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Satellite image of the southeastern U.S. on May 3, with satellite-detected lightning strikes included in purple. (CIRA/RAMMB)

This weekend's extreme weather conditions, that included damaging thunderstorms and tornadoes in several Southern states, will continue through the first half of this week, reports the Washington Post.

Why it matters: More than 100 million Americans are facing an "elevated threat of thunderstorms" on Monday, some of which could prove severe, per the Post.

Details: A tornado touched down in the Atlanta area Monday morning and a tornado watch is in effect for parts of Georgia and Alabama. Storms could reach the Ohio river valley on Tuesday, reports CNN.

  • A tornado warning was issued Monday for Charlotte, North Carolina, reports the Post.
  • Roughly six tornadoes moved through Mississippi Sunday evening, causing "extensive residential damage" in some parts as the storm system moved through the state. Tornadoes also touched down in Nebraska and Colorado, per the Post.
  • Storm damage was also reported in Kentucky and a tornado warning issued for parts of Tennessee, reports the New York Times.

Our thought bubble, from Axios' climate reporter Andrew Freedman: The highest probability of severe weather stretches from northeastern Texas to western Kentucky and Tennessee through Monday night.

  • However, the ongoing storm system has already proved to be especially menacing, with a "tornado emergency" declared for Tupelo, Miss. on Sunday night, and tornado warnings issued for downtown Atlanta as well as the city of Charlotte so far on Monday.
  • Over the weekend, grapefruit-sized hail fell in Texas and Oklahoma, with more large hail forecast today.

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Jul 30, 2021 - Axios Tampa Bay

National Weather Service to get more specific on severe thunderstorm warnings

A man rides a bike down the Bayshore Boulevard sidewalk as a storm rolls in. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Starting next week, the National Weather Service will begin using more specific lingo to alert residents to the severity and potential impacts from thunderstorms — similar to tornado and flash-flood warnings.

Why it matters: 13 of the 22 billion-dollar weather and climate events in the U.S. last year were severe thunderstorms.

What to expect:

  • Destructive: Baseball-sized hail and/or 80mph winds; will activate cell-phone alerts.
  • Considerable: Golf-ball-sized hail and/or 70mph winds; no cell-phone alert.
  • Baseline: Quarter-sized hail and/or 50mph winds; no threat tag means the storm is expected to be at or below base level.

Heat dome sends temperatures soaring from Oregon to Louisiana

Forecast maximum temperatures (darker red shading represents the hottest temperatures, in the upper 90s to low 100s, Fahrenheit). July 29. Image: WeatherBell

The Pacific Northwest is once again in the midst of a heat wave after already seeing its worst such event on record this summer. Temperatures are soaring into the low 100s in some areas, while dangerous heat is also affecting the South Central states and Gulf Coast.

Why it matters: The occurrence of yet another heat wave during a drought in the West is ratcheting up wildfire risks. The heat itself is a major public health risk, as extreme heat is typically the biggest annual weather-related cause of mortality in the U.S.

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NYC to impose vaccine mandate on private employers

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced a new COVID vaccine mandate for private companies during a Monday interview with MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

Why it matters: De Blasio said it was a "first-in-the-nation measure" and will go into effect starting Dec. 27.