The Nations Weather


Thursday, April 9th 2009, 7:49 am
By: News On 6


NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:

Across the East, an upper-level low produced snow showers this morning in Vermont, western Connecticut, western Massachusetts, New York, northern Pennsylvania, and northern New Jersey. Heavier lake-effect snow occurred east of Lake Ontario in Upstate New York, where accumulations of 2 to 5 inches occurred. Other areas generally received one inch or less. The snow and rain showers tapered off by late evening, remaining dry overnight across the Northeast. A few scattered showers developed across Kentucky and spread across West Virginia, northeastern Tennessee through the evening and then across Virginia and North Carolina overnight. Rain amounts were generally less than two tenths of an inch. Meanwhile, a ridge of high pressure brought clear and cool conditions to the southeast.

Across the western half of the nation, an upper-level low brought rain and mountain snow showers to southern Oregon, northern Nevada, and northern and central California. Snow accumulations ranged between one and four inches occurred across the Sierra Nevada Mountains in northern California. As the storm system progressed east through the day, snow showers and isolated thunderstorms spread across northern Nevada, northern Utah, southern Idaho, and western Wyoming. Preliminary snow reports have been between 1 and 6 inches. A brief tornado was also reported yesterday afternoon by a sheriff deputy in Cassia County, Idaho. No damage was reported. Overnight, this system caused showers and thunderstorms to develop across portions of western Kansas and Nebraska. Snow also began to fall across the Black Hills of South Dakota. Gusty winds were also noted across the Four Corners region with this system. Across Arizona, numerous gusts were above 40 mph with a few into the 50 mph range.

WEATHER EXTREMES FOR YESTERDAY:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............96 Cotulla, TX

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

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)...............92 Laredo, TX

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)................3 Shirley Basin, WY

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F).................3 Shirley Basin, WY

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH)......................71 Guadalupe Pass, TX

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES).............0.72 Fresno, CA

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:

In 1947, a deadly tornado cut out a 221 mile long path of destruction across Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. The tornado, said to have been up to two miles wide at times, killed 167 people and injured 980 others.

In 1977, within a time span of thirty hours, Jolo, WV received 15.5 inches of rain.

In 1988, it was a rude awakening for Sioux City, IA residents. Two inches of snow fell overnight, following a record high of 88 degrees the previous afternoon.

DTN-Meteorlogix

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