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Widespread Summer Heat; Enhanced Severe Weather

A large ridge of high pressure continues to deliver summer heat w/ humidity in several sections of the country. Excessive heat warnings and heat advisories are in effect across the Desert Southwest, south-central Plains, Mid to Lower Mississippi Valley and a small part of the Mid-Atlantic. Meanwhile, an enhanced risk of organized severe thunderstorms is possible from Iowa to Illinois and Indiana. Read More >


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Meteorology of April 3, 19794

During the Outbreak April 3, 1974

In the Path April 3, 1974



Technical Reports April 3 1974




Thanks to Mrs Dickinson for allowing us to post her letter here.  She rode out the storm in her basement with her son, just a few blocks away from the tornado.

Dickinson letter