Just a couple of days after record-breaking cold hit much of Europe, bringing heavy rain, a lot of snow and below average temperatures, another shot of cold Arctic air will push toward continental Europe from May 11 through 14.
With 919.48 mm (36.20 inches) recorded from April 2018 to May 2019, the United States has set its new year-long rainfall record. The previous record was 908.81 mm (35.78 inches) recorded from April 2015 to March 2016.
A strong earthquake registered by the JMA as M6.3 hit near the east coast of Kyushu, Japan at 23:48 UTC (08:48 JST) on May 8, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles). The USGS is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 23 km (14.3 miles); EMSC M6.4 at a depth of 33 km (20.5 miles).
Widespread rain and thunderstorms will continue to affect the South into this weekend.
Flash flooding is possible from Texas to Virginia.
A few severe storms with hail, damaging winds and tornadoes are also possible.
Additional rounds of heavy rain and a few severe thunderstorms may trigger flash flooding into the weekend in parts of the South and East, from Texas and Louisiana to the Tennessee Valley, Appalachians and Virginia.
The tail end of a cold front has stalled out in the South, interacting with abundant moisture and an active jet stream triggering the development of widespread showers and thunderstorms with heavy rainfall rates.
Water levels on the Great Lakes are running high and could approach record territory this summer.
New York state is bracing for flooding along the shoreline of Lake Ontario.
Lakeshore flooding is already occurring in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan.
Great Lakes tributary waters have been filled by numerous spring rain events in the central U.S
Recent rainfall has already-high water levels surging in the Great Lakes, contributing to flooding along the lakeshores in parts of Ohio and Michigan, and New York is expected to follow suit in the days ahead.
Areas along the Lake Ontario shoreline are “at the precipice of a disaster,” according to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as forecasts for additional rain threaten to push water levels past flood level. The worst of the flooding from heavy rain and snowmelt is expected to occur in a matter of days, and officials are concerned that stronger winds late this week into the weekend could churn up potentially damaging waves.
New York state deployed more than 800,000 sandbags, hundreds of pumps and 920 feet of temporary dams in eight counties along Lake Ontario in preparation for potential flooding, according to the Associated Press. Members of the New York National Guard are on standby.