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The traumatic and lasting effects of natural disasters were felt far and wide this past year.
In the United States, the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season will be remembered as the seventh-most intense on record, California suffered through one of its worst wildfire seasons in history and the tornado season got off to a particularly active start.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there have been 15 natural disasters which have caused over $1 billion in damage in the U.S. through September, a number that will likely be higher by the end of the year after additional analysis is concluded.
Globally, floods, wildfires, typhoons and earthquakes also wreaked havoc.
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The tournament is being held in eastern Scotland, a region which has a history of extreme weather that can create chaos for golfers and spectators.
Following a push of dry air during the middle part of this week, a humid and rather wet weather pattern is forecast to evolve over the eastern third of the nation during the latter part of July.
The ongoing Kilauea volcano eruptions in Hawaii have led to the formation of a tiny, new piece of land made of lava, which was initially considered to be an island.
An organizing tropical threat will heighten the risk for flooding from the Philippines to Vietnam and Laos into midweek.
A grueling heat wave caused at least eight deaths across Japan since Saturday, and the dangerous conditions are not forecast to subside through the duration of the week.