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June 4, 2009
Weather around the world
From hail and lightning-sparked wildfires in southern California to flash flooding in North Carolina, the weather in the U.S. and throughout the world has been anything but gentle during the last week. In San Bernardino County, Calif., a lightning bolt struck and killed a 40-year-old woman Wednesday as she was standing under a tree in a Fontana neighborhood. In Greensboro, N.C., a woman was killed Wednesday night after being swept away in rushing water created by severe thunderstorms rumbling through central North Carolina, authorities said. Around the world, sand storms have been pounding the refugee camps in northwest Pakistan. In eastern India and Bangladesh, hundreds of thousands of people have taken refuge in government shelters after Cyclone Aila flooded their homes and killed 264 people. (17 images)

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Motorists flee their flooded vehicles Wednesday, June 3, in Greeensboro, N.C. after several inches of rain fell in the area. News & Record / H. Scott Hoffmann


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A lightning strike at the Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) Golf Course is shown Wednesday June 3, in Temecula, Calif. Lightning and rain caused a delay at the CIF/ SCGA championship at the golf course. A slew of lightning strikes pelted the region late Wednesday afternoon, with one woman hit and killed by one as she stood outside a home in Fontana, Calif. AP / Frank Bellino



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Dairyman Frank Faria looks up at the sky as he waits for rain to pass at the Faria Dairy Farm June 2, in Escalon, California. As milk prices continue to plummet due to a weakening international and national demand, dairy farmers across the U.S. are struggling to turn a profit prompting many to sell off their cattle for slaughter and turn fields into corn crops. Within the past year, milk went from $17 per one hundred pounds down to $10 per hundred pounds. Most dairy farmers need to make at least $15 per hundred pounds to break even. Getty Images / Justin Sullivan



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San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, right, waits out a weather delay in the dugout before a baseball game against the Washington Nationals in Washington, Wednesday, June 3. AP / Nick Wass



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A College Park High School senior raises her hands in disbelief as rain pours down on students entering the school's graduation ceremony Wednesday, June 3, at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, Texas. The Courier / Eric S. Swist



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As heat waves radiate off the tarmac, a specially modified 747 jet prepares to take off on June 1, from Edwards Air Force Base in California with the Space Shuttle Atlantis piggybacked on top for the space shuttle's multi-day trip home to the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. AFP / Getty Images / Robyn Beck



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Florida Marlins' fans use plastic to keep the rain off in the third inning in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at LandShark Stadium in Miami, Florida, on Monday, June 1. Miami Herald / Joe Rimkus Jr.



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The roof of the St. Louis County Police headquarters was damaged after a strong storm swept through Clayton, Missouri on Tuesday, June 2. St. Louis Post-Dispatch / J. B. Forbes



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School graduates splash in a fountain enjoying the warm weather as they celebrate their last day at school in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, May 29. Some 704,000 young Ukrainians celebrated 'Last Ring,' a celebration of their last day of school on Friday. AP / Efrem Lukatsky



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People enjoy warm and sunny weather as they sit outside beach huts as temperatures are set to rise to 24 degrees celcius in Blyth, northeast England as the country basks in sunshine Saturday, May 30. AP / Owen Humphreys



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A cat relaxes in the morning sun on a terrace near Kiel, northern Germany, as temperatures reach 18 degrees Celsius (64.4 Fahrenheit) on Monday morning, June 1. AP / Heribert Proepper



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Displaced people protect themselves during a sand storm as they wait for their daily food ration at the Chota Lahore refugee camp, at Swabi, in northwest Pakistan, Wednesday, June 3. The Pakistani armed forces have secured control over several key towns during the month-old campaign in the volatile northwestern region, but the fighting has uprooted some 3 million people and triggered suspected reprisal attacks elsewhere in the country. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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Displaced people carry their belonging as they walk amid a sand storm at the Chota Lahore refugee camp, at Swabi, in northwest Pakistan, Wednesday, June 3. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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A wildlife worker bathes a two month old leopard cub on a hot summer day at Manda Park in Jammu, India, Tuesday, June 2. AP / Channi Anand



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Displaced Bangladeshi villagers take shelter by an embankment in Padmapukir on the outskirts of Satkhira some 400 km from Dhaka on June 3. Bangladesh and India launched major relief operations after Cyclone Aila tore into the northern coast of the Bay of Bengal on May 25, killing at least 94 people and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless. AFP / Getty Images / Munir Uz Zaman



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Water flows back as villagers dig earth to rebuild an embankment at Protap Nagar in Shatkhira, about 176 kilometers (109 miles) southwest of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, May 31. Hundreds of thousands of people flooded out of their homes by deadly Cyclone Aila crowded government shelters in eastern India and Bangladesh on Friday, with officials saying the risk of disease outbreaks was growing. AP / Pavel Rahman



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Villagers eat food inside their damaged hut at Sutar Khali in Khulna, about 163 kilometers (101 miles) southwest of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, June 1. AP / Pavel Rahman



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