September 22 National Weather Roundup

By: associated press
By: associated press

Weather Summary for Tuesday Sept. 22, 2009

In the East, flooding rains are now being held responsible for five deaths as the heavy rain continued. Areas of northern Georgia,
eastern Tennessee, and northern Alabama had yet another day of
prolonged rain. Estimated rainfall amounts up to 24 inches have
fallen in some locations.
Rivers are beginning to swell with the inundation of rainfall
and could bring another round of flooding to the area.
Across the central portion of the country, a cold front in the Southern Plains produced severe storms and flooding rains. The
heaviest activity occurred in eastern Oklahoma, southeastern
Kansas, eastern Texas, Arkansas, and southwestern Missouri.
Widespread rainfall of 2-3 inches was reported with numerous points
receiving up to 4 inches. This torrential rain was brought about by
an initial line of severe storms that produced numerous reports of
severe weather from Texas to Oklahoma. Hail from 1-2 inches was
reported along with wind gusts to 60-70 mph. In Cleburne, Texas an
18 wheeler was blown over in a parking lot. Areas of the Northern
Plains continue to miss out on rainfall as the first 21 days of
September were the driest on record for portions of central
Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
In the West, the first shot of winter moved down the Rockies leading to some snow from Wyoming to Colorado. As much as five inches of snow was reported over Casper Mountain in Wyoming. Most of the snow occurred above 6,000 feet while accumulations were more likely above 8,000 feet. Rain showers were falling in lower
elevations of Colorado and Wyoming.

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)............108 Blythe, Imperial, and Palm Springs, Calif.
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F).............108 Blythe, Imperial, and Palm Springs, Calif.
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............19 Stanley, Idaho
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...............19 Stanley, Idaho
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................72 Westworth, Texas
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............4.42 Tulsa, Okla.

In 1913 - Des Moines, Iowa, experienced their earliest freeze of record.
1n 1983 - Forty-one cities reported record cold temperatures during the morning. Houston hit 50 degrees, and Williston N.D. plunged to 19 degrees.
In 2005 - For the first time in the historical record, two
hurricanes reached Category-5 intensity in the Gulf of Mexico in a
single season as Hurricane Rita intensified before making landfall
(Katrina and Rita).

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