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Across the eastern third of the country, lines of strong thunderstorms rumbled across Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia yesterday morning. These storms produced dozens of damage reports from wind and hail. Most of the reported hail was described as between dime- and quarter-sized. Near Brooksville, MS, an 18-wheeler was flipped over due to thunderstorm gusts. The storms also spawned a tornado near Madison, AL. Into the afternoon, storms continued to develop further east into Virginia and the Carolinas, where more hail and wind reports were noted. Later into the evening and overnight, storms redeveloped back west across the Tennessee Valley and northern Mississippi to Georgia. Further north, rain showers spread across the Ohio Valley and across the northeastern U.S. The heaviest showers were spreading up the Northeastern coast overnight, dropping over an inch in New York City and just under an inch in Philadelphia so far this morning.

In the central U.S., thunderstorms pushed across far northeastern TX, AK, and into northern Louisiana during the morning hours. Several wind reports were noted. Into the late morning and early afternoon hours, thunderstorms developed across eastern Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota. Quarter-sized hail was reported near Spirit Lake, IA. Later in the afternoon and evening, hail reported continued to come in from Wisconsin and Illinois. Rain and scattered thunderstorms also developed overnight across South Dakota, Nebraska, into northern Kansas. A few record high temperatures were noted across Texas, with Del Rio being the hot spot yesterday with a high of 107 degrees.

Across the western half of the country, rain showers from a storm system digging into the Pacific Northwest continued to plague that region, from northern California to Washington to Idaho. Over an inch of rain has fallen in portions of western Washington and northwestern Oregon. Seattle-Tacoma set a new daily precipitation record with 0.82 inches yesterday. Elsewhere, strong wind gusts plagued the canyons and passes in portions of central and southern California. Winds gusted as high as 69 mph early this morning in the city of Sandburg with common gusts of 50-60 mph being recorded due to a strong northerly flow over the region. A few record highs were also noted across southern California. Santa Barbara, CA topped out at 100 degrees smashing the old record of 86 set in 1991.



............................................... Laredo, TX

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..............113 Alice, TX

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)...............29 Bryce Canyon, UT

............................................... Yellowstone Lake, WY

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)................28 Cut Bank, MT

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH)......................72 Madera, CA

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES).............2.56 Tupelo, MS


In 1840, 1 of the deadliest tornados in early American history struck Natchez Landing in Mississippi. The tornado killed 317 people and caused an estimated million dollars in damage.

In 1915, five inches of snow fell along the shores of Lake Superior.

In 1987, a heat wave continued to grip the western U.S. Thirty-one cities reported record high temperatures, including 105 degrees at Sacramento, CA.


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