Weather Summary for Tuesday Oct. 6, 2009
NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:
A disturbance spread across the Southeast states and brought soaking rains from southern Louisiana to northern Florida, Georgia and South Carolina during the day. Rainfall between an inch and an inch and a half was common with higher amounts in some locations. Clouds hung around in the wake of rain and kept temperatures cool throughout the Tennessee Valley with lower 60 highs as far south as Birmingham, Ala. and Macon, Ga. Partly cloudy and pleasant conditions were observed throughout the Mid Atlantic and Ohio valley regions. Mostly cloudy and cool conditions remained across
New York and the New England states with a few showers in areas.
Over the Central U.S. a large storm system moved out of the Rockies and into the Central Plains and brought a broad area of
rain from the Dakotas and Nebraska into the Upper Midwest by the
end of the day. It was even cold enough to snow in some areas of
the western Dakotas but little if any accumulation was noted
through evening. To the south, a complex of thunderstorms organized
across south central Oklahoma by midday and pushed east and became
severe along the Arkansas border with numerous hail reports. Hail
was generally nickel size or smaller but a few to the size of golf
balls was observed at Rocky, Ark. It was generally quiet across
Texas with thunderstorms pushing off the coast during the early
morning hours. Deep South Texas continued to bake with well above
normal temperatures and high dew points bringing heat indices
between 105-115 degrees in areas.
In the West, snow continued to fall from southern Montana
through much of Wyoming and northwest Colorado on Monday but was
winding down by evening. Rain was changing to snow at elevations
below 3000 ft in eastern Montana and eastern Wyoming during the day
but the more notable accumulations were in the mountains above 5000
ft where several more inches fell. Billings, Mont. had a record
amount of snow for the day with 4.6 inches. Dry weather was in place across the West Coast states and Southwest but it was chilly with temperatures trending well below normal across the region. Record low temperatures were established in several locations, some of which include: Los Angeles (53); Sacramento, Calif (41); Stockton, Calif (40); Bagdad, Ariz. (39); and Delta, Utah (20).
WEATHER EXTREMES FOR YESTERDAY:
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)............101 Laredo, Texas
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F).............116 Laredo, Texas
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............12 Mammoth Lakes, Calif.
............................................ Bridgeport, Calif.
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)................2 Ely, Nev.
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................55 Gallup, N.M.
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............1.73 Columbia, S.C.
ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:
In 1941, a destructive tornado hits Kansas City, Missouri's east side wiping out 130 homes and buildings. Four people were killed,
including two who were carried in an intact home for 700 feet
before it was destroyed.
In 1952, snowflakes fall over Nashville, Tenn. making it the
earliest snowfall on record with a trace recorded.
In 1987, heat wave continued across the western U.S. with all time October highs tied at Astoria, Ore. (85); Tucson, Ariz. (101); and Sacramento, Calif. (102). This was the fourth day this month
that Sacramento would equal their record for October.
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