Why you may start seeing alerts for ‘destructive’ thunderstorm warnings on your phone

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — “Destructive” severe thunderstorm warnings will now alert on your cellphone, similar to how tornado warnings have done since 2012, thanks to the National Weather Service decision to break severe thunderstorm warnings down into three categories. They’ve always had “base” with 58-70 mph winds and 1″ to 1.5″ hail. But now they’re … Read more

07/29/2021: The final rounds of July rain

The latest Storm Tracker Forecast from Meteorologist Jill Szwed. Happy Thursday! July 2021 will be remembered for all of the rain that fell. And we aren’t done just yet. A complex of showers and storms over the Midwest and western Great Lakes this morning will continue diving to the southeast. The strongest storms will stay … Read more

Tennis player warns umpire ‘I can die’ amid extreme heat at Tokyo Games

TOKYO (AP) — Bent over in exhaustion before serving. Resting on his racket between points. Grasping for a rubber tube blowing cool air next to his seat on changeovers. Two medical timeouts and one visit from a trainer. Daniil Medvedev was struggling so much with the suffocating heat and humidity at the Ariake Tennis Park … Read more

07/28/2021: Showers and the “muggies” take a break

The latest Storm Tracker Forecast from Meteorologist Jill Szwed. Happy Wednesday! Yesterday’s torrential rain and storms added to our already historic July rainfall. July 2021 now stands alone in the fourth spot for the wettest Julys in Albany. Interesting to note that three out of the top five stats are from the 1800s. Showers, the … Read more

NWS rolling out new emergency alerts for severe thunderstorms

(WUTR) — Severe thunderstorms can strike at any time, anywhere. Whether it be a tornado, strong winds, or large hail, there is always a concern of damage and destruction. The National Weather Service (NWS) is taking steps to add more damage categories to severe thunderstorm warnings to more clearly show the severity and potential impacts … Read more

07/26/2021: Hazy sunshine and a bit of humidity to start the week

The latest Storm Tracker Forecast from Meteorologist Jill Szwed. Happy Monday! And it is a muggy Monday at that. Conditions were just right overnight for areas of locally dense fog to develop. Keep an eye out for reduced visibility during your morning commute. Conditions will improve by 8 AM. The muggy conditions will stick around … Read more

Fireflies or lightning bugs?

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Have you ever stood in a field on a warm summer evening, when all of a sudden you see tiny bright lights popping up in your field of view in the dark? Those glowing bugs signal the unofficial start of the season! Facebook has a ‘hoe’ problem, gardening group says Fireflies, … Read more

07/23/2021: A mainly dry start to the weekend

The latest Storm Tracker Forecast from Meteorologist Jill Szwed. Happy Friday! There haven’t been many days like yesterday so far this July. In fact it was only the third completely dry day of the month. Today will be a near-repeat performance. Temperatures will return to the mid 70s under a mix of sunshine and clouds. … Read more

07/22/2021: Finally a completely dry day

The latest Storm Tracker Forecast from Meteorologist Jill Szwed. Happy Thursday! We are currently in the midst of Albany’s sixth wettest July. Rain has been recorded 19 out of the last 21 days. We haven’t gone more than a day without at least a trace amount of rainfall. That could all change over the next … Read more

07/21/2021: Final batch of storms before a dry stretch

The latest Storm Tracker Forecast from Meteorologist Jill Szwed. Happy Wednesday! We have made it through another round of heavy rain and severe storms. With this latest round Albany’s month-to-date rainfall is closing in on the top five wettest Julys. This morning is starting off dry, and we will stay that way for the next … Read more