October 31 National Weather Summary

By: associated press
By: associated press

Weather Summary for Saturday, Oct. 31

NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:

Today in the East, a cold front marched across the Ohio Valley, Appalachians and the Deep South, producing a line of rain showers. Rainfall totals ranging from 0.25 to 0.75 inches were common but locally higher amounts occurred. Ahead of the front, mostly cloudy
skies with drizzle and occasional showers prevailed this morning
along the East Coast. Elsewhere, an upper-level low produced
scattered light showers and windy conditions over Michigan. Gusts
of 25 to 35 mph were common.
In the western-two thirds of the United States, an upper-level low brought cloudy skies and isolated showers to the Upper Midwest. Rainfall totals remained under 0.10 inches. Elsewhere, a Pacific storm system brought rain to the Pacific Northwest and northern
Rockies. The heaviest rain fell in western Washington where amounts
were up to half an inch. The system also produced gusty winds
across western Montana and Wyoming, with gusts of generally 30 to
55 mph being reported so far today. Patchy morning fog extended
along the West Coast down to central California. A large ridge of
high pressure brought fair and dry conditions to locations from
interior California and the Intermountain West eastward to the
Plains.

WEATHER EXTREMES SO FAR TODAY:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).............87 Key West, FL
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..............95 Key West, FL
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............12 Grand Canyon, AZ
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)................5 Leadville, CO
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................57 Livingston, MT
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............1.19 Chattanooga, TN

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:

In 1846, 87 pioneers were trapped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains by an early season snowfall. Snow depths were around 5 feet with 30 to 40 foot drifts. Only 47 people survived Donner Pass.
In 1950, record high temperatures were observed across the central U.S. for Halloween. In Minneapolis, Minn. the temperature
hit 83 degrees.
In 1965, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. was hit by 13.81 inches of rain.

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