The Nations Weather

Monday, January 12th 2009, 6:07 am
By: News On 6


Across the east, a storm system exited off the Atlantic Seaboard Sunday morning that left snow amounts of 3-8 inches across portions of the Ohio Valley, Northeast, and New England. Sleet and freezing rain could be found with this activity across northern New Jersey, Long Island, and southern Connecticut before the system exited the area. A disturbance shifted from Canada into the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley Sunday afternoon brining with it light snow showers with amounts of 1/4-1 inches. Light rain showers pushed through the Southeast on Sunday and into Florida along the cold front. Rainfall amounts ranged from 0.05-0.30 inches across the region.

In the central United States, a low pressure system dropped south from Canada into North Dakota. Snow amounts of 1-2 inches have been reported so far as of late Sunday evening. This system is expected to bring about 3-5 inches of new snow to portions of eastern ND/northeastern SD/southern MN/north central IA. Rain from this system also moved into portions of NE and KS. Winds increased to 35-40 mph across eastern MT/western ND with gusts to 45-50mph at times.

Over the western states, a storm system brought periods of rain and higher elevation snow to the Pacific Northwest into Sunday morning which cleared up by the afternoon hours. The same system affected the Central and Northern Rockies all day. Rainfall was in the 0.05-0.30 inches range across the lower elevations with isolated amounts near 0.50 inches along the West Coast of Oregon and Washington. Snow accumulation from 1-3 inches fell above 6500 feet in the Cascades through Sunday morning. Winds were strong and gusting 30-50 mph throughout the region, leading to reduced visibilities with the blowing snow. Winds across the Cascades decreased to 5-10 mph during the afternoon hours. Santa Ana winds increased across southern California with gusts of 30-45 mph reported today. Expect the winds to continue early this week.


HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).............88 Lake Forest, CA

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..............84 San Jose, CA

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).............-20 Presque, ME

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)..............-32 Hallock, MN

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................56 Riverton, WY

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............1.33 Hoquiam, WA


In 1911, the thermometer at Rapid City, SD read 55F at 6AM. Two hours later, the temperature had plunged to -13F, setting a record for two hour temperture drops in the United States.

In 1985, snowstorm of the Century in Texas; San Antonio received a record 13.2 inches of snow. It was not only a record for the day or month, but twice the old record for an entire year.

In 1996, the fourth and final in a series of snowstorms to affect the east coast dumped heavy snows, including thirty inches at Oakland, PA. The deep snow cover, up to 50 inches in some areas, would be completely gone in most areas in just two weeks following a major warming trend and heavy rains.


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