A 'heat dome' has settled over 17 states in the central US, where it is likely to stay for several days. Temperatures will feel hotter than 110 degrees F. in some places.
Many Americans across the US were feeling the heat Monday, but how hot is it? The National Weather Service issued heat-related advisories for residents in 17 states, forecasting temperatures close to 100 degrees F. in the central and southern plains, and the middle and lower Mississippi Valley. In some parts of those regions, it will feel as hot as 115 degrees. Conditions are expected to continue into Tuesday. So far, the heat wave at hand is nowhere near as severe as the worst recorded since 1980, when the National Climate Data Center began compiling such data. Here is a look at the five deadliest US heat waves/droughts since then.
The price of beef is set to skyrocket in the fall as a cattle shortage takes shape. Pastures are dying from the drought and ranchers are selling their cattle rather than buying costly feed.
A dust storm moves northwest through Pinal County, Ariz., on July 18. A giant wall of dust was rolling through the Phoenix area, turning the sky brown, creating dangerous driving conditions, and delaying some airline flights.
Phoenix dust storm knocks out power for thousands of residents. Area transportation hubs reported delays early Tuesday evening from the Phoenix dust storm.
Statues of workers of various trades, part of the Monument for Labor by Matthew J. Placzek, stand in the rising waters of the Missouri River, in Omaha, Neb., on June 15.
The 640-square-mile Wallow Fire remains largely uncontained, and the plume of smoke is becoming a public health concern.
Rising waters threaten Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota, and are expected to push south soon. The Midwest will be underwater all summer, say officials.
At least two tornadoes tore through communities in western and central Massachusetts Wednesday, killing four and injuring 200. They make 2011 the deadliest year for US tornadoes since 1950.