Large swaths of the western United States were aflame thanks to a punishing drought, hurricane season began, and floods killed more than 200 people in China—all in the month of June. This Web site from the National Climatic Data Center offers updates and a historical perspective on tornadoes, ice storms, and other forms of extreme weather.
Sections focus on different forms of unruly weather and are stuffed with facts and figures. For example, you can search a 50-year database for all tornadoes above a certain wind speed, or find the maximum and minimum recorded daily rainfall for each state. (Texas tops the list with nearly 110 centimeters in Alvin in July 1979.) Read up on billion-dollar weather disasters or browse the gallery, which showcases satellite views of fires, hurricanes, cyclones, and pounding storms. Here, Hurricane Floyd whirls ashore in 1999.