Tropical Cyclone Madi developed over the Bay of Bengal, northeast of Sri Lanka and east of India, last week.
After producing locally heavy rainfall across Sri Lanka and the southeast coastline of India for several days, the cyclone drifted northward last weekend over the open Bay of Bengal.
Parts of eastern Sri Lanka received 150-300 mm (6-12 inches) of rainfall last week; however, this round of heavy rainfall will impact southeast India.
After being nearly stationary through Tuesday, Madi turned to the southwest and is now approaching the coastline of southeast India, south of Chennai.
This track will bring some tropical downpours to southeast India from Chennai southward and also across the northern coast of Sri Lanka.
The positive news is that Madi has weakened and is now only a tropical rainstorm. Damaging winds will occur with this storm and the threat for any widespread flooding is minimal. However, localized amounts in excess of 100 mm (4 inches) will be possible.
As a large storm rolls out of the Plains and Midwest, a swath of snow, ice and travel disruptions will extend into the Northeast starting on Sunday evening.
February's record cold is expected to weaken across the East and Midwest heading into the month of March.
A new storm will form over the weekend across the Plains and will spread snow and ice eastward through the Midwest.
As a snowstorm unraveled from Texas to North Carolina and Virginia, snow and ice left a trail of disruption on Wednesday into Thursday.
Residents in Spokane, Washington, recently caught sight of the unique phenomenon known as "hole punch" clouds that cause a gaping hole in the otherwise cloudy sky.
Storms will continue to affect the West through this weekend and into next week with rounds of precipitation for some needy areas as well as trouble for travelers.
Harrisburg, IL (1999)
A thunderstorm wind gust to 80 mph causing a roof to be blown off a house and a car to be blown off the road.
New England (1717)
First of a series of storms of The Great Snow which finally left about 36" on ground, held Boston snowbound for 3 weeks. Great barometric depression moved across Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri and Illinois. Lowest pressure 28.71" at Springfield, IL.