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It’s 5 o’clock Friday, and we’re guessing that you’d rather be just about anywhere than your cubicle — like a Caribbean island, for instance. Once reality sinks in, don’t abandon the daydream just because it’s smack dab in the middle of hurricane season. All Caribbean islands are not created equal, after all — nor are their chances of being struck by a storm.

Travel insiders have long known that the “Dutch ABCs” — Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao — are your safest bets during the fall, since they are situated in the Southern Caribbean, far from the hurricane belt. Better yet, if you book now, you’re likely to find great deals, as the summer crowds are long gone and have left lower prices. Read on to find out which Netherlands territory will live up to your island fantasy.

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Visiting Iceland anytime soon? Well, it’s been reported  that the Bardarbunga volcano might erupt sometime soon, and if it does, travel might be a little difficult. But not as badly as 2 previous volcano eruptions in Iceland.

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Stranded commuters took to Instagram to post photos of their (mostly abandoned) commutes home. From left to right, top to bottom: @theycallmejethro, @themuaalex, @trishthedish512, @t4vista, @somethingintheroad, @millakilluhh, @hwellj13, @crystal_2246, @scharlesquinn.

The Deep South has been in a deep freeze since yesterday, when a winter storm left some commuters and students stranded overnight and flights canceled at the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

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Those traveling to the Philippines for volunteer work or vacation have been faced with the unimaginable – a devastating typhoon that could claim as many as 10,000 lives and left the country in crisis.

Hundreds of volunteers were already working on the popular tourist island of Boho following the massive 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck in mid-October, working on rebuilding homes demolished by the tragedy that killed more than 200 people.

But the devastation hasn’t stopped them from helping. It just changed the mission.

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Gearing up for a beach weekend to celebrate summer’s last hurrah? We hate to rain on your Labor Day beach plans, but with hurricane season in full swing there are a few beaches you might want to avoid. We checked in with the meteorologists at weathertrends360 to get their forecast for the holiday weekend – here are the beaches with the highest risk for storms:

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast for the majority of the weekend. While there may be a day of drier weather, the forecast is definitely not in favor of a sun-filled weekend. If you do get rain, there are still plenty of things to do in Myrtle Beach with the family inside, like touring Ripley’s Aquarium.

Outer Banks, North Carolina

Like Myrtle Beach, the Outer Banks are expected to have more wet days than dry, which could put a damper on the holiday weekend. If you’re stuck indoors, feast on the area’s freshest seafood at Nag’s Head Austin Fish Company or cozy up with clam chowder at Roadside Bar and Grill, a restaurant tucked inside the oldest house in Duck.

Southern Florida

Taking a trip to southern Florida during hurricane season is always a risk, and it’s definitely one we would rather not take this year. With a forecast of above-average tropical activity, it’s best to leave the southern Florida destinations for another year (or another time of year). One of our picks for where to travel in November is Florida. If you can wait for the beach until then, you’ll be rewarded with picture-perfect skies and fewer crowds.

New Orleans

Showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast over the weekend, and like southern Florida, it’s always risky taking a trip to this city on the Gulf during hurricane season. If you are in the Big Easy with stormy weather, you can always head for cover and hear live music most hours of the day at New Orleans’ Coolest Live Music Venues.

South Padre Island, Texas

Planning a trip to South Padre Island over Labor Day? Wet weather over the weekend could keep beachgoers indoors more than they would like. If the weather is iffy, consider a weekend off the beach in Austin or San Antonio, where there’s plenty to do indoors.

 

But it’s not all bad news! Weathertrends360 also gave us their forecast for the best beaches this Labor Day weekend.  One of their top picks? The Jersey Shore. Show your support for the area that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Enjoy sunny skies on beaches that have been rapidly rebuilt with the “Jersey Strong” motto.

Where else has a low risk for strong summer storms? Check out weathertrends360 full list of the Best Beaches for Labor Day Weekend.

For more short and long-term weather forecasts, use weathertrends360′s forecast tool.

 



Rain on your wedding day isn’t ironic, despite what Alanis Morrisette says. It’s just plain gloomy.

