National Weather Roundup Jan 17

By: associated press
By: associated press

Weather Summary
The Southeast saw another rainy day today, while scattered
showers initiated over the West Coast. A strong low pressure system
spun over the Pacific Ocean and picked up abundant moisture while
also creating multiple cold fronts that lingered off shore. Early
this morning, one of these fronts pushed onshore and through the
Pacific Northwest and northern California. Onshore flow was
strongest over California, thus, precipitation was mainly contained
to northern California, while Oregon and Washington remained under
overcast skies. The region saw scattered showers with snow at
higher elevations of the Sierra Nevadas. Rainfall totals ranged
around a half of an inch in the Sacramento Valley, with 0.04 inches
reported in San Francisco. The mountains only saw less than an inch
of snow, as this is only the start of a major snow storm for the
region.
Meanwhile on the other side of the country, a low pressure system tracked northeastward over the Southeast. This system pulled moisture in from the Gulf of Mexico and triggered widespread scattered showers that stretched from the Gulf, over the Tennessee River Valley and into the Mid-Atlantic States. This brought
rainfall totals less than an inch in most areas. Greer, S.C. saw
0.67 inches of rain, and 1.52 inches was reported in Smyrna, Tenn.
The Central U.S. saw mild weather with seasonable temperatures. A cold front hovered over the Plains but has not kicked up any precipitation.

WEATHER EXTREMES:
HIGHEST TEMPERTURE (DEGREES F)...............82 Okeechobee, Fla.
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..................86 Kendall, Fla.
LOWEST TEMPERTURE (DEGREES F)................-15 Clayton Lake, Maine
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...................-65 Selawik, Alaska
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH)..........................97 Rockport,
Texas
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)....................2.29
Orangeburg, S.C.

ON THIS DATE....... The atmospheric phenomenon known as the "green flash" was first documented on this date in 1837 by
Captain Back of the H.M.S Terror as he navigated the arctic. He
reported seeing "the upper limb of the sun, as it filled a
triangular cleft on the ridge of the headland, of the most
brilliant emerald color, a phenomenon which I had not witnessed
before in thses regions."


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