This week brought several big headlines in extreme weather news:
- HuffPost editor James Gerken examined some striking connections between climate change and our changing planet.
- Weather services are preparing for budget cuts right before a hurricane season that's anticipated to be busier than normal.
- New numbers show Chicago experienced the wettest April since monitoring began 143 years ago.
- Chicagoans have been faced with some serious cleanup after nearly a week of torrential rains and flooding.
- A report by Climate Central's Andrew Freedman analyzed the impact of climate change on extreme weather patterns, from drought and flooding to tornados.
- California reported the first official debris to land on its shores from Japan's 2011 tsunami -- an entire fishing boat.
Check out photos of the week's extreme weather from around the world: