Europe's wine grape harvest is suffering and, in key regions this year, the harvest will be the smallest in half a century, vintners say.
Two of the countries well-known for producing wine, France and Italy, are expected to be especially hard hit. A combination of drought, frost and hail have damaged both the grapes and the grapevines earlier this year.
Two very well-known, wine-producing regions of France, the Champagne and Burgundy regions, have seen damage to the grape harvest because of hail that fell during the summer months and a few spring frosts. The chardonnay grape is commonly grown in these two areas and is used to produce white wines and champagne.
Farther south, the Mediterranean region had experienced drought conditions over much of the summer months that not only gave grapevines trouble but caused wildfires as well.
Over 2.5 million families in Europe depend on the wine harvest for a living and about 62 percent of the world's wine is made on the continent.
Nearly the same setup for tornadoes that focused on Oklahoma Monday is targeting north central Texas Tuesday afternoon.
Severe storms, some capable of producing tornadoes, will threaten communities across northeastern Texas, southeastern Oklahoma, northwestern Louisiana and Arkansas into Tuesday night.
The same storm system responsible for producing violent thunderstorms in Oklahoma recently will reach the Atlantic Seaboard Thursday.
While additional strong thunderstorms will roll through through portions of tornado-ravaged Oklahoma Tuesday, the risk of tornadoes has diminished.
The atmospheric severe weather engine began firing on all cylinders this past weekend and reached full speed Monday over Oklahoma.
Preliminary reports are calling it an EF-4 tornado that has caused numerous fatalities and injuries in Moore, Okla.
Texas County, OK (1937)
Severe dust storm called "Black Blizzard" visibility near zero for 10 minutes.
Kansas City, KS (1957)
Forty-five people killed and millions of dollars in damage by tornadoes.
Atlantic City, NJ (1992)
28 degrees -- coldest ever for so late in the season at the airport