Going into May the weather around the central Midwest had been anything but exciting from a severe weather standpoint. With cold air dominating the pattern thunderstorms were few and far between. In fact, it was dry over my central and southern counties much of April. Ending May 1st, we went 13 consecutive days with no rain here in Cedar Rapids, For the month we totaled just .43" making it our driest April on record.

Come May, temperatures heated up and so did severe weather. A 3 day siege of of storminess produced 50 tornadoes May 1st-3rd. You can see the storm reports below.

May 1...21 twisters

May 2nd...22 tornadoes

May 3rd...8 tornadoes