May 8 National Weather Roundup

By: associated press
By: associated press

NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:

In the East, thunderstorms dropped several inches of rain across portions of Alabama yesterday morning. More thunderstorms erupted across the South during the afternoon. However most of the severe weather was reported across North Carolina where a tornado touched down briefly near Vanceboro, NC. Further to the north, a line of
showers and thunderstorms very early in the morning caused a lot of
flooding from the northern half of Virginia into northern Maryland.
Roads were submerged in Washington, DC, Annapolis and Baltimore.
Baltimore reported 1.76 inches of rain yesterday. When the storms
moved through northern New Jersey, flooding was noted in Rutherford
and lightning caused a small house fire in Mahwah. Those areas were
seeing another round of thunderstorms around midday that toppled
power lines in Hopewell, NJ. Elsewhere periods of rain occurred
over northern Maine with amounts up to around two-thirds of an
inch. Also an area of showers and isolated thunderstorms moved
through northeastern Indiana, southern Michigan and northwestern
Ohio. Overnight, storms continued to rumble across eastern North
Carolina as another line moved across Indiana and into Kentucky.
In the central portion of the country, it was another hot day
across Texas. Temperatures topped 100 over much of western Texas.
Laredo topped out at 107. El Paso recorded a record daily high of
99. Further to the north, scattered showers were moving across Iowa
and northern Missouri producing some moderate downpours, however
during the afternoon thunderstorms developed across southern Iowa,
northern Missouri, and continued through the evening and overnight
across Illinois. A funnel cloud was spotted two miles west of Lock
Springs in northern Missouri. Large hail was reported as these
storms moved into Illinois. Golf ball size hail was noted north of
Murphysboro. Into the late evening and overnight hours, showers and
thunderstorms were noted across the western Dakotas, Nebraska, and
northeastern Colorado. A line of severe storms erupted overnight
across Kansas, producing wind gusts over 60 mph near Oakley, KS.
In the West, gusty winds continued to affect portions of central and southern California. Winds across the canyons and passes across southern California were generally 30 to 60 mph with a few higher gusts. These winds along with warm temperatures did not help the wildfire situation in the area. In fact, Santa Barbara recorded a
high of 101, an all-time record high for May. Meanwhile rain
showers occurred from the Pacific Northwest eastward into the
northern High Plains and there was snow through much of the day in
the higher terrain along the Idaho and Montana border.

WEATHER EXTREMES FOR YESTERDAY:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).............109 Pecos, TX
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..............113 Laredo, TX
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)...............25 Bryce Canyon, UT
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)................25 Butte, MT
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH)......................72 Fulton, MO
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES).............3.65 Maxwell Air
Force Base, AL

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:

In 1803, an unusually late season snow storm produced heavy snow from southern Indiana to New England.
In 1981, the Dallas/Fort Worth area was pummeled by its worst hail storm on record. Baseball- to grapefruit-sized hail
accompanied by 100 mph winds caused nearly $200 million worth of
damage.
In 1988, the Mothers Day tornado outbreak produced 57 tornadoes, including 24 in Wisconsin, and a record 22 in one day in Iowa. Miraculously, no fatalities were reported.


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