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.
Several tornadoes touched down from Oklahoma to Iowa, including near Wichita, Kan., and Oklahoma City, on Sunday.
Rising temperatures and humidity across the mid-Atlantic will have it feeling like the end of June.
Heavy rain returning to the northern Plains will generate a renewed flood threat for the Red River.
A tornado touched down at about 2:53 p.m. CDT Monday in Moore, between Norman and Oklahoma City.
More severe weather is on the way for the southern Plains on Tuesday as well as parts of the Midwest and the Northeast.
Reports from Monday's severe weather.
Ohio Valley (1860)
Tornado swarm in Ohio Valley hit Louisville, KY, Cincinnati, OH, Chilicothe, OH, and Marietta, OH. Damage totalled $1 million; 4 people killed in Cincinnati.
Texas County, OK (1937)
Severe dust storm called "Black Blizzard" visibility near zero for 10 minutes.
Memphis, TN (1983)
Freak lightning bolt strikes a man in his neck, runs down his spine, and passes out of a pocket containing keys. The bolt then struck 2 other men nearby before also hitting a tree the men were standing under at a golf course. Miraculously all three men survived.