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Our Daily Planet: Thunder Hail and Oklahoma Wildfires

Each weekday morning, OurAmazingPlanet takes the pulse of the Earth, reporting on natural phenomena and exploration news from around the globe.

Thunder Hail: New York City was hit with hail and lightning after nightfall yesterday.

Severe Spring Weather: More than 300 severe weather events -- wind, hail and tornadoes -- were reported across 10 states yesterday. Tornadoes were reported in Tennessee, Pennsylvania and California. [Related: California Tornadoes: Strange But True .]

Oklahoma Wildfires: Evacuations are underway in parts of Oklahoma, as wildfires rage across the state.

Cali Quakes: Two small quakes rumbled inland California yesterday.

Dolphin Saved: A baby dolphin has been saved after it was dumped in a rice field by the Japan tsunami.

Previously on Our Daily Planet: Spring Snow and Malibu Mudslides

Reach OurAmazingPlanet staff writer Brett Israel at bisrael@techmedianetwork.com. Follow him on Twitter @btisrael.

Brett Israel was a staff writer for Live Science with a focus on environmental issues. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from The University of Georgia, a master’s degree in journalism from New York University, and has studied doctorate-level biochemistry at Emory University.