Pat Shingleton: "April Ends..."
From Tupelo and Yazoo City, Mississippi to Mayflower, Arkansas and Pensacola, Florida, a variety of springtime weather occurred. On April 25th the first major tornado in the U.S. set a record for the latest first major tornado in a calendar year since National Weather Service record keeping began in 1950. It occurred in Beaufort County, N.C. and scientists at the University of Alabama in Huntsville note that the previous record was set in 2002 when there were no tornadoes in the U.S. until March 31st. Tuesday evening's Pensacola flooding found rainfall totals of 23.97 inches in less than 24 hours. Forecasters predict that this system will lay down two trillion gallons of water before it ends today, causing more flooding than Hurricane Ivan.