Over the course of a few days, arctic cold was replaced by springlike warmth in the East with temperatures as much as 50 degrees warmer on Saturday compared to last Tuesday.
Temperatures climbed into the 50s across portions of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Saturday afternoon after only reaching the single digits and teens on Tuesday.
Many locations established new records on Tuesday for coldest maximum temperatures. High temperatures on Saturday in some of those same cities were near or tied their record for the date.
Last Tuesday, Daytona Beach, Fla., set a new record for coldest maximum temperature when the high only reached 42 degrees. On Saturday they soared to 84 degrees, which tied the record high for the date set most recently in 1991.
The warmth was accompanied by soaking rain across a majority of the East.
In the Southeast, the warm and moist air fueled powerful thunderstorms that rolled through the region.
These intense storms contained winds strong enough to bring down trees and power lines from eastern Alabama and northern Florida to southeastern Virginia.
A wind gust of 86 mph was measured at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina as severe thunderstorms plowed through the area.
Tens of thousands of Duke Energy customers were without electricity by sunset on Saturday as a result of the storms, according to the company's website.
Cooler air will settle over the East on Sunday, followed by a brief warmup to start the week.
Temperatures are expected to return to below normal in the East by midweek and there could be another blast of arctic air late in the week.
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With the return of wet weather in the Northeast, many people are asking: When will the rain go away?
As a strong El Niño fades, the weather across the country will slowly change. In much of the eastern United States, a hot summer is in store.
A system with rain and thunderstorms will bring both good and bad news to the western United States later this week.
Plenty of warmth and sunshine will be in the forecast this Saturday as the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby takes place at famed Churchill Downs in Louisville this Saturday.
Chesnee, SC (1989)
A 700-yard-wide tornado lifts a 1,000 pound bale of hay and carries it for five miles. Two people killed by the storm.
Fallon, NV (1995)
1.92" of rain (4th-5th)... about 40% of their normal annual rainfall.
Lowell, MA (1761)
Five inches of snow. "A very stormy day of snow, an awful sight, the trees green and the ground white. The sixth day the trees in a blow and fields covered with snow", Town Clerk of Ashford, Ebenser Byles.