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)
Strong thunderstorms will roll across the Upper Midwest while rain and strong winds roar through the Northwest this weekend.
While lulls in tropical activity in the Atlantic will continue, a rapid end to the hurricane season in September does not always occur during an El Nino.
After heat has dominated headlines this summer, cool air has finally taken control of the northern half of Europe with no signs of departing anytime soon.
Steering winds could take Ignacio, as a remnant storm, into the southeastern arm of Alaska or British Columbia during the middle days of next week.
While Tropical Storm Kevin will stay well away from Mexico, its moisture will still lead to an increase in showers and thunderstorms from Baja California to the Four Corners region of the United States.
A stormy weather pattern will prevail through September across much of southern South America.
Los Angeles, CA (1988)
110 degrees -- all-time September record.
Washington, DC (1939)
"Once in a hundred-year rainstorm" 4.40 inches in 2 hours at the Washington Zoo.
Minneapolis, MN (1941)
Tornado - 5 dead - $450,000 damage.