The Nation's Weather: Friday March 20, 2009

By: associated press
By: associated press

The Nation's Weather: Friday March 20, 2009

NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:
In the eastern half of the country, a cold front that stretched from New England to the Southern Plains early yesterday shifted south where it could be found from the Mid-Atlantic to the
Southeast and into the Southern Plains. Scattered showers were
found along this front yesterday across portions of New England,
Mid-Atlantic, and the Southern Plains. A secondary cold front
followed the first front during the day where it was found along
the New England coast and along the WV/VA border. Lots of cold air
was found behind both fronts on Thursday across much of the Upper
and Mid MS Valleys, Great Lakes, Northern Plains, and the OH
Valley. Elsewhere, scattered showers/isolated thunderstorms were
found over the southern portion of Florida for the majority of the
day.
In the western portion of the country, dry conditions were found over the majority of the region yesterday except for portions of
northwestern Washington, western Montana, and northwestern Wyoming where light rain and higher elevation snow was found. Otherwise, warmer temperatures persisted across most of the West.

WEATHER EXTREMES YESTERDAY:
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).............93 Gila Bend, AZ
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..............86 Goodyear, AZ
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............-1 Kabetogama, MN
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)................1 Chippewa, MI
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................42 Cherry Point, NC
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............0.88 Quillayute, WA

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:
In 1958, A coastal storm dumped heavy, wet snow in southeastern Pennsylvania and Maryland. 38 inches fell at Morgantown in 24 hours and with 50 inches in 3 days is a Pennsylvania state record. Mt. Airy, Maryland was buried under 33 inches while Allentown,
Pennsylvania checked in with 20 inches.
In 1984, A major winter storm winds down over the central plains. Up to 20 inches of snow fell across parts of Colorado,
Nebraska, and Kansas. A thick coat of ice coated they landscape
from eastern Kansas, across northwestern Missouri and parts of
Iowa.
In 1998, No watch and no warning were in effect when a tornado struck the area around Gainesville, GA during the early morning
hours. Two schools and dozens of homes were in the path of the fast
moving twister that killed 14 people. Two other people were killed
in the late afternoon in Stoneville, NC as a tornado heavily
damaged the business district of the town of 3000 people.


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