National Weather Summary for Thursday, July 30
NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:
Across the East, scattered showers moved across the Ohio Valley and eastern Great Lakes during the morning hours. By late morning and into the afternoon, thunderstorms developed across the
Northeast with some severe weather being reported. A tornado
touched down near Stroudsburg, PA destroying a house and injuring
two people. A 70 mph wind gust knocked down trees in Edison, NJ.
The rain and thunderstorms pushed into New England overnight with
thunderstorms diminishing. Several areas saw hefty rain amounts
over an inch. Pittsburg received 1.29 inches, New York City
recorded 1.37 inches, and Newark, NJ reported 2.97 inches, a new
record for them yesterday. Further south, afternoon thunderstorms
were found across the Southeast. A tornado was reported by law
enforcement near Bluffton, SC. Meanwhile, heavy thunderstorms
continue to roll across portions of Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Alabama. Rainfall amounts of 1-2 inches were common.
Across the central portion of the country, scattered showers and thunderstorms moved across Oklahoma and Texas during the early morning hours before weakening after dawn. This activity produced wind gusts in excess of 50 mph across western Texas with a whopping 3.23 inches of rain at Mineral Wells, Texas. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms rolled out of Missouri, but continue across portions of Arkansas, northern Louisiana, and far eastern Oklahoma during the afternoon. By late evening, thunderstorms erupted across eastern Colorado and New Mexico, spreading east into western Oklahoma and Texas overnight. A tornado was reported to have overturned trailers and snapped large trees near Hugo, CO. Some
scattered thunderstorms were also found yesterday across the Upper
Midwest with mostly rain showers being reported. Rain and cloud
cover kept high temperatures down across the Dakotas where numerous record low high temperatures were reported. Pierre, SD for example, only made it up to 65 degrees yesterday.
Across the West, isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms affected portions of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico today. Most of this activity formed along and east of the Rockies with a few severe storm reports. A storm
near Kiowa, Colorado produced quarter size hail. Hail up to one inch was noted Chester in northern California. Meanwhile, the record heat continued across Oregon with numerous record highs being reported. Portland Airport and Salem both topped out at 106 degrees, setting new records.
WEATHER EXTREMES FOR YESTERDAY:
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)............125 Death Valley, CA
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F).............125 Death Valley, CA
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............34 Polebridge, MT
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...............34 Polebridge, MT
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................72 Midland, TX
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............3.23 Mineral Wells, TX
ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:
In 1949, the temperature at Greenville, Connecticut hit a
sweltering 102 degrees, establishing a new state record.
In 1965, Portland, Oregon noted a 107 degree high temperature for the day. This tied their all-time record high.
In 1979, baseball to softball size hail pummeled Fort Collins,
Colorado for forty minutes. Twenty-five people were injured, two
thousand homes and twenty-five hundred cars were damaged in the
storm. Tragically, a three month old baby died due to injuries from
DTN/Meteorlogix: J Stephen