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. GOD


    April 11, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Devil


      Yeah, you are....

      April 11, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom Mock

      Stop making fun of my name.

      April 11, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. joey

    I did it.

    April 11, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • American Idiot

      Congrats. Now wipe yourself off and get out of there, before her parents get home. (?)

      April 11, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Karla Aguirre

    Here in Oklahoma... it is like Summer!

    April 11, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    *For those who may complain about me being off topic, I will use OFT when I’m about to do so. Feel free to skip my post. Carry on. Discuss.*

    I have the Good Housekeeping seal. Or a zit.

    April 11, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. joey

    @ banasy:

    April 11, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. big h

    Let's ask the prophet Pat Robertson.... Is this the wrath of god on America.

    April 11, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pat

    Roy and Silo do not have the seal, but banasy does.

    April 11, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey

    A good writer knows that he has established his characters well when conversations are clear without the use of "said."

    April 11, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TvNYC

    Hello, just wanted to say that God will come when he knows all the bad people are gone or are powerless. Many innocent people dying nowadays but the fact of the matter s they are in heaven now and won't have to worry about hell

    April 11, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. oh yeah

    there's a fire burnin' in my heart
    When you're close
    That's when it starts
    There's flame where there once was a spark
    Cold Shower...

    April 11, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • oh yeah

      COLD SHOWER...

      April 11, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TvNYC

    As far as this weather is concerned, hail and severe tornadoes are common but will break records as this summer will be a humid one. And west of Oklohoma state will be dry and hot causing major fires. East coast should experience humid sticky, rainy days more than usual. That means hot and humid dry days. More risks of hurricanes are likely on the southeast to Boston, MA. This was a brutal winter no matter where you look at. The Icelandic volcano caused this. The summer will not be as hot as last year but it will be more active on the eastern side of the US. Tenessee valley may experience floorings so be prepared. Enjoy the summer as it is here to stay!

    April 11, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Boka

    The Score – Planet Earth 4, Meat walkers 0.

    April 11, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. AthiestAllie

    Never takes long for someone to start crying doomsday. Aaaahhhh weather!!!! We never moved out of our caves did we? Do we still need to attribute every quirk to some 'benevolent' force? Oh the same force thats going to kill all of us in a firey deathparty ending with most of humanity suffering for all eternity? Sounds like a great party! I don't want to be invited.

    April 11, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. pod

    Is that a google camera car racing towards the storm?

    April 11, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Julie

    Well I could post some stuff from the book of Revelation here ...but I won't..people don't need to be scared for no reason. Now if we start having fire hail....that is a whole another ball game..

    April 11, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
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