You can plan everything for your Big Day — the location, the food, the guests, the music — but you can’t plan the weather. June is the biggest month for weddings, and with that in mind, the meteorologists at weathertrends360 have gathered the best — and worst — places around the country to exchange vows this month.

And if the skies aren’t sunny on the Big Day, don’t worry — we hear rain on your wedding day is good luck.

Top 5 June 2013 Wedding Spots:

Bar Harbor, ME:  Scenic Bar Harbor will be an excellent location for a wedding this June, with the warmest temperatures in 5 years. Last year, June was on the wet side, but this year the rainfall should be much lower.
Best Time: June 21-30

Orlando, FL (Disneyworld):  Sunnier and warmer weather this June will grace the grounds that Mickey and Minnie call home. Last year, 2 tropical systems brought flooding to Florida, but luckily, this year will see less tropical activity — making it a great time to get hitched in the Magic Kingdom.
Best Time: June 1-8

New York City, NY:  For city-dwellers looking to the tie the knot or for those who want to add a little chic to their ceremony, what better place to get married than the Big Apple? The weather is an added bonus this year, it’s predicted to be the warmest June in 3 years.
Best Time: June 21-30

Napa Valley, CA:  If vino is your passion, Napa Valley is the perfect setting for a wedding ceremony. The picturesque rolling hills of the valley add a romantic touch to any ceremony, and this year, the weather forecast is also something to love! Temperatures are expected to be warmer than last year with very little rain predicted.
Best Time: June 9-16

San Francisco, CA:  The City By the Bay offers brides and grooms-to-be endless options for romantic venues. June 2013 will be the warmest and driest in 3 years offering couples a better chance for the perfect outdoor wedding.
Best Time: June 10-17

Worst 5 June 2013 Wedding Spots:

Smoky Mountains, TN: You’ll run the risk of a rained-out wedding ceremony or reception if you book an outdoor wedding in the Great Smoky Mountains this June. Rainfall is expected to be the highest in at least 4 years.

Ozarks, AR: Wetter and colder weather than previous years will make this a dreary place for a wedding in June 2013. But if your heart is set on an outdoor Ozarks wedding, plan on ponying up the dough for a tent to keep you and your guests dry and comfortable.

Yellowstone National Park, WY: Last year’s dry weather made it a great time to get hitched among some of the most amazing scenery the United States has to offer. Unfortunately, this year there’s a greater chance of a gloomy-day wedding with much wetter weather.

Santa Fe, NM: A much cooler June this year means there’s an increased risk of a less-than-fairytale Santa Fe wedding day. Although it doesn’t rain all that much in Santa Fe in June, don’t be surprised if you run across a stray shower, especially if you plan a wedding during the second half of the month.

New Orleans, LA: This June is expected to be the coolest in 5 years, and rainfall will be the highest in 3 years. So what does that mean? Renting a tent for an outdoor wedding is definitely a wise investment. Although there isn’t expected to be any tropical activity this month, if a system does develop, the Gulf Coast is the likely target … just another reason to avoid getting married in the Big Easy.

For more short and long-term weather forecasts, use weathertrends360′s forecast tool.

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Spring Break Destinations

College students knee-deep in papers, projects — and, in some places, snow — can take solace in the knowledge that spring break is just around the corner. But before you end up spending your precious vacation in a hotel room updating your Facebook status with rainy-day laments, you’d better check the weather forecast. Never fear,  weathertrends360 to the rescue! Start packing your sunglasses, sunblock and lax pinnies, because the experts in long-term forecasting have selected the best spring break destinations for the month of March:

FIRST WEEK OF MARCH

Cancun, Mexico: If you want to visit this popular spring break destination, you’d better do it sooner rather than later. The first week of March will be warm and sunny, while the end of the month is expected to be cloudy and rainy. Check out our video to see what makes Cancun an infamous spring break spot.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: 2013 is great year to spend your spring break in the Dominican Republic – the temperatures will be the warmest in 3 years. The first week of the month will have the best weather, but you may also get a sun-filled trip during the last week of the month.

