The first widespread severe weather outbreak of the week began Wednesday, April 23, 2014, spanning from Nebraska down through west-central Texas.
Lasting into early Thursday morning, the fierce thunderstorms brought damaging winds up to 70 mph and golf ball-sized hail to portions of Texas, Nebraska and Oklahoma.
In the wake of the storms, approximately 4,000 were left without power across Oklahoma and Nebraska. However, in Kansas the setting sun combined with storm clouds made for a picturesque sunset.
While the severe weather threat diminished early Thursday morning for this region of the country, severe thunderstorms may fire up farther east across portions of southeastern Missouri, Arkansas, western Tennessee and northern Mississippi. Gusty winds and hail will be the biggest concerns with these storms.
Another dangerous, multiple-day severe weather outbreak will arise this weekend. Tornadoes are among the threats that loom with this next round of storms.
A dust devil forms near a southwestern Kansas roadway, as violent thunderstorms move into the area on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (Photo/Cory Mottice)
A supercell fills the sky over portions of southwestern Kansas on April 23, 2014. (Photo/Cory Mottice)
Photographers capture footage of a storm near Wichita Falls, Texas, Wednesday night, April 23, 2014. (Twitter Photo/@BTSullivan91)
A storm moves slowly towards southwest Kansas on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (Photo/Cory Mottice)
The sun sets across southwestern Kansas as a storm supercell remains in the sky, following a severe weather outbreak in the area on April 23, 2014. (Photo/Cory Mottice)
Low pressure developing in the Tasman Sea will lead to strong wind, rain and pounding surf along the eastern Australia coast.
Following midweek warmth, dry and more seasonable weather is expected across northern Europe early this week.
Ahead of the monsoon season in India, temperatures will swell well above normal in parts of India and Pakistan.
A storm system responsible for severe weather across the Plains over the past week, as well as the snow across the Rockies will advance eastward.
The Highway Fire started around 6:10 p.m. PDT Saturday near Corona, California, in the Prado Dam area in Riverside County, and grew from 30 to 175 acres in a matter of three hours.
A pattern favoring waves of progressively cooler air will set up across much of the Midwest and Northeast during this week and could continue into early May.
Providence, RI (1976)
Second day of early season heat wave, 98 degrees in northeastern part of the city.
Central Europe (1991)
Cold outbreak: 12" of snow in the Swiss Alps; temperature dropped to 26 degrees in Berlin.
Lexington, MA (1775)
Lexington-Concord Day; crisp anticyclone morning at 0700: 45.7 degrees, 29 56" rising, wind west, force 1, "very fair" sky - Prof. Winthrop noted at Cambridge, MA: "Battle of Concord will put a stop to observing."