• Gov. Inslee expands drought emergency declaration

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Citing projections that say this summer will have the least snowmelt in 64 years, Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday expanded the state's month-old drought emergency declaration to cover 44 percent of the state. Inslee's announcement more than doubles the number of Washington watershed areas officially considered to be suffering from drought. In March, the governor identified 11 watersheds as drought-afflicted — six west of the Cascades and five on the east side. Thirteen more river basins were added Friday to the drought list. "We've never experienced a drought like this before," state Department of Ecology Director Maia Bellon said in a conference call with reporters. "It's not for lack of rain, but l

  • Crews struggle to clear I-80 wreckage in southeast Wyoming

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The interstate highway between Cheyenne and Laramie will likely remain closed until Saturday as clean up continues from the massive pileups in Thursday's snowstorm, the Wyoming Department of Transportation warned late Friday afternoon. The department said I-80 was closed across much of the state, with the exception of a short section between Rawlins and Sinclair. Two of the semitrailers involved in Thursday's chain reaction crashes that involved dozens of vehicles west of Cheyenne were split in half and spilled their cargo onto the highway, it said. Efforts were still underway Friday to remove that cargo and the truck wreckage. "It's a battle out there," said Ross Doman, spokesman for the Wyoming Depar

  • Oklahoma's drought likely to improve in coming months, climate scientists say

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Some areas in central and northern Oklahoma and the Panhandle are expected to see drought relief over the next three months, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center reports.

  • 12 hurt in Denver-area crash involving tour buses amid fog

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    DENVER (AP) — A dozen people were injured in a crash involving tour buses for two different bands and two trucks on a foggy stretch of Interstate 70 east of Denver on Friday, as a spring storm made driving dangerous across Colorado and Wyoming. A bus carrying crew members for the Brooklyn-based performer Twin Shadow rear-ended a semi-trailer stopped on the highway, seriously injuring 41-year-old bus driver John Crawford, the Colorado State Patrol said. Eleven other people on that bus suffered minor to moderate injuries. The Twin Shadow bus then hit another truck and a tour bus carrying crew members of the country band Thompson Square. No one in those vehicles was injured. Both bands were headed to Denver for shows Fr

  • Global temperatures set record in March, climate scientists report

    Silas Allen | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Last month was the warmest March on record worldwide, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Friday. The first three months of the year also made up the warmest first quarter on record, the agency reported. NOAA’s temperature records date back to 1880. Last month, the average temperature across land and ocean surfaces […]

  • FEMA aid urged for winter blizzard in Washington County

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's congressional delegation is urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency to add Washington County to a winter storm disaster declaration. In the letter, Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and Rep. Bruce Poliquin pointed out that Washington County was hit especially hard by winter storms but was let off a disaster declaration that included York, Androscoggin and Cumberland counties. The disaster declaration applies to the first big blizzard of the season in late January. The lawmakers said that a preliminary damage estimate indicates the storm that walloped Eastport with more than 2 feet of snow should qualify for disaster relief. They said in their letter that they "are hopeful that FEM

  • Beach widening doesn't always include dunes in New Jersey

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    ALLENHURST, N.J. (AP) — Major beach replenishment projects are getting underway along New Jersey's northernmost and southernmost oceanfront. But not all of the projects will include protective sand dunes that worked so well during Superstorm Sandy, even though many places that did not have the dunes when the storm hit sustained damage. The reason: Congress only agreed to fund restoring the beaches to their approved pre-Sandy designs. New Jersey is asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reconsider and add dunes to the project, but for now, they are not part of the Monmouth County work.

  • Storm's rebuilding nearly complete after 2 top draft picks

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) — When the Seattle Storm last underwent an overhaul of this proportion, it paid off with a WNBA championship two years later. They can only hope the results are similar this time. Once a pillar of stability and success in the WNBA, the Storm are undergoing a complete remodel from the front office all the way to the end of the bench. And that rebuilding will be based around the selection of guard Jewell Loyd and forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis with two of the top three picks in the WNBA draft on Thursday. It was the first time Seattle held the No. 1 pick in the draft since 2002 when Sue Bird was selected, and that came a year after the Storm took Lauren Jackson with the top pick.

  • UN weather agency scratches 'Isis' from storm name list

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations' weather agency has removed "Isis" from a list of future Pacific hurricane names, deeming it inappropriate given that the extremist Islamic State group has used ISIS as an acronym. World Meteorological Organization spokeswoman Clare Nullis in Geneva said Friday the agency's regional hurricane committee decided to cut the name off a list of names for the eastern north Pacific next year and replace it with "Ivette." The WMO has rotating lists of storm names for various regions that run from A to Z, alternating between male and female. Nullis said names are knocked off the lists "if they're considered inappropriate, if they cause too much damage and too much death.

