From millions of trees being knocked down, trapping thousands of hikers and canoers, to the world's most rain in one minute being set, the U.S. has had its fair share of extreme weather on July 4th.
A home on the south shore of Gunflint Lake in northeastern Minnesota is framed by the devastation caused by a storm that passed through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area over the Fourth of July weekend. Photo taken Tuesday, July 6, 1999. (AP Photo/Brian Peterson)
Other Extreme Weather on July Fourth
1911: Record heat blasted New England. The mercury soared to 104 degrees in Boston, Mass. Other extreme temperatures recorded include 106 degrees in Lawrence, Mass.; 105 degrees Vernon, Vt. (an all-time record high for the state); and 106 degrees in Nashua, N.H.
1980: Severe weather with hail up to the size of baseballs and tornadoes hammered Omaha and Lincoln, Neb.
1989: The first of a record five consecutive days of 100 degrees or higher was recorded in Denver, Colo. In fact, highs soared across the entire Southwest. Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz., set new record highs for the date, reaching 118 and 114 degrees, repectively.
1993: Snow fell in the Wasatch Mountains at an elevation of 9,000 feet.
1997: One man was hospitalized after being struck by a falling tree in an area 5 miles west of Hendersonville, N.C., as thunderstorms hit. Boats capsized at Rock Lake, while 500 trees were downed across Graham County.
2007: Fireworks were banned in many places across the Southwest due to extreme fire danger during an extended stretch of dry, very hot weather. Numerous record highs were reached in California, Arizona, Nevada and Oregon. Temperatures in the deserts approached the 120-degree mark and many highs at least reaching 100 degrees.
2008: A wildfire burning near Goleta, Calif., caused the evacuation of 1,700 homes and forced the cancellation of the Rotary Club's annual fireworks display.
2010: Kennedy Airport tied their record high of 101 degrees, set in 1966.
The potential for isolated severe weather will creep up in the Northern Plains, Texas and the Gulf States.
Strong thunderstorms moving across Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee Friday are capable of producing damaging winds, large hail and a risk of a few tornadoes.
The volcano is in a rather remote spot, and the biggest price will be to airlines caused by the ash.
Thunderstorms with hail, damaging winds and tornadoes are pushing through the Plains continuing this weekend and into Monday.
Though recovery continues from Superstorm Sandy, residents and homeowners on the Atlantic coast should prepare for another active season in 2013.
A tornado reaching up to a mile wide at times left at least six dead Wednesday in Hood and Johnson counties, Texas.
Pueblo, CO (1996)
99 degrees, hottest ever so early in the season.
Lubbock, TX (2007)
1.39 inches of rain, a record for the date. (old record: 0.69 inches in 1926)
Mt. St. Helens (Washington) (1980)
Mt. St. Helens erupted; smoke plume rose to height of 80,000 ft. Visibility lowered to under a mile 400 miles downwind of the eruption. Five people died and over 2,000 had to be evacuated because of the mudslides and flooding that occurred when the snowpack melted. The cloud formed by the eruption reached the East Coast in three days and circled the world in 19 days.