Two women look for a taxi in New York's Times Square on Friday.
February 9, 2013 The hype surrounding major storms follows a predictable pattern — plenty of buildup and panic before it peaks, plateaus and peters out. Could this kind of hype cycle have consequences for storm victims?
Current winter storm watches and warnings from the National Weather Service.
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December 19, 2012 The powerful winter storm has prompted avalanche warnings in Utah, and blizzard watches in the Plains states. Travelers are advised to watch for airline delays.
Jan. 21, 2012: A winter scene in Brooklyn, N.Y. Snow may be a relatively rare sight this coming winter in the U.S.
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October 18, 2012 The National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center has released its winter outlook. It says chances are good that some parts of the nation hit hard this year by dry and drought-like conditions won't be getting a "normal" amount of precipitation.
Doug Jones, owner of Piedmont Biofarm in Pittsboro, N.C., waters vegetables as temperatures in the South soar, Friday, June 29. Triple-digit temperatures are expected for several days in North Carolina.
June 30, 2012 High temperatures cooked up storms that lashed the Eastern U.S. overnight, and more than 2 million homes lost power. Friday, heat hit record highs around the country.
Branches and power lines littered the nation's capital after bruising storms swept through the Mid-Atlantic region on Friday night.
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June 30, 2012 Friday's record-setting heat and brutal storms left much of the Midwest and Eastern U.S. cleaning up damage and waiting for crews to restore power on Saturday. More heat and more storms are on the way, too.
The darker areas are being warned about what's coming. They're where tornadoes could occur on Saturday and into Sunday.
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April 13, 2012 Dangerous storms are expected from north central Texas up through Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa and as far east as Wisconsin.
Nine-year-old Maddie Meek (L) and her mother Dina Meek salvaged what they could from a relative's home in Joplin earlier today (May 24, 2011).
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May 24, 2011 Already struggling to recover from Sunday's devastating tornado that killed more than 100 people, residents of Joplin, Mo., have more severe weather to worry about later today.
April 28, 2011 The National Weather Service's Storm Reports page tells a lot about how far-reaching the severe weather, which left at least 200 people dead, was on Wednesday.
April 27, 2011 The National Weather Service has issued a rare storm warning, saying the Midwest and South are at risk of deadly tornadoes today. April, 2011 could set a record for tornado activity.
Roy Williams of Westfield, Mass., shovels snow in front of his vehicle on a merge ramp on Interstate 91 southbound in Windsor, Conn., Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011.
January 12, 2011 Every state except Florida has at least some snow on the ground, according to the National Weather Service. In Massachusetts, thousands are without power because of the latest blizzard.
San Diego, Dec. 21: Flood waters rose in the San Diego River.
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December 22, 2010 While mudslides remain a serious danger, the rain should end tonight. And forecasters expect sunny skies on Thursday in Los Angeles.
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