What’s powering this epic blizzard on the East Coast

Winter storm Jonas
What makes this blizzard to end all blizzards tick? The factors making it so formidable are also helping it to deliver upwards of two feet of snow on the nation’s capital, where a big storm is usually defined in inches (not feet), yet nearly entirely miss southern New England, which has been a blizzard magnet in recent years.

Mississippi River inundates southern Illinois; Memphis is next

Are you within sight of floodwater? Share your photos and videos here , or post them on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #CNNWeather. The weather can be unpredictable and dangerous, so please be safe. The deadly onslaught of rising waters and storms has killed more than two dozen people in Missouri and Illinois.
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At crunch time for U.S. drillers, warm weather threatens meltdown

Chesapeake xmas lights
(Repeats item for additional readers with no changes to headline or text) By Joshua Schneyer and Scott DiSavino Dec 21 Strapped for cash, Chesapeake Energy Corp canceled its traditionally grand display of holiday lights this year, but like most oil and gas drillers it is still dreaming of a white Christmas.

2016 Expected to Be the Warmest Year on Record, Report Says

Next year will likely be the warmest on record thanks to El Niño and ongoing climate change, according to a new report. The research, published by the British Met Office, suggests that the average global temperature in 2016 will be between 0.72°C (1.29°F) and 0.96 °C (1.73°F) higher than the average temperature in the second half of the 20th century.
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Massive El Niño sweeping globe is now the biggest ever recorded

The current extreme El Niño is now the strongest ever recorded, smashing the previous record from 1997-8. Already wreaking havoc on weather around the world, the new figures mean those effects will probably get worse. Climate change could be to blame and is known to be making the extreme impacts of El Niño on weather more likely.

El Niño strengthening, will be among biggest on record: WMO

The sea surface temperature departure is seen in an undated NOAA image
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said this El Niño was already “strong and mature” and the biggest in more than 15 years. The phenomenon is driven by warm surface water in the eastern Pacific Ocean, and this time three-month averages will peak at more than 2 degrees Celsius above normal, putting this El Niño in the same league as those seen in 1972-73, 1982-83 and 1997-98, the WMO said.

El Niño Keeps Antarctic Sea Ice From Another Record Max

In the last few years, the fringe of sea ice that surrounds Antarctica has continually reached record high levels, in stark opposition to the long-term decline of sea ice in the Arctic. But this year, the end-of-winter peak in Antarctica has been decidedly lower and scientists say a strong El Niño is the likely reason for the abrupt shift.

Northeast prepares as Hurricane Joaquin strengthens

Joaquin’s forecast track shows it could be near North Carolina by Monday and possibly New Jersey a day later — a path that could bring it hauntingly close to where Superstorm Sandy made landfall in 2012. Christie said the executive order was intended to give state officials the tools “to ensure a speed and orderly response.”
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Major impact on N.J. now likely as Hurricane Joaquin strengthens

Hover or tap on hurricane icons for more information. Overnight forecast models coalesced around an East Coast landfall late this weekend for now Hurricane Joaquin. While much uncertainty remains about the exact track and intensity of the storm, the forecast is significantly direr for New Jersey than it was 24 hours ago.
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