Virus adds challenges to hurricane readiness

In normal times, major weather-makers and acts of Mother Nature present logistical and other challenges to ensure public safety.2020, of course, is not a normal year. June’s arrival marked the official start to the Atlantic hurricane season, which arrived 2 ½ months into the COVID-19 pandemic. “Hurricane season will almost certainly look a little different […]

Dogs from storm-afflicted South airlifted to Delaware

GEORGETOWN — Dozens of canines removed from shelters in Louisiana and Mississippi during Tropical Storm Cristobal are hoping for a new “leash” on life in Delaware through Wings of Rescue air transport and the Brandywine Valley Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ adoption program. Ninety-six dogs were airlifted by Wings of Rescue to […]

Earth ties record high heat May reading

Earth’s temperature spiked to tie a record high for May, U.S. meteorologists reported Friday. Last month the global average temperature was 60.3 degrees (15.7 degrees Celsius), tying 2016 for the hottest May in 141 years of record keeping, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That’s 1.7 degrees (nearly 1 degree Celsius) higher than […]

Above-normal hurricane season predicted for Sussex

GEORGETOWN — While the COVID-19 pandemic is grabbing headlines worldwide, Sussex County officials are issuing an alert to another potential threat: the Atlantic Hurricane Season. The six-month-long hurricane season officially gets underway June 1, and Sussex County Emergency Operations Center Director Joe Thomas reminds the public to be ready ahead of the forecast calling for […]

Delaware under high wind warning, flood watch

DOVER – All of Delaware is under a high-wind warning until 8 this evening, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Southeast winds blowing at 20 to 30 mph, along with gusts of 50 to 60 mph, are expected. The state is also under a flood watch from 2 this afternoon until Friday afternoon. As […]

Area under severe thunderstorm warning until 4 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for all of Kent County, northwestern Sussex County and southwestern New Castle County until 4 p.m. The warning is also for Talbot, Queen Anne’s, Caroline and Kent counties in Maryland as well as southeastern Cecil County. At 2:46 p.m., the NWS reported severe thunderstorms were […]

Easter storms sweep South, killing at least 19 people

JACKSON, Miss. — Severe weather has swept across the South, killing at least 19 people and damaging hundreds of homes from Louisiana into the Appalachian Mountains. Many people spent part of the night early Monday sheltering in basements, closets and bathroom tubs as sirens wailed to warn of possible tornadoes. Eleven people were killed in […]

Storms and wind to buffet Delaware

DOVER — Downstate Delaware is expected to be hit by thunderstorms and heavy winds today, with the National Weather issuing a warning for the area. The agency said rain is expected throughout much of the day, although temperatures will reach as high as the low 70s in the afternoon. Winds of 20 to 30 mph […]

Cellphone alerts helped Tennessee couple escape to basement

BAXTER, Tenn. (AP) — Billy Dyer’s cellphone blared out an emergency alert, then his wife Kathy’s phone followed, giving them just enough time to get downstairs and flip on a TV to check the news. Then the tornado hit. When the sun rose Tuesday morning, the Dyers emerged to find the walls around their corner […]

Earth had its hottest decade on record in 2010s

WASHINGTON — The decade that just ended was by far the hottest ever measured on Earth, capped off by the second-warmest year on record, two U.S. agencies reported Wednesday. And scientists said they see no end to the way man-made climate change keeps shattering records. “If you think you’ve heard this story before, you haven’t […]