The Nation's Weather National Weather Summary for Wednesday July 1,
NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:
In the East, a broad area of low pressure spinning over the Central Great Lakes produced widespread showers across the Western Great Lakes, with generally light rainfall totals. Farther east
across the Central and Eastern Great Lakes as well as much of New
England, the same low pressure system spawned scattered
thunderstorms in addition to the widespread showers, bringing some
more appreciable rainfall to the region. A few of these storms
became severe during the afternoon across western portions of New
England into the Mid-Atlantic with scattered reports of large hail
and damaging winds. Widespread showers and thunderstorms occurred across the Florida Peninsula as tropical moisture surged into the region. Many locations picked up 1 to 2 inches of rainfall from the
late morning through the early evening.
Across the Central portion of the country, widespread
thunderstorms were found at the start of the day across much of
Central Texas. As these storms diminished during the early
afternoon, a renewed round of thunderstorm activity fired up along
the front range of the Rockies in New Mexico and Colorado, eastward
through Kansas, Oklahoma, and into portions of Arkansas. A few of
these storms became severe, producing scattered reports of wind
damage, especially across Central Arkansas. A couple of additional
storm complexes developed across Eastern Montana and the Western
Dakotas during the early evening. These storms went on to produce
some reports of damaging winds as well as large hail. A storm
chaser also reported a tornado near Carlyle, MT with this cluster
of storms. Hot temperatures and humid conditions were an issue
across the deep south, with the 100 degree mark being surpassed in
many locations from South Texas northeastward through Louisiana,
Southern Arkansas, and Mississippi.
In the West, fairly uneventful weather was found for much of the region. Typical afternoon high elevation showers and thunderstorms were seen from the Northern Rockies southward through the Central and Southern Rockies. A few strong wind gusts were found with thunderstorms across portions of Idaho and Southwest Montana, but most of the activity remained garden variety. The southwest baked under summertime sunshine, with many valley locations across California eastward through the Four Corners region soaring above the century mark.
WEATHER EXTREMES FOR YESTERDAY:
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)............121 Death Valley, CA
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F).............121 Death Valley, CA
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............32 Meacham, OR
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...............28 Grand Marais, MN
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................71 Buffalo, SD
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............2.84 Brooksville, FL
ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:
In 1933, lightning struck an oil plant near Elizabeth, NJ
igniting a blaze that burned 300,000 barrels of oil.
In 1986, large hail punched holes through roofs and shattered many windows in Chadron, NE.
In 1988, four inches of snow fell at Mt. Washington, NH despite being amidst one of the warmest summers on record.
DTN/Meteorlogix: B Gjerdingen
DTN/Meteorlogix: B Gjerdingen