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

Awesome aurora: Northern lights put on a show

Tuesday's forecast: Dreary, wet East Coast

Tuesday's forecast: Dreary, wet East Coast
usatoday.com — Another rainy day is forecast for the Gulf and East Coasts on Tuesday while most of the central and western U.S. will be clear. East, Gulf Coasts: A stalled front will bring rain and thunderstorms from New England to the Gulf Coast on Tuesday. Some of the heaviest rain is likely in the Mid-Atlantic states.

3 Earth-like planets orbiting nearby star could have life, water | Video

3 Earth-like planets orbiting nearby star could have life, water | Video
commercialappeal.com — By Doyle Rice, USA TODAY Our science fiction dreams of Martians may never come true, but three earth-like planets discovered orbiting a nearby star have potential life and water, astronomers announced Monday. The sizes and temperatures of these worlds are similar to those of Earth and Venus, and hold the best promise yet for the search for life outside the solar system.

3 Earth-like planets orbiting nearby star could have life, water

3 Earth-like planets orbiting nearby star could have life, water
13newsnow.com — Our science fiction dreams of Martians may never come true, but three earth-like planets discovered orbiting a nearby star have potential life and water, astronomers announced Monday. The sizes and temperatures of these worlds are similar to those of Earth and Venus, and hold the best promise yet for the search for life outside the solar system.

Potential for life on 3 Earth-like planets found "only" 40 light-years away

Potential for life on 3 Earth-like planets found "only" 40 light-years away
usatoday.com — Are we alone in the universe? No one knows for sure, of course, but astronomers Monday report that three Earth-like planets were discovered orbiting a "nearby" star. The sizes and temperatures of these worlds are similar to those of Earth and Venus, and are the best targets found so far for the search for life outside the solar system.

Solar Impulse 2 takes off from San Francisco, heads for Phoenix

Solar Impulse 2 takes off from San Francisco, heads for Phoenix
usatoday.com — The solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 took off from San Francisco early Monday as it continues its around-the-world tour with several flights across the U.S. The plane took of at 8:03 a.m. ET (5:03 a.m. PT) for a trip to Phoenix that is expected to last 16 hours and 23 minutes.

Friday's forecast: Stormy Plains, snowy Rockies

Friday's forecast: Stormy Plains, snowy Rockies
usatoday.com — Severe storms are forecast for the southern Plains while snow flies in the Rockies and the Mid-Atlantic sees a cool, showery day. Central U.S.: Strong to severe thunderstorms and drenching rain are forecast for portions of Oklahoma, Texas, western Arkansas and northern Louisiana Friday. Some flash flooding is possible.

Deluge swamps Mississippi in a matter of hours

Deluge swamps Mississippi in a matter of hours
usatoday.com — Up to 10 inches of torrential rain drenched southern Mississippi in just a few hours Thursday morning, triggering flash floods that quickly swamped roads and homes and led to water rescues. Biloxi and Gulfport were two of the cities hardest hit, according to the National Weather Service.

Upon further review, January snowfall was biggest ever in NYC

Upon further review, January snowfall was biggest ever in NYC
usatoday.com — Upon further review, the mammoth blizzard that paralyzed the Northeast in January turned out to be the biggest ever recorded in New York City. The storm dumped 27.5 inches in New York from Jan. 22-24, not the previously reported 26.8 inches, according to a report released Thursday by the National Weather Service.

Storms lash central US but big outbreak avoided

Storms lash central US but big outbreak avoided
usatoday.com — Storms lashed the central U.S. late Tuesday with huge hail and strong winds, but the threatened widespread tornado outbreak did not materialize. Another round of severe weather was predicted for Wednesday, mainly in the Mississippi River Valley from Iowa to Louisiana.
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