NEW YORK — Willard Scott, the beloved weatherman who charmed viewers of NBC’s “Today” show with his self-deprecating humor and cheerful personality, has died. He was 87.
His successor on the morning news show, Al Roker, announced that Scott died peacefully Saturday morning surrounded by family. An NBC Universal spokeswoman confirmed the news. No further details were released.
“He was truly my second dad and am where I am today because of his generous spirit,” Roker wrote on Instagram. “Willard was a man of his times, the ultimate broadcaster. There will never be anyone quite like him.”
Scott began his 65-year career at NBC as an entry-level page at an affiliate station in Washington, D.C., and rose to become the weather forecaster on the network’s flagship morning show for more than three decades. His trademark was giving on-air congratulations to viewers who turned 100 years old.
A new UN report on climate change undercuts the hysteria surrounding the issue by documenting a marked decline in weather-related deaths.
In fact, the World Meteorological Organization’s “Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes (1970-2019)” shows a slight decrease in the number of weather disasters over the last decade and a major decrease in weather-related deaths over a half-century time period.
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Flash flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida killed at least 44 people in the New York area overnight into Thursday, including several who perished in basements during the “historic” weather event officials blamed on climate change.
Record rainfall, which prompted an unprecedented flash flood emergency warning for New York City, turned streets into rivers and shut down subway services as water cascaded down platforms onto tracks.
“I’m 50 years old and I’ve never seen that much rain ever,” said Metodija Mihajlov whose basement of his Manhattan restaurant was flooded with three inches of water.
“It was like living in the jungle, like tropical rain. Unbelievable. Everything is so strange this year,” he told AFP.
Hundreds of flights were cancelled at LaGuardia and JFK airports, as well as at Newark, where video showed a terminal inundated by rainwater.
“We’re all in this together. The nation is ready to help,” President Joe Biden said ahead of a trip Friday to the southern state of Louisiana, where Ida earlier destroyed buildings and left more than a million homes without power.
LUCEDALE, Miss. — Two people were killed and at least 10 others were injured when seven vehicles plunged into a deep hole where a dark, rural highway collapsed as Hurricane Ida blew through Mississippi.
Torrential rain may have caused the collapse Monday night, and the drivers may not have seen that the roadway in front of them had disappeared, Mississippi Highway Patrol Cpl. Cal Robertson said. The George County Sheriff’s Department received the first call about a crash at about 10:30 p.m.
(CNN)Hurricane Ida is beginning to move ashore and is set to make landfall early this afternoon likely tied as Louisiana’s most powerful storm ever.The current forecast calls for sustained winds of 150 mph when Ida hits on the 16th anniversary of the historically devastating Hurricane Katrina.That’s just 7 mph below the Category 5 ranking, and if Ida arrives at that level, it would be just the fifth to do so on the US mainland.Last year’s Hurricane Laura and the Last Island Hurricane of 1856 share the current record at 150 mph.Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Sunday he expects Ida to be “a big challenge for us.”Edwards told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” that his state “is as ready as we can be,” but he expects Ida to be “a very serious test of our levy systems, especially in our coastal Louisiana.”The state invested significantly in shoring up the levy system after the catastrophic fail after Katrina. Edwards said Ida “will be the most severe test,” but he expects the levees to hold. “The next 24, 36 hours are just going to be very, very critical for us here in Louisiana.”Ida became a Category 4 storm early Sunday morning, rapidly intensifying to sustained winds of 150 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.
It was 50 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River, NHC forecasters said in a 10 a.m. ET update, as the storm continued its march toward Louisiana and the Gulf Coast at 15 mph.
Outer bands from the storm are already making their way onshore across the Gulf Coast, impacting southeastern Louisiana, including New Orleans. An elevated weather station at Pilot’s Station East near Southwest Pass, Louisiana, recently reported a wind gust up to 107 mph, the NHC said.
