The latest weather and climate news -- from hurricanes and tornadoes to blizzards and climate change -- from Doyle Rice, the USA TODAY weather editor/reporter.

Mudslide fears for L.A. as 'Pineapple Express' storm pounds West Coast — SAN FRANCISCO - A ferocious storm system pounded a huge swath of the West Coast with heavy rain, hurricane-force winds and power outages Thursday and into Friday. At least two people were killed. In some parts of northern California, the storm produced hurricane-force winds of 78 mph and one gust of 147 mph in the Sierra.

Rain, gusts usher in fierce California storm system — Moderate rain and and gusts as high as 36 mph Thursday marked the arrival of a ferocious storm system in the San Francisco area that has sent residents scrambling for flashlights and bottled water and prompted authorities to warn trucks to avoid some exposed bridges across the bay.

California weather: West Coast prepares for 'Pineapple Express' to bring the worst storm in five years — The National Weather Service said the barrage is "expected to be one of the strongest storms in terms of wind and rain" since storms in October 2009 and January 2008. Moderate rain and gusty winds began hitting Northern California late Wednesday.

One Mount Everest every two years: Rate of west Antarctic ice loss — West Antarctic ice melt accelerates as planet warms. Photo: IPF The melt rate of glaciers in west Antarctica has tripled in the past 10 years due in large part to global warming, according to a new study.

Thanksgiving Eve storm to trip up travelers in East — A potent winter storm is forecast to deliver a messy mix of snow, ice and rain for the East this week, potentially leading to a big headache for Thanksgiving travelers. "This will be a significant East Coast storm with major impacts to air and road travel Wednesday," said Weather Channel meteorologist Matt Sitkowski.

Snowy Buffalo faces flood concerns as temps rise — Cazenovia Creek in West Seneca, New York is expected to reach flood stage early Monday evening. Areas that saw up to 7 feet of lake-effect snow in recent days are now preparing for flooding.

Epic snowstorm on track to set a record in Buffalo — ( USA TODAY) Buffalo's first snowstorm of the season could give the area a year's worth of snow - around 8 feet - in just three days. More than 5 feet of snow was already on the ground Wednesday, and another round of lake-effect snow is forecast to bring an additional 3 feet of snow to the Buffalo area on Thursday and Friday.

U.S. hammered by freak freeze, whiteout — There was already 4 feet of snow on the ground at noon Tuesday in Elma, N.Y., and it was snowing so hard Dennis Powers couldn't see out his window. "We're getting hammered," said Powers, supervisor for the town of 11,300 people less than 20 miles from Lake Erie.

Climate change could cause more U.S. lightning strikes — News flash: There could be a 50 percent increase in lightning strikes across the U.S. this century due to the warming temperatures associated with climate change. That could lead to more injuries and more deaths due to lightning -- and also more wildfires.

Report: China hacks into U.S. weather satellite network — China has been hacking into the U.S. weather network and satellite systems, forcing cybersecurity teams to seal off data vital to disaster planning, aviation, shipping and other crucial uses, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirmed the attack in a statement released Wednesday, though it did not say China was the cause.
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Dec 22, 2014

Rainstorm to bring wet Christmas to Eastern USA via @usatoday

Dec 22, 2014

Always fun comparing rain in the Gulf Coast & the Southwest: So far in 2014, almost 7 feet has soaked Pensacola while Yuma has had ~3 inches

Dec 22, 2014

Only 26% of the USA is snow covered today, the lowest percentage for this date in 10 years.

Dec 22, 2014

I know this was news Friday, but RIP, Robert Simpson. I had a nice talk with him two years ago when he turned 100.

Dec 22, 2014

Family found after 10 days in the Australian outback; They survived by collecting rainwater. via @usatoday

Dec 19, 2014

RT @yourtake: LISTEN: Dreaming of a white Christmas? @usatodayweather's Doyle Rice and @simplychar18 have a scoop for you:…

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