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

Epic fail: Giant walls wouldn't stop tornadoes

usatoday.com — Talk about an epic fail. Building gigantic,1,000-foot tall-walls across the central USA wouldn't stop tornadoes and might actually cause other problems, says a recent study in the Electronic Journal of Severe Storm Meteorology. The study by meteorologist Brice Coffer of North Carolina State University was a follow-up to a wild theory proposed this year by physicist Rongjia Tao of Temple University.

Friday's forecast: Endless rain for Northwest

usatoday.com — Three of the four corners of the nation will see soggy conditions Friday while the rest of the country enjoys mostly mild, dry weather. Northwest: The drenching continues in the sodden Pacific Northwest, northern Great Basin and parts of Northern California on Friday. Chilly temperatures in the 40s and 50s will add to the dreariness.

Mom of Canada shooter: 'I am mad at my son'

usatoday.com — The mother of the gunman in Canada's capital city said Thursday she mourns for the victims of the attack, not her son. "If I'm crying, it's for the people," Susan Bibeau told the Associated Press, struggling to hold back tears, "not for my son."

Powerful nor'easter lashing New England

usatoday.com — A powerful, slow-moving nor'easter is bringing heavy rain, howling winds and high surf to New England again Thursday. The storm battered the area late Wednesday, with damage reported across the region, according to AccuWeather. Tens of thousands of customers were without power across Connecticut, New York, Maine and Massachusetts, mainly due to downed trees.

Sky spectacle: Partial solar eclipse coming Thursday

wusa9.com — Don't forget to look up Thursday. In the afternoon, a partial solar eclipse - where the moon covers a part of the sun - will be visible across much of the USA, barring any pesky clouds that could block the show.

Tropical depression forms near Mexico

usatoday.com — A tropical depression with winds of 35 mph has formed just west of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula in the Bay of Campeche, the National Hurricane Center reported. Formally known as Tropical Depression Nine, it's forecast to slowly move to the east, potentially becoming a tropical storm later Wednesday before sliding across the Yucatan on Thursday.

Wednesday's forecast: More rain for Northeast, Northwest

usatoday.com — The two spots that are forecast to see the most rain Wednesday are the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast, though some other areas will dodge the raindrops too. Northwest: A Pacific storm will continue to whirl off the coast, bringing chilly coastal and valley rain and mountain snow to the region.

Sky spectacle: Partial solar eclipse coming Thursday

usatoday.com — Don't forget to look up Thursday. In the afternoon, a partial solar eclipse - where the moon covers a part of the sun - will be visible across much of the USA, barring any pesky clouds that could block the show.

Hurricane Gonzalo hits Bermuda

usatoday.com — Hurricane Gonzalo hit Bermuda late Friday as a powerful Category 2 storm, with winds estimated at 110 mph, the National Hurricane Center reported. As of 9 p.m. ET, Bermuda was in the eyewall of the hurricane, according to the hurricane center.

Hurricane Gonzalo to slam Bermuda today

wcnc.com — Hurricane Gonzalo roared toward Bermuda on Friday morning as a powerful Category 4 storm, with winds of 130 mph. Even if the eye doesn't make direct landfall, the hurricane will still blast the tiny island nation.
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Oct 24, 2014

RT @yourtake: You can't look at the sun, but you can see our awesome photos of it! usat.ly/1wwDZtf (@matthewtrudeau1) pic.twitter.com/Q8pxbCx1K1

Oct 24, 2014

Nice story: The Oklahoma City Thunder built new basketball courts for tornado victims usat.ly/ZOQnrT via @forthewin

Oct 24, 2014

The tornado carved a skipping path through neighborhood streets and downtown Longview before vanishing in the dark sky a short time later.

Oct 24, 2014

The National Weather Service confirmed the Washington #tornado was an EF1 on the Fujita scale of tornado intensity. usat.ly/1tQZndW

Oct 24, 2014

EF1 tornado rips off roofs in Washington State usat.ly/1tQZndW via @usatoday

Oct 24, 2014

Friday's forecast: Endless rain for Northwest usat.ly/1tPOjO8 via @usatoday

Oct 23, 2014

RT @thegoodcarmah: Miss the partial solar eclipse earlier Thursday? Here are my highlights: usat.ly/1tPkNIa via @USATODAY

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