Weather Around The World: Urban Tornado; Deadly Lightning; Record Cold; Tropical Storms; And The Future Of Hockey

The disturbance that will probably be named Bertha is in the middle of the Atlantic, while another has just come off Africa. Courtesy of NOAA

There’s unusual weather at opposite ends of the US and a record cold spell in between. The tropics heat up, and global warming will affect hockey. Find out what, where, and why.

The ITCZ And The Crash Of Air Algérie AH5017

The ITCZ in July. Courtesy of NOAA

AH5017 went down, presumably in a thunderstorm, in southern Mali. Could the accident have been avoided?

Dangerous Weather Alert ‘Canary’ For High Fire Danger In The Western US

The jet stream forecast for next Monday through Friday. Courtesy of NOAA

The western United States faces the likelihood of extreme fire danger next week. The weather pattern is returning to the one that caused the Washington fires last week — only more pronounced and more widespread.

What, Where, When, And Weather For Weekend Activities

The US forecast for Saturday. Courtesy of NOAA

It’s a typical mid-summer weekend — weatherwise. Lay back or dive in; here’s some of what’s available and what the weather will be.

June Climate Report: Ho-Hum, Another Record Warm Month. Yawn.

June temperature departures from the 20th century average. Red is warmer than average. Courtesy of NOAA

Combined ocean and air temperature averaged over the globe for June, like May, was the warmest ever for the month. Some places were warmer than others.