The Nation's Weather: Monday August 24, 2009
NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:
Across the eastern U.S., Hurricane Bill glanced by New England with its most potent effects staying over the ocean but it still
brought heavy rain to portions of the region. Rainfall amounts of 1
to just over 3 inches were reported across New England. Bill
brought over 2 inches of rain over the southeastern portions of the
Massachusetts during the morning hours and also wind gusts that
stayed below tropical storm force with 33 mph being the peak wind
in Nantucket along with a 1 foot storm surge on the Cape and
Islands. Heavy rains cause flash flooding in Massachusetts and New
Hampshire where numerous people had to be rescued out of their
stalled vehicles. Meanwhile trailing along a stationary front,
scattered showers and thunderstorms occurred across Florida and the
Mid-Atlantic. No severe weather was reported out of these storms.
Behind the front, lower humidity and unseasonably cool temperatures
were found from the Great Lakes to the Deep South resulting in a
record low temperatures in several locations including Jackson, MS
with a 54 degree reading.
In the central U.S., afternoon thunderstorms flared up across eastern and central Texas. Golf ball sized hail was report in
Trinity, TX. Elsewhere across Texas, record high temperatures were
set in Corpus Christi (99), Dalhart (99), and McCallen (106).
Pueblo, CO also noted a record high of 101 degrees. Otherwise, it
was quiet across the Central and Northern Plains. However, during
the evening, thunderstorms developed from northern CO to eastern
MT, and pushed into western ND overnight. Some thunderstorms across eastern Montana produced severe weather. Hail up to an inch and a half was reported near Circle, MT and 60 mph wind gusts were
reported at Sidney, MT.
Across the West, occasional rain showers and isolated
thunderstorms streamed across areas from central California to
Montana along a stationary front. Localized amounts of around one
half an inch occurred in portions of northern Nevada. The greatest
concentration of wet weather was found between the Sierra Nevada
range and the northern Rocky Mountain Front. By afternoon,
scattered thunderstorms developed across southern Nevada, Arizona,
to New Mexico. One storm produced a 58 mph storm gust at the
Henderson Executive Airport. Much of the activity diminished
WEATHER EXTREMES FOR YESTERDAY:
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)............110 Death Valley, CA
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F).............111 Harlingen, TX
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............31 Wakefield, MI
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...............31 Wakefield, MI
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................70 Buffalo, SD
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............3.20 Deer Isle, ME
ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:
In 1968, two people died and 72 others were injured when
lightning struck the Crawford County fairgrounds in northwest
In 1987, seven cities reported record low temperatures,
including Saint Cloud, MN with a low of 37 degrees.
In 1989, thunderstorms produced severe weather across eastern Montana and western sections of the Dakotas. Golf ball sized hail was reported at Rock Springs, MT and gusts to 76 mph knocked down trees in Jordan, MT.