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Dangerous heat wave set to shatter records across dry West

Las Vegas may see its hottest temperature on record, as a relentless heat wave settles in for the week.

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As early season heat roasts U.S., records tumble in Middle East

Temperatures hit 125.2 degrees in the United Arab Emirates, tying an all-time national record.

Jun 8, 2021 - Energy & Environment
Southwest's new climate peril

Some parts of the world are already getting close to, or slipping beyond, the Paris agreement's temperature limit.

May 30, 2021 - Energy & Environment
Cyclone Yaas to intensify in Bay of Bengal, strike India

The storm is the second cyclone to strike India in less than two weeks as the country reels from a devastating coronavirus surge.

May 24, 2021 - Science
NOAA forecasts another unusually active hurricane season

The season is not expected to be as extreme as last year's record-shattering season.

May 20, 2021 - Energy & Environment
"Extremely severe" Cyclone Tauktae hits India as 150,000 flee

The storm rapidly intensified Sunday, and prompted at least 150,000 to evacuate.

May 17, 2021 - Energy & Environment

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2 Arizona wildfires burn 60,000 acres and force hundreds to evacuate

The Telegraph Fire, three miles south of town of Superior in Pinal County, Arizona. Photo: Tonto National Forest/Twitter

Two wildfires in eastern Arizona have triggered evacuation orders for hundreds of people as they burned across some 60,000 acres Sunday, per CNN.

Driving the news: The fires are burning amid hot, dry conditions and as much of the state is experiencing an "extreme" or "exceptional drought."

Jun 4, 2021 - Science

Utah governor asks residents to pray for rain amid brutal drought

The Bears Ears Mountains outside of Blanding, Utah, in April 2021. Photo: George Frey/Getty Images

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox (R) issued a declaration on Thursday that urges residents to pray for rain as the state experiences record drought.

Why it matters: At least 90% of the state is currently experiencing "extreme" to "exceptional" drought, the two worst categories, according to data from the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Biden administration to invest $1 billion to prepare states for extreme weather

Biden walks to Marine One on May 22. Photo: Chris Kleponis/CNP/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Biden administration plans to invest $1 billion helping states prepare for extreme weather ahead of the 2021 hurricane season, alongside an initiative to track natural disasters through a new NASA program.

Why it matters: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) expects above-average storm activity during the next hurricane season, which would make this the sixth unusually active season in a row.

Worsening Western drought forces states to shore up power grids

Data: National Integrated Drought Information System; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Drought is tightening its grip on the West, and that could spell fresh trouble for the region’s power grids.

Driving the news: Data released Thursday shows “exceptional drought,” the worst category, now extends across Napa, Sonoma and parts of the East Bay region. All of California is in at least "moderate" drought after an unusually dry winter, despite having entered the wet season without severe short-term drought outside of the northern reaches of the state.

May 18, 2021 - World

In photos: Deadly Cyclone Tauktae leaves trail of destruction across India

A police officer helps a public transport driver cross a flooded street due to heavy rain caused by Tropical Cyclone Tauktae in Mumbai, India, on May 17. Photo: Ashish Vaishnav/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Tropical Cyclone Tauktae killed at least 16 people in India after making landfall in Gujarat Monday, packing 100mph winds, as the country continued to face surging infection rates and deaths from COVID-19, per Reuters.

The big picture: Tauktae unleashed heavy rains and winds as it moved across Kerala, Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra. Over 200,000 people were evacuated from Gujarat, and ports, airports and vaccination centers shut across the state and Mumbai, Reuters reports. Tauktae weakened from a Category 3 storm to a "severe cyclonic storm" Tuesday.

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