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

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

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."
Jun 09, 2015

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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."
Jun 09, 2015

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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?
May 09, 2015

But Sandy is from climate change RT Study: Lack of hurricanes is dumb luck on.wtsp.com/1GKdpkA via @WTSP10News

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Jul 31, 2015

Pacific Hurricane Guillermo may impact Hawaii usat.ly/1I7CBlO via @usatoday

Jul 31, 2015

A rare blue moon will brighten the sky on Friday usat.ly/1I1e0PB via @usatoday

Jul 31, 2015

Now on usat.ly/vBhtt homefront: Lake Mead drought, Beijing Olympic snow, Iran heat index. Gotta luv weather! usat.ly/ByuMH

Jul 31, 2015

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

Jul 31, 2015

#onthisday in 1976, heavy rain led to the catastrophic Big Thompson flood near Estes Park, Colo. Over 140 people died 1.usa.gov/1SojFqW

Jul 31, 2015

"Giving the Winter Games to Beijing is like awarding the Super Bowl to a city without a football field." usat.ly/1Id1zhF

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