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

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.

Study suggests fracking could release radon from ground

freep.com — Levels of cancer-causing radon gas in Pennsylvania homes have increased as the fracking industry has expanded, a new study shows. The study is a preliminary "first look" into a possible connection between fracking and radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas, says co-author Joan Casey.

Study suggests fracking could release radon from ground

usatoday.com — Levels of cancer-causing radon gas in Pennsylvania homes have increased as the fracking industry has expanded, a new study shows. The study is a preliminary "first look" into a possible connection between fracking and radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas, says co-author Joan Casey.

Desalted Pacific water may slake Calif. thirst

usatoday.com — California has a giant reservoir to its west that could supply the parched state. It is called the Pacific Ocean. To tap this salty resource, desalination plants and related technology are being introduced or revived in the state. Part of Gov.

Calif. drought challenges state's businesses

usatoday.com — SAN FRANCISCO - California's punishing drought - which led to the first mandatory statewide water restrictions in state history last week - will bring more pain to some businesses and prosperity to others if it doesn't let up soon.

Astronauts capture stunning photos of Pacific typhoon

smh.com.au — Typhoon Maysak taken by astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti from the International Space Station. Photo: Samantha Cristoforetti Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have captured some fantastic and awe-inspiring shots of Super Typhoon Maysak and its cavernous eye.

Record low for Arctic sea ice

winnipegfreepress.com — Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION THE Arctic called, and it wants its winter back. As folks across much of the central and eastern U.S. shivered and shovelled through a cold, snowy winter, the unusual chill didn't extend to the Far North, where Arctic ice is at record-low levels so far for the winter.

Winter ice in the Arctic nears all-time record low

smh.com.au — A Polar bear cub in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Photo: AP As folks across much of the central and eastern U.S. shivered and shoveled through a cold, snowy winter, the unusual chill didn't extend to the far north, where Arctic ice is at record low levels so far for the winter.

Winter's latest salvo brings snow, travel woes to East

usatoday.com — Winter's latest storm of the season is shaping up as a monster, with freezing rain or snow stretching Thursday from North Texas to New Jersey, forcing thousands of canceled flights. More than a foot of snow has fallen in parts of Kentucky, which is in the bull's-eye of the storm.
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Apr 26, 2015

Second body found in Alabama waters, 5 missing usat.ly/1Gv8tQm via @usatoday

Apr 24, 2015

Lava or leave it: Enormous magma reservoir found under Yellowstone usat.ly/1z0ZGGa via @usatoday

Apr 24, 2015

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Apr 24, 2015

#Shrek once compared himself to an onion, but there's a weather phenomenon that's like an onion too! pic.twitter.com/tWckY3ayCg

Apr 24, 2015

One dead as burning car rams gate at Okla. weather center usat.ly/1yYjzO9 via @usatoday

Apr 24, 2015

#OnThisDay in 1925, Charlotte, N.C., and Williamsport, Pa., hit 96 degrees, both April record high temperatures that still stand today

Apr 23, 2015

Shake it off? Half of Americans at risk for earthquakes usat.ly/1yXO1Yz via @usatoday

Apr 23, 2015

The Yankees, Tigers played a game in the snow ... in April usat.ly/1Hnqa7r via @forthewin

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