U.S. weather got weird this week, when an appropriately named "heat dome" trapped hot air over much of the country. Parts of the Northeast saw 90+ degree weather with a heat index -- the "feels like" measure which takes humidity into account -- of more than 100 degrees.
Journalist Henrik Moltke captured the moment a lightning bolt struck the Empire State Building. The phenomenon is actually not uncommon. The 103-story building gets hit a couple dozen times a year.
Children play in a fountain during the heat wave in Washington, D.C.
Credit: REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
A fire fighter battles the so-called Sand Fire near Los Angeles. Severely dry conditions have made wildfires much more likely in the state. This fire in the Angeles National Forest was caused by a lighting strike.
Credit: REUTERS/Gene Blevins
The early morning sun begins to rise over the U.S. Capitol. The area saw a heat index this week of 110 degrees, according to
the Washington Post.