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Snapchat via the White House

Beginning Sunday in the U.S., Snapchat will offer a White House Fourth of July lens background, an administration official tells me.

What's happening: "To support the White House's "America’s Back Together' campaign, Snapchatters will be able to use an augmented reality lens that features the return of Snapchat’s beloved dancing hot-dog, in patriotic fashion," a forthcoming announcement says.

  • The lens includes an augmented reality fireworks display, with a swipe-up link to www.vaccines.gov

Speaking frankly: "The patriotic hot dog first reappeared in Snapchat’s filter reel on Vote Early Day and returned for Election Day on November 3rd, dressed in an Uncle Sam-style outfit twirling a sign calling on users to find their polling location."

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Where to eat vegan hot dogs around Tampa Bay for the 4th of July

A tray of vegan hot dogs. No, really, they're actually vegan. Photo: Karen Bleier/AFP via Getty Images

Something about the 4th of July weekend makes me want a hot dog real bad.

  • I'm not alone: Tampa is one of the top national markets for hot dog and dinner sausage sales, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.

While it seems there's nothing more patriotic than slapping some meat on the grill, you'd be surprised how delightful meat-free hot dogs can be — and there's plenty of delicious options around Tampa Bay.

"Atmospheric river" swings Northern California from drought to flood

Satellite view of the bomb cyclone swirling off the coast of the Pacific Northwest and the atmospheric river affecting California on Oct. 24. Photo: CIRA/RAMMB

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are delivering historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest.

Why it matters: The atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, was causing Northern California to whiplash from drought to flood, as it slowly moved south overnight. It's triggered widespread power outages, flooding and mudslides.

In photos: Drought-ravaged California lashed by major storm

Workers try to divert water into drains as rain pours down on Oct. 24 in Marin City, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A major storm system was pummeling Northern California and parts of the Pacific Northwest with heavy rains overnight.

The big picture: "Atmospheric river" storms, associated with a record-strong "bomb cyclone" offshore from the Pacific Northwest, have brought flooding and mudslides to parts of California that were razed by recent wildfires and in severe drought. It's also caused widespread power outages in California and Washington state.