Weather Summary for Thursday September 3, 2009
NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:
Across the east, high pressure remained in control across the northern half with cool and dry conditions. Unseasonable cool temperatures allowed Springfield, IL to tie their record low
temperature of 48 degrees. In the Southeast, a stalled out frontal
boundary was the focus for heavy rainfall. Jacksonville, FL ended
the day with 5.23 inches of rainfall, 3 inches of that coming in a
one hour period. Other portions of southeastern Georgia and
northern Florida saw between 1-4 inches of rainfall before the rain
tapered off during the late evening.
In the central and west, scattered showers and thunderstorms affected numerous areas. One complex of storms moved across Kansas and Missouri and pushed into Oklahoma and Arkansas during the afternoon. Over 3 inches of rain was reported in portions of eastern Kansas with this complex. An upper level low pressure system moved across South Dakota and featured a line of showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon across South Dakota and Nebraska that lead to a few severe reports, including a possible tornado near Kimball, South Dakota. Scattered showers and storms were also found through the Four Corners and into the Rocky Mountains during the afternoon and evening hours.
WEATHER EXTREMES YESTERDAY:
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)............117 Death Valley, CA
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F).............117 Death Valley, CA
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............32 Leota, MI
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...............32 Leota, MI
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................46 Borger, TX
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............5.23 Jacksonville, FL
ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:
In 1821, a hurricane made landfall near what is now Kennedy Airport on Long Island, NY. The storm then moved through western Connecticut and was responsible for a record tide at New York City.
In 1970, a hailstone 17.5 inches in circumference and weighing nearly 2 pounds was recovered in Coffeyville, KS during a severe hailstone. At the time, this was the largest hailstone on record.
Average hail size with the storm was 5 inches in diameter.
In 1998, Hurricane Earl made landfall as a category 1 storm near Panama City, FL. Drought breaking rains across Georgia and the Carolinas, along with a tornado outbreak across the Southeast US, were seen with this storm.
Filed by: DTN/Meteorlogix