August 31 National Weather Roundup

By: associated press
By: associated press

National Weather Summary for Monday August 31, 2009

Across the Northeast, most of the region dried out after a wet couple of days. Showers were scattered across New York and the New England states during the day as a trough rotated through but
rainfall was light. Rain was much heavier across the Southeast as
thunderstorms spread east along a stationary front from the Central
Gulf states into the Carolinas. Although severe storms were minimal
with only one report of damaging winds in the Atlanta area,
rainfall was locally heavy at times. The heaviest rain was
spreading over eastern North Carolina during the evening where an
inch or more of rain is possible through the overnight hours.
Over the central states, a few showers and scattered
thunderstorms fell across coastal and southern Texas through the
day. There were two reports of tornadoes along the Texas coast with
one being a waterspout which moved onshore into Galveston and took
the roof off a building and blew a window out of a police car. The
rest of the region was dry as a strong high pressure system built
in from the north. Unseasonably cool temperatures affected much of
the northern half of the region on Sunday with several record lows
established. A few of these new records include: International
Falls, MN (32); Duluth, MN (38); Russell, KS (48); and Vichy-Rolla,
MO (50).
In the West, an upper level low brought a persistent area of showers and thunderstorms to much of central and southern Idaho and bordering areas of southwest Montana through the day. One
thunderstorm near Monida, Montana produced a 58 mph wind gust. No
other storms became severe around the area but lightning strikes
were quite numerous at times. Another area of thunderstorms formed
along the Colorado front range during the afternoon and produced a
few nickel to quarter size hail reports near the New Mexico border.
The hot summer weather continued across the Southwest where most of the desert and southern California valley areas saw highs exceed
100. 90 degree temperatures got all the way into portions of the
Los Angeles suburbs including the campus of UCLA which tied a
record high of 94.

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)............119 Death Valley, CA
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F).............120 El Centro, CA
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............27 Embarrass, MN
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...............27 Embarrass, MN
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................59 Galveston, TX

In 1889, Los Angeles, CA receives .61 inches of rain. Not only did this set a 24 hour record for rainfall in the city but also a
record for the most rain in any August.
In 1915, a new state record low for August was established in Oklahoma at Bartlesville when the mercury dipped to 38 degrees.
In 1989, thunderstorms developed along a stationary front in Minnesota bringing heavy rain and hail to much of the eastern part
of the state. Hail up to baseball size was reported near Saint
Michael and Hutchinson, and Moose Lake recorded 9 inches of rain in
just 6 hours.

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