NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:
In the East, a cold front dropped into the Mid Atlantic region
bringing scattered showers and thunderstorms from southern Ohio
through the Delmarva. This front brought an end to the heat wave
across the Northeast with temperatures returning to normal or a
little below. Boston only reached a high of 56 after climbing to a
record breaking 93 on Tuesday. Showers and a few storms were also
scattered throughout the Tennessee Valley region but much of the
Gulf coast states remained dry and warm.
Across the Central states, low pressure moved out into the high Plains during the day resulting in widespread thunderstorm activity from South Dakota through Texas. Over 100 severe storms were reported with most of the severe activity from southwest Kansas
through the Texas panhandle and Red River Valley regions. A few
brief tornado touchdowns were observed but large hail was the most
common among thunderstorms, including softball size hail reported
in Sheffield, Texas. A thunderstorm complex brought heavy rain
throughout the Red River Valley bordering Texas and Oklahoma with 3
inches of rain or more over a large area during the day. Severe
thunderstorms and additional heavy rain was continuing over this
area into the overnight hours. Rain and occasional thunderstorms
were also affecting portions of the Mississippi Valley by days end.
In the West, heavy snow continued over much Montana, northern Idaho and northwest Wyoming. Portions of western Montana picked up over a foot of snow including Great Falls which recorded 12.8 inches of snow during the day and it was still snowing. With the 8
inches of snow that fell at Great Falls on Tuesday, they set an all
time two day record for snow and will now go into the last day of
April with over 20 inches of snow on the ground. Lighter rain and
mountain snow was beginning to diminish across portions of Oregon
and Washington. Quiet weather conditions were experienced across
the Southwest with dry weather from California to Colorado and New
WEATHER EXTREMES FOR YESTEDAY:
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............98 Pecos, TX
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)...............99 Laredo, TX
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)...............16 Truckee, CA
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F).................7 Cut Bank, MT
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH)......................53 Salina, KS
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES).............3.96 Wichita Falls,
ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:
In 1924, several tornadoes strike a dozen small towns across SC killing 52 people with the strongest tornado an F4. Other tornadoes moved across GA and killed several other people.
In 1953, a violent 300 yard wide tornado moved across Warner Air Force Base, GA destroying homes and the barracks leaving 18 Air Force personnel and family members dead.
In 1988, high winds from a cold front brought gusts to 90 mph in southwest UT which damaged buildings and downed power lines. High winds also took down power lines in Nevada and completely knocked power out to Henderson, NV.