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

Study: Lack of hurricanes is dumb luck

wtsp.com — ( USA TODAY) -- A major hurricane has not hit the U.S. innearly 10 years - an occurrence that is "unprecedented in the historical record," according to a new study out this week. Why is that?

Tornadoes roar across the Plains

wtsp.com — ( USA TODAY) -- Tornadoes have been reported across portions of the central and southern Plains Wednesday afternoon. Separate tornadoes hit central Kansas, central Oklahoma, and Nebraska, according to the National Weather Service. A tornado has been reported southwest of Oklahoma City, forcing the evacuation of the Will Rogers Airport.

Look up! Here comes the Lyrid meteor shower

11alive.com — The Lyrids, April's top meteor shower, is expected to peak over the next couple of nights. The best time to see the shower will be just before dawn on Wednesday, which is also Earth Day, and on Thursday, according to Slooh.com, an astronomy website. How many meteors will be visible?

Twister kills 1 in Illinois; storm moves south and east

usatoday.com — A violent storm system that produced a deadly tornado and widespread damage in a small community northwest of Chicago rolled south and east Friday, threatening strong winds and large hail to the Gulf Coast and Mid-Atlantic states. The National Weather Service said at least two twisters, possibly more, touched down during the storm Thursday evening.

Study suggests fracking could release radon from ground

freep.com — Levels of cancer-causing radon gas in Pennsylvania homes have increased as the fracking industry has expanded, a new study shows. The study is a preliminary "first look" into a possible connection between fracking and radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas, says co-author Joan Casey.

Study suggests fracking could release radon from ground

usatoday.com — Levels of cancer-causing radon gas in Pennsylvania homes have increased as the fracking industry has expanded, a new study shows. The study is a preliminary "first look" into a possible connection between fracking and radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas, says co-author Joan Casey.

Desalted Pacific water may slake Calif. thirst

usatoday.com — California has a giant reservoir to its west that could supply the parched state. It is called the Pacific Ocean. To tap this salty resource, desalination plants and related technology are being introduced or revived in the state. Part of Gov.

Calif. drought challenges state's businesses

usatoday.com — SAN FRANCISCO - California's punishing drought - which led to the first mandatory statewide water restrictions in state history last week - will bring more pain to some businesses and prosperity to others if it doesn't let up soon.

Astronauts capture stunning photos of Pacific typhoon

smh.com.au — Typhoon Maysak taken by astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti from the International Space Station. Photo: Samantha Cristoforetti Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have captured some fantastic and awe-inspiring shots of Super Typhoon Maysak and its cavernous eye.

Record low for Arctic sea ice

winnipegfreepress.com — Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION THE Arctic called, and it wants its winter back. As folks across much of the central and eastern U.S. shivered and shovelled through a cold, snowy winter, the unusual chill didn't extend to the Far North, where Arctic ice is at record-low levels so far for the winter.
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May 25, 2015

Wild video: Waterspout hits land, flips bounce house with children inside in Florida wpbf.com/news/waterspou… via @WPBF25News

May 22, 2015

Threat of storms means early 3-somes Saturday at Colonial usat.ly/1SpiGEo via @usatoday

May 22, 2015

Most 'luminous' galaxy in the universe discovered usat.ly/1Spromf via @usatoday

May 22, 2015

#OnThisDay In 1980, thunderstorms deposited dust from #MountStHelens over the Canadian maritime provinces.

May 22, 2015

Friday's forecast: Soggy southern Plains; clear in the East usat.ly/1SkLnT1 via @usatoday

May 22, 2015

RT @ggweather: NAT'L HEAT AWARENESS DAY. Annually 37 kids dies in hot cars in the US. Already 2 this year!! noheatstroke.org pic.twitter.com/HQ3bmxgZIj

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