• Nat'l Weather Service: high winds in Portland area

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for the greater Portland metro area. The warning, which is in effect from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, says wind gusts could reach as high as 60 mph through the afternoon and evening. Locations include Portland, Hillsboro, Oregon City, Salem, and McMillville, as well as Battle Ground, Camas and Washougal in Washington state. The high winds could topple trees and cause power outages across the metro area. The strongest winds will most likely occur between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

  • Oklahoma City's water supply continues to drop as warm, dry weather persists

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    Since Sept. 1, central Oklahoma has had 5.45 inches of rain, about 1.2 inches less than average for that period, according to the Oklahoma Climatological Survey. The area is in the middle of the 18th driest year since records began in 1921.

  • Record heat expected Saturday in Oklahoma City

    Silas Allen | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    It’ll be a hot one Saturday in Oklahoma City. The National Weather Service predicts a high near 90 degrees Saturday. That would break the record high of 87 degrees, set in 1939. Above-average temperatures are expected to continue through the weekend before cooler weather moves into the area next week.

  • Scattered showers in Maine after heavy rain, wind


    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A powerful storm that has been soaking Maine for more than 48 hours has lived up to expectations. The National Weather Service says the storm total topped 5 inches in Camden on Maine's Midcoast and in Robbinston in Washington County. Portland recorded 4.2 inches and Gorham 4.5 inches. Forecasters say sunny skies are on tap for the weekend. But first, scattered showers will continue on Friday. The storm lashed the state with wind-driven rain and winds gusting upward of 40 mph on Wednesday and Thursday.

  • Windy weekend forecast for Northwest


    SEATTLE (AP) — The National Weather Service says it will be a breezy, wet weekend in the Northwest with strong winds possible Saturday and Saturday night in parts of Washington and Oregon. Forecasters say a series of systems will continue unsettled weather into next week.

  • Sunny skies, 80s Friday in central Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Temperatures will be near 84 degrees in central Oklahoma Friday. Skies will be sunny, the National Weather Service reports.

  • Tornado rips roofs in Washington state


    LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A rare tornado ripped roofs off buildings, uprooted trees and shattered windows Thursday afternoon in the southwest Washington city of Longview, but there were no reports of injuries. A National Weather Service storm survey team from nearby Portland, Oregon, estimated the EF1 tornado carved a path of 1.3 miles and packed winds of 86 to 110 mph, meteorologist Miles Higa said. Longview Fire Chief Phil Jurmu admitted his first reaction was disbelief. "I kind of furrowed my brow, probably, and said 'What?'" he told KATU-TV of Portland. Still, police and fire crews responded quickly to the hardest-hit area and cordoned it off with help from the National Guard, which has an armory nearby, Jurmu

  • Oklahoma's dwindling water supply takes economic toll on state, officials say

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Several years of drought and rapidly dropping reservoir levels are beginning to take their toll on the state’s economy, state officials said Thursday. Corporations are beginning to demand a reliable supply of water before they expand into Oklahoma, and drought-related crop failures have spelled billion-dollar losses.

  • Advocates: Pass emergency voting law in New Jersey

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Measures that New Jersey put in place to increase voting access after Superstorm Sandy were illegal, insecure and confusing, and are evidence that the state needs standing rules for future disasters, a voting rights advocacy said in a report Thursday. The Constitutional Rights Clinic at the Rutgers School of Law in Newark used open records requests to get communications between state and local election officials, which showed deep confusion about the emergency voting procedures. Michael Drewniak, a spokesman for Gov. Chris Christie, called the report "junk" and said that despite some flaws, the state did manage to open access to voting to people hit by the state's worst natural disaster ever.

  • Forecasters say a tornado has ripped down power lines, damaged property in Washington state

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — Forecasters say a tornado has ripped down power lines, damaged property in Washington state.

  • Drought planning is best done before drought begins, Oklahoma water officials say

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    The best time to plan for a multiyear drought is when the state isn’t in the middle of one, Oklahoma water managers agreed Wednesday.

