Warmth forecast for much of the eastern half of the nation by July, with Alaska of all places helping out.
A dangerous outbreak of severe storms will strike the northern High Plains and Canadian Prairies on Wednesday.
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A tornado touched down at Denver International Airport as a severe weather system moved through the area.
A brief synopsis of the top five worst weather events of last summer.
Warmth is forecast to build over much of the eastern half of the nation by July, with Alaska of all places helping out.
Tropical Depression Two is strengthening over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico and may hit the Mexico state of Veracruz as a tropical storm Thursday.
Some of the warmest weather of the year will continue across Alaska over the next few days, challenging more records.
Although thousands of people were still stranded on Wednesday, a favorable turn in the weather helped to allow the rescue of thousands of others in the hard-hit states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. Many rescues were undertaken via helicopter.
Ahead of the thunderstorms, temperatures will soar to between 85 and 95 degrees, mostly 15 to 20 degrees above normal, on the hottest one to three days between north-central France and Poland.
Leepi, neither seen as posing a typhoon threat nor the damaging winds this would imply, was instead expected to trigger heavy, potentially flooding rain, in its brush with Japan between Thursday and Saturday.
Central Illinois (1964)
19th-20th) Hail as large as grapefruits battered more than 50 counties, causing crop and property damage totalling $9.2 million.
3-4" rains common across the state.
A violent tornado started west of the Hudson River, then travelled on to Poughkeepsie, Waterbury, North Haven, Milford, and Branford line into Long Island Sound. Extensive damage; funnel looked like an "aurora borealis." At New Milford, 28 buildings were destroyed or damaged. A barn door was carried 9 miles from its original site.