July 22 National Weather Roundup

By: associated press
By: associated press

The Nation's Weather: Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Across the East, showers spread throughout the New England states with thunderstorms developing across West Virginia,
Pennsylvania and New York. A few of these storms dropped nickel to
quarter size hail as they moved to the north-northeast through the
afternoon and evening. Rainfall amounts across New England ranged
from 0.10 inches to 0.50 inches. Mainly dry conditions then
prevailed across the remainder of the east for much of the day,
with the exception of a few scattered thunderstorms in the
Carolinas during the afternoon and a low pressure system in the
Lower Mississippi Valley. This system pushed to the east during the
afternoon and evening, spreading heavy rainfall into western
Kentucky, western Tennessee, northern Mississippi and southern
Across the Plains, scattered showers and thunderstorms pushed south into Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas with some storms turning severe. A tornado was reported in southwestern Arkansas along with a landspout near Lubbock, TX. Wind gusts to 60 to 70 mph were reported through the Arklatex region with numerous reports of downed trees. To the north, scattered showers and thunderstorms were found across Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois. Many of the storms across Minnesota during the afternoon produced hail up to quarter size and resulted in the first severe weather warnings in the Twin Cities Metro area so far this year.
Across the West, isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms impacted Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico. The strongest of these storms occurred across eastern Colorado Tuesday afternoon with reports of hail to the size of golf balls in spots. Rainfall was also quite heavy across portions of eastern New Mexico during the evening and heading into the overnight hours. Some radar estimations were showing 2 to 4 inches of rainfall in some

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)............120 Death Valley, CA
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F).............120 Death Valley, CA
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............34 Burgess Junction,
WY and Old Faithful, WY
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...............33 Big Piney, WY and
Travis AFB, CA
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................70 Altus Air Force
Base, OK
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............4.11 Parsons, KS

In 1918, a single lightning bolt killed 504 sheep in the Wasatch National Forest in Utah.
In 1926, the highest temperatures on record were recorded in New York and Connecticut. Troy, NY reached 108 degrees while Waterbury, CT recorded 105 degrees.
In 1986, Hurricane Estelle passed 120 miles to the south of the Hawaiian Islands creating 10 to 20 foot surf. The high surf was
created by a combination of high tides, a full moon and 50 mph

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