Wyoming and parts of Colorado had a disruptive snowstorm Tuesday night and Wednesday morning as a storm system swept in from the west.
This same storm brought up to a foot of snow to the Sierra Nevada Monday and dumped even higher amounts in the mountains of of Wyoming.
Pine Bluffs, Wyo., picked up over over 9 inches of snow, and even Denver, Colo., got in on the act with 2.4 inches.
A couple of inches of snow whitened lawns in Scottsbluff, Neb., while the Black Hills of South Dakota picked up amounts of up to one foot.
So is this unusual? Not really. The high country in the West is accustomed to getting snow this late in the season. All that is required is for the mid- and upper portions of the atmosphere to be quite cold. When this condition is met, any storm that passes is likely to bring snow instead of rain.
This storm will show its severe thunderstorm side farther east into the central and southern Plains Wednesday night and as far east as the Ohio Valley Thursday.
Thunderstorms are set to return to the Plains for the first week of May following a relatively quiet end to April.
A 4.2-magnitude earthquake shook Lower Michigan on Saturday with weak shaking reported westward to the Chicago area.
After a cooler-than-normal summer 2014, the Northeast can anticipate more 90-degree days. Meanwhile, drought conditions will expand in the West.
Strong thunderstorms threaten to close out the weekend across parts of the Upper Midwest, posing risks to those with outdoor plans and potentially causing damage.
Earlier this week, a lava lake churning within a crater near the summit of Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano rose to record heights, offering visitors a rare glimpse of molten lava splattering above the vent rim before it overflowed.
Early indications suggest that the first tropical system of 2015 could spin up off the southern Atlantic Coast of the United States this week.
Charleston, SC (1761)
Large tornado swept Charleston harbor when British fleet of 40 sails was at anchor. Raised waves 12' high, many vessels on beam-ends, 4 killed.
May snowstorm from New York City southwest to to Pennsylvania and south into Virginia; ground covered, severe frost in North Carolina, fruit killed.
Eastern U.S. (1812)
May snowstorm swept from Philadelphia northeastward to Maine. Snow covered ground in New York City; 12" accumulated near Keene, New Hampshire, 9" fell at Waltham, Mass., near Boston.