Meranti lashed Taiwan and China this week, while five Russian meteorologists were saved from a polar bear siege in an isolated island in the Arctic Circle.
Following a brief spell of cool weather, more warmth is in store for the eastern United States during much of the balance of September.
Rain and thunderstorms will converge on the Northeast and may bring brief drought relief to needy areas through Monday.
A brief midweek warmup will quickly be slashed by a significant cooldown in the northeastern United States from Thursday into Friday.
Following several warm and humid days, much more comfortable conditions have arrived and will stick around through early this week in New York City.
Tropical Storm Ian will gradually strengthen across the central Atlantic this week.
Crisp air, stacks of books and colorful trees all signal the start of a fresh school year on college campuses across the United States.
Does the turn to cooler conditions early this week signal the end of summerlike heat and humidity in the Northeast?
Dry weather was in place for ceremonies that were held at the World Trade Center site, the Pentagon, and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania on Sunday for the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
In recent major flood events, dozens of videos surfaced on social media of what appeared to be average citizens successfully rescuing people trapped in their cars amid high water.
Central and Western NY (1991)
Record cold morning; Buffalo, had 32 degrees, tying the all-time September low. Syracuse dropped to 28 degrees, breaking the old record of 32 set in 1942. Albany hit 28, erasing the 29-degree mark of 1951. Other lows (not official records) included: 21 degrees at Angelica, 22 at Watertown, 24 at Ithaca and 25 at Elmira.
Johnstown, PA (1993)
Light snow in the city did not accumulate but up to 3" accumulated at the airport.
Goldsboro, NC (1999)
30" of rain in September.