The Nation's Weather: August 26, 2009
NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:
In the eastern third of the country high pressure was providing dry weather to most areas. Scattered afternoon thunderstorms formed across Florida and southern Georgia and South Carolina. One cell reportedly produced inch diameter hail in Belleview, FL. Saint Petersburg picked up over an inch and a half of rain. Otherwise, the storms were uneventful. Temperatures started out cooler than normal across Mississippi to northern Florida with a few record lows reported. Vicksburg, MS dropped down to 57, while Tallahassee fell to 60. Both are new records for August 25th.
Across the central U.S., a zone of showers and thunderstorms rumbled across Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa and northwestern Wisconsin during the morning. Over an inch of rain was reported near Sioux Falls, while one to four inches fell over north central Nebraska. The band of storms continued across Wisconsin and Lower Michigan. During the evening and overnight, thunderstorms developed along a cold front across CO, KS, and NE. Wind gusts of 60-70 mph knocked out power across portions of Kansas. Strong late-afternoon storms produced golf ball sized hail in several cities in eastern Texas. In Woodville, TX, the large hail reportedly last for 30 minutes.
Over the West, scattered thunderstorms developed during the afternoon across NM, AZ, CO, WY, and UT. A couple of reports of
hail up to an inch were reported in Esterbrook, WY, otherwise no
severe weather was reported. Elsewhere, a cold front brought some
very light showers and some cooler temperatures to the Northwest.
WEATHER EXTREMES FOR YESTERDAY:
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)............107 Vernon, TX
.............................................. Bullhead City, AZ
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F).............117 Ardmore, OK
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............27 Polebridge, MT
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...............26 Lakeview, OR
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................70 Victor, KS
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............4.03 Bartlett, NE
ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:
In 1883, the volcano Krakatoa in the East Indies erupted,
spewing ash that was carried across the globe over the next 13
days. The eruption produced waves 125 feet high, devastating
everything in their path. More than 36,000 people died.
In 1965, severe thunderstorms produced 100 mph straight line winds in the Chicago area and northwest Indiana.
In 1988, afternoon thunderstorms in Utah deluged the town of Beaver with more than an inch of rain in twenty minutes.
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