A stormy weather pattern midweek will help spawn powerful thunderstorms across parts of the Midwest and Ohio Valley.
The combination of warm and humid air fueled thunderstorms Tuesday along the I-80 corridor from central Iowa to northern Illinois. Late Tuesday evening, storms moved into Chicago bringing high winds up to 60 mph and golf ball sized hail.
Large hail was reported throughout the eastern suburbs of Denver, Colorado, as well as across Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska throughout Tuesday evening.
The risk of locally severe storms will push to the southeast over portions of Indiana and Ohio into Wednesday.
On Wednesday, conditions will come together to support strong-to-severe thunderstorms from the middle part of the Mississippi Valley through the Ohio Valley.
Storms on Wednesday into Wednesday night can contain damaging winds, large hail and flooding downpours.
St. Louis, Missouri, Indianapolis, Indiana, Louisville, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, could be directly affected by these intense thunderstorms.
Impacts could include slow travel and a higher risk of accidents on Interstates 70, 65, 57, 64, 74 and 71, along with flight delays at the major airports.
Power outages are also a threat due to lightning strikes and high winds pushing tree limbs onto power lines.
A drier and cooler pattern will set up during the latter portion of the week across the Midwest.
Rounds of drenching showers and thunderstorms will heighten the risk of flash flooding across the northeastern United States through the final weekend of July.
Rounds of showers and thunderstorms moving westward off the coast of Africa may pave the way for future tropical systems over the Atlantic Ocean in the weeks ahead.
Highs will run between 10 and 15 degrees Fahrenheit above average across much of the interior western United States into the upcoming weekend.
A budding tropical system threatens to bring flooding rain to the Philippines into this weekend with potential future impacts on China and Taiwan.
Summer calls for extra precautions when spending time outdoors, including taking proactive measures against mosquitos, ticks and other pests.
The destructive Sand and Soberanes Fires grew out of control this week in California, while severe storms caused travel problems in the Northeast.
Stroudsburg, PA (2009)
A tornado downed trees and destroyed four large farm buildings and a single family house. Two injuries were reported.
Flooding in SW Connecticut. Bridgeport gets 11.32" of rain, $250,000 damage.
Burlington, NJ (1925)
Large amount of hail fell and remained on the ground for 3 days.