The Nations Weather


Thursday, July 2nd 2009, 8:19 am
By: News On 6


NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:

In the East, a low pressure system rotated across the Great Lakes and down through the Ohio Valley and into the Northeast, producing numerous showers and thunderstorms. Afternoon thunderstorms dropped hail from northeastern Pennsylvania to Massachusetts. Storms also dropped copious amounts of rain across the Northeast. Albany, NY reported a record rainfall of 2.72 inches. Speigletown, NY also reported record rainfall of over 3 inches. Numerous reports of urban flooding was noted from southeastern Connecticut to Rhode Island. Lightning was frequent as well in portions of southern New England with 2 injuries reported because of a strike to a bus in West Warwick, Rhode Island at midday. Another round of thunderstorms pushed across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York overnight. Across the Mid-Atlantic, thunderstorms flared up during the evening hours across Maryland to Georgia with some severe wind reports coming in. Trees were knocked down near Beulaville, NC. It was an active day across the Florida Peninsula as well. Lightning injured a persons hand inside of a metal shed during the mid morning hours in Largo, Florida and that individual had to be transported to the hospital.

Thunderstorms in western Florida produced continuous lightning in the Tampa Bay area along with rain exceeding four inches and these heavy downpours resulted in the evacuation of a ten block area in Hudson just after dawn and wind gusts that pushed a tree onto a house in Brandon.

Across the central portion of the country, it was an unseasonably cool day across the Upper Midwest. Record low high temperatures were reported across Michigan, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Grand Rapids, MI for example, only reported a high of 64, breaking a record. Elsewhere, afternoon thunderstorms flared up across Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. These storms diminished by nightfall. Evening thunderstorms also rumbled across southern SD, NE, CO, and northern KS. One inch hail was reported in Provo, SD.

In the West, after a wetter than normal June over interior sections of the region, the month of July is starting out with less in the way of showers and thunderstorms. It was the 3rd wettest June on record in Reno, Nevada. Scattered showers and thunderstorms developed during the afternoon hours across the Four Corners region, into Nevada, southern Idaho, and Wyoming. A few storms produced strong wind gusts across northern Utah. A 59 mph gust was reported with a storm near Duchesne, Utah and trees were knocked down near Tabiona, Utah. Otherwise, quiet conditions were found along the West Coast.

WEATHER EXTREMES FOR YESTERDAY:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)............114 Bullhead City, AZ

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F).............115 Amelia, LA

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............31 Meacham, OR

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...............31 Meacham, OR

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................70 Custer, SD

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............4.74 Tampa, FL

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:

In 1833, an unusually large tornado touched down in New England. The twister was reportedly one half to three quarters of a mile wide and went from Salem Pond to Norton Pond, VT.

In 1987, severe thunderstorms in Colorado produced golf ball sized hail northwest of Kiowa, which accumulated to a depth of 12 inches.

In 1989, northeastern Texas was pummeled by severe storms producing softball sized hail at Allen, TX and gusts to 90 mph at Dallas, TX.

DTN/Meteorlogix: J Stephen

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