The Nations Weather


Monday, December 8th 2008, 9:06 am
By: News On 6


NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:

In the East, an exiting low pressure system brought winds and scattered snow showers to much of the Northeast. Westfield, Massachusetts recorded a wind gust of 53 mph; and a 47 mph wind gust occurred at Windsor Locks, Connecticut. Heavy snowfall of 13 inches occurred at Redfield, New York; and 12.3 inches of new snow was reported at Vanceboro, Maine. Another upper-level system brought scattered light snow showers to the Great Lakes region during the overnight hours with accumulations of 1-2 inches. Otherwise, fair and dry conditions prevailed across the Mid-Atlantic region, the Tennessee Valley, the Southeast and Florida.

Across the central part of the country, an upper-level disturbance pushed through the northern Plains and into the Upper Midwest, producing scattered snow showers from the Dakotas, Minnesota and into Wisconsin. Snowfall accumulations of 3.2 inches occurred at Rush City, Minnesota; and 2 inches at Haugen, Wisconsin. Otherwise, mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies and dry conditions were experienced over the rest of the area.

In the West, an upper-level low brought clouds and scattered rain showers to southern California and the Desert Southwest. Rainfall amounts were light, around 0.10 inches or less. Further north, rain and snow showers affected portions of the Pacific Northwest and northern Rocky Mountains. Snow mainly affected the higher elevations with 1-2 inches of new snow. Lower elevations experienced rain showers with Quillayute, Washington receiving 0.67 inches of rain.

WEATHER EXTREMES FOR YESTERDAY:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).............79 Fort Stockton, TX

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

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..............80 Key West NAS, FL

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).............-22 International Falls, MN

.............................................. Cook, MN

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)..............-34 Massena, NY

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................53 Westfield, MA

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............1.27 Stampede Pass, WA

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:

In 1938, La Mesa, California set a national high temperature record for the month of December, soaring to 108 degrees.

In 1963, lightning caused the crash of a jet airliner that killed 81 people at Elkton, Maryland.

In 1988, Santa Ana winds ripped through southern CA, with a wind gust of 92 mph reported at Laguna Peak, California. These high winds caused damage to roofs and downed many trees and power lines that ignited 5 major fires. Damage was estimated at 15 to $20 million.

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