So far this year, floods and storms have caused significant loss of property throughout the Plains. Nearly 91,500 head of cattle have died in blizzards and flooding in North Dakota alone. Losses are rivaling that of the 1997 blizzards and flooding. Recent dry weather, however, has helped the flooding situation over a large part of northern Plains and given delayed corn planting a bit of a boost farther south.

Just about a week after torrential rain, storms and flooding again plagued the Houston area. A record 4.72 inches of rain fell on the city Friday. High water over roadways caused vehicles to stall near Houston Hobby Airport, while high water rescues were necessary in South Houston.

Fatalities have occurred as well. Nine people lost their lives at the hands of tornadoes in February, and another six perished in April. These numbers go to show that more storm preparation and attention to warnings is needed. Even one fatality from a storm is too many.

Story by Meteorologists Alex Sosnowski and Mark Paquette.