National Weather Summary for Tuesday August 25, 2009
NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:
In the East, early morning thunderstorms rumbled off the
Mid-Atlantic coast and some stronger storms brought some strong
winds to Virginia and some heavy downpours across Maryland. Another area of heavy downpours occurred in thunderstorms over southern Florida which developed by mid-morning and continued through midday with over an inch in a few locations. Away from the wet weather, it was a chilly morning with a cool air mass digging into the Deep South with numerous record lows tied or set including in
Apalachicola, Fla. at 66 degrees, Birmingham, Ala. at 57 degrees
and Baton Rouge, La. at 63 degrees.
Across the central portion of the country, a complex of
thunderstorms rolled through northern sections of North Dakota
during the early morning hours. These storms brought strong winds
gusting to 53 mph in Dickinson and also quarter sized hail in
Williston. A few showers moved into western portions of the Dakotas
and Nebraska by midday with mostly quiet weather conditions through
the middle of the country except into portions of southeast Texas
where a few isolated thunderstorms occurred. By evening though,
thunderstorms developed across eastern Colorado, western Kansas,
and into Nebraska. Severe storms produced hail over an inch and a
half in diameter near Stratton, Colo. and winds knocked down power
lines in Brewster, Kan. Later in the evening, severe storms were
producing 60 mph wind gusts in central Nebraska near Elyria.
In the West, scattered rain showers and a few thunderstorms streamed through the Rockies with heavy rain in some areas. Scattered afternoon thunderstorms were found across the Four
Corners region and into parts of eastern Nevada. No severe weather
was reported, however, some areas received heavy down pours such as Santa Fe, N.M. which picked up 0.39 inches. Elsewhere across the west, it was a record-breaking start to the morning across Oregon. Meacham recorded a new record low of 27 degrees, while Eugene noted a 41 degree low.
WEATHER EXTREMES FOR YESTERDAY:
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)............110 Ocotillo Wells,
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F).............110 Ocotillo Wells,
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............24 Senaca, Ore.
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...............24 Senaca, Ore.
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................60 Elyria, Neb.
.............................................. Oakdale, Neb.
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............1.23 West Palm Beach, Fla.
ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:
In 1885, a strong hurricane struck the South Carolina coast
causing 1.3 million dollars damage at Charleston.
In 1940, record lows were found across New Jersey. Layton, N.J. had its coldest August morning on record as the mercury fell to 32 degrees.
In 2005, Katrina strengthened to a hurricane just before its
initial landfall in southern Florida. Maximum sustained winds at
the time of landfall were near 80 mph. There were eleven fatalities
in South Florida due to the storm.
Filed by: DTN/Meteorlogix