The Nations Weather


Wednesday, March 18th 2009, 5:52 am
By: News On 6


NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:

Across the east, an area of low pressure situated just off the Virginia coast produced some heavy showers during the morning hours. Generally one to three tenths of an inch liquid was reported in various areas of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. Norfolk, VA picked up 0.55 inches. The tail-end of a cold front pushed across the Florida Peninsula. Much needed showers were noted across central and southern Florida through the day. Some scattered showers remained overnight across southern Florida. Most areas reported less than a quarter of an inch. Otherwise, much quieter conditions throughout the remainder of the eastern third of the nation as high pressure settled into all areas. Areas of dense fog were noted yesterday morning across portions of the Mid-Atlantic, Appalachia region, and also the Tennessee Valley. Otherwise, skies were mainly clear over New England while partly to mostly cloudy skies dominated from the Mid-Atlantic to Florida.

Very mild temperatures were found across the central U.S. New record high temperatures were set today in Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Some locations include; St. Joseph, MO at 81; Ottumwa, IA at 79; Fort Wayne, IN at 71; and Milwaukee, WI at 75. Chicago, O Hare tied a record high of 74 set back in 1894. Elsewhere, a cold front was found over the Upper Midwest driving southeast. This weak front sparked off some light showers across South Dakota and Nebraska overnight. Otherwise, fairly quiet weather was found across this region.

Across the west, unsettled weather continued over the Pacific Northwest. Valley rains continued while snowfall persisted across portions of the Cascade, Olympic, and Bitterroot mountain ranges. Snowfall was much lighter through the day and became very isolated overnight. Winds diminished from the previous day, however, some 30-45 mph gusts were found across WY and MT. Otherwise, the Southwest and Four-Corners regions were quiet with dry conditions.

WEATHER EXTREMES FOR YESTERDAY:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).............90 Laredo, TX

.............................................. Pecos, TX

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..............87 Fort Lauderdale, FL

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............-4 Presque Isle, ME

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...............-4 Presque Isle, ME

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................45 Havre, MT

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............0.55 Norfolk, VA

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:

In 1925, the inchesTri-State Tornado inches cut a path of destruction 219 miles long from Missouri to southern Indiana. The tornado claimed 695 lives, making it the most deadly tornado in U.S. history.

In 1971, a low pressure system with high winds caused two million dollars damage across Kansas. Winds gusted to 100 mph at Hastings, NE and reached 115 mph at Hays, KS.

In 1990, up to nine inches of rain fell over the northern Kinchafoonee Basin in Georgia. Extensive flooding caused millions of dollars in damage and claimed six lives. DTN-Meteorlogix/J. Stephen

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