Barbados: Like the Dominican Republic, temperatures in March will be the warmest in 3 years, and the first week will be the driest of the month.

FIRST HALF OF MARCH

South Padre Island, Texas: The first half of March will have the best and driest weather in this south Texas town. Book your trip today and you’ll be partying on South Padre Island before you know it.

Miami Beach, Florida: March is a great time to visit Florida — the temperatures are comfortable, and hurricane season is still several months away. The first half of March 2013 will be the best time to visit, as it will be driest part of the month.

Montego Bay, Jamaica: The warm and dry weather during the first half of March will make it a great time to visit the small island nation of Jamaica. It’s expected to be the warmest March in 6 years.

SECOND HALF OF MARCH

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico: Book your trip later in March for the warmest and driest weather.

Las Vegas, Nevada: Sure, Las Vegas is in the desert, but don’t make the mistake of thinking that means it’s bikini weather all the time! If you’re headed to Sin City for your spring break, book your trip later in March for the warmest weather.

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico:  There really isn’t a bad time to visit Puerto Vallarta in March. It’s expected to be warm and sunny throughout the month.

Acapulco, Mexico: Travel a bit farther south to Acapulco, where sunshine and warmth await all month long.

 

For even more great weather spots, check out weathertrends360′s Sunniest Spots Around the World.

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New England is bracing for a blizzard of potentially historic and crippling proportions Friday into Saturday, according to the latest weather reports. At this time, it looks like coastal New England will feel the brunt of it, with a possible 2 feet of snow.

Of course, a storm of this magnitude will present serious problems for travelers. Already more than 1,100 flights have been canceled, according to FlightAware.com, and that number is likely to grow as the storm hits. Check out our tips on flight cancellations and driving in hazardous road conditions.

While Nemo is a serious winter storm, we can’t help but wonder about the name … after all, most of us think of the cute little Disney fish, not a devasting blizzard. So what’s the deal? Turns out, the Weather Channel has started naming winter storms in the 2012-2013 season and reports its strict criteria when it comes to naming a winter storm — snowfall amount, wind, temperature, time of impact, etc. In this case, the weather folks were thinking of Nemo — as in a Greek boy’s name meaning “from the valley.” Nemo also means “nobody” in Latin.

It’s not likely Nemo will be nobody, though. NYC alone may see 38 inches of snow. With a storm of this scale, perhaps the other winter storm names Magnus, Zeus or Rocky would have been more fitting (definitely not Yogi).

It’s been 3 years since the Snowmageddon blizzard buried the mid-Atlantic states. Will Nemo be one of the worst US blizzards in the country’s history?

One thing’s certain: If you’re an in an area that will be fighting Nemo,  please stay home. We suggest keeping warm with a café mocha or winter cocktail and dreaming about the epic ski conditions that just may follow.

American novelist Sinclair Lewis once wrote, “winter is not a season, it’s an occupation,” and who could argue with his words? Winter means shoveling and plowing snow, slipping and sliding to work and school and bundling up from head to toe. This year, we’re saying “no thank you!” to winter and migrating south with the birds. Here are weathertrends360’s top 10 picks for getaways with the best weather this season:

No Passport? No Problem!

1) Naples, Florida

Florida is a popular destination for travelers with the winter blues because of its humid subtropical climate. Mid-January is a great time to visit, as the forecast is mainly dry with temperatures in the mid-70s.

2) South Padre Island, Texas

Whether you want to be a “Winter Texan” or are looking for a Spring Break destination, South Padre Island is the place. The average high temperature in winter is in the low 70s — perfect for those looking for warmer, but not hot, weather.

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3) San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

San Jose del Cabo is a relaxing alternative to sister city Cabo San Lucas, a well-known party destination. Winters are warm with high temperatures in the low 80s and scarce precipitation. Visit in March for the driest, sunniest and warmest weather.

4) Manzanillo, Mexico

Manzanillo is a great winter getaway, especially for deep-sea fishing enthusiasts. With winter comes drier and less humid weather, with virtually no risk of tropical cyclones. Winter high temperatures average in the low 80s.

