The Nations Weather


Monday, March 16th 2009, 5:36 am
By: News On 6


NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:

Across the Southeast, a stalled frontal boundary from the western Gulf of Mexico through the central Gulf coast states and Carolinas continued to bring wet weather to the region. Widespread rain of an inch or more was common from central and southern Alabama and across Georgia to western South Carolina and North Carolina. Most of this region has been under a moderate to severe drought for some time so the rains have been mostly beneficial. A flood watch has been posted for much of northern Georgia however as some creeks and rivers are at risk for minor flooding. Small scale urban flooding is also possible with more moderate to heavy rains anticipated over the same areas in the southeast region through the day today. Further to the north, the weather was much quieter with dry conditions generally north of the DC area during the day. Temperatures continued to moderate after the cold snap at the end of last week with reading generally trending 5-15 degrees above normal from Michigan and Ohio and eastward through the New England States.

Quiet weather was found over the Central US with dry and mild weather. High temperatures were well into the 60s as far north as Nebraska and southern South Dakota including a high of 70 at Valentine, Nebraska. The Upper Midwest experienced its warmest day this year so far with widespread 50s into Minnesota, Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. International Falls, Minnesota who didnt even get above zero for a high 4 days ago and had a low of -28 on Thursday, broke a record high when they shot up to 57 on Sunday.

Unsettled weather continued across the Northwest states as another cold front came onshore. Heavy valley rain and mountain snow fell from Washington to northern California and eastward to Idaho and western Montana. Light snow fell and accumulated to a half inch in the Seattle/Tacoma area before changing over to rain later in the morning. Several more inches of snow fell across the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges. Snow was increasing throughout the Bitterroot range in northern Montana where snow was expected to accumulate to over a foot above 6000ft with snow continuing into today. Storm was accompanied by high winds with gusts over 50 mph reported from eastern Oregon to western Montana and western Wyoming. More rain and mountain snow can be expected across this region today. The Southwest and four corners region was quiet on Sunday with dry weather. With the exception of coastal southern California, where marine layer clouds kept temperatures down a bit, the Southwest states experienced near normal temperatures.

WEATHER EXTREMES SO FAR TODAY:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).............88 Ocala, FL

............................................ Sanford, FL

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..............88 Punta Gorda, FL

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............10 Pinedale, WY

............................................ Alamosa, CO

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)................3 Frenchville, ME

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................65 Livingston, MT

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............3.55 Columbus, GA

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:

In 1843, a major winter storm dumped snow from the Gulf coast states to Maine. Little Rock, Arkansas reported 8 inches of snow with Memphis receiving 10 inches. Washington DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City picked up a foot of snow.

In 1942, a widespread severe weather outbreak across the south and Ohio Valley resulted in 25 tornadoes of F2 intensity or greater. Two tornadoes only 35 minutes apart killed 75 people in Baldwyn, Mississippi.

An F5 tornado in central Illinois injured 70 while killing 7.

In 1989, heavy snow over portions of the southwest was accompanied by gusty winds to 60 mph at Lovelock, Nevada, Salt Lake City, Utah and Fort Carson, Colorado. Lake Tahoe, Nevada fell at three inches per hour.

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