A series of storms will close in on the West Coast today. The result will be a stormy, unsettled day from California into Canada.
While rainy weather will settle in along much of the West Coast, those areas along the coastlines of Washington and Oregon are also in for powerful winds. The howling winds picked up overnight ahead of the storm and will continue in these areas for much of the day.
Wind gusts more than 70 mph in the region could push high-profile vehicles around on roadways and could even down trees or lead to sporadic power outages. While the rain will not be coming down in torrents, the windswept rain could also significantly reduce visibilities at times, making travel treacherous.
The storms will also deposit snow in the mountains of the West. The heaviest accumulations are expected in the Cascades of Washington and southern Coast Mountains in British Columbia. Snowfall totals will be on the order of 6 to 12 inches, with more than a foot possible on some of the peaks in British Columbia.
Lighter accumulations will blanket the northern Rockies and southern British Columbia. With milder air flowing northward ahead of the storm, a slushy mix of rain and snow could still create slick road conditions from southern Idaho into northwestern Nevada for a time today.
Severe thunderstorms spawned tornadoes in major metropolitan areas, while wildfires raged in the West and flooding downpours persisted in the East.
As much of the West continues to be plagued by intense drought, the production of favorite and trendy foods may be more challenging for states operating in dry conditions.
Since the movie "Jaws," inspired by 1916 shark attacks, the number of shark attacks has been on the rise due to human and seal population increases, shark migration and warming temperatures.
A warmer weather pattern is forecast for much of the Central and Eastern states, while temperatures should throttle back in the Northwest during the middle of August.
Japan and South Korea face tropical floods into this weekend; the danger of a typhoon looms for next week.
Bertha is forecast to take a curved path near the islands in the northeastern Caribbean this weekend, then to stay off the East Coast of the United States next week.
New England (1975)
"Hot Saturday" 107 degrees in New Bedford and Chester, MA All-time hottest day - 104 degrees in Providence, RI (also all-time record for state) 100 degrees in Nantucket for the first time
Heat wave continues for the following: Abilene - 41 consecutive days of 98 degrees or higher, tied 1952 record. Dallas/Ft. Worth - 41st consecutive day of 100 degrees + El Paso - 51st consecutive day of 100 degrees +
Chicago, IL (1988)
100 degrees -- 7th day of 100 degrees or higher in 1088 -- an all-time record number.