National weather summary for Thursday August 27, 2009
NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:
Over the eastern U.S., some rain showers pushed across Lower Michigan early in the day. Mostly light amounts were reported,
however, Lansing picked up 1.43 inches and Grand Rapids noted a
1.45 inch rainfall. These showers spread across New York state as
well as Connecticut and Massachusetts. Afternoon and evening
thunderstorms developed across Florida, Georgia, and Alabama again
yesterday. A thunderstorm in Georgia knocked down trees and power
lines in College Park and Marietta.
Heavy rains and thunderstorms pounded the central portions of the country. Early morning thunderstorms and rain showers produced flash flooding in Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois. These storms were slow to move through the day and dumped over four inches of rain in Hastings, Neb., four-and-a-half inches in Solon, Iowa, and around three and a half inches near Rockford, Ill. Farther south, a line
of thunderstorms produced severe weather across Kansas and
Oklahoma. A 76 mph wind gust was noted overnight with a line of
thunderstorms near Fort Cobb, Okla. Another area of severe
thunderstorms developed across Louisiana and eastern Texas during
the afternoon. Numerous trees were knocked down across western
Louisiana and then later in the afternoon across eastern Texas. A
barn was blown down near Shiner, Texas. Overnight, thunderstorms
continued to rumble from northern Illinois to northern Texas.
The western U.S. was pretty quiet yesterday. Dry weather prevailed, however triple digit heat was found across the
Southwest. Elsewhere, it was a cool morning across the Pacific
Northwest. Seattle noted a morning low of 49 degrees and some areas
dipped below freezing across northern California.
WEATHER EXTREMES FOR YESTERDAY:
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)............115 Death Valley,
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F).............115 Death Valley,
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............28 Bodie, Calif.
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...............26 Lakeview, Ore.
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................76 Fort Cobb, Okla.
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............4.50 Solon, Iowa.
ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:
In 1893, more than 1000 people drown in Charleston, S.C. in a storm surge caused by a strong hurricane.
In 1964, Hurricane Cleo pounded Miami and southern Florida with wind gusts to 135 mph.
In 1987, a record high of 100 degrees was noted in Washington, D.C. At the same time, clouds and rain kept temperatures in the 50s across central and southeastern New York State.
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