Severe weather stretched across the country this week, hitting the Midwest with the brunt of its force.
On Sunday, tornadoes ransacked the region, devastating Washington, Ill. The town endured an EF-4 twister that displaced hundreds. Early this week, Mayor Gary Manier estimated that more than 500 homes and businesses had been damaged or destroyed in the town.
On Tuesday, clear skies yielded near-perfect viewing conditions for the launch of NASA rocket, Minotaur I. Social media was inundated Wednesday with shots of the launch, which was plainly visible to the naked eye.
Late in the week, the theme turned to low temperatures as a cold front generated a massive dust storm in Lubbock, Texas, and a snowstorm buried much of Colorado. Even the U.K. received a cold blast this week, resulting in the first snowflakes of the year for London.
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On Monday, the sunrise revealed damage from numerous tornadoes that ransacked the Midwest throughout Sunday. The severe weather leveled some rural communities, including that of Washington, Ill. This weekend, Arctic air will reach the small town bringing life-threatening temperatures to those without electricity and adequate shelter. (AP Photo/Armando Sanchez)
A cold front spun up a dust storm in Lubbock, Texas, Thursday. As the front moved into the area, the temperature dropped from 74 degrees F to 66 degrees F in only 13 minutes with winds of 30 mph. (Photo/Matt Mahalik)
Clear skies Tuesday night provided ideal viewing conditions for the launch of the NASA rocket, Minotaur I. The rocket took off from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., to send the U.S. Air Force's Space Test Program Satellite-3 into orbit. (Photo/Hunter Outten)
A storm brought as much as 1.5 feet of snow to parts of Colorado on Thursday, making major routes such as I-25 slick and icy. It also dropped temperatures from 59 degrees F in Denver on Wednesday to 25 degrees F Thursday. (Photo/Michael Farrell)
London, England, received its first snowfall of the season this month, as cold air blasted through the U.K. The flakes produced no accumulation in the city but resulted in measurable amounts in the higher terrain away from the coast. (Photo/@FairTradeSleuth)
Ongoing wildfires in Ontario and western Canada will impact areas across the Great Lakes to the Northeast through the weekend.
Cool and unsettled weather will continue across the Northeast through late week.
Relief is on the way for portions of the Plains that are in the grips of the ongoing drought.
A tropical wave west of the Cape Verde Islands looks like it could be the next named tropical storm in the Atlantic Basin.
A pair of tropical threats will target areas from China and Taiwan to Guam this week.
It was a rather active past few days with tornadoes, flash flooding, and damaging winds targeting many communities from Tennessee to Massachusetts and in Colorado.
11 of the past 12 days brought heavy rain to at least some part of the state.
Thunderstorms with heavy rain flood and washed out many roads across the northeastern part of the state.
Columbia, SC (1991)
July 1991 became the wettest month ever with 17.46" of rain. The old record was 16.72" set in August 1949.