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One hail of a start to May in many cities across the U.S.

May day, May day… Hail reports, some of them softball size, have been pouring in daily since the first of May in many areas of the country.

Overnight… hail accumulated so much in the southeastern corner of Minnesota they had to call out the plows.  MNDOT says there are reports of inches, even a foot of accumulated hail in Lake City, MN.

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Here’s a photo from one of our Facebook fans in Lake City showing the hail on his deck. Thank you to Jay Marking for sharing with us.

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More hail reported today in the Twin Cities and over the noon hour in Michigan.   The photo below was posted by the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids Michigan.

Hail around 1215pm in Ludington, MI. Photo by Kevin Castonia and Kyle Schlaack.

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Here are a few photos of storm clouds. This first one  is from Downtown Minneapolis this morning. Courtesy of our  Facebook fan, Erik Anderson. 

 

 

And here’s a shelf cloud in Cannon Falls, MN this morning courtesy of Meteorologist Katie Ferrier’s brother, Chris Blumberg.

 

 

Nebraska last night had reports of hail 4.5 inches.. that’s softball size.  There was also a confirmed a tornado touchdown near Davenport Iowa.  It has a preliminary EF1 rating. The National Weather Service in Hastings, NE put together a summary of yesterday’s storms.

 

Hail from the Hastings Lake area. Photo courtesy of Georgina Hueske.

 

via May 2, 2012: Tornado, Very Large Hail & Heavy Rain Affects Portions of South Central Nebraska.

 

 

Here’s some of the beauty that comes with stormy weather. Check out this sunrise at the National Weather Service Topeka office this morning. The folks at the NWS office say it was the result of Low clouds advancing from the north in cool outflow from overnight thunderstorms to the north.

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From pretty skies to clean air..

The National Weather Service is reminding folks about another type of forecasting offered.

Over the past decade, more state and local agencies have begun air quality forecasting for their communities. Today, nearly 400 cities nationwide are issuing air quality forecasts based on predicted concentrations of ozone and particle pollution.

NOAA forecast guidance is currently provided to state and local agency forecasters, improving their ability to predict the onset, severity, and duration of poor air quality.

Up-to-date air quality information can be found at www.airnow.gov. EPA even has an app for “airnow.”

Learn more about particle pollution…

http://www.epa.gov/airnow/airaware/day4.html

http://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=pubs.aqguidepart

http://airquality.weather.gov/

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/airquality/

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http://www.airnow.gov/

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