National Weather Summary for Monday Sept. 14, 2009
NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:
Across the East, a few showers fell along a cold front in New England on Sunday but it was dry and pleasant west of here to the Great Lakes. Dry and seasonable weather also extended south through the Mid-Atlantic and Carolinas through the day. Most notable
weather was across Florida and through the central Gulf coast
states where rain and thunderstorms were scattered through the
area. Rain was heavy at times but amounts were generally a half
inch or less across most of this region.
Over the Central U.S., the main weather highlight was the slow moving upper level low which continued to dump heavy rain over much of Texas and southern Oklahoma. Rainfall of 2-3 inches was common throughout a lot of northern and eastern portions of Texas.
Heaviest rain was concentrated around the Dallas-Fort Worth area
where over 5 inches of rain had been recorded from the 24-hr period
beginning at midnight. The heavy rain has resulted in flash flooding across the area with a number of impassable roads because of high water. Several water rescues have also been made in and around the Dallas area. The rain was beginning to ease up a bit by evening as low was advancing away toward the lower Mississippi Valley. To the north, early morning showers dropped more than an inch of rain across the Rapid City, S.D.-area. High pressure dominated the Midwest however with dry and warm weather throughout most of the northern two-thirds of the region.
In the West, an upper low drifted north across eastern Montana and brought severe storms containing heavy rain and hail to the area. Hail was mostly nickel and quarter size but some stones
measured to the size of golf balls in some rural areas. Scattered
thunderstorms also formed across the Four Corners region during the
afternoon. Numerous lightning strikes and brief heavy downpours
accompanied some storms but none became severe. A trough moving
onshore into northern California was producing rain late in the day
across the region. This rain is rather rare for this time of year
with moderate rain reported all the way south to San Francisco and
WEATHER EXTREMES FOR YESTERDAY:
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)............107 Death Valley, Calif.
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F).............107 Death Valley, Fla.
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............24 Pahaska, Wyo.
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...............24 Pahaska, Wyo.
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................54 Baker, Mont.
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............5.40 Dallas Executive Airport, Texas
ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:
In 1919, a hurricane makes landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas, and produces a 16 foot storm surge which totally floods the
low-lying areas and destroys nearly all of the wood buildings
there. The hurricane took 287 lives.
In 1937, Seattle, Wash. experiences there hottest September temperature ever with a high of 92.
In 1987, severe storms formed along a cold front stretched from Minnesota to Texas. In Iowa, hail up to baseball size caused more than $10 million in damage. Wind gusts to 75 mph were reported in Missouri and two inches of rain fell in 2 hours producing flooding in Fairlie, Texas.
Filed by: DTN/Meteorlogix