Though the weather was mostly quiet across much of the U.S. this week, the Northwest and parts of the East saw some stormy conditions.
The Northwest got hit with a series of storms approaching from the southeast beginning on Thursday afternoon and reaching full-force in the evening. Areas in western Washington and Oregon got blasted with heavy rainfall and high winds.
Rain that continues to develop into the weekend through Saturday night will reach even higher total amounts of 1-2 inches, according to Accuweather.com Senior Meteorologist Ken Clark.
An ice storm bringing rain, sleet and some snow early this week through Wednesday caused dangerous travel conditions in the east from D.C. down to Raleigh, North Carolina. Accuweather.com Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski urged motorists and pedestrians to travel with caution as surfaces that appeared wet were actually icy.
High winds swept across northern Europe through Thursday, bringing travel delays for rail services. Strong crosswinds caused dangerous road conditions, especially for larger transport vehicles.
"Strong winds blasted through Wednesday night with gusts reaching 87 km/hour (54 mph) in Dublin," Accuweather.com Meteorologist Eric Leister said.
The greatest threat for damaging winds was across Ireland and the U.K., according to Leister, where coastal Ireland, Wales and southwest England had gusts around 100 mph. Scotland exceeded that by reaching gusts of 111 mph, according to Blogger Mark Vogan.
Bushfires in Australia received more attention this week as they have left thousands of acres burned, along with several homes, across Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria due to dry and hot conditions.
In an effort to help the injured animals, The International Fund for Animal Welfare asked for people to sew mittens for the burned paws of animals, such as kangaroos and koalas. According to the IFAW website, the group was also asking for joey pouches to be sewn together to help the young animals that were orphaned or injured during the recent fires.