The five-day event of Carnival began on Friday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as hundreds of thousands of people flocked to the city to take part in the festivities.
Many famous celebrities attend Carnival every year and this year has been no exception, as attendance from Jude Law and Pamela Anderson have been confirmed by monstersandcritics.com. Other celebrities have been invited to the event, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Shakira and Cameron Diaz.
The weather may be damp and dreary for the weekend festivities with periods of rain and drizzle. However, this will not keep people off the streets where many crazy and lavish costumes will be seen.
People dance during a "Bola Preta" block parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, March 5, 2011. Some umbrellas can be seen floating above the massive crowd.
A weak frontal boundary is slowly lifting across the area and will move to the north by Monday and Tuesday, the final days of the event.
This means that rain and drizzle will be most widespread on Saturday and Sunday, but by Monday and Tuesday there will be more sunshine and rainfall will become more isolated.
A cooldown with clouds, showers and thunderstorms is in store for Southern California and much of the Southwest following recent heat and sunshine.
A dominant storm track featuring storms moving west to east across Europe will result in a stark contrast between cold air building across Scandinavia and milder air masses entrenched near the Mediterranean.
After waves of cool air progress through the Midwest and Northeast this week, some areas will be cold enough for the first snow showers of the season by this weekend.
An effort is underway to fill a radar hole in Charlotte, North Carolina, and similarly populated areas in the United States to better detect and protect the public from severe weather.
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) interfered with containment efforts in the West on at least 25 occasions in 2015.
Newly formed Tropical Storm Koppu is on track to threaten the Philippines this weekend. Those in Taiwan and Japan should also monitor the storm for potential impacts next week.
East Coast (1846)
Great Hurricane of 1846. Track: Cuba, Key West, FL; GA; Carolinas; Chesapeake Bay; PA - major damage all areas (Similar to Hazel in 1954). Lashed the Delaware River "into a perfect fury and its roar would have drowned out the thunder of the Niagara.
Layton, NJ (1906)
11 degrees - record early season cold snap.
Denver, CO (1982)
Wet snow - 6 inches foothills; slush in city. Power lines down, as well as trees.