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A child reacts as he watches fireworks during the 4th of July Independence Day celebrations at the National Mall in Washington, U.S., July 4, 2016.

How likely it is to rain on the 4th of July in every US city

NOAA has compiled a map of historic rain probabilities on Independence Day in cities and towns across the US, based on observations from 1981-2010. Real-time forecasts for the Fourth of July predict a similar story for the holiday this year.
Women enjoy a day in the pool in the Queens borough of New York, during a heat wave on July 24, 2016.

A major heat wave is about to fry the East Coast — here’s what’s coming

It's going to be a hot weekend, and meteorologists expect this summer to be a scorching one overall. Temperatures are expected to be much higher than average between July and September.
A police officer stands guard at the site where a girl was killed by fallen wall caused by an earthquake at an elementary school in Takatsuki, Osaka prefecture, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo June 18, 2018.

At least 4 dead, hundreds injured after 6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes Japan

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck the northern Osaka region on Monday morning. Four people, including three people in their 80's and a 9-year-old girl died, while hundreds were injured.
A boy cools off in a public fountain during a heat wave in New York City.

A heat wave on the East Coast could break records — and it’s prompting warnings about dangerously poor air quality

A heat wave is making its way across the US, bringing record-breaking temperatures to the Midwest and potentially to the Northeast as well. Air-quality alerts were issued in New York, Pennsylvania, and southern New England.

Hurricanes and typhoons are becoming ‘sluggish’ — and that makes them more destructive

Hurricanes, typhoons, and tropical storms are moving more slowly over the Earth's surface, especially over land. That doesn't mean these storms are any less powerful — instead, it allows them more time to dump rain and whip coasts with powerful winds, making them more destructive.
Ellicott City, Maryland, was hit with a devastating flash flood on Sunday.

Videos show devastating flash flood in Baltimore suburb

The Baltimore suburb of Ellicott City, Maryland, was placed under a state of emergency on Sunday as flash floods inundated streets with several feet of water.
Mars in 2001 as it typically appeared (left) and how the red planet looked after a global dust storm appeared (right).

A dust storm large enough to cover North America and Russia is engulfing Mars — and NASA images reveal how bleak the situation is

A global dust storm has engulfed Mars, and NASA says it's "one of the most intense ever observed." The dust storm's total area is big enough to cover North American and Russia. From the perspective of NASA's long-lived Opportunity rover on Mars, the sky is nearly black in the middle of the day.

The White House lawn has a growing sinkhole — here’s what happens when one swallows up an entire house

There's a sinkhole growing on the White House lawn. Here's what happens when your house is swallowed by a sinkhole.
Regions of America that transcend state lines include the Bible Belt and the Rust Belt.

The US is split into more than a dozen ‘belts’ defined by industry, weather, and even health

Have you heard of the Jell-O Belt? Or the Stroke Belt? As it turns out, there are more than a dozen US regions that go by a "belt" moniker, each sharing a set of characteristics that set it apart from the US as a whole.