Dozens of deaths linked to winter storms across the United States

At least 27 weather-related deaths were reported in Tennessee alone this month. In Oregon, three people were killed by a fallen electrical wire, but a baby was saved.

By Kelly Kasulis ChoJanuary 22, 2024

‘We can do better’: FEMA makes sweeping changes to speed up disaster aid

Agency announces sweeping changes in response to complaints about red tape and delays following hurricanes, floods, fires and other calamities.

By Brianna Sacks and Brady DennisJanuary 19, 2024

In photos: Winter storm blasts across U.S.

Temperatures were some 30 to 50 degrees below normal across much of the country, all the way down to the Gulf Coast, with Nashville, Tenn. receiving up to eight inches of snow.

By Washington Post staffJanuary 16, 2024

Winter storm tests Texas green grid upgrades

This week’s storm is a big test for the state’s grid upgrades, which experts say can help avoid blackouts — and fight climate change.

By Nicolás RiveroJanuary 14, 2024

Storm updates: Severe winter storm is ending, but now comes extreme cold

A new slew of hazards are materializing in the storm’s wake, including dangerous cold in much of the Great Lakes and Plains.

By Matthew Cappucci and Carolyn Y. JohnsonJanuary 13, 2024

‘Dangerously cold’ Chiefs-Dolphins game could be one for the NFL history books

An Arctic blast could put the Miami Dolphins at a disadvantage when they play the Chiefs in Kansas City on Saturday, when record low temperatures are forecast.

By Amudalat AjasaJanuary 13, 2024

How to prepare your home for extreme cold, and stay warm in a power outage

As winter storms hit parts of the country, here’s how to stay warm and safe, including if your home is hit by a power outage.

By Victoria BissetJanuary 10, 2024

Deadly winter storm pummels central, eastern U.S.; several tornadoes hit the South

At least four people are dead after storms hit much of the United States on Tuesday. Follow weather updates, closures and winter storm forecasts.

By Ian Livingston, Justine McDaniel, Kasha Patel, Dan Stillman and Daniel WuJanuary 10, 2024

Tornadoes devastate parts of Gulf Coast as storms sweep U.S.

At least three deaths were reported after tornadoes hit Florida, Georgia and Alabama on Tuesday.

By Justine McDaniel and Kasha PatelJanuary 9, 2024

Photos: Sprawling storm strikes parts of the U.S. with snow, heavy rain, strong winds, tornadoes

Powerful, deadly and expansive storms wreaked havoc across a vast swath of the country with snow, heavy rain, strong winds and tornadoes.

By Washington Post staffJanuary 9, 2024

Why does Japan have so many earthquakes and tsunamis?

Japan, which sits on the “Ring of Fire,” is the birthplace of seismology. Its latest quake in western Japan on New Year’s Day killed dozens.

By Michelle Ye Hee LeeJanuary 3, 2024

In photos: Deadly New Year’s Day earthquake devastates Japan’s west coast

A 7.6-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Ishikawa prefecture wrought destruction and renewed fears of another tsunami disaster.

By Jintak HanJanuary 2, 2024

Massive waves slam California, with more expected Saturday

Waves continue to pummel the West Coast, flooding beaches as far south as Los Angeles and scattering logs across roads as far north as southern Oregon.

By Nicolás Rivero and Diana LeonardDecember 29, 2023

How a deadly blizzard forced a snow-hardy city to reckon with disaster risks

Buffalo is demonstrating what happens when a disaster overwhelms preparations so dramatically that reforms become essential in the aftermath.

By Scott DanceDecember 22, 2023

Iceland volcano erupts after weeks of warnings and a town’s evacuation

A long-anticipated volcanic eruption in southwest Iceland was diminishing Tuesday, authorities said, but it could nonetheless continue for hours or days.

By Karla Adam, Scott Dance and Ben BraschDecember 19, 2023

In photos and videos: Iceland volcano spews lava in dramatic eruption

Thousands in the town of Grindavik have evacuated, and the operator of a nearby power plant said it was controlling it remotely while monitoring the lava flow.

By Jintak Han and Julie YoonDecember 19, 2023

Massive floods in Australia strand hundreds, prompt crocodile warnings

The flooding from the exceptional rainfall in Queensland forced hundreds of evacuations.

By Scott DanceDecember 18, 2023

El Niño is nearing historic strength. What this means and when it will end.

This could be one of the strongest El Niño events observed over the past 75 years, new data shows.

By Scott DanceDecember 15, 2023

Why this year’s quiet U.S. wildfire season could be one of our last

A tame U.S. wildfire season defied the odds. The future is still ominous.

By Scott DanceDecember 8, 2023

This year will be Earth’s hottest in human history, report confirms

This year will break a record set in 2016, underscoring that the world is closer than ever to the global warming thresholds global leaders are seeking to avoid.

By Scott DanceNovember 30, 2023