Stifling heat will persist across the Plains and Deep South this weekend before focusing on the West during the upcoming week.
Organizers have major responsibilities when planning major events like outdoor weddings and festivals especially when summer brings unstable weather.
Dry weather across the western half of the country continues to spark wildfires, especially across Utah and the Northwest.
The sun, moon and vast array of stars littering the night sky were all essential in generating a habitable atmosphere and life on Earth.
The death toll from lightning so far in 2014 has reached 15 in the United States, with six fatalities in Florida topping the list.
An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people disappeared from radar as it traveled from Burkina Faso to the Algerian capital, The Associated Press reported, as storms pushed south of the area of lost contact.
Thunderstorms bring the flash of white-hot splintered bolts that illuminate the blackened skies, creating a spectacular light show, and the looming threat of electrocution.
A potent storm system moving out of the Northwest United States will bring an elevated risk of tornadoes to parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan on Thursday.
In an effort to cut down the time it takes to scan storms in order to alert the public of tornadoes and severe storms, the National Weather Service made small but potentially life-saving adjustments to their radar operations.
With the recent heat fading away, more relief will greet the Northwest by midweek in the form of rain.
Trinity County, CA (1917)
Dry conditions led to tinderbox conditions. 80 forest fires started. Lightning struck 150 times in area of about five square miles.
Mt. Rainier, WA (1954)
16" snow cover remained on the mountain at 5,550 ft. after a big snow season.
Philadelphia, PA (1972)
First of 25 days without measurable rain.