The Nation's Weather: Thursday April 23, 2009
NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:
Across the east, a low pressure system continued to spread rain showers across the Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast. Most precipitation reports were between 0.05 inches and 0.20 inches, however, heavier rains fell across the state of Maine. Portland picked up 0.35 inches. A few isolated thunderstorms occurred over eastern North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland. Hail covered the
ground near Chincoteague, Virginia. Showers continued overnight
across the Northeast. An isolated line of thunderstorms developed
overnight across northern Alabama and western Georgia.
Over the central portions of the U.S., scattered light showers were noted across the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes. Numerous record high temperatures were reported across Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Temperatures ran around 10 to 20 degrees above normal across the Central Plains. Severe thunderstorms developed across Kansas yesterday afternoon and continued through the evening and overnight. Numerous hail and wind reports were noted. Winds gusted to 62 mph near Dodge City, Kansas.
In the West, a cold front began to push into the Pacific
Northwest and the northern Rocky Mountains, producing clouds along
the east side of the mountains and gusty winds. Winds gusted to
30-40 mph across much of Montana. An isolated thunderstorm produced wind gusts to 67 mph near Arco, ID. Elsewhere, sunny skies and very warm temperatures were experienced across the rest of the West. One more day of record highs were reported across California with numerous 90+ temperatures.
WEATHER EXTREMES FOR YESTERDAY:
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).............108 Death Valley, CA
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)...............96 Laredo, TX
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)...............23 Park Rapids, MN
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)................16 Hot Springs, VA
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH)......................67 Arco, ID
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES).............0.42 Caribou, ME
ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:
In 1885, 23 inches of snow blanketed Denver, CO. The storm also dumped 32 inches of snow on Idaho Springs, CO.
In 1987, severe storms blew through South Carolina. The storms produced golf ball sized hail and wind gusts to 67 mph at Anderson, SC. The storms also damaged planes at the airport and twenty-three greenhouses.
In 1989, eighteen cities in the central U.S. reported record
high temperatures. Among them, Salina, KS was the hot spot with a
high of 105 degrees, a new April record for Kansas.