Weather Summary for Tuesday Sept. 8, 2009
NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:
Over the Eastern U.S., an area of low pressure has been lifting north over eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia,
bringing very heavy rains. Some areas along the North Carolina
coast reported three-quarters to three inches of rain Monday, with
Jacksonville topping out at nearly five inches of rain. Clusters of
showers and thunderstorms lifted into the Ohio Valley during the
morning and evening hours as well. Some of these storms dropped
some large amounts of rain as well, with some areas in western Ohio
receiving 1 to nearly 3 inches of rain. Scattered thunderstorms
were seen along the Gulf Coast once again, with slightly less
activity over the Florida Peninsula.
The Central U.S. remained mostly on the quiet side Monday, with some early afternoon thunderstorms over the Red River Valley and into Southern Texas. More impressive clusters of thunderstorms developed late Monday evening and lasted into the overnight hours in western Kansas as well as the High Plains in Texas. Some flash flooding was seen late Monday in south-central Kansas near Sun City and Lake City as training thunderstorms dropped a quick inch of rain or so in the area. Farther north, areas of rain and a few
isolated thunderstorms were seen in the Northern High Plains as a
cold front continued to push out of the Western U.S. into the Dakotas.
In the Western U.S., a cold front working its way through the Northern and Central Rockies brought widespread rains to the
region. Gusty winds accompanied the front as well, with a 45 mph
gust reported at Cut Bank, Mont. Western Washington saw a couple
areas get up to half-inch of rain as the upper-level trough swung
through the Pacific Northwest. Chilly morning temperatures were
seen yesterday over portions of the Cascades and into the Northern
Rockies, with a couple areas dropping into the 20s with wind chills
lower still. A few scattered thunderstorms were seen over the
Desert Southwest during the afternoon, but lower in coverage and
intensity than previous days.
WEATHER EXTREMES FOR YESTERDAY:
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)............109 Death Valley, Calif.
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F).............109 Death Valley, Calif.
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............28 Stanley, Idaho
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...............18 Burns, Ore.
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................45 Cut Bank, Mont.
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............4.79 Jacksonville, N.C.
ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:
In 1909, Topeka, Kan. picks up 8.08 inches of rain in 24 hours to establish the record for that city.
In 1974, a weakening Hurricane Carmen makes landfall on the Louisiana coast. Damage reported in Louisiana equals $150 million.
75,000 people fled low lying areas as the storm approached and only
one storm related fatality was reported.
In 1991, Philadelphia breaks the record for most days over 90 when the temperature cracks the 90 mark for the 50th time in 1991.
Previous record was 48 in 1988.
Filed by: DTN/Meteorlogix