Stories about National Weather Service


Weather conditions create ‘explosive’ grass, brush fire danger

on March 23, 2012, at 1:25 p.m.
BANGOR | The National Weather Service has issued a warning about high fire danger for portions of eastern and Down East Maine because of the dry conditions and strong winds. The Red Flag Warning was issued by the NWS Caribou office Friday morning and is in effect until 8 …

Forecast calls for possible snow in southern Maine

The Associated Press on Oct. 27, 2011, at 12:15 p.m.
GRAY | The National Weather Service says parts of Maine are due for the first snowfall of the season, but it’s not expected to amount to much. Meteorologist Tom Hawley says rain falling over southern Maine will turn to snow Thursday evening. Some areas could see a dusting of …
Towing service employees wade through flood waters to reach disabled cars on Amboy Road in Staten Island, N.Y., on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011.

Record rains trap workers in flooded NYC elevator

By VERENA DOBNIK and GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press on Aug. 15, 2011, at 8:54 p.m.
NEW YORK — Two New York City construction workers barely escaped drowning in an elevator as storms dropped record rains over the weekend on parts of the nation’s eastern half, washing out roads in New Jersey and forcing a small hospital in Ohio to move patients. One of the workers, …

Late blight affects some County potato farmers amid rainy weather

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 11, 2011, at 6:17 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | The rainy spring and summer have put a damper on the Aroostook County potato growing season, but the head of the Maine Potato Board said Wednesday that the industry remains optimistic about this year’s crop. Don Flannery, executive director of the board, said that one consequence …
Downed trees are visible near a home in Caribou on Thursday, June 9. A severe storm moved through the state on June 8 and into June 9, bringing dangerous wind, lightning, heavy rain and small hail to some parts of the state. A tornado was confirmed in the area of Little Madawaska Lake in Aroostook County.

Tornado damage assessed at $1.2M so far as County officials seek federal aid

By Jen Lynds on June 13, 2011, at 4:35 p.m.
CARIBOU | Aroostook County emergency management officials have spent the past few days touring the region and assessing the level of damage caused by three tornadoes that hit the area last week. Vern Ouellette, director of the Aroostook County Emergency Management Agency, said Monday that officials will apply for …

Storm to dump snow on northern Maine

The Associated Press on April 20, 2011, at 4:50 a.m.
CARIBOU | People in northern Maine are expected to wake up to snow even as the calendar is approaching late April. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for northern Maine for Wednesday calling for 4 to 8 inches of snow, mainly across higher elevations. Areas …

South looks to recover from killer twisters that killed at least 45

The Associated Press on April 18, 2011, at 5:09 a.m.
SANFORD, N.C. — Lowe’s store manager Michael Hollowell had heard the tornado warnings but his first clue that the danger was outside his front door came when he saw his staff running toward the back of the home improvement store. More than 100 employees and customers screamed in near unison …
A birch tree on Patten Drive in Hermon is weighed down by ice on the morning of Monday, March, 7. Ice and rain are part of a major storm hitting the state.

30 inches of snow could hit northern New England

The Associated Press on March 07, 2011, at 8:32 a.m.
CARIBOU, Maine — A powerful storm is raking parts of northern New England and upstate New York with heavy rain, coating other areas in ice and dumping more than 20 inches of snow on sections of the winter-weary region. The storm had iced up roads and dumped as much as …

Accidents pile up during sudden snow squall; three-car crash closes Orrington road  

By Diana Bowley on March 02, 2011, at 6:06 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT | A quick-moving snow squall that brought whiteout conditions in parts of Maine on Wednesday afternoon caught many motorists off guard, but the storm had been forecast by the National Weather Service in Caribou. Lead forecaster Victor Nouhan said the squall was ahead of an arctic cold front …

Winter storm warning Friday in Maine

on Feb. 24, 2011, at 6:45 p.m.
  The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from noon Friday to 4 a.m. Saturday, with snow accumulations topping 10 inches and mixing with rain in many regions.   In anticipation of the storm, the University of Maine has opted to keep its residence halls open until …
Traffic along Interstate 95 northbound near the Ohio Street in Bangor slows to a crawl as several cars spun out on the slippery surface on Thursday morning.

Bangor doubles snow total in Caribou

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 03, 2011, at 11 p.m.
The latest storm to hit the state once again dusted much of central and northern Aroostook County but struck hard in central and southern Maine, a pattern that has resulted in below-average snowfall amounts in northern Maine but above-average amounts for other parts of the state. Meteorologist …
 snow removal crew cleans up the street in the Southie neighborhood of Boston, Monday afternoon, Jan. 31, 2011. The area is expecting another mid-week winter storm.

Can anything end this ‘Groundhog Day’ of a winter?

By Michawl Melia, The Associated Press on Feb. 01, 2011, at 6:22 a.m.
“You want a prediction about the weather? You’re asking the wrong Phil,” Bill Murray’s character says in the movie “Groundhog Day.” He continues, “I’ll give you a winter prediction: It’s gonna be cold, it’s gonna be gray, and it’s gonna last you for the rest of your life.” That sounds …