NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:
Most of the East was quiet yesterday as high pressure brought mostly clear skies and dry conditions to the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and Deep South. Showers and thunderstorms pushed across northwest Indiana and Michigan yesterday ahead of a warm front. Rainfall amounts of 1-4 inches were reported from this batch of showers. Isolated areas of light rain were also found yesterday across portions of New England. These showers weakened as they shifted north through the evening hours. Otherwise, record heat was in place across much of New England. Record highs were set in New York City, New York; Newark, New Jersey; Islip, New York; and Bridgeport, New York.
Across the central region, a low pressure system moved through the Midwest, sparking showers and severe thunderstorms from the Great Lakes to Texas. Many reports of large hail, strong winds, and even tornadoes were reported within this activity from southern Wisconsin to Kansas and to Texas. One hail report of 4.25 inches fell in Lamont, Oklahoma. This system also dumped heavy rains over much of the Mississippi Valley, Central and Southern Plains yesterday. Several places in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas were reporting 1-5 feet of water over roadways. Rainfall amounts of 1-6 inches fell across much of this area. Elsewhere, 2-8 inches of snow fell across the Black Hills of South Dakota.
In the West, snow showers fell across the elevations of Wyoming and Nevada while rain showers were found in northern Utah. Snow accumulations of 10 inches fell in Old Battle, Wyoming and 12.0 inches in Livingston, Montana. Other snow amounts of 2-7 inches were common yesterday across Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado. Gusty winds also occurred. A wind gust of 63 mph was recorded in Grand Junction, Colorado early yesterday morning. Dense fog developed along the California coast, but started to dissipate after the sun rose. Breezy winds were measured in San Francisco, California.
WEATHER EXTREMES YESTERDAY:
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............97 Frederick, MD
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..............102 Laredo, TX
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)...............13 Bellemont, AZ
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)................17 Laramie, WY
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH)......................80 Croft, KS
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES).............5.90 Wilmore, KS
ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:
In 1942, the town of Pryor, Oklahoma was destroyed by an especially devastating tornado. 52 people died in the disaster and 500 buildings were damaged or destroyed.
In 1970, heavy snow fell in Montana, including 39 inches at Red Lodge and 35 inches at Summit.
In 1988, 7 feet of snow fell in ten days at Mt. Washington, New Hampshire. This set a new record for April snowfall.
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