December 23, 2011
Morning Express preview: Little girl washed away in the Thailand Tsunami found alive, 7 years later!
Posted: 04:46 AM ET
Good morning. Robin is off today. Natasha Curry’s driving the sleigh.
It looks like many of us are traveling for the holidays. But weather’s a big concern, and lots of folks have decided not to fly. What you need to know today.
There’s finally a payroll tax cut deal. And it’s being done in a way that allows Republicans to pass it, even if many of them have already gone home for the holidays.
Look for some serious fallout after the biggest electronics retailer in the country tells some customers it can’t fill their orders. We’ll explain.
And if you’re still in the mood for shopping, stores are dropping prices in a big way. But is that good news in the long run?
It’s a huge movie weekend. We’re going to give you a taste of what’s out there, and which flicks are the best.
Discouraging news in the search for missing Arizona 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley… a former president lines up behind Mitt Romney… more drug violence in Mexico leads to a travel alert for Americans … and this is amazing: an 8-year-old girl who was swept away in the 2004 Indonesian tsunami has been found.
Filed under: Extras
December 22, 2011
Posted: 09:08 AM ET
First day of winter and I’m following spring-like storms roaring out of the Gulf Of Mexico. A big shot of energy and a surface storm are combing to draw up the moisture and crank it over into severe storms from LA to MS early this morning, with a tornado watch for them that lasts until 1 pm CST. The lines of rain and storms are flowing into an unstable air mass with high dew points (fuel for the storms) and some wind sheer (twisting force for the storms) to create an atmosphere that is conducive for tornadoes the fist part of the day. I’ll have the forecast for you. Ahead of the storm is where you’ll find the warm air today. Yesterday Central Park NYC tied a record from 1923 when they reached up to 62 degrees. The mild to warm air is all the way down to S FL today, so watch for unseasonably high temps.
The rocking storm over CO is still spitting out the snow in Denver, looking at a grand total of around 6-12” for them by tonight. That weather is reaching into NM with the same strength, I’ll have the warnings for you. The Santa Ana winds ramp up today in Southern CA too, there are high wind warnings for the LA and San Diego regions. Tough go for travelers, but it should calm down a bit for the weekend travelers. Later!
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Thoughts for a Thursday – Morning Express with Robin Meade preview: France paying for tens of thousands of breast implant removals
Posted: 05:29 AM ET
Morning... cool last-minute gift idea for the organized person in your life who lives by lists: The boogie board.
December 21, 2011
Posted: 07:36 AM ET
Today will probably be the worst travel day leading up to Christmas, here’s why: that strong storm that created blizzard conditions in the SW/Plains is now a strong storm in the MD producing heavy rain and plenty of low clouds. Almost everybody east of the MS river is socked in with overcast conditions or heavy downpours and storms. I’ll show you the radar and satellite on the big broadcast. Safe to say hour or more delays are possible in the NYC metro area, Philly, DC, and ATL too. Shorter delays around the rest of the East, so heads up.
The cold air that is trapped in the valleys of N NH and W ME won’t get dislodged until around mid afternoon, creating a freezing rain situation. The warm air hits that cold air at ground level, cant move it (b/c cold air is more dense than warm air), so it rises above it and rains through. The rain freezes on contact with the stuff on the surface, creating ice and tough driving conditions. Be safe!
Another round of wintry weather is slicing down the Northern Rockies towards NM by tomorrow. Winter storm warnings/advisories are up for MT, WY, and parts of CO. Denver is in a winter storm watch for tonight through tomorrow with around 4-8” snow expected. NM gets in on that action tomorrow with about the same amount, the northern part of the state is under a winter storm watch right now. Good luck everybody!
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Robin's Wednesday wind-up – Today on Morning Express: lawmakers head home without a deal to extend payroll tax cut
Posted: 05:49 AM ET
Last-minute gift idea for the guitar buff?
Check out how the president and John Boehner held competing press conferences... one wasn't even on the schedule... calling each other out.
December 20, 2011
New Mexico, Texas blizzard moving off bringing big snow to Kansas – Meteorologist Bob Van Dillen's national forecast:
Posted: 07:38 AM ET
Blizzard conditions are fading quicker than the chances my wife will find a car in the driveway Christmas morning with an over-sized red bow on the roof (who does that in real life?) Snow this morning from NM/CO/TX/OK is shifting to mainly KS. The snow will blanket that state with an additional 4-7” this afternoon, but the winds are falling below that 35 mph criteria for a blizzard. I’ll show you the latest radar and warnings on the show. A 1-2’ swath of snow is covering NE NM to KS this morning making driving difficult once again.
