Extreme weather hit around the world this week as heavy flooding and mudslides killed at least 15 in Japan. The Associated Press reported that as much as 20 inches of rain fell overnight, destroying hundreds of houses and leaving about 22,000 homes without electricity.

On Thursday, a deadly avalanche hit France's Mont Blanc. Leaving nine dead and about 14 injured, the massive avalanche hit "two hours after 28 climbers had left a high-altitude climbing hut," explained AP. A 30-year-old Danish climber who survived the avalanche told AP, "All of a sudden big pieces of ice fell down right next to us. ... And then a split second after that it all came down and hit us and blew us away. I feel like I've been hit by a truck and did ten rounds (of boxing)."

In the U.S. Midwest, the recent heat wave and ongoing drought conditions are causing many farmers to worry about this year's corn and soybean crops. According to Reuters, "crop ratings have fallen to their lowest level in 24 years." University of Missouri Professor of Plant Sciences William Wiebold reportedly said, "The attitude is not real good right now. For some farmers the crop is already gone. The longer we go without rain the more farmers will be in that situation."

Recent research focusing on Texas and last year's heat wave has found that "global warming has made such a Texas heat wave about 20 times more likely to happen during a La Nina year," reported AP. Kevin Trenberth with the National Center for Atmospheric Research's climate analysis section said the increased likelihood "could well be an underestimate."

Below, find images of extreme weather from around the world this week.

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  • Workers survey the damage to a home after a tree fell from an overnight storm Wednesday, July 11, 2012, in Atlanta. No one was injured in the home as thunderstorms, hail and strong winds were reported across the area. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • A house, with part of its foundatios eaten away, hangs over a rain-swollen creek at Nyhammar in Dalarna, central Sweden, Tuesday July 10, 2012. Areas in Sweden hit by floods are bracing themselves for further downpours and thunderstorms as a low pressure system moves across the region. (AP Photo/Leif R Jansson)

  • A damaged dock is seen at Mountain Cove Marina Thursday, July 12, 2012, in Kodak, Tenn. A storm last week destroyed or damaged 158 of the 189 slips at the marina according to co-owner Diane Cobble. (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, J. Miles Cary)

  • Storm clouds roll in over the King and Queen building in Dunwoody on Tuesday evening, July 10, 2012 as strong storms moved into the Atlanta metro area with heavy rain and lightning. Georgia Power officials say 14,800 customers statewide were without power at one point after Tuesday evening's storms, with 11,500 of them in metro Atlanta. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ben Gray)

  • Local residents stand on grassland as they look out towards greenhouses submerged by floodwaters in Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture, on July 14, 2012. About 400,000 people were ordered or advised to leave their homes in southwest Japan as heavy rain pounded the area for a third day leaving 29 dead or missing, officials and media said. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS

  • Marvin Wiley works to remove a tree limb that fell on a home during an overnight storm Wednesday, July 11, 2012, in Atlanta. No one was injured in the home as thunderstorms, hail and strong winds were reported across the area. Georgia Power officials say 14,800 customers statewide were without power at one point after Tuesday evening's storms, with 11,500 of them in metro Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Firefighters secure a stalled vehicle in high water in the 3500 block of Fredericksburg Road in San Antonio, Texas, Wednesday, July 11, 2012. (AP Photo/San Antonio Express-News, Bob Owen)

  • Indian children play in a water-logged street after a spell of monsoon rain in New Delhi on July 12, 2012. The monsoon rains, a key to India's economy, covered the entire country on July 11 but it was 23 percent below average, officials said amid worries of its impact on two cereal-producing states. AFP PHOTO/SAJJAD HUSSAIN

  • Santos Olivo, 26, is rescued Wednesday July 11, 2012 from the San Antonio River at the Roosevelt Avenue overpass by firefighters from Station 11. (AP Photo/San Antonio Express-News, William Luther)

  • A beekeeper tries to save a hive submerged by floodwaters in Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture, on July 14, 2012. About 400,000 people were ordered or advised to leave their homes in southwest Japan as heavy rain pounded the area for a third day leaving 29 dead or missing, officials and media said. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS

  • Indian children play in a water-logged street after a spell of monsoon rain in New Delhi on July 12, 2012. The monsoon rains, a key to India's economy, covered the entire country on July 11 but it was 23 percent below average, officials said amid worries of its impact on two cereal-producing states. AFP PHOTO/SAJJAD HUSSAIN

  • Local residents stand on grassland as they look out towards a vegetable field submerged by floodwaters in Tosu, Saga Prefecture, on July 14, 2012. About 400,000 people were ordered or advised to leave their homes in southwest Japan as heavy rain pounded the area for a third day leaving 29 dead or missing, officials and media said. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS

  • Indian children play in a water-logged street after a spell of monsoon rain in New Delhi on July 12, 2012. The monsoon rains, a key to India's economy, covered the entire country on July 11 but it was 23 percent below average, officials said amid worries of its impact on two cereal-producing states. AFP PHOTO/SAJJAD HUSSAIN

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