National Weather Summary for Friday, August 7, 2009
NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:
Across the east, scattered showers and a few thunderstorms were found from southern portions of New England southward along the Mid-Atlantic Coast. Rainfall amounts were generally light, with most of the activity moving off shore by afternoon. A stationary front was hugging the Mid-Atlantic coast most of the day,
triggering lines of thunderstorms from Virginia to southern
Georgia. Some heavy rains were reported across eastern Virginia.
Norfolk noted over three inches of rain. Showers and thunderstorms
blossomed by the late morning across the southern half of the
Florida Peninsula, diminishing during the evening.
Across the center of the country, showers and thunderstorms rumbled across the Dakotas through the day. Some stronger storms developed during the evening across northeastern Colorado and rolled across Nebraska overnight. Several locations reported large hail. Another area of storms across the Southern Mississippi Valley produced a few reports of large hail, as well as some wind damage, across Louisiana during the morning and afternoon hours before pushing into eastern Texas during the evening. Other scattered garden-variety showers and storms were found across a good portion of Kansas and Oklahoma.
In the west, scattered mountain thunderstorm activity continued from the Northern Rockies southward through the Great Basin. An upper level disturbance helped to fuel a few stronger storms across Idaho and Montana. Golf ball sized hail fell in Ada, Idaho
yesterday morning. Several locations across Montana reported golf
ball sized hail, including Toston, MT. Generally dry and breezy
weather was found from New Mexico westward through Southern
WEATHER EXTREMES FOR YESTERDAY:
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)............110 Phoenix, AZ
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F).............112 Ardmore, OK
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............35 Embarrass, MN
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...............35 Embarrass, MN
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................78 Holyoke, CO
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............3.60 Norfolk, VA
ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:
In 1904, a flash flood near Pueblo, Colorado washed a train from the tracks, killing 89 passengers.
In 1918, an all-time record high of 106 degrees was set in
In 1986, New England experienced a rare tornado outbreak. Seven tornadoes touched down, causing twenty injuries. Rhode Island, which had not reported a tornado in twelve years, reported three in 24 hours.