National Weather Summary for Thursday March 26
NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:
In the eastern third of the nation, widespread showers were
found from the Ohio valley southward through the northern Gulf
Coast along a weakening cool front. Strong late morning
thunderstorms across Mississippi spawned an EF-1 tornado south of
the town of Meridian. By the evening hours another round of
thunderstorms moved into portions of Mississippi and western
Tennessee bringing occasional heavy rains, with some locations
across western Mississippi picking up over 3 inches of rainfall for
Across the central portion of the country, quiet weather was
found in many locations across the north, with the exception being
over North Dakota and northern Minnesota where some accumulating
snows were found. Several inches of new snow, along with occasional
whiteout conditions only added insult to injury across the flooding
ravaged Red River Valley region of North Dakota and Minnesota.
Across the south, severe thunderstorms broke out in Texas during
the late afternoon and proceeded to march into the Southern
Mississippi Valley through the evening hours. Several reports of
hail between 1 and 2 inches were found across central Texas with
some reports of thunderstorm wind damage across Louisiana as the
storm system moved eastward.
Out West, an upper level low pressure system brought snow to the
Pacific Northwest that spread southward through the eastern Great
Basin and the Central Rockies during the afternoon and evening.
Across the higher elevations of Idaho, Wyoming, Utah and Western
Colorado several inches of snow managed to accumulate. Mainly dry
conditions were found across the southwest with high pressure
firmly in place.
WEATHER EXTREMES SO FAR TODAY:
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).............92 Laredo, TX
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..............94 Laredo, TX
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)...............7 Baker, MT
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)..............-19 Cut Bank, MT
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................57 Liberal, KS
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............3.43 Vicksburg, MS
ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:
In 1884, two steamers were crushed by ice as an ice jam broke up
in Bismarck, ND.
In 1934, Dumont, SD set the state record for the most snow in 24
hours, coming in with 38 inches.
In 1954, Allakaket, AK fell to 69 degrees below zero, the lowest
temperature ever during March in the United States.
(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press.)