The latest weather and climate news -- from hurricanes and tornadoes to blizzards and climate change -- from Doyle Rice, the USA TODAY weather editor/reporter.

Number of shark attacks slightly above average

wcnc.com — Overall, the number of shark attacks across the country is slightly above average for this time of year -- though many of the attacks have occurred farther north than usual. So far, there have been 23 attacks in 2015, of which one was fatal (in Hawaii), according to data from the International Shark Attack File at the University of Florida's Florida Museum of Natural History.

Solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 finally leaves Japan for Hawaii on epic five-day leg

smh.com.au — Yasemin Borschberg, wife of pilot Andre, waves a Japanese flag as Solar Impulse 2 takes off from Nagoya Komaki Airport on an epic five-day flight to Hawaii. Photo: Getty Images After weeks of waiting, the sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 plane finally lifted off on Sunday from Japan, bound for Hawaii.

Scientists look to unlock mysteries of nighttime thunderstorms

indystar.com — Violent nighttime thunderstorms have sent generations of terrified children scurrying into their parents' beds over the booming sounds of thunder and brilliant flashes of lightning. Now, for the first time, dozens of scientists are fanning out across the central USA this summer to unlock the mysteries of how these nocturnal storms form and improve forecasts for when they might strike.

Twin tornadoes: 'Image of a lifetime' in Colorado

wcnc.com — A spectacular shot of a supercell thunderstorm with two tornadoes underneath has been making the rounds online over the past few days. Kelly DeLay, a photographer and storm chaser, took the photo last Thursday in Simla, Colo., calling it the "image of a lifetime."

Twin tornadoes: 'Image of a lifetime' in Colorado

thv11.com — A spectacular shot of a supercell thunderstorm with two tornadoes underneath has been making the rounds online over the past few days. Kelly DeLay, a photographer and storm chaser, took the photo last Thursday in Simla, Colo., calling it the "image of a lifetime."

Forecasters: Quiet hurricane season expected

11alive.com — The federal government is predicting a below-average 2015 hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin, it announced Wednesday. Three to six hurricanes are expected to form in the region, which includes the Atlantic, the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. An average season, based on data from 1981-2010, typically spawns six hurricanes.

Study: Lack of hurricanes is dumb luck

wtsp.com — ( USA TODAY) -- A major hurricane has not hit the U.S. innearly 10 years - an occurrence that is "unprecedented in the historical record," according to a new study out this week. Why is that?

Tornadoes roar across the Plains

wtsp.com — ( USA TODAY) -- Tornadoes have been reported across portions of the central and southern Plains Wednesday afternoon. Separate tornadoes hit central Kansas, central Oklahoma, and Nebraska, according to the National Weather Service. A tornado has been reported southwest of Oklahoma City, forcing the evacuation of the Will Rogers Airport.

Look up! Here comes the Lyrid meteor shower

11alive.com — The Lyrids, April's top meteor shower, is expected to peak over the next couple of nights. The best time to see the shower will be just before dawn on Wednesday, which is also Earth Day, and on Thursday, according to Slooh.com, an astronomy website. How many meteors will be visible?

Twister kills 1 in Illinois; storm moves south and east

usatoday.com — A violent storm system that produced a deadly tornado and widespread damage in a small community northwest of Chicago rolled south and east Friday, threatening strong winds and large hail to the Gulf Coast and Mid-Atlantic states. The National Weather Service said at least two twisters, possibly more, touched down during the storm Thursday evening.
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Jul 02, 2015

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Jul 02, 2015

Thursday's forecast: Soggy, stormy South; high heat West usat.ly/1Iuj15e via @usatoday

Jul 01, 2015

Yet another shark attack reported in North Carolina usat.ly/1LViSGO via @usatoday

Jul 01, 2015

A Wimbledon ball boy collapsed in the heat during a match on Wednesday and was taken off the court on a stretcher usat.ly/1LV90Ni

Jul 01, 2015

ICYMI: Fireworks cause a toxic brew of unhealthy air usat.ly/1LSVIAZ via @usatoday

Jul 01, 2015

@usatodayweather Only two tornadoes on reported on Cape Cod since records began in 1950. 1.usa.gov/1HwTppb

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