Deadly Tornadoes Strike Missouri

The month of May is known for being the most prolific month for severe weather in the central United States. This week showed why, as over 200 tornadoes were reported across the United States, most of them in the southern and central States. Tragically, some of these tornadoes turned deadly, including an EF-3 that struck the small town of Golden City, Missouri on Wednesday. Three people lost their lives in the storm, including an elderly couple that were thrown over 200 yards from their home by the tornado. Another EF-3 tornado tore through Jefferson City, MO on Wednesday, injuring 20 people. Yet another EF-3 tornado touched down in the small town of Carl Junction, MO.

Source: KSHB

Source: KSHB

Unfortunately for storm-weary residents, the threat for severe weather is expected to continue, as multiple systems take similar tracks across the region. The Storm Prediction Center has placed much of the central United States, including parts of Missouri, under various risk categories for severe weather each day through next Tuesday.

Spring Snow Blankets Parts of New England

The calendar may say it’s the middle of May, but winter is hanging on in parts of New England this week. A late-season nor’easter brought snow to portions of the region early this week. Hardest hit were the Green Mountains of Vermont. The town of Rochester, VT recorded 5.5 inches of snowfall by Tuesday morning, while Greensboro, VT measured 4.0 inches of snow. As the low pulls further to the northeast, some light snow is expected over northern Maine early Wednesday morning, but only minor accumulations are expected there.

Source: The New York Times

Source: The New York Times

Beyond this system, no snow is expected in New England in the foreseeable future. However, the weather pattern is expected to remain active with multiple chances of rain over the next couple of weeks.

Cyclone Fani Batters Parts of India and Bangladesh

While hurricane season has not yet begun in either the Atlantic Ocean or the Eastern or Central Pacific Ocean, cyclone season is underway in the Indian Ocean. Last weekend, Cyclone Fani made landfall in the Indian province of Odisha with winds of 127 mph, equivalent to a category 3 hurricane. Cyclones are rare Odisha, as Fani was the first one to strike the region in 43 years and just the third in the last 150 years.

Widespread destruction occurred across the province as well as in the neighboring country of Bangladesh. Tragically, 34 people were killed in India and 15 in Bangladesh as a result of the cyclone. However, the death total would have been far greater had it not been for the successful evacuation of over one million people from Odisha and over 1.6 million people from coastal Bangladesh.

Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Fortunately for the battered region, no additional tropical systems will threaten the region in the foreseeable future. But the recovery efforts will be hampered by dangerous heat. Parts of the region will see high temperatures in excess of 110 degrees Fahrenheit each day this week.

Rare Late-Season Snowstorm Blankets Upper Midwest

Though it has been astronomical spring for over one month, winter still made its presence felt over much of the Upper Midwest last weekend. A rare, late-season snowstorm blanketed parts of Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan last Saturday, with the heaviest snowfall occurring in northern Illinois. St. Charles, IL measured 6.0 inches of snow by early Sunday morning for the highest snow total in the region. Officially at Rockford International Airport, 3.7 inches of snow fell, which is Rockford’s largest snowstorm this late in the season and its latest measurable snowfall since 1994.

Even Chicago couldn’t escape the spring snowfall, as O’Hare Airport officially recorded 2.5 inches of snow. This was O’Hare’s latest single-day snowfall of 2” or greater and its latest measurable snowfall since 1989.

Source: National Weather Service, Chicago, IL

Source: National Weather Service, Chicago, IL

No more snow is expected over northern Illinois. However, multiple rounds of rain are expected over the next week, which has the potential to lead to flooding across much of the region.