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March 18 National Weather Summary

By: associated press
By: associated press

AP-The Nation's Weather

National Weather Summary for Wednesday March 18, 2009

NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:
Across the east, an area of low pressure situated just off the Virginia coast produced some heavy showers during the morning
hours. Generally one to three tenths of an inch liquid was reported
in various areas of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North
Carolina. Norfolk, VA picked up 0.55 inches. The tail-end of a cold
front pushed across the Florida Peninsula. Much needed showers were
noted across central and southern Florida through the day. Some
scattered showers remained overnight across southern Florida. Most
areas reported less than a quarter of an inch. Otherwise, much
quieter conditions throughout the remainder of the eastern third of
the nation as high pressure settled into all areas. Areas of dense
fog were noted yesterday morning across portions of the
Mid-Atlantic, Appalachia region, and also the Tennessee Valley.
Otherwise, skies were mainly clear over New England while partly to
mostly cloudy skies dominated from the Mid-Atlantic to Florida.
Very mild temperatures were found across the central U.S. New record high temperatures were set today in Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Some locations include; St. Joseph, MO at 81; Ottumwa, IA at 79; Fort Wayne, IN at 71; and
Milwaukee, WI at 75. Chicago, O Hare tied a record high of 74 set
back in 1894. Elsewhere, a cold front was found over the Upper
Midwest driving southeast. This weak front sparked off some light
showers across South Dakota and Nebraska overnight. Otherwise,
fairly quiet weather was found across this region.
Across the west, unsettled weather continued over the Pacific Northwest. Valley rains continued while snowfall persisted across portions of the Cascade, Olympic, and Bitterroot mountain ranges. Snowfall was much lighter through the day and became very isolated overnight. Winds diminished from the previous day, however, some 30-45 mph gusts were found across WY and MT. Otherwise, the
Southwest and Four-Corners regions were quiet with dry conditions.

WEATHER EXTREMES FOR YESTERDAY:
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).............90 Laredo, TX
.............................................. Pecos, TX
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..............87 Fort Lauderdale,
FL
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............-4 Presque Isle, ME
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...............-4 Presque Isle, ME
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................45 Havre, MT
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............0.55 Norfolk, VA

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:
In 1925, the inchesTri-State Tornado inches cut a path of
destruction 219 miles long from Missouri to southern Indiana. The
tornado claimed 695 lives, making it the most deadly tornado in
U.S. history.
In 1971, a low pressure system with high winds caused two
million dollars damage across Kansas. Winds gusted to 100 mph at
Hastings, NE and reached 115 mph at Hays, KS.
In 1990, up to nine inches of rain fell over the northern
Kinchafoonee Basin in Georgia. Extensive flooding caused millions
of dollars in damage and claimed six lives.


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