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July 10 National Weather Roundup

By: associated press
By: associated press

The National Weather Summary for Friday July 10, 2009

NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:

In the East, showers and thunderstorms pounded Florida and the Gulf Coast once again in association with a stationary front in the area. Moderate to heavy rain continued to drench the region, with
generally up to 3 inches of rainfall reported. Small hail also fell
across Georgia and Florida, with strong wind gusts up to 60 mph
doing minor damage as well. To the north, scattered showers and
storms hit portions of the Tennessee Valley and southern Mid
Atlantic states. Strong to severe storms left a wake of downed
trees across eastern Tennessee as gusty winds blew through the
area. In Cliffside, North Carolina, lightning struck and injured
five construction workers at the Duke Energy Cliffside Steam
Station. Lifeguards at Carolina Beach in North Carolina also
reported a brief waterspout. Rainfall amounts of generally 1 to 2
inches fell across the region, with a few roads throughout the
Carolinas and Virginia flooded and impassable.
Across the central United States, a series of shower and
thunderstorm clusters tracked through the Dakotas, northeastern
Nebraska, Iowa, and southwestern Minnesota. Winds gusted as high as
74 mph in Yankton, South Dakota and golf ball sized hail there
shattered windows and downed tree branches. In Nebraska, damaging
wind gusts estimated at 70 mph destroyed a farm building, tennis
ball size hail smashed a spotters windshield, and hail and strong
winds left a swath of extensive crop damage. Large hail, up 4
inches in diameter, fell from the sky in Sheldon, Iowa, and strong
wind gusts laid down corn for a brief period of time near Lake
Park, Iowa. Rainfall amounts in excess of 3 inches soaked the
region, with Wynot, Nebraska receiving 3.55 inches of rainfall. To
the south, showers and storms tracked through Kansas and Oklahoma,
while a stationary front brought shower and storm activity to
Louisiana. Several trailers were damaged just south of Houma,
Louisiana as storms rolled through the area. Record cold and high
maximum temperatures were also reached across the central portion
of the country. In the Mid Mississippi Valley, Dubuque, Iowa
struggled to reach 66 degrees, breaking the old record of 72
degrees and Moline, Illinois topped out at 68 degrees. Across the
Southern Plains, Borger, Texas soared to 109 degrees, breaking the
previous record of 103 degrees and Wichita Falls tied the record
high of 109 degrees.
In the West, isolated to scattered showers and storms were found throughout the Pacific Northwest, Intermountain West, and the Rockies. Eastern Wyoming was hit with severe weather, with golf
ball size hail and wind gusts up to 70 mph reported. A downburst
also produced a wind gust of 61 mph at the Air Force Academy in
Colorado. Record low minimum temperatures were also established
throughout the Western United States. Seattle, Washington tied the
record of 53 degrees, Challis, Idaho bottomed out at 38 degrees,
breaking the old record of 40 degrees, and Stanley, Idaho hit a
record low of 26 degrees, which was also the coolest reading of the
day.

WEATHER EXTREMES FOR YESTERDAY:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)............116 Death Valley, CA
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F).............116 Death Valley, CA
.............................................. Alice, TX
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............26 Stanley, ID
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...............26 Stanley, ID
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................74 Yankton, SD
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............3.55 Wynot, NE

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:

In 1913, the high temperature at Greenland Ranch in Death
Valley, California reached 134 degrees, the hottest reading of
record for the United States as well as North America.
In 1926, lightning struck an ammunition magazine at the Naval Ammunition Depot in Lake Denmark, New Jersey, triggering a series of explosions. All the buildings within a half mile radius were
destroyed and debris fell as far as 25 miles away. A total of 16
people were killed, with 70 million dollars worth of damage.
In 2005, Hurricane Dennis made landfall near Pensacola, Florida as a category 3 storm. There were nine hurricane-related fatalities and 1 to 1.5 billion dollars worth of property damage.

DTN/Meteorlogix: A Thell


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