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September 18 National Weather Roundup

By: associated press
By: associated press

Weather Summary for Friday September 18, 2009

NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:
Across the eastern two thirds of the country, frost and freezing temperatures were recorded yesterday morning over northern Maine. Houlton, Maine dropped as low as 28 degrees. A few light rain
showers were also seen over portions of New York, Pennsylvania,
southern New England, as well as across New Jersey, Delaware and
Maryland. Farther south, rainfall was more widespread again across
the Lower Mississippi Valley and Southeast. A stubborn storm system
which has shifted to eastern Texas produced soaking rains again
yesterday from southeastern Oklahoma eastward through Tennessee and parts of the Gulf coast states. 2 to 3 inch rains were common from
southeastern Oklahoma through western and northern Arkansas and
Tennessee. The highest totals occurred in north central Tennessee
where close to 5 inches of rain fell. Flash flooding continued to
be a problem from these slow moving downpours. Elsewhere, just a
few light rain showers were found over the Upper Peninsula of
Michigan and northern Wisconsin as a cold front shifted through the
area.
Across the West, scattered showers and thunderstorms occurred across the Southern Rockies yesterday. Most of this activity was located over eastern Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico. A few reports of 0.75 to 0.90 inch hail were reported from storms in
southwest New Mexico. Elsewhere, scattered showers shifted through
the Northern Rockies along a cold front.

WEATHER EXTREMES YESTERDAY:
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)............112 Death Valley, CA
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F).............100 McAllen, TX
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............27 Clayton Lake, ME
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...............31 Ely, NV
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................41 Deming, NM
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............5.95 Pensacola, FL

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:
In 1926, a very severe hurricane known as the Great Miami Hurricane strikes Southern Florida. Wind gusts to 132 mph were
recorded at Miami Beach. Sustained winds were measured at 123 mph
for 5 minutes and 138 mph for 2 minutes. A storm surge of 11.7 feet
above normal devastated much of the beach and city. 243 people died
and damage was totaled at $12 million. Miami was in the eye for 45
minutes. (NOTE: In those days, a hurricane often hit with little warning.)
In 1988, a strong extratropical low pressure system which was once Typhoon Hal caused winds of 75 mph and gusts to 96 mph as it moved near Cold Bay, Alaska.
In 1991, Duluth, MN recorded 2.4 inches of snow, a record for September.

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