While the summer season ushers in higher temperatures and sunshine, it also brings forth the best chance to view some of Earth's natural, stratospheric wonders.
With increased thunderstorm activity during the summer months, upside-down bolts of lightning can occur above thunderstorms, creating colorful flashes of red lights known as sprites.
Sprites are short-lived red flashes that occur approximately 80 km, or 50 miles, up in the atmosphere, according to NASA.
With a jellyfish-like appearance, these lightning strokes are triggered by powerful positive cloud to ground lightning that lowers huge amounts of electrical charge to the Earth and increase the electric field in the middle of the atmosphere.
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These upside-down bolts shoot straight up from the stratosphere and can reach as far as 100 km, into the ionosphere, or the upper region of the atmosphere. Their length is also massive, as they can span up to nearly 45 miles.
However, sprites last only one-one thousandth of a second, so they happen too quickly to be followed by the naked eye and as a result, we perceive the bolts as red lights.
Unlike sprites, a different, rare stratospheric phenomena occurs most often during the summer, but this marvel can be viewed easily from the ground.
Because the upper atmosphere is the coldest during the summer, sometimes wavy, thin and blue-white colored clouds, known as noctilucent clouds, shine at twilight near the polar latitudes.
These dream-like clouds form at altitudes approximately 80 to 90 km above the Earth's surface but can still be seen by the human eye.
With their feathery appearance, these clouds are high enough in the atmosphere that they can reflect the sunlight long after dark, giving them an illusory look to viewers.
The best time to view these nighttime sensations is after sunset but before dark, according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Jesse Ferrell.
A tropical disturbance, moving just north of the large islands of the Caribbean, will take aim at Cuba, the Bahamas and southern Florida into this weekend.
Regions dealing with Zika-carrying mosquitoes could have another threat to monitor as tropical activity picks up this season.
Following a tropical storm threat in the Bahamas and Florida into this weekend, an uptick in tropical systems will continue for the next six to eight weeks.
On the heels of deadly Typhoon Mindulle, Japan is bracing for another threat from Typhoon Lionrock next week.
A deadly earthquake struck central Italy at 3:36 a.m. local time on Wednesday with tremors felt as far away as the capital city of Rome.
Stargazers will want to dig out their binoculars and telescopes this weekend as Venus and Jupiter shine so close that they appear as one large, bright star in the evening sky.
Lake Okeechobee, FL (1949)
Hurricane sends 155-mph winds against levees but the disaster of 1928, when the levees broke, was not repeated.
Kiana, AK (1976)
A weak tornado occurred, about 2.9 miles north of the Arctic Circle.
Elizabeth, PA (1979)
A heavy thunderstorm at Elizabeth, PA, 20 miles SE of Pittsburgh, tore the roof off an apartment building and downed about 100 trees. Trees were also knocked over at McKeesport, PA.