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 spring shift in weather affects annual behavior of animals as many emerge from hibernation and others prepare themselves for migration.
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The weather pattern into this weekend will bring temperatures fairly typical for this time of the year around Pittsburgh.
The weather pattern through this weekend will bring temperatures fairly typical for this time of the year around Philadelphia.
The weather pattern through this weekend will bring temperatures fairly typical for this time of the year around Washington, D.C.
The weather pattern through this weekend will bring temperatures fairly typical for this time of the year around New York City.
Baltimore, MD (1991)
Hail 1-1/2" in diameter fell north of Baltimore City.
Mauna Kea & Mauna Lea, HI (1995)
6" of snow above 13,500 feet.
Mississippi & Alabama (1908)
Tornado swarm: 155 killed in Mississippi; 37 perish in Alabama.