A heat wave across parts of India, most notably the northeast, has turned deadly. Unofficial reports have indicated that as many as 41 people have passed away from heat-related illness during the heat wave; however, the Indian government has only confirmed two deaths at this point.
The worst of the heat wave has been felt across Odisha, while Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh have also felt the effects of this latest heat wave, which include power shortages.
The high temperature averaged 45 C across Odisha on Friday, marking the highest average of the year to this point. The high temperature reached 46.5 C in Titilagarah.
The heat continued on Saturday with many locations once again averaging 44 to 46 C during the hottest time of the day.
A building ridge of high pressure is the culprit behind the heat wave and unfortunately it is not expected to weaken anytime soon. No storm systems approaching the region will allow the ridge to continue to build and bring unrelenting heat to northeast India through at least the middle of next week.
Severe weather will return to the Plains once again early next week as a potent storm system moves into the region.
With one day remaining before Memorial Day weekend, the Sandy-battered Jersey coastline is hustling to finish last-minute preparations.
The Memorial Day weekend will begin cool, windy and rainy in New England and part of the mid-Atlantic.
"We can and must do more relative to severe weather," AccuWeather CEO Barry Myers testified on Thursday, May 23, 2013, during a hearing called Restoring U.S. Leadership in Weather Forecasting.
Around 8:47 p.m. PDT, an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 shook in the mountains of California, according to the USGS.
More than 500 inbound and outbound flights at LaGuardia in New York were delayed due to the storms.
Inland snowstorm from New Jersey to New England; 4" of snow at Berkshire County, MA.
Snowstorm across state; daytime accumulation of 4-6".
West Coast (1982)
Heat wave: San Francisco, CA 91 degrees, (new record; previous record 79 in 1975) San Jose, CA 84 degrees Portland, OR 85 degrees (tied record)