A tropical cyclone in the Mozambique Channel will menace the southeastern coast of Africa with potentially damaging winds and flooding rain during the latter half of the week.
Wednesday, the weather system was still fairly weak and was centered near the narrowest reach of the Mozambique Channel. Even so, it was already triggering localized flooding downpours on both sides of the Channel.
Forecast tools available to meteorologists at AccuWeather.com Wednesday showed this tropical low strengthening into a strong tropical cyclone over the southern Mozambique Channel as early as Saturday. However, timing and location of any landfall remained speculative.
The area has already seen significant adverse tropical weather this month. Tropical Cyclone Chandra made landfall in western Madagascar early in the month.
Next, Tropical Depression Dando landed in southern Mozambique near Maputo. Almost 500 people were left homeless in Maputo, the nation's capital, in the aftermath of Dando's flooding rain and damaging winds, the AP said on Wednesday.
Torrential rain triggered by Dando also reached into northeastern South Africa.
A hot air balloon carrying at least 16 people crashed in central Texas on Saturday morning. Authorities say there appears to be no survivors.
Rounds of drenching showers and heavy thunderstorms will heighten the risk of flash flooding across the northeastern United States through the final weekend of July.
Tropical Storm Nida threatens to bring flooding rain to the Philippines into this weekend with future impacts on China and Taiwan.
As several large fires continue to rage across the western United States, weather conditions will gradually improve for firefighting efforts in the upcoming week.
A tropical wave approaching the Caribbean Sea will attempt to reactivate the Atlantic Basin during the first week of August.
Additional downpours are likely to roll across northern New Jersey and further suspend play during the late rounds at the 98th PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club this weekend.
Columbia, SC (1991)
July 1991 became the wettest month ever with 17.46" of rain. The old record was 16.72" set in August 1949.
Gulf Coast (1995)
Tropical storm Dean entered the Texas coast near Galveston, TX. Galveston reported a wind gust of 51 mph, but just 0.54" of rain. Coastal roads were flooded across Louisiana.
Las Vegas, NV (1998)
2.50 inches of rain in 1 hour.