April 29 National Weather Roundup

By: associated press
By: associated press

In the East, a cold front brought showers and thunderstorms from northern and western New York through the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys with rainfall amounts between a quarter and a half an inch for most areas. The heat wave moved into the New England states where several new record highs were established. Some of the new records include: Boston, MA (93); Bangor, ME (90); LaGuardia, NY (89); Atlantic City, NJ (87); and Caribou, ME (76). Pleasant weather conditions were enjoyed across the southeast states with dry weather and highs in the 80s.
In the central United States, the trailing edge of cold front
began to stall and then lift back slowly north across the lower
Mississippi Valley and Texas. Showers and thunderstorms were common across Arkansas, northern Louisiana and eastern TX through the day. An early morning thunderstorm complex brought very heavy rain to the northern Houston suburbs with 3-5 inches reported in just a
short time. Some gages within this area have received 7-11 inches
within the last 24 hours. A couple of weak tornadoes touched down
later in the day further to the northwest of Houston. Other
thunderstorm clusters brought small hail to portions of eastern New
Mexico and the Texas panhandle by the end of the day. High pressure
brought dry and pleasant weather to the Upper Midwest and western
Great Lakes.
Across the west, winter does not want to go away with snow reported in portions of Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming during the day. Snow was the heaviest across northern Idaho and northwest Montana where over a foot of snow fell in the higher terrain. Even portions of the Montana Plains were getting heavy snow with near blizzard like conditions in areas. Generally quiet conditions were
experienced from California through the southern Rockies with dry
weather prevailing.

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............96 Laredo, TX
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..............101 McAllen, TX
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)...............20 Embarrass, MN
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)................11 Cut Bank, MT
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH)......................51 Milford, UT
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES).............2.69 Houston
Intercontinental, TX

In 1910, Kansas City, MO established a new record high for April with 95 degrees. Just four days earlier the high for the city was only 44 after a record low that morning of 34.
In 1963, a strong tornado 100 yards wide tore an 18 mile path near Shannon, MS destroying 27 homes and killing 18 people. This
tornado was unusual for this part of the country as it was not
obscured by rain and was visible for many miles.
In 1989, severe storms resulted in more than 70 reports of large hail and damaging winds across eastern TX, AR and LA. Hail to the size of softballs was reported in Palestine, TX and tennis ball
size hail brought over 10 million dollars in damage around Pine
Bluff, AR.

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