Worst Ever: California’s drought crisis hits record level

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The newest U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday shows that more than half of the state is under an “exceptional drought” level.

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Chill Out: Temperatures plunge in cross-country cooldown

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A big summer cooldown sent parts of the South to their coldest temperatures on record for July and gave the Northeast such a taste of fall that it was only a few degrees above freezing in some places.

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So Long, Shorts: Rare summer cold front to chill Midwest

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A big summer cooldown is on the way — and the price is bumpy weather for tens of millions of people.

A mass of polar air pushing south from Canada this week will threaten record lows for this time of year in the Midwest. Temperatures could dip into the 40s in some places.

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'Polar vortex' flashback? Weather experts say rare summer cold front on the way

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Remember last winter’s cold spot, which turned “polar vortex” into a phrase that sent chills through the spines of Americans east of the Mississippi River? Get ready for a flashback. 

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'Once in decades' super typhoon heads for Japan

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"I can’t stress enough how dangerous this typhoon may be when it hits Okinawa," U.S. Brigadier General James Hecker warned Sunday.

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Arthur strengthens into hurricane, eyes East Coast

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Arthur strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane early Thursday as it moved steadily toward North Carolina’s coast.

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Tropical Storm Arthur: Hurricane Watch Issued for North Carolina

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A hurricane watch was issued Wednesday for part of North Carolina as the first named tropical storm of the season gathered strength and threatened July Fourth celebrations along the East Coast.

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May was the hottest in recorded history

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This was the warmest May since the NOAA started keeping track in 1880, and the second warmest spring ever.

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Debunked: Five lightning myths that could kill you

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When it comes to staying safe from lightning strikes, everything you think you know is probably wrong.

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'Hello? Anybody there?' Rescuers hunt for twin twister survivors

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Rescuers scoured the debris of leveled homes in northeast Nebraska early Tuesday for people trapped under the rubble after deadly twin twisters wreaked havoc on farming communities.

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Too Close For Comfort: ‘We’ve got nowhere to go’

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Dan Yorgason and a friend watch a storm breed a funnel cloud near Watford City, North Dakota, but once a tornado touches down nearby, and starts to head toward them, they realize there’s no place to hide from the twister.

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Whoa! Spectacular supercell storm takes shape in time-lapse video

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You don’t see clouds like this very often.

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Stunning supercell hovers over Texas

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A rotating supercell thunderstorm spun across the landscape near Jolly, Texas, on Wednesday.

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'Firenado': Wind whips up wicked whirl in Missouri field

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A Missouri woman captured this incredible photo of a phenomenon that has been dubbed a “firenado” while she was driving down a country road near the town of Chillicothe last weekend.

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Trucks plummet 40 feet when Florida scenic highway collapses

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Vehicles rest at the bottom of a ravine after the Scenic Highway collapsed near Pensacola, Fla., on Wednesday. 

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