Roller-coaster weather across parts of the High Plains this week has residents and visitors on their toes, unsure what Mother Nature will throw down next.
Across the state of Colorado this week, locals experienced a whirlwind of weather as the week started out with warm, dry weather, as temperatures soared into the 80s across much of the state throughout the day Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Then, on Wednesday, severe storms brought hail, tornadoes, lightning and rain to portions of northeastern Colorado. Temperatures plummeted, and snow began falling across far northeastern Colorado by Thursday morning.
Nearby in Nebraska, a similar pattern unfolded as some areas across southwestern Nebraska climbed well into the 80s on Tuesday accompanied by high fire danger. The next day severe storms brought tornadoes, hail and strong winds to portions of the state. Early Thursday morning, some of the same communities hit by severe weather in western Nebraska woke up to springtime snow.
Those in South Dakota were along for the ride too, as sunny skies, warmth, thunderstorms, rain and snow all blanketed various portions of the state this week.
A lightning strike is caught on camera over Longmont, Colo., on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (Photo/Tony Boyajian)
Colorado Weather be like: mon - 75° ☀ tues - 22° ❄ wed - 57° ⛅ thurs - 30° ☔ fri - 80°☀ (with a chance of snow) 😒😒😒😭😂😩— french_boy (@aminiles) May 8, 2014
Hail coats US-36 near Akron, Colo., on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (Photo/Michael Charnick )
"hi I'm nebraska and my hobbies include interfering with any plans to sit outside and enjoy the weather BECAUSE ITS SO UNGODLY HOT"— alyssa turnquist (@uhhhlyssa_) May 7, 2014
Snow covers the ground in Chadron, Neb., on Thursday, May 8, 2014. (Photo/Karl Minor)
Nebraska weather never ceases to amaze me 👏 😒 #Surprises— Abby Heller (@2016abby) May 8, 2014
Cold weather in South Dakota does NOT want to die.— Just Arrived (@Nonstoppeter) May 7, 2014
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Severe storms will bring large hail and damaging wind gusts to eastern Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas on Monday.
Following a rain-free weekend for many in the Northeast, residents may be wondering if this is a sign of things to come for July.
The next round of thunderstorm downpours will swing into the Appalachians with the risk of isolated flash flooding on Monday.
Rounds of drenching thunderstorms could bring drought relief to parts of the southern United States into July.
Garfield, OK (2007)
7.5 inches of rain; 3.5 inches in just a little over 3 hours.
Record heat: Burlington, VT: 96 (tied/1999) Montpelier, VT: 91 (90/1999) Massena, NY: 92 (91/1999) Williamsport,PA: 97 (95/1963) Boston, MA: 96 (tied/1941) Milton, MA: 96 (93/1999)
Tillers Ferry, SC (1901)
Rain of fish: "hundreds of little fish swimming between cotton rows" after a heavy shower (Monthly Weather Review).