April 3 National Weather

By: associated press
By: associated press

National Weather Summary for Friday, April 3, 2009

Across the northwestern United States, a low pressure system moved ashore, and brought widely scattered rain showers to lower elevations and high elevation snows to the Pacific Northwest.
Through the afternoon and evening hours, this system progressed
eastward, and wet weather conditions spread into the Great Basin
and Central and Northern Rockies. Widespread snow accumulations of
5 to 10 inches were reported through the Cascades and Northern
Rockies, along with occasional lightning strikes. Another feature
of this system was strong winds. Wind gusts as high as 50 to 60 mph
were reported throughout Oregon, California, Nevada, and portions
of Utah and Arizona.
Another strong low pressure system ejected out of eastern Texas early in the day, progressing northeastward through the Lower Mississippi Valley, and into the Ohio Valley early overnight. Winds were quite strong across Texas early in the day, with gusts ranging from 40 to 55 mph. This system brought intense rainfall to Georgia and the Florida panhandle, where rainfall totals of 2 to 5 inches
were reported. In addition to the heavy rainfall, strong to severe
thunderstorms developed and tracked through Louisiana, Mississippi,
Alabama, and northern Florida. Numerous fallen trees were reported
from strong thunderstorm wind gusts, estimated to have reached 60
to 70 mph. Hail reports ranging from penny to golf ball size
stretched from the coasts of Louisiana to Florida, northward to
southern Illinois. A few stronger storms even reached Ohio, with
penny to nickel sized hail reported there. Isolated tornadoes were
reported as well, one of which caused damage to 30 cars in a
parking lot in Nashville, Tennessee. As this system strengthened
and sped northeastward during the evening and overnight hours,
scattered rain showers with occasional embedded thunderstorms
spread into the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic regions, while rain
tapered off across the Lower Mississippi Valley. North to
northwesterly winds increased from Lower Michigan, Indiana, and
Illinois southward to the Tennessee Valley, with wind gusts to 35

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............95 Mcallen, TX
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)...............93 Ft Lauderdale,
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)...............-1 Leadville, CO
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...............-23 Leadville, CO
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH)......................60 Plainview, TX
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES).............5.32 Panama City, FL

In 1974, the eastern U.S. experienced the largest tornado
outbreak for a single 24 hour period, called the Super Outbreak. In
24 hour period, 148 tornadoes were reported, resulting in 315
deaths across 11 states. The damage totaled $500 million.
In 1987, a late season snow storm resulted in 7 inches in
Birmingham, AL and 9 inches in northeast Alabama.
In 1989, 20 tornadoes were reported in an area extending from the Southern Plains to the southern Appalachians. One tornado
caused $8 million in damage in Fort Branch, IN.

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