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

Snow to blast East Coast into Groundhog Day — The national weather forecast for Saturday, January 31 calls for snow in the Rockies, a mix of rain and snow in parts of the Plains and Midwest as well as snow showers in New England.

Light snowpack doesn't bode well for parched West — BERTHOUD PASS, Colo. - While much of the East Coast is still shaking off a major blizzard, the snowpack high in the western mountains is looking small and that doesn't bode well for the parched region. A new report out this week found virtually all of California remains in drought.

Meteorologists tweet apologies for 'historic' storm forecasts — Historic. Crippling. Potentially the biggest in history. These were just a few of the words and phrases used in forecasts and by officials to describe the winter storm that was set to hammer much of the Northeast Monday night and into Tuesday.

Mighty storm hammers Northeast; NYC 'dodges bullet' — A mighty storm smashing across the Northeast on Tuesday showed mercy on New York City and Philadelphia but relentlessly pounded Boston and many coastal areas with driving snow, high winds and flooding. More than 50 million people were hunkered down in the angry storm's path.

Huge asteroid will fly by Earth on Monday — A massive asteroid, roughly twice the size of the Rose Bowl stadium, will safely fly by Earth late Monday. At its closest point, as it flies by at about 35,000 mph, the space rock will be about 745,000 miles from Earth, about three times as far away as the moon.

Doomsday approaching? Clock ticking closer to midnight — "The probability of global catastrophe is very high," said Kennette Benedict, publisher of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. "This is about the end of civilization as we know it." (USA Today) -- Citing unchecked climate change and the ongoing threat of nuclear weapons, scientists Thursday moved the hands of the Doomsday Clock two minutes closer to midnight.

Doomsday ticks closer to midnight: 'the probability of global catastrophe is very high' — Climate scientist Richard Somerville, a member, Science and Security Board, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, unveils the new Doomsday Clock in Washington. Photo: AP Washington: Citing unchecked climate change and the ongoing threat of nuclear weapons, scientists on Thursday moved the hands of the Doomsday Clock two minutes closer to midnight.

Record! 2014 was Earth's Warmest Year — 2014 was the planet's warmest year since climate records began in 1880, federal scientists announced Friday. "Humans are literally cooking their planet," said Jonathan Overpeck, an atmospheric scientist from the University of Arizona. The global temperature from 2014 broke the previous record warmest years of 2005 and 2010.

Tornadoes rip across southeast United States, leave 4 dead — Jeff and Melissa McKenzie embrace in the ruins of their florist and gift shop store in Columbia, Mississippi, after a tornado ripped through the city. Photo: AP A series of severe storms in the United States - including tornadoes - touched down in three southern states on Tuesday, killing four people, damaging homes and businesses, flipping cars, knocking down trees, and downing power lines.

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.
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Jan 30, 2015

@NWSNewYorkNY is calling for 6-8 inches of snow for Manhattan with this next winter storm. #Linus. Stay tuned....

Jan 30, 2015

Groundhog Day facts: Phil, the badger, the elixir via @usatoday

Jan 30, 2015

San Francisco has received no rain this month, the first time that's happened since records began in the 1850s.

Jan 30, 2015

Light snowpack doesn't bode well for parched West via @usatoday

Jan 30, 2015

Say it ain't snow! Winter storm forecast this weekend via @usatoday

Jan 30, 2015

RT @yourtake: Contributor Jennifer Barkworth misses her garden. What do you miss most during the winter months? Tweet us and share!

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