The Nation's Weather: Monday March 30, 2009
NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:
Out West, a strong area of low pressure rode southeastward
across the Northern Rockies bringing accumulating snows and some
strong winds to Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Colorado. Many locations
across the northern and Rockies saw temperatures drop twenty
degrees from this morning as the cold front associated with the low
pressure system crossed the region. A few thunderstorms affected
parts of northern Arizona during the evening, but otherwise dry
conditions were found from southern California eastward through
Arizona and New Mexico.
In the Central U.S., heavy snows started the day across eastern
Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan with a few locations
picking up a half foot of snow by mid-day. These snows moved off to
the east by the late afternoon. Snows began to spread across the
western Dakotas during the evening as an area of low pressure moved
out of the northern Rockies.
Several inches fell through the evening hours. Quiet and dry
conditions were found across most of the central and southern
Across the Eastern U.S., a line of showers and thunderstorms
moved eastward through the Ohio Valley through the morning hours
and into portions of the northern Mid-Atlantic and New England
through the afternoon. A few severe thunderstorms were reported
across the region with reports of scattered wind damage and large
hail across portions of eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and even
into portions of Long Island. By the evening, showers were changing
over to light snow across much of northern Ohio and western
Pennsylvania with only some light accumulations along the south
shore of Lake Erie.
WEATHER EXTREMES FOR SUNDAY:
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............90 Pecos, TX
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)...............92 Miami, FL
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)...............3 Ely, MN
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)............... 1 Evanston, WY
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH)......................60 Rifle, CO
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES).............1.47 Ocala, FL
ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:
In 1829, a powerful storm brought hurricane force winds along
the coast of the northeast US downing trees. In addition to the
wind, 24 inches of snow fell at Providence, RI and 18 inches at
In 1899, Ruby, CO began to dig out from 141 inches of snow that
fell from one storm.
In 1997, early morning tornadoes killed two, and injured 27 as
they moved across Tennessee and Kentucky.
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