07/28/2012 08:26 pm ET

Extreme Weather Of The Week (PHOTOS)

This week was marked by extreme weather across the world. Severe storms hit the U.S. Northeast, leaving two dead and over 100,000 without power in three states. The storms also produced a tornado that caused damage in Elmira, New York, reported Reuters.

In China, storms hit Beijing and reportedly killed at least 77 people. According to AP, coverage of the disaster has been censored, with media focusing on "positive aspects of the storm, such as rescue efforts, heroic civilian acts and sacrifices by uniformed officials."

"The Colbert Report" host Stephen Colbert recently addressed the drought currently plaguing much of the U.S., noting that this summer's record heat "has caused a drought that rivals those of the 1930s Dust Bowl."

In weirder weather news, the dry conditions in the U.S. mean that business is booming for turf painters. Homeowners have been hiring companies to paint their lawns with "a non-toxic, environmentally friendly turf dye that ... is commonly used on golf courses and athletic fields to give them a lusher appearance," according to AP.

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