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 snowstorm on track to set a record in Buffalo

wtsp.com — ( USA TODAY) Buffalo's first snowstorm of the season could give the area a year's worth of snow - around 8 feet - in just three days. More than 5 feet of snow was already on the ground Wednesday, and another round of lake-effect snow is forecast to bring an additional 3 feet of snow to the Buffalo area on Thursday and Friday.

U.S. hammered by freak freeze, whiteout

floridatoday.com — There was already 4 feet of snow on the ground at noon Tuesday in Elma, N.Y., and it was snowing so hard Dennis Powers couldn't see out his window. "We're getting hammered," said Powers, supervisor for the town of 11,300 people less than 20 miles from Lake Erie.

Climate change could cause more U.S. lightning strikes

azcentral.com — News flash: There could be a 50 percent increase in lightning strikes across the U.S. this century due to the warming temperatures associated with climate change. That could lead to more injuries and more deaths due to lightning -- and also more wildfires.

Report: China hacks into U.S. weather satellite network

wcnc.com — China has been hacking into the U.S. weather network and satellite systems, forcing cybersecurity teams to seal off data vital to disaster planning, aviation, shipping and other crucial uses, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirmed the attack in a statement released Wednesday, though it did not say China was the cause.

Prepare now for winter storms

usatoday.com — FEMA gives tips on how to get your home ready for winter. With another winter's chill on the way, now's a good time to prepare for the coming onslaught of snow, ice and cold.

Wall of Arctic cold marches South, East

usatoday.com — A unrelenting wall of Arctic air continued its march toward the South and East on Wednesday after as much as 3 feet of record-breaking snow buried portions of the upper Midwest. Michigan's Upper Peninsula was hardest hit, but parts of Wisconsin and Minnesota saw more than 16 inches.

Brutal cold, heavy snow slam central U.S.

azcentral.com — Arctic air continued to surge into the central U.S. on Tuesday, while record-breaking snow buried portions of the upper Midwest. Temperatures were only in the single digits, teens, and 20s across much of the north-central U.S. as of Tuesday morning.

One N.J. city among top to have the most car accidents

app.com — It's something most of us do every day, yet it remains the most hazardous and potentially deadly thing we do: Driving our car. Amazingly, there is roughly one motor vehicle accident every 10 seconds in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Nationally, the average U.S.

Lack of hurricanes did not cause collapse of Mayan civilisation

smh.com.au — Enduring mystery: What doomed the Mayan civilisation? Photo: iStock The ancient Maya, ferocious hurricanes and - wait for it - stalagmites. How can you go wrong with this story? Scientists thought a prolonged drop in hurricane activity helped push the region into drought from AD800 to AD950, when the Mayan civilisation collapsed, but recent research shows that might not be the case.

Northeastern cities have the most car accidents

cnbc.com — It's something most of us do every day, yet it remains the most hazardous and potentially deadly thing we do: Driving our car. Amazingly, there is roughly one motor vehicle accident every 10 seconds in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Nationally, the average U.S.
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Nov 22, 2014

It's thunder. It's snow. It's thundersnow! Check out this rare -- and dangerous -- weather phenomenon usat.ly/1yFafJU

Nov 20, 2014

USA TODAY Podcast: Epic lake-effect snowstorm wallops Buffalo area. bit.ly/1p3HpTs

Nov 20, 2014

Shame on NFL if game played: NFL must move Buffalo game shar.es/1X5GZ1 via @Qsports

Nov 20, 2014

RT @Miss_Melisssss: Today's Your Take Today features a fiery sky in Seattle, Wash. usat.ly/1xGPT5W (Photo by Gopal Seshadrinathan) pic.twitter.com/Mh6wdj7UXh

Nov 20, 2014

#Snow foolin! Check out how Buffalo's snowfall totals compare to world's shortest and tallest man. pic.twitter.com/t8rcGd20yj

Nov 20, 2014

37 million Californians are living in an area that's under #Drought conditions. pic.twitter.com/AoJzFBaHnk

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