  • El Nino still a no-show in Texas, but in forecast

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — El Nino is proving to be finicky. The rain-producing weather pattern was expected to arrive in Texas by now, but the outlook for moisture across much of the state through the end of October and into November doesn't look promising. A lot of the state will be "bone dry," Victor Murphy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, said. Forecasters have been waiting for El Nino to develop for about six months, but it hasn't arrived yet, John Nielsen-Gammon, the state's climatologist and Texas A&M professor of atmospheric sciences, said in a recent release. "Temperatures in the tropical Pacific have been running above normal for most of the period, and there's still a great deal

  • OU's Radar Innovations Lab represents waves of the future — literally

    By Jane Glenn Cannon, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    The University of Oklahoma’s new 35,000-square-foot Radar Innovations Lab, which was formally dedicated Wednesday on the university’s Research Campus, will serve as an incubator for new ideas in radar research and development.

  • Road on Mount Baker closed for winter

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    MOUNT BAKER, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Transportation Department has closed its first section of a highway for the winter. With snow on the ground and more forecast, crews closed the gate Thursday on Highway 542 from the Mount Baker Ski area to Artist Point. The three-mile road to Artist Point is typically the first to close and the last to open in the Cascades. It was open this year for 115 days. Chinook and Cayuse passes and the North Cascades Highway also typically close for the winter.

  • Weather Service stops receiving satellite data, issues notice about forecast quality

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Since at least Tuesday, some satellite data – an important input to weather prediction models – has stopped flowing into the National Weather Service due to an apparent network outage. At 1 p.m. today, the National Weather Service’s National Center for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) issued the following statement cautioning the outage could impact forecast quality.

  • Heavy rains, wind continuing in Maine

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The worst of a powerful storm that's been moving across Maine will soon draw to a close but not before causing more heavy rain. Mike Kistner from the National Weather Service says winds gusting to 35 mph on the coast and higher offshore will continue throughout the day Thursday, along with heavy rain. But the storm will begin dying down by Friday, when there will be scattered showers for most of the state. Utilities were reporting several power outages on Thursday. Before it ends, the storm is expected to dump up to 5 inches of rain on the state. Gov. Paul LePage urged motorists to stay aware of conditions and respect road and beach closures.

  • Foggy first, then sunny in central Oklahoma Thursday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Temperatures will be near 79 degrees in central Oklahoma Thursday. Patchy fog is possible in the morning.

  • Power outages, gusty winds in Massachusetts

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    BOSTON (AP) — Torrential downpours overnight left deep puddles of standing water on many Massachusetts roads, which were expected to affect the morning commute. The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning for eastern Massachusetts area until Thursday morning, with reported overnight gusts of nearly 60 miles per hour. There were scattered reports of trees and branches down and power outages Thursday morning, mostly northeast and south of Boston. There were no reports of major damage or injuries. National Grid was reporting about 12,000 customers without electricity early Thursday, while NStar had fewer than 3,000 outages. A flood watch was issued for widespread overnight rainfall of up to 2.5 inches.

  • Frost advisory issued for parts of Georgia

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    ATLANTA (AP) — Forecasters have issued a frost advisory for part of north Georgia. A frost advisory issued by the National Weather Service is expected to expire at 9 a.m. Thursday. The advisory covers the northeast Georgia mountains in Gilmer, Fannin, Union, Towns and Lumpkin counties. Forecasters say low overnight and early morning temperatures could damage or kill sensitive plants. Forecasters are expecting temperatures in the mid and upper 30s between 2 and 9 a.m. Thursday in part of north Georgia.

  • Record rain in Portland triggers sewer overflow

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A strong fall storm has drenched Portland in record rain and triggered a sewer overflow into the Willamette River. The National Weather Service reports that Oct. 22 rainfall at Portland International Airport hit 1.8 inches by Wednesday evening, eclipsing the old mark for the day of 1.31 inches, set in 1951. Just across the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington, meteorologist Paul Tolleson says 1.61 inches fell by Wednesday evening, besting the old mark of 1.06 inches in 1963. Tolleson says wind gusts on the north Oregon coast included 66 mph at Cape Meares and 59 mph at Garibaldi as well as 50 mph at Cape Disappointment in southwest Washington.