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
Sunshine will slowly fade away early this week as clouds move in ahead of the next storm system.
Above-normal temperatures will again move into the Los Angeles area.
A chance of rain is expected on Monday as a Pacific storm moves through the Northwest United States.
Seasonable, dry weather will prevail across the Atlanta area through Friday.
Umbrellas and raincoats will be needed this week in the Seattle area.
Sunshine and dry conditions will be seen over the Dallas-Fort Worth area through the end of the week.
Central CA (1991)
Huge fires fanned by strong winds. The Oakland area was hardest hit with hundreds of homes destroyed. All told, the fires led to $1.5 billion damage. Twenty-five people died; 150 injured.
Edmonton, AB (1995)
Small snowstorm brought major traffic problems; dozens of vehicles slid into ditches during the first snowfall of the season.
Eastern New England (1770)
"An exceeding great NE storm" -- great damage MA to ME -- highest tide since 1723.