Tropical storm Ida is gaining strength as it barrels through the Caribbean Sea and is expected to be a “dangerous major hurricane” when it slams into the northern Gulf Coast on Sunday (Aug. 29), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned Friday morning (Aug. 27).
The NHC defines a major hurricane as a Category 3 or higher, meaning Ida could reach maximum sustained winds of 111 mph (178.6 km/h) or greater by the time it reaches the Louisiana coast; Ida would be the fourth hurricane of the 2021 Atlantic season. As of now, the storm is projected to hit Louisiana as a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds around 115 mph (185 km/h), Buzzfeed News reported.
Assuming Ida follows its projected path, the storm could hit on the 16th anniversary of when Hurricane Katrina made landfall near New Orleans in 2005.
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Much of the Pittsburgh region will be under a heat advisory Thursday, according to the National Weather Service in Moon.
The heat index is expected to reach 103 degrees as the advisory will be in effect from noon to 8 p.m. Heat-related illness, such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke, could occur as a result of hot temperatures and high humidity.
The weather service advises staying cool and drinking plenty of fluids while taking extra precautions during work or time spent outside.
The advisory is in effect for Allegheny, Westmoreland and surrounding counties.
Strong thunderstorms with heavy winds and hail could be possible this afternoon and Friday, according to the weather service.
The impacts of human-caused climate change are especially pronounced in the Arctic, which is warming three times faster than the global average.
While the number of gigatons lost is not as extreme as in 2019, a record melt year, the overall area of the ice sheet that is shedding mass is actually larger, according to Polar Portal, which represents Danish Arctic research institutions studying the Greenland ice sheet and sea ice.
Researchers warned of a “massive melting event in Greenland” in a tweet, adding that it “would be enough to cover Florida with two inches of water”.
Temperatures in Greenland reached “worrisome” levels on Wednesday, said DG DEFIS, the EU Commission’s directorate-general for defence industry and Space, as Constable Pynt, 70 degrees north, saw highs of 23C.
- Tsunami warnings were lifted for Alaska and the rest of the Pacific after a huge earthquake of 8.2 magnitude struck the seismically active U.S. state in the late hours on Wednesday.
- There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage to property.
- The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) canceled warnings issued for Hawaii and the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, while the public broadcaster NHK said there was no risk to Japan. Authorities in New Zealand also said they did not expect any flooding in coastal areas.
Officials in Dubai are using drones to artificially increase rainfall as the city grapples with oppressive heat, video this week shows.
The rainmaking technology, known as “cloud seeding,” was put into use as summer temperatures have surged past 120 degrees Fahrenheit in the United Arab Emirates city, the Independent reported.
Experts have said the technology aims to make rain form more efficiently inside clouds and in doing so, make more water come down.
Drones are used to shoot electrical charges into clouds, causing them to clump together and trigger more rainfall.
Footage shared on Sunday by the UAE’s National Center of Meteorology showed the intense showers flooding roads in addition to flashes of lightning.
Twelve people have been killed in the provincial capital, Zhengzhou, where more than 20cm (7.8in) of rain fell in one hour on Tuesday. About 100,000 people have been moved to shelters, state media Xinhua reported on Wednesday, citing local government. The rainfall shut the city’s subway system, leaving passengers trapped in waist-high water.
From Saturday to Tuesday, 3,535 weather stations in Henan, one of China’s most populous provinces with 94 million people, reported rainfall exceeding 5cm. Among the stations 1,614 registered levels above 10cm and 151 above 25cm, the authorities said.
Footage on China’s social media show the world-renowned Shaolin Temple, known for martial arts, as well as other cultural sites, badly affected. Hundreds of trapped residents in Henan called for help online as flooding cut electricity to their homes.
JOHNSTOWN, Pa (WJAC) — According to Cambria County Deputy Coroner Joseph Hriber, a Johnstown woman has been identified as the victim of a single-vehicle crash along Menoher Blvd. Saturday afternoon.
