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

Here comes the Perseid meteor shower!

ksdk.com — Quite possibly the best meteor shower of the year - the Perseids - will be coming to a sky near you next week. "If you see one meteor shower this year, make it August's Perseids or December's Geminids," NASA says.

Here comes the Perseid meteor shower!

thv11.com — Quite possibly the best meteor shower of the year - the Perseids - will be coming to a sky near you next week. "If you see one meteor shower this year, make it August's Perseids or December's Geminids," NASA says.
Aug 06, 2015

Here comes the Perseid meteor shower!: Quite possibly the best meteor shower of the year — the Perseids — will... bit.ly/1gNAtXT

Earth's most powerful storm of the year roars across Pacific

usatoday.com — Food, water, cots, generators, and other federal emergency supplies were being rushed Tuesday from Hawaii and Guam to help Saipan after the Earth's most powerful storm of 2015 - Super Typhoon Soudelor - blasted through the tiny U.S. island in the Western Pacific.
Aug 04, 2015

The Earth's biggest storm of '15 was not kind to the distant US island of Saipan. (Photo:NASA) usat.ly/1VZBmwm pic.twitter.com/WWV8r1Gmb7

Aug 04, 2015

Tiny U.S. island staggered by strongest storm of '15 usat.ly/1SJdiyC via @usatoday #Saipan

Earth's most powerful storm of the year roars across Pacific

cnbc.com — Food, water, cots, generators, and other federal emergency supplies were being rushed Tuesday from Hawaii and Guam to help Saipan after the Earth's most powerful storm of 2015 - Super Typhoon Soudelor - blasted through the tiny U.S. island in the Western Pacific.

Heat index in Iran hits staggering 163 degrees

usatoday.com — Bandar Mahshahr, Iran, soared to a staggering heat index of 163 degrees Friday afternoon as a heat wave continued to bake the Middle East, already one of the hottest places on earth. "That was one of the most incredible temperature observations I have ever seen, and it is one of the most extreme readings ever in the world," AccuWeather meteorologist Anthony Sagliani said in a statement.
Jul 31, 2015

Heat index in Iran hits staggering 163 degrees usat.ly/1SoiQ1u via @usatoday

Jul 31, 2015

One of the hottest places on Earth just hit world-record temperatures that feel like 163 degrees read.bi/1IdgZlW

Jul 31, 2015

Heat index in Iran hit 163 degrees today...trumping yesterday's 154! #4WARN usat.ly/1SoiQ1u via @USATODAY

Jul 31, 2015

Heat index in Iran hits staggering 163 degrees usat.ly/1SoiQ1u via @usatoday

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Heat goes on: June was hottest on record

freep.com — June was the hottest June on record for the planet, federal scientists announced Monday. This marked the third month this year that's recorded record temperatures globally. "The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for June 2015 was the highest for the month of June since record-keeping began in 1880," NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information said in a statement.

NASA satellite sends back gorgeous photo of Earth

freep.com — Earth got is first full selfie in decades this month when a satellite sent back this gorgeous shot of our blue planet. The shot shows the entire sunlit side of Earth from one million miles away, according to NASA. It's the first full Earth shot since the astronauts aboard the Apollo 17 snapped a similar one in 1972.

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.
Jun 25, 2015

"There is always something intriguing going on in the atmosphere." indy.st/1HiiPXD pic.twitter.com/NICV0CxpeA

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Aug 29, 2015

RT @USATODAY: Readers share their #Katrina10 photos in a special @YourTake gallery: usat.ly/1F43wLW Photo by Jeremy Gilbert pic.twitter.com/c0upKlSrN7

Aug 28, 2015

Company aims to ship fresh water from Alaska to drought-plagued California usat.ly/1JBU7fM pic.twitter.com/EYD2IcMEMg

Aug 28, 2015

Katrina Q&A: New Orleans before and after the historic storm usat.ly/1ElwwEv via @usatoday

Aug 28, 2015

#Onthisday in 1990: The Plainfield, Illinois, #tornado killed 29 and injured 350. USA's only F5/EF5 in August. 1.usa.gov/1JBBcSc

Aug 28, 2015

"It’s pretty certain we are locked into at least three feet of sea level rise, and probably more" @NASA usat.ly/1PBbNN6

Aug 28, 2015

The decision to prepare for a hurricane in Miami..comes down to whether the person lived through the horror of Andrew usat.ly/1JBwOTk

Aug 28, 2015

"Just another storm where everybody freaks out; an excuse to skip work or school or to party." usat.ly/1JBwOTk pic.twitter.com/Cio1nXlCiN


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