The Nations Weather


Thursday, December 11th 2008, 6:16 am
By: News On 6


NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:

In the East, a low pressure system brought all sorts of weather to the region. Scattered showers and thunderstorms developed over the Deep South, Southeast, and Mid-Atlantic. Tornadoes occurred in Alabama and Georgia. A wall collapsed at a high school in Tallapoosa, GA. Rainfall amounts of 3 to 4 inches were common over the Southeast and many areas reported flash flooding. Large hail and wind damaged occurred as well, with numerous trees and power lines down. Gusty winds also occurred in New England during the day. Gusts of 58 mph were measured in Milton, MA with 61 mph in Cutler, ME. Snow showers fell across the eastern Great Lakes as a cold front brought much cooler temperatures to the area. Meanwhile, record high temperatures were reported in Portland, ME at 58 degrees and at LaGuardia Airport in New York City, NY at 63 degrees.

Across the central region, snow showers were reported in the northern Plains and Upper Midwest as an Alberta Clipper moved over the area. Accumulations up to 4 inches were measured in Lutsen, MN. Snow also fell in Texas behind the cold front and made it as far south as Galveston, TX. Accumulation up to an inch was reported from College Station, TX. Skies were partly cloudy with dry conditions in the central and southern Plains.

Over the West, mostly quiet weather was reported over the area. A few rain and snow showers developed over the northern Rockies but accumulation was light. A wind gust of 59 mph was recorded in Rapelje, MT. Dense fog sat in the central valleys of California, then eroded during the afternoon hours. Skies were mostly clear to partly cloudy with dry conditions.

WEATHER EXTREMES FOR YESTERDAY:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).............86 Punta Gorda, FL

.............................................. Fort Meyers, FL

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..............89 Fort Meyers, FL

.............................................. Punta Gorda, FL

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).............-16 Embarrass, MN

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)..............-27 Devils Lake, ND

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................61 Cutler, ME

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............4.70 Crestview, FL

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:

In 1932, San Francisco, CA received nearly an inch of snow with a temperature of 20 degrees, while 17 degrees was reported at Sacramento, CA, setting an all-time low.

In 1989, a major Santa Ana wind event in California whipped winds up to 100 mph near Ontario, CA. Interstates were closed due to massive dust storms.

In 1992, a Noreaster struck the Northeast. Record high tides were reported in New York City, NY. Flooding closed LaGuardia Airport and the entire subway system for 3 hours. A wind gust of 93 mph was recorded. 32 inches of snow fell in Worcester, MA with sustained winds in Boston, MA of 60 mph for several hours.

DTN-Meteorlogix/S McArthur

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