A cold front diving through the Great Lakes will spark gusty thunderstorms this afternoon and evening across several states across the region.
These storms will conclude what was a rather nice weekend of weather across the region after temperatures soared into the 80s and 90s this past workweek.
Strong winds, small hail and heavy downpours will be the primary threats with these storms as they erupt and march towards the south and east this afternoon and evening.
As is the case with all thunderstorms, dangerous and frequent lightning is also a concern. Keep in mind the saying, "When thunder roars, go indoors".
Although showers and thunderstorms will cross through Michigan, northern Illinois and Iowa today, the storms won't really get going until the late afternoon hours.
Cities such as Fort Wayne, Ind.; Detroit, Mich.; Akron and Cleveland, Ohio; Erie, Pa.; Buffalo, N.Y.; and London, Ontario, will be at the greatest risk for these strong thunderstorms.
These showers and thunderstorms will be scattered in nature; therefore, not everyone will see these hit or miss storms today.
As we progress into the evening and overnight periods, showers and thunderstorms will continue to press towards the south and east. A few storms will continue to be gusty, but they will lose their kick as we get deeper into the night.
Cities which could have a strong storm tonight include Rochester and Syracuse, N.Y.; Youngstown and Columbus, Ohio; and Indianapolis, Ind.
In the wake of the front, refreshingly cooler air will filter into the Great Lakes. This cooler-than-average air will last through the middle of the week before warmth once again returns for the end of the week.
Severe weather will return to the Plains once again early next week as a potent storm system moves into the region.
With one day remaining before Memorial Day weekend, the Sandy-battered Jersey coastline is hustling to finish last-minute preparations.
The Memorial Day weekend will begin nasty with win, rain and chill in New England and part of the mid-Atlantic.
A strengthening storm system will spread heavy rainfall across the Yangtze River Valley from Friday night through Sunday night.
"We can and must do more relative to severe weather," AccuWeather CEO Barry Myers testified on Thursday, May 23, 2013, during a hearing called Restoring U.S. Leadership in Weather Forecasting.
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Newton, NJ (1925)
96 degrees on the 23rd; 39 degrees on the morning of the 24th.
Knoxville, TN (1807)
Hail 10" in circumference hail; a tornado went over the river, sucking fish out of the water.
West Coast (1982)
Heat wave: San Francisco, CA 91 degrees, (new record; previous record 79 in 1975) San Jose, CA 84 degrees Portland, OR 85 degrees (tied record)