The Nation's Weather: Wednesday May 20, 2009
NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:
Generally quiet weather occurred across much of the eastern half of the nation. However, an area of low pressure over Florida brought persistent rain and thunderstorms to a large portion of the state for yet another day. Due to the heavy rain in some areas,
counties from Vero Beach to Jacksonville are under flood watches.
Storms produced a few tornado warnings over eastern FL during the
late evening yet nothing has verified as of this point. Wide spread
areas of the state saw 1 to 3 inches of rain while 5.63 inches fell
at Daytona Beach International Airport, and 4.96 inches at Orlando
Strong southerly flow resulted in a big warm up yesterday as 90 degree temperatures occurred over much of Nebraska, South Dakotas, Western Iowa and the southern third of Minnesota. Temperatures even bubbled up to around 100 degrees near Redwood Falls and Granite Falls Minnesota. Several record temperatures occurred yesterday including Minneapolis at 97 blowing away an old record of 89. North of these very mild temperatures, a few showers and thunderstorms occurred from North Dakota extending to Upper Michigan. Across the west, scattered thunderstorms developed right around the noon hour across parts of the Four Corners region extending into Nevada. Most of this scattered activity diminished with sunset. A few clusters of thunderstorms slipped into the western half of Colorado as well. Scattered showers affected parts of western Washington and Oregon for much of the day.
WEATHER EXTREMES SO FAR TODAY:
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)...........118 Death Valley, CA
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)............118 Death Valley, CA
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).............22 Saranac Lake, NY
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)..............9 Handcock, MI
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH)....................54 Sanford, FL
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)...........5.63 Daytona Beach, FL
ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:
In 1957, a tornado at Williamsburg KS caused a 71 mile path of destruction through the southern suburbs of Kansas City. 44 People were killed and 531 were injured. In 1987, grapefruit sized hail fell in southern Texas and killed small animals, damaged property and destroyed watermelon crops.