Tropical Cyclone Sandra was still a very strong storm, hovering at sea northwest of New Caledonia on Monday.
While far to the east of Australia, Sandra was helping to whip up rough surf and rip currents, which will be likely to last through at least Wednesday, along some Queensland beaches.
Sandra had begun to weaken after having peaked in strength on Sunday. However, its top winds were still near 100 mph on Monday, according to tropical cyclone forecasters in Fiji.
Over the weekend, Sandra had rapidly intensified; the storm's top sustained winds hit 125 mph with gusts nearing 155 mph.
Further weakening was forecast for Monday night into Tuesday, Eastern Time, as the storm was expected to make its nearest approach to the island nation of New Caledonia. The center of the storm will likely move just west of the main island Tuesday into Wednesday, passing within 100 miles of the western coastline.
This track would imply a threat for flooding rainfall and damaging winds in New Caledonia.
Parts of the island nation of Vanuatu, though well east of Sandra, were doused by at least 15 inches of rain between Thursday and Monday, thus indicating the storm's potential to unleash excessive rainfall.
Beyond Wednesday, further weakening is expected and Sandra will become extra tropical before combining with another low pressure to bring the threat for flooding rainfall to New Zealand late in the week.
Fall-like cooldown in store through the end of the week for the Northeast.
Two children were killed and at least another 15 people were injured Monday evening, as strong storms forced a circus tent to collapse in Lancaster, New Hampshire.
Unsettled weather responsible for flooding downpours in Florida last week will gradually lessen over the next several days.
Tropical Storm Guillermo will continue its path toward Hawaii in the coming days bringing large swells and enhanced rainfall to the islands.
After a very hot end to July, some relief is on the way this week for Seattle and other areas of the Northwest.
Building heat across Europe this week will approach monthly and all-time record high levels in several cities.
Ossian, IA (1979)
Strong winds from a thunderstorm damaged a roller rink roof 50 miles NE of Waterloo, IA. A barn was destroyed and trees and power lines were downed.
Dallas, TX (1980)
A high of 95 degrees, breaking the string of 42 consecutive days of 100 degrees or higher.
Casper, WY (1990)
A total of 0.84" of rain. The normal rainfall for all of August is 0.63".