May 14 National Weather Roundup

By: associated press
By: associated press


High pressure across the east pushed out to sea yesterday as a complex of showers and thunderstorms worked through the Ohio Valley through the day and pushed into the Appalachians during the evening. This complex weakened through the day to light showers by dusk. Another area of showers and storms moved across northern Alabama and into northern Georgia before dissipating. These storms featured a few brief downpours and sporadic lightning. Another complex then formed behind it over the Gulf Coast near the Mississippi/Alabama border. Much of Florida experienced showers and thunderstorms today with waterspouts being reported off the Palm Beach Coast along with a few tornadoes near Tampa Bay. The remainder of the region enjoyed a pleasant day under the effects of the departing high pressure.
Severe weather affected a large portion of the center of the nation yesterday, with storms from Michigan to Oklahoma. Reports of nearly 20 tornadoes came in from Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and
Illinois with many reports of winds up to 87 mph and hail to the
size of baseballs in Oklahoma with widespread reports of damage as
well. Areas of heavy rainfall and frequent lightning were found in
these storms as well. Another area of showers and thunderstorms was found across the Dakotas under the main low pressure system. Much of Texas enjoyed dry conditions today, except for the Gulf Coast
which experienced a few showers and thunderstorms during the
afternoon hours.
Mainly quiet conditions were found across the west yesterday. A weak disturbance pushing across Montana created a few showers across the lower elevations with higher elevation snows that amounted to a few inches. As this system passed, cooler air
filtered in behind it leading to falling temperatures across the
state through the day. A storm system began to move onshore into
the Pacific Northwest during the afternoon hours, bringing rain to
Oregon and Washington with some reports of snow through the
Cascades. To the south, breezy conditions were again found through
the Santa Ana mountains of California.


HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)............107 Laredo, TX
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).............13 Yellowstone, WY
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)..............-5 Havre, MT
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH)....................87 Monticello, IL


In 1686, Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, inventor of the thermometer was born.
In 1923, an early morning tornado struck Howard and Mitchell counties in Texas, killing 23 and injuring 250. The tornado was up to 1.5 miles wide at times.
In 1987, Sacramento, CA recorded their ninth record high in a span of 11 days, reaching 103 degrees. It was their seventh day of
temperatures over 100 degrees, which is a record for the month of

DTN-Meteorlogix: B Howell

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