Photo courtesy of Keith Allison
Friday, July 6th
Baltimore Orioles @ Los Angeles Angels – Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, Calif.
The Angels wrap up the first half of their season with a four-game visit from the Orioles. Newly minted All-Star C.J. Wilson will take the mound Friday night, supported by an offense led by two of the most exciting young talents in the game today, Mark Trumbo and Mike Trout. Both teams are lodged firmly in second place in their respective divisions and will be looking to gain some ground heading into the break. Tickets for Friday’s game start at $6.
Saturday, July 7th
American Idiot – Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco, Calif.
Adapted from the 2004 Green Day album of the same name, this musical finished its run on Broadway last year and is in the middle of a national tour before it shuts down for good. With music from the band and a story written by lead-singer Billie Joe Armstrong, it’s a must-see for any Green Day fans in San Francisco this weekend. Tickets for the Saturday matinee start at $80.
The Beach Boys – Grand Canyon University Arena, Phoenix, Ariz.
The surviving members of The Beach Boys, led by the legendary Brian Wilson, are in the midst of a tour meant to celebrate both the 50th anniversary of the band’s founding and the release of their newest album, That’s Why God Made the Radio. The tour might be the last we ever see of The Beach Boys performing live and together, so get your tickets here, starting at $89.
Sunday, July 8th
Los Angeles Dodgers @ Arizona Diamondbacks – Chase Field, Phoenix, Ariz.
The Dodgers have cooled off considerably of late, while the Diamondbacks had a strong month of June and sit just a few games back in the NL West. Arizona called up highly-touted pitching prospect Trevor Bauer last week, and although he was shaky in his first start, he’s the future of the franchise and might just be the piece the D’Backs need to make a serious run at the division crown. He’ll start Sunday afternoon’s game, with tickets starting at $11.
Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival with Slipknot, Motorhead, Slayer – Comfort Dental Amphitheatre, Englewood, Calif.
Arguably the three most popular heavy metal bands in the world are touring together, and they’ll be in Englewood on Sunday night. Come check out the mayhem: tickets start at $67.
On the two-year anniversary of the EF-5 tornado that leveled Joplin, Mo., the town has deployed assistance to Moore, Okla.
The tornado tore through a path 17 miles long on Monday and had wind speeds as high as 200 mph.
Wednesday will be drier and less humid for recovery and clean up efforts.
The same storm system responsible for producing violent thunderstorms in Oklahoma recently will reach the Atlantic Seaboard Thursday.
Strong thunderstorms impacted areas from Texas and Louisiana to New England with large hail and damaging winds.
The atmospheric severe weather engine began firing on all cylinders this past weekend and reached full speed Monday over Oklahoma.
Hallam, NE (2004)
The "Hallam" tornado touched on the ground for 2.5 miles and reached F4 status at it's peak intensity. 95% if the town of Hallan's buildings were damages or destroyed.
San Antonio, TX (1998)
Very dry since April 1st - only 0.05 of rain.
Waterville, ME (1832)
Kennebec Flood discharged 140,000 cubic feet of water per second -- high stage not equalled until 1901, and not exceeded until 1936.