U.S. hit with a weird combination of fire, water and ice
Storm chasers get ahead of a tornado in Mapleton, Iowa, on Friday.
April 11th, 2011
12:32 PM ET

U.S. hit with a weird combination of fire, water and ice

Hailstones covered a beach in Southern California over the weekend; tornadoes tore up a small town in Iowa; residents of Fargo, North Dakota, escaped a flood threat; and West Texas is battling the biggest wildfire outbreak in its history.

Yes, it’s spring in America.

The crazy weather is expected to continue today, with record temperatures predicted along the East Coast. Highs will top 80 as far north as Philadelphia, and it will feel like summer in the South. But an advancing cold front will set off a line of potentially severe storms from Texas to the Great Lakes, according to the National Weather Service. That line will head east into the evening.

Residents of Newport Beach, California, were soaking in a Jacuzzi, enjoying an unseasonably cool night, when the skies opened up, CNN affiliate KTLA reports.

At first they thought they were being pelted by raindrops, but it stung. The hail-snow combo covered the sand with icy pellets - and was the first time many residents had seen snow on the beach.

The small town of Mapleton, Iowa, was heavily damaged by a tornado Saturday night, but no deaths were reported. About 60% of Mapleton was damaged or destroyed, an official told KETV. The tornado leveled about 12 blocks on the southwest side of town.

Flooding was the issue farther north as the Red River threatened a repeat of the devastating floods of the past two springs in Fargo, North Dakota, and Moorhead, Minnesota, according to KXJB.

The Red River crested at nearly 41 feet in 2009, but residents are breathing a sigh of relief Monday as the river recedes after cresting at just under 40 feet. Meanwhile, more than 600 members of the National Guard are helping out in other parts of the state that experienced flooding.

In West Texas, the Rock House fire burned at least 60 structures in and around Fort Davis and knocked out power to the community, according to KWES. Fort Davis schools were closed Monday. Another grass fire, dubbed the Hickman fire, burned about 40 buildings, including homes, in Midland County. And two large fires are burning near Alpine in northern Brewster County.

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  1. Jeff S

    I'm not real sure why this author thought the "news" that the US has lots of different weather patterns happening at the same time justified a article.

    But going with that, I have a news tip for CNN. There are parts of the planet that experience night at the exact time that other parts experience day.

    Oh, and this just in, the planet surface is mostly covered with water.

    April 11, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank - Ohio

    Bad weather everywhere..who cares. You cannot do anything about it anyways. $4 gas is here. Don't by gas on Fridays.

    April 11, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. TvNYC

    Speaking of water. A human body contains 80% water. planet earth had the same water measurements up to 80% water. You ask what my point is? Well if you infect your body with toxins your blood becomes infected therefore traces of leukemia (form of cancer) forms which could kill a person. Therefore its safe to say that if all the oil spills and radioactive water is spilled, it will infect the whole earth as a body. My point is I think our oceans have been poisoned which is mention on the holy bible. This s critical because once one ocean is poisoned all oceans will be eventually affected because it's like HIV once you get infected in one part of your body, eventually the whole body is infected which would be called AIDS. Sorry folks don't mean to be the bad news guy but I think my theory is correct. Another point I need to make is that the wind speeds around the globe have increased by almost 25% in the last 30 years, and its safe to say that we are causing these wind storms to be faster because we are creating a new form of low pressures as many cars, planes, jets, boats, ships, and air conditions are making new wind speeds. For example: if you are standing on the street and you see a car drive by, chances are you will feel the wind that was caused by the mass and speed of the vehicle. Earth quakes are caused by drillings that are being done by mine, oil companies and other minerals that are being dug everyday. These things we are doing are not natural people. Stop all these non sense or we all going to die! Sorry for the harsh words but this world is full of freed and evil and quite frankly you can ask God yourself but He is sick of this greed and evil that is being done on His earth. We are not perfect so therefore we should stick to regular life like the Omnish people. Give up this modern world and we'll even be happier. You can see it in peoples faces that they are not happy and they sense the world crashing down so we must change otherwise only the good will go to heaven and others will burn in hell. Good luck and hopefully I'm wrong but it doesn't look like it. Shame on you if you don't believe in God!

    April 11, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tony the Prophet

    Calamities will fall upon the people, so much so that a man shall not find shelter to shelter him from oppression and catastrophes, no power of Government can save the earth form its doomed days. The sun has begun erupting powerful bursts of solar flairs directed at the earth, stretching and pooling our atmosphere thence causing earthquakes. Other calamities are weather related disasters which will be unleashed the end of April 2011, tornado, hurricanes, cyclones, sandstorms, hail, floods, and many others unknown to mankind.

    April 11, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tony the Prophet

    Calamities will fall upon the people, so much so that a man shall not find shelter to shelter him from oppression and catastrophes, no power of Government can save the earth form its doomed days. The whole middle east will be on firem, the sun has begun erupting powerful bursts of solar flairs directed at the earth, stretching and pooling our atmosphere thence causing earthquakes. Other calamities are weather related disasters which will be unleashed the end of April 2011, tornado, hurricanes, cyclones, sandstorms, hail, floods, and many others unknown to mankind.

    April 11, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mr. Marc

    It snowed just outside the Phoenix Metro Area this weekend too, pretty weird. Especially in April where we were just at 100f the other week ago. As long as we all go and I'm not last, it's whatever.

    April 12, 2011 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
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