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A firefighter from Ebbetts Pass Fire District monitors a back fire as he battles the Rim Fire

Huge wildfire scorching Yosemite area

A huge wildfire near Yosemite National Park is raging out of control, according to officials

Hundreds in California are fleeing in the middle of their summer vacations after the Rim Fire nearly quadrupled in size Thursday.

Reporter: Idaho's Beaver Creek fire, a 'beast'

Reporter: Idaho's Beaver Creek fire, a 'beast'

More than 12 hundred firefighters spent the night battling a huge wildfire that's moving closer to 5000 homes in Idaho’s Sun Valley. 

The ‘Beaver Creek fire’ is just one of nearly 50 wildfires burning right now in 11 western states.

Smoke from the fast moving Silver Fire, which began Wednesday afternoon, August 7, 2103, billows across Interstate 10 near Banning, California

Crews help people trapped by massive blaze

A fast-moving wildfire hit some neighborhoods in southern California so fast, people had to run out the door.

They had to hunker down at a campground near Palm Springs until roads were safe Thursday.

Idyllwild, CA wildfire

Massive CA fire forces 6000 to evacuate

A fast-moving wildfire is forcing about six-thousand people out of their homes in southern California.

Shifting winds outside of L.A. are making the growing fire unpredictable, catching people off-guard, forcing them to scramble to safety.

Pottsville, Pennsylvania house fire

Six dead in Pa. house fire

At least six people, including four children, were killed early Monday morning in a raging house fire in Pottsville, Pennsylvania.

Local media report a two-year-old, a three-year-old, a seven-year-old and an eight-year-old were killed.

Remnants of Lee should keep Katia offshore

What a morning with something for everybody weather wise. Tornado warnings have been posted for VA and NC this morning with a watch down to SC until 2 pm. I’ll have the warning areas. This stuff is all from the remnants of tropical storm Lee as it gets pulled northward along a cold front. The huge amounts of rain we saw fall on LA and MS is now edging through the Appalachian Mountains to the NE with flood watches and warnings all around. I’m thinking around 5-6” or rain in the mountains. I’ll have those for you too.

That cold front is actually a blessing for the NE, since it will effectively shunt hurricane Katia away from the US/Canadian coast and into the northern Atlantic over the next 5 days. Rip currents and rough surf is the only noticeable product of the storm we’ll see.

Katia strengthens along an uncertain path

I’m tracking Tropical Storm Katia again this morning, as she has gained some power. Max sustained winds are creeping toward hurricane strength (above 74 mph) at 65 mph, and that trend unfortunately will continue as it rolls over warmer water and light wind shear. The direction hasn’t changed yet, still moving at a quick 21 mph to the WNW. There will be no landfall for anybody (including the Leeward Islands) for at least the next five days. As Katia moves closer to North America, the steering will start to be influenced by whatever high pressure or trough is over the region next week. It’s still too early to tell exactly what the US weather will be in seven days, so the track can’t be nailed down beyond five days at this point.

There’s also an interesting cluster of storms over the Southern Gulf/Western Caribbean this morning that may affect the US weather this weekend. The NHC is giving it only a 10% chance of turning into a tropical depression, but a few computer models develop it into a big storm that could affect LA/TX. This could mean beneficial rain for the weekend, but could mean damaging winds as well. That’s all speculative anyway since the thing hasn’t even formed yet. I’ll tweet what happens with this thing.

Temperatures of over 100 degrees scorch the Midwest

It's hot, baby. If you go work or play outside in the MW today without proper hydration, you'll pay for it. Just like flippin' the bird in Judge Perry's courtroom, you'll pay for it.

Heat advisories and excessive heat warnings have been posted for a huge chunk of the MW, including Minneapolis, Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Wichita. Mix the temperature with the humidity, and it'll feel like 105-110 degrees for the afternoon. The high-pressure region that can support this kind of heat has to be large, and this one is. It essentially stretches from the Four Corners (Phoenix hits 114 today) to the MW, and everywhere in between. This should be anchored in place through the 4th of July weekend.

Temperatures of over 100 degrees scorch the Midwest

It's hot, baby. If you go work or play outside in the MW today without proper hydration, you'll pay for it. Just like flippin' the bird in Judge Perry's courtroom, you'll pay for it.

Heat advisories and excessive heat warnings have been posted for a huge chunk of the MW, including Minneapolis, Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Wichita. Mix the temperature with the humidity, and it'll feel like 105-110 degrees for the afternoon. The high-pressure region that can support this kind of heat has to be large, and this one is. It essentially stretches from the Four Corners (Phoenix hits 114 today) to the MW, and everywhere in between. This should be anchored in place through the 4th of July weekend.

Tropical Storm Arlene – First named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season

Tropical Storm Arlene has formed over the Bay of Campeche, in the southern Gulf of Mexico. As of the 5 am update, she had winds around 40 mph. The center is moving to the WNW around 8 mph, so it should blow into the Mexican coast early tomorrow morning. I think south TX will get some rain out of this, but not much. Brownsville may see a ½” at the most, but hopefully that changes. TX needs rain! By the way, Arlene was the first named storm of the 2005 season as well, since the list of names gets repeated every 6 years (unless it does major damage, or creates massive loss of life, such as Katrina- then the name gets retired from the list).

Tropical Storm ARLENE

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