, located northwest of Mount Everest, is considerably less popular with climbers. Just 30 people have reached its summit, and none have successfully summited in more than two decades. Bonnie Kristian

September 15, 2018

Super Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall in the Philippines early Saturday, slamming the island nation with the strongest storm conditions on the globe this year. Mangkhut had winds up to 200 mph at its peak, slowing to 165 mph after reaching the shore. For comparison, Hurricane Florence has winds of about 90 mph as of Saturday.

By Saturday evening local time, the center of the storm had moved past the Philippines — though the archipelago is still receiving heavy rains — and into the South China Sea toward Hong Kong. No casualties have been reported so far, but rescue efforts will be limited until the weather clears.

"If [the storm] flattens everything, maybe we need to have some help," said Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte of the possibility of requesting foreign aid to deal with Mangkhut's aftermath. Bonnie Kristian

September 4, 2018

Tropical Storm Gordon buffeted the southern tip of Florida with heavy rain and strong winds on Monday as it crossed west into the Gulf of Mexico. The storm strengthened through the day, with its top sustained winds reaching 65 miles per hour early Tuesday, USA Today reports. Tropical storm warnings were posted in South Florida and the Florida Keys, but with Gordon gaining strength, a hurricane watch was announced for coastal areas in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama to the Florida border, meaning that hurricane conditions are possible in those areas within 48 hours. The latest forecast has the storm crossing the gulf and reaching those areas by late Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said. Harold Maass

May 27, 2018

The approach of Subtropical Storm Alberto has prompted the governors of Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi to declare states of emergency, warning residents and Memorial Day tourists of forthcoming heavy rain, high winds, storm surges, and flash flooding. "Remember, the track of these storms can change without notice," said Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R). "Do not think that only areas in the cone will be impacted."

Alberto is expected to make landfall sometime Monday, gathering strength as it moves northward through the Caribbean and up the Gulf Coast. Hurricane season officially begins June 1, and experts are predicting a fairly normal year despite this head start. Bonnie Kristian

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