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Severe Thunderstorms in the Central U.S. Today; Dangerous Heatwave Coming to the West

Isolated to scattered severe thunderstorms will be possible today and Thursday across parts of the central Plains into the Upper Midwest and mid Mississippi Valley. Damaging winds, large hail and flooding should be the main threats. A record-breaking and dangerous heatwave is coming to the West. Dozens of daily high temperature records could be broken starting this weekend. Read More >


On May 3, 2020, scattered severe thunderstorms brought large hail to portions of the Black Hills, western South Dakota plains, and northeastern Wyoming. The largest hail reported occurred in Jackson County between Potato Creek and Wanblee, where tennis ball to baseball sized hail was reported. Accumulating hail was also observed in the Black Hills foothills and western plains as several inches of hail covered the ground and roads from Black Hawk southward to northern portions of Rapid City and points southeast.

Panoramic view of a severe thunderstorm near Caputa. Image courtesy of Craig Birnie.
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