Unseasonable heat plagued portions of Taiwan on Tuesday, leading to the first 100-degree Fahrenheit reading in two years.
Taipei, the capital of the island nation, recorded a high temperature of 100 degrees (37.8 C) late Tuesday afternoon, local time. It marked the first triple-digit reading for the city since July 2010 and only the second since 2007.
The unusual high fell just short of the all-time record of 102 F (38.8 C) set on Aug. 9, 2003, according to the Central Weather Bureau.
Even though average highs in Taipei are near 90 F (32.2 C), its high marine influence will often prevent it from becoming much hotter.
The heat is a result of a closed upper-air high pressure system that is bringing weak steering flow to the country, preventing marine air from penetrating farther inland.
High pressure will persist over the island through the week, maintaining hot and dry conditions for a country which receives most of its rainfall from tropical systems. Current outlooks from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center show no significant tropical rains on the horizon.
The heat will finally break over the weekend as the high pressure system departs and a more typical pattern arrives, knocking temperatures back towards seasonal averages.
Severe storms are shifting eastward Wednesday afternoon delivering strong wind, heavy rain and hail.
So far this year California has seen 1,569 wildfires, 85 percent more than in an average year.
The Memorial Day weekend will begin cool, windy and rainy in New England and part of the mid-Atlantic.
GOES-East failed again late Tuesday. It is one of the main satellites meteorologists use for the eastern part of the United States and the tropical Atlantic.
On the two-year anniversary of the EF-5 tornado that leveled Joplin, Mo., the town has deployed assistance to Moore, Okla.
The tornado tore through a path 17 miles long on Monday and had wind speeds as high as 200 mph.
Sichuan Province China (1986)
More than 35,000 homes and 7,700 acres of crops were destroyed by a devastating hailstorm. Reports indicated that 100 people were killed and 9,000 injured. (Reports vary as to the exact date of the hailstorm.)
Atlantic City, NJ (1991)
Record high of 89 degrees after a record low of 38 degrees. Record lows were also set May 19,20, & 21st.
San Antonio, TX (1998)
Very dry since April 1st - only 0.05 of rain.