For the U.K., April 2012 was the wettest month of April in the modern meteorological record, the U.K. Met Office said in its news blog on Monday.
The preliminary estimate, taken on the 30th day of the month with rain still falling in areas, showed average rainfall of 121.8 mm, or 4.8 inches. Normally, the U.K. would see an average of 69.6 mm, or 2.7 inches, of rain for the month, the Met Office said. The old record was 120.3 mm, or 4.7 inches, set in 2000.
Comprehensive weather records for the U.K. date back to 1910, according to the Met Office.
Ironically, this wet month was the same one that saw official drought declaration expanded to cover most of England. Water-saving measures issued in March, impacting millions of people, were brought into effect.
The last week of April was exceptionally wet; so much so that some previously low-flowing streams were swelled out of their banks, according to the Daily News website and other reports on line.
Sunday's NASCAR race in Bristol, Tenn., may turn into a washout following a dry start to the weekend.
A spike in severe thunderstorms, capable of producing tornadoes, will follow a slow start to severe weather season in 2014.
The Steel City will be seeing a roller-coaster ride of temperatures through the weekend.
Another storm in a seemingly endless parade threatens to bring severe weather, snow and flooding from Texas to Maine.
The temperature roller-coaster ride will continue into the new week for the Washington, D.C., area.
The Pennsylvania capital will be seeing a roller-coaster ride of temperatures through the weekend.
Upper Midwest (1941)
Severe modern blizzard in North Dakota: 39 dead in ND; 32 dead in MN; 85 mph wind gust in Grand Forks; 75 mph wind gust in Duluth. The coldest front crossed Minnesota in 7 hours, at 30 mph.
High winds downed trees and power lines. Peak winds include: Location: Wind gusts: Madison, WI 67 mph Wausau, WI 56 mph Janesville, WI 60 mph Chicago, IL 41 mph Rapid City, SD 75 mph
Amarillo, TX (1935)
Worst dust storm on record.