The Nations Weather

Thursday, July 16th 2009, 6:33 am
By: News On 6


It was a cool start to yesterday again across the Northeast. Several record lows were either tied or broken yesterday morning. Binghamton, NY either set or tied their record low for the third day in a row. Elsewhere, showers and a few thunderstorms pushed across Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky during the morning hours before diminishing across eastern Tennessee. Some places picked up nearly half an inch of rain in just under one hour. Normal rainfall totals throughout those areas were between a quarter of an inch and six-tenths of an inch. Scattered showers and thunderstorms began around down along the Gulf Coast of Louisiana to Florida. By afternoon, scattered thunderstorms had spread across Florida and the Deep South as the sea breeze helped initiate thunderstorms onshore. Orlando, FL got nailed with a thunderstorm, producing 1.28 inches of rain yesterday. A brief tornado also did minor damage southwest of Orlando. Most of this activity diminished by evening. Into the overnight, a strong line of thunderstorms moved out of Missouri and into the Tennessee Valley, producing 60 mph wind gusts in Huntingdon, TN and knocking down tree limbs and power lines all across western Tennessee. These storms also produced severe winds across northern Alabama.

Illinois and Missouri woke to rumbles of thunder and locally heavy rains as a line of showers and thunderstorms roared through. No severe weather was reported with this activity, but reports of heavy rains did flood in from some locales. Springfield, Illinois picked up nearly three-quarters of an inch of rain in an hour and the Logan County Airport in Illinois picked up over 2 inches of rain in just over one hour. Early morning showers and thunderstorms also roamed portions of Kansas and northern Oklahoma with some strong wind gusts and heavy rains reported there as well. As the afternoon wore on, strong lines of thunderstorms developed across southeastern Missouri producing and inch and a half of rain and three quarters diameter hail in Gladden, MO. Strong lines of thunderstorms produced severe weather across Oklahoma and northern Texas during the evening hours and continued to rumble across those areas overnight. Further north, clusters of thunderstorms formed overnight across South Dakota to eastern Wyoming.

The west coast saw locally dense fog with visibilities down to one-eighth of a mile during the morning hours. Otherwise, it was a fairly benign morning across the western states, with morning lows varying from the lower 30s in Idaho to near 90 in Phoenix, Arizona. Scattered showers and thunderstorms formed by the afternoon across Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. Not much was found in the way of severe weather, however, one storm produced a 61 mph gust at Horseshoe Dam in Arizona.


HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)............123 Death Valley, CA

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F).............123 Death Valley, CA

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............30 Stanley, ID

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...............30 Stanley, ID

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................75 Braman, OK

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............2.72 Lincoln, IL


In 1946, the temperature at Medford, OR soared to an all-time high of 115 degrees to begin a two week heat wave.

In 1975, a strong thunderstorm hit the east side of Tucson, AZ. The torrential rains turned ditches and culverts into raging rivers. A thirteen year old boy was swept away in a flooded culvert before being rescued.

In 1987, Tucson, AZ saw a record string of thirty-nine consecutive days of 100 degree heat come to an end as thunderstorms developed across the Southwest. Bullhead City, AZ, saw a thunderstorm produce 70 mph wind gusts, reducing visibility to near zero in blowing dust. DTN/Meteorlogix: J Stephen

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