National Weather Summary for Tuesday, June 16, 2009
NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:
In the East, dry weather in the morning yesterday gave way to showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. A pocket of elevated cold air allowed for some severe storms to develop in the
Northeast. Thunderstorms produced hail for areas of eastern PA, NY,
western MA, and western NJ. Numerous reports came in where hail
stones were observed to cover the ground. Piles of hail in New
Jersey created a winter-like background.
Across the central United States, showers and thunderstorms developed early yesterday over areas of the Mid-Mississippi Valley and weakened as they moved into Illinois. The southern flank of the storms pushed southeast through southeastern MO, western TN, northeastern MS, and northern AL. These storms produced numerous reports of severe weather in the late morning to afternoon hours. Large hail, a possible tornado near Bells, TN, and damaging winds were spread across the area. Winds gusted from 50-60 mph across the area. Morning precipitation across eastern KS/NE and through MO produced copious amounts rainfall. 2-3 inches amounts were common in these areas. Later in the day another round of strong to severe thunderstorms developed in the Plains. Storms were widespread across NE and KS with less activity in SD and OK. Torrential rains, frequent lightning, wind gusts to 60+ mph, and tornadoes were all reported across the area.
In the West, isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms across the Rockies and Great Basin re-developed in the afternoon hours after showers died off in the morning. Rain amounts averaged 0.10 to 0.30 inches across these areas with 1.13 inches at Boise, Idaho.
WEATHER EXTREMES FOR MONDAY:
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)............105 San Angelo, TX
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F).............105 Montgomery, AL
and San Angelo, TX
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............31 Leadville, CO
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...............26 Ely, NV
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................83 Lindsborg, KS
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............5.30 Lake Ozark, MO
ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:
In 1917, the temperature at Mecca, Calif., soared to 124
degrees, marking the zenith of California's most destructive heat
wave on record.
In 1965, there were severe floods in Colorado, after 12-14
inches of rain fell on portions of the east slopes of the Rockies
and the plains east of Denver. 14 inches fell at Palmer Lake and
Larkspur. A wall of water roared down Plum Creek and into the South
Platte River near Littleton. Flood waters spread to a width of 1/2
mile in Denver. Many homes and businesses were destroyed. Damage
totaled $230 million. Eight people died.
In 1992, 65 tornadoes were reported across the central US; the 2nd highest one day total in history at the time. 27 occurred in
Minnesota one of which was an F5 that leveled half the town of