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Massive Heat Wave; Severe Storms and Heavy Rain

A massive heat wave is consuming much of the Midwest into the Southern tier of the U.S. with hazy, hot and humid conditions. These dangerous conditions will likely persist through Thursday as widespread excessive heat warnings and heat advisories are in effect. North and east of the heat and area of high pressure, thunderstorms with damaging and severe winds, large hail and heavy rain are likely. Read More >

The official start of astronomical winter, the #WinterSolstice, arrives Friday, December 21st at 5:23p.m. EST, marking the shortest day/longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere.

An image showing sun and earth's angle during the Winter Solstice