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How's the weather shaping up for Inauguration Day?

Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on the west front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, alongside Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. The upcoming Inauguration Day will look much different than it has in past years, but one normal thing the limited...

Extreme Santa Ana wind event predicted in California

Gusty winds and almost summerlike warmth created dangerous conditions and elevated the fire danger to critical levels across parts of Southern California on Thursday evening into Friday. Some communities already faced evacuations as a fire broke out and winds quickly fanned the flames in Ventura County. AccuWeather meteorologists say that residents should remain prepared to...

Snow to threaten slippery travel as chilly air returns to northeastern US

The pattern change in the Northeast may come as a shock to the system for some following mild weather, but forecasters say the return of cold and snow will be on par with what’s typical for the middle of January. The first half of January was a mild one for the northeastern corner of the...

Beneficial rain, snow to return to Southwest next week

As a disturbance slides south along the Pacific Coast this weekend, it will evolve into a potent, but also beneficial, storm system for much of the desert Southwest early next week. “The same disturbance that will help to drive strong winds across California through the weekend into early next week will turn into a large...

More sea-effect snow in Japan's forecast

After a quick-moving storm brought snow to parts of Hokkaido and northern Honshu during the middle of last week, another storm took a swipe at the region at week’s end before more sea-effect snow moved into the region. Due to more mild air being pulled north by both the midweek and late-week storms, areas of...

When will the polar vortex send Arctic air? It's complicated.

As January reaches the midway point, AccuWeather forecasters are continuing to track the behavior of the polar vortex and monitoring closely for signs that some of that frigid Arctic air could come charging down into the lower 48 states. When exactly will the polar vortex make a move and send below-normal cold into the United...

Could "cedar fever" be behind your runny nose this winter?

Winter allergies may not be a common occurrence for many across the U.S., but for residents of central Texas, cedar allergies this time of year are just like clockwork. Cedar allergies — or “cedar fever” — are caused by the pollen released into the air in the winter by mountain cedar trees, according to Texas...

Deadly earthquake leaves hundreds injured, buildings leveled in Indonesia

Indonesia’s Sulawesi island was rocked by a powerful earthquake early Friday which set off landslides, left buildings in ruins and killed dozens of people, according to local authorities. Residents were sent fleeing from their homes as the 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck around 1 a.m. local time. Darno Majid, chief of the disaster agency in West Sulawesi,...

AccuWeather School: How can cars float in floodwaters?

After a fun couple of months of Summer Camp, AccuWeather School is back in session with more engaging and educational virtual lessons to help kids and interested adults learn more about the weather - and have fun doing so! ➗ Jan. 15 – Math class: How can heavy cars float in flood waters? Most cars...

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