  • The globe's record heat keeps on broiling into this year

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — There's been no break from the globe's record heat — the first three months of 2015 have set new high temperature marks. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said last month's average temperature of 56.4 degrees (13.6 degrees Celsius) was the hottest March on record, averaging 1.5 degrees above the average for the 20th century. It broke a record set in 2010. For the first three months of 2015, the globe was 55.6 degrees (13.1 degrees Celsius), breaking the record set in 2002. Records go back to 1880. NOAA climate scientist Jessica Blunden said 2015 probably will break 2014's hottest year mark if conditions persist.

  • Oklahoma weather: Storm updates

    FROM LOCAL REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Read updates as storms moved across central Oklahoma this weekend.

  • National Weather Service confirms tornado near Sayre

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    SAYRE — The National Weather Service says a tornado has touched down in western Oklahoma. Meteorologist Ryan Barnes says the Weather Service doesn't yet know the strength of the tornado that struck Thursday evening near Sayre. He says it doesn't appear the twister hit any major structures. The Beckham County Sheriff's Office had no reports of injuries or damage late Thursday. Tornadoes were also reported in Texas and Kansas as severe storms pushed across the region. Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Clouds delaying some flights into Philadelphia by 41 minutes

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Low clouds and foggy conditions are delaying some flights into Philadelphia International Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration says inbound flights that haven't taken off yet Friday are being held up by an average of 41 minutes. Inbound flights already in the air are seeing delays of no more than 15 minutes. The flight tracking website FlightAware says 49 Philadelphia-bound flights and 50 flights from the city have been delayed as of 10:45 a.m. The site says 7 Philadelphia-bound flights and 4 outbound flights have been canceled. The National Weather Service says clouds are as low as 1,000 feet.

  • Heavy rainfall comes to drought-stricken western Oklahoma

    Silas Allen | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    If you live in Cheyenne, it might be time to invest in a lifeboat. Parts of Roger Mills County have received more than seven inches of rain over the past week, according to the Oklahoma Mesonet weather network. Several other areas across western Oklahoma have seen three inches or more of rain during the same […]

  • Multiple accidents close I-70 near Eisenhower Tunnel

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    DENVER (AP) — A spring storm is bringing a taste of all seasons to Colorado. Multiple accidents closed snowy eastbound I-70 from Silverthorne to the Eisenhower Tunnel Friday morning. An accident also closed the highway in Idaho Springs overnight. While more heavy, wet snow is expected to continue falling in the mountains and foothills, rain is expected on the plains. Some severe thunderstorms with hail are also possible in northeast. The southeast corner of the state is being bypassed by the storm. Instead of a storm warning, a red flag warning is in effect in eastern Las Animas and Baca counties.

  • Rip currents predicted Friday along the Carolinas coast

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The National Weather Service is warning about rip currents along the Carolinas coast. Forecasters in Wilmington have issued an advisory saying rip currents can be expected Friday in southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina. The advisory is in effect through Friday evening for Brunswick, Pender and New Hanover counties in North Carolina as well as Horry and Georgetown counties in South Carolina. Forecasters say that easterly winds combined with a new moon will generate strong rip currents, which are powerful channels of water moving quickly away from the shore. The most likely time for rip current conditions is early Friday afternoon.

  • Storms, flooding damage Sam Houston State University

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Heavy rain and flooding have damaged a building at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. Cleanup continued Friday at the Recreational Sports Center after a glass wall collapsed due to high water. Authorities say nobody was hurt in Thursday afternoon's accident. School officials say drains became backed up during the storms, causing water to pool along the glass and the wall eventually give way. The water flooded parts of the building. The recreational center remains closed amid the cleanup. Some apartment flooding was also reported late Thursday in Huntsville, about 50 miles north of Houston. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for the Houston area thr

  • National Weather Service confirms tornado near Sayre

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    SAYRE, Okla. (AP) — The National Weather Service says a tornado has touched down in western Oklahoma. Meteorologist Ryan Barnes says the Weather Service doesn't yet know the strength of the tornado that struck Thursday evening near Sayre. He says it doesn't appear the twister hit any major structures. The Beckham County Sheriff's Office had no reports of injuries or damage late Thursday. Tornadoes were also reported in Texas and Kansas as severe storms pushed across the region.

  • Severe weather continues in western Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    A tornado warning has been issued in Roger Mills County and is set to expire at 9:15 p.m.

  • Snow falls in parts of Rockies, causes pileups in Wyoming

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wintry weather swept across parts of the Rockies on Thursday, leaving behind some wrecks and road closures. Heavy snow was being blamed for several pileups involving some 60 cars and trucks on Interstate 80 in southeastern Wyoming. No fatalities were reported, but about two dozen people were taken to a Cheyenne hospital. Kathy S. Baker, spokeswoman for the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, said Thursday that only three of the people taken to the hospital were admitted, and the rest were treated and released. She said she couldn't release information about the condition of the three. Speaking shortly after 5 p.m., Baker said the medical center had closed the command center it had established and d




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