Low pressure diving out of Canada will track though the northern Plains today, taking with it a swath of much-needed rain.
Backyards and farms in and around cities like Sioux Falls, North Platte, Minneapolis, Mankato, Des Moines, Davenport, Cedar Rapids and Rockford will receive a welcome soaking.
Rainfall totals though tonight will average a good 1.00-1.50 inches across southern Minnesota and eastern Iowa into northern Illinois.
Lesser totals of around 0.25-1.00 inch will be found from eastern South Dakota into southern Wisconsin and northern Indiana.
Welcome rain will also fall across the southern Plains later this evening and tonight, but it might come with more of a price.
A cold front slicing into hot and steamy air from northern Texas eastward into Oklahoma and Arkansas will ignite powerful evening storms.
Cities targeted by the powerhouse storms include Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Wichita Falls, Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Plano, Dallas and Fort Worth.
While any rainfall will be welcome, the storms will pose a threat of damaging blasts of wind and hail larger than quarters. Vivid, dangerous lighting will also be likely.
Be sure to keep checking back at AccuWeather.com for all the latest details on the much-needed, welcome rain in the north and severe weather threat in the south.
Pollution levels hit all-time highs Thursday in Singapore as Indonesian fires burned out of control.
Severe thunderstorms with the risk of a few tornadoes will advance eastward across the northern Plains and Upper Midwest into Friday.
Evacuations and road closures have been enforced as wildfires continue to burn across the United States.
A hot and humid weekend is shaping up for Chicagoland just in time for the official start of summer, while severe thunderstorms fire nearby to the north.
Torrential rain began falling across Veracruz Thursday morning as Tropical Storm Barry near the coastline.
Juneau, AK (1991)
Record warm 84 degrees; the old record was 83 set in 1958. This was one of ten times that Juneau has reached 80 degrees over the last 49 years. It was hot over northern Alaska as well with Fairbanks hitting 91.
Alpena, MI (1992)
Wet snow mixed with rain during the afternoon hours.
Waterton Lakes, Alberta, Canada (1991)
5.5" of rain.