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

Thursday's forecast: Cooler air for East; Wet Northwest — Chilly temperatures will overspread much of the central and eastern U.S. Thursday while more rain drenches the Northwest. East: A cooler, drier day is forecast Thursday for most of the East. Some showers are possible around the Great Lakes and interior Northeast, and a few thunderstorms will rumble in central Florida.

Father Vines: 'Hurricane priest' of 19th-century Cuba — Imagine forecasting hurricanes without using computers, satellites or radar. That's what Father Benito Vines, the famed "hurricane priest" of 19th-century Cuba, did. A new book out this year details the life and career of Vines, who made it his life's work to save lives and teach the public about the weather.

NASA-contracted rocket explodes at liftoff — WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. - An unmanned commercial rocket headed for the International Space Station to deliver supplies exploded just after launching Tuesday, filling the sky with a massive fireball. The Antares rocket supplied by contractor Orbital Sciences blew up six seconds after liftoff at NASA's space launch facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, the space agency said.

Horrors! Halloween snow likely in Great Lakes, Northeast — Forget Dracula. Around the Great Lakes and Northeast, Frosty the Snowman might be a better Halloween costume. Bone-chilling air, rain and even some early season snow will fall on parts of the those regions this Halloween, according to a forecast from AccuWeather.

NASA: Resupply explosion won't jeopardize space station — The fiery explosion that destroyed an unmanned commercial supply rocket and set off a scramble to determine what happened won't jeopardize operations at the International Space Station, NASA said. "We're in good shape," said William Gerstenmaier, NASA associate administrator, Human Exploration and Operations. "There was no cargo that was absolutely critical."

U.N. panel warns of 'irreversible' climate extremes — The United Nations' leading panel on climate change is preparing to warn of "severe, pervasive and irreversible" weather and climate extremes if the world doesn't start to corral greenhouse gases that cause global warming, according to a draft of its report.

Commercial supply rocket explodes on liftoff — A commercial supply ship bound for the International Space Station has exploded moments after liftoff. Orbital Sciences Corp.'s unmanned rocket blew up over the launch complex at Wallops Island, Virginia, just six seconds after liftoff. The company says no one was believed to be hurt and the damage appeared to be limited to the facilities.

Unmanned Antares rocket explodes on launch — An unmanned NASA rocket exploded during launch from Wallops Island, Va., late Tuesday afternoon. The Antares rocket was scheduled to take supplies to the International Space Station. "There has been a vehicle anomaly," Orbital Sciences, the contractor supplying the rocket, said on its Twitter feed.

Storm with hurricane remnants to hit Pacific Northwest — A powerhouse storm will slam into the Pacific Northwest late Monday and into Tuesday, bringing heavy rain, howling winds and mountain snow. What's unusual about this storm is that includes remnants of Hurricane Ana, a central Pacific storm that blew by Hawaii last weekend.

Epic fail: Giant walls wouldn't stop tornadoes — 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.
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Oct 30, 2014

Thursday's forecast: Cooler air for East; Wet Northwest via @usatoday

Oct 30, 2014

Snow-covered hills provide a serene backdrop for a home in Iceland on a mostly clear day-By Natasa Krizanic @yourtake

Oct 30, 2014

RT @usatodayvideo: NOOOO!!! Not yet! Freeze watches in the Plains, what will the weather be in your town? @Toppersweather

Oct 29, 2014

Check out my podcast about the new @ametsoc book "Father Vines. He was the "hurricane priest" of 20th century Cuba.

Oct 29, 2014

A supercell thunderstorm rolls over the Plains. A tornado eventually formed from the storm-By Steve Tredway @yourtake

Oct 29, 2014

RT @katharinelackey: Forget Dracula. Around the Great Lakes and Northeast, Frosty the Snowman might be a better Halloween costume.

Oct 29, 2014

Horrors! Snow for Halloween in Great Lakes, Northeast via @usatoday

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