May 1 National Weather Roundup

By: associated press
By: associated press

In the East, low pressure spread into the lower Great Lakes and brought rain and scattered thunderstorms from southern lower Michigan to Kentucky. Rain spread eastward into the Appalachians and Mid Atlantic regions during the afternoon hours. Rainfall averaged around a half inch but amounts near an inch were common over portions of southern Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. Scattered light showers fell from the Tennessee Valley through the Carolinas but dry conditions continued through the Gulf coast states and Florida where temperatures remained warm.
Across the Central states, unsettled weather covered most of the region with clouds along with showers and thunderstorms covering a wide area. An early morning thunderstorm complex brought heavy rain along the Nebraska and Kansas border. More heavy rain fell over the saturated Red River Valley bordering Texas and Oklahoma with over an inch of rain common. This was on top of the 2-5 inches of rain that fell here the day before which has resulted in the flooding of
many rivers and streams. A few severe storms were noted during the
afternoon hours across Arkansas and Oklahoma with a storm near
Stafford, Oklahoma producing baseball size hail. A cold front
brought cool temperatures to the Dakotas and Upper Midwest where
light snow fell over portions of northwest North Dakota during the
morning. To the south, it was hot with a new record high reached in
Midland, TX at 97.
In the West, snow continued over portions of western Montana and northern Wyoming but was beginning to diminish by the evening as storms were exiting. After several days of record breaking snow, Great Falls, Montana finally saw snow come to an end by the midday hours. Temperatures were cool over portions of California with
record lows set at Oakland (45) and Ramona (36). Light rain had
moved into northern California by the end of the day as a storm was
moving in from the Pacific. Dry and warm weather was experienced
from the Great Basin through the four corners and southern Rockies
on Thursday.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..............103 Laredo, TX
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)...............14 Burgess
Junction, WY
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F).................4 Mullan Pass, ID
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH)......................46 Walnut Ridge, AR
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES).............1.37 Wichita Falls,

In 1935, May opened with winter weather across southeast MN with snow, ice and sleet. Minneapolis picked up 3 inches of snow which tied a record for May.
In 1967, a late season blizzard struck the western Dakotas with up to 30 inches of snow reported across the Black Hills. Snow was accompanied by thunder and lightning along with 70-mph winds which produced major drifts.
In 1990, severe thunderstorms rolled across the southeast US with 63 reports of large hail and damaging winds between northern AL and NC. Hail was measured to 4 inches in diameter near Cartersville, GA.

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