The National Weather Summary for Friday July 3, 2009
NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:
In the East, rain and scattered thunderstorms were found across the Northeast today. An unusually strong line of storms pushed
through eastern MA, producing three quarter to two inch diameter
hail across southeastern MA during the late morning. These showers
and thunderstorms rotated northeast into Maine where Portland, ME
picked up over an inch of rain. Rain amounts of 0.50 to 1.50 inches
fell from Trenton, New Jersey to Portland, Maine. Farther south,
more showers and thunderstorms pushed across central and southern
sections of the FL peninsula. These storms produced one waterspout
near Marco Island, FL. Otherwise, the severe weather all occurred
with afternoon thunderstorms which formed along a lingering
stationary front across southern Georgia to southern Louisiana.
Numerous wind and hail reports were noted. On the FL panhandle,
three small aircraft were overturned at the Destin Airport due to a
70 mph thunderstorm gust. Numerous reports of trees and power lines
down came out of southern Georgia as late afternoon thunderstorms
rolled through. Penny to golf ball sized hail was reported near
Baton Rouge, Louisiana which reported a record high of 102 degrees.
Numerous record highs in the triple digits were reported across the
South, from Alabama to Texas where College Station, TX checked in
with a record of 105 degrees.
Across the central portion of the country, some thunderstorms rolled across Kansas and diminished shortly after daybreak. A line of thunderstorms popped up across western North Dakota during the early morning hours, but diminished quickly. By afternoon, numerous thunderstorms developed across the northern high plains of Wyoming, Montana, and the Dakotas. Through the evening and overnight, these storms spread across South Dakota and into Colorado, Nebraska, and Kansas again. Scattered showers and thunderstorms also developed over southern Texas during the afternoon and diminished by late evening. Meanwhile, it was unseasonably cool across the Great Lakes again. Grand Rapids, MI tied a record low high temperature for the second day in a row with a high of only 67.
In the West, isolated to scattered showers and isolated
thunderstorms developed during the afternoon across portions of the
Rockies, Intermountain West, and Desert Southwest. Some large hail
was reported with storms across Montana.
WEATHER EXTREMES FOR YESTERDAY:
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)............119 Death Valley, CA
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F).............117 Kelly, TX
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............35 Meacham, OR
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...............35 Meacham, OR
............................................35 Copper Harbor, MI
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................70 Destin, FL
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............2.59 Brunswick, GA
ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:
In 1966, high temperatures at LaGuardia Airport in New York hit 107 degrees and 105 degrees in Allentown, PA, establishing new all-time record highs for those locations.
In 1987, lightning struck and killed three men playing golf near Kingsport, TN.
In 1988, heavy thunderstorms produced over two inches of rain in thirty minutes as well as wind gusts of 76 mph at Burleson, TX.
DTN/Meteorlogix: J Stephen