This Week in Weather 4/29/17-5/5/17

Boy do we have some fun weather facts for you! Between lightning strikes, record breaking rain, and late season snowfall, this week there was almost too much to keep track of.

  • More than 900,000 lightning strikes lit up the sky Friday, April 28 night through Sunday, April 30. This amount of lightning another testament to how volatile the powerful system was.
  • Tulsa, OK: With 10.44″ of rain this month, now #1 wettest April on record.
  • North Little Rock, AR: Having 3rd wettest April now with 10.01″.
  • Norman, OK now having it’s 6th wettest start to a year on record.
  • Mobile, AL picked up an inch of rain in 15 minutes on Monday, May 1.
  • On Monday, May 1, Dodge City, KS had a higher snow depth than Fairbanks, AK!
  • This week, 17″ in Colby, KS beat the STATE record for largest 2-day snowfall so late in the season. Previous record was 10″ in McDonald, KS on 4/29/84.
  • 100-year rainfall event over the weekend: WPC’s Greg Carbin tweeted on Monday, May 1 the 2-day rain of 8-10″ over southern MO/IL can be characterized as <1% probability rainfall event in any year (1 in 100-yr avg recurrence interval).
  • Chicago, IL: Received 3.27″ of rain April 29-30, which was the highest 2-day rainfall in four years, since April 17-18, 2013 (5.55″).

What crazy weather did your area experience this week? Let us know below!


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