Wind gusts as high as 70 mph rattled the northern and central Plains into Thursday evening.
As a result, there were plenty of downed tree limbs, flying debris and travel delays. Blowing dust and low visibility led to dangerous conditions on some area roadways over the High Plains.
For some areas, Thursday was the second, if not the third, day in a row of strong winds.
In drought areas, especially from portions of eastern Colorado to central Kansas and northern Oklahoma, the strong winds, combined with dry brush, caused several wildfires to explode, especially across western Nebraska.
A powerful storm will linger over Minnesota and Wisconsin. The strongest winds are occurring away from the center of the storm on its western and southern flank.
The good news is the storm causing the dangerous cross winds and travel difficulties will unwind Friday.
While it will still be rather blustery over portions of the Midwest, by the weekend, winds will come down to tranquil levels throughout the Plains and the Midwest.
Thumbnail image of the American flag flapping in the breeze by kkant1937 for Photos.com
The changing of the seasons will bring beneficial rainfall to northern Brazil, a region that has experienced severe drought over the past several years.
Rain and thunderstorms will continue to cause travel delays and raise the risk of isolated flooding in parts of the northeastern United States and Atlantic Canada into the weekend.
Typhoon Haima made a second landfall in southeastern China on Friday after leaving at least 13 dead in the northern Philippines.
Damaging storms pounded the Pacific Northwest over the course of four days, while two powerful typhoons struck the Philippines within a four-day span.
A dramatic change to colder weather, and in some cases a taste of winter with snow, will take place into this weekend.
Orionid meteors will streak across the night sky as the shower is set to peak late this week.
Raleigh-Durham, NC (2000)
No precipitation since September 26th, a record long dry spell. (The month ended with only a trace of rain.)
San Salvador Island (1492)
Columbus made landfall on San Salvador Island under clear skies -- fortunately he met no hurricanes on First Voyage through March, 1493.
Salano's Storm prevented Spanish admiral from attacking Pensacola.