The hottest weather of the summer has hit this week, with RealFeel temperatures in the 100s on the East Coast as far north as New York state. Even here in State College, Pennsylvania, we hit 100 degrees for a RealFeel on noon Wednesday (Fig. 1).
Farther south, it was even worse. However, my mother-in-law, who was vacationing in Duck, North Carolina, had a RealFeel of 105, while her home town of York, Pa., (Fig. 2) made it to 103 Wednesday at noon!
The worst I saw was 115 (Fig. 3) at Melva, Virginia, but RealFeel temps were also over 100 in the Foothills of North Carolina. This weekend, for the first day of summer, RealFeels in the 100-teens are projected to take over the Deep South, as this scary-looking graphic shows:
Two days of rare September severe thunderstorms in Pennsylvania have dropped tornadoes and funnel clouds, and I was able to chase some of them.
There are quite a few notable low pressure systems or "cyclones" worldwide today. One of them, Typhoon Meranti, is the biggest in a while.
On the evening of September 5, 1996, as Hurricane Fran approached the North Carolina coast, I embarked on my first-ever hurricane storm chase trip.
Twenty years ago, Hurricane Fran roared into eastern North Carolina, and I was there -- and I've got the VHS tapes to prove it.
Until yesterday, Hurricane Wilma was the last Hurricane to strike the state of Florida, 11 years ago.
Hurricane Irene caused over $16 billion in damage in 2011. A the 5-year anniversary, I look back on my experiences with the storm.