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

Sweltering heat wave hits USA's three biggest cities — For the first time in at least a decade, portions of the nation's three largest metro areas - New York, Los Angeles and Chicago - were all under heat wave alerts Friday morning.

'Corn sweat' adding to heat misery in Midwest — Over the years, USA TODAY has covered muck fires and drunken forests, but this may be a first: A story about "corn sweat," which is contributing to the fierce heat wave that's searing the central U.S. No, the nation's 94 million acres of corn don't really sweat, said Mark Licht, an Iowa State University extension agronomist.

All-time record heat scorches Middle East as temperatures hit 129 degrees — Temperatures soared to over 129 degrees in the Middle East Thursday and Friday, possible setting all-time records for the Eastern Hemisphere. The temperature in Mitribah, Kuwait, Thursday soared to 129.2 degrees, which if verified, would be Earth's hottest temperature ever reliably measured outside of Death Valley, Calif., according to the Weather Underground's weather historian Christopher C.

Friday's forecast: Heat wave for central U.S. — High heat will scorch the central U.S. on Friday. Severe storms are possible in New England and the northern Plains. Central U.S.: Temperatures will soar into the upper 90s and low 100s for much of the central U.S. on Friday.

Revamped atlas to give clouds their day in the sun — Rand-McNally covers roads, Gray's takes care of anatomy and the dictionary deals with the written word, but who keeps track of all the clouds? That responsibility falls to the International Cloud Atlas.

Thursday's forecast: Heat wave intensifies, storms Great Lakes — A heat wave will continue to build in the central U.S. and the Southwest while a few severe storms rattle the Great Lakes. Central U.S.: High heat and humidity will scorch most of the Plains and Midwest as temperatures soar in the upper 90s and low 100s.

How did the 'man in the moon' get there? — By Doyle Rice, USA TODAY The 'man in the moon' who has fueled mythology and watched over sleeping children for millennia is actually the product of a gargantuan space collision billions of years ago. For centuries, people gazing at the nighttime orb have imagined faces or rabbits or a man carrying a sack.

'Dangerous' heat wave to broil central, eastern U.S. — A heat wave is set to broil most of the U.S. east of the Rockies, starting Thursday and lasting through the weekend in some places. It will be the hottest weather of the summer for the entire central U.S., said AccuWeather meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.

How did the 'man in the moon' get there? — When you look at a full moon, do you see a face, or a rabbit .... or maybe something else? Those dark splotches on the moon, which have intrigued humans for millennia, are actually the scars of giant space rocks that battered the lunar surface billions of years ago.

June was 14th straight record warm month — June 2016 was the Earth's warmest June since weather records began in 1880, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. A separate climate report from NASA, also released Tuesday, confirmed the record warm data from NOAA.
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Jul 22, 2016

#OnThisDay in 1926, New York State’s all-time record high temperature of 108 degrees was set in Troy.

Jul 22, 2016

Heat index of 123 degrees now in Millington, Tennessee. (99 temp, 81 dew point). Anyone see anything higher? 

Jul 22, 2016

NCAA's Sports Medicine Handbook says "heatstroke is the third-leading cause of sudden death in athletes" 

Jul 22, 2016

Oklahoma State says basketball player Tyrek Coger died after 40-minute outdoor workout. Temp.: 99, Heat Index: 105 

Jul 22, 2016

New York, Los Angeles, Chicago all under heat alerts at the same time for the first time in at least 10 years. 

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