Showers and thunderstorms will continue to rattle the Plains to close out Sunday with the threat for severe weather greatest across the southern High Plains.
Anyone planning to celebrate the unofficial start to summer outside should prepare for the stormy weather.
Showers and thunderstorms are overspreading much of the nation's midsection with severe thunderstorms focusing on the southern Plains.
Western Texas, western Oklahoma and far eastern New Mexico will remain the target of yet another round of drenching and severe thunderstorms through Sunday evening.
Large hail, damaging wind gusts and flooding downpours will be the biggest threats with these storms; however, a few brief tornadoes cannot be ruled out.
Keep in mind that any thunderstorm that develops will be accompanied by lightning.
If you are outside and hear thunder, you are close enough to be stuck by lightning and should seek shelter until the storm has passed.
Any severe thunderstorm that develops farther to the north across the Plains will be isolated in nature.
Yet another day of stormy weather is on tap for Monday for much of the Plains, continuing the threat of severe weather into Memorial Day.
Despite some of the dangers associated with these storms, they will bring much-needed rainfall to portions of the Plains currently experiencing an extreme drought.
Several inches of rain are possible over the southern Plains through the holiday weekend where showers and thunderstorms are seen several days in a row.
As much as this will help lessen the severity of the drought in the short term, much more rain is needed over a longer period of time to have a significant impact on the extreme drought.
A new tropical threat may loom for the Caribbean and North America in the not-too-distant future, while eight more weeks remain in the Atlantic hurricane season.
The greatest danger of flooding across the central United States will unfold in western Texas, where downpours will be most persistent into Monday.
Fall air has finally arrived in the northeastern United States and may yield the first frost of the season in parts of the region this weekend.
Typhoon Megi will continue to strengthen before threatening lives and property across Taiwan and eastern China this week.
The first windstorm of the season could blast the northern United Kingdom around Tuesday of this coming week as Karl arrives.
Hot, dry and windy weather into Monday will lead to an increased risk of wildfires across Southern California.
Central U.S. (1989)
Numerous record lows...... Location New Old Charleston, W.VA. 30 34/1983 Marquette, MI 25 30/1976 Springfield, MO 32 36/1985 Topeka, KS 31 35/1942 Fayetteville, AR 32 37/1928 Amarillo, TX 33 41/1912 Midland, TX 36 49/1975 Abilene, TX 38 47/1949 Oklahoma City, OK 36 46/1985
Mt. Washington, NH ()
Wind gusts to 100 mph with an 18 degree temperature create a wind chill of -37.
North Carolina ()
1 billion dollars in damage from river floods. Most of the rain attributed to tropical systems.