Thunderstorms Roll in Plains, Fair Skies in Central United States
The Associated Press
Apr. 24, 1990
Undated (AP) _ Fair skies prevailed over much of the nation today, but summer-like weather got thunderstorms rolling in the Great Plains and the Mississippi Valley.
Warm and humid weather in the central United States on Monday produced temperatures in the 80s and 90s and hail in parts of Texas, Arkansas, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Florida.
A thunderstorm in Minnesota spawned a tornado near the town of Benson.
Showers and thunderstorms were scattered across the upper Mississippi Valley, with the strongest stretching from Iowa into Wisconsin.
The northern Rockies and the central Pacific Coast also got rain Monday, but skies were fair from the Carolinas to the northern Atlantic Coast.
Thunderstorms were forecast in Kansas, western Texas and Oklahoma today after tennis ball-size hail fell in Garden City, Texas, and golf ball-size hail dropped on the Texas town of Dryden and Swan Lake in Arkansas.
A thunderstorm hit Minneapolis-St. Paul early today.
Skies were cloudy in Miami; Fort Worth, Texas; San Antonio; Fairbanks, Alaska, and Las Vegas.
Temperatures climbed Monday into the 90s in North Dakota, Minnesota and Texas. The nation's high was 94 in Presidio, Texas.
In other reports at 3 a.m. EDT:
-East: Albany, N.Y. 42 fair; Atlanta 64 fair; Boston 47 fair; Buffalo 49 fair; Charleston, S.C. 56 foggy; Chattanooga 59 fair; Cincinnati 60 fair; Cleveland 55 fair; Detroit 52 fair; Hatteras 62 fair; Jacksonville 57 foggy; Key West 73 fair; Knoxville 59 fair; Macon 59 foggy; Miami 71 partly cloudy; New York 51 fair; Philadelphia 51 fair; Pittsburgh 54 fair; Portland, Maine 42 fair; Richmond 57 fair; Tampa 63 fair; Washington, D.C. 55 fair.
-Central: Birmingham 69 fair; Bismarck 53 fair; Chicago 71 fair; Denver 48 fair; Des Moines 69 fair; Fort Worth 71 partly cloudy; Indianapolis 61 partly cloudy; Kansas City 71 windy; Little Rock 67 fair; Louisville 63 fair; Memphis 68 fair; Nashville 62 fair; New Orleans 63 fair; North Platte 65 cloudy; Oklahoma City 65 thunderstorm; Omaha 72 partly cloudy; Rapid City 53 fair; St. Louis 71 fair; Minneapolis-St. Paul 62 thunderstorm; Sault Ste. Marie 48 fair; San Antonio 68 cloudy.
-West: Albuquerque 57 fair; Anchorage 44 partly cloudy; Boise 46 fair; Casper 53 cloudy; Fairbanks 42 cloudy; Great Falls 49 cloudy; Honolulu 74 fair; Las Vegas 59 cloudy; Los Angeles 57 fair; Medford 45 fair; Pendleton 49 windy; Phoenix 71 fair; Portland, Ore. 47 partly cloudy; Reno 44 fair; Salt Lake City 47 partly cloudy; San Diego 59 partly cloudy; San Francisco 51 windy; Seattle 45 partly cloudy; Spokane 46 cloudy.
-International: Calgary 39 fair; Montreal 48 fair; Ottawa 43 fair; Regina 52 cloudy; Toronto 43 fair; Winnipeg 59 fair; San Juan 72 fair.