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June 15 National Weather Roundup

By: associated press
By: associated press

The Nation's Weather: Monday, June 15, 2009

NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:
In the East, rain showers plagued the New England area during the morning, dropping rainfall amounts of up to 0.50 inches. A
large complex of showers and thunderstorms tracked through
Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and southeastern Georgia during
the morning and into the afternoon, producing small hail, damaging
wind gusts of 60-70 mph, and moderate to heavy rainfall. Alabama
was hit the hardest, with plenty of downed trees and power lines as
well as structural damage across the state. In Liberty City,
Alabama, an outbuilding of a house was destroyed and parts of
another house were scattered across a highway. Rainfall amounts of
generally 1 to 2 inches were reported, with many areas experiencing
flooding. Scattered showers and thunderstorms also developed across
the Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, and Mid Atlantic through the
afternoon and into the evening, with a few strong to severe storms
reported.
Across the central United States, a large complex of showers and thunderstorms pushed through Arkansas early in the morning. A few areas in the state were hit by strong winds as well as areas of flash flooding. Rainfall amounts of generally up to 1 inch were
reported. Scattered showers and thunderstorms then developed across the Plains through the morning and into the evening, with severe
weather found from western South Dakota down through western Texas. A few tornadoes briefly touched down in western portions of South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas. Hail up to the size of tennis balls
and wind gusts up to 70 mph were scattered throughout the region,
with couple higher reports in Texas. Howardwick, Texas was pounded
with softball size hail and a wind gust of 82 mph blew through
Brownfield, Texas. Two trailers and several irrigation systems were
blown over in Copeland, Kansas and hail covered the ground in 12 to
18 inch drifts in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Moderate to heavy rain
also drenched the region, with rainfall amounts of 2 to 3 inches
causing flooding. Goodland, Kansas received 2.26 inches of rain in
less than 30 minutes. The highest rainfall, at 3 inches, was
reported in New Underwood, South Dakota.
In the West, scattered showers and thunderstorms impacted portions of the Intermountain West, the Great Basin, the Rockies, and Desert Southwest throughout the day and into the evening. Strong to severe storms tracked through eastern portions of
Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico, producing a couple tornadoes,
large hail, damaging wind gusts up to 65 mph, and moderate to heavy
rainfall. Chugwater Hawk Springs, Wyoming and Jal, New Mexico all
got hit by hail the size of baseballs. Reports of damage were
strewn about the areas. Rainfall amounts of generally 1 to 2 inches
fell across the region. Twin Falls, Idaho received 0.80 inches in
less than 30 minutes. Flash flooding also caused two mudslides in
Ketchum, Idaho.

WEATHER EXTREMES SO FAR TODAY:
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)............106 Laredo, TX
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F).............110 Alice, TX
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............32 Truckee, CA
.............................................. Mammoth Lakes, CA
.............................................. Leadville, CO
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...............26 Leadville, CO
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................82 Brownfield, TX
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............3.00 New Underwood, SD

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:
In 1896, Fort Mojave, California reached a high temperature of 127 degrees, the hottest reading on record for June in the United States. The low temperature that day was 97 degrees.
In 1957, record rainfall of 16.54 inches drenched East St.
Louis, Illinois.
In 1992, a tornado outbreak pounded the Great Plains. It was the 14th most prolific tornado outbreak in United States history, and
also the 2nd largest two-day tornado outbreak in United States history. A total of 58 tornadoes were reported. A giant supercell thunderstorm produced 38 funnel clouds near Beloit, Kansas. One person reported witnessing 4 tornadoes on the ground and 3 funnel clouds in the air at one time.
DTN/Meteorlogix


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