The weather will cooperate for most outdoor activities, including race day at this year's Indianapolis 500 Sunday.
Thunderstorms rolled through on Wednesday afternoon, bringing damaging wind gusts and nearly 2 inches of rain to the Indianapolis area.
In the wake of the storms, low humidity and rain free conditions will highlight Indiana the next several days, lasting right through race day on Sunday.
The starting field for 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race poses on the start/finish line with the Borg-Warner Trophy at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Monday, May 19, 2014. The race is Sunday, May 25. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
For the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, sunshine is in the offing with temperatures reaching near 80 F during the afternoon.
Fans heading to the race should remember to use sunscreen to stay protected from the bright, powerful May sunshine. Sunglasses may be a necessity.
Even with the low humidity forecast, light winds and intense sunshine will make for a toasty afternoon in the stands and on the track.
Racing fans can catch the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway following the Indy 500 Sunday evening. There is also the Grand Prix de Monaco at Monte-Carlo, so race fans will have plenty to watch this weekend.
Tropical Depression 8 has formed east of the Carolinas and should strengthen into a tropical storm before impacting the coastal Carolinas early this week.
Despite struggling to do so last week, a tropical system bears watching to develop as it enters the Gulf of Mexico and turns back toward the northeastern Gulf Coast of the United States.
Brief relief from heat and humidity will arrive in the northeastern United States at the start of September.
Typhoon Lionrock is poised to make landfall in Japan near Sendai early in the new week with heavy rainfall, damaging winds and an inundating storm surge.
Hawaii is facing two tropical threats this week as Madeline and Lester churn westward.
Slow-moving and repetitive downpours will raise the risk for flash flooding along the western Gulf Coast into early week.
Colorado Springs, CO (1978)
Hail 6 inches deep.
Rochester, MN (1979)
2.73 inches of rain fell in 50 minutes making this the wettest August on record. (9.52 inches of rain so far this month). The heavy downpour flooded the streets of Rochester, stranding about 1,500 cars.
A five-state tornado outbreak in Nebraska, Kansas, Wyoming, Iowa and Missouri occurred on this date. In all, 20 tornadoes were reported. Nine were in Iowa. One near Farragut, IA, in the extreme SW corner of the state, caused several fatalities and numerous injuries.