NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:
In the East, persistent showers continued through the day across New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania and down to Delaware. Generally light amounts were reported. Scattered thunderstorms were found across the Ohio Valley, becoming more widespread further south into the Tennessee Valley and the South. Severe storms brought strong winds which downed trees and power lines in portions of eastern Tennessee. Penny to nickel sized hail was reported across the
western Carolinas. Trees and power lines were knocked down in
Inman, S.C. Some of these storms also dumped torrential rains.
Savannah, Ga. received 1.73 inches of rain and Charleston picked up
just over an inch. Most of the activity diminished late in the
evening, while a few storms remained overnight across South
Carolina and Georgia.
Across the central portion of the country, a large complex of rain and thunderstorms brought a lot of flooding to portions of the
southern Plains. Rain amounted to up to 6 inches in Humboldt, Ks.,
which led to closed roads, vehicles flooding out and several water
rescues yesterday. Storms pushed into northeastern Oklahoma by late
morning with flash flooding and low water crossings blocked in
Commerce and overflowing creeks in Welch. The complex also ran
through southwestern Missouri and northwestern Arkansas. Elsewhere, scattered showers and thunderstorms brought torrential downpours to portions of southern and central Texas. In a 6 hour period, 5.50 inches of rain was reported in Bergheim. Heavy rains continued overnight across northeastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas. Early in the morning, some showers were found across Minnesota. Duluth picked up just over an inch or rain.
In the West, a cold front approached the Pacific Northwest with a band of showers. Sekiu, Wash. picked up 1.68 inches of rain, otherwise most rain amounts were light. Drier weather is in the forecast for the Northwest. Meanwhile, a few isolated showers and thunderstorms bubbled up by midday over parts of the Four Corners. No reports of severe weather occurred.
WEATHER EXTREMES FOR YESTERDAY:
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)............112 Death Valley, CA
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F).............112 Death Valley, CA
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............18 Wisdom, MT
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...............18 Wisdom, MT
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................62 Medicine Park, OK
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............6.00 Humboldt, KS
ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:
In 1960, Hurricane Donna pummeled the Florida Keys with winds gusting to 180 mph and a 13 foot storm surge. The storm claimed 50 lives and injured 1,800 others.
In 1987, a severe thunderstorm packing 81 mph winds blew through Austin, Texas, toppling over six National Guard helicopters and damaging numerous other aircraft at the Robert Mueller Municipal Airport.
In 1989, three inches of snow fell in Fairfield, Mont.
Meanwhile, Billings, Mont. reported a record low of 33 degrees.
DTN/Meteorlogix: J Stephen