While warm, dry weather settled into the Northeast, sending the region into bloom this week, rounds of showers and storms swamped the South. Meanwhile, a storm in the West stirred high winds and dust, causing deadly accidents, before bringing snow to portions of the Rockies and severe weather to the Plains.
Daily rounds of storms inundated the South with flooding rainfall this week. Flooding was reported across areas of Texas, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. A total of 8-12 inches of rain fell in areas such as Biloxi and Gulfport, Mississippi, and Mobile, Alabama, bringing rainfall totals to nearly twice the normal monthly rainfall for April.
Flooding in Lexington, Tennessee, led to a water rescue from a home north of the town, emergency management reported.
In addition to the flooding downpours, hail as large as golf balls and powerful winds of 60 mph swept areas of the Gulf Coast Wednesday evening.
@scottfisherFOX7 @KVUE I35 and TX-123 pic.twitter.com/PYs6ig89Ns— Chris Salazar (@csalazarfilm) April 16, 2015
Ahead of a storm plowing across the Northwest, powerful winds blasted the Southwest and High Plains this week, causing several tractor-trailers to blow over along I-80 near Tooele, Utah.
At least one person was killed and at least 25 others were injured Tuesday night along the interstate.
The strong winds prompted a dangerous dust storm, which reduced visibility and caused a chain of collisions, according to local news source, KLS.com. Wind gusts of up to 70 mph were reported.
Following the fatal crash and behind the passing storm, temperatures began to plummet in the Salt Lake City area, dropping from 76 F to 36 F within four hours.
Utah Department of Transportation officials reported raining mud and accumulating snow in the northern regions of the state. Snow expanded from Utah across Colorado, accumulating several inches in the foothills and areas such as Denver and Colorado Springs.
At least six people were critically injured Thursday after a 45-vehicle pileup on a snowy Interstate 80 between Laramie and Cheyenne, Wyoming.
The storm was also the culprit behind severe storms, including a few isolated tornadoes, that erupted over the Plains during mid- to late week.
A brief tornado was spotted in east Boydston, Texas, by AccuWeather Meteorologist Brandon Sullivan on Thursday afternoon. In addition, emergency management officials reported tornadoes near Refugio, Groom, Allison and Miami, Texas.
Didn't report the original tor, but captured end of this very weak looking, dusty tornado s of Panhandle, TX. #txwx pic.twitter.com/rNz0cJZFhL— Brandon Sullivan (@BTSullivan91) April 16, 2015
Also this week, the SpaceX Falcon 9 cargo craft launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Tuesday afternoon after Monday's launch was canceled due to storm clouds in the area. SpaceX Falcon 9 is set on a mission to deliver scientific equipment to the International Space Station.
However, shortly after the spacecraft launched, the attempt to land the reusable rocket on a platform in the Atlantic Ocean didn't go as planned. The rocket hit the target, but, according to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, "too hard for survival."
Known as a Dragon resupply mission, the mission transports hardware and supplies for further space research.