NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:
In the East, a low pressure area off the Lower Mid-Atlantic
Coast continued to feed heavy rains and gusty winds along the
coast. Several inches of rain fell across the area. Norfolk, Va.
picked up over 4 inches of rain, while Cape Hatteras, N.C. broke a
record with 5.50 inches falling yesterday. Meanwhile, with an upper
level low pressure area, scattered showers and thunderstorms
occurred from the southern Great Lakes region down to the Tennessee
Valley. Several storms became severe during the afternoon hours
from southern Ohio to northern Georgia and Alabama where golf ball
sized hail was reported in Huntsville, Ala. Strong winds knocked
down trees in parts of eastern Kentucky as well. Elsewhere, a few
isolated afternoon showers and thunderstorms were found over
southeastern Florida and over the central Gulf Coast.
Across the central portion of the country, showers and
thunderstorms brought heavy downpours and severe weather over
sections of the Plains. During the morning hours, a small complex
of storms pushed through Lubbock, Texas bringing wind gusts to 61
mph and dropping 1.56 inches of rain. Rain was heavier to the north
with a larger complex of activity over the southern half of Kansas.
There were numerous reports of flooding over those areas, including
in the Wichita metro area with roadways impassable due to high
water. Four-point-seven-three inches of rain fell at McConnell Air
Force Base, Ks. Wichita, Ks. picked up 3.47 inches yesterday with
more storms falling across the area overnight. A line of
thunderstorms also developed ahead of a cold front from
northwestern Minnesota to northeastern Colorado, where marble sized
hail and 60 mph gusts were noted near Anton, Colo.
In the West, widely scattered thunderstorms flared up by late morning over Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. Severe activity was not reported and most of the thunderstorms diminished overnight.
Otherwise, dry conditions remained out west.
WEATHER EXTREMES FOR YESTERDAY:
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)............109 Death Valley, CA
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F).............109 Death Valley, CA
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............18 Stanley, ID
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...............18 Stanley, ID
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................67 Childress, TX
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............5.50 Cape Hatteras, NC
ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:
In 1921, a weakening tropical depression moved inland across southern Texas, dumping over 36 inches of rain on the town of
Thrall, Texas. The flooding from this storm resulted in 224 deaths.
In 1944, a strong hurricane moved up the East Coast. The storm dubbed "The Great Atlantic Hurricane" killed 22 people in the
Chesapeake Bay area, and then ravaged New England, killing another
390 people and causing $100 million in damage.
In 1971, Hurricane Ginger formed in the Atlantic and remained at hurricane strength for 27 days, making it the longest life span for a hurricane in the North Atlantic Ocean.
DTN/Meteorlogix: J Stephen