Authorities say 48-year-old Stella Clarke died as a result of multiple blunt force injuries after crashing her car along the 4100 block of Menoher Blvd. on Saturday.
Investigators believe weather-related factors caused Clarke to leave the roadway, strike a tree and travel down an embankment.
Officials add that a 14-year-old passenger has since been treated at Conemaugh Hospital and released.
The crash reportedly occurred around 3:15 p.m. Saturday near the Somerset/Cambria County line.
West Penn Power reported more than 300 customers without power before 5 a.m. Tuesday.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — There’s another chance for severe weather for today with the area placed under a marginal risk.
At this point, strong straight line winds along with frequent lightning and downpours are the main concerns.
I think there is a very real possibility for us to see our daily risk bumped from the marginal to a slight risk of severe weather this afternoon depending on what radar and satellite imagery is showing.
There is a moisture tongue that extends through Tennessee and Kentucky with a warm front slowly moving north through northern New York.
This puts our area in the ‘warm sector’ with plenty of moisture to work with.
With the Pacific region hitting record-setting temperatures in the last few weeks, a new study from Canada shows the heat waves’ enormous impact on marine life: an estimated 1 billion sea creatures on the coast of Vancouver have died as a result of the heat, a researcher says.
But that number is likely to be much higher, professor Christopher Harley from the University of British Columbia says.
Harley reaches his estimates by counting the number of sea creatures, mostly mussels, in a section that he says is representative of an entire beach. He varies measuring some beaches that are rocky and some that are not to get a full estimate for the entire ecosystem.”
This is a preliminary estimate based on good data, but I’m honestly worried that it’s a substantial underestimate,” Harley told NPR from a beach in British Columbia, where he continues to survey the casualties from the most recent heat wave.
Duquesne Light said all customers should expect to have power back by 11 p.m. Thursday.
About 28000 were without power Wednesday after storms hit the Pittsburgh area.
Conditions on Saturday are shipping up to be comfortable and mainly sunny in the mid 70s.
Most of the area stays dry for the majority of the holiday weekend but we can’t rule out a stray pop up for both Sunday and Monday.
Monday and Tuesday will be close to 90.
Rain chances start to pick up mid-week as it gets hotter but we don’t see a washout day until potentially Thursday.
A flash flood warning has been issued for Allegheny, Beaver, Washington and Westmoreland counties until 5:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Western Pennsylvania residents won’t need to go to Kennywood to feel like they’re on a roller coaster this week: A weather roller coaster, that is. The week begins with blistering heat. The average for this time of year is 82 degrees, but we could be hitting at least 90 degrees
The National Weather Service in Moon is calling for storms by the middle of the week and then a big cooldown.
“We’re going to see a cold front impact the area by the middle of the week,” said NWS meteorologist David Shallenberger. “We’re getting kind of a pinching point over the area as this cold front is coming in. So, we’re going to see more moisture being funneled up into the area.”
Shallenberger said the area could see strong storms with high winds later this week.
“We’re probably going to see a few gully washers by Wednesday and Thursday,” he said, adding that Wednesday will be the beginning of several days of rain for the region.
CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. —
The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF0 tornado touched down in the Cranberry/Seven Fields area along the border of Butler and Allegheny counties following Monday afternoon’s storms.
The estimated wind speed was 70 mph in the tornado near Mt. Pleasant and Dean roads, according to the National Weather Service.
It happened around 2:52 p.m.
A playground off of Mt. Pleasant Road helped a survey crew from the National Weather Service rate the EF-0 tornado that touched down.
NWS Meteorologist Fred McMullen said much of the damage from this tornado was confined to trees.
“When we rate tornados we rate on the worst damage. The worst damage is located where we’re standing,” he said. “The largest damage we have here at this playground off Mt. Pleasant Road is trees uprooted.”
McMullen said no one was injured and no lives were lost.
“We were able to issue a tornado warning,” he said. “Give time for people to take cover. They got the notification on their phone.”