5) Guanacaste, Costa Rica

This winter, take a trip to the sun-drenched beaches of Guanacaste. The hot and dry climate of this Costa Rican province is perfect for those craving a winter dip in the ocean. High temperatures in the winter hover around the mid-80s.

6) Kingston, Jamaica

Winter is an excellent time to visit Jamaica, as the threat of a tropical storm is virtually non-existent. High temperatures average in the mid to high 80s during the winter months.

7) St. John’s, Antigua

Antigua makes a great destination for those wishing to shed some layers.  Winter high temperatures range from the low to mid-80s. Visit in late February or late March for the driest weather.

8) Lima, Peru

What better way to cure the winter blues than heading to an area where our winter is their summer! January through March is the best time to visit Lima as sunshine is the most plentiful during this time of the year. But be warned: avoid visiting from the end of January to the beginning of February, when the risk of wet weather is the highest.

9) Melbourne, Australia

The Land Down Under will melt away your cold weather plight. Like Lima, Melbourne is also in its summer season during our winter, and daytime high temperatures from January through March typically range in the upper 70s to low 80s. But avoid visiting in early January, mid-February, and early March.

10) Johannesburg, South Africa

An African safari is sure to warm up any adventurous traveler. Johannesburg, near the famous Kruger National Park, is a popular stopover for travelers heading on safari. Temperatures in the city typically range from the upper 70s to low 80s from January through March. This year, mid-January and early March will be the best times to visit.

- weathertrends360 staff

Weathertrends360 specializes in creating accurate long-term weather forecasts. The meteorologists use a historical weather database of 6.4 million locations around the world, combined with their in-depth understanding of the many climate cycles that affect weather patterns, to accurately predict the weather for the coming year. 

Warm, cold, cold, warm. Make up your mind already!

It’s safe to say that’s what a whole lot of people are thinking across the country, as they don fall jackets one day, winter coats the next. Winter, it seems, has become a little moody, and no one is feeling the brunt of its mood swings more than ski resorts.

“Rising Temperatures Threaten Fundamental Change for Ski Slopes,” reported yesterday’s New York Times. “Study Shows Warming’s Threat to Skiing,” said The Aspen Times, just a few days earlier. And this equally sobering take from Bloomberg: “Ski Areas Face $1 Billion Risk From Warming Climate, Groups Say.”

But Wait, There’s Hope!

Before you reach for your Xanax, take a deep breath and repeat: “There’s still hope for fun on the slopes this year.”

Sure, we’re all feeling a little nervous, especially with still-fresh memories of last year’s unseasonably warm winter — the fourth warmest on record since 1896 — that caused half of the nation’s ski areas to open late and nearly as many to close early. This year is seeing more unpredictable temperature shifts in areas from Mount Sunapee in Vermont, where warmer temps have turned some usually snow white trails dirt brown, to several ski resorts in Colorado that have been forced to push back their opening dates.

A Pro Colorado Skier’s Opinion

Lou Dawson — no, not a climate guy, but he is the first person to ski all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks — seems pretty optimistic about the whole thing. From what we can tell over at Lou’s popular Wild Snow blog, he’s got strong opinions on how ski resorts can withstand climate change.

Here’s what Lou’s saying: “If ski resorts want to deal with global warming and continue skiing as we know it, they need to figure out where we can ski as the climate warms, and build or extend ski areas into those zones.”

Snowiest Ski Resorts — Where Are They?

So where are those “zones”? Leave it to our friends over at weathertrends360 to gather the goods. Recently, these weather gurus compiled their list of the world’s snowiest ski resorts, with their selection based upon long-term weather trends forecasts.

And the slopes with the most guaranteed powder? Places such as Alta, UT, make weathertrends360’s list – and as the NYT confirmed this week, this famed ski area, now in its 75th year, is seeing trails with a base depth of 48 inches. (Translation: Anything above 15 inches is sufficient for skiing.)

What other ski resorts made the list? For the full forecast, check out the World’s Snowiest Ski Resorts.

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