Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Tornado In Wisconsin, Deserts Heating Up

Tuesday brought some severe weather to portions of the northern tier of US states, including a tornado touchdown near the town of Clayton in east-central Wisconsin.

The event was short-lived but did cause damage to some homes along Grandview Road near Winchester.

Two homes were especially hard-hit, including one of a local firefighter. Can you imagine hearing the page for help and it is your own address?

Thankfully, there were no injuries.

In the northeast - there were dozens of reports of severe weather from upstate New York to the coast of Massachusettes.

The majority of the reports were high wind gusts in excess of 60 MPH - including a gust of 63 in Syracuse. A few locations saw hail in excess of 1 inch in diameter - including Ithica,  NY.

Here in Colorado - we had several reports of wind damage as strong downslope winds developed along the  Front Range.

Some locations along the foothills of Boulder and Jefferson Counties - including the towns of Boulder and Lyons - saw winds gust between 75 and 105 MPH. There were a handful of damage reports.

The strong winds fueled a wildfire in southern Jefferson County near the town of Conifer which prompted the evacuation of over 300 homes.

And things are finally heating up in the deserts of the southwest! Temperatures in both Phoenix and Las Vegas will climb into the 90s today.

It has been a cool start to the warm season. We usually see the daily highs in the 90s start sometime in early to mid April. And while there have been a few 90-degree days so far, nothing like normal.

The average high in Phoenix was only 82.5 degrees during the month of April - in Yuma it was 81.9 degrees. Normal for both cities is around 85 degrees.

Click here for much more on average temperatures in southern Arizona.

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