McMullen said this is the first tornado of the year for Allegheny County and the second for western Pennsylvania.
“We average about four tornados across western Pennsylvania every year,” he said. “We’re halfway through with two in. Our tornado season can pretty much run to the rest of June and into July.”
Newly published satellite imagery shows the ground temperature in at least one location in Siberia topped 118 degrees Fahrenheit (48 degrees Celsius) going into the year’s longest day. It’s hot Siberia Earth summer, and it certainly won’t be the last.
While many heads swiveled to the American West as cities like Phoenix and Salt Lake City suffered shockingly hot temperatures this past week, a similar climatological aberrance unfolded on the opposite side of the world in the Arctic Circle. That’s not bizarre when you consider that the planet heating up is a global affair, one that isn’t picky about its targets. We’re all the target!
The 118-degree-Fahrenheit temperature was measured on the ground in Verkhojansk, in Yakutia, Eastern Siberia, by the European Space Agency’s Copernicus Sentinel satellites. Other ground temperatures in the region included 109 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius) in Govorovo and 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius) in Saskylah, which had its highest temperatures since 1936. It’s important to note that the temperatures being discussed here are land surface temperatures, not air temperatures. The air temperature in Verkhojansk was 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius)—still anomalously hot, but not Arizona hot.
Massive storms and at least one “confirmed large and extremely dangerous tornado” tore through the Chicago area late Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service, leaving a path of damage and destruction in its wake.
The storm was about 450 miles south of Louisiana as of Thursday evening, with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph. A tropical storm warning is in effect, ranging from Intracoastal City, Louisiana, to the Alabama-Florida border, according to the National Weather Service.
A flash flood watch will also be in effect starting Friday afternoon. Rainfall totals of 4-10 inches are expected in New Orleans, with higher amounts in isolated areas.
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Duquesne Light Company is reporting that more than 16,000 customers are without power tonight as a result of the early evening storms.
“Our crews are actively restoring power and will work around the clock until all service has been restored,” the company said in a statement via email.
They also have said that a technical issue is preventing customers from reporting outages on their website and mobile app.
Anyone that needs to report an outage can do so by calling 412-393-7000.
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Some areas are waking to some rain and even some mix in the higher elevations.
Things will dry out, but temperatures will stay chilly in the lower 50’s.
It’s going to be cold on Saturday night, with temperatures in the 30s.
Mother’s Day on Sunday will be soaked. Expect steady rain most of the day.
Temperatures on Sunday will be chilly too, with most of the day in the 40’s.
It starts to get a little warmer through the week, but stays below average (70).
Temperatures will be in the mid-to-upper 50’s by Monday and Tuesday, then up into the 60’s Wednesday through Friday.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It’s going to be hot again today with temperatures in the upper 70’s and lower 80’s.
The record high temperature for today is 82 degrees.
That was set in 1978 and tied in 2011.
Plan on a gray, wet day with temperatures closer to the seasonal averages for the first part of the day. A cold front will then throw a major changeup our way. It will rewind our weather pattern back to winter.
That colder air will interact with a secondary push of moisture. This will cause it to mix with, then change over to snow.
Some snow will even accumulate. These accumulations will be mostly on grassy and elevated surfaces, as we have been efficiently warming that top layer of soil with recent sunshine and 70-degree temperatures.
When all is said and done, most of the Pittsburgh-metro area will see under an inch accumulate, thanks to the aforementioned melting.
Areas in the ridges and north of I-80 will likely pick up more thanks to enhancement from Lake Erie.
PITTSBURGH, PA — Expect a roller coaster week weather-wise in Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania.
After a high today of around 50, temperatures will rise to near 70 on Tuesday. The high Wednesday will be 56 and then a burst of winter returns. There’s a chance of snow in the forecast Thursday, with a high temperature of only 35.
The National Weather Service has yet to say if any accumulation will occur.