hurricanes

Hurricane Sandy
9:30 am
Sun October 28, 2012

'Serious as a heart attack': Hurricane Sandy bearing down on eastern U.S.

Workers cover an entrance with plywood at a subway station in New York City in preparation for flooding from Hurricane Sandy.
Mary Altaffer AP

Originally published on Sat October 27, 2012 6:57 pm

The dreaded monster storm aiming for the eastern United States is barely keeping its hurricane status, but weather forecasters continue to sound the alarm: Hurricane Sandy will likely be one of the worst storms to strike in many, many years.

Weather forecaster Bryan Norcross at Wunderground isn't warning - he's shouting:

"The threat from this situation is serious as a heart attack for anybody near the rising water."

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The Two-Way
9:46 am
Sat October 27, 2012

A hurricane once more, Sandy defies the rules

In this satellite image provided Friday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Hurricane Sandy's huge cloud extent of up to 2,000 miles churns over the Bahamas, as a line of clouds associated with a powerful cold front approaches the East Coast of the U.S.
Handout Getty Images

Originally published on Sat October 27, 2012 4:53 pm

It's still unclear whether Sandy will be a devastating storm or just a bad one.

It is clear, however, that Sandy will be remembered as the storm that broke all the rules and baffled the nation's top weather forecasters.

Early Saturday morning, the National Weather Service downgraded the storm from a hurricane to a tropical storm — only to return it to hurricane status a few hours later. Either way, forecasters warn, "widespread impacts" are expected along the coast.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:17 am
Fri October 26, 2012

A break from drizzle coming Sunday, as the East preps for destruction

We'll get a break on Sunday, but another front is coming in Monday.
C4Chaos Flickr

Lots of rain in the forecast, but a surprising break is coming on Sunday - at least if you're north of the Tacoma area.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:05 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Sunshine, and a record streak of dry days

With heat on the way, your tomatoes just might ripen this year
jakobnewman Flickr

Western Washington is wrapping up its driest August ever, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass, a professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington.

And, with no precipitation in sight for the next two weeks, Mass says we may even break an all-time streak for the most consecutive days without rain. The record is 51 days, set in 1951.

"We are thirty-eight days in, right now," he says. "So, we certainly have a shot at the big record."

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