Violent thunderstorms erupted from Texas to Kentucky Thursday, producing damaging winds, large hail, and some tornadoes.

Severe storm reports, April 3, 2014 (National Weather Service)
Severe storm reports, April 3, 2014 (National Weather Service)

Several tornadoes struck Missouri according to CNN, including one near St. Louis.  Tornadic storms – along with softball-sized hail –  also rocked Denton County, Texas, which is north of Dallas.

There were scattered reports of damage from the storms, but not fatalities.

Here’s a compilation of the some of the most dramatic images from this first spring severe weather outbreak of 2014:

Texas storms

Oklahoma storms

Missouri storms

Video recap from the Associated Press


On anniversary of 1974 Super Outbreak

The outbreak occurred on the 40-year anniversary of the 1974 “super outbreak” that produced 148 tornadoes in 18 hours and killed  330 people.  Here’s some good reading material if you’d like to learn more:

TORNADOES, MICROBURSTS, AND SILVER LININGS: How the Jumbo Outbreak of 1974 helped lead to safer air travel (UCAR, Bob Henson)

The Super Outbreak of April 3-4, 1974 (National Weather Service)

Anniversary of 1974 Super Tornado Outbreak (Jesse Ferrell, AccuWeather)

40th anniversary of 1974 Super Outbreak (interactive map) (USTornadoes, Brendan Heberton)