The rain ahead of the main storm is heavy this morning from PA to TX/LA with a few strong storms nearing Lake Charles and New Orleans for the day.
Clouds reach way into the NE and Mid Atlantic today too. This means travel delays with the poor visibility in NYC, Philly, Atlanta, back to Chicago, and even St. Louis with the rain. I’ll update those.
An upper-level storm is rolling south out of the San Diego area now dragging clouds and rain into the Pacific. I don’t think any problems will linger for southern CA’s commute.
Posted: 05:38 AM ET
I got my nephew one of those soda makers for Christmas. He's already opened it, and LOVES it. Stuff tastes fresh and there's a good variety of flavors. Thought you'd appreciate the input if you're still stumped for gifts this late in the game.
As North Korea goes through a transition of power, what should we be worried about?
December 19, 2011
Posted: 06:22 AM ET
The first power-house snow storm of the season is dropping into NM, CO, KS, and the TX/OK Panhandles this morning. It’s a potent round of energy driving Southward around a large-scale trough over the Western half of the US, and it’s carving a strong storm at ground level. The wind will continue to increase, and all the rain will turn over to snow later this morning bringing down visibilities. A Blizzard warring is in effect for them from 9am this morning until noon tomorrow to account for the Heavy snow (12-15”), fast winds and poor visibility.
The rain will be heavy in front of the real cold air, so 1-2” of rain for the Central Plains today along with a slight chance of severe storms in Central TX. Flights will be disrupted headed to Dallas this afternoon.
Another storm is located over Hudson’s Bay with a cold front swinging through the Great Lakes. Winds will peak around 20-35 mph for the MW and NE, so a bumpy ride in the air and a few delays are possible there. I’ll update you on the show. See you out there!
December 16, 2011
Bob Van Dillen's get-a-way Friday forecast – fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy ride in the skies
Posted: 07:40 AM ET
That NE bound flight today will bounce you faster than Howard Stern judging a juggling clown act on America's Got Talent. The wind is starting to increase for New England now as yesterday’s storm rolls away and high pressure builds in. The gusts should spike this afternoon around 45 mph. That means a bumpy plane ride, travel delays and wind advisories, all of which I’ll update for you on the show.
The cold front is still draped across the MW and Mid South this morning, with a new wave of low pressure riding north. Plenty of rain is pouring down from KY/TN back to the Gulf Coast this morning, and it should stretch out across the Mid Atlantic states later. I’ll have the forecast. Temperatures behind the front are much cooler. Low to mid 40s in AR as opposed to low 70s in GA!
High pressure is still controlling the weather out west, but with a weak low S of AZ, the wind is tightening up in CA. Santa Ana winds will howl to around 60 mph in the CA mountains today, I’ll have that forecast for you as well.
Getting ready for our HLN end-of-year party tomorrow. It’s always a blast, hope to get some pics for you guys for Monday.
Have a great weekend.
Posted: 06:14 AM ET
The Penn State sex-abuse scandal could take a dramatic turn today. The star witness is expected to testify in a hearing for two university officials accused of lying about the case. Also, Jerry Sandusky’s lawyer is saying his comments about teaching boys how to take a shower were taken out of context.
Finally, we may have a breakthrough in Washington. Congressional leaders are working through final details on a deal to keep the government running. As for that payroll tax cut? Stay tuned.
Things were very different at last night’s Republican presidential debate. The candidates knew it was the last time before the Iowa caucuses and they wanted to make the most of it.
A huge shocker in Arizona. Federal investigators are going after Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his deputies.
“Cold shutdown”… it sounds bad, but actually it’s a good thing. We’ll get you caught up on the developments at Japan’s crippled nuclear reactors.
Seriously? You need to be sitting down for this. Watch some kayakers go over a 90-foot waterfall, on purpose.
Outrageous… hilarious… dangerous… brilliant. It’s Howard Stern. And he’s a got a surprising new gig.
Barry Bonds gets sentenced today. Could baseball’s all-time, home run leader go to prison?
We’ve been telling you about this new feel-good practice. Someone walks into a store to pay off a stranger’s Christmas layaway charges. But a woman in Indianapolis took it to a whole new level.
Also today… this may be your last free shipping day before Christmas… your jaw may hit the floor when you hear what’s going on with mortgage rates… Bradley Manning, the guy who allegedly fed all those top-secret military documents to Wikileaks, is in court… more fallout from a Florida A&M University drum major’s suspected hazing death.
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