May 15 National Weather Roundup

By: associated press
By: associated press

In the East, a cold front moved across the Great Lakes and into the Northeast US bringing rain and thunderstorms to the area. No severe storms were reported with rainfall averaging a quarter to a
half inch in most of this region. Scattered thunderstorms were
common ahead of front across the Southeast states, including
Florida which received some welcome rain for the second day in a
row. Gainesville, Florida picked up a record for the day with 1.66
inches of rain as a severe thunderstorm moved through and also
produced a wind gust of 60 mph. Other isolated severe storms were
reported across western Florida with some nickel to quarter size
Over the Central states, back edge of cold front dropped south across the central Mississippi Valley and into the Tennessee Valley producing showers and scattered thunderstorms. Again, no severe storms were reported. The only severe reports were later in the day across western Texas where a few cells blew up during the evening hours and produced some minor hail. In all, there were less than 20 reports of severe weather across the country on Thursday, a far cry from the over 300 reports from the previous 24 hours. Cool high
pressure moved into the north central states bringing below normal
temperatures to the region. Gusty winds during the morning hours
brought wind chills into the teens over portions of northern
In the West, a cold front advanced from Washington and Oregon through Idaho and Montana with rain and high elevation snows for the area. Outside of this system it was quiet with high pressure
keeping the weather dry from California to the southern Rockies. It
was heating up over the Southwest states with highs rising above
100 in portions of the deserts, including Phoenix.

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)...........106 Death Valley, CA
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)............104 Laredo, TX
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).............23 Wolf Point, MT
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)..............13 Bemidji, MN
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH)....................60 Gainesville, FL

In 1896, a killer tornado, probably F5 strength because of the intense damage, killed 73 people in Sherman, TX. Victims were found as far as 400 yards away with one piece of debris carried 35 miles away from its original location.
In 1968, a tornado outbreak produced 39 tornadoes in 10 states. The worst of these were in Iowa where one F5 went through downtown Charles City and another F5 tore through downtown Oelwein, in all killing 18 people and injuring 619.
In 1987, an early season heat wave spread over the north central states with record highs being set in seven cities. Jamestown, ND checked in with a record of 96 for the day.
DTN-Meteorlogix: J Sullivan

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