July 24 National Weather Roundup

By: associated press
By: associated press

National Weather Summary for Friday, July 24, 2009

NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:

In the East, a low pressure system brought heavy rains into portions of the Northeast and New England where heavy rains
continue to spread across New England overnight. This system also
brought afternoon thunderstorms across the Great Lakes and Ohio
Valley into western Pennsylvania and New York. Rainfall totals in
excess of one inch were common. Several rainfall records were
broken across Michigan and New York yesterday. Lansing, Michigan
received 2.12 inches of rain, breaking a record from 1883. There
were also scattered showers and thunderstorms from Virginia to
southern Georgia. A few stronger storms knocked down trees across
western North Carolina.
In the central United States, a weak frontal boundary produced showers and thunderstorms from central Texas into Louisiana. Rainfall was generally less than half an inch, although isolated areas near Midland, Texas picked up over an inch. Meanwhile, a series of weak disturbances brought isolated showers and
thunderstorms from North Dakota southeastward into the Mid-Mississippi Valley. A few thunderstorms become severe. Hail
covered the ground just northwest of Chicago, Illinois. Into the
evening hours, severe storms developed across western Nebraska and into eastern Colorado, producing tennis ball sized hail and a
funnel cloud near Mullen, Nebraska.
Across the West, onshore flow led to low clouds and fog along the West Coast during the morning hours. A few showers and storms developed across Arizona and New Mexico due to a weak disturbance. Scattered to isolated thunderstorms also developed later in the day across Nevada, Idaho, and into western Montana.

WEATHER EXTREMES FOR YESTERDAY:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)............122 Death Valley, CA
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F).............122 Death Valley, CA
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............39 Stanley, ID
.............................................. Shirley Basin, WY
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...............39 Stanley, ID
.............................................. Shirley Basin, WY
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................72 Yuma, CO
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............3.77 Columbia, SC

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:

In 1886, the nation's heartland was in the grips of a severe
drought. Lawrence, Kansas saw rain on this day for the first time
in four weeks.
In 1942, an all-time record high of 117 degrees was set in Las Vegas, Nevada. The record was tied on July 19, 2005.
In 1989, Albuquerque, New Mexico experience flash flooding after an afternoon thunderstorm dumped an inch and a half of rain in 40 minutes.

DTN/Meteorlogix: J Stephen


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