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

Arctic sea ice sets January record low

usatoday.com — The amount of Arctic sea ice set a record low for the month of January, the National Snow and Ice Data Center announced Thursday. January 2016 was a remarkably warm month there, the data center said. Air temperatures were 13 degrees above average across most of the Arctic Ocean.

Super Bowl weather forecast looks super

usatoday.com — The weather for Sunday's Super Bowl in Santa Clara, Calif., looks - well, super! The forecast calls for sunny skies, light winds and a kickoff temperature near 70 degrees, according to AccuWeather meteorologist Brian Edwards. That's above-average for Feb. 7, according to Jan Null, a meteorologist with Golden Gate Weather Services.
Feb 04, 2016

Peyton Manning won his only Super Bowl (XLI) on Feb. 4, 2007, in Miami. That was the wettest Super Bowl on record... usat.ly/1K1hsP1

Feb 05, 2016

The Super Bowl weather forecast looks super! usat.ly/1K2FRnq (Photo: Replay Technologies) #sb50 via @USATODAY

Hurricane Patricia's winds reached record 215 mph

usatoday.com — Hurricane Patricia's winds reached a record 215 mph as it roared toward the west coast of Mexico in October, the National Hurricane Center announced Thursday. That's 15 mph greater than Patricia's previously thought top speed. It's the strongest wind speed ever measured in a hurricane in the Western Hemisphere.
Feb 04, 2016

Hurricane Patricia's winds reached record 215 mph usat.ly/1T0Ke55 via @usatoday

Thursday's forecast: Snowy Rockies, rainy Southeast

usatoday.com — The national weather forecast for Thursday, February 4th calls for more snow in the Rockies and light snow around the Great Lakes. No big storms are forecast anywhere in the nation Thursday, though some showers will persist along the Southeast coast while snow piles up in the Rockies and Cascades.
Feb 04, 2016

Thursday's forecast: Snowy Rockies, rainy Southeast usat.ly/1X4whSK via @usatoday

Feb 04, 2016

RT @usatodayweather: Thursday's forecast: Snowy Rockies, rainy Southeast usat.ly/1X4whSK via @usatoday

Tornadoes lash South

usatoday.com — Several tornadoes ripped across parts of eastern Mississippi and western Alabama Tuesday, leaving behind damage but no deaths. The storms took down trees and power poles and damaged structures, the Weather Channel reported. More than 14,000 Alabama Power customers are without power, mostly in Birmingham, the utility reports.

Blizzard blasts central U.S., severe storms hit South

usatoday.com — A powerful blizzard hit the central Plains on Tuesday, closing major roads and schools, halting flights at several airports and knocking out power to thousands of residents. Parts of five states from north-central Kansas to southwest Minnesota were under blizzard warnings, the Weather Channel said.
Feb 02, 2016

Two tornadoes have been reported in Mississippi this afternoon. usat.ly/1WZZXQS via @usatoday

Tuesday is Groundhog Day

wbir.com — With cloudy skies forecast for western Pennsylvania on Tuesday morning, it's unlikely famed groundhog Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow when he pops out of his burrow, meaning he won't promptly rush back inside. That's assuming he isn't freaked out by the blinding lights and overall hullabaloo.

Tuesday tempest: Blizzard for Plains, severe storms for South

usatoday.com — The same storm that lashed Southern California on Sunday will race into the Rockies and central U.S. Monday and Tuesday, bringing blizzard conditions and major travel disruptions.

It's almost Groundhog Day! But how accurate is Punxsutawney Phil?

usatoday.com — With cloudy skies forecast for western Pennsylvania on Tuesday morning, it's unlikely famed groundhog Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow when he pops out of his burrow, meaning he won't promptly rush back inside. That's assuming he isn't freaked out by the blinding lights and overall hullabaloo.
Jan 31, 2016

It's almost Groundhog Day! But how accurate is Punxsutawney Phil? usat.ly/1WUABnz via @usatoday

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Avalanche deaths soar in the West

usatoday.com — Several "big and dangerous" avalanches took a toll on skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers in the western USA this month, making January the deadliest month on the mountains since 2008. January is typically the month with the most avalanche fatalities in the U.S., but this January proved worse than normal, with 11 people killed, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, which tracks fatalities and accidents nationwide.
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Feb 05, 2016

Wet weather systems increasingly more rare in Southwest usat.ly/1X9f4aM via @usatoday

Feb 05, 2016

RT @yourtake: Tweet us photos of interesting cloud formations you've seen. (Photo by @nicolesylvie) pic.twitter.com/vxjbPSHwtK

Feb 05, 2016

Several wind gusts of 20-25 mph were reported between 8 & 9 a.m. in Manhattan today, according to @wunderground pic.twitter.com/77YCNQfaUg

Feb 05, 2016

Northeast snow creates headaches for fliers in NYC, Boston usat.ly/1T2mL3g via @usatoday

Feb 04, 2016

Arctic sea ice sets January record low usat.ly/1X6KcrF via @usatoday

Feb 04, 2016

Peyton Manning won his only Super Bowl (XLI) on Feb. 4, 2007, in Miami. That was the wettest Super Bowl on record... usat.ly/1K1hsP1


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