October 12 National Weather Roundup

By: associated press
By: associated press

The Nation's Weather: Monday, October 12, 2009

In the East, high pressure brought relatively dry conditions to the area. A few light rain and snow showers were reported early in
the morning across northern New England, but resulted in only light
rainfall amounts. Further south, a lingering frontal boundary kept
scattered and isolated showers and storms to portions of the
Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi. Generally,
rainfall amounts were less than a half inch, though isolated areas
picked up 1 to 2 inches, and Baton Rouge received 3.53 inches of
rain. No severe weather was reported and much of the shower and
storm activity diminished into the overnight hours. However,
moderate to heavy rain showers developed over Mississippi and
Alabama towards midnight.
Across the Central US, a developing weather system over the Central Plains brought snow showers to eastern Montana, Wyoming, northern Colorado, Nebraska, and the Dakotas. This activity
continued to spread eastward into portions of Minnesota, Wisconsin,
and Iowa overnight. Generally snowfall totals of 1-2 inches were
reported. Meanwhile, a developing storm system brought scattered
showers and storms to the Mid and Lower-Mississippi Valley and
Southern Plains. Through the evening and overnight hours, generally
rainfall amounts fell in the 0.25 to 0.50 inch range and no severe
weather was reported. In between these two areas of precipitation,
light freezing drizzle was reported through portions of Kansas and
Nebraska, though little to no ice accretions were reported.
Through the West, dry conditions were found under a weak area of high pressure. A tight gradient between cool air filtering into the Upper Midwest and warm air across the Southwest caused gusty winds through much of the northern Rockies and Great Basin. Several reports of winds gusting as high as 35 to 40 mph were recorded. Both Evanston, Wyoming and Milford, Utah reported gusts up to 43 mph.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F).............105 Okeechobee, FL
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)...............5 Lewistown, MT
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...............-4 Laramie, WY
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................43 Evanston, WY
.............................................. Milford, UT
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............3.53 Baton Rouge, LA

In 1836, Bridgewater, NY received 18 inches of snow, while Madison, NY received 12 inches.
In 1978, a car in Indianapolis, IN was struck by lightning,
blowing out the tires and destroying all the electrical systems.
The driver was luckily uninjured.
In 1988, as many as 20 cities recorded record low temperatures. International Falls, MN fell to 17 degrees and Embarrass, MN dropped to 8 degrees.

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