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

Thanksgiving Eve storm to trip up travelers in East — A potent winter storm is forecast to deliver a messy mix of snow, ice and rain for the East this week, potentially leading to a big headache for Thanksgiving travelers. "This will be a significant East Coast storm with major impacts to air and road travel Wednesday," said Weather Channel meteorologist Matt Sitkowski.

Snowy Buffalo faces flood concerns as temps rise — Cazenovia Creek in West Seneca, New York is expected to reach flood stage early Monday evening. Areas that saw up to 7 feet of lake-effect snow in recent days are now preparing for flooding.

Epic snowstorm on track to set a record in Buffalo — ( 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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. — 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 — 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 26, 2014

Video: Winter storm complicates Thanksgiving travel via @usatoday

Nov 26, 2014

But Sen. Inhofe doesn't want Americans to fall victim to "EPA's over-regulation and extreme environmentalist agenda"

Nov 26, 2014

"Today marks another step forward in the EPA's long history of protecting Americans' health and the climate."

Nov 26, 2014

Did fliers really get out and 'push' a frozen Russian jetliner? Or was it a joke? via @usatoday

Nov 26, 2014

EPA proposes new limits to ozone air pollution via @usatoday

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