National Weather Summary for Thursday July 16
NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:
It was a cool start to yesterday again across the Northeast. Several record lows were either tied or broken yesterday morning. Binghamton, NY either set or tied their record low for the third
day in a row. Elsewhere, showers and a few thunderstorms pushed
across Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky during the morning hours
before diminishing across eastern Tennessee. Some places picked up
nearly half an inch of rain in just under one hour. Normal rainfall
totals throughout those areas were between a quarter of an inch and
six-tenths of an inch. Scattered showers and thunderstorms began
around down along the Gulf Coast of Louisiana to Florida. By
afternoon, scattered thunderstorms had spread across Florida and
the Deep South as the sea breeze helped initiate thunderstorms
onshore. Orlando, FL got nailed with a thunderstorm, producing 1.28
inches of rain yesterday. A brief tornado also did minor damage
southwest of Orlando. Most of this activity diminished by evening.
Into the overnight, a strong line of thunderstorms moved out of
Missouri and into the Tennessee Valley, producing 60 mph wind gusts
in Huntingdon, TN and knocking down tree limbs and power lines all
across western Tennessee. These storms also produced severe winds across northern Alabama.
Illinois and Missouri woke to rumbles of thunder and locally
heavy rains as a line of showers and thunderstorms roared through.
No severe weather was reported with this activity, but reports of
heavy rains did flood in from some locales. Springfield, Illinois
picked up nearly three-quarters of an inch of rain in an hour and
the Logan County Airport in Illinois picked up over 2 inches of
rain in just over one hour. Early morning showers and thunderstorms
also roamed portions of Kansas and northern Oklahoma with some
strong wind gusts and heavy rains reported there as well. As the
afternoon wore on, strong lines of thunderstorms developed across
southeastern Missouri producing and inch and a half of rain and
three quarters diameter hail in Gladden, MO. Strong lines of
thunderstorms produced severe weather across Oklahoma and northern Texas during the evening hours and continued to rumble across those areas overnight. Further north, clusters of thunderstorms formed overnight across South Dakota to eastern Wyoming.
The west coast saw locally dense fog with visibilities down to one-eighth of a mile during the morning hours. Otherwise, it was a fairly benign morning across the western states, with morning lows varying from the lower 30s in Idaho to near 90 in Phoenix, Arizona. Scattered showers and thunderstorms formed by the afternoon across Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. Not much was found in the way of severe weather, however, one storm produced a 61 mph gust at Horseshoe Dam in Arizona.
WEATHER EXTREMES FOR YESTERDAY:
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)............123 Death Valley, CA
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F).............123 Death Valley, CA
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............30 Stanley, ID
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...............30 Stanley, ID
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................75 Braman, OK
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............2.72 Lincoln, IL
ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:
In 1946, the temperature at Medford, OR soared to an all-time high of 115 degrees to begin a two week heat wave.
In 1975, a strong thunderstorm hit the east side of Tucson, AZ. The torrential rains turned ditches and culverts into raging
rivers. A thirteen year old boy was swept away in a flooded culvert
before being rescued.
In 1987, Tucson, AZ saw a record string of thirty-nine
consecutive days of 100 degree heat come to an end as thunderstorms
developed across the Southwest. Bullhead City, AZ, saw a
thunderstorm produce 70 mph wind gusts, reducing visibility to near
zero in blowing dust.
DTN/Meteorlogix: J Stephen