Jan 24, 2016

Blizzard turns traffic-free Manhattan into winter playground

An otherworldly quiet descended over the streets of Manhattan on Saturday as a muffling blanket of snow and a complete ban on private vehicles transformed a city renowned for its bustle and horn-blaring traffic into a tranquil pedestrian mall. As a blizzard that seemed ...

Blizzard brings much of U.S. East Coast to a standstill

Jan 24, 2016

Blizzard brings much of U.S. East Coast to a standstill

A blizzard with hurricane-force winds brought much of the U.S. East Coast to a standstill Saturday, dumping as much as 3 feet (90 centimeters) of snow, stranding tens of thousands of travelers and shutting down Washington and New York City. After days of weather ...

China hit by eye-watering cold snap

Jan 23, 2016

China hit by eye-watering cold snap

Much of China shivered Saturday as a teeth-chattering cold snap broke decades-old records and snow fell in some parts for the first time in years, cancelling flights and forcing many indoors. An orange alert was issued across the country as forecasts predicted eye-watering lows ...

China finds storm caused sinking of cruiser that killed 442

Dec 31, 2015

China finds storm caused sinking of cruiser that killed 442

Chinese authorities blamed freak weather and failures in the crew’s judgment for the capsizing of a cruise ship that killed hundreds earlier this year, recommending that the captain be further investigated and representatives of the shipping company and local authorities be punished for management ...

Dec 31, 2015

U.S. Midwest counts cost from record flooding

Swollen rivers in the U.S. Midwest and other regions brought flood warnings for over 12 million Americans on Wednesday as scores of buildings were submerged after days of intense rain in which 24 people have died. Two rivers west of St. Louis crested at ...

Dec 29, 2015

Record El Nino, climate change drive extreme weather

Deadly extreme weather on at least five continents is driven in large part by a record-breaking El Nino, but climate change is a likely booster too, experts said Monday. The 2015-16 El Nino, they added, is the strongest ever measured. “It is probably the ...

At least seven dead after Texas storms spawn tornadoes

Dec 27, 2015

At least seven dead after Texas storms spawn tornadoes

Tornadoes swept through the Dallas area after dark on Saturday, leaving substantial damage and at least seven people dead either from the storm or related traffic accidents, in the latest of a succession of freakish winter weather events across the country. The Texas tornadoes ...

T-shirt weather and tornadoes for Christmas in U.S.

Dec 25, 2015

T-shirt weather and tornadoes for Christmas in U.S.

East Coast Americans shed their Christmas sweaters on Thursday to enjoy soaring temperatures ahead of the holiday, as further south deadly tornadoes cut a swath through rural communities. According to the National Weather Service, temperatures in New York’s iconic Central Park peaked at 72 ...

Warm holiday weather in U.S. wards off holiday spirit for some

Dec 24, 2015

Warm holiday weather in U.S. wards off holiday spirit for some

Astrid Rau just baked 16 kinds of Christmas cookies, including a batch in the shape of snowflakes. But she somehow was having trouble getting into the holiday spirit, thanks to balmy weather in her hometown of Perkasie, Pennsylvania. “I associate cold with Christmas,” the ...

Six killed as storm system sweeps across U.S.

Dec 24, 2015

Six killed as storm system sweeps across U.S.

A storm system that forecasters called “particularly dangerous” killed at least six people as it swept across the country, with tornadoes touching down in Indiana and Mississippi. A tree blew over onto a house in Arkansas, killing an 18-year-old woman and trapping a 1-year-old ...

U.S. South under twister alert; storm claims Arkansas woman, 18

Dec 24, 2015

U.S. South under twister alert; storm claims Arkansas woman, 18

Storms packing strong winds and heavy rain slammed the U.S. midsection on Wednesday, and officials worried about Christmas yard decorations becoming projectiles. A tree blew over onto a house in Arkansas, killing an 18-year-old woman and trapping her 1-year-old child inside, authorities said. Rescuers ...