October 9 National Weather Roundup

By: associated press
By: associated press

Weather Summary for Friday October 9, 2009

Across the eastern two-thirds of the nation, two systems merging created an extensive area of showers and thunderstorms across the Midwest. Heavy rain and embedded thunderstorms stretched from western Texas, across Oklahoma, eastern Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, to Indiana to start the day. Showers and thunderstorms continued to form over these areas, slowly drifting eastward. Overnight, this large area of heavy precipitation stretched from the eastern Great Lakes, across the Ohio Valley, to southwestern Texas. Numerous rainfall records were broken yesterday across the Midwest, as amounts were measured in inches in many places. Oklahoma City noted a record of 2.39 inches as did Chanute, KS with 3.52 inches yesterday. The highest amounts were found across Missouri where Joplin was soaked by a record 5.35 inches of rain. Some thunderstorms across Oklahoma and Texas prompted severe
thunderstorm watch boxes to be issued. Thunderstorm gusts to 65 mph
knocked out power in Tye, Texas and quarter sized hail was noted in
Guthrie, Texas. Elsewhere is was another unseasonably cool day
across the Upper Midwest. Snow fell across the Black Hills and
western Nebraska.
In the West, record low temperatures were set yesterday morning as cold high pressure dominated the Northern Rockies. The mercury dropped to 14 degrees at Dunkirk, Montana which broke the previous record of 17 degrees set back in 1961. Another record low
temperature was 14 degrees at Turner, Montana. In regards to
precipitation, rain and snow fell across southeast Wyoming and
northern Colorado. Local storm reports out of Wyoming ranged from
1.00 inches to 4.00 inches. Another cold front began to drop south
across Montana overnight with periods of snow across the northern
Rockies of Montana and Wyoming. Elsewhere, the only notable weather
features across the West included a few scattered afternoon showers
and thunderstorms over southern Colorado and into New Mexico which
produced rainfall on the order of 0.10 inches to 0.50 inches.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F).............111 Laredo, TX
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)...............7 Lake Yellowstone, WY
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)................7 Lake Yellowstone, WY
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................65 Tye, TX

In 1903, New York City was soaked with 11.17 inches of rain in 24 hours, establishing a new state record.
In 1987, Jacksonville, FL had a record low of 47 degrees. In all, eighteen cities across the southeastern U.S. reported record
lows for the day.
In 1989, thirteen cities across Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana
reported record low minimum temperatures, including Marquette, MI
with a reading of 